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Chris Sanner

Home Town: Norman, OK
Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball
Games: The Show, NCAA Football, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2K
Teams: The Sooners, Rangers, Thunder, Chiefs
OS Username: MMChrisS
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Monday, April 28, 2014
09:19 AM - April 28, 2014. Posted by smiley3. Written by Chris Sanner


The folks at Sony have released a brand new video detailing the new features and enhancements in MLB 14 The Show on PlayStation 4. Here are some highlights from the video:
  • Player lock is done before a game in the lineup screen in exhibition and before you start your season in season based mode.
  • Manager mode and sportscast manager modes are in the game as well.
  • Manage mode in season based modes allows you to select pitch strategies for each at-bat: pitch around, pitch aggressive, low, high, inside, outside, high and in, high and away, low and in, low and away.
  • Offensively you can have batters take the pitch, do a hit and run, sacrifice bunt, bunt for hit, and pinch hit.
  • In Sportscast Manager, you can manage the game before jumping in later in the action. Quick counts and player lock are both available when jumping into a game.
  • The new information bar at the bottom shows info from your franchise mode or real MLB games, depending on what mode you are in.
All in all the video didn't reveal much that was new, but offers plenty of glimpses at the gameplay coming our way in a week! What did you think of the video?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Saturday, April 26, 2014
12:25 PM - April 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


One of the trends we lament here on Operation Sports is what seemingly appears to be the death of the Arcade Sports Game. In a column this morning, Polygon writer Owen Good asks the ever pertinent question, "Whatever Happened to the Arcade Sports Game?"

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"Ten years later, the Wolves aren't playing any meaningful games in April, and league-licensed arcade-style sports video games, spinoffs that sometimes arrived when their league's postseason began, have made few appearances themselves. Last year saw nothing from this category on consoles no NHL Hitz, no MLB SlugFest or The Bigs, and certainly nothing like NBA Ballers. You'd have to go back to the fragmented, very early days of console gaming to find a full year without some league's logo on an arcade-style game."

It seems that even when a company decides to do an arcade game, they are increasingly being dumbed down to the point they hold very little value to anyone. R.B.I. Baseball 2014 is the latest in this trend, with a cool concept which just wasn't fleshed out fully.

Is it too hard to ask for companies to develop deep, fun, fast-paced and not overly over the top arcade experiences for sports gamers?

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:41 PM - April 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With EA Sports Season Ticket now a thing of the past, and with more and more major titles being digital only (The Golf Club the most recent example) -- what do you think of the idea of having digital download copies of your games versus a more traditional physical disk?

Do you prefer having the physical disk still, or do you not mind the lack of clutter digital downloads give you?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leave a comment and let us know what option you picked!

Thursday, April 24, 2014
03:24 PM - April 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Out of the Park Developments today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 15 is now available on Steam. It is 10% off on Steam during its first week of availability, after which time it will go back to its regular price of $39.99.

Look for our review very soon!

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: PC / Mac / iOSVotes: 0 - View All
10:57 AM - April 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The same underlying movements which took the NCAA Football series off of the market this past year may be what brings the series back in the future.

If you've been living under a rock, Northwestern University football players were granted the right to unionize by a federal judge. In that decison, the ruling made it possible that all private schools could see their players granted union rights if they so choose as employees of the school.

Those private FBS schools are: Baylor, Boston College, BYU, Duke, Miami, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Rice, SMU, Stanford, Syracuse, TCU, Tulane, Tulsa, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Those schools in particular could incur millions in additional costs to their football programs -- and would be required to provide benefits likely outside of the NCAA's jurisdiction. This could lead to private schools forming their own division and leaving the NCAA completely. In that harsh scenario, the 17 schools listed above could be the 17 most powerful schools in college athletics since they will have the means (and requirements) to pay players in a union. Of course, to stay relevant, it's likely the Power 5 conferences could begin to look at ditching the NCAA altogether as well, free meals aren't enough to entice players to pick Alabama over a salary and employee benefits at Vanderbilt. This really is that big of a deal.

So where does all of that potentially leave college football as a video games product?

Most likely, it will mean that a license will be given to someone at a bit of a higher price per school than before, most likely to help cover expenses. It would likely mean only the private schools and the biggest power conference schools would be more than open to a video game once more with rules no longer against such a movement.

It is important to note, however, that a video games license would be one of the smaller licenses these big schools would likely be negotiating -- and its likely such a move may still be a couple of years away from happening after the fallout of the unionization movement finally takes hold.

We'll be watching the groundbreaking movements in college football closely, the whole thing is going to change in some way it seems sooner rather than later.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 43 - View All
09:57 AM - April 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Long live hotseat couch multiplayer!

In a report leaked yesterday, both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported the FCC was poised to reverse its stance on Net Neutrality.

This decision would allow Internet Service Providers the ability to discriminate web traffic on their networks, allowing certain content to be delivered faster versus other content. While these rules likely won't affect the average internet consumer, users who use a high amount of bandwidth such as video streaming or online gaming will likely see their prices rise as companies have to pay more money in order to be able to deliver their products.

A good primer to read on this issue is straight from Kotaku, which explains the issue and how it could affect gamers.

Do you fear an internet where net neutrality is dead, or are you more hopeful that it won't be so different after all?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:22 PM - April 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

It's a moment most English football fans hope they see in just a couple of months, their national club hoisting the World Cup as victors. The screenshot, released to mark St. George's Day, as well as 50 days to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was released by EA Sports earlier today.

Quote:
A generation of England fans have grown up with the image of Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup in 1966 so it's surreal to see myself in the same pose. It's a great gesture by the guys at EA SPORTS and certainly acts as an inspiration coming on St. George's Day. We'll all be doing our best to give the fans the performances they deserve and, with a bit of luck, we might surprise a few people. Steven Gerrard, England Captain
Who do you have winning the World Cup this time around?

Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 1 - View All
11:52 AM - April 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Pitch counts in baseball are one of the most basic tenants of the game, but also one of the least understood amongst casual and novice fans. When it comes to playing MLB 14 The Show, you will be facing an AI opponent which understands the count and how to work it both from a pitching and hitting perspective.

Here are some basic ways to approach the pitch count in an at-bat:

  • 0-0: The first pitch in an at-bat is incredibly important. Pitchers want to throw first pitch strikes, so it is likely a pitcher who is on his game will get you something over the plate -- but that doesn't mean it will necessarily be hittable. Depending on how the pitchers overall pitch count is evolving, you may need to take a pitch or two just to ensure the starter has to work a bit, especially if he's an ace and getting to the bullpen is an advantageous strategy.
  • 0-1, 1-2, and 0-2: You are against the wall as a hitter in both counts. The pitcher will be less apt to throw you a strike over the plate when he is ahead of you -- the reason being is that you don't want to give a hitter something to drive when you have the advantage. Good hitters will be protecting the plate and more willing to swing at close pitches. Pitching wise, there's no better place to be.
  • 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, and 3-1: If you are a pitcher and behind in the count, you will have to throw a strike. As a hitter, this means the pitcher will be desperate to throw something he can ensure gets more of the plate, especially if you find yourself in a very advantageous count such as 2-0 or 3-1. A 2-0 fastball is a classic pitch to drive. Pitching wise, try to ensure you throw a strike -- but try to always mix it up on these counts to ensure hitters can't guess your rhythm and send your pitch on a long flight.
  • 3-0: Almost certainly, this is a count that the hitter is going to take and the pitcher is going to do everything to get a pitch over. While you are likely to see a pitch over the plate, it is a waste of a good at bad if you ground out or fly out at 3-0.
  • 1-1, 2-2: These are the counts you really don't have a good feel for either way. Pitchers can choose to give you something over the plate or try to cut corners, meanwhile hitters will be looking to hit anything which is getting a lot of the plate.
  • 3-2: This is a count you should expect a strike, but if a pitcher is struggling or tiring you aren't guaranteed one. With two outs, you always send your runners on 3-2. From a pitching perspective, I try to avoid throwing something over the plate but if there are base-runners on, you have to avoid walking players as much as possible.
Working the count also has to do with a lot of other factors which a short guide can't account for. The approach changes if you have runners on, a fast base-runner on, or if you are daring and call a hit-and-run. Another thing which will change your approach on how aggressive to be at the plate is whether you are behind or ahead in a game.

What approaches do you use to work the count both as a pitcher and hitter?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
10:15 AM - April 23, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


A couple of weeks ago, we polled you about your favorite pitching interface in MLB The Show. Today, we're going to ask the same question about hitting interfaces.

Which do you prefer: Zone, Timing, Pure Analog, or Zone Plus Analog?

Sound off by voting in our poll on the front page and leave a comment about which you use and why!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Monday, April 21, 2014
10:09 PM - April 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With many of you likely already well into your MLB 14 The Show modes, it's likely many of you are still looking for a good and balanced set of gameplay sliders to call your own.

The OS Community has been hard at work on a huge variety of slider sets, here are some of the more popular ones within the community at the moment:

Marino/Armor & Sword's Classic/Timed Sim Sliders
mlbguy4life Realistic Sliders
TNK 2014 Realism Sliders
ItBeme23 Veteran Hitting/A.S. Classic Pitching Sliders
nomo17k Stats Based CPU Sliders

Are you using any community slider sets? Be sure to share your custom sliders in our sliders forum for MLB 14 The Show.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
03:05 PM - April 21, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


The Major League Baseball season is an excruciatingly long, brutal 162 games.

Over the course of a season, injuries will mount, players will tire, and your team will go through peaks and valleys on your way to September's end point. When you build a team in MLB The Show, which of these four aspects do you focus on most to create success: A great nine-man lineup, your five man rotation, a deep and talented bullpen, or your overall depth to withstand any nasty injury surprises?

Which do you think is most important to focus on and why? Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment on how you focus on building your team below!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 8 - View All
Friday, April 18, 2014
09:33 AM - April 18, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


With sports gaming seemingly moving towards a more online future, it's always prudent to gauge OS'ers interest in online vs. offline.

So assuming all things are equal and the modes are working as advertised -- do you prefer an online experience or and offline experience for your sports gaming?

Vote in our poll and let us know why you selected the option you selected.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
02:37 PM - April 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


We now have a full and official trailer for MLB 14 The Show on PlayStation 4. On top of that we posted hands-on impressions from the game last week.

Given what you know now, how excited are you about the PS4 edition of MLB 14 The Show? Are you buying? Not buying?

Give us reasons in the comments and vote in our poll!

Editor's Note: Operation Sports' partner FanDuel is running an $18,000 Fantasy Baseball league tonight. It's $2 to enter, and first place wins $2,000. Click here to join.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 8 - View All
01:52 PM - April 17, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


Out of the Park Developments newest mobile baseball management game, iOOTP Baseball 2014, is now available in the App Store to download at a price of $4.99.

Here are some key features in this year's release:
  • Real 2014 rosters. Every player on every major league team is available, along with the top 20 minor league prospects for each team. Major league player ratings are based on PECOTA by Baseball Prospectus, the best player projection system today.
  • Player Editor. You can edit everything from names and biographical information to hitting, fielding, and pitching ratings.
  • Improved AI, including a direct port of the new player evaluation AI from OOTP 15
  • Retina display support
  • iOS 7 support (iOS 4.3 is the minimum required)
  • Various other improvements and fixes
  • Three Game modes (Major Leagues, Fictional Leagues, Historical Leagues)
  • Ability to set lineups, rotations, depth charts, more
  • Minor League Prospects
  • Play-by-play Text Stream
  • In-Depth Finances
We just added four new screenshots from iOOTP Baseball 2014 onto our site, you can see them all here.

Game: iOOTP Baseball 2014Reader Score: Vote Now
Platform: iPad / iPhoneVotes: 0 - View All
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
11:01 AM - April 16, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner


It's about to be time for both the NBA Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Playoffs to both be running side-by-side. As a sports fan, this is a time of the year where your attention is seemingly divided in several different directions, and we haven't even begun to talk about the NFL draft.

Which playoffs do you prefer during the Spring? Is it the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs or the NBA Playoffs?

Sound off by voting in our poll! Comment on why you chose what you chose!