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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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Thursday, April 3, 2014
01:53 PM - April 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Believe it or not, the uniforms we all take for granted actually take a serious amount of work to get just right. Check out Owen Good's latest article over at Polygon to get the full scoop:

"You wouldn't think it, but the uniform files in MLB The Show are really quite large, said Jody Kelsey, the game's senior producer. "It's technically possible to patch them in," after the game releases, "but the size of them deters us from doing that."

The size of them is also why, for the supporting cast of 60 minor league teams ó which most players encounter in a career mode where they can't choose what they wear each game ó just the home and away uniforms are rendered. No ugly Christmas sweater promotions, no R2-D2 jerseys and, alas, no bacon."

How important are uniforms to you in sports games?

01:36 PM - April 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is looking for developers to join the Mobile Madness Challenge to develop a game for mobile devices. The goal from the NFLPA's perspective is to get a game of high quality that wouldn't otherwise be able to be developed.

Winners of the challenge will get a 10,000 credit towards marketing the game via Activate, the NFLPA's endorsement, and (of course) an official NFLPI license for the 2014-2015 season.

Deadline to enter is April 20, 2014. Three finalists will be chosen to pitch their concepts to the NFLPI executive team.

This contest has nothing to do with the existing exclusive deal the NFLPA has with EA and Madden NFL Football which they say has "a number of years left."

Source: Polygon

Platform: Android / iOS
11:17 AM - April 3, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

For the baseball novice or intermediate, the deep layers of strategy that go into pitching might be above your head. If you find yourself simply randomly picking pitches and locating them randomly around the strike zone, have no fear -- here are five simple tips to help you become a better pitcher in The Show:

  1. Get ahead! The biggest key in pitching is to get ahead of batters with a first pitch strike as much as possible. By doing so, you have the advantage and you force the batter to defend the plate. If you can get a 0-2 or 1-2 count in the batter, you will find that you can force weak contact more often.
  2. Don't fall into a routine. The AI in the show is pretty good, and it will pick up on your patterns if you pitch with a routine. Don't throw your fastball on the first pitch each at bat and don't try to strike out a hitter with a curveball each time. Mix it up! You need to hit batters with varying speeds each at-bat to keep them off-base (literally and figuratively).
  3. If you have a good fastball, use it wisely. If you are playing with a player with a good fastball up in the 90s, an inside heater is a tough pitch to keep up with. However, varying your fastball location is a major key. If your pitcher has different types of fastballs such as a cut, two-seam, and four-seam -- mix those pitches up as well.
  4. Pitch to the Corners. Obviously you can't fall into a routine, but you do not want your pitches hitting much of the plate. The more of the plate your pitch hits, the more likely strong contact is going to be achieved by the hitter.
  5. Make sure you mix it up with each at-bat. If you approach a hitter the same way each at-bat, he is going to catch on. My general rule is to apply a loose strategy each time through the lineup. I may give hitters a general diet of fastballs the first time through but will then throw a bunch of off-speed stuff the next time and then randomly pick a strategy for each hitter based upon their first two at-bats the third time through.
What strategies do you apply to your pitching in MLB The Show?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12:46 PM - April 2, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil demo dropped yesterday, featuring eight playable teams in the Estadio do Maracana, the site of the final game of the 2014 World Cup.

Have you played it? Let us know what you thought about it in our poll and leave a comment with your impressions!

Game: 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 1 - View All
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
01:09 PM - April 1, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

MLB 14 The Show released today on both PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Now that you have had a chance to play the game, what are your overall first impressions of this year's title?

Be sure to vote in our poll and leave a comment with what you think!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Monday, March 31, 2014
09:53 AM - March 31, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Today is opening day for Major League Baseball.

Tomorrow is opening day for MLB 14 The Show buyers, who will first get to begin playing the game as baseball fever reaches a fever pitch across the country. And lets face it, unless you live in a latitude where its still snowing, you have to feel pretty good about the arrival of Spring and all that comes with it.

So are you buying The Show on PS3 or Vita tomorrow? Sound off on our poll and let us know your plans in the comments!

Editorís Note: Operation Sportsí partner FanDuel is running a Free $1,000 one-night fantasy baseball league today. Itís free to enter, and first place pays $100. Click here to join.

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Friday, March 28, 2014
01:45 PM - March 28, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Project CARS will be supporting the Project Morpheus virtual reality headset for Playstation 4 when it drops. In a blog post, the game's developer Slightly Mad Studios, announced the decision:

"Virtual reality is a perfect fit for racing games since the game world literally comes rushing towards you from the distance and the increased sense of depth and speed that stereoscopic vision affords you makes this incredibly real and tangible. So when youíre racing you get a much better perception of distances and position and you feel far more enveloped by that world rather than just looking through a window at it."

Project CARS will be available for on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, and Steam OS in November 2014. Project Morpheus integration obviously will only be the for the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

Game: Project CARSHype Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4Votes: 5 - View All
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
09:43 AM - March 26, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

The 2014 Major League Baseball season will kickoff its official opening day on March 31, that's next Monday for the calendar challenged folks out there.

With MLB 14 The Show arriving the following day, baseball is literally on everyone's minds at this point. Thanks to OS User NYYanks26, we have a simulation ready for you to enjoy of all of the happenings of this upcoming baseball season according to MLB 14 The Show.

Read More - 2014 MLB Season Sim With MLB 14 The Show

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
04:50 PM - March 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Just minutes ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the news that Facebook has bought Oculus VR, the maker of the upcoming Oculus Rift Virtual Reality gaming platform:

"I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.

mmersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there's a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home."
It's possible Facebook could explore sports specific experiences such as getting a virtual seat at a basketball game. The reported price of the deal is $2 billion.

What would you like to see out of the Oculus platform?

02:11 PM - March 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Dynasty League Baseball Online is seeing some new updates for the 2014 baseball season. Here's some highlights:

NEW! 2013 season player cards: You can view any player card by mousing over it in the Roster menu either in a league or playing a "Series" solitaire or with a friend. For more than 25 years, discerning fans looking for the most realistic baseball simulation experience have played this landmark strategy game that originated as the Pursue the Pennant board version game.

NEW! Transparency of your Private Draft League for anyone to view: To see what a DYNASTY League Baseball Online league looks like, you can click on the league home page for the SNBL http://www.dynastyleaguebaseball.com...px?OrgID=53182 and also on any team on the league home page to view their team page. Right now the new SNBL 2014 season has not started, but you can see the 16 teams in the SNBL and their pre-draft rosters. At the bottom right on the team page is the PAST SEASONS league history. By clicking on either the 2011 or 2012 Player Season you can see the historical stats, standings and leaders for the league and each team (again by clicking on the team page). Stats can easily be sorted on the team page by clicking on the stat header category or the pull down splits menu.

NEW! Commissioner Tools now include automated playoffs, custom playoffs and the new MLB play-in wild card format: Commissioner Tools include new playoff setup options in the League Settings in addition to the Edit roster and schedule builder tools.

NEW! Private Draft League migration for "keeper" leagues: Allows you to migrate your multi-player Private Draft league to the next season. As the Commissioner you can start with the most current season (2013 season player cards) and migrate forward each year or start with any season from 1996-2013 and migrate forward at your own pace.

NEW! Wide angle high resolution ball park images for Fenway Park, New Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards: The new ball park images include views from both outside and inside the ball park as well as day and night. New images for Wrigley Field are coming soon.

NEW! Season replay multi-player private stock team leagues: The first ever multi-player season replay leagues are currently ongoing where 30 team multi-player leagues are replaying the 2013 season or any season from 1996 - 2013.

NEW! DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Group: Private Draft "keeper" League formation continues to grow in the Facebook group where Commissioners and league member are able to form and join leagues. https://www.facebook.com/groups/DYNASTYLeagueBaseball/

Future Feature! Private Draft League Directory: Allows you to view all Private Leagues including their league home page. League Commissioners can highlight their league from the Commissioner Tools interface if they are looking for new league members.

Future Feature! Solitaire season replays:
Allows you to build your own schedule and play a 162 game season replay solitaire or with a friend(s).

If you are curious about our thoughts of Dynasty League Baseball Online, check out our review here. In our review, we gave the game an 8.5 (Great) rating. If you'd like more information on the game, including how to sign up for a league, check out Dynasty League Baseball Online's website.

Game: Dynasty League Baseball OnlineReader Score: 10/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Mac / PCVotes: 8 - View All
11:45 AM - March 25, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

With the new PS3 version of MLB 14 The Show dropping in a week, it is a good an opportune time to ask OS'ers what your preferred Pitching Interface in the game is.

Do you prefer the meter? Classic? Pure Analog? Pulse Pitching?

Sound off in our poll on the right side of the homepage and above this post in the forums!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
Monday, March 24, 2014
03:15 PM - March 24, 2014. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Chris Sanner

Let's face it, everyone has that one pitch which they just can not hit. This inevitably leads to facing a pitcher with said pitch which just ends in frustration. Last year, I developed a sudden inability to hit big, bending curveballs. Who knows the exact reason why, but at the onset of my time with MLB 13 The Show, curveballs were automatic swings and misses.

This year, I'm sure I'll have a new 'least favorite pitch' to engage with. What about you? What pitch(es) are impossible for you to hit? Which pitchers present you with the most problems?

Sound off with a comment below!

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita / PS4Votes: 7 - View All

Mark Cuban seemed to say it pretty clear: the NFL is heading straight towards an implosion.

In the article, Cuban cited the NFL's expansion of Thursday night and now two planned Saturday games as a reason why the league may be in trouble, citing audience fatigue.

"I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion," Cuban said. "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

The comments come as CBS and the NFL announced a one-year joint partnership in airing Thursday Night games starting in the 2014 season.

What do you think? Do you think the NFL should stick to Sundays and Mondays or do you think expansion to as many nights of the week as possible is a good thing?

Game: NFLReader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 3 - View All
Friday, March 21, 2014
05:18 PM - March 21, 2014. Posted by Baseballking888. Written by Chris Sanner

Sony released a new trailer for the PS3 version of MLB 14 The Show's launch coming up on April 1. The video goes over this year's key features with plenty of new in-game video.

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! Are you buying the PS3 version?

Game: MLB 14 The ShowReader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS Vita / PS3 / PS4Votes: 7 - View All
04:33 PM - March 21, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chris Sanner

EA Sports UFC Creative Director, Brian Hayes is answering questions on the EA forums. Here are a few highlights:

- What is the takedown mechanic? Is it a shine, button mashing, or just something that is left up to stats/timing?

Takedown attempts are performed by holding the left trigger and performing a gesture with the right stick. The fighterís ratings will determine how quickly the defend has to react in order to defend the takedown. There is no button-mashing or shining.

- How in depth will fighter entrances be?

Pretty in-depth. We include the walkouts, the official inspection, entering the octagon and the full introduction from Bruce Buffer. A lot of the fighters have unique entrance animations. We shorten some things up though so that it doesnít take 15-20 minutes for the fight to actually start from the time the first fighter comes out of the tunnel.

- Can we expect a realistic post fight experience as far as the official decisons and how fighters react to winning close fights and things like that?

Some people will say the post fight experience is realistic enough, and some people wonít. Other people are just going to button through it anyway .

- How many possible ko animations are there and is it possible to ko someone from any position in the octagon?

There are some ground positions where a KO isnít possible, for example, if you are postured down in full guard youíre not going to be getting enough power on your strikes to put somebody out. And some positions in the clinch, for example if you have double unders, youíre not going to KO your opponent with knees to the legs or shoulder shots.

- Explanation in detail how the parry system works?

Holding the right trigger is a simple block that will give you some protection against any incoming attacks. The longer you turtle up like this, the less effective it becomes. Holding the right trigger and pressing a punch button will block high, or pressing a kick button will block low. These blocks will give you almost 100% protection against attacks in those respective regions. If you perform a high or low block with the right timing, properly anticipating or reacting to your opponentís incoming strike, then you will perform a parry which will give you a chance to counter.

- Will you be able to make a CAF with a decent overall right off the bat or will you start with low amount of points then have to build them up?

If youíre making one outside of Career Mode, you can do whatever you want. If you are starting a new Career, all fighters start with the same overall rating, but a different distribution of attributes based on their fighting style.

- One review said no minors or majors just transitions. Is this true?

We have basic and skilled transitions. You need to use a skilled transition to get to rubber guard (if your fighter has that ability) or to pass straight into full mount from half-guard. Stuff like that. Skilled transitions are performed with the same right stick gesture, but you also hold the left bumper button. Sweeps from the bottom are treated as skilled transitions also.

- Can we record highlights and put them as a video to the background in the menus or main menu? Or is it just those cool pictures like in Fight Night and other EA SPORTS titles.

Itís just those cool pictures. But the PS4 and XB1 both feature Game DVR capabilities that allow you to record and share stuff. Also, any highlight reel generated in an online match automatically gets uploaded to a feature we call UFC Spotlight. You can go there to view your own highlights, your friends highlights and everyoneís highlights.

You can read more from the very extensive Q&A on the official EA Forums.

Game: EA Sports UFCReader Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All