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To hear users from the Operation Sports Forums tell it, chicks don't dig the long ball .... they dig walks.

Or at least "sim gamers" do.

Walks are one of those fascinating areas where "sim" and "game" intersect, and developers find it's hard...{br}{br}View the Entire Article{br}

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# 1 BatsareBugs @ 05/04/05 10:48 PM
Great article and subject to talk about there fossen.
 
# 2 elicoleman @ 05/04/05 11:26 PM
Good read Fossen
 
# 3 hdaniel1 @ 05/05/05 12:35 AM
Wow. I hope you were just joking.

Let me ask you this. Why does he sucks as a moderator and a writer?

BTW, the staff and the mod crew, we do this for the love of sports gaming, we don't get paid for any of this stuff. We volunteer to do this to give out sports gaming information to the public.
 
# 4 BatsareBugs @ 05/05/05 01:14 AM
*Unappropriate for front cover material. Leave it to that.

You can go back to your MVP forum now.
 
# 5 sdrotar @ 05/05/05 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by crackerjack
What a bunch of brownnosers! What did this article bring to me by reading it? If I want poetry, I'll go to the library. All it did was plug MLB 2006 and waste my time. Fossen sucks as a moderator, a writer, and he's not very pleasant to look at......at the very least guess he works for free.
That's got to be the most insulting and tasteless thing I've ever read.

Fortunately, the rest of us will now be spared your drivel for a while...
 
# 6 brunnoce @ 05/05/05 04:41 AM
very good point there about the walks..
i totally agrre that if we could have joy of drawing a walk(although i get it in mlb2006) maybe stats would be much more closer than real life counterparts..but ive tried to go this way , and the problem in mlb2006 specificly is that they throw too many strikes...so unless you are a very good hitter and keep defending the strike zone pitchers wont walk you as they should...but i do think that a Strke/ball slider would fix it.

anyway great article!
 
# 7 VanCitySportsGuy @ 05/05/05 12:58 PM
I'm able to draw walks in ESPN but I'm always tempted to swing. Let's face it, it's always more fun to take a hack then to take a ball. Now I know what it feels like to be Shea Hillenbrand.
 
# 8 fossen @ 05/05/05 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by asianflow
I'm able to draw walks in ESPN but I'm always tempted to swing. Let's face it, it's always more fun to take a hack then to take a ball. Now I know what it feels like to be Shea Hillenbrand.
Exactly - which is why you will never see that correct amount of balls/walks in a console videogame.

I can draw walks in MLB just fine .... but maybe only 2 per game, instead of the 3+ per game that is the league average.
 
# 9 luv_mist @ 05/05/05 02:54 PM
In being honest, this really opened my eyes in letting me know how ridiculous the minor little details are compared to what is in real life. I don't quite relate with baseball cause it's just not something I've found the time to sit down and watch. I do play basketball. In viewing basketball, one thing that seriously needs to be noticed is the type of challenge between the teams for those stats. If anyone knows basketball and know the Heat and Bobcats, then you'd get what I'm saying. When the Bobcats beat the Heat, that was basically a slap in the face of stats somewhat. Exploiting a weakspot against an opponent is the thing that should establish the stats.

Stats aren't as useful as many think they are. They do tell a story, but so many times, stats can mislead. Just because it happens one day doesn't mean it won't another. Sports are skill, but are also reading opportunity. If a player is getting struck out at the plate, then I'm going to throw heat everytime he steps up to take a swing until I'm too fatigued against him. If he hits it, then I'll change it up on him and keep him guessing. It was a good article honestly. Makes a brother thing a bit. Keep them coming. Keep them interesting. Fossen, you ain't dat bad looking. You aight....
 
# 10 Sully @ 05/06/05 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by pujolsfan
Wow what happened in here??? lol
Gee, I wonder who you are...
 
# 11 elicoleman @ 05/06/05 01:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Sully
Gee, I wonder who you are...


What a *******.
 
# 12 Acid @ 05/06/05 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Sully
Gee, I wonder who you are...


Great read, Fossen!
 
# 13 Badgun @ 05/06/05 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Amidst The Blather
To hear users from the Operation Sports Forums tell it, chicks don't dig the long ball .... they dig walks.

Or at least "sim gamers" do.

Walks are one of those fascinating areas where "sim" and "game" intersect, and developers find it's hard...

View the Entire Article
Very good spin on things, Fossen. I have been waiting for someone to say this for a long time. I noticed with using someone's sliders in MVP that they have the CPU pitchers' control set so bad to get walks, that you rarely ever get anything good to hit. This causes me to swing at more bad pitches than I would normally swing at.

Having to sit and go 7-8 pitches into the count also extends the game quite a bit. All of a sudden a 30 minute game becomes a 50 minute game because you have to sit and look at so many pitches. I agree that walks are part of the game, but a lot of these guys border on obsessing about it.
 

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