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2K Sports has just posted their MLB Front Office Manager Developer Diary video #1.

Thanks Game Stooge.

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# 1 budsticky @ 12/08/08 11:29 PM
I'm very excited about this game, but at the same time I'm a little pessimistic. There is so much that goes into a baseball game like this. Just the on the field stuff is hard to accurately represent with all the different variables that come into play for the AI managers: proper bullpen usage, reasonable pinch-hitting and running, on the field strategy etc.. Even games like OOTP that have been around for years continue to enhance these aspects year after year without ever quite making the detail oriented baseball fans perfectly happy. Throw in the fact that you have 30 different managers with different tendencies and you've got quite a project on your hands.

Then you have the incredibly complex world of the general manager and all the rules governing players behind the scenes which is probably more daunting for a programmer than the on the field stuff.

Lets not forget that you need good career progression for a career based sim game as well. There has to be a variety of realistic career arcs, everything from the can't miss prospect that never gets out of the minors all the way up to the late round pick that ends up in the hall of fame and everything in between.

Again, I'm very excited for this game, but I'm definitely going to wait a little while to pick it up. It would be so easy for a game like this to ship with a couple game killers for a die hard baseball fan like me..and it's the die hard that this game seems to be aiming for. Since this is a first year effort I'm a little bit tentative. Hopefully it is a gem though.
 
# 2 capa @ 12/09/08 08:11 AM
I hope they don't have the on field action play out in "fast" mode like the video shows.

C
 
# 3 Jistic @ 12/09/08 09:07 AM
This could be awesome.
 
# 4 SoxFan01605 @ 12/09/08 05:31 PM
 
# 5 ericjwm @ 12/10/08 10:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jistic
This could be awesome.
I think it will be for sure as long as the AI logic is up to par. Its got a lot of the little details to add more enjoyment to the managing experience. One of them being realistic player models with unique batting stances & deliveries.
 
# 6 capa @ 12/11/08 08:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ericjwm
I think it will be for sure as long as the AI logic is up to par. Its got a lot of the little details to add more enjoyment to the managing experience. One of them being realistic player models with unique batting stances & deliveries.
Good stuff...as long as they don't play out the on field stuff in fast motion as the video shows.

C
 
# 7 ericjwm @ 12/12/08 12:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by capa
Good stuff...as long as they don't play out the on field stuff in fast motion as the video shows.

C
It doesn't look that fast to me, then again it didn't really show much game footage. But there should be a normal and a fast play option.

**Edit**
The part in the preview where it says games take around 15 mins has me slightly worried. I'd prefer a little slower pace & batter step out's/step in's after each pitch. Maybe they can make it an option in "Front Office Manager 2010".
 
# 8 FedEx227 @ 12/12/08 01:14 PM
Not going to lie, it looks awesome.

I'm fine with the quick games for the most part, I'm more interested in doing all the other little things more so than actually watching the games. Back in my MVP owner mode days I'd even sometimes sim full seasons without ever playing a game.
 
# 9 dp68 @ 12/16/08 08:44 PM
It looks like everything I have been looking for in a baseball game. I love OOTP, but the graphical representation yielded in the Front Page Sports titles added immeasurable immersion for me.

The deal makers/breakers will be -

1) Trade Logic
2) Good Statistical Realism (particularly K/9 and BB/9 ratios along with AVG, HRs)

I'll absolutely buy it as soon as it comes out. How much it lives up to expectations will determine if I give any future releases a chance.
 
# 10 dp68 @ 12/16/08 10:40 PM
Another question which is on my mind, particularly because they consulted Billy Beane...

Will there be advantages to using "Money Ball logic" to scout amateurs? For instance, focusing on college players with statistics which are fairly reliable to project, versus high school players with potentially more upside but a lot more unknowns.

Will minor leaguers have realistic development clues in their statistics? For instance, a minor league pitcher with a high K/9 rate should be watched closely.

If they are truly shooting for the stat/sim crowd, I feel these types of things should be in the model.
 
# 11 bonannogiovanni @ 12/17/08 05:11 AM
it's gonna be a PC game too!!
 
# 12 fgsfsfbbbrd @ 12/20/08 09:39 AM
i cannot wait for this game!! im totally looking forward being able to be a GM for a sport i know so much about. this game will totally be worth it.
 

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