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It Came From the MLB The Show Forums: How Old Are You Baseball Gamers?

As tends to happen on our site, someone on the Operation Sports forums started a thread that got hundreds of responses. When this happens, it creates a life of its own and makes us pay close attention to every post.

This time, OS forum user Houston posed the question simply asking how old are you on our Show forums? It was a simple question that caused a thread to explode with answers. Houston also added a poll, so we could see the empirical data. According to a poll of 245 responses at the time of this writing, the age group that plays MLB The Show the most is the 35-44 bracket (with about 34% of the vote). I have to admit I was a little surprised. I thought this age group would probably be the second highest, with the highest being the 28-34 age group. But I was wrong, and even more wrong when I saw the next highest age group was the 45-54 age group with just over 24%. The 28-34 crowd currently comes in third with 16.5%.

While the thread talks about the age groups most of the way through it, it has also become a thread to share your earliest baseball game memories — and lots of nostalgia.

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Users have told stories about playing their first baseball games, their favorite baseball games, and the memories that were left on them from doing so. Some of the popular games other than The Show that have been mentioned are games from the earliest consoles, such as Major League Baseball on the Intellevision system, Real Sports Baseball on the Atari 2600, Some PC baseball games such as Hardball, Tony LaRussa Baseball, and Earl Weaver Baseball.

As we get closer to modern times, of course you have to mention baseball games such as Baseball on the NES, along with the Bases Loaded series and RBI Baseball.

The thread keeps going up through the years going into the Sega Genesis era with World Series Baseball. It also bleeds into the World Series Baseball games on the Sega Saturn, which in my opinion are criminally underrated — most likely because of the small user base the Saturn had. My personal favorite baseball game of all time is World Series Baseball 98 on the Saturn. I even think it had the first “true” polygonal players. While quite jaggy, it was better looking than most other baseball games at the time. And who could forget Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for the SNES. It is a game that got many into baseball video games, and even baseball in general.

Even with many different ages being represented in the thread, the one common element that brings it all together is the love of baseball, which to me is something special. There is just something special about the sport and being a fan. Maybe it is the father/son/daughter dynamic and taking them to their first ever game.

I remember going to my first MLB game at the age of nine. The feeling I got when I walked up the ramp in the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium for the first time and seeing the huge vastness of it made my stomach drop in awe. I got to meet so many of the players, who were very nice and generous by taking time to sign autographs. I even got to meet Ken Griffey Jr. there. He signed the infamous 1989 Upper Deck rookie card of himself for me. As he went to jog away, he said “see ya later kid.” I’ll never forget that moment.

So, much appreciation to Houston for creating the thread. And I’m sure all of us, no matter what our age is now, will continue to play baseball video games as long as they exist.

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  1. I’m 37 and yeah been gaming since I was 5 on the NES, but I didn’t get into baseball games until I played RBI Baseball on the Genesis. And then World Series Baseball blew me away on the Genesis and I’ve loved baseball games ever since. Some of my favorite series are WSB, Triple Play, MVP baseball, and of course The Show. All Star Baseball on the N64 was pretty amazing too.
    I'm 40. First baseball game I played was MLB Baseball on NES. It wasn't all that great, but I rented Bases Loaded and my dad and I loved those games. I remember thinking the graphics were so realistic at the time.
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    65...and long for the Golden era of baseball from the 1960's. Gone forever. Today's game is almost foreign to me...but it is still baseball (for the most part)...
    :)
    C
    37. First baseball game I played was Earl Weaver baseball running on dos.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Weaver_Baseball
    My brother and I spent time creating modern players in the game using baseball cards for reference to create current rosters. At one point we held a fantasy draft and constructed a schedule and played with those teams.
    We could also build stadiums in that game as well.
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    I'll be 38 in month. The first baseball game I ever played was RealSportsBaseball on the Atari 7800. That Atari with my grandpa is what got me hooked on video games from age 5. The game of choice and 99% of the time however was Ms. Pacman, which is still my favorite game of all time for nostalgic reasons. And it's still such a great challenging game that tests reflexes and hand eye coordination. Along with learning patterns.
    I was siked to get the original NES for Christmas. And Playstation One for Christmas when it was brand new. Been with Playstation ever since. No ps5 yet, and will wait a few years anyway when price lowers.
    Been playing MLBTS since 2012. I played it on ps3, I think it was 08. But only a few times and never owned it so can't say I really played it. But from what I hear it was a great game for it's time.
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    I'm 31 and The Show '20 was my first ever baseball game.
    I'm from the UK so didn't grow up with American sports. Both The Show and Madden have been great tools for learning about baseball and football for me.
    41 and from the great state of Maine!
    First game I remember playing was Little League Baseball on NES. Saul on New York was my dude.
    Only games I really miss is MVP. It had most things that I think the show is lacking.
    And I'll hopefully be playing til I die!
    #LGM
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    I’m 35 been playing mlb the show since the beginning. I play every sim mlb game. 2k versions Ea version all of them lol. Every year I worry about roster and music and never got to do a full season. And I flip flop so much I don’t know what team to be every year lol
    I'm 30. My first taste of The Show was 06 on the PSP. Before that I was playing all kinds of baseball games. Triple Play, All Star Baseball, High Heat, Slugfest, VR Baseball, Big Hurt Baseball, etc. I made the fulltime jump to PS3/The Show after how unplayable MLB 2K9 was and never looked back. It's by far my favorite sports gaming franchise.
    The Show 21 might be the only game I've ever owned that brings three different generations together, huddled around a TV. My dad (68), nephew (10), and I have a franchise going. I created the uniforms, stadium and handle the pitching. They do the hitting. It's the most fun I've had in a long time. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this incredible franchise and its wonderful developers.
    36, my fav game as a kid was MVP baseball and I loved the college baseball version they had…… was always a Nintendo and Xbox guy so played the show for the first time probably in 06/07 and was in love…… only play 2/3 video games and they’re strictly sim sports games as I play because of the connection with the sport as I’ve grown older and don’t play anymore
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    I'm 35. I was never a huge baseball fan. I follow my Braves but that's about it. I did have Ken Griffey Jr. for the N64. Back in 2010 I was deployed to Afghanistan and the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) center had a PS3 and a few games. I found myself playing franchise in The Show 10 or 09, whatever one was available a lot. I ordered myself a PS3 and The Show then and had it waiting for me when I got home. Since then The Show has been a staple of my gaming experience.
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    I'm 47 and I have fond memories from a lot of baseball games.
    My first was a handheld mattel baseball game.
    Next was Coleco baseball but my friend knew a cheat that made him disappear when running to first and appeared at home plate for auto runs. I hated that game lol.
    Baseball Superstars on NES changed my life and I also liked Bases Loaded as it was the first game that replicated a broadcast with the main view being behind the pitcher.
    I played RBI a lot. The Bash Brothers were a big deal at that time.
    I was more of a Genesis guy and liked Triple play and World Series Baseball but did play Ken Griffey on SNES
    MVP05 is still the king even though MLB the Show has since made better games. It really was just a perfect game. Game modes, minor leagues, owner mode, mini games, all just perfection. I still listen to the soundtrack on spotify.
    It blows my mind how far we've come.
    This is a great thread. I love seeing 65, 74 year olds talking about video games. I often feel old at 47 but I know I will enjoy playing and talking about games for the rest of my life and its great to see others who are the same.
    my licence says I'm in the 45-54 range but my heart knows better and says I'm closer to 12
    #ForEverYoung
    74. Walked 200 miles to school in 43 feet of snow growing up.

    lies. there were no schools that long ago
    :)
    I'm 35. I was never a huge baseball fan. I follow my Braves but that's about it. I did have Ken Griffey Jr. for the N64. Back in 2010 I was deployed to Afghanistan and the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) center had a PS3 and a few games. I found myself playing franchise in The Show 10 or 09, whatever one was available a lot. I ordered myself a PS3 and The Show then and had it waiting for me when I got home. Since then The Show has been a staple of my gaming experience.
    I never want to forego an opportunity to say I very much appreciate your service and sacrifices for me and the rest of the country.
    there is nothing more honorable in this life than serving, so, thank-you again good sir :usa:
    KnightTemplar
    74. Walked 200 miles to school in 43 feet of snow growing up.

    What? You mean you did not have to walk uphill in both directions. You had it easy.
    I'm 43, so I'm at the tail end of the most common group, it seems. Its nice to be a part of a gaming community where I'm not the creepy old guy!
    My first baseball video game was on the Atari 2600. From there, I played a ton of RBI baseball on the NES, and base wars was fun as a kid. On the SNES, Ken Griffey Jr Baseball was a huge jump in realism and I absolutely loved that game. Techmo Super Baseball was a lot of fun too.
    On the PS1 and PS2, I jumped around a lot between Triple Play, High Heat, and the games from 989 that preceded The Show. But I've played The Show through basically the entire PS3 and PS4 eras, and plan to continue with the PS5 in time as well.
    I turned 48 earlier this month. Good to see I'm not the oldest one here :lol:
    I remember playing Atari Real Sports Baseball on the 2600.
    Then it was on to the Nintendo and MLB. The computer couldn't hit the curve, so I threw no-hitters all day. But what I loved about that game was it had all the real teams in their home whites and road grays. I'd bribe my brother into playing a World Series with me just so I could see the teams change uniforms over the course of the series.
    After that, it was Bases Loaded 3 and trying to knock out a full 130-game season. If I remember right, 75 wins clinched the division and you went to the playoffs at that point.
    The Genesis brought Tony La Russa Baseball and then World Series Baseball. La Russa had some top prospects. I remember being excited seeing Javy Lopez and Ryan Klesko on the Braves. And WS brought the behind the batter batting view with real stadium backdrops - revolutionary at the time. In terms of nostalgia, WSB 95 might still be my favorite game of all time.
    When the original PlayStation debuted, I was so excited for Sony's MLB Pennant Race. I annoyed the manager at my local GameStop asking about it. It kept getting delayed over and over again, so I finally just picked up Triple Play. I think MLB 98 was my first Sony game and I loved it. I think most people still played TP at the time, but I played MLB every year from 98-00.
    In 2001, I was off to the PS2 and Sony didn't have a baseball game for it. So back to Triple Play for me. I loved TP 2001. Went with High Heat for a year, then back to World Series Baseball before finally setting on MVP. Like a lot of people, I loved MVP 05.
    I left the PS2 and Sony for Xbox in 2004. In 2007, I tried MLB 2K and hated it. So when MLB The Show 07 with David Wright on the cover released in May of 2007, I ditched the 360 and went back to Sony and the PS3. It was an incredibly impulsive decision, but it's worked out well. I've had every version of MLBTS since then.
    44 here and RBI on NES is the first baseball game I can remember playing and play it I did.
    Can't remember the year but the first Show I remember playing is when Joe Mauer was on the cover in back to back years.
    I am 41 and my first baseball game was Major League Baseball on the Intellivision. Gotta love the stick figures on the field
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    Polo Bandit
    I'm 40. First baseball game I played was MLB Baseball on NES. It wasn't all that great, but I rented Bases Loaded and my dad and I loved those games. I remember thinking the graphics were so realistic at the time.
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    Man same age as you. Bases Loaded was my first baseball game. I loved that game a true classic still have it today. Need to play next time I take out the NES.
    51 years young here.
    Atari 2600 Homerun was my first baseball video game and it sucked balls.
    But then came the Intellivision and MLB Baseball and it was awesome for it’s time!! 9 guys on the field OMG!!!
    I have been on every console you can imagine and have played through all the evolution of console sports games and they have never been better than we have today.
    MLB The Show is the greatest IMO. Love this series dearly. Gameplay is top notch and captures the game better than any sports game ever made. Bar none.
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    poulka
    Man same age as you. Bases Loaded was my first baseball game. I loved that game a true classic still have it today. Need to play next time I take out the NES.

    Bases loaded with the brawls. That was the only good thing about that game. RBI baseball was an addiction for me at that time. Played as the NL All Stars all the time.
    Armor and Sword
    51 years young here.
    Atari 2600 Homerun was my first baseball video game and it sucked balls.
    But then came the Intellivision and MLB Baseball and it was awesome for it’s time!! 9 guys on the field OMG!!!
    I have been on every console you can imagine and have played through all the evolution of console sports games and they have never been better than we have today.
    MLB The Show is the greatest IMO. Love this series dearly. Gameplay is top notch and captures the game better than any sports game ever made. Bar none.
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    We are the same age. I'm 52 in July. Grew up atari baseball and then intellivision baseball which was also terrible.
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    moemoe24
    Bases loaded with the brawls. That was the only good thing about that game. RBI baseball was an addiction for me at that time. Played as the NL All Stars all the time.
    Bases Loaded 2 had a hot/cold system for players that I thought was cool. The third game gameplay was good but they did away the season mode which I didn't like.
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    I'm 41. I think the first baseball game I played was Major League Baseball in the Intellivision. Even though it came out in 1980, I think I played it when I was like 4-5.
    As I grew up, I played pretty much every baseball game. I'm sure there were a few I didn't get to. I played pretty much all the early PC games, like Hardball, and Tony La Russa. Earl Weaver.
    I was a little late on the Nintendo games because I never actually owned one. My dad said the PC was good enough. My first console for me was actually not till Genesis. But then I played almost every one.
    One of my favorites ever is World Series 98 on the Saturn.
    I go back to the Micro League Baseball days and EPYX The World's Greatest Baseball Game to Hardball, Earl Weaver and Tony LaRussa from 1980's for the Commodore 64, Amiga and IBM PC. Not even counting my Intellevision/Atari Baseball days before that! Even a company that made the first Flight Simulator that was eventually sold to Microsoft, Sublogic made a baseball game and I even played that as well.
    I think I tried them all, Text Base, arcade etc, if there was a baseball game for any system, I had to have it..lol Ah, the good old days. I miss those days.
    57 here. Started playing simulated baseball on the table top in the early '70s when the only video game console in our New Jersey neighborhood was a friend's $100 Magnavox Odyssey. I still remember its outrageously high price for those days because it was mentioned every week when they gave one away on Wonderama. (If you aren't of a certain age and from the New York City area or one of the handful of other markets in the United States that aired that staple of Sunday morning kids TV, the name Wonderama likely means nothing to you. But every kid I knew in the Bronx and Northern New Jersey in those days dreamed of one day being in the audience of that show, so they could meet the host, Bob McAllister, and maybe see Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) or The Jackson Five in person.) No baseball on the Odyssey, but you could play a mean game of Pong.
    The first tabletop baseball sims I played were Sports Illustrated's Pennant Race and the brilliantly fun trip into baseball history Sport's Illustrated's All-Time All Star Baseball. Moved on to Strat-O-Matic, tried APBA, Sherco, Extra Innings, Longball and more, but I always returned to Strat-O-Matic to explore professional baseball's rich history and get my simulated baseball fix.
    I played baseball games on the Atari and Intellivision, and tried other video games and text-based baseball sims over the years. Most were terrible, a few OK, but none topped the dice, card and chart game for me or truly captured my imagination until MLB: The Show (and its excellent player creation tools) came along.
    When I fire up the PS4 and see a bespectacled Chick Hafey (of my creation) roaming the outfield in Sportsman's Park, witness Willie Mays making an over-the-shoulder catch in the deepest part of the Polo Grounds or watch the Philadelphia A's Max Bishop dive to his left to rob Barry Bonds of hit in Shibe Park, the ten year old, who played All-Time All Star Baseball, still living inside me becomes giddy. Can't wait to get my hands on a PS5, so I can start playing with the Stadium Creator too.
    35.
    Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest was the first baseball game I played - got a N64 for Christmas in junior high as my first console.
    Played The Show a bit on my buddy’s PS back in the day too, but didn’t play The Show exclusively until I got a PS4 when it first launched (and the only reason I went to PS was to have a baseball game).
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    I'm 25 guess so far I'm the youngest one here. Been playing baseball games since World Series baseball 2k3 on the old xbox. Played MVP, MLB Slugfest, and MLB 2K.
    My first MLB the show game was MLB The Show 07 on the PSP.
    50....grew up in IA (Quad Cities) as a "loveable losers" Cub fan. Grandma used to like watching the Cubs and Cardinals (red was her favorite color). Played 2B/SS as a kid and grew up idolizing Ryan Sandberg. Still remember making trips to Wrigley Field and hearing Harry Carey do the 7th inning stretch. Good times, even if they didn't win a lot back then.
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    Im 28, been playing the show since the 07 one. Ive been playing baseball games since triple play 98, and the other baseball games I had was MVP 05 and a few of the 2k games
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    That game was easily the most realistic baseball game up to, and even a bit beyond, that point. Probably until High Heat on PC came in and blew everything out of the water.
    44 btw. Playing baseball games since I first got ahold of MLB on nes.
    Tabletop gaming was (and in part still is) a huge part of my sports nerdness too with APBA and Strato.
    wizfan2
    Numbers can be such an ugly determinate, let's just say I played Tony Larussa Baseball on Sega.:bump:

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    42 next week.
    First baseball game was Earl Weaver Baseball for DOS. That game was ahead of its time, it had create a stadium!
    I've owned pretty much every major baseball game since then except Tony Larussa Baseball. The Show is definitely the most realistic representation of baseball ever constructed, despite my constant criticism.
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    I wanted to personally think everyone for liking and posting there ages and there video gaming background. A lot of great stories, consoles we grew up all playing.
    I wanted to share my own little story with you guys, most have maybe seen this before and I know Armor has.


    To make a long story short we would sit in front of the TV for hours playing video games. I was probably in my teen age years - early twenties we played a lot of baseball games like World Series on Sega, Ken Griffey Jr, (Yes we did play lots of football as well, Madden, Quarterback Club and the 2k Football on Dreamcast) but we fell in love with ALL STAR BASEBALL at the time on Nintendo 64.
    I half to tell you guys when I first started playing I didn't know a lot about the players etc etc...but as we played year after year I begin to learn the game and learn the sport inside and out. For the youngsters there was a things called the news paper and I would look at the box scores every day in the sports section.

    Glad to share the story and the real reason behind my MLB NETWORK Online League and Rosters. This is why I love baseball so much and maybe there are others out there with a similar experience.
    ==================================================
    Now with that being said guys, I understand a lot of us older guys fear or just have not interested in playing online because of the latency or the cheaters and win at all cost type of players online.
    But, in my online league it's only for us older gamers, the older crowd and guys who believe in true sportsmanship and FAIR-PLAY gaming. I have a website, we use that to schedule games, but I also have a set of rules, settings etc that we all follow and play on. I am very selective who I put in my leagues and I do a PARTY CHAT with them to ensure we are all on the same page of what we want out of this type of league.
    I believe everyone being on the same playing field in my leagues. So every owner does use the same exact settings I have setup for the league.
    My leagues is not for everyone, but I can promise you anyone interested in joining thats at least 30 years and older that

    My league is the best well structured league available, but don't take my word for it, just give me 10 mins of your time to allow me to show or explain to you what we have in place.
    You can always look at on very own OS thread here.
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/mlb-show-online/984680-mlb-network-league-mlb-show-21-sign-ups-ps4-ps5-only.html
    Thanks,
    Houston
    I wanted to personally think everyone for liking and posting there ages and there video gaming background. A lot of great stories, consoles we grew up all playing.
    I wanted to share my own little story with you guys, most have maybe seen this before and I know Armor has.


    To make a long story short we would sit in front of the TV for hours playing video games. I was probably in my teen age years - early twenties we played a lot of baseball games like World Series on Sega, Ken Griffey Jr, (Yes we did play lots of football as well, Madden, Quarterback Club and the 2k Football on Dreamcast) but we fell in love with ALL STAR BASEBALL at the time on Nintendo 64.
    I half to tell you guys when I first started playing I didn't know a lot about the players etc etc...but as we played year after year I begin to learn the game and learn the sport inside and out. For the youngsters there was a things called the news paper and I would look at the box scores every day in the sports section.

    Glad to share the story and the real reason behind my MLB NETWORK Online League and Rosters. This is why I love baseball so much and maybe there are others out there with a similar experience.
    ==================================================
    Now with that being said guys, I understand a lot of us older guys fear or just have not interested in playing online because of the latency or the cheaters and win at all cost type of players online.
    But, in my online league it's only for us older gamers, the older crowd and guys who believe in true sportsmanship and FAIR-PLAY gaming. I have a website, we use that to schedule games, but I also have a set of rules, settings etc that we all follow and play on. I am very selective who I put in my leagues and I do a PARTY CHAT with them to ensure we are all on the same page of what we want out of this type of league.
    I believe everyone being on the same playing field in my leagues. So every owner does use the same exact settings I have setup for the league.
    My leagues is not for everyone, but I can promise you anyone interested in joining thats at least 30 years and older that

    My league is the best well structured league available, but don't take my word for it, just give me 10 mins of your time to allow me to show or explain to you what we have in place.
    You can always look at on very own OS thread here.
    https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/mlb-show-online/984680-mlb-network-league-mlb-show-21-sign-ups-ps4-ps5-only.html
    Thanks,
    Great post right here.
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    54 here and still going strong in fact now that my kids are older I have more time at night to game. Been playing since Atari 2600. Baseball has always been my favorite sports video game to play. God I logged so many hours in to Tommy Lasorda baseball. I still play it once in a while
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    53. Started with handheld blips of light, then Atari realsports baseball, through Hardball, High Heat, and MVP on the Genesis then PlayStation, before settling in on MLB The Show every year through 2020.
    Also for years played NHL and Madden alongside but dropped those years ago. Playing a bit of MLB The Show 21 on game pass on my Series X, may pick it up later for my PS5 when it’s on sale. Not so sure of 21. Still playing my ‘19 Chise in ‘20 on my PS5. The Show is the only game I play.
    g22
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    Awesome thread. I love reading everyone's stories.
    I am 40 and Super Action Baseball on Colecovision was the first I remember playing, but the NES era was when I really fell in love with baseball games. I didn't have a ton of money growing up so I wasn't able to try every game out there, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on RBI and Bases Loaded and I would play both of those for hours and hours. Bases Loaded had the camera behind the pitcher and I was blown away with how realistic it felt at the time. There was no built-in way to save your season, so you had to write down a code after every game if you wanted to resume. I remember one summer having a notebook full of codes and just having a blast.
    After the strike of '94, I remember being so bummed and I lost interest in baseball as I had also just finished my last season of Little League. I became distracted with girls, partying, and skateboarding, and unfortunately missed out on like 3 generations of great baseball games as I was too busy playing stuff like Mortal Kombat, Goldeneye, and Tony Hawk instead (what a fool I was, right?). It wasn't until I got a PSP and happened to stumble upon MLB The Show 06 that my love for baseball was reignited. I felt like a kid all over again and was once again blown away. This series single-handedly brought me back to the love of the game and I am forever grateful.

    35 here. Wow, 0 in the 21 and under group. Wonder if it's more that they're just not in this forum or they're not into baseball at all. Maybe they're in the Show sub-Reddit showing off their sick nasty Diamond Dynasty cards or practicing their bodacious bat flips.
    This is so awesome. Just turned 46 and I remember starting out with the old HandHeld Mattel baseball game, Intellivision Major League baseball and theStar League Baseball on the Commodore 64.
    One of my favourite memories growing up was heading to Calgary to visit our friends up there. They lived right next to a very small mall, but in that mall there was a 12 game arcade that had the best video game. The game was called World Series Baseball and on the left side you had the bat. It was a little metal bat that you would pull back and let go to mimic the swing. On the right side you had a pitchers stick where you could throw pitches with. You could adjust speed, curve, etc. My brother an I would easily each play a roll of quarters (a game cost $0.25, or $0.50 if you both played). Our friends weren't real baseball fans, but even they enjoyed to game. Those days are memories I won't ever forget. I still remember the day we went up there for a visit and walked into the arcade and it was no longer there, my brother an I were crushed. :)
    Just turned 39 years young and i’ve been playing baseball games since MVP Baseball.. then 2K and along came MLB 2005 and The Show 06 and the rest is history.
    I like reading everyone’s stories and age range... I don’t feel like am reading a whole lot of youngsters anymore so thank you for sharing..
    I’m not shocked at all that this site as a whole (and even more specifically Baseball) is quite “older” than most people would imagine gamers being. I like it though, feels more like a community instead of people trying to farm internet points.
    I’m 30, first baseball game I can remember playing was a Ken Griffey Jr. one on SNES. I forget the name (maybe it was winning run?) but I remember my dad giving up and just buying it from Blockbuster because I would rent it over and over again. I know I still have it somewhere, Blockbuster sticker and all.
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?

    Just the simple button input. I essentially bat in The Show the same way that I did back in RBI baseball on the NES, lol.
    I'm afraid someone at Sony will see this thread and realise to get the under 25 demographic (especially the under 20) we'll probably end up with a TikTok mode added for Show 22
    Unlucky 13
    Just the simple button input. I essentially bat in The Show the same way that I did back in RBI baseball on the NES, lol.

    Do you do the directional also or just timing no left influence
    CujoMatty
    I'm 47 and I have fond memories from a lot of baseball games.
    My first was a handheld mattel baseball game.
    Next was Coleco baseball but my friend knew a cheat that made him disappear when running to first and appeared at home plate for auto runs. I hated that game lol.

    50 years old hear and if the games you referred to are the same as I remember, I can remember both like it was yesterday. I remember thinking that the Coleco Vision baseball was the most realistic version of video game baseball that would ever be invented, because if I remember correctly, it was the first 3D version ever developed and you could control all fielders and runners individually. Plus, the Coleco Vision super action controller was incredible. Boy, how times have changed...
    Just turned 36
    My first baseball game I got into was Ken Griffey Jr baseball on snes. Being in the pre internet days, I didn't know there was any other Baseball games, so I played that until I got a N64 when I was 12. From there I got hooked on the All Star Baseball series. Living in Denver at the time, and seeing Larry Walker on the cover, it was the best of both worlds. I continued playing that series until its 2004 release, and snuck in MVP 05
    After MVP, I got a ps2, and played The Show 06. The rest is history. I have played each and every game in this series since 06.
    I have 5 kids, ranging from 14 to 3. 4 boys, and 1 girl. They ALL play softball currently, as I live in a small city that doesn't offer much in terms of actual baseball leagues. The one they do have is always full, and costs a fortune.
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    zello144
    I'm 25 guess so far I'm the youngest one here. Been playing baseball games since World Series baseball 2k3 on the old xbox. Played MVP, MLB Slugfest, and MLB 2K.
    My first MLB the show game was MLB The Show 07 on the PSP.

    I got you beat by a couple months. I'll be 25 later this year. First baseball game I played was MVP '05 on the GameCube. Then 2k8 on the Wii. Moved onto PS3 with The Show in 2012 and played every game for the PS3 era. Took a break during the PS4 era as I was playing 2 sports in college and didn't have time or money for video games for a while, but I'm back at it for the next gen and enjoying it as much as ever. Pretty cool to see some more "experienced" :wink: gamers fill up this thread. We'll see if I ever grow out of it or am still mashing buttons when I am "experienced" too!!
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?

    Directional...always used it.
    Classic Pitching too.
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    Going to be 54 this JUNE 5th.
    I've only been playing MLBTS since Show 19. Last year was my FIRST gaming console in a LONG time.
    Only other one I can remember is playing SPACE INVADERS on the Atari system.
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?
    Directional hitting classic pitching.
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    I'll be 43 this October.
    I grew up on Atari 2600 as Baseball was my first baseball game. I remember my brother and I playing, and I only knew how to control the catcher so he fielded everything. Thankfully the field wasn't that big. :)
    I remember my brother and I creating real life teams on Baseball Stars for the NES. Such a great game wasting summers on.
    I am a collector of video games, especially baseball video games. Bases Loaded series, RBI series, All-Star Baseball series, High Heat series, MVP series and now MLB The Show series. Of course I had the ones that weren't a "series"; Tony LaRussa, Tommy Lasorda, Hardball, Baseball Simulator 2000 (space field), Sportstalk Baseball on Genesis, and everything else.
    Some know, or may not, but my love from baseball stemmed from my Grandpa. He played in the minor league organization of the Cardinals back in the day and at the time, Louisville was the Louisville Redbirds, so my being a Cardinals fan was sort of a given. :)
    I played the game from T-Ball all the way thru college, but that is where my career ended. Now I help coach my 5 year old son in Little League and he has the same passion for the game as his old man, and like his old man, he's a Cardinals fan, because well he didn't have a choice. :) I hope he continues to enjoy it as much as I do as a fan, but as his Dad it really doesn't matter. He's also a fan of golf and I like that sport as well. :)
    So many Spring, Summer, and yes fall nights spent at the ballpark. Its my sanctuary so to speak. The dirt, the grass, the crack of the bat (aluminum or wood), the pop of the glove and the smells of the concession stand. Its the best sport, in my opinion of course, and when the season ends, I anxiously await the next season to begin.
    The game has brought me many memories, family bonding nights, and some of my dearest friends. No matter the ups and downs of life, baseball has always been a constant in some form or fashion. And I expect for however more trips around the sun I have, it will continue to be there as either an escape or guilty pleasure.
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?
    Zone. I'm not particularly good at it, but the other modes just don't feel right for me.
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    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?

    Zone and meter pitching, always since The Show 07.
    Caulfield
    I'm afraid someone at Sony will see this thread and realise to get the under 25 demographic (especially the under 20) we'll probably end up with a TikTok mode added for Show 22

    I was wondering how much of a reflection these results are overall on who is playing the game, and how much of it is the nature of message boards as a whole. While I still love boards as much as I did twenty years ago, the younger crowd clearly has very little time for them. On most of the ones I visit, the overwhelming bulk of posters are between 30-55. Basically, those of us who were really into new tech at the turn of the century.
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Do you do the directional also or just timing no left influence

    Only with bunting now.
    In older versions of the show, I would press up and power swing when I thought that a high fastball was coming, but somewhere along the way the effectiveness of that seems to have gone away, and I've found that my player's power is mostly uneffected by it, so I stopped. It was causing many more swing and misses than it was home runs. I dabbled with trying to pull inside pitches or hit to the opposite field back in the PS3 era, but I always sucked at it, and was hurting myself more than I was helping, so I gave up.
    Now, with fewer than two strikes, I try to just only swing at pitches that I think are up in the zone, and let the rest go. If its a low strike, so be it. Hopefully its a ball, but a strike is better than a weak ground out.
    COMMISSIONERHBK9
    Question guys since the majority of us is above the age of 30 and we all dont move our hands like we use to lol what hitting interface do you guys use?
    I use directional hitting & classic pitching.
    I turn 25 on June 1st, so it seems I'm the youngest to answer so far unless I missed someone else.
    I can't remember what my very first baseball game was, but I'm pretty sure it was on the SEGA and had Griffey Jr. on the cover, and I've played The Show on each gen so far. I got into baseball from my parents, both huge Yankee fans. My dad and I used to play The Show together but as he's gotten older he can't really keep up with the new games anymore, but he likes to watch me play a game every now and then.
    I'm not a strictly sports gamer kind of guy, but I am strictly SIM with sports games, and The Show and NFL2K5 are both games I play frequently, and I'd say that NFL2K5 and probably The Show 07 are my favorite sports games ever.
    Buffalo Bills, Toronto Blue Jays, Ottawa Senators, Milwaukee Bucks
    Currently listening to: Veil of Maya
    51, I absolutely love this game and franchise, hitting-I use zone button, play exclusively simulation, quick counts-franchise, pitching- use buttons, hitting and pitching view custom behind pitcher. I have played video game baseball since early 80s Atari 2600. Played most of them all (console-can't comment on PC), never cared much for anything else besides realism when playing, the only game franchises prior to show that were satisfactorily realistic to me (at the time) have been: Tony Larussa-Genesis early 90s, and high heat-PS 1 early 2000s. RBI baseball Nintendo late 80s? and Genesis sports talk baseball early 90s? were great fun, and are 2 honorable mentions for me.
    Mid 30's here. Got into baseball gaming with KGJ's MLB Baseball for N64.
    After MVP '05, I suffered through a few years of MLB 2K, before getting a PS and the Show in '08.
    I use directional hitting and meter pitching+ the clean screen approach as it adds a layer of realism to the game, and don't find the feedback helpful at all.
    The amount of time that I can put into the game has decreased significantly over the past few years, but I still love firing up my Jays franchise, and picking away when I can. I've pretty much gone from splitting time bigger, open world games like RDR2, the Farcry series, etc., to putting the majority of my gaming time into baseball.
    Wow these results.
    This is to mean no offense but it goes to show how sports forums and forums in general have changed over the years. All of the younger demographic must be on Reddit, Twitter, etc. The game boards are not much of a thing anymore. I was all over these boards, VSN, etc, when I was as young as 14 years old. Born in 1995 and signed up in January of 2010. Time flies.
    Reddit truly is a different audience if anyone has ventured that way.
    My baseball journey started with some of the All Star baseball games, and some of the EARLY show games when they were just called MLB. Never became a huge sports nut until around MVP 05 (The G.O.A.T) came along. Been here ever since.
    I would give this game alot more time if we had better customization options, specifically with the rosters.
    I'm a retro guy only. It is beyond stupid to have to create 1-player at a time. Its like a time warp back to Baseball Simulator 1.000 (1989!, 16-bit..)
    .. I hope baseball can capitalize on what they have going right now. They seem to have overcome the money discrepancy that plagued the sport for so long. And there are a TON of young stars that can carry the sport. They just don't seem to be capturing the younger audience though. (disclaimer, I'm up in Seattle, the fanbase is jaded by one of the worst run organizations in world history..)
    blackhawksfan4ever19
    Going to be 54 this JUNE 5th.
    I've only been playing MLBTS since Show 19. Last year was my FIRST gaming console in a LONG time.
    Only other one I can remember is playing SPACE INVADERS on the Atari system.

    I will be 43 June the 5th!!
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    bravo2208
    I'm 30. My first taste of The Show was 06 on the PSP. Before that I was playing all kinds of baseball games. Triple Play, All Star Baseball, High Heat, Slugfest, VR Baseball, Big Hurt Baseball, etc. I made the fulltime jump to PS3/The Show after how unplayable MLB 2K9 was and never looked back. It's by far my favorite sports gaming franchise.
    The Show 21 might be the only game I've ever owned that brings three different generations together, huddled around a TV. My dad (68), nephew (10), and I have a franchise going. I created the uniforms, stadium and handle the pitching. They do the hitting. It's the most fun I've had in a long time. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this incredible franchise and its wonderful developers.
    That's beautiful. I'm sure your nephew will look back very fondly of these family gaming sessions!
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    I'm 25 and my first game was MLB 2K5 on Xbox (later played the vastly superior MVP Baseball 2005) and was hooked instantly. Graduated to MLB 2K6 the next year and played that until I got my PS3 in 2008 and grabbed MLB The Show 08 soon after. Have played every The Show since (except 21... Not yet)
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    I remember watching baseball on the Atari while my Dad played. I started on the NES. RBI was definitely the first baseball game I played followed by Bases Loaded. "PING!!!"
    I'll be 41 this year.
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    I'm 49 years old.
    I grew up in New York, rooting for the Yankees. I played little league and loved playing stick ball.
    My Dad got me a MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia when I was 12 and I have been hooked ever since.
    Played Atari 2600 and 5200 baseball, Hardball on my Commodore 128. APBA baseball board game before getting addicted to Pursue the Pennant baseball board game. That thing was amazing.
    I actually bought Earl Weaver Baseball for the PC before i even got a computer to play it on. LOL.
    Next got hooked on the Tony LaRussa Baseball PC game, the 2nd one was even better because you could by a separate disk with all the stadiums. I saved up 1,000 dollars to by a 486 computer in college just to play that and Old Time Baseball PC game. That game had all the classic stadiums and it was awesome. Loved playing in Old Yankee Stadium.
    Played Triple Play baseball on the original PS1 but started playing Madden and College Basketball games.
    MLB 08 on the PS3 brought me back to Baseball and now I am obsessed with pitch edits. LOL.
    I also started my own video sports blog on Youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6FW8YmcaNqUUPnStADmhnA
    I'll be 45 next month, been playing video games since my dad got my brother and I an Atari 2600 and a Colecovision. I've loved sports games throughout my gaming life, especially Joe Montana Football 94, MVP Baseball 05, and Dr. J vs. Larry Bird.
    My first The Show game was whatever year Pedroia was on the cover.
    eric7064
    Wow these results.
    This is to mean no offense but it goes to show how sports forums and forums in general have changed over the years. All of the younger demographic must be on Reddit, Twitter, etc. The game boards are not much of a thing anymore. I was all over these boards, VSN, etc, when I was as young as 14 years old. Born in 1995 and signed up in January of 2010. Time flies.
    Reddit truly is a different audience if anyone has ventured that way.
    My baseball journey started with some of the All Star baseball games, and some of the EARLY show games when they were just called MLB. Never became a huge sports nut until around MVP 05 (The G.O.A.T) came along. Been here ever since.

    I've just found Reddit to be a combination of messy, confusing, and overly basic all at the same time. While you can sometimes find an interesting conversation about something happening, its difficult to come back and talk about the same thing over and over with the same people, like you can on a message board.
    As far as Twitter, I don't see how people talk to one another that way whatsoever. It can be useful for seeing what an expert in a field has to say in their tweet (such as sports or news reporter), but as far as talking back and forth to anyone, its no different than the comment section on a Youtube video.
    I can’t read reddit. Unfortunately most is pure toxicity, rambling and agenda’s.
    Twitter is whatever as well. I don’t even really use it either. It has it’s use but also it is highly toxic and full of echo chambers.
    I love old school message boards like this. Something about them feels.....comfortable.
    Looking back on my baseball gaming....I had a real love affair with (and still play them from time to time) with table top cards and dice. Strat-O-Matic is awesome but I actually liked Statis-Pro more. The “Fast Action Card” system is really awesome. It plays a great game of baseball, football and basketball.
    I also still have Parker Brothers Starting Line Up Talking Baseball and all the cartridges with different teams. Such a fun game. Also have their Superstar Talking Football game with the same digital play by play voice lol. I have both games complete with all the original cards, playbooks all of it. And they still work great!!!
    If I had to rank my favorite baseball games by all the consoles I played:
    Atari 2600 - Real Sports Baseball and M Network (which was a port of the Intellivision baseball).
    NES - Baseball Stars, Bases Loaded The Second Season and RBI 3
    Sega Genesis - Tony La-Russa Baseball and Sega World Series Baseball....Hardball 3 was also pretty cool
    Playstation - Triple Play
    Playstation 2 - High Heat 2004, All-Star Baseball 2005, MVP 2005, MLB The Show 06
    Playstation 3 - MLB The Show 11 and 12
    Playstation 4 - MLB The Show 20
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    36 or 37 I forget , ... but first game was Super Tecmo Baseball on SNES when I casually followed baseball plus having only local channels on tip of South Texas didn't help.
    Then N64s All Star Baseball Series. Joined the military and didn't really follow baseball too much at the time. I discovered MLB the Show initially on the PSP during one of my deployments mid 2000s.
    It wasn't until maybe 2012-2013 I switched from Xbox to Playstation and I finally played The Show on console.... and ever since then I have been hooked.
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    31 here, been playing since The Show 16. Been playing baseball games ever since Bad News Baseball on the NES! Went from that to MLB Slugfest 20-03 (Which is still my favorite!). After getting tired of downloading user made rosters and applying and transferring data in MLB2k13 for a couple years, I bought a PS4 for MLB The Show 16, and it felt like my eyes finally were opened! Now that The Show is back on Xbox, so am I
    42
    I've been gaming since the 80's, and RealSports Baseball (played it on the Atari 7800 - backwards compatibility fan even back then, lol) was my first baseball game, but the game from my childhood I remember spending the most time with was the original Bases Loaded on the NES.
    As for MLB The Show, I've owned a version of the game each year dating back to 08; in many cases I had a handheld (PSP, Vita) and console version of the game. Still remember how bummed I was when they discontinued the Vita versions after MLB 15.
    if I'm blessed to live to be ninety and I still have my eyesight and faculties, I still plan on playing video games in general, and baseball video games in particular. (this would be around the year 2060)
    I've been playing video games since the days of Pong in the seventies so they are pretty much ingrained into me, except for the period of 1990-1997, when I didn't play any video games (I was busy ''finding myself'' lol)
    so, as they say, you can have my controller when you pry it from my old cold dead hands
    also, ''controller'': harumph
    they should still be called joysticks as far as I'm concerned :mad:
    I'm 44, almost 45.
    First game I remember playing, is Baseball on the Atari 2600, though I don't remember much about that game. When I got the NES, one of the first games I got for it was Major League Baseball (along with Ice Hockey)
    However, the first game I played religiously, was Bases Loaded for the NES. I got that game in 1988 or 89, and played it religiously. To the point I would keep score/stats of the games I played. I still incorporate some pf the fictional players from that game into my "Show" frahchises.
    I tried pretty much every baseball game on the NES, but kept going back to Bases Loaded, because of the gameplay.
    That was, until Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball came out for the Super Nintendo in 1994. That became my favorite game. Even through the days of the original Playstation, I would constantly go back to that game for my baseball fix. I tried every game for the Playstation, and Genesis, and SNES, and none seemed to captivate me like that game did.
    Once I got the PS2, I became a fan of the Triple Play/MVP series. But, I still struggled to get through an entire season before losing interest in the game.
    Then I found the All Star Baseball series. And I was captivated again.
    My first experience with MLB The Show, was MLB the Show 06. I basically got it out of necessity, as the previous year's MVP 05 was the last in that series, and I needed my baseball fix.
    I was hooked. From that point on, It has been nothing but MLB the Show for my baseball fix.
    Caulfield
    if I'm blessed to live to be ninety and I still have my eyesight and faculties, I still plan on playing video games in general, and baseball video games in particular. (this would be around the year 2060)
    I've been playing video games since the days of Pong in the seventies so they are pretty much ingrained into me, except for the period of 1990-1997, when I didn't play any video games (I was busy ''finding myself'' lol)
    so, as they say, you can have my controller when you pry it from my old cold dead hands
    also, ''controller'': harumph
    they should still be called joysticks as far as I'm concerned :mad:

    I started on PONG too. I was five years old, and my next door neighbor gave my family the set that her teenage son didn't want anymore. I remember how absolutely awesome I thought that it was, and how I immediately understood it as kids do.
    It's really fun reading all these messages.
    As said i'm almost 52.
    I started playing real life baseball when i was 7 years old.
    In the Netherlands baseball is not a big sport, but back then it was almost non-existant.
    Those days it was not on tv, magazines or anything else. So the only way you got to know baseball is hearing about it from friends, which was what happened to me.
    My best buddies' father played baseball, so when i announced that i was going to play soccer he simply said : no way, first you will go with me to try out baseball........the rest is history.
    Still playing it on an oldies team, with the same guys i played with when i was 20. We are not that fast anymore, but fortunately baseball is a game where technique and experience matters, so we are still able to beat younger teams, especially since we have some very smart pitchers and catchers.
    Anyway, regarding baseball games i have played a lot of them, all the way back to the atari.
    The only problem was getting them in the Netherlands.
    I remember on all the boxes and posters / promotion material you would see screen shots of baseball games.
    But since the sport was not big most stores did not sell baseball games.
    This meant you had to go to a story that was specialized in games and import.
    Since there was no internet you depended on them.
    And when you finally imported a game, it was only to find out it did not work due to the PAL / NTSC difference.
    It would not work at all / or it would work in black and white only / or you would buy and adapter.
    These were the dark ages, but somehow we managed.
    I'm still playing baseball games mostly. Just haven't bought '21 due to the fact that year to year saves was deleted.
    This means no classic rosters which is a not an option for me.
    Still happily playing '20 on my ps5 and loving it.
    Sorry for the long post :D
    ktd1976
    However, the first game I played religiously, was Bases Loaded for the NES. I got that game in 1988 or 89, and played it religiously. To the point I would keep score/stats of the games I played.

    I did this, too! Filled notebooks with box scores and season stats for my team - Jersey. I remember Paste and Bay being my video game version of the Bash Brothers. So much fun.
    This is a cool thread! I am 43...
    ...and I am totally new to MLB the Show! I am actually not even a baseball fan. I am a complete basketball junkie. But baseball was the first sport that I actually liked as a kid. The peak of my baseball interest was 1988-1991 (with that Mets team, A's and Dodgers, etc (I just felt like I knew more of the stars back then). Since then I've become much more of a casual observer (if even that). But growing up, I've always found baseball games to be more fun than most other sports video games (especially when playing with my younger brother). I remember baseball being my favorite video game on the atari 2600 and NES.
    As a long time Xbox-er, admittedly I have always been a little envious of PlayStation owners because of the praise given to MLB the Show over the years. The last baseball game I've ever played was MVP 2005 for the xbox (the hype was just too strong to resist back then). And that game still remains in my top 5 sports video games of all time.
    Ironically enough, with MLB the Show finally coming to the xbox this year, I just purchased a PS4 a few months back and decided to finally see what all the hype was about with this series and decided to purchase MLB the Show 20 (I just felt there was no need for me to spend the extra money on 21 because I don't follow baseball anymore and I have no idea who's who in baseball these days). Being so frustrated with Madden 21 and NBA 2k21 (and the last few years of 2k actually), believe me when I say MLB the Show 20 has completely taken over my video gaming time! I am really having fun with this title. All the hype and praise is well deserved and it's kind of caused me to pay a little bit more attention to real baseball again lol.
    I do miss liking baseball as much as I used to and I have to join in on the praise given to MLB the Show for doing the best job of replicating their sport better than any of the other sports video games do with their respective sport.
    DJ
    I did this, too! Filled notebooks with box scores and season stats for my team - Jersey. I remember Paste and Bay being my video game version of the Bash Brothers. So much fun.

    In the Show 19 vault there is a killer Bases Loaded full 90 man roster which has all the players from Bases Loaded 1-3.
    You can DL that roster and import it to MLB 20!
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    I'm surprised only 10% are under 27. It seems the emphasis for the game features is toward the younger crowd.
    Maybe that's more of a reflection of the age of people posting on this forum?
    Armor and Sword
    In the Show 19 vault there is a killer Bases Loaded full 90 man roster which has all the players from Bases Loaded 1-3.
    You can DL that roster and import it to MLB 20!
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    Oh wow, I had no idea that existed. Going to download that ASAP. Thanks, Armor!
    tessl
    I'm surprised only 10% are under 27. It seems the emphasis for the game features is toward the younger crowd.
    Maybe that's more of a reflection of the age of people posting on this forum?

    Keep in mind that the game is online DD oriented but mostly these forums are full of franchise fans.
    tessl
    I'm surprised only 10% are under 27. It seems the emphasis for the game features is toward the younger crowd.
    Maybe that's more of a reflection of the age of people posting on this forum?

    It 100% says more about the forum skewing older than anything else, yeah.
    I'll be 45 in December. My first real experience with a baseball game that I played a lot was Hardball on Commodore 64. Even kept stats in a notebook for my team.
    I'm 45 and actually started gaming on the Atari 2600. The first real baseball game I played was on my cousin's Intellevision console. Baseball started out as my first love in sports and I believe I played every single baseball game ever produced outside of PC. I remember the MLB Baseball game where if you hit fly balls to the fence they would count as homeruns...Baseball Stars...Bases Loaded was my favorite baseball game for a long time and you could actually charge the mound and fight lol....Tony LaRussa Baseball where you had to keep your Sega Genesis on contentiously in order to retain your stats because once you cut the console off it would reset all stats back to zero. RBI Baseball III was the first baseball game where I actually played all 162 games. I was set for the playoffs and then my little cousin, who was visiting form Ohio erased my season by mistake. I punched a hole in the wall lol!! Who could forget Sportstalk Baseball and playing with different stars who had their own batting stances? I could go on and on...funny thing is, my first dip into MLB The Show didn't come until 2016. Needless to say, it was the best baseball game I had ever played up until that point. That now belongs to The Show 20.
    Armor and Sword
    High Heat 2004 for sure.
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    That was the only version of that game that I ever played. I didn't realize that it was the last one that they made until I was looking over games because of this thread.
    I'm 46. Had an Atari 2600. I was given it for Christmas. I found out years later that after I went to sleep Christmas Eve, my parents opened it and played it, then re-wrapped it before I opened it Christmas Day. LOL.
    Took me years to get into The Show games, because I couldn't get the hang of hitting.
    Probably my favorite baseball game was the NCAA baseball for PS2. Mostly because the customization was amazing. Every single team could be edited to be a generic team. The stadiums were fantatic. The throwing and batting were great. Really can't say enough.
    Unlucky 13
    That was the only version of that game that I ever played. I didn't realize that it was the last one that they made until I was looking over games because of this thread.

    Same here. The graphics were sub par, presentation as well. But it felt like the best “simulation” of baseball I played on a console that generation. I played it for a year but then went to MVP 2005 and stayed there for 5 years till I moved to PS3 and MLB The Show.
    The game was bashed a lot (High Heat), but it really has the best pitcher/batter showdown and really felt like real baseball.
    I also really enjoyed ASB 2005 and MVP College Baseball 2006.
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    Armor and Sword
    Same here. The graphics were sub par, presentation as well. But it felt like the best “simulation” of baseball I played on a console that generation. I played it for a year but then went to MVP 2005 and stayed there for 5 years till I moved to PS3 and MLB The Show.
    The game was bashed a lot (High Heat), but it really has the best pitcher/batter showdown and really felt like real baseball.
    I also really enjoyed ASB 2005 and MVP College Baseball 2006.
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    I almost didn't pick up High Heat (2003) because (even back then) it looked rough, graphics and presentation-wise. Boy am I glad I decided to check it out anyway, because the gameplay was top-notch. Really one of the better simulation experiences I've had. I think there was a slider for everything in the game, too, so really could customize it however you wanted.
    Like Armor, All-Star Baseball 05, MVP 05 and NCAA 06/07 were games I sunk plenty of time into as well. Man was it nice to have multiple options for a single sport to play back then.
    loungefly85
    I'm old enough to remember a time before sports video games were actually about sports and not card collecting.

    For real. I really don't get the appeal of that part. And don't get the appeal of Ultimate Team sort of things. Maybe if I was in college and had friends to play against.
    Having older players available is great, I love having the old teams available on the NBA 2K series available to put into Association mode.
    Maybe it's because I still have thousands of old, actual real, cards from my card collecting teen years. Which I pretty much never go back to look at them. I really should trash them or burn them, but just can't bring myself to do that despite I really have no reason to keep them.
    60 here. Retired almost 2 years ago so I have plenty of time to game now. Old enough to remember that Pong was awesome when it came out.
    Having grown up with video games, I’ve played ‘em all over the years. Atari, Intellivision, Commodore 64, PC, Xbox, PlayStation, blah blah.
    Gaming doesn’t end as you get older, though my tastes in game genre have. Used to really like shooters, not so much now. Now it’s all about sports games (baseball, football, hockey) and, since I’m a pilot, I really enjoy flight simulation.
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    55. Born in Brooklyn close enough to Dodgers moving to still hear dad and uncles talk about them. Hooked on to Dodgers from early age and have not looked back.
    Lived in NY and now downtown San Diego, so not many friends with me wearing Dodger Blue. :-)
    Limasbravo
    I'm 46. Had an Atari 2600. I was given it for Christmas. I found out years later that after I went to sleep Christmas Eve, my parents opened it and played it, then re-wrapped it before I opened it Christmas Day. LOL.
    Took me years to get into The Show games, because I couldn't get the hang of hitting.
    Probably my favorite baseball game was the NCAA baseball for PS2. Mostly because the customization was amazing. Every single team could be edited to be a generic team. The stadiums were fantatic. The throwing and batting were great. Really can't say enough.

    Its my firm opinion that in all ways except for graphics, the PS2 era was the pinnacle of sports video games. We didn't know how good we had it at the time, because everything kept getting better up to that point.
    I'm 25, I found this forum when I was an Xbox player playing MLB 2K9 and I saw the screenshots of MLB 09 The Show, I loved the interaction between the Devs and users on this site and the screenshots compared to my MLB 2K9 blew me away and really made me regret getting the Xbox for Christmas. That summer I went out and bought a PS3 with my allowance and communion money and have on here ever since, play the crap out of each iteration of the Show.
    Some years it's been the only video game I buy and play it year round.
    I’m 45. I remember having an Atari 2600 then a Nintendo. Had the first four PlayStation consoles, the first Xbox and the Xbox 360 and currently own a Series X. Been playing The Show for a while.
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    Unlucky 13
    Its my firm opinion that in all ways except for graphics, the PS2 era was the pinnacle of sports video games. We didn't know how good we had it at the time, because everything kept getting better up to that point.

    I totally agree. The PS2 and Xbox sports games were the best
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    I am 42, been playing baseball games since MLB Baseball on my brother's Intellivision. Loved the 2k series and did a lot of attribute edits later on, earlier played in the leagues. Great times.
    That being said, I have never played the Show until it came to Xbox this year. It is the real deal. I really really enjoy this game. Very impressed with The Show and very happy I can support Sony and the developers from my Xbox.
    I am a little surprised at the lack of love for Tony LaRussa Baseball from Stormfront Studios. I played that game like I play The Show now. As of matter of fact I was playing this and Old Time Baseball until 2007? I think when I switched to PS and MLB The Show
    Bullit
    I am a little surprised at the lack of love for Tony LaRussa Baseball from Stormfront Studios. I played that game like I play The Show now. As of matter of fact I was playing this and Old Time Baseball until 2007? I think when I switched to PS and MLB The Show

    Was it a Sega-only game? I never had a Sega system, and none of my friends did either. I know that nationally there was this idea that they were a big rival to Nintendo, but where I lived they seemed to not be very popular. I don't know that I've ever even seen a Saturn in person. I think I played a Genesis somewhere once.
    Unlucky 13
    Was it a Sega-only game? I never had a Sega system, and none of my friends did either. I know that nationally there was this idea that they were a big rival to Nintendo, but where I lived they seemed to not be very popular. I don't know that I've ever even seen a Saturn in person. I think I played a Genesis somewhere once.

    Really? no Genesis's in your area, that's crazy. Back in the day Mortal Kombat was king on the Sega and obviously Sonic the Hedgehog was very popular as well. I had a friend that lived a few houses down from me that had The Sega Master system which included a built in game, a Neo-Geo and later on he had a Saturn. Between a few friends and myself our neighborhood was lit with video games back in the days. The guy that I just mentioned literally had a kitchen sized garbage bag full of NES games that he would carry from house to house. I think his dad was a gamer.
    As far as baseball is concerned, the first baseball game that I remember playing frequently was Sports Talk Baseball on the Genesis.
    I am 53 but quite spry! Huge Show fan and so blessed to see video baseball evolve to where it is today.
    This thread has sent me into the nostalgia weeds conjuring up the memories of the many games I've played over the years. There have been many dandies!
    Unlucky 13
    Was it a Sega-only game? I never had a Sega system, and none of my friends did either. I know that nationally there was this idea that they were a big rival to Nintendo, but where I lived they seemed to not be very popular. I don't know that I've ever even seen a Saturn in person. I think I played a Genesis somewhere once.

    I played the PC version for 1 thru 3. I think there was a SEGA version.
    I feel like Sony is missing out on a veritable goldmine, where they have available only for digital download, no physical disc, start having retroactive MLB the Show 2000, MLB the Show 1990, and so on, rosters with accurate player attributes, but not named, or numbered, or correct height or weight, but each teams position would play like they did that year. sort of how EA football used to be, but even more ambiguous. $50 a year, they have a Diamond Franchise cash cow/golden goose right at their fingertips.
    you have to name and number and adjust likeness to your liking. yeah, Diamond Franchise
    Caulfield
    I feel like Sony is missing out on a veritable goldmine, where they have available only for digital download, no physical disc, start having retroactive MLB the Show 2000, MLB the Show 1990, and so on, rosters with accurate player attributes, but not named, or numbered, or correct height or weight, but each teams position would play like they did that year. sort of how EA football used to be, but even more ambiguous. $50 a year, they have a Diamond Franchise cash cow/golden goose right at their fingertips.
    you have to name and number and adjust likeness to your liking. yeah, Diamond Franchise

    I think that no matter how ambiguous they would make it, someone would raise a stink and maybe a lawsuit, and force them to stop. It really sucks for us, the gamers, but its the way our country works unfortunately.
    Caulfield
    I feel like Sony is missing out on a veritable goldmine, where they have available only for digital download, no physical disc, start having retroactive MLB the Show 2000, MLB the Show 1990, and so on, rosters with accurate player attributes, but not named, or numbered, or correct height or weight, but each teams position would play like they did that year. sort of how EA football used to be, but even more ambiguous. $50 a year, they have a Diamond Franchise cash cow/golden goose right at their fingertips.
    you have to name and number and adjust likeness to your liking. yeah, Diamond Franchise

    I agree with you 100%
    But they don't even need to do the work. Give US a roster editor, and better League customization. WE'LL do the work. Proven beyond any reasonable doubt for every sports gaming release ever made.
    Charge me for said roster editor. I'll pay. Absurd amounts of $$.
    Charge me for said customization. Again, I'll gladly pay.
    Thats exactly what I am looking for. This game is dead to me until I get it. It takes to bleeping long to create good historic rosters.
    58 yr old here.
    Started out with the Mattel handheld LED version (football as well), then moved up to Earl Weaver on PC (don’t ask what year). Played on the kids’ Gameboy with their version of the game, and enjoyed playing Backyard Baseball with my girls on the PS2. That’s where I broke in with MVP 05, then The Show right after that. Once EA stopped, I’ve been with The Show and never looked back.
    Still have fond memories of losing to the kids in Backyard. Gave them both an appreciation of the game that they’ve taken into their adult lives.
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    I'll be turning 47 in August, but my body feels almost twice that sometimes. I didn't get into sports until 1990, but at least I entered the fray once technology caught up with the intricacies of the sport.
    NES: Baseball Stars and Baseball Simulator 1.000. Loved the former for winning money to improve your team, the latter not just for the ultra powers, but I'd get the issue of Baseball Weekly with the year end stats and recreate that year's Giants team.
    SNES: Both Ken Griffey games, Super Baseball Simulator 1.000, Tecmo Super Baseball. I sold the first Griffey for reasons unknown, so some kid who got it at a used game store probably thinks that the game always had real players thanks to me and Baseball Weekly. I also found a pitch location in Tecmo where the CPU could never make contact and threw dozens of no-hitters.
    N64: MLB featuring Griffey, All-Star Baseball 99-2001. My first foray into polygonal baseball. Was so impressed with ASB's graphics of the time.
    PS1: Triple Play Baseball. More polygons, but now with jaggies!
    PS2: All-Star Baseball 2002-2005, MLB Slugfest 20-04, MVP Baseball 2005, MLB 2K5 and 2K9, MLB 06-09 The Show. Only bought the 2K titles because they were cheap (and Timmy was on the cover of 2K9). MVP was the first game I played where my entire lineup didn't have 30 homers and 50 doubles each at the end of the season. And of course, the start of a longtime franchise connection. You want to fix the commentary? Get Tim Kitzrow and Jimmy Shorts calling The Show!
    PS3: The Show 10-16. I wanted to get my money's worth out of the PS3.
    PS4: The Show 17-21. I'm not an early adopter on new tech, so let everyone else go through what I call the "1.0-itis" of the PS5 and let the programmers get another year or so of experience under their belt. I'm not one of those who expected the game to melt my brain right out of the gate. I can wait.
    FWIW, I preferred Vs. RBI Baseball, the arcade version with all the legends. And speaking of arcades, thanks to the one fella for bringing World Series Baseball back to my memory. "Thank you very much!"
    Also, Zone hitting and Meter pitching. I guess all the golf games I tried on the NES got me used to three-click input.
    Seltaeb9091
    I'll be turning 47 in August, but my body feels almost twice that sometimes.

    I feel like, internally at least, my body has aged twenty years in the past five. 40 really is a wall that you hit, and I'd imagine that a lot of us around that point would say the same!
    I didn't feel all that different at 38 than I did at 25, but then over the next few years it really all caught up with me in so many ways. I would have to think that's why so many pro athletes get to that point and suddenly lose it and have to retire.
    Unlucky 13
    I feel like, internally at least, my body has aged twenty years in the past five. 40 really is a wall that you hit, and I'd imagine that a lot of us around that point would say the same!
    I didn't feel all that different at 38 than I did at 25, but then over the next few years it really all caught up with me in so many ways. I would have to think that's why so many pro athletes get to that point and suddenly lose it and have to retire.

    Yep. 40 sure seems to be the cutoff where you start feeling like you're old. Body just seems to not bounce back from some things and bounce back a lot slower from other things.
    56 here. First baseball game was Baseball on the Odessey 2. have been playing The Show since 14. Most likely the last year for me as they have ruined RTTS which is all I pay.
    Scott in the Philippines
    scottj63
    56 here. First baseball game was Baseball on the Odessey 2. have been playing The Show since 14. Most likely the last year for me as they have ruined RTTS which is all I pay.
    Scott in the Philippines

    I hope that what you want out of the game gets fixed. I've gone to buying the game every other year, and only when on sale for $30 or less due to the lack of improvement in franchise mode myself.
    Took a trip down nostalgia lane for the last few days due to this thread.
    Popped in AS Baseball 2005 (XBOX) and MVP College Baseball 2006 (XBOX).
    All-Star Baseball game play has not aged well at all. What is frustrating though is the rich feature set it had for a 17 year old game! Expansion Mode complete with a robust selection of cities, parks and a true expansion draft.
    So why were we never able to get this on The Show all these years?
    But.....the gameplay is simply not there compared to MLB The Show 20....I mean LOL I could not even finish a game. But again the feature set is pretty incredible.
    MVP College Baseball on the other hand......I can still play this game. Recruiting is fun, you can build your own park although not even close to the stadium builder on 21. But the gameplay is fun, fluid and as good as I remember (obviously using the MVP 2005 engine). The hitting system is fun and still feels rewarding. Also it truly plays like college baseball. Pitching is not nearly as good as the Pros, the game has great BBCOR bat sounds.....just fun. Really fun.
    Today we will pop in High Heat 2004 (XBOX) and see how it plays today.
    Fun little exercise though. And it makes me appreciate how phenomenal MLB The Show 20 is but at the same time wonder why we cannot some more attention to “Franchise” mode details we all want.
    But it proves nostalgia can be way way overrated in terms of gameplay. I can’t even think of playing 99% of those PS2/XBOX sports games much anymore.
    However I can easily play PS3 era sports games (and still do in fact). That was also a great era in terms of a jump to 720-1080 visuals and player movements and controls.
    The Show was king on the PS3 and we had some great sports titles in NCAA 2K8 and NBA 2K11, Top Spin 4 and the Fight Night series. NHL 11 and 13 were also a personal fav's of mine in the hockey realm.
    Funny.....I can always pop on RBI 3 or Tecmo Super Bowl or Tecmo Basketball on the NES. Baseball Stars and Bases Loaded 2...have not aged well actually. Great games for their time though.
    Armor and Sword

    MVP College Baseball on the other hand......I can still play this game. Recruiting is fun, you can build your own park although not even close to the stadium builder on 21. But the gameplay is fun, fluid and as good as I remember (obviously using the MVP 2005 engine). The hitting system is fun and still feels rewarding. Also it truly plays like college baseball. Pitching is not nearly as good as the Pros, the game has great BBCOR bat sounds.....just fun. Really fun.

    NCAA baseball I say is the best baseball game ever. Maybe even in the running for best video game ever, regardless of type and platform.
    In addition to what you mentioned, which is all true and wonderful; the mini games are amazing, you can edit the names and logos of EVERY SINGLE team in the game, etc.
    The game is amazing.
    Limasbravo
    Yep. 40 sure seems to be the cutoff where you start feeling like you're old. Body just seems to not bounce back from some things and bounce back a lot slower from other things.

    I'm 41, and I can attest to this. I have more aches and pains now. I hurt my shoulder lifting at the gym a couple weeks ago and now I can barely lift.
    Going to an orthopedic doctor soon to see if there is any structural damage.
    I played mostly catcher when I played baseball, and I played for 20 years. So my knees are crap now. Also have back problems.
    Tougher to push through all of it and still get exercise. I can't go like I used to be able to in my 30s.
    PVarck31
    I'm 41, and I can attest to this. I have more aches and pains now. I hurt my shoulder lifting at the gym a couple weeks ago and now I can barely lift.
    Going to an orthopedic doctor soon to see if there is any structural damage.
    I played mostly catcher when I played baseball, and I played for 20 years. So my knees are crap now. Also have back problems.
    Tougher to push through all of it and still get exercise. I can't go like I used to be able to in my 30s.
    Wait until you turn 50! This is when I realized what all the "old men" used to talk about when they said it sucked getting old.
    eric7064
    Wow these results.
    This is to mean no offense but it goes to show how sports forums and forums in general have changed over the years. All of the younger demographic must be on Reddit, Twitter, etc. The game boards are not much of a thing anymore. I was all over these boards, VSN, etc, when I was as young as 14 years old. Born in 1995 and signed up in January of 2010. Time flies.
    Reddit truly is a different audience if anyone has ventured that way.

    Yeah, I'm 35 and feel like I have a foot in both worlds. I miss the old era of forums, but I also love the memes. There are some proper funny ones on The Show subreddit. But they are really into Diamond Dynasty over there. It's weird, you'd think us olds would be more into it since a lot of us grew up collecting actual sports cards, but I think we all mostly just want a great simulation experience.
    45 here. The first baseball game I’ve played was on the Intellivision. My friend and I would keep scores and stats when we’d play against each other.
    I spent countless hours playing Baseball Stars on Nintendo, building all-star teams. Then to Tony LaRussa Baseball and Harball 3 on pc ( I think I still have all the stats saved somewhere for the many seasons I’ve played). Played a bit of Triple Play 99, lots of High Heat 2001 to 2004 on pc, MVP 2004 on ps2 and MVP 2005 on pc (which remains for me one the best baseball game ever made).
    I moved to the Show series starting with 2008 or 2009. I hope to keep playing for another 45 years.
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    Guys/gals, This thread is gonna be featured on the OS front page.
    I just wrote an article about it. Might come out tomorrow, but my guess is Monday. So keep an eye out.
    Thanks for the great thread, Houston.
    Took a trip down nostalgia lane for the last few days due to this thread...
    Today we will pop in High Heat 2004 (XBOX) and see how it plays today...
    But it proves nostalgia can be way way overrated in terms of gameplay. I can’t even think of playing 99% of those PS2/XBOX sports games much anymore.
    loved me some High Heat, specifically the last couple years, though it is (or was) the Butterface of baseball video games lol
    I stopped playing video games around 1990 but Madden 99 is the game that brought me back to video games for keeps, so 4 or 5 years ago I tried to replay 99 and was going to complete a season. but I didn't even make it to halftime of the first game. I could make do with some ps3 games right now, if I had to, but ps1/ps2, I think 20-30 minutes a month is the most I could stand. except for Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation. wish they could all hold up as well as MGS
    44 here! Love The Show and wish games were this in depth when I was 15 and had all day to play. Now, sneaking in time early in the morning before the family is awake, or late at night.
    Enjoy all reflecting on High Heat and ASB. But, for us long time sports gamers in our 40s+, any memories of Hardball? Two teams, and skills were set based on your spot in the order. I still have dreams of my catcher Mora coming through!
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    Intellivison! Yes! Home of the first studio and halftime show in a game. Plus, epic title names then.. like football, hockey and basketball.
    Iron
    45 here. The first baseball game I’ve played was on the Intellivision. My friend and I would keep scores and stats when we’d play against each other.
    I spent countless hours playing Baseball Stars on Nintendo, building all-star teams. Then to Tony LaRussa Baseball and Harball 3 on pc ( I think I still have all the stats saved somewhere for the many seasons I’ve played). Played a bit of Triple Play 99, lots of High Heat 2001 to 2004 on pc, MVP 2004 on ps2 and MVP 2005 on pc (which remains for me one the best baseball game ever made).
    I moved to the Show series starting with 2008 or 2009. I hope to keep playing for another 45 years.
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    Hammerhunker
    Wait until you turn 50! This is when I realized what all the "old men" used to talk about when they said it sucked getting old.

    The older I get, the older someone needs to be for me to think of them as "old", lol. That's partially due to my own self and my perceptions, but also the fact that my parents generation (they're nearing 70) aren't elderly and broken down at this point in their lives like my grandparents were at the same age.
    I never in my lifetime thought I would see such amazing games like we have today, I have been playing the " Show " since 2011, the realism in these games is unbelievable , I am 68 years young, retired and still love and play video games.
    BSUFAN
    I never in my lifetime thought I would see such amazing games like we have today, I have been playing the " Show " since 2011, the realism in these games is unbelievable , I am 68 years young, retired and still love and play video games.

    I know it is pretty amazing huh? I mean I just dont think the younger generation really gets it. There were NO such thing as a video game not that long ago, like less than 50 years ago. Some of us have literally seen the entire lifespan of this industry. In my life span we have gone from Zork to The Witcher 3. We have gone from Pong to MLB The Show and NBA2k. It really is incredible to watch an industry come into existence and grow the way it has.
    World series baseball 2k3. Pre 2k sports days back when Sega still published sports games. I gotta say for it's time this game was impressive.

    Surprisingly Barry Bonds was in the game!
    I'll be 32 years old in October and my earliest memory of baseball games go back to 1994 on the SEGA Genesis. My first game was MLBPA Baseball.

    Over the years I played the 989 baseball titles(MLB 99 and MLB 2000 were my favorites).

    From there I moved on to High Heat Baseball.

    04 and 05 of course I was playing the MVP baseball series (MVP Baseball 05 is the GOAT!!!!!) I also had MVP 06 college baseball.

    After the MVP series ended I made the jump the MLB the show 06 and never turned back. The last 3 years or so I have dialed back on playing it as much but it's always a day 1 cop for me. Hopefully we'll get an even better game on the new consoles :cheers444
    48 in July and what a wild ride this thread has been. Starting with Intellivision and Atari 2600, moving onto Colecovision and all the Nintendo games moving through to now.
    Probably my first game was the Coleco head to head baseball game. My Mom always raising Cain because 2 9 volt batteries lasted no time.
    Really enjoying 21 now on the PS5 even after many of the changes.
    Bullit
    I know it is pretty amazing huh? I mean I just dont think the younger generation really gets it. There were NO such thing as a video game not that long ago, like less than 50 years ago. Some of us have literally seen the entire lifespan of this industry. In my life span we have gone from Zork to The Witcher 3. We have gone from Pong to MLB The Show and NBA2k. It really is incredible to watch an industry come into existence and grow the way it has.

    For real. The jump in realism is ridiculous. I played the heck out of the original RBI baseball on the NES and it boggles the mind when I see what's out now.
    Still miss the hit power and you're playing right away though.
    It's most certainly, "don't know what you've got" for people who didn't grow up seeing this all happen. People complain when something isn't realistic but I can remember the NBA Lives of the Genesis where the computer would have 80 points and the center would pretty much have all of them, regardless of who the center was. Freaking Olden Polynice would have 80 points! The center would just dribble the whole time, do the spin away from my guy easily, and then score. Was frustrating to play against.
    Sorry guys, been busy with my online league lately, but man there's such great conversation here, nothing toxic and everyone sharing there childhood gaming experiences.
    It's really great to read and share our gaming past years and share them with others who might have the same similar experiences.
    I will try to go back over the thread post some more comments and join in the fun of my history of gaming lol. There has been so many great post and I am glad we have a place to come and share with others.
    A lot of the sharing, conversations is exactly what I bring to my OLDER GAMER LEAGUE. I know many of you stated your just an offline guys and thats great, but I provide the same experience offline but instead of playing the CPU you will play other players like myself for great ball games, talking about the history of baseball as we play and other life sports and things. I have built a quality group of guys that truly believe and know the meaning of true sportsmanship.
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    I have a MLB THE SHOW 21 LEAGUE for PS4/PS5 that started 6/1/21. The teams are given by where you currently lived or a team closest to where you're located; this prevents guys from only taking the top teams ().
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    PVarck31
    Guys/gals, This thread is gonna be featured on the OS front page.
    I just wrote an article about it. Might come out tomorrow, but my guess is Monday. So keep an eye out.
    Thanks for the great thread, Houston.

    is this out there yet?
    where is the Front Page, that isn't the same as the News Desk forum, is it?
    40. First baseball video game was probably something on the Atari. I remember playing the heck out of Bases Loaded on gameboy. I’ve been playing the Show since 08.
    I’m 44 and I’ve been playing baseball console games going all the way back to the Atari 2600. I’ve been playing The Show since it’s inception. I plan to keep playing until I take my last breath. I wonder what baseball game I’ll be playing at 80 plus years? Will The Show still be around? Anyways, this is a really awesome thread!
    Hopefully the whole idea that controllers will go away at some point has now bitten the dust. There seemed to be a lot of talk about it a few years ago. But I think the fad with the Wii and motion controllers has now past, and with the success of the new consoles, we should be safe for a while into the future.
    While I don't want to take away anyone else's enjoyment in how they want to game, I really need my dual shock and button inputs!
    50, coming up on 51.
    My dad worked for IBM so we had a PC in the house fairly early. I think my first game was MicroLeague Baseball in my early teens, with the occasional wander into Earl Weaver territory. Then after college, someone turned me on to (at the time) Pursue the Pennant, which later became Diamond Mind. More recently I moved to OOTP for the PC/sim side.
    Didn't do as much baseball gaming on the console, because the statistical simulations were more interesting than the pitch-to-pitch action, but I still dabbled here and there -- Bases Loaded for Nintendo was a big one (the one where names were really short and you had guys named "CAR" and "ACE"). Also got a lot of mileage out of Tommy Lasorda Baseball on the Genesis. But then passed on console baseball for a long time, and finally got around to getting in on The Show with the PS4, and stayed with it onto PS5.
    Just turned 50...play MLB The Show multiple times a week...all year long. 
    Compared to my first baseball game (Atari 2600 Baseball) I'm still amazed at what video game baseball has become.  
    48 years young, and have to admit that I get an amazing sense of satisfaction building a team with current stars, legends and hall of famers and then decking them out in Montreal Expos colors.
    I miss that team so much, can't wait to get my hands on a PS5 so I can stadium edit, "chien chairs" at the Big-O, or "biere-beer" at Harry Park.
    31
    Some of the first baseball games I can remember playing are 98 World Series Baseball on Sega Saturn and Ken Griffey on SNES.
    Both of these games played a big part in my love for baseball video games and baseball in general. I still remember playing against my older brother, getting absolutely pumped as Albert Belle walked to the plate. He was an absolute cheat code from what I can remember.
    It's crazy how many of us are 40 and above. Never would've thought that. But it's super awesome to see us older guys still love to game and play the greatest sport ever made.
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    I'm 45 and my first baseball games were Baseball on Atari 2600 and Micro League Baseball on the PC.  Micro League also taught me about the best teams in baseball history, even though you didn't really "play" in the true sense.  Major League Baseball and RBI are a ton of hours in grade school (I'm from the same town and high school as Don Mattingly, so I'd always choose his team).  Baseball Stars let me create my Little League team at home (and was impossible to find forever).  I had Sports Talk Baseball on the Genesis, which was awesome at the time.  World Series Baseball came and stole my heart for several years.  I was never a fan of EA"s games until the final MVP, which was amazing.  Other than the Show, I played High Heat on my PC for several years.  It was the best PC baseball game I'd played since Hardball.  Baseball is my favorite sport, and I've played a lot of great (an awful) games. 
    I've seen some surprise about the bulk of the votes coming from people in their forties, but I'm not. If you were born in the mid-70's like I was, that means your formative grade school years were during the golden age of video arcades, and also the the first generation to grow up with video games. And it seems like a lot of us never "grew up" and started dismissing consoles as toys. It's just like any other hobby or personal entertainment.
    As long as I'm here, I forgot to mention the Game Boy baseball titles that bided my time while waiting for those damn NES Baseball Simulator 1.000 sim games to play out (ugh)... I got a GB near launch and played the stock Baseball seemingly forever until more stuff came out. Eventually got Roger Clemens MVP Baseball and it's unique fielding perspective. I remember how the fake Matt Williams had an anemic batting average and huge power, yet I never hit a home run with him (the fake names used in that game is another thread altogether). But my go-to was Extra Bases, which was basically RBI Baseball/Family Stadium in a smeary green portable form. Always wished that there was a GB version of BS1.000, though.
    49. Been an avid gamer of pretty much sports titles only since my early teens from the Atari days, moving on to Intellivision, and so on...
    I am 62, I was a hard core gamer for years, played everything I could get my hands on but now that I'm older I just play sports games. Didn't think I would be playing the show but now that it's on the Xbox I have been playing it.
    Scott
    I’m 35, first played MLB The Show on PS Vita.
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    Man, I really miss playing The Show on a handheld, especially the Vita. I found all of the years they put a game on the platform (12-15) to be enjoyable.
    Hey you guys should check out my 3rd no hitter thrown this year in my online custom league using 3 different teams.
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    I've seen some surprise about the bulk of the votes coming from people in their forties, but I'm not. If you were born in the mid-70's like I was, that means your formative grade school years were during the golden age of video arcades, and also the the first generation to grow up with video games. And it seems like a lot of us never "grew up" and started dismissing consoles as toys. It's just like any other hobby or personal entertainment.

    I completely agree with you. If you're in your early 40s, then you were part of the first generation to grow up with video games in the home for most of your life. For me, there's always been a sizable gap with that compared to people even only about five years older than me.
    For me, the games seemed to evolve as I was ready for them to for much of that time. The Atari was the big thing when I was really young. And then the NES when I was in grade school, the SNES when I was in high school, the Playstation when I was in college, the PS2 when I was a young adult, and then the PS3 came out the year that I got married. Each step of the way, games got better/deeper/more adult as I was ready. Its been a cool experience, and one that not every other age group got to see the same way. I think that's part of the reason that we didn't "grow up" the same way that our predecessors did, and I also think its why we seem to take games more seriously than the younger generation largely does.
    43 yrs old. Been a playing games since Atari but my real start was the NES in the late 80’s. As for baseball games. I played RBI and Bases Loaded. Bases Loaded, My brother and I would get into fight because he would always plunk Oko for Philly and Oko would charge the mound and get tossed. I would do damage with Oko at the plate and my bro wanted none of that.
    My side passion baseball game was Baseball Stars on NES. I created so many teams and leagues in that game. My own little baseball universe. Though, I still this day never threw better than a 5-hitter in that game. It would drive me crazy. To throw a 4-hitter was like having a perfect game for me… sadly it never happened.
    I'm 45 and my love of baseball came from my dad. Growing up in North Carolina, you had regional sports on tv and the Braves were the closest so they have always been my favorite team...and Dale Murphy will always and forever be my favorite baseball player/professional athlete period!
    As for gaming, my first baseball game experience was on the Atari 2600. I'm a lifer lol!
    TarHeelPhenom
    I'm 45 and my love of baseball came from my dad. Growing up in North Carolina, you had regional sports on tv and the Braves were the closest so they have always been my favorite team...and Dale Murphy will always and forever be my favorite baseball player/professional athlete period!
    As for gaming, my first baseball game experience was on the Atari 2600. I'm a lifer lol!

    Its funny, thanks to TBS, the Braves became a national team of sorts.
    I've lived in the PNW my entire life. My baseball nostalgia is every bit as strong from Glavine, Smoltz, Gant, Pendleton, Bobby Cox, Leo Mazzone, as it is for Junior, Edgar and the Big Unit.
    The run the 1995 Mariners went on is indescribable, for more reasons than I can list here.. but that 1991 Braves team is right there with them. All the way through that World Series. Similar to the Bills losing all those Super Bowls, its fun to think about how much different things could have been if they had just won their first.
    Madden08PCgmr
    Its funny, thanks to TBS, the Braves became a national team of sorts.
    I've lived in the PNW my entire life. My baseball nostalgia is every bit as strong from Glavine, Smoltz, Gant, Pendleton, Bobby Cox, Leo Mazzone, as it is for Junior, Edgar and the Big Unit.
    The run the 1995 Mariners went on is indescribable, for more reasons than I can list here.. but that 1991 Braves team is right there with them. All the way through that World Series. Similar to the Bills losing all those Super Bowls, its fun to think about how much different things could have been if they had just won their first.
    Living out in rural Colorado, we didn't get cable in our community until 1979, when I was in 5th grade. At the time it was the Atlanta Braves replay, not live. Those first couple years were bleak for the Bravos but my grandparents, with whom I lived, and me fell instantly in love. My Grandma's player was Jeff Burroughs and my Grandpa couldn't wait to see Phil Niekro pitch. We loved the antics of the Mad Hungarian and the puff ball Gene Garber would throw, until it got kiboshed. Braves came along well and had that really good year in '82, that was a fun year. I loved Bob Horner's swing, one of the most effortlessly violent swings ever. I still don't know why he didn't develop to his potential. Overall, I too loved Dale Murphy, he was the reason I wore #3 throughout little league and high school. My uncle who was close to my age and my biggest nemesis was a huge Dodgers fan. Remember, oddly the Braves were in the NL west and could never beat the Dodgers. That is when my extreme disdain for the Dodgers took root. Those were good times!
    Sorry, I had nostalgia-rant there.

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