This year MLB is up to $149.99 (inflation, Xavier Bogarts, etc) but MiLB is included free. That’s kind of cool.

MLB The Show had a reveal today, and uh, it looks like baseball? I still miss High Heat but I’m probably at the place where if I played it today (if it could run on any device) I’d be like uhhh, this was good? LOL.

One of the things I really liked about High Heat was that it took less than 3 hours to play a game. The Show always feels so damn slow to me. It plays well but like an Avalon Hill board game it seems to be played in real-time.

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Super Thoughts

Although I had no vested interest in the game, it was mildly entertaining.

The Chiefs are on an incredible string of luck when it comes to referee calls. Both calls were correct; however my issue with it is that there were a lot of other calls that weren’t correct or should have been called….so if you’re in “let ’em play” mode, you don’t call a ticky-tack penalty that decides the game.

This reminds me of all those Peyton Manning calls where he would just heave the ball downfield and always get pass interference. It was unreal.

Of course PHI choked big time. Football and baseball in the same season. Sorry PHI fans. Yuck.

In gaming world, I got a Steam Deck. Haven’t really played it though. I did buy the Nintendo vouchers, now I just need to find games. Obviously I won’t buy a $39 game with a $50 voucher. LOL

Have a lovely day.

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MLB The Show ’23

Received an email today announcing Jazz Chisholm Jr as the cover athlete for MLB The Show ’23.

I must be getting old, because I thought I followed baseball — and my first question was “Who is Jazz Chisholm Jr”

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Hasn’t worked for me.

“application encountered an unrecoverable error”

Has anyone gotten this and/or fixed? Running as admin doesn’t help.

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Ted Lasso /AFC Richmond in FIFA 23

Haven’t you wanted to play as Roy or Jamie Tartt or see Coach Beard in a video game?

Now you can have AFC Richmond play Wrexham AFC in FIFA 23.

Exciting , I guess.

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Madden NFL 23

Since I have EA Play Pro for the PC, I was able to play Madden NFL 23 today.

So the first game is an All-Madden Tribute game with players he preferred both teams are coached by Madden — one ‘young’ Madden and the other was late 70s Madden. The game is, well, the game. I doubt at this point, if you’ve been playing Madden since the 80s, you’ll see anything really new here (I guess there are new Commanders helmets).

But during that first game, there is a really nice tribute to John Madden. The whole thing may bring a tear to your eye. It’s just one of those things…death is a part of life.

I just think about the kids today who won’t know who Madden is…then again, probably most 14-year-olds today don’t know who Madden is either, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Anyway, the best $100 you can spend is with EA Play Pro for PC. If only they had NHL available.

Also, congratulations to Manchester City for being the 22-23 EPL Champions.

Unless something amazing happens during the World Cup break, this just is terrible.

Why am I playing Madden NFL 23 on a Monday afternoon? Because I still don’t have a job, but I’m guessing you figured that out.

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I think after you have Dick Vitale have a 15 minute speech about cancer and then following that with a comeback player of the year where the nominees are a guy with stage 3 colon cancer in the prime of his life or a guy that literally died on the pitch and came all the way back to play for Manchester United, you pick a guy that had a run of the mill ACL tear, that’s pretty lame.

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A difficult post

With all the things happening on the world right now, this is the least horrible thing out there unless you are me.

Earlier this week I was let go from my position after more than 19 years.

I can’t get into it, except there is shock and sadness and thoughts about how to get a new job.

I hear it’s a great job market but it’s been a week and no dice yet. I guess I am expecting too much too quickly!

Too bad there aren’t any freelance writing gigs for video gamers over the age of 50! That would be nice.

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Remember when E3 time was exciting?

Honestly, I’m struggling to think of a time when there was a release (or group of releases) that I actually cared about.

The stuff that was just shown at Summer Games Fest seems like an endless string of horror titles with an occasional remaster or reboot. Maybe my age is showing but I just don’t see much to be excited about in the coming years.

Now get off my lawn.

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Renewed for another year

Since Dan has posted a couple items in the last few weeks, I figured I should get to “work” again. As of yesterday, the site is renewed for yet another year.

As hard as it is to believe that this blog has been going for 18 years now, it’s now paid for until year 19. I’m already worried about what kind of gift I have to get to Dan for the 20 year anniversary next year….

Anyway, hope everyone is well and I look forward to writing a bit more in the coming year.

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