Merged Video Game/Baseball Game: Cancelled By The Powers That Be
from the no-fun-at-all dept
Last week, we brought up the name Bill Veeck, the great baseball owner/promoter, in discussing a plan by an independent minor league team to merge a video game and a real-live baseball game by having the first two innings be played on an Xbox (broadcast on the big stadium screen) and the rest of the game handled by the players, who will pick up the game at whatever point the video gamers leave it. Well, just like Veeck’s promotions, it appears that this rubbed “the league” the wrong way, and Clive Thompson notes they’ve forced the teams to get rid of the promotion. Once again, it’s a situation where the league is taking the “integrity of the game” more seriously than the entertainment value — and forgetting that they’re their to provide entertainment. The teams are still trying to do something, and will replay the 9th inning on the Xbox, after the team has finished the real game — which pretty much defeats the point of the entire promotion. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for the entrepreneurial entertainer who sees an opportunity here and creates a mixed video/baseball league — where the players need to play themselves in the video game and on the field. I’m all for keeping the game at its traditional roots when it makes sense, but having a bit of fun (especially in an independent minor league) could add a bit more life to the game. Besides, if it’s so important to keep the game true to its roots, then the game we see today would be quite different than it is. Seven balls to make a walk? Batter gets to pick a strike zone? Change can be good.