Spoilers

I like baseball. I like it for a lot of reasons. My beloved blue jays are 7 games over the .500 hundred mark for the first time in three years and are a very large miracle away from making the postseason. They are, however, playing the great role of spoiler for teams ahead of them in the standings. The past few series, they went 3-2 against Boston, 2-1 against the Yankees, and 3-0 against the Twins – all teams fighting for a playoff spot. While it is great to see the boys finally start playing to their potential it is heartbreaking as a fan to wonder why they didn’t to it about a month ago so instead of being the spoiler, they could be a contender. 5 of their last 7 series in the season are against teams who have a chance at the postseason, so maybe I can take a small victory by having them ruin someone else’s season. With 7 games left against Boston it could be a lot of fun to throw a wrench into Red Sox Nation.

I enjoy sports games and perennially play the EA sports titles. The biggest spoiler for me is 2K sports with their baseball exclusive licensing agreement with the MLB. While I own a console that 2K makes a ball game for I refuse to play it as they don’t make it on the platform I want to play it on – my PC. Since they have spoiled my baseball gaming (MVP 2005 I believe was the last licensed title for the PC) I refuse to purchase any of their titles for my other systems. I am sure they are feeling the heat from my almighty Canadian dollar. While none of this is new news it recently began to bother me again and for once I hope the Evil Axis of gaming does indeed overthrow the 2K Sports team.

Until that happens (or the license expires) I guess I will just have to spend time at real ballparks watching real ballgames, drinking real beer with real friends.

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I hate these exclusive license agreements. It inspires bad games all around. EA has only the pressure of sales to impact their production values on their games, and it’s hurt some of their titles. I was getting into the 2K Football game with some of its innovative features right at EA got the exclusive rights. Then, 2K did it with baseball when EA’s baseball game was just starting to catch my attention.

    Competition is healthy for the market. Monopoly is the enemy of quality.

  2. I agree Pope. I would be less worried about it if the organazations licencing the products (mlb, NFL, etc) had it’s own people on the inside ensuring the quality of the game. They are all big brands and I would expect them to protect the license – maybe they already do – but it just seems like a big cash grab.

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