Every year, Electronic Arts runs a simulation to predict the Super Bowl. This year, the Ravens were predicted to win, but our sports columnist ran his own simulation. The picture's a bit more complicated.
Sports games can make you the MVP hero of your dreams. But professional sports aren't based on athleticism alone; traits like sportsmanship and agreeableness have a large impact on a team's success. New sports games like 2K11 and New Star Soccer consider these ulterior aspects to play, enabling the player to create their own sports narrative.
Most sports stories play out the same way. Two baseball narratives, The Rookie and The Natural, offer a different understanding of the game by beginning at the end. Our sports columnist responds in-game.
The bifurcation of society into jocks and geeks was supposed to end with high school. So why do the two groups eye each other with mutual suspicion? Our sports columnist argues that the videogame community has wrongly ousted sports gamers.
An experimental videogame called Hokra invites comparisons to sports, but not only for its rules. For Abe Stein, sport is a feeling that runs deeper than the inner workings of games, existing in the events and dramas that we cause to emerge from them. So how do a few pixel squares pull that off, and what does this have to do with Brazilians?
In our new sports column, Abe Stein reminisces about playing Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One, how it compares to a modern sports videogame like NBA 2K12, and what is lost in designing for the realism of sports rather than the surrealism of games.