Sunday, April 6, 2008

Lest we forget...

...here's another nugget of baseball goodness. If you haven't seen this yet, thank me later.

One of the most dramatic sequences in World Series history, complete with Vin Scully's play-by-play call, as seen through the prism of RBI Baseball for the Nintendo Entertainment System:



For some reason, the embedded version is too narrow; note that it's Boston 5, New York 3 as the action starts. Or click on the screen image to watch it at YouTube.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This kid was in college when he had the time to put this together (go figure). He got a job with a guerilla marketing firm after this. A work of pure artistic inspiration! I miss intelevision.

Ben said...

When I was in sixth grade, a friend and I played Intellivision baseball constantly. Unlike today's games featuring amazing graphics and real players, that game just had nine anonymous red blobs against nine blue blobs.

I always played the blue team and he the red (the team names were something color-appropriate like the Waters and the Suns; creative, eh?). We had our batting orders memorized, with identities for each player. E.g., defying all odds, there was a French outfielder named Pierre Bonbon. In the tradition of Sting and Cher, there was also a power-hitting first baseman named simply Jovan.

In hindsight, this fell somewhere along the spectrum stretching back to a pre-video age when kids used their imaginations to play. Although we weren't running around playing cowboys and Indians, the game was so primitive that it left room for creativity. We concocted a backstory for each player, developed rivalries between specific players, injected drama with late-inning substitutions, etc.

Yep, we were pretty cool.

cfiore said...

That's why with the new games, they may be more "realistic" and have real players, but I don't think they're as fun. In fact, I always end up creating my own team of fictional players for the exact reasons you mention (not to mention I'm still doing the same thing I was when I was eight...) If I can't make a Xbox version of myself and eight of my buddies, what's the fun?