Well it's November. There is no Major League Baseball to follow; not any games anyways. There will be plenty of free agent and offseason trade talks heating up soon. Will the Reds make any significant moves or surprises in the trade market like they did last year? We shall see. Until then, we can resort to one of the things that can get us closer to on-the-field baseball than anything else and that is the realm of video games.
Here are a few of our favorite baseball video games. Obviously it's way subjective because it's impossible to have played every game out there and once you find one you like you tend to play it longer or at least stay within that franchise. Part two will list a couple of my favorites in what will be somewhat of a timeline of the evolution of baseball video games. Look for that tomorrow.
Jimmi's Pick (@Redlegs_Review, @jimmiadair)
I must have logged a trillion hours playing that game during my sophomore year of high school. I'm not sure why it would be my favorite baseball video game other than the fact that it was the one I played the most.
The Reds won many World Series during my reign of dynasties on there. Some were made possible by turning the "fair trades" option off and acquiring oodles of talent through lopsided trades. Hey, if you ain't cheating you ain't trying. In all seriousness, that game delivered plenty of enjoyable times.
Josh's Pick (@joshuadbethel)
By far, the best baseball game on the market and my personal favorite is Out of the Park Baseball. OOTP is one of the most in depth games I've ever played from any genre. OOTP baseball doesn't give me any money. Instead I shell out cash every single year for the new version of this game. Is there a lot of action? Nope. But if you have ever wanted to step into the shoes of the GM for your favorite club, OOTP is the closest most of us are ever going to get. If you consider yourself a baseball nerd, it's absolutely worth the price of admission.
OOTP also allows you more possibilities than any other sports game on the market. Want to start as the 1999 Reds and see how your beloved team would have done if they never made the deal for Ken Griffey Jr? Want to start in 1910 with a hard salary cap and see if the Yankees would still be a dominate force? You can do that too. Want to play as a Pacific League team? Want to start in 1920 with a fantasy draft? Want to see if the Reds would have won the World Series if they signed Beltran to play LF instead of Ludwick? If they traded for Span at the deadline? If they never traded Josh Hamilton? It's all possible. If you need graphics, this is obviously not the game for you. But if you're a baseball history nerd or really into stats or think off season trades and free agency are just as exciting as a playoff run, then it's worth checking out.
Sara Spurr's take (@somegoodideas)
I don't have a favorite but have some ideas for game apps that I'd totally play on my phone or iPad:
Phunkblast Home Run Derby: BP home run target practice. Aim for specific mascots and notable features of ballparks. How many times have you wanted to see that stupid Brewer get hit with a HR?
Dusty Baker's toothpick brain teasers: Remember those games where you had to create a picture using/moving so many toothpicks?
Bronson Arroyo's Name that Tune: (self explanatory)
Ballpark Mascot Races
That Skyline "find the ball" game