on Sep 23, 2012
You know how sometimes I write about programming in a way that makes it interesting for people who don’t care about programming? My brother Patrick does the same thing for sports. I don’t follow sports or pay attention to sports, but he has a way of making the hobby compelling and accessible to outsiders. When we get together, he’s always got some crazy story about a sports rule that got changed because the fans demanded the old coach be ousted, and as a result the new coach told a player to do a thing, which in turn upset a team, which led to a lawsuit, which enraged the league, which then changed a long-standing policy, which eventually annoyed the fans. Or somesuch.
He’s always talking about the business around the teams and how it shapes the sport, kind of the same way I’m always discussing game companies and how they shape our videogames. When we get together, he does more talking than I do, and I enjoy it even though I don’t know a thing about sports. I’ve been on him for years to stop running his mouth and start blogging some of this stuff, and now he’s actually gone and done it.
We’re both gamers in the same way that Tiger Woods and Dwayne Johnson are both jocks. It’s only true in the most technically confusing way. He plays sports games on his PS3, which is the only genre of games I don’t play and the only current-gen system I don’t have. He’s one of those players that dutifully buys each new release of Madden. He’s fully aware of how the series is creatively dead and how EA is basically exploiting his love for the sport and not honestly attempting to make something worthwhile. It’s pretty much the same relationship I have with BioWare games at this point. It’s very interesting to see the same dynamic play out in other genres. Yes, it’s a mess and it could be so much better, but where else are you gonna go?
Check out his post on MLB 13: The Game, which is a game you are actually playing right now.
Also, if you have any feedback specifically for him, be sure to post it there and not here. The sad truth is, most of my family doesn’t read this blog.
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