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The Show – MLB13 vs MLB12

Greetings, readers. This is my second, and possibly final, report card on MLB13: The Show. As usual, OMG I love it. However, there are a few things, much to my dismay, that I either don’t like as well or fail to see any significant upgrade from last year’s version.

First off, and to me most important, is the replacement of Dave Campbell with Steve Lyons. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry on this topic, I believe the franchise was going for someone more youthful – just my personal opinion. For someone new, it seems like Steve was not allowed to bring his own personality into the game by receiving new lines to say; when playing the game, I hear Steve saying some of Dave’s lines almost verbatim. I would have preferred that the writers come up with a different way to say the same thing.

The lines of dialog this year seem to be more repetitive than in years past. Especially in beginner’s mode, where there is lots of computer assistance in the defense. The same situations come up with the very same dialog supplied. I briefly tried the next level the other night, with less computer assistance than I was used to, and noticed that the more errors I committed, the more play specific dialog was used. For example, “Oh, the catcher just threw the ball into center field,” an error which would almost never happen in computer mode.

The graphics are as good as they are going to get with current PS3 technology. The faces and stadiums look the same as last year. There were a few changes to details, like fireworks displays after a homerun or a home victory were moved from being shot into the sky to the stadium’s Jumbotron, but graphic-wise it looks the same. When the PS4 comes out in a year or so, I will be very interested to see whether or not the graphics and all the subtle nuances will have substantial improvements. Obviously, there is only so much realism you can put into a game. This is not Star Trek holodeck technology we are talking about. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

MLB13’s biggest gold star, which 12 did not have, is to load up your favorite teams in the appropriate brackets and do the playoffs without having to play a full season. With newer camera angles, more exciting music, and a brief shot of the pre-game team’s line-up announcements, I was more than happily surprised at that part of the game’s realism. I watched a few YouTube videos on this game and learned that the online features and the Diamond Dynasty mode have also been improved. I must admit, I have only tried Diamond Dynasty a few times and I don’t play online, so I really can’t make a fair judgement. If any of my readers are avid online gamers, please chime in with a comment.

MLB13: The Show … I’ll say final report card grade: A-. Though I didn’t blog about it at the time, last year I gave MLB12 a grade of B+. I gave this year’s version the bump up because of the post-season mode, which is actually my favorite part of real baseball.

Until next time, have a great day, take care, and happy reading.

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Why do my best ideas come to me at three in the morning?

Greetings, readers. For approximately the last month and a half, an interesting trend has emerged. Rebecca and I will work at our usual time, 12 to 3, three days a week. Then I will go on with the rest of my day, thinking of things to write about with very little success. At the end of the day, I will take my evening medication, turn out the light, and wish very desperately to go to sleep. When do my ideas for writing projects come to me???

As the title of this entry suggests, they come to me at three in the morning or thereabouts. I’ve heard that some really great writers keep pad and pencil by their beds for just such an occurrence. I should do that, but I don’t. I get angry at myself for not sleeping, turn on every light in the apartment, switch on the TV and Playstation 3, and play a game of MLB12 The Show until I literally feel like I’m going to pass out. I consider myself a writer for I do blog, but to be honest, lately that is all we’ve been doing. This past November and December were taken up with practice time for a Beatles performance, which in hindsight was a mistake. Not that the performance itself was a mistake, but the preparation time was more involved than I was expecting it to be.

Also, some personal problems which have mostly been rectified now, thank you, caused me not to be able to concentrate on my writing as much as I might have liked. After much time and many trials, it seems as though we will finally be able to pop it into that next gear, and get down to some serious work. I’m planning to put out a book from my first year of blogging as my new work for this year. A book of truly new material such as Camp Book 3, a romance novella, or other project will be at least a year and a half away. I know myself. I am not the type of person who can sit down and crank out 300 pages of a first draft in a month. Health and personal issues simply prevent it.

Lastly, here in State College, PA as is in most of the Northern part of the country, we are experiencing our first Canadian arctic blast of the season. 12° above zero with a wind chill factor of -1. Can you say brrr? I know, I know, people in Florida are now laughing at me.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will not be blogging for roughly the next week or so. I need to take care of some personal things. We’ll be back with you ASAP. Until then, take care and happy reading.

Depression helped by air guitar

Greetings, readers. The need to excel at something has been weighing on my mind of late. I don’t feel like I am doing anything important. I am not trained in any skill and I feel like getting a job with my handicap would not work out well for me. I sit around a lot. The more I seem to try to bring my life together, the more it falls apart. I feel myself slipping into a hole of depression from which I might not recover.

I found myself slipping into this depression about a month ago. I am forcing myself to work, to eat well, while gaming and other goofing off activities are on the rise. Much more MLB12 The Show baseball for the PS3 for instance. Even though I am on medicine for depression, I believe its effectiveness has waned. It is time to give my doctor a call. In the meantime, I am fighting it with air guitar and the Beatles.

Now I would like to fill you in on my progress for my performance in December. In case I haven’t mentioned it here in the blog, I am going to put on an air guitar/air drum show with vocals. I’ve asked a friend of mine to help out and she has agreed. Practice sessions have been sporadic but good. For any readers in the central Pennsylvania area on Friday, December 14th, at 7pm, you are all invited to come. Details are on my Facebook page. This show will feature music from the Beatles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fun time.

Lastly, I am trying very hard to keep myself healthy. With the temperature changes as drastic as they have been this October, I’m now on Halls Defense Supplement Drops 100% vitamin C, among other things. My health is also a concern to me because with my Godmother back home from the hospital, after recovering from a stroke, I cannot be visiting her while under the weather.

Until next time, take care, enjoy the nice weather, and happy reading.

Warmth is here! : )

Greetings, readers. Yes, late spring has finally arrived here in State College, PA. The last two days, those of us who enjoy warm weather have been treated to mid-70s temperatures with moderate humidity – not low by any means, but not stifling either. I have been waiting for this weather for several months. As much as I like snow for Christmas, I live for spring and summer.

Now on to news. My first book, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories, went on sale on Kindle yesterday afternoon. I’m trying yet another way to generate some sales and get the book in more readers’ hands. After this blog post entry is finished, I shall begin editing the final story left to be worked on for book 2, Tales From North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories. I am most pleased with the progress that Rebecca and I have made over the last two months. This project is way ahead of schedule. : )

I saw on the Yahoo! sports page today that the great Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera, suffered an injury that could end his career – torn right knee ACL. He is one of my favorite Yankees, and I do hope that he can at least attempt a come back next year.

Now, readers, for any of you who play or know anything about MLB 12 The Show, what is the cloud? One of the options on one of the menus reads that I can save something to the cloud. I’m still trying to determine what that is. Any ideas would be appreciated.

On to news about Keekee. She is learning more English words. The other day I was talking on my phone and just happened to mention the words, chicken and giblets. Keekee, when she heard me say the name of her din-din, dashed from her bed and proceeded to the kitchen. That is where her food bowl is. OMG. This cat is learning more words by the day. Such a nice companion to come home to and take care of. She also knows when I am low and does her best to cheer me up by cuddling close, purring, and acting cute.

Finally, as of 3:00 this afternoon, Rebecca and I will have finished our first week of reduced hours. So far so good. I made a schedule to keep to and that seems to be working very well. I shall keep you updated as to when camp book 2 gets to the next stage. I wish you all a great weekend and happy reading.

Update about Bear Spring Camps book 2 and weekend plans

Greetings readers. To start off with, I’d like to thank all the people who clicked over to my site yesterday. 41 views! Second highest all time. Today will be a little hodgepodge of work related stuff and some personal notes.

First off, Bear Spring Camps book number two, tentatively titled Tales from North Bay and Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories, is a good couple of months ahead of schedule. At first I wasn’t going to rush this book and I set September of this year as the month of release. However, such wonderful progress has been made recently that I am ahead of schedule. This is mainly thanks to Rebecca, my writing assistant. Now I can definitely see a July release date as a distinct possibility.

On Sunday, I’ll be going to my Godmother’s house for Easter Sunday dinner. I am certainly looking forward to that, as is she. We talk often and I visit as often as I can, usually Wednesdays and Sundays. For those of you who celebrate Easter, have a happy one. For those who don’t, good weekend wishes.

My late weekend plans will include doing some note taking for my new personal project, as well as getting ready for Monday’s Dungeons and Dragons gaming night. I have been a D&D gamer now for about a year and I enjoy it very much. I’m not as good at it as I could be, but I’m learning. I shall also try my hand at a game of MLB 12 The Show baseball on my PS3. Perhaps I might even win.

Here’s another random thought. I have a small picture of my family standing in front of our old Lincoln with our house in the background. I am planning to take that photo to a local drug store and get it blown up. From there, one day soon, I will take it to the local frame shop, so that it can be hung on my wall for easier viewing, instead of the small picture which now sits on my credenza.

Keekee’s picture, which I put up the other day, did work and looked fabulous. One of these days quite soon, I’m going to take a picture that I have of myself and include it in a blog entry. Possibly if I can figure out the sizing of it, my picture might be at the top of my blog instead of the row of books that are there now.

In just a few moments, my editor and I are going to attempt to save three stories that are remaining in the camp book 2’s to-do folder and whip them into shape. These are the three that have been giving us the most trouble, but I am not expecting too many problems. If we can get through today’s computer dilemmas, we should be just fine. Have a great weekend. Hope it is sunny and warmer were you are. Here it is sunny and cooler. Take care.

Exploring the latest version of MLB12 TheShow

Greetings readers. Tonight, just a short entry about my evening, seeing just what all the newest version of MLB12 The Show can do. What has intrigued me the most is the ability to change, upload and download rosters. So far I’ve successfully traded players, created players, downloaded other people’s rosters, but I just can’t seem to learn how to upload my own roster that others can use.

That’s why this post is up a few hours later than I wanted it to be. I’m going back to the game shortly to see if there’s anything in the online instructions or the website; Theshownation.com

By the way, this is one of my few posts without my writing assistant, Rebecca. I shall do my best in editing. : )

My next entry will be up on Wednesday or Thursday. Besides that, plenty of editing on my second camp story book, as well as creation on my brand new project. Details on that to come soon. Until then.

Update The original title of this entry was: Putzing around with MBL12 TheShow. Today, April 3, 2013, I discovered that the word putz is a yiddish slang word referring to a male sexual organ. I am not comfortable using this word, especially in the title of a blog entry. I changed the title for this reason.

MLB 12 The Show … I’m drooling

Greetings baseball fans and blog readers. In early March, Christmas day #2 comes for me. It is the release date of my favorite video game for the PlayStation 3 console, MLB12 The Show.

I have been playing this game for at least five years, if not longer. I began on my PS2 system, where the graphics were good but not exceptional. Since switching to the PS3 system, I have been blown away by the game’s realism. From the players’ faces and body movements to their swings and throws, every aspect of the players have been designed as realistically as possible.

Also, every stadium is impeccably rendered with details, such as working clocks that keep accurate time, and ivy at Chicago’s Wrigley Field that does not start growing until a month after the season starts. But now back to the game play itself.

This year, the added highlights are going to be enhanced play-by-play (mimicking more accurately the game’s situation), more realistic game play (the balls might hit a base and take a strange hop, for instance), and finally more realistic throwing and hitting motions. For someone like me who enjoys the subtle details, like the added realism of the New York and Boston crowds with their specific accents, it’s just an added bonus to an already perfect game.

The MLB The Show franchise is a Sony exclusive and in a couple of years the PS4 is due to come out. OMG. I have no reason to believe that this game will not survive into the PS4 era and I can only imagine that Sony will achieve even more realism. What I would like to see are subtleties such as rain-outs in franchise mode, where a player would somehow have to play two games to make up for it, the occasional snow flurry for early season games in Boston, Chicago, and Toronto, and perhaps an easier method of taking your very own photo and incorporating it into a created player. I would also like to be able to play games in such recently closed stadiums as Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, Riverfront in Cincinnati, and Tiger Stadium in Detroit, as well as any others they may wish to incorporate – hint, hint.

The truth will now be told. I only purchase two games per year. John Madden football and MLB baseball. Though the Madden game is excellent, MLB baseball is my personal favorite and I have no doubt that I will be thrilled with this latest installment. Yes, sometimes games do get ruined by their developers trying to improve them, but so far MLB The Show has been extremely careful not to do this. They just keep adding to the realism.

Many, many years from now, when the PS15 comes out, I would love to have the chance to hear… somehow… announcers of years gone by. To be able to hear Vin Scully say, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”, or Phil Rizzuto utter, “You got that right, White,” or his classic, “Holy cow!” would complete my ultimate baseball experience.

Until next time… : )

P.S. Forgot to spellcheck before publishing last week. Oops. Sorry, folks. I just went back and fixed the mistakes.

Virtual Sports Reality

Hi there, readers. As I continue to do research for the blog entry about my father, I’d like to share something with you, which to me is a personal revelation. I was thinking about this Monday night as I was having one of my frequent insomnia bouts. It finally dawned on me why I love Madden football and MLB baseball for the PS3 gaming system so much.

As a youth, I was completely uncoordinated, clumsy, and awkward. A star athlete, I would never be. All the highlights that school age young men get to do, I never did. For instance, I never tried out for the high school football team. Heck, I could barely run, much less tackle anybody. The only football I could throw any distance was a Nerf, and my balance was such that being a running back or a wide receiver was out of the question. I would have had my own personal stretcher.

I didn’t try out for the baseball team, or softball, or basketball. Same rules apply there, I just didn’t feel myself a strong enough person to compete, mentally or physically. So when school was over, I got in my mom’s car and we drove home. I entertained myself with records, TV, and the occasional touch football game with kids from my neighborhood who knew my physical limitations and took it easy on me.

The video games in the early days were laughable as compared to what they are today. As of the last three years, sports games for the PS3 system are ultra-realistic. I watched a video on YouTube yesterday for MLB12 The Show. It was their official trailer. I didn’t think the game could get anymore realistic. I was wrong. Can’t wait ’til March 4th! Well, getting back to the topic of this blog post, the reason I love these games so much is simply this: It allows me to pretend that I am the coach, the manager, or even one of the players on these great professional sports teams. When I hit the X button on the controller, it’s me hitting the home run or striking out the powerful batter.

The other night I actually said to myself out loud, why don’t you quit being a writer and go work for either EA Sports or Sony? Well the answer is simple. I like being a writer too much. Sure I’ve got some ideas for improvements for their games; that is what email and phone numbers are for.

Well, I’m off to email my Dutch cousin to hopefully get the final few puzzle pieces that I’ll need for the blog post about my father. Until very soon, take care and have a great day.