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I Wish I Could Still Get Excited About Sports Games

You know, there was a time when I was actually excited by the release of certain sports games.

Of course, the industry has changed a lot over the years.

Back in the day, you didn't have to be a sports fan to love games like NBA Jam, Blades of Steel, Tecmo Bowl, RBI Baseball, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, California Games, etc. We really only had a few types of games; side-scrolling adventures and sports. Some top-down games were around (like Zelda) but for the most part, we didn't have a fraction of the variety we have today.

So, we all played sports games almost by default. But these days, as I basically only watch highlights on ESPN (can't remember the last time I watched any single sporting event from start to finish), and there are always tons of games I want to play, the sports titles have long since fallen by the wayside. I kinda wish they hadn't, though. When I saw that MLB 14: The Show had hit the PS4 this week, it just reminded me of all the fun I'd had in the past, with games like 3D Baseball on the PS1. Hell, half my SNES collection is sports games and I still play 'em!

I guess my problem is that I'm not a huge sports fanatic, and I don't care as much about simulated sports experiences. I also don't have the time for them. This is why I wish arcade-style sports games didn't totally bite the dust. Sure, we have The Show but where's MLB Slugfest? I sure wish that Mutant League Football Kickstarter campaign hadn't failed...

Anyone else feel this way?

Tags: sports games, sports video games, gaming culture

5/6/2014 10:02:28 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 10:22:52 PM
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My average is like 3 Sport games throughout a systems life. Is that weird?

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Temjin001
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 10:32:42 PM
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For me sports games have always been an aside to the many other games I play. But over the years I've always found a few I really enjoyed on most gens.

For Atari 2600 it was Realsports Boxing, Baseball and Football (so lame you could run to left edge of the screen and pop out on the right hand side of the screen when you wanted)
For NES it was Mike Tyson's Punch Out. Tecmo Bowl. Konami's Double Dribble and Blades of Steel… "BLADES OF STEEL" oh SWEET the NES talked! For Genesis it was some EA Basketball game. For SNES it was NBA Jam. For PSX it was another basketball game.. IN POLYGONAL 3D!!!! For Saturn it was Pebble Beach Golf. For DC it was NFL2K. For PS2 it was Madden. For Xbox ESPN Football. And if we think of cars as sports games then include all the Gran Turismo's in there in their respective places. I also really respect and try to play Codemasters Formula 1 2014 on my PC. Formula 1 cars just feel so different than GT cars. They're sorta like real high powered Go-karts.

And I probably forgot some other games.

American Football has pretty much become my favorite sport to watch and play video games for anymore. Yah, I watched the Seahawks kick the crap out of Broncos in a very pathetic and quickly boring Superbowl earlier in the year.

Anyway, I always get excited for a real next-gen football experience. It seems like EA is touting the next Madden as being a big deal. But you never know, they'll say what they can to make you excited. They'll get me this year.

EDIT: And I sure as heck never fell for Joe Montana's Sports Talk Football. shudders

EDIT2: Oh yah, I forgot to mention the big deluge of Skate boarding games that hit the scene heavy during PS2's era. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was my fav. I loved that it went open world with that title. I also really got into Aggressive Inline.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 5/6/2014 10:40:53 PM

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Harerazer
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 10:35:12 AM

I got you beat. I had Joe montana, David Robinson, Mike Ditka, and almost every other celebrity named sports game even Jack Nicklaus Golf! LOL I have since lost my interest since i too don't have the time to sink into them but it's more than that. basically, who loses sports games anymore/ I mean, when was the last time you played an NBA season and went 41-41? Or a baseball season and didn't make the playoffs? The games are simply too easy and repetitive. Take any guy off the bench and you can make him a star because the game relies on YOUR ability and not any stats. Mr. Scrub on the end of the bench? I want him to be a scrub! I don't want Durant nailing 15 threes in a game but I don't want his backup running him off the court either. Sports games are made nowadays (especially EA games) for human competitive play. AI has all but gone out the window, sadly.

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Norrin Radd
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 @ 11:26:04 PM
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Well, I'll take The Show and a hockey game every year. I don't have as much time to play them as I'd like, but they are still darn fun!

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Akuma07
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 12:39:58 AM
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I have never enjoyed sport games.

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JDC80
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 1:30:26 AM
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I usually make sure to get the big 3 for me(MLB the show, NBA(when I get a PS4 back to Live) and NHL. I just like the idea of playing with my hometown teams and kicking the crap out of rival teams.

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GamingLegend777
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 3:37:33 AM
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There used to be a time when I looked forward to the new madden game every year along with NCAA football. Now I just rent them whenever there is a lull period in between games. Times have definitely changed.

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trumpetmon65
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 4:45:10 AM
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I miss sega sports. Those games kept the genesis competitive waaaay after it should have died.

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 5:28:32 AM
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I think the last sports 'videogame' I liked playing was the Mattel Electronic Basketball handheld unit from the late 70's. ;-)

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 7:20:44 AM

Those Mattel games were a hoot. I played Hockey and Football II quite a bit back then.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 5:52:01 AM
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Wish there was a new SKATE in the horizon... :/

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Japanese_Gamer
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 6:00:44 AM
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They should make all Sports games on Playstation 4 free to play.

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matt99
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 6:13:49 AM
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I'd love a new NHL Hitz game, they were loads of ridiculous fun.

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 7:35:14 AM
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Last sports game I was truly excited for was Fight Night: Champion. Still amazes me how many improvements they made to the boxing itself, just the simple addition of being able to circle opponents and maneuver them towards the ropes was a godsend, especially since we have been stuck on a 2D plane since Evander Holyfield Real Deal Boxing for the Genesis. Sports have been the sames since video games have been around so there is hardly anything new to add, besides a couple feature each year. Stagnation is understandable.

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rjmacready
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 8:42:14 AM
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MLB the Show is awesome for the PS4 and Vita, as expected. If you don't have time for a whole game, just save it mid-game and come back to it...that's what I do now. Or use the new quick count feature...

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 8:47:06 AM
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For me it's like this...

Play a sports game or go roaming the lands of XYZ game ?

There's something magical about expericing something outside of the world we live in.

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bhindi_bhaji
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 8:51:47 AM
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I'm not a massive sports fan, I only like mmotorsport and even then I rarely watch a full race.

I do enjoy Gran Turismo a lot though, and I'm really looking forward to Project Cars.

I had a lot of fun with Sensible Soccer on the Amiga way back in the early 90's and I remember an ice hockey game I enjoyed in the early PS2 days, but since then nothing.



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wackazoa
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 1:10:24 PM
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I've always used sports games to influence my purchase of a new system. The Show might be what sends me over for the PS4. Once I get the new systems I'll get the other games. PS3 has GTA, Uncharted, and all my other games, that look pretty enough.

I guess my hope is that new hardware pushes the ability of CPU AI in sports games further thus making the game more "real" to me. I dont go just for graphics. I got a PC for that.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 3:17:53 PM
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NBA2K14

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