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First MLB-licensed version of Out of the Park baseball sim is out today

DruckOut of the Park Baseball 16 is available online (and through Steam) today. For the first time, the game is licensed by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. It includes official league logos, team logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 MiLB league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

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Out of the Park Baseball 16 adds MLB logos & stadiums

DruckOut of the Park Baseball 16 will feature the official logos for all 30 current Major League Baseball team and over 150 Minor League Baseball teams, Out of the Park Developments announced in a press release today.

“Getting OOTP officially licensed has been in the back of my mind for a long time,” game creator Markus Heinsohn said on the company’s official blog. “ has always known about us, and every so often they’d inquire about us getting a license, but it always seemed so daunting. We’re not a major game developer, with our own legal department and things like that…. As it turns out, they had pretty reasonable terms, and they were easy to work with, so one thing led to another last year.”

I really enjoyed getting to play with OOTP 15 last year, but not seeing the real MLB team logos on the pages took some of the fun out of being the New York Mets’ general manager. I’m looking forward to their addition to this year’s version of the game.

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Link: If Baseball Had Robots

If you owned the Nintendo Entertainment System way back when, maybe you remember a game called “Base Wars.” Patrick Dubuque of NotGraphs certainly does, and I want to thank him for reminding me of one of my favorite NES video games.

As the name sort of implies, Base Wars combined the game of baseball with gladiatorial combat. Since the game was set in the 24th century, the players were all robots.

I spent many hours playing Base Wars, but I don’t think too many of my games reached the scheduled 9-inning conclusion. There were no umpires in the future; all close plays were settled through combat. If the runner won, he took the base. If the defender won, well, the runner was relegated to the scrap heap. And once a team lost too many players, the game was finished.

I kinda wish I could play Base Wars again, cheesy graphics & all. 🙂

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Mauer game cover confuses customers, retailers?

Video game site GamerTell reports that Joe Mauer’s image on the cover of MLB: The Show 2011 is confusing some customers and retailers.

The Minnesota Twins catcher also appeared on the cover of last year’s game, so some stores have been putting copies of the new title on sale before the March 8th release date at a discounted price, mistaking it for last year’s release.