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Nothing beats ol' NES

Aaron Hall | Interrobang | Sports | April 17th, 2006

A few evenings ago, as I was taking a study break and I sat down and enjoyed a game on my laptop of Triple Play Baseball 2000.

As I played the game, I reminisced and remembered the times I spent as a youngster in front of the television screen playing baseball video games.

While other kids were conquering Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario Brothers, I was in the dog days of summer of a 162 game season, playing out my dreams of Ken Griffey Jr. batting cleanup for the Detroit Tigers, and leading them to a World Series victory.

In fact, the only game that I owned for my Sega Genesis was World Series Baseball 1996.

One thing that always struck me when I played a new baseball game is how innovative and realistic each of them was. I can even remember being fascinated by hearing the beer cart guy in the background on my sole Sega game.

But before the ultra-realistic Sega Genesis, there was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the game that started this obsession for me, RBI Baseball 2.

The successor to the original RBI Baseball, the 1990 classic RBI Baseball 2 was one of the original baseball games to include real Major League Baseball (MLB) teams and MLB players as well.

Although the graphics were nothing special, at the time it didn't matter much to a 10-year-old, die-hard baseball fan.

I almost lost my mind when I searched for RBI Baseball 2 on the Internet recently and discovered that I could play my all-time favourite baseball game online for free. I couldn't help but laugh at the classic pitching duel I set up between the Detroit Tigers' Jack Morris and the Toronto Blue Jays' Jimmy Key.

To this day I remain in the Prehistoric age of baseball games and have yet to venture into the realms of the digital age and play any of the modern games.

When looking at screen shots of Major League Baseball 2K6 from the XBox 360 I am utterly and truly amazed at the minute detail that fills every aspect of this new game.

However, even with these new options of baseball video game entertainment I am going to continue to indulge in old-school baseball games.
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