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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How Strat-O-Matic Baseball Changed My Life Forever - Culture – Forward.com

Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: board games, games, simulations, strat-o-matic

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 review - Beyond the Box Score

Is anyone playing this game?

Final thoughts: Overall, I thought the game definitely had some appeal, especially the regularly-updating player cards. I didn’t get to play for a full 162-game season, but getting a whole season’s worth of stats to look at for every MLB player would be very interesting as well. However, the combination of the cost and the fact that it just wasn’t differentiated enough from fantasy baseball is what really drove me away from recommending this product. On the other hand, they do offer a one-week free trial, and I will encourage you to try it for yourself if the sound of 365 interests you.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: games, reviews, simulations

Thursday, April 07, 2016

How a Baseball-Obsessed Programmer Is Helping Us Live Our Hardball Fantasies | Motherboard

I’ve played a lot of baseball games. This is one of my favorites.

“I haven’t watched a baseball game in years,” said Chris Flora, a tax consultant in Florida who has played OOTP since 2004. “But I read Baseball Prospectus before each season starts, and then I get lost in these Out of the Park universes, thirty or forty seasons in a row, that are always better than the real thing—whatever ‘real’ means.”

Flora compared his experience to that of J. Henry Waugh in Robert Coover’s The Universal Baseball Association, a novel in which the protagonist, who leads a boring life, immerses himself in the dice-based imaginary baseball association he runs. “I guess for some people it’s about the money, they’re identifying with the management or the capitalists or whatever, but for me, once the current players retire, it’s about getting lost in the narrative my mind makes up along the way. It’s always real to me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ootp, simulations

 

 

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