Audio Recording of 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K8 conference Call (plus screenshots)!

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I was one of a handful of videogame journalists invited to a 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K8 conference call that ended a few minutes ago with producer Ben Brinkman and others. Despite some static (the person who didn't mute did eventually jump off the call, but then the static came back) and technical issues with the conference call (not on my end), I was able to record the full presentation on my Windows Mobile cell phone. UPDATE: Or at least I thought - the phone recorded the whole thing but only as silence, so that's not a good future option obviously. I'll have to use an alternative recording method in the future. I would have uploaded the entire conference call exclusively for the benefit of Armchair Arcade members if it had worked. Even if you're not a fan of baseball or videogame baseball, it would have still been interesting to hear some of the behind-the-scenes stuff (if the recording is made available to me, I'll upload it and make it available).

LAST UPDATE: 20pGaming.com has made the audio available, here: http://2opgaming.com/2008/02/22/mlb2k8-conference-call-full-audio/

As a long time videogame baseball fan, I'm on record in regards to modern interpretations as being a fan of Sony's "MLB The Show" series (PS2, PSP, PS3) since the demise of 3DO's "High Heat Baseball" series after the 2004 edition (my favorite being the Xbox version). I actually liked EA's first version of "MVP Baseball" (Xbox, PS2, etc.), but it never really evolved properly to my liking from there. 2K Sport's "Major League Baseball 2K" series has had some interesting elements, but they never quite came together in my opinion to form a cohesive and fun videogame baseball experience (and its audio-visual presentation was comparatively lacking). Based on the data already released and this conference call, it looks like 2K Sports' "Major League Baseball 2K8" is on a very, very promising track to being a top game, finally, if not THE top game. I should be receiving a review copy of the game very soon (Xbox 360 version was my first choice for the achievements, though it's available for several other platforms including Wii and PS3) and I'll see first hand how it ultimately plays, which is really 95% of what matters.

We were invited to submit three to five questions ahead of time. It seems a lot of questions were focused on technical aspects, though mine, as I always attempt, were more focused on other areas that don't typically get asked...

Throwing 2
Running 3
RandomMinorLeague_1 copy
Pitching 7
Hitting 7
Hitting 4
Hitting 2
ClayBuchholz_2 copy
BrandonWood_1 copy

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Mark Vergeer
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Those graphics look amazing,

Those graphics look amazing, not that I will be playing the game though. EA sports-games and the like are definitely not my cup of tea. I do like racing & tennis games, but that's about as close to a sports-game I will come. Oh yes, occasionally I play a golfing game, although you will never catch me on a golf-court though.
But I gather this 2K8 installment really is something new! Still I am looking forward to your experiences with it Bill.



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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Those graphics look amazing, not that I will be playing the game though. EA sports-games and the like are definitely not my cup of tea. I do like racing & tennis games, but that's about as close to a sports-game I will come. Oh yes, occasionally I play a golfing game, although you will never catch me on a golf-court though.
But I gather this 2K8 installment really is something new! Still I am looking forward to your experiences with it Bill.

I was pretty blown away by Sony's demo of MLB The Show 2008 on the PS3 so 2K's baseball game will have quite a bit of work ahead of it to try and impress me... I'm definitely going into this with an open mind though. Nevertheless, I see myself purchasing Sony's game for the PS3 even though I should technically be getting 2K on the 360 for free...



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BTW, I wanted to

BTW, I wanted to congratulate you, Bill, on being selected for this. Definitely a major honor!

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Matt Barton wrote:

BTW, I wanted to congratulate you, Bill, on being selected for this. Definitely a major honor!

ha ha, not exactly, but I am trying to broaden AA's reach a bit. I realize the three of us have very limited time, so when we're able to take advantage of stuff like this I think it's a good thing. Personally, I'm not that interested in us covering lots of new stuff (after all, there are whole corporations dedicated to that), but certainly new stuff that genuinely interests us shouldn't be off limits. Someday I would like to do a "History of Baseball Videogames" feature and this would certainly be an advantageous inclusion...



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