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    by Published on 02-23-2017 06:30 PM
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    On Thursday's MLB The Show 17 Twitch livestream, Designer/Community Manager Ramone Russell and Live Content Producer Stephen Hass were joined by other game designers to discuss 'the little things' - aspects of the title that are not 'back of the box' worthy, but would aid in game immersion for the user.

    Some of the items mentioned in the 90+ minute stream: new legends include Jason Giambi & Luis Aparicio, a look at every uniform combination in the game, improved stadium Jumbotron graphics, improvements to Diamond Dynasty, and much more.

    Continue on to see the Twitch archive as well as screenshots from the livestream. ...
    by Published on 02-20-2017 12:00 PM
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    The latest Gamestop "MLB Mondays" feature reveals some of the 'little things' coming to the game; aspects that will aid in the depth, immersion, and presentation for the user.

    Some of the aspects disclosed: 500+ Diamond Dynasty cards will be released during the season ("many" of which will be brand new), carryover saves can be used from the cloud or console this year, and the return of classic stadiums such as the Metrodome, Shea Stadium, & Yankee Stadium.

    More details will be announced and/or covered in greater detail on Thursday's Twitch livestream.

    Continue on to see the Gamestop 'Little Things' video and recap. ...
    by Published on 01-25-2017 11:00 AM
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    In their latest development blog posted on the PlayStation website, MLB The Show 17 has released more information on Retro Mode, regional cover athletes, pre-order bonuses, & the 2017 developer blog and Twitch livestream schedule.

    - A nod to baseball games of past, Retro Mode allows user to play with simplified controls and old school presentation graphics/UI elements. Pitching in the mode consists of using just one button, X, and the direction analog stick will help adjust pitch type and velocity.

    - In Canada, the cover athlete will be Toronto's Aaron Sanchez. In Taiwan, Miami's Wei-Yin Chen will grace the cover.

    - The blog/Twitch schedule reveals a new presentation package and two new commentators joining the booth. While details have been edited out with asterisks, it is believed that the intended text is 'MLB Network Presentation Package' and 'Harold Reynolds & Jon Smoltz Join the Booth.' Presentation details will come via a Twitch stream on March 2.

    Continue on to read the full blog to read the details of the pre-order bonuses and to view the pre-release content schedule. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2016 12:00 PM
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    In the latest MLB The Show 17 video, Community Manager and Developer Ramone Russell sheds light on the improvements and features coming to the game that were teased in the gameplay reveal trailer from earlier this month.

    Some of the more significant improvements include improved spin of the ball off the bat increasing hit types (such as balls down the foul line), updated face scans, new legends, and four new historical stadiums including the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

    Continue on to see the Playback trailer and the reveal/confirmation on some of what's new in MLB The Show 17. ...
    by Published on 12-03-2016 04:00 PM
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    Sony San Diego has released the first gameplay reveal trailer for MLB The Show 17 at PSX 2016.

    The opening scene of the video teases improvements to Road to the Show, such as players determining responses to their coach, similarly to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode.

    The trailer showcases cover athlete Ken Griffey Jr. along with numerous team and individual player celebrations, all while set to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat."

    The end of the video reveals "Retro Mode," a new game mode meant to emulate old school baseball games, including one Griffey was also a cover athlete of, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

    Continue on to see the reveal trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 10-27-2016 12:00 PM
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    Ken Griffey, Jr. will be the cover athlete for MLB The Show 17 releasing March 28, 2017. The former Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox star will also be included within the game as a playable legend.

    MLB The Show 17 will feature four different SKUs: Digital Deluxe ($99.99), Hall of Fame Edition ($99.99), MVP Edition ($69.99), and Standard Edition ($59.99). The details of each version can be currently found on The Show's official website.

    Amazon.com currently has the MVP ($55.99) & Standard ($47.99) Editions available for pre-order at reduced price for Amazon Prime members. (Ordering through the Amazon links will provide a slight kickback to TGT for server & maintenance costs.)

    This marks the fifth videogame that Griffey has graced the cover of, following Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (1994), Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run (1996), Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. (1998), and Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (1999). The previous four titles were all published by Nintendo of America.

    Continue on to see the MLB The Show 17 cover athlete reveal. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of MLB The Show 16. This update fixes several game freezes and addresses the dreaded 'Challenge failed' issue.

    The development team continues to work on improving the online experience behind the scenes and acknowledges the recent struggles users have been facing. To reward the patience of fans, all users who have played MLB 16 prior to Friday, April 8 will receive 5,000 stubs and 10 standard packs for use in Diamond Dynasty.

    Continue on to read patch notes and a statement from the MLB The Show 16 development team. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2016 06:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on the two new ways to play Diamond Dynasty: Battle Royale and Conquest.


    Battle Royale is a double-elimination online event that users must buy into via tickets earned in-game. The better the user performs, the better the exclusive rewards they can earn. Users will hand-pick their roster through a 25-round draft, similar to that in Madden NFL's Draft Champions mode.

    Conquest is a single-player mode where users will attempt to earn 'fans' to help them conquer North America by capturing and defending territories against all MLB teams. Games in this mode are only three innings with the user's Diamond Dynasty squad (no draft).

    The stream concluded with a look at some player ratings and also the final rounds of the developer tournament. Continue on to watch an archive of the livestream. ...
    by Published on 03-08-2016 03:00 PM
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    Narrated by developer Lance Leahy, this week's MLB The Show 16 video blog showcases two new ways to play Diamond Dynasty: Battle Royale and Conquest.

    Battle Royale is a competitive PvP experience where users will build their team in a 25-round draft and compete in shorter three-inning experiences. The more wins achieved, the greater the rewards.

    Conquest resembles turn-based strategy games as users will attempt to earn fans to take over control of North America.

    MLB The Show 16 developers will provide an in-depth look at these two new modes during Thursday, Twitch livestream. Continue on to see the video blog. ...
    by Published on 03-03-2016 09:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 developer livestream focused on the improvements coming to Franchise Mode. The highlighted improvements include morale, real-life budget dynamics, and revamped GM goals.


    Morale plays an important role as you developer your roster as it will have an onfield effect on player performance. Player morale can be influenced by seven overall factors, including the player's role on the team, coaching staff, and the team's city.

    An improved revenue and expenditure model includes real-life budget dynamics including revenue sharing and the luxury tax.

    Revamped scouting and GM goals, as well as improvements to player progression, contract logic, and call-up/send-down logic round out the Franchise Mode improvements discussed in the livestream.

    Online franchise did not receive any of the upgrades mentioned in the livestream, however online gameplay stability has been improved for MLB The Show 16.

    The stream concluded with gameplay as the developers competing in one round of the developer tournament. Continue on to watch the Franchise & developer tournament livestream archive. ...
    by Published on 03-01-2016 04:00 PM
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    Ahead of Thursday's developer livestream, MLB The Show 16 has revealed in brief detail some of the improvements coming to Franchise Mode.

    Player Morale will play an important role in building your roster as player happiness (or discontent) can effect their performance on the field.

    The contract negotiation screen allows for real-time evaluation of the player's interest level as you change terms of the potential contract.

    Improved stat tracking and player career stats includes WAR and a full array of stat filters.

    A new budget screen will allow GMs to see where their money is coming from - and going - and includes revenue sharing and the luxury tax. Also mentioned were the addition of new GM goals and the authentic 20/80 scale for scouting

    Continue on to view the Franchise Mode VLOG courtesy the PlayStation Blog. ...
    by Published on 02-25-2016 08:00 PM
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    The latest weekly MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on highlighting improvements to presentation and commentary. Joined by Community Manager Ramone Russell, developers Kirby St. John & Michael Compton showcased some of the changes for almost 90 minutes on Twitch.

    Three broadcast display packages (scorebug, other graphics) to help give the feel of national or regional coverage, based upon the team. Commentary has been improved with 14,000+ newly recorded lines and also the 'memory' to remember storylines, stats, records, and in-progress action in order to resume discussion when action warrants a breakaway.

    Continue on to watch the archive of the stream and to see notes on the presentation & commentary improvements coming to the game. ...
    by Published on 02-18-2016 08:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on Diamond Dynasty (DD) and improvements coming to the mode by taking a deeper look at some of the DD features announced earlier this week.

    Play a Friend allows users to play others on their friends list with a bevy of options. There will be no way to farm or exploit items in this mode; it is simply playing friends.

    There will be hundreds of 'Flashbacks' that will reflect the player at a certain point in his career. For example, the Jake Peavy Flashback card highlighted in the video has five pitch types, including a slider. Peavy does not throw a slider much currently, but since he did at that point in his career, the card will include it.

    Other modes discussed include Captains, Inside Edge ('live' ratings updates), the ability to see player cards and improved filters in the Marketplace, Missions, bullpen energy, new player gear, dedicated stats area, pack types, card images, and more.

    Additional ways to play & DD improvements will be announced in early March.

    Continue on to watch the archived livestream. ...
    by Published on 02-16-2016 09:52 PM
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    A new video from the MLB The Show 16 development team (narrated by developers Nick Livingston & Lance Leahy) provides the first look at some of the changes coming to Diamond Dynasty, The Show's card collecting fantasy mode.

    A popular community request, users can now play Diamond Dynasty games versus friends.

    Some of the goals this year for the development team were to create more diversity in squads and avoid many user teams from resembling each other and also to increase progression ("more things to aim for") within the mode.

    Partnering with baseball analytics firm Inside Edge to help get a daily match-up rating (which will effect player attributes if playing that day) for current players, considered 'live series' players. There are also hundreds of new 'flashback' (rookie, prime, and post-season) players which will focus on a specific moment in a player's career.

    Additional ways to earn cards, stubs, etc. New this year are 'Missions' which require the user to complete a certain task to unlock an item. This task could be collecting players from a certain team, accomplishing a cumulative statistical goal, etc.

    Another new feature, 'Captains' sees the user earn XP and tickets as they play the game. Users can then redeem these virtual tickets within one of six captain categories for items such as players cards, equipment items, and more.

    The Thursday Twitch livestream (February 18) from Sony San Diego will focus more on the improvements and changes to Diamond Dynasty. ...
    by Published on 02-11-2016 09:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on 'the little things' coming to the game in March.

    The most notable addition is the return of The Sounds of The Show. A feature lost in the transition from PS3 to PS4, this will allow users to utilize their own audio files to play for specific in-game events. For example, they can set custom batter walk-up or home run music, etc. It was noted that the game will only import MP3 files from a USB memory stick. All other aspects of the mode work as they did on PS3.

    Other aspects discussed/revealed during the stream include Challenge of the Week 3.0, open or closed roof options for applicable stadiums, in-game tutorials, re-designed batting cameras, six classic stadiums, and more.

    Continue on to watch the archived livestream. ...
    by Published on 02-09-2016 07:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream showcased the bevy of gameplay improvements coming to the title.

    The game has added new and player-specific animations for home run sequences, dives, double play turns, batting stances, outfield post-game rituals, and more. Four new swings (Spray, Slap, Asian, & Short Follow Through) bring the total of hitter types to seven.

    It was also highlighted during the livestream that 'switch-pitcher' Pat Venditte will be able to pitch left or right-handed in the game (as he can in real life), but he will be the only player to do so. Also added will be the Jose Bautista bat flip from game five of the ALDS, Edwin Encarnacion's 'chicken wing' home run trot.

    Improvements to in-game logic will include players out of position unable to use the same animations as an average player at that position, as well as improved bunt logic and foot planting.

    The next MLB The Show 16 livestream will be on February 11 and cover the "little things,", including umpire personality traits, sounds of The Show, improvements to Challenge of the Week, and more.

    Continue on to see an archive of the livestream as well as info on some of the gameplay improvements coming to the title. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2016 12:00 PM
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    A new video blog from MLB The Show 16 details some of the improvements coming to Road to the Show (RTTS).

    This year in RTTS, users can play a series of games without having to go to the main menu which should allow for more games completed in less time. Changes to the training system allow users to utilize specific gameplay perks to help them excel. ShowTime is a new way to slow down the action in critical moments to help give the user more control.

    The perks system has been a source of some debate and concern by the community as some worry that it could be gimmicky and ruin the purity of the mode.

    The next MLB 16 livestream is tentatively scheduled for February 4 at 2 PM PT on Twitch with a deep dive look at Road to the Show improvements and the new ShowTime feature.

    Continue on to see the MLB 16 VLOG as well as the upcoming information release schedule. ...
    by Published on 12-05-2015 07:00 PM
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    At this weekend's PlayStation Experience, SCEA officially announced MLB The Show 16 coming March 29, 2016 featuring cover athlete Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Bluejays.

    The announcement video features a look at pre-beta gameplay footage and appears to highlight a new mechanic for fielding and batting entitled ShowTime.

    Similarly to an MLB 15 trailer, the clip ends with a look at some of the legends coming to Diamond Dynasty and also a brief look at the famous Polo Grounds. Continue on to see the announcement trailer and to learn about the standard, MVP, and digital deluxe versions of the game. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2015 08:00 AM
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    The latest game update is now available for MLB 15 The Show. Game Update 1.04 primarily addresses online issues and bugs that resulted in a combination of incorrect outcomes being reported, hang-ups, and an issue with synchronizing accumulated XP and stubs.

    Continue on to see the full list of patch notes, straight from SCEA. ...
    by Published on 04-23-2015 06:00 AM
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of MLB 15 The Show.

    The update addresses gameplay and issues across a multitude of game modes including Franchise mode, Diamond Dynasty, and more.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes from Sony San Diego. ...
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