You know, there was a time when I was actually excited by the release of certain sports games.
Of course, the industry has changed a lot over the years.
Back in the day, you didn't have to be a sports fan to love games like NBA Jam , Blades of Steel, Tecmo Bowl , RBI Baseball , Mike Tyson's Punch-Out , California Games , etc. We really only had a few types of games; side-scrolling adventures and sports. Some top-down games were around (like Zelda ) but for the most part, we didn't have a fraction of the variety we have today.
So, we all played sports games almost by default. But these days, as I basically only watch highlights on ESPN (can't remember the last time I watched any single sporting event from start to finish), and there are always tons of games I want to play, the sports titles have long since fallen by the wayside. I kinda wish they hadn't, though. When I saw that MLB 14: The Show had hit the PS4 this week, it just reminded me of all the fun I'd had in the past, with games like 3D Baseball on the PS1. Hell, half my SNES collection is sports games and I still play 'em!
I guess my problem is that I'm not a huge sports fanatic, and I don't care as much about simulated sports experiences. I also don't have the time for them. This is why I wish arcade-style sports games didn't totally bite the dust. Sure, we have The Show but where's MLB Slugfest ? I sure wish that Mutant League Football Kickstarter campaign hadn't failed…
Anyone else feel this way?