The 2002 Sports Video Game Awards: ThatSportsGamer Show Special Edition

December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Posted in Podcasts | Leave a comment
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Prior to announcing their 2012 sports video game awards, I joined a special ThatSportsGamer Show podcast to talk about the best sports games from a decade earlier.  Relive a time where there were at least six baseball games released in one calendar year, as well as multiple wrestling and basketball games.  We each talked about two honorable mention picks and then listed our top 3 games of 2002 before crowning the 2002 Sports Game of the Year.

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Angry Video Game Nerd: Atari Sports

December 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Videos | 2 Comments
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I’ve noted previously that some of my first video game memories are playing Super Challenge Baseball and Super Challenge Football on the Atari 2600 at my grandparent’s house.  The Atari 2600 was littered with sports games, with results ranging from horrible to “decent”.  I’m a fan of James Rolfe’s work as the Angry Video Game Nerd after first stumbling upon his videos in the spring of 2011 (Yes, late to the party).  This is his first look at sports games and what better place to start than early Atari games?  His satire is always funny and the underlying message he talks about at the end absolutely rings true.  I do have to point out that you can take control of other fielders in Super Challenge Baseball.  I need to bust that one out and remember how!

When Capcom Made Sports Games

December 15, 2012 at 9:13 am | Posted in Features | Leave a comment
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Capcom’s legacy in the video game industry will forever be linked to popular series like Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil.  The publishing giant was a top third-party contributor going back to the 8-bit era and their titles have graced almost every video game console.  Capcom has tackled multiple genres along the way, demonstrating a mastery in platformers, fighting games and role-playing games.  Booming after a successful run on the NES, Capcom turned its eyes to sports games on home consoles for the first time in 1992.  How did things turn out?  Here are the stories of the five sports games Capcom released over three years in the 1990s.

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