Computer Baseball

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Computer Baseball
Developer(s) Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Platform(s) Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, DOS, Apple Macintosh
Release 1981
Genre(s) Computer simulation / Sports

Computer Baseball is a 1981 computer simulation computer game by Strategic Simulations, Inc.. It was released for several home computers, including Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and Apple Macintosh.[1]

Players can manage a game between teams from 14 different World Series contests, or enter in or load the statistics for other teams. For example, players can manage either the Brooklyn Dodgers or New York Yankees in a rematch of the 1955 World Series. Two players can manage against each other, one player can manage against a computer manager, or the computer can manage both teams.

Game play is limited to managerial decisions: setting lineups, pitching changes, pinch hitters and other substitutions, defensive positioning, and offensive decisions such as when to bunt, steal or hit and run.

Reception[edit]

Computer Baseball was well received by critics and it was given the award for "Best Computer Sports Game" in 1982 at the 3rd annual Arkie Awards. Arkie Award judges described the game as computerized version of the traditional statistical-replay table sports game, and praised it for its "attractive and easy-to-use form".[2]:77 Computer Gaming World stated in 1985 that Computer Baseball, despite its age, "remains one of the best on the market". It cited the clear documentation and compiling and printing of individual statistics as strengths, while the weak computer opponent was a weakness.[3] Ahoy! wrote in 1986 that the game "isn't as pretty as Micro League Baseball, but it may be better for those who replay entire seasons ... its mathematical model considers more statistical categories than other programs". The magazine noted the large number of supplemental disks available from SSI.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Computer Baseball at MobyGames
  2. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Laney, Jr., Frank (January 1982). "Arcade Alley: The Third Annual Arcade Awards". Video. Reese Communications. 5 (10): 28, 76–77. ISSN 0147-8907. 
  3. ^ Oxner, Bill (June–July 1985). "Play Ball!" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. Vol. 5 no. 3. p. 24. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (January 1986). "Calling Computer Coaches / Team Sports Simulations for the Commodore 64". Ahoy!. pp. 47–50. Retrieved 2 July 2014.