The incorporation of MLB The Show of the minor leagues is a big business


Look, I have nothing against Josh VanMeter. I hope the guy has a long and productive career as a professional baseball player. But manI groaned when they called him to the Cincinnati Reds the season after I did it in MLB The Show 19.

That's because I was using a custom list file, created by a group of MLB players from the Show and shared for free within the game, which removed all the timbres in the game's minor league simulation and replaced them with perspectives of the real life. . In general, these fan editors did a colossal job of entering and illustrating about 1,500 players with a DualShock 4 controller. But every time VanMeter reached the plate, broadcaster Matt Vasgersian called him "Van Mehta", and it was like dragging nails On a blackboard. I thought I had left that behind in Triple-A Indianapolis.

Well, whatever, I won't have to worry about that in MLB The Show 20. Sony San Diego announced this week that, for the first time, the game will feature lists of minor leagues with full license. This is a big problem for a baseball video game in which almost everyone plays Road to the Show, the single player race mode that always starts you on the Double A ball between a clone army.

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Official lists of minor leagues, which use real players, under their real names, have not been possible in the past due to licensing restrictions. Sony Interactive Entertainment only had a group license to use the names, images and similarities of the members of the Major League Baseball Players Association, and one only joins that club once it is called to the major leagues. However, the best prospects throughout the years that everyone expected them to reach the majors in the summer were represented by bells in the video game, because everyone in the minor leagues was a bell.

But the list file was still editable, through a process similar to editing and exchanging lists in the NCAA Football franchise. Therefore, sewing fans and other sports obsessives like me would wait until after the launch of MLB The Show to begin our "official" careers, those in which we were really dedicating hours and demanding maximum immersion. Operation Sports usually spread the word within two weeks after the release of the complete RidinRosters juvenile file of the user who was now in the Vault of the game. It happens that RidinRosters, the real name Scott Spindler, and his cohort contributed to the effort to MLB 20.

This is how RidinRosters described the workload for MLB The Show 18Operation List Complete Minor Sports:

As most of you know, the OSFM process was initiated years ago by our good friend Knight. … Due to the changes made within the game and our ability to import and export players, it has given us the ability to accelerate the way we create this great list. … Due to some of the great work done in recent years, the base we have compiled is based on years of work, faces are better than ever. …

We have a team of boys lined up, so once the game is released, it will be a teamwork system 24 hours a day. (…) You must realize that people have scheduled vacations and have taken days off to do this because of their passion for this.

That's a lot of work to create a literal cast of hundreds, most of whom will play only a small role in the athletic drama of their created star. Obtaining this type of features on the board, with the full development support of Sony San Diego, is a great quality of life benefit for a player base enchanted by authenticity and realism.

It will impact the game in ways beyond one or two seasons in the Bush leagues. Anyone who has played a Road to the Show race for more than a few seasons instantly understands. Each year, about a hundred major real-life leagues withdraw from the game; Someone has to replace them. And obviously, the logic of Road to the Show continues to promote and degrade players to minors to address performance on all teams. Then, after three or four seasons, a player who uses standard lists will have a lot of "wait, is that guy real or fake?" moments

MLB The Show 20 You will still have to generate bells, but that should be less obvious now. And the complete lists familiarize me with the sport and make me feel like a better fan, be it the FIFA Ultimate Team or the WNBA in NBA 2K20. I got acquainted with the best Reds prospects last season, and I wouldn't have had any reason other than my teammates on The Show.

It will also help another basic mode for which Sony San Diego has had trouble offering new and great features in recent years: the franchise. (This is the classic way in which you manage a complete team, not just a player). Having real-life perspectives in the system makes the decisions of potential general managers more interesting. It is a level of control that I rarely strive for, but those who do should feel optimistic about what they will get this year. There is also news that the franchise presents a customization suite for the first time, allowing players to edit the name of their club, create a logo and design their uniforms. This is likely to be a transfer of the creation toolkit used in Diamond Dynasty mode, but it is still there, and it means I can take the St. Louis Browns to the American League.

All this makes me feel even better about MLB The Show 20 than its predecessors, in the last year in this generation of consoles. And remember, this is a series that has provided features such as importing saved files year after year and role play options within your career modes. I will be delighted to start my career in the minor leagues the day of the game's launch in March. And this time, when I arrive in Cincinnati, I will be happy to see and hear Josh VanMeter.

Roster File is Polygon's news and opinion column about the intersection of sports and video games.


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