Tuesday May 10, 2011
We have a new update now available for SEGA Play! Baseball — here’s a look at what’s been added!
Extend your player’s skills
Ordinarily, player skills are reset at the end of a cycle — once every 30 days. Now, playing the “Strikeout” game, you have a chance to win a ticket which will keep your skills from being reset for an entire additional cycle! As you can imagine, this is a pretty huge advantage, and if you can get one of these tickets then you can preserve all of the careful work you’ve put in to upgrading your player … keep in mind only your player is affected; friends who are on your team are reset as normal.
Now available for direct purchase with SEGA Coins: bronze, silver, and gold items have been removed from the Strikeout game, and are now available for a pittance (1, 2, and 3 coins) directly from the equipment shop when upgrading players and NPCs.
EX Training Trains Up
EX Training is now improved, and will provide benefit to a second stat when used.
Adjusted: Promotion/Demotion Ranks for Different Leagues
Platinum: Demoted if placed under 6th place
Wednesday Apr 27, 2011
Hello, friends and fans of SEGA Play! Baseball – we have an update this week for our Facebook-based Baseball game, and more to the point, I’m here to talk about the game for those of you who may not be familiar with it.
First, the update – we have some grand new features as of today. Let’s take a look:
There’s something charming about this game though. It has not only grown on me but become oddly delightful and charming – there is absolutely room for whimsy and fancifulness in baseball, and that’s what this game has going for it. Also, all your players weave and bob on the field like something from a 1930s cartoon. It’s hypnotic.
There’s actually a baseball game here too, is the thing. There’s a simple pleasure in building your team, especially if you can rope a few of your friends into the game with you as you can then be added to each other’s squads. This gives you a distinct advantage, since you can train & improve your friends but not regular NPC players; either way there’s enough baseball strategy here to give backbone to all the silly fun.
Also, you can give your players hats made out of skulls. I’ve never actually managed in the Big Leagues but I think any team that took to the field wearing a literal skull cap would offer a distinct advantage. The guy in the below screenshot wearing the skull is actually my manager here at SEGA.
When you’re not busying decorating your players with skeletal adornments you can actually customize your stadium to what I would call a staggering degree. Decorating your stadium has no in-game impact that I am aware of, and yet, it’s addictive: my stadium has a giant panda – wearing what appears to be a Chairman Mao hat (!) – clutching a gigantic dice (I know the singular is die but … it just feels weird to type).
I’ve elected him as my Third Base coach (there are no base coaches in this game, so I guess it’s an honorary title, but still). I think he uses the die/dice to decide if he should send the runner or not. I took first in the league this past season so I assume he knows what he’s doing.
Here, have a quick gander at my stadium. And to think Ebert said video games couldn’t be art:
Look, I’m not a Facebook games person. I’ve played my share – it’s hard to not touch them at all while working at any game company (and we’re right next door to Zynga) – but I’ve never really been “into” one. Yet I’ve found myself charmed by Play! Baseball.
Charmed is definitely the right word, too; it won me over and lo & behold, just as I found myself constantly checking on my much more serious MLBMO team, I found myself logging in to spend training points and decide if I had room in the skyline behind my stadium for a roller-coaster and a Ferris Wheel (the answer: Not yet. The panda is a distinguished choice but for now, a roller coaster would just be gaudy).
If you’re looking for the game, just type SEGA Play! Baseball into Facebook’s search, or click this link.
Monday Apr 11, 2011
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Sega Play! Baseball — our new team-based Facebook game that lets you play with your friends and create the wild stadium of your dreams — now is a great time to start.
You can get started right away on this unique game — create your avatar at any position and set your skills, load your team up with customizable NPC players, or to really get ahead, invite your friends to be on your team (and join their teams). Play more games to increase your training levels and add features to your stadium.
By features, of course, we mean everything from scoreboards to trees to a replica of Mount Rushmore to cheerleaders to dinosaurs to penguins. The game is all about a sense of fun in building up your team and stadium, and in assembling and training the best team you can with you and your friends.
We’re adding new features to the game starting tonight, as well:
Check it out today at: http://apps.facebook.com/segaplaybaseball/
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