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Making Sports Video Games Look More Like TV

Techstination feature for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Making sports video games…look more like TV. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Sony Computer Entertainment is putting the finishing touches on MLB '08…The Show. It arrives in early March along with the new baseball season. The goal is to make the game look so good…especially on the Playstation 3….that someone taking a casual look at the screen….would think they were watching an actual televised game. Spokesman Paul Murphy….

"Honestly what we were trying to do is become more photo realistic. Every year our goal is to be the ultimate broadcast simulation. You'll notice new subtleties in the textures on the uniforms and in the grass. Lighting techniques that basically make the game more photo realistic."

Achieving that isn't simple. Developers also try to incorporate the mannerisms and style of individual players whether they're playing third base or standing at the plate. One of the challenges is keeping up with roster changes….

"We have a submission deadline in which we have to have all our rosters submitted by that date. However, once the submission happens after the game launches we do downloadable rosters. So all you have to do is go online and download the latest roster. Now we update ours three times a week and that includes everything from trades to someone who has been called up from the minors. Along with that, our players also have attributes that are updated as well."

If you want to get a head start on spring training, you can always break out last year's version of the game. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.