I remember when I was around 12 years old my father brought home our first computer. It was the Apple 2 Plus. This system was never the best to play games. All my friends had a Commodore 64 which had the better graphics and games. But since my father got it from work this is what I had to use. Being 37 years old now those computer games are like dinosaurs when Atari came out. You had to keep buying systems to keep up with the times and what was hot. I myself own a WII and Xbox 360. But the game I can honestly say I enjoyed and would still play today if I could was “Micro League Baseball.”
I loved Micro League Baseball. This game was not one you actually played with a joy stick. You were the manager of the team. All you would do is select what pitch your pitcher would throw or if your hitter was to bunt or swing away or swing for the fences. I know to today’s generation this game might sound whack but it was the best thing around many years ago. It was the game to own and play. I loved baseball. I used to play real baseball around 5 times a week. I am a huge Mets fan and I would sit and watch the games on free TV channel 9 which back them had about 80-100 games on TV. We didn’t have cable yet and free TV was the way you would watch your team. I used to keep score of the Mets games in my score book and would chart the pitchers thrown in my spiral notebook. I would even put on my Mets cap and glove when they were on the field and put on my Mets batting helmet and batting glove when they were up.
Keeping statistics was something I loved to do. At first Micro League didn’t have a program that kept stats so I would do it by hand. My father would get tired of buying me score books because they only had room for 30 games or so. I would use a 5 subject spiral notebook to keep score of the games. I would create a 8 team league and keep stats or simply create a tournament with all MLB teams and back then it was 26 teams. Micro League would then come out with a program that would keep stats and also would have discs for every season. My family thought I was crazy. The amount of time I spent on this game was really ridiculous. Apple came out with a game called Hardball that you used a joy stick and actually played. But my heart was still with Micro League. Even to this day I would prefer to just be the manager and have the computer play. I own the new MLB2k12 game and not only is it hard to play but the games are so long. I would much rather make the decisions and let the game play out. Besides if your good at the game you would never lose and the scores of the game would be un realistic. I could play a whole season of Madden and not lose and run up ridiculous and unrealistic stats. Losing is part of the game and losing bad is also part of the game. I love games that are realistic. With each new system or version of a game it becomes a little bit harder to play and learn.
Kids today just go XBOX live and play other people are play a whole baseball season in a couple of months. I never would finish off a season or anything I created for Micro League. But I would always be drawn to it. Just like Strat-o-matic baseball. Once Micro League came out with the program that recorded stats I would go through tons of paper printing out the stats and tracking league leaders and stuff. To this day I would prefer this game to actually playing the games specifically baseball games. Sadly Micro League is a game of the past and the Apple 2 is no longer part of my gaming system. I buy all the new sports games every year usually at Game Stop and just exchange the previous year’s games. I create a new season and never finish them off except for Football because of the shortness of the schedule.
So to me the realism of Micro League was the draw to me and the biggest reason I would prefer to play Micro League. No baseball team would win the majority of their games. Micro League was realistic. You would lose and win. Not every game was a blowout. You would get blown out once in a while. It’s no fun when the game becomes boring. With Micro League I could play the game or go on auto play. Yes XBOX has a way to simulate games too. But when you actually play the game it becomes un realistic. I know I am in the minority about this. But I still play my XBOX and have only a moderate enjoyment of the game.