Monday, April 10, 2006

This is fucking awesome

Ok, so maybe that's a tad overstated, but this is a great video. As a Mets fan who started watching baseball seriously around about 1984 and someone who played countless hours of RBI Baseball (Graphics aside, the best baseball video game ever), this is great on a lot of levels. The nostalgia of going back to 1986 and reliving part of my favorite baseball game ever along with the great gameplay of RBI baseball.

Check out some of the comments on the video:

If 2004 hadn't happened, I'd be dead in my cube right now. As it is, this is brilliant. Excellent work.

Yeah, Red Sox fans should now idolize Buckner for helping to make 2004 that much more special.
Fantastic. I can't say I've seen anything cooler in my life, and that includes the birth of my first child.

Ok, so that's a bit much, but it shows that this thing can be appreciated even if you're a lousy father.

And my favorite comment.
This is the greatest achievement in the history of mankind.


As much as I remember this game, it's interesting to hear parts of it again that are all but forgotten. Most importantly, that the game was tied when Buckner missed the ball, so it's not like they win for sure if he gets it, which seems to be glossed over while everyone is criticizing the poor guy. Also as mentioned here, shitty job by the Boston bullpen. And finally, great job of hanging in on that at bat by Mookie Wilson. Ten pitches, and he fouled off six of them. Oh, and good job of foreshadowing by Scully by pointing out all the errors.

Finally, you have to appreciate the guy who put this together which must have been a pretty hefty task. Getting everything timed just right, and situations set up correctly must have been a bitch. I'm sure some of it could be handled with the editing, but some had to involve some pretty frustrating methodical gameplay. Especially when not being able to play Home Run Derby, which is really what RBI Baseball is all about, hitting the long ball. Anyway, that's after he must have found a working NES, and a copy of RBI Baseball, which he must have had to blow into for about an hour to get to work. And of course something to wedge it into the NES, since the springs on all those things ust be broken by now. Unless he did it on one of those newer models, in which case, he deserves far less credit. Anyway, check it out. Great stuff.

Thanks to Ace at Slack LaLane for finding it.

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3 comments:

Chris Howard said...

That was great. And you're right about Buckner getting saddled with that loss. Not only was the game tied at that point, the pitcher lost it more than Buckner did.

I'm pretty sure I have a copy of RBI baseball. We should play next time you come over.

Mike Meitín said...

I echo the sentiment: "that is fucking awesome!"

Ace Cowboy said...

I think he's gotten like 150,000 views or something...probably even more now. Kudos bar to that kid, brilliant work. He told me it took him 10 hours...dedication to blogging!