With both MLB 14: The Show and RBI Baseball 14 making reduced time to complete games a selling point this year a poll was posted earlier in the week to gauge how important that is to consumers interested in baseball. The final tally after collecting votes from over 3K respondents shook out with a near even split which essentially means it is important but the perfect solution either doesn’t (and can never) exist or hasn’t materialized yet.
In total 53% feel that it’s important to speed up the games while 47% do not. Options are important and The Show is offering two of them in Quick Counts and Player Lock but in the end they also severely limit the experience. Comments made regarding the topic varied from those who require a shorter experience to others who feel that doing so compromises the integrity of the sport and its sim gaming representation. Obviously with over half of voters believing this to be a critical issue – and baseball games failing to reach a more mainstream audience – developers have no choice but to attempt and address it in various creative ways.
A total of 45% plan to try Quick Counts and/or Player Lock. 55% do not – with a significant portion of that group desiring shorter games but not interested in the new options.