May 14th, 2016
Earlier this year, Play Station and MLB 16 The Show came out with a commercial that promoted this years MLB video game, and in the game, the player is faced with a heart pounding at bat against Jacob deGrom, while all of the media, press and players overwhelm him. This whole scene takes place in Citi Field (which I expect to happen more often now that the Mets are a better team).
However, there are a few things that annoy me about this game, especially the choice of ads. Take a look at this picture, what do you see?
That’s right, a Black Mets logo, one that was pretty much discontinued after the 2011 season. But that’s ok, right? I mean, this is a video game, and that logo was around for a good part of the Mets history, and there are plenty of cool heritage logos around the video game, so why not, right? Well, that Black logo is all around the stadium, more than the traditional skyline or the Mr.Met logo, I mean look at the logo below the lights in left field.
The black logo, once again. Again, not a major issue, but one can’t help but wonder why there are Black Mets logos all around Citi Field in the MLB 16 The Show version, especially after they have now added the Blue uniforms, accents on player’s names, and eliminated the black choice as an in-game alternate.
If I had to guess, I’d say someone just screwed up. I hate to say it, but do you actually think someone was told to put a Black logo instead of a traditional logo on the field? I feel positive that someone was adding in logos on some super fancy editing system, and he or she messed up and cropped in the wrong logo. It’s still the Mets, it’s still Citi Field, we will live. However, on the topic of wall logos and ad space, I’ve always loved how much cleaner ads looked in the video games, since there weren’t actually that many ads, and the biggest ad there was for MLB Network, Action Team, the At Bat app, or occasionally State Farm insurance. And it just so happened that I gave the Mets a thumbs up for giving all of their wall ads (with the exception of W.B Mason) a royal blue background.
However, it looks like MLB The Show went the opposite direction, and decided to cover up most of the wall with images that for the most part aren’t even advertisements. Take a look at 2012 The Show versus 2016 The Show
This post is really splitting hairs now, but let me try to get into this. First off, it should be noted that the stairway down to the Party City Deck, is facing the wrong way, and the feet indicator is the wrong color in 2012, but the ads in the older version are much more spaced out, and there are two more ads in the 2016 version.
Not a big deal, but it makes the wall look weird and not blue like the older versions. Luckily, in real life, the ads are all blue (and there are eight of them) and they sure do look nice!