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The Sports Desk – The MLB The Show 17 Road To The Show Rundown

MLB the Show 17 is almost out (March 28), and developer San Diego Studio has been saving some tantalizing new details about this year's Road to the Show mode until the end. This year gamers make important decisions for their created player through dialog interactions with GMs, advisors, coaches, and the media in new locations such as the team clubhouse and lockerroom. This journey from the minors to The Show is called Pave Your Path, and even has narration to give it some context and gravitas.

This week's Sports Desk not only discusses Pave Your Path, but also new details about Franchise mode, and includes a conversation with San Diego Studio community manager and game designer, Ramone Russell. Brian Shea and I grill Russell about Road to the Show, Franchise mode's player quirks, and much more in a special Sports Desk video.

During a recent Twitch livestream, the crew at San Diego Studio showed examples of some of the different conversations players encounter and the consequences they create. One such important moment takes place after you're drafted and you're talking to your new GM. Throw around some attitude, and the GM may reconsider not only drafting you, but refuse to sign you. This means you may go back to a junior college for a year, get older, and possibly affecting your standing in next year's draft. On the flip side, you'll end up with a new organization and some training points earned in the interim.

Apart from the different places Pave Your Path can take you, there are no blind alleys. In the livestream the team showed off a situation where their Road to the Show player had pissed off the brass with his general bad attitude, but after some conciliatory talk and the intervention of the players' college coach, the player was back on the opening day roster. However, this wasn't before he had a sitdown with the team manager, and it was clear the team was going to keep an eye on him. Some situations in the mode are more passive but just as important. A rousing speech by the manager, for example, may give your RTS player a double XP boost for that day.

Not to be left out, the game's Franchise mode (offline) also has a big addition of its own: player quirks. Quirks are player labels that not only let gamers know what he's capable of, but some of them even effect that player's PCI (plate coverage indicator), giving them a little bigger sweet spot. There are 20+ quirks in the game, such as Breaking Ball Hitter, Fighter (the player plays better in the ninth inning and beyond), Platoon (the player excels against a particular handed pitcher), Knee Buckler (that pitcher has a good breaking ball), Control Artist (this pitcher can limit his walks), and more. Some quirks turn on/off based on that player reaching certain attribute thresholds, but others have been applied directly by the development team.

Between Franchise mode's quirks and Road to the Show's Pave Your Path, this year's MLB the Show has some tentpole features that should elevate the game and make it stand out.

For more on MLB the Show 17 – including gameplay details and more on Franchise mode's quick manage and critical situations features – check out our Franchise mode tour with Shea and Ramone Russell, as well as this previous Sports Desk entry.

We Discuss MLB The Show 17's Road to the Show and Much More With Game Designer Ramone Russell

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MUTANT FOOTBALL LEAGUE SNEAK PEEK CODES

Last Sports Desk featured an early look at Mutant Football League, and we were fortunate to have some codes for a sneak peek look via Steam of an early slice of the title. Those codes have gone out to a few random, lucky commenters, and I've sent those out via the Game Informer profile conversation system. So check the "Conversation" tab at the very top of the page at your login profile to see if you're one of the recipients.

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THE TICKER
A quick rundown of some of the sports news from the week.

Take a Look At Super Mega Baseball's Extensive Customization Features 
For more on the game, be sure to check out our previous Sports Desk coverage.

The Golf Club VR Review – Searching For That Perfect Swing 

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Zelda Fan Powers Home Using An Ocarina

Sure, Link could rewind time with his ocarina, but this guy can change a thermostat using the little Japanese flute.

We’re big fans of Zelda’s music, but Sufficiently Advanced's use of an ocarina puts us to shame. Using a Raspberry Pi and various gadgets, he is able to unlock his doors, water his plants, and even find his phone. It's pretty impressive.

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Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is almost here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you're not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to [email protected]. We're looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we're not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you've finished the main story mission on the planet after the planet named Eos.

If you're looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

- What do you think of the Ryder twins? How do they compare as a protagonist to Commander Shepherd?
- How well does the game build a sense of wonder about exploring a new galaxy?
- How important is it to understand the backstory and racial politics among the species from the original trilogy?
- What gameplay changes have you noticed, appreciated, or hated?
- Which character has made the biggest impact on you?
- What's your favorite moment or sequence so far? 

Once again, send your emails to [email protected]. We're really looking forward to playing through this game with you, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show podcast and get ready for a lot of fun discussion on BioWare's next game!

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief's EndDeus Ex: Human Revolution, BioShock, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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Zelda Fan Powers Home Using An Ocarina

Sure, Link could rewind time with his ocarina, but this guy can change a thermostat using the little Japanese flute.

We’re big fans of Zelda’s music, but Sufficiently Advanced's use of an ocarina puts us to shame. Using a Raspberry Pi and various gadgets, he is able to unlock his doors, water his plants, and even find his phone. It's pretty impressive.

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www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is almost here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you're not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to [email protected]. We're looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we're not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you've finished the main story mission on the planet after the planet named Eos.

If you're looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

- What do you think of the Ryder twins? How do they compare as a protagonist to Commander Shepherd?
- How well does the game build a sense of wonder about exploring a new galaxy?
- How important is it to understand the backstory and racial politics among the species from the original trilogy?
- What gameplay changes have you noticed, appreciated, or hated?
- Which character has made the biggest impact on you?
- What's your favorite moment or sequence so far? 

Once again, send your emails to [email protected]. We're really looking forward to playing through this game with you, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show podcast and get ready for a lot of fun discussion on BioWare's next game!

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief's EndDeus Ex: Human Revolution, BioShock, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Myths Get Put To The Test

Did you know that you can ride a tree trunk through the sky in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Or that you can steal a Hinox treasure without fighting it?

You might learn a few useful tips while watching this video from DefendTheHouse. Be sure to check out their other videos on Overwatch and Fallout 4.

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Reader Discussion – What’s The Last Game You We’re Completely Addicted To?

A lot of games are fun, but some games consume you more than others. Which ones have you obsessed over?

We've written a few articles on the science behind why we love games and what drives us to play them, but that doesn't make us immune to the power that great games hold over us.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sickness I can't shake. I spend almost every waking moment thinking about that game, and it's been keeping me up at night. I haven't felt this addicted to a game in a few years. What about you? Has Zelda gotten its claws into you? Are you currently fascinated by something else? What's the last game you totally obsessed over? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Myths Get Put To The Test

Did you know that you can ride a tree trunk through the sky in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Or that you can steal a Hinox treasure without fighting it?

You might learn a few useful tips while watching this video from DefendTheHouse. Be sure to check out their other videos on Overwatch and Fallout 4.

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PSA: Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, Players Unable To Access Digitally Purchased Content

Xbox Live is currently suffering from some unspecified issues at the moment, which include preventing players from accessing games they've bought from the network digitally.

Xbox's official support twitter has tweeted that it is aware of the issue:

Microsoft hasn't explained what the issue is or when it will be resolved, only that you can keep an eye on the status of Xbox Live here.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Reader Discussion – What’s The Last Game You We’re Completely Addicted To?

A lot of games are fun, but some games consume you more than others. Which ones have you obsessed over?

We've written a few articles on the science behind why we love games and what drives us to play them, but that doesn't make us immune to the power that great games hold over us.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sickness I can't shake. I spend almost every waking moment thinking about that game, and it's been keeping me up at night. I haven't felt this addicted to a game in a few years. What about you? Has Zelda gotten its claws into you? Are you currently fascinated by something else? What's the last game you totally obsessed over? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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