Home | Webstore
Latest News: - OOTP 15: Update #4 Released! - OOTP 15 Released! - FHM 2014: Version 1.6.19 Available! - iOOTP Baseball 2014 for iOS Available NOW! - Beyond the Sideline Football Announced! - Title Bout Championship Boxing 2.5 released!

OOTP 15 Released - Buy Now!

  

Go Back   OOTP Developments Forums > Earlier versions of Out of the Park Baseball > Earlier versions of OOTP: General Discussions

Earlier versions of OOTP: General Discussions General chat about the game...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-16-2012, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
Minors (Single A)
 
Tashtego's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 50
Thanks: 0
Thanked 31x in 10 posts
Who knew? OOTP 13 is good for you.

I recently stumbled upon an article on Boston.com by Jonathan Gottschall titled “Why fiction is good for you”. The link is at the end. The first line of his story caught my attention “Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction.” I certainly think that OOTP 13 would qualify as “other forms of fiction.” So, I read on.

The article is 5 pages long, and although the author mainly discusses literary fiction, he mentions a few ideas, that I think could apply here.


Such as, “All these questions about the effects of fiction lead up to one big one: Why are humans storytelling animals at all? Why are we
as a speciesso hopelessly addicted to narratives about the fake struggles of pretend people?” The pitching staff on my 1955 Hartford Hawks of the New England Industrial League would take exception to that “pretend people” crack. Although, they have been struggling of late.

Another, “I wanted to explore the possibility that fiction generally
 . . .  may act as a kind of social glue among humans, binding fractious individuals together around common values.” This forum jumps to mind.

And finally, “Fiction is often treated like a mere frill in human life, if not something worse. But the emerging science of story suggests that fiction is good for more than kicks. By enhancing empathy, fiction reduces social friction. At the same time, story exerts a kind of magnetic force, drawing us together around common values.”


So, the next time someone (wife, child, etc.) asks you why you spend so much time “with that game” you can look them in the eye and say, that game helps you to “perform the essential work of defining group identity and reinforcing cultural values.”


And besides, your pitcher needs only 1 more out for that perfect game.

Why fiction is good for you - Boston.com
__________________
"I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game."
- Walt Whitman
Tashtego is offline   Reply With Quote
14 thanks for this post:
AESP_pres (05-16-2012), Bigrod (05-16-2012), darkredwing (05-16-2012), daveawrit (05-16-2012), discodude5 (05-16-2012), endgame (05-16-2012), funkadillo (05-17-2012), pstrickert (05-16-2012), Puckett guy (05-16-2012), rogmax11 (05-16-2012), t-bone shuffle (05-16-2012), The Wolf (05-16-2012), Thundercrack (05-16-2012), wiggins (05-17-2012)
Old 05-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
Minors (Triple A)
 
Puckett guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Near Lake Wobegone
Posts: 284
Thanks: 21
Thanked 38x in 16 posts
Nice post with interesting ideas. When I was a kid I found it comforting to escape into another world by reading the Lord of the Rings and other similar fiction. Playing OOTP with fictional teams and seeing how the story unfolds is much the same.
__________________
"...and we'll see you tomorrow night!" - Jack Buck, October 26, 1991, HHH Metrodome, Mpls, MN
Puckett guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank you for this post:
jmount78 (05-16-2012)
Old 05-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
pstrickert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,522
Thanks: 762
Thanked 1,114x in 610 posts
Classic post, Tashtego. OOTP Developments ought to feature it on their website.
pstrickert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
All Star Starter
 
CD1083's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 1,488
Thanks: 149
Thanked 320x in 211 posts
Does this also include the Erotic OOTP Fan Fiction I write?
__________________

CD1083.com
CD1083 is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank you for this post:
damientheomen3 (05-16-2012)
Old 05-16-2012, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
The Wolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: All alone
Posts: 10,292
Thanks: 835
Thanked 3,039x in 1,693 posts
Good article. Thanks for the tip and the link.
__________________
__________________

Thank you all for the THREE THOUSAND thanks!
__________________

"All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity are easy. Stay away from easy."
The Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
Minors (Single A)
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 64
Thanks: 13
Thanked 8x in 5 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Chase Davis View Post
Does this also include the Erotic OOTP Fan Fiction I write?
Halara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
Administrator
 
BradC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: northern CA
Posts: 1,008
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks: 1,091
Thanked 1,369x in 337 posts
Thanks for posting this. I tweeted and Facebooked the link to the article, along with the link to this forum thread. I enjoy spreading ideas like this around. It's certainly an interesting way to look at the game.
BradC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Denver
Posts: 2,707
Blog Entries: 15
Thanks: 101
Thanked 196x in 153 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Chase Davis View Post
Does this also include the Erotic OOTP Fan Fiction I write?
Does it involve storylines?
__________________
This just feels more like waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

North American BaseBall League
scott1964 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
All Star Reserve
 
JohnHoward's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 586
Thanks: 435
Thanked 347x in 187 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott1964 View Post
Does it involve storylines?
Probably so, because even though it sounds exciting, what you end up getting is that same thing, over and over and over again.
JohnHoward is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
The Wolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: All alone
Posts: 10,292
Thanks: 835
Thanked 3,039x in 1,693 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnHoward View Post
Probably so, because even though it sounds exciting, what you end up getting is that same thing, over and over and over again.
...just like in real life.
__________________
__________________

Thank you all for the THREE THOUSAND thanks!
__________________

"All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity are easy. Stay away from easy."
The Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 12:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
Minors (Triple A)
 
funkadillo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 231
Thanks: 106
Thanked 60x in 30 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tashtego View Post
And finally, “Fiction is often treated like a mere frill in human life, if not something worse. But the emerging science of story suggests that fiction is good for more than kicks. By enhancing empathy, fiction reduces social friction. At the same time, story exerts a kind of magnetic force, drawing us together around common values.”
And those common values are that it is unwise to sign players over the age of 30 to long term deals. And starting pitching is of the utmost importance.
funkadillo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 01:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
Raidergoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 8,646
Thanks: 234
Thanked 290x in 151 posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by funkadillo View Post
And those common values are that it is unwise to sign players over the age of 30 to long term deals. And starting pitching is of the utmost importance.
This is so true. I'm also finding that I won't tolerate players with character make-up problems. I avoid drafting them, trading for them, or signing them as free agents. The low work ethic scouting report is a red flag for me.
Raidergoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
Hall Of Famer
 
The Wolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: All alone
Posts: 10,292
Thanks: 835
Thanked 3,039x in 1,693 posts
Poor worth ethic = automatic avoidance.
__________________
__________________

Thank you all for the THREE THOUSAND thanks!
__________________

"All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity are easy. Stay away from easy."
The Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2013 Out of the Park Developments