You may be following the saga of Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended today by Major League Baseball for more than 200 games but kinda not really, because Rodriguez may continue to play as he appeals the penalty. He’s expected to join the Yankees tonight in Chicago. Know where A-Rod isn’t playing, though? “MLB 13 The Show.“
This morning, “The Show” rolled out its weekly roster update to account for all of the moves, injuries, trades and, yes, suspensions over the past seven days. Nothing Major League Baseball announced today, regarding a dozen suspensions for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, is reflected there.
What’s interesting is Rodriguez remains on the Yankees’ minor league roster in the video game, effectively barring the use of him in online play and also keeping him out of The Show Live, a mode that strives to deliver you all of the real-world matchups playing in Major League Baseball each day.
Gaming advocacy group the Entertainment Consumers Association has called on its members to contact Congress in an effort to resist S. 134, also known as the Violent Content Research Act.
In a letter to its members, the ECA says that the research is unnecessary and represents a “distraction from finding the real causes” of acts of mass brutality by armed individuals, like the Newtown shootings, which have prompted the proposed legislation.
The legislation, which calls for research to be conducted by the National Academy of Sciences on whether games have a harmful effect on children, was authored by Senator Jay Rockefeller, a longtime critic of violent video games.
Online game companies need to do more to prevent players becoming too addicted in order to avoid government intervention, a study has warned.
Researchers at Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities said some gamers play up to 90 hours a session, developing a “pathological” addiction.
They claim while conventional video games have an ending, role-playing games do not.