This year however, MLB 2K13 is by all accounts the same game as 2K12 with some roster updates. It was one thing to pay $60 per year for a mediocre game, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $60 twice for the same damn mediocre game. I walked to BestBuy with the full intention of buying 2K13, and walked out with The Show 13 instead.
I've been playing it for about an hour now (after spending a half hour installing and updating, only on the PS3) and everything I heard about The Show was true. The game is far more complex, realistic, and representational of real baseball, making 2K12 (and presumably 2K13) look like a relic. The only thing I'm not sure of is whether it's actually more fun.
What I liked about the 2K series was that it was easy to play. The controls were pretty simple, and people could pick up the game, play me, and actually pose a challenge. With the complexity of The Show comes a steeper learning curve. The controls are complicated and, in my opinion, less intuitive. It will take a while to master, at which point I imagine it will be much more fun.
I used to be a pretty big gamer in high school and the first couple of years of my undergrad, but I've really fallen away from it the past few years. These days 95% of what I play is Call of Duty, sports games, and simple games on my phone. I buy maybe 3 or 4 new releases each year, and I barely touch some of them. I think part of that is maturity and part of it is not having a lot of time for games. But I wonder if some of it has to do with how complicated every game seems to be these days. I can't pick up and play most games; there is a ton to learn and a ton to keep aware of at any given time. I don't regret buying The Show, but I definitely miss the simplicity of the video gaming past. Which I guess is a little odd given how openly I embrace complex technology throughout the rest of my life.