Although a strike might soon stop the major-league baseball season, there are different ways to keep the action going. Kids can continue to watch their favorite players hit, catch and throw through video games.
Baseball video games continue to add features and improve their three-dimensional graphics.
Some games let you see diving catches in the outfield. Others let you match wits with the help of 1993 statistics.
For Super Nintendo, the favorite baseball game among kids appears to be Super Bases Loaded 2. It features top 3-D graphics and different camera angles for following the ball.
"This has the best graphics of the baseball games I've played," said Casey Davis, 11. "I play it almost every day and haven't gotten tired of it yet."
This game, which is one of the most expensive at $74.99, lets you design your own rosters and keep track of team stats if you have a battery backup. Depending on how much time you have, the season can be adjusted from 10 to 162 games.
The other games are similar except for a few special features. Major League Baseball Players Association Baseball lets you make snap throws and run down base runners; Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball uses backgrounds from every major-league stadium; and Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball gives strategy tips from the "Rocket" himself.
The most expensive baseball game for Sega Genesis is RBI Baseball '94 ($64.99). It displays above-average graphics and excellent music and sound, with play-by-play from radio announcer Jack Buck.
RBI Baseball has every players' 1993 statistics and shows them on baseball card-style graphics that remain in the upper-left and upper-right corners of the screen.
"This is, by far, the best baseball game for Sega," said Brad Collins, 12. "The only thing I didn't like was the cards take up a lot of the screen when you are trying to hit."
The other hot items for Sega are World Series Baseball and Hardball.
World Series Baseball has the option of batting practice and a home run derby. It includes adjustable season lengths and selected baseball stadium settings.
Hardball, which costs $29.99, has some similar qualities as RBI Baseball and World Series Baseball, but without the sophisticated graphics. The sounds are average, and the game showcases National League umpire Ed Montague.