Baseball Fans Rule In An Online Game Made For Pandemic Times

A screenshot of Blaseballs interactive story.

Back in April, when social distancing was very first ending up being a thing in the U.S., Blaseball co-creator Sam Rosenthal was searching for a way for people to remain connected throughout the pandemic.

To hear NPRs interview with Rosenthal about Blaseball, click the audio button above.

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The option: a goofy variation of baseball where fans work together from afar to change the rules of the video game and in some cases even alter the laws of physics.

” What weve seen fans do so far is incredible. “The fans of the Seattle Garages have full albums with music about whats taking place in the game and the fans themselves add so much color to the world.”

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After a little while, you recognize that Blaseball actually isnt a video game. Its more of an interactive story and the fans determine what takes place next. One week the fans decided they desired to bring a gamer back from the dead.

Play Blaseball at your own risk– and beware of raining peanuts.

” What weve seen fans do so far boggles the mind. Theyve been making unbelievable art work,” Rosenthal says. “The fans of the Seattle Garages have full albums with music about whats taking place in the game and the fans themselves add so much color to the world.”

Blaseball isnt much to take a look at. Its just a screen loaded with mini rating boards revealing balls, strikes, outs and a short play-by-play defined in text.

You start by selecting a favorite imaginary group. Among the choices are the Kansas City Breath Mints, the Breckenridge Jazz Hands and the Canada Moist Talkers.

Its about “building community and organizing against malicious forces beyond your control,” Rosenthal informs NPRs Morning Edition.

If baseball played in empty ballparks appears a little too surreal, then you may prefer Blaseball. Its an online baseball video game that takes the surreal and combines it with a teaspoon of strange, a quarter cup of madness and a pinch of odd.

Then you wager fake currency on fake teams that play each other 24/7.

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After a little while, you recognize that Blaseball actually isnt a video game. Its more of an interactive story and the fans identify what happens next. One week the fans decided they wished to bring a gamer back from the dead.

A screenshot of Blaseballs interactive story.

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You might learn that an umpire incinerated a player with his eyes or a pitcher has grown an extra finger. Often a game will be interrupted by uncommon weather.