Like football leagues in Europe, Fox’s Major League Baseball broadcasts are trying to liven up empty stadiums with fake, digital fans. And like football leagues in Europe, things are occasionally, and extremely, fucked up.
No fans? Not on FOX Sports.
Thousands of virtual fans will attend FOX’s MLB games this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/z9oQU0rYuC
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 23, 2020
While from a distance Fox’s Unreal Engine-created crowds look…OK, provided you don’t think too much about the fact there are no actual people there (see the video above), from other angles it’s a digital hellscape, reminiscent of the worst sports video game glitches:
Having a perfectly normal one pic.twitter.com/ZxsX5PBxgR
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) July 31, 2020
Fox had months to learn that fake fans aren’t fooling anybody — even the global sports juggernaut that is the Premier League didn’t bother with them, instead opting merely for crowd noises (albeit ones sourced from EA’s FIFA) — but nope! We get to relive these mistakes all over again, only this time from a very close camera angle.