Overnight, the NC Dinos defeated the Doosan Bears, winning their first Korean Series championship. At the end of the game, the Dinos players gathered around the pitcher’s mound and celebrated the best way they could — with a giant video game sword.
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.
Last Saturday night, I watched a game of baseball, a sport I’ve always disliked. As the game unfolded and I found myself enjoying it, I realised how much it has in common with the stressful video games I love to play.