In this era of online streaming and YouTube stars, it’s only natural that some enterprising OOTP fans would bring their love of the game to that part of the Internet. Ian Vogt, who runs the Strait Outta Boston YouTube channel, is a prime example of that: He’s a baseball fan who cut his teeth on the MLB The Show and MLB 2K series before turning to OOTP for “a more realistic baseball experience,” as he says. (You can also follow him on Twitter.)
Nothing livens up a performance like a little audience participation. Eddy Vegas has created a new twist on the idea by incorporating the names of his viewers in the fictional OOTP league that he broadcasts on Twitch.tv. He provides live commentary on the action, with a voice that sounds a bit like famous Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, as he guides the Las Vegas Mudcats through multiple seasons of the Eddy Baseball League.
Vegas says he “got totally addicted to casting” a couple years ago, when he discovered how easy it was to set up and run a Twitch.tv channel. “It totally blew me away!” he recalls. “I had no idea it was that simple; I thought you needed equipment and expertise. So I put a game up, Space Pirates and Zombies, and actually got a viewer to watch! The rest, as they say, is history.”
He decided to start broadcasting OOTP games because: “I wanted to cast games that no one else cast. I figured the Starcraft/Call Of Duty/League Of Legends market was already saturated, and anyway, I suck at those games.” In his search for intriguing games to cast, he stumbled across OOTP 8, which he used as his testing ground for setting up an OOTP league. He later moved on to OOTP 14 and established the Las Vegas Mudcats.