The video above is an overview of the new feature in Strat-o-Matic 2012 that allows one to use their own images in the game. I can’t wait to see what the Strat community comes up with in the months ahead. Thanks to “banosd” for making this video and posting it on youtube.
In years past, I have been among the most vocal opponents of Strat-o-Matic’s $30 charge to use color photos in the computer game. In fact, in 2005 I decided I’d boycott the computer game – I would never buy another version – until color photos came standard.
Well, in 2012, Strat-o-Matic still charges for color photos. This seems ridiculous and still seems to me to be stuck in a 1996 mentality in regards to rights to intellectual property.
But I digress. Thanks to some gracious souls, I received version 15 with color ballparks around Christmas-time (I am heartened to know that the color ballpark code was purchased from ebay. I’m glad to know that none of my money went to the company to support that stupid product).
Playing the computer game in color has been an eye-opening experience (no pun intended). I was surprised how much having the color ballparks has enhanced my experience of playing the game. It was 100% more fun to play in color than it was in black & white. I suddenly wanted to play on the computer. Since receiving the Color Ballparks Authorization code, my C&D/computer Strat ratio has gone from about 90/10 to about 60/40.
I even bought a couple new computer rosters. I am absolutely certain that I would not have made these purchases if I had never had the color ballparks. Which makes me think – how much revenue has Strat lost over the years by turning people off with a stale black & white product and attempting to charge an extra $30 for color?
If the original product I bought in 2005 had been in color, I might have been buying the upgrade every year. Scratch that – I PROBABLY would have been buying the upgrade every year, not to mention all the rosters I might have accumulated by now.
When Strat-o-Matic announced that the new “Strat-o-Matic 2012” version would give users the ability to add their own ballpark photos, I was excited. It’s not the same as offering color for free, but it is a compromise.
I will be buying the new version for the first time since 2005. I look forward to playing in PUB League Park.