Strat-o-Matic 2012 – New Ballpark Features

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).

I made this out of balsa wood and play most of my C&D games on it - I am excited that with Strat-o-Matic 2012, I can now make this park a part of my computer Strat-gaming experience, too.

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.

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  1. Great video Paul; thanks. Are the player labels on the field now moveable? Editing the parks for ball flight is cool—but if the players are not in the correct position on the field when we load our own custom parks, and they can’t be moved, what’s the point? It seems SOM has overlooked conveying this important detail.

  2. Hi Jeff – the players on the field are moveable, if you look closely in the video above, you’ll see that it is the positions of the players on the field that he is editing. This is the functionality many have been asking for from Strat for a long time.


    • Thanks Paul. But in the video the left-fielder’s name is Thomson. At no point do I see the person in the video drag and reposition the label of the player who’s named ‘Thomson’. Nor do I see this occur with any other on-screen label that has the name of a player. All the video shows is the modification of the ball flight by adjustment of the ‘field markers’ that determine the flight of the ball relative to the ballpark image.

      My question is:
      Can you take the mouse cursor and move any of the labels around on-screen that have the name of a player on them?

    • Paul: I saw what you were referring to. If you look close you can see the on-screen player labels move when they’re selected in the ballpark edit mode…. but only when it’s a player position that’s being adjusted. All I was seeing were the ballpark dimensions being set for the custom image. I found another video of a SOM 2012 screencast and the guy was editing the player positions….

      You’re definitely right; it can be done…..

  3. Hey Jeff – I didn’t go back and watch the whole thing, but I did notice that if you go to 4:29 in the video above, you’ll see that he moves the first baseman.

    I am so glad that Strat is finally offering this feature, I’m sure it has already made a lot of people very happy.

    Thank you for the comments!

  4. I’m the dummy who grudgingly spent the 30 bucks, that makes me angry. you have to buy everything there. stinks. It’s a wonder they even let you do it, but i tried to import my own stadium and even though I named it the right number and got rid of the old one it doesn’t even see it. in jpg too.

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