ESPN Goes To The 'Arcade'

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Posted June 19, 2007 - By mbretz

TheFeed does not do casual. We’re all business and in it to win it and, as such, we’re perpetually hunkered down, dug in, laced up, and pimped out.  Hell, we bust out the cuff links when we go to pick up a carton of milk. Then again, we’re a ragtag assemblage of mavericks. We’re fully aware that, in terms of the games industry, casual is, much like Ron Burgundy, the balls.

The latest salvo in the Casual Games Revolution comes in the form of the ESPN Arcade, which offers ESPN.com visitors over 45 casual sports-themed games. The games cover everything from major sports like baseball, basketball, and football, to niche sports like skiing, darts, and lacrosse, to rec room favorites such as ping pong and billiards.

The site contains single and multi-player games, a PS3-style trophy-based achievement and scoring system, leaderboards, and everything else you could want from a free, ad-supported casual gaming site.

We tried our hand at a couple of the offerings, including the Home Run Derby-style Big League Bash. Using a mouse to swing a baseball bat isn’t exactly the most intuitive of control schemes, but we got used to it after a few swings and, while Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard have nothing to fear from us, we were soon knocking dingers into the center field bleachers.

One game we can’t give an opinion on is CornHole from the Game Room section. Quite frankly, we didn’t want to go anywhere near it. This is where you come in, loyal Feeders. If any of you are brave enough to go explore CornHole, come back and tell us all about it.


The ESPN Arcade

ESPN Goes To The 'Arcade'


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