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  • Dev Journal: Smart Tutorials

    Hey everybody. This is Eddy Cramm, Senior Designer for MLB 13 the Show. We are back again to talk about another one of our new features that you will find in this year’s game. One of the best things about our game is the amount of depth it has. From game modes, to game play options, to control types, MLB 13 the Show can be played just about how anyone would want. But with all of these features and depth sometimes comes confusion. This is especially the case for people picking up the game, or just experiencing a new feature of the first time. One of the ways that we are helping people better understand the game is with our Smart Tutorial system.
    The Smart Tutorial system is a new feature that will display needed information, and ONLY needed information based on how you are playing the game without interrupting the game. For example, if you are using the pitch meter for the first time (or not the first time and you are just really bad at it), and you are not properly stopping the meter anywhere close to the accuracy line, the system will recognize your failed attempts and give you a quick message at the bottom of the screen, as the game continues, explaining how and where you want to stop the meter. In total there are over 120 different tutorials that could kick off depending on how you play. And if you see them all, that would be both very impressive and very sad.




    Furthermore, if you are playing in our new Beginner Mode, you will see extra tutorials that specifically show you how to do some of the things that are under computer control in this mode. So for example, if the ball is hit at the shortstop and he makes the throw to first base, a tutorial will pop up telling you how to make that throw. These types are tutorials are specific to Beginner Mode to help the new user get an understanding of the simple but very important controls of the game.




    The reason we went with the Smart Tutorial method is because the last thing you want to do is be bothered by a bunch of alerts about things that you already know. So if you are a veteran player or are just naturally awesome at our game, it is entirely possible that you won’t see more than a couple of them. Another feature of this system is that it knows that once you have seen a tutorial and made adjustments to do things correctly, you will not see that tutorial again. Ever. With the possible exception of you forgetting what you had learned and start making mistakes again, in which case, you will see it show up again. These tutorials do not just cover game controls, they also cover useful features and strategy. If the game feels you are relying too heavily on one pitch, or maybe you are using very predictable pitch patterns, the Smart Tutorial system will tell you that maybe you should mix it up a little. These Smart Tutorials exist for all areas of the game. Pitching, batting, fielding, base running, RTTS –specific, etc. If you don’t need them, great. But if you do, they will help you become a better and smarter MLB the Show player. That is it for now. Thanks for reading and we will back soon with another blog from MLB 13 the Show.
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    Last edited by LanceL_86; 02-12-2013, 03:24 PM.
    Community Manager & Game Designer for MLB The Show


  • #2
    all the better for my 9 year old and his friends learning how to play MLBTS

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    • #3
      Heh heh, I'm gonna fail on purpose in a 120 different areas just to read them. MLB'13 Smart Turtorials for the win.

      Step Off your On-Deck Circle & Step Into Our Batter's Box

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      • #4
        So if you are a veteran player or are just naturally awesome at our game, it is entirely possible that you won’t see more than a couple of them.
        Can this tutorial be toggled OFF?

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        • #5
          i remember when this was posted a week ago and then taken down.

          thanks for the info.

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          • #6
            This gives me hope but will it work for classic pitching ? I only need help for Classic pitch but it has very limited user control ( interaction )at key moments because of how scea codes its Pitcher Confidence system .
            I know how to pitch in this game and mix things up but as Classic is mostly stats based it will be interesting to see what guidance I get using Classic Pitch and will it help balance my classic pitching disconnect .
            Last edited by jaques33; 02-12-2013, 04:18 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jim416v View Post
              Can this tutorial be toggled OFF?
              Hopefully an answer tomorrow morning.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jim416v View Post
                Hopefully an answer tomorrow morning.
                Yeah, you can turn off the tutorials.

                Gameplay Options > General

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LanceL_86 View Post
                  Yeah, you can turn off the tutorials.

                  Gameplay Options > General
                  Lance, can you give a little insight about a prospect's actual speed being higher than his potential speed? Was the answer regal got/gave close? It's in the new features video thread.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks!

                    I love the sound of these new features and the game is looking amazing! Thank you so much for lowering the difficulty curve for new players. I've been trying to get my friends and family to play this series with me for years and nobody ever made it past the first game without getting frustrated and quitting. I'm super stoked for everything you're adding this year but, these new features are the greatest thing you could have done. Thank you!

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