Few people would argue that former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling was a gamer. The guy’s fierce and sometimes angry competitiveness was well documented throughout his career; for many the most indelible memory of Schilling will always be his “bloody sock” performance in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. But what many people don’t know is that Schilling is also a major gamer of another type. The live-in-your-mother’s-basement-playing-video-games-and-get-no-ass-type, to be exact. That’s right, the pitcher who struck fear into the hearts of batters everywhere is a self-admitted video gaming freak. Being the computer-smashing competitor that he is, it’s hard to imagine how Schilling treats his controllers after a bad outing. But he’s such a competitor that he actually founded his own video game production company, 38 Studios. He then went all New York Yankees on it and hired the biggest names in the fantasy gaming world to build his little dream project, including New York Times Bestselling sci-fi author R.A. Salvatore, legendary comic book artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and some guy name Ken Rolston that apparently is a big deal in that realm. Schilling and his big three were at the annual Mecca for nerds, geeks, gamers, and dorks worldwide, -San Diego Comic-Con- last week to promote the game, which is due for release this fall. Listen here as Schilling discusses the designers, the game, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and why the only diva contract stipulation late in his career was that all hotel rooms required high speed internet.
Here is the Todd McFarlane-directed cinematic trailer to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. If it were a movie I might actually consider it worth watching. But seeing as how most of my computer time is spent reading sports news and watching free porn I think I will give the game a pass. However, if you’re into World of Warcraft and all that other uber-dorky stuff like Mr. Shilling, this will probably be pretty sweet for ya. Just imagine, it’s sort of the virtual Miami Heat, also set to make its debut this fall. Although I’m not sure if 38 Studios, Curt Schilling or his trio of designers have been lambasted by the entire gaming community.