SAUSALITO, Calif. – November 19, 2012 – / GameNewswire/ Although he retired from the dugout after one last win in this year’s All Star Game, manager Tony La Russa is using the off-season to design a virtual dugout in the form of an iPhone ® and Android TM game for Baseball fans. The project, launched today on Kickstarter , reunites him with veteran game designer Don Daglow, who worked with La Russa in the 1990’s on the hit game series “Tony La Russa Baseball” for PC and console.
“Kickstarter lets us connect directly with fans and hear their feedback as we develop a title that is not only fun to play with friends, but also reflects Tony’s passion for Baseball and his decades of experience mastering the strategy of the game,” Daglow said. “We’ve already self-published games together where Tony directed the design of the artificial intelligence, so this represents a perfect recipe for Indie development.” In addition to working with La Russa, Daglow also designed the first-ever interactive Baseball game in 1971 on a mainframe computer as a student at Pomona College, and his design for the online game “Neverwinter Nights” earned a Technical Emmy ® in 2008.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to give fans new insights into Baseball as they play our game,” La Russa said. “The more you know about Baseball, about how subtle factors can give either team a sudden advantage at any given moment, the more you’ll enjoy the game and the more you’ll come to love it.” With three world championships, six AL and NL pennants and four Manager of the Year Awards over the course of his 50-year career in professional Baseball, La Russa has recorded more wins than any other manager since Babe Ruth ended the “dead ball” era almost a century ago. He continues to work as a Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Baseball, and as the co-founder of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
Kickstarter.com is a New York-based website that offers designers, authors, artists and entrepreneurs the chance to “crowdsource” funding for their creative projects by offering advance copies to backers in return for pre-production payments. The $249,000 campaign, which runs through December 23, features videos of La Russa teaching fans different elements of Baseball strategy. “ Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans ” continues a trend of established game developers using the platform to launch innovative new projects.
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Tony La Russa led the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox over a brilliant 33-year managerial career from 1979-2011, including the Cardinals’ miraculous comeback victory in the 2011 World Series. His 2,728 wins as a manager place him third on the all-time list behind Connie Mack and John McGraw, and rank him first in wins over the last 100 years. He is one of only two managers or coaches (along with Mack) in any sport to lead professional teams in over 5,000 games. He has recorded three World Series victories, won six American League and National League pennants, and received four Manager of the Year Awards. The Cardinals retired his uniform #10 at a ceremony in Busch Stadium earlier this year in recognition of his 1,408 victories, the most of any manager in the team’s long history. Tony was drafted by the A’s as a middle infielder after graduating from high school in 1962, and made his major league debut the next season. He and his wife Elaine are co-founders of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation ( www.arf.net), a no-kill shelter that saves the lives of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and provides care, including spay or neuter surgery, until a new home of their own can be found. ARF programs also allow people to experience the unconditional love of dogs and cats, in line with their motto, “People rescuing animals...animals rescuing people ® .” Tony’s new book about his career and the magical 2011 series, “One Last Strike,” was published by HarperCollins this fall.
Don Daglow founded Daglow Entertainment in 2010 to develop new kinds of mobile, online and social games. He is the only producer in the history of the games industry to lead teams on every generation of game consoles, entering the industry in 1980 at Mattel, where he served as Director of Intellivision game development. In addition to his pioneering 1971 Baseball game, he designed the first mainframe computer role-playing game ("Dungeon" for PDP-10 mainframes, 1975), the first major sim game (Intellivision “Utopia”, 1981) and the first game to use multiple camera angles (“Intellivision World Series Baseball”, 1983), and designed or produced two of the first three EA Sports games in the mid-1980’s. His work was selected for a 2008 Technical Emmy ® honoring Neverwinter Nights (1991-97), the first graphical Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) in an era of text-based titles, and he was featured in the 2012 Smithsonian Art Museum “Art of Video Games” Exhibit. He also serves as President of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Foundation, which awards the Academy’s scholarships to outstanding students studying to enter the games industry, and advises the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.
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