Legends from the Booth, the "Harwell does Color" Phase
HE STOOD THERE LIKE A HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WATCHED IT GO BY..
Would you rather hear that or the bland 'He got him looking'.
I think most of us would rather hear Harwell's signature phrase.
Now we have progressed to the point where Ernie Harwell replaces most of Krukow
with his own color commentary.
You will also hear the beginnings of the PBP mod in progress in some cases. There is a little
bit of color commentary as well from Vin Scully. You will hear variations of the game intro
from Vin, Mel, and Ernie.
If you are expecting perfection from this mod then you will probably be disappointed.
It was very difficult to find an exact match for many of the sound calls especially with the Krukow
color. There will be some oddities like one voice doing the introduction for a player but then
another announcer actually says the name. You might even think there are "too many cooks in
the kitchen". However, without finding the sound calls from all of the resources available, this
mod would not be nearly as complete if I only used the Vin Scully calls. Using all three
announcers made it possible to fill in many blank spots. The transitions between announcers
isn't as smooth as I would have liked but I am doing my best. My hope is that the finished
project will smooth it out quite a bit at the end.
MAKE SURE TO READ THE 'readme' INCLUDED IN THE FILE ARCHIVE FOR INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.
These instructions have been abbreviated.
The files included in this mod:
pnamehdr.big --> to be copied to: MVP Baseball 2005\data\audio\spch_pbp\
pnamedat.big (this file is newly included. Not complete by any means but it's a start.
Generally speaking, Mel Allen says complete names for older ballplayers and Vin does
the more modern ones. PBP last names only are done by Vin)
All 4 of these will be copied to: MVP Baseball 2005\data\audio\cd\spch_pbp\
**** MAKE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR ORIGINAL FILES FIRST *****
pnamedat.big - this file is the beginnings of players names being announced by Vin/Mel/Ernie.
It's not complete yet but gives you the preview as intended.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
Compared to audio in some other baseball games, the MVP PBP has a lot more variation. In the
completed version of the mod, there will probably be more repeated sounds since the replacements
simply don't have as much variation.
With Krukow gone, there will seem to be a lot of instances of no commentary. MVP is not so
rich in play-by-play as say Baseball for Windows, Broadcast Blast is. MVP lets much of the
play on the field do the talking for it as you would have in a television telecast where
there is less play-by-play than you would have in a radio broadcast.
Names have not been completed yet. Thanks to AlexTony and EddieEl, it is a constant work in progress.
This phase includes some of the work done so far.
The player index will follow that of the Total Classics releases with gaps being filled in by the names
from Total Audio releases. I have made it so the mod will be completely compatible with the original MVP05
and most of Total Classics. TC will be the primary with Total Audio being the secondary player
name index. It should be about 80% compatible with Total Classics seasons mods but in cases where the name
index might be different against Total Classics, the season mod may be different. I cannot speak for how
other mods were done. These will probably need to be retro-fitted as well.
I feel this mod's interest will be more from the Classics fans so I feel obligated to satisfy
their needs although everybody who plays MVP can gain enjoyment from these announcers.
Well, enjoy this mod as the voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell moves into the color booth.