There’s still time to wrap your head around the idea of Tiger Woods 14 and its retro golfing component that takes gamers back to the celebrated bad old days of the sport when exclusionary rules were first developed. I mean, the reason MLB: The Show and MLB 2K don’t emphasize the pre- Jackie Robinson era, beyond the marketing issues, is because we tend not to commercialize extended periods of weakness in American culture once we know they were indeed periods of weakness. Study, question, discuss and learn from those periods? Absolutely. Please, do as much of this as possible. But to commercialize antiquated American cultural weaknesses? Doing so once we all know better and with the lens of history clearly putting things in focus just seems reckless. And if the reason for including the dark days of golf is to instigate discussions, studies and learning then I’m positive EA SPORTS would know how to do that better than any other video game publisher. After all, this is a company that has a “fellowship” program for former student athletes to learn game development.
In any case, Tiger Woods 14 is coming and here’s the latest walkthrough. Not all everything that’s black and white is nostalgic.