Grid Drawing or copying images with a grid is a popular way to ensure that your proportions and layout in a drawing are correct. Here’s a method that I used for drawing Diamond Dynasty logos:
1. Install ImageGrid. 2. Find an image on the internet that you like and right click on it and go to Image info to get the location of the image. 3. Go to the image location and click on the imagegrid bookmarklet. You will now see a grid on your image. Change the grid line count to your preference. In Diamond Dynasty, the logo grid is 20×20 and the uniform logo grid is 20×10.
4. After you have chosen the desired grid right click and save the image. The default name might be canvas.png. 5. Open the image in your favorite image editor and color in the boxes on the image that you have drawn in Diamond Dynasty so you can keep track which boxes have been completed.
In MLB The ShowDiamond Dynasty you can customize your Diamond Dynasty players’ appearance, full name, and even their uniform number. Player customization is definitely a good feature especially considering the generic random names MLB the Show has come up with for these Dynasty players. With names like “Ron Makepeace”, it’s a little difficult to be able to form an identity with your team. It’s hard to keep track of who’s who on your team unless you’ve played with them for a few games. Before you know it, a Diamond Dynasty player’s 30-40 game contract will have expired by the time you became fully familiarized with the names.
To help form an identity with my team, I’ve devised an MLB player database that can be used as a reference when customizing new Diamond Dynasty players before they are activated. The database grades each MLB player from A through F. Although, it’s not a perfect rating system it’s still a pretty useful resource for customizing a Diamond Dynasty player based on his aptitude. The grading that was used is based on ESPN’s player ratings. Right now, home runs and run production seem to play a big factor in how good a batter’s rating is. The rating system should probably be refined to be a little more accurate but for now the current system is in workable shape. Again, the current rating system not perfect but it can still help give you pretty good idea on naming your Diamond Dynasty players after MLB players.
I’ve also included baseball card images on the player pages so one can get a better idea on how to customize their Diamond Dynasty player’s appearance to look like the MLB player version.
To use, go to the Buy/Sell/Manage Cards screen on PS3. Before activating a card to your roster, search for an MLB player that fits the same criterea as your Diamond Dynasty player. Let’s take Chris Chavez, for instance, he’s a third baseman with a B- aptitude so we will need to search for B rated MLB third basemen. Chris Chavez also bats left-handed so we can filter the search to include left-handed hitters only. I’ll also filter the search to include players who played for the New York Yankees. It looks like Chris Chavez might be best fitted to perform like a Graig Nettles type.
I think this database look up makes Diamond Dynasty a bit more fun when you are able to recognize the names of your players. So far, as a Giants fan, I’ve named a platinum card after Juan Marichal. I’ve also had a gold lefty starter named after Steve Carlton. Jesus Alou, who is my current left fielder, is actually turning into quite a star in Diamond Dynasty.
MLB 12 The Show has come out with a new feature called Diamond Dynasty which consists of teams that are made up of real MLB players and randomized “Dynasty players”. You can create a team from scratch by customizing the team’s location, name, colors, uniforms, and logos. Understanding how to manage a team, player progression through training, and online head to head competition are some of the major aspects that make up Diamond dynasty.
The team leader board page for Diamond Dynasty is located on The Show Nation website. I have written a Greasmonkey script for Firefox which helps enhance the overall view ability of the team stats on one screen. Instead of having to click through all of the pages all you do is click on a team and it will bring up all of the stats that are available in one window. Click on the window again and it will disappear.
Below are some of the features that were added to the script:
Progression Percentage Values
For season stats, the leader board also provides meter graphs which show the amount of progression in the following categories: Contact, Power, Speed, Defense, Pitching, and a team’s overall amount. I’ve added actual percentage values to these so one can get a better idea in details how much they have progressed:
Direct link to your Username
While using the leader boards, I found that I would look up my own team’s stats quite often so I added a link to my team so it will always appear on all pages. In order for this feature to work, you will need to login to your PSN Account at the upper right hand corner of the page at least once so the script can store your gamer tag.
Correct WHIP value
I also fixed the WHIP calculations. The original value seemed too high. Now, the WHIP adds up the total number of hits and walks that a team has allowed and divides that amount by number of innings pitched.
After three years of playing MLB The Show RTTS, I’ve finally broken a record in Hall of Fame mode. I really wasn’t even trying to break the record until the last week of the season. Watch the video below and hear Matt Vasgersian call the shot.
After having the game for a month I was finally called up (RTTS mode) and got my first major league hit playing on Legend mode. At 22, I certainly don’t belong in the major leagues (career .179 hitter) but thanks to the Rule 5 draft I was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Under the Rule 5 draft it states:
“If the new team does not want to keep the player on its 25-man roster for the season, he must be offered back to the team of which he was a member when chosen in the draft.”
I probably would have preferred to stay in the minor leagues (with the Giants) but I seem to be performing better at the MLB level than I did in AA. In my opinion, AA even seems to be more difficult than AAA. Maybe the reason for this is that I tended to chase too many balls out of the strike zone in AA. Anyways, I already got my first major league hit – a line drive over the second baseman. The ball actually tipped the second baseman’s glove. I was luckily able to stretch a single into a double. Take a look:
Update on “10 useful MLB 09 The Show hitting tips”
Playing on Legend mode has been quite a challenge. Earlier last month I posted 10 useful MLB 09 The Show hitting tips. Moving the left stick up in the zone and wiggling the stick hasn’t really helped much. I do need to be more patient at the plate!
Additional MLB 09 The Show hitting tips
1. In the forums, some players have mentioned that they have been turning on the plate coverage indicator (PCI). This indicator (yellow oval) displays a visible area for the batter as a guideline when aiming the left stick. Using the plate coverage indicator seems to help a little bit. I believe I still need to work on my plate disipline in order to take advantage of this option, though.
2. We own a 50″ 1080i Panasonic Plasma television. I originally had my PS3 set for 1080i resolution. But, MLB 09 the show is optimized for 720p video mode according to the message that appears on the game loading screen. I just recently changed to 720p mode on my PS3 and have noticed a small improvement in my hitting. I definitely seem to be making better contact on the ball.