Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting feature on the rising popularity of free online sports games. In tough economic times, free browser-based sports games are catching on with consumers looking to save money. Games such as MLB Dugout Heroes, a free online baseball game produced by OnNet Inc. (with the MLB license), have found success with those looking to jump into a quick and fun gaming experience on their PCs.
There are certainly lower entry barriers to playing sports games online on your PC as opposed to home consoles. For example, one does not need to invest in an expensive console setup to enjoy playing an interactive sports game. However, as a lifelong console sports gamer, I am not ready to trade in my controller for a mouse and PC. The experiences in such games, despite being affordable and easily accesible, are nowhere near as deep as they are on established console sports games.
Nevertheless, the article is a great read on a new phenomenon occurring in the sports gaming world. This is a definite read.