Adam Jones is an old-school gamer

When it comes to video games, Adam Jones, the Baltimore Orioles' All-Star, says the more realistic video games become, the less fun they are to play.

“That’s why my favorite games are classics like Mario Kart,” Jones says while talking video games from the PlayStation booth inside the MLB All-Star Fanfest in Kansas City. “It’s funny because I used to play the baseball games all the time. The best baseball game was ‘All-Star Baseball ’99,’ with Larry Walker on the cover. That’s still my favorite baseball game to this day. And I used to dream that one day I’d be in a video game. But now that I am, I don’t even play.

“I used to be a huge video game player, but now when the season is over, I don’t want to do nothing. If I play anything, I play ‘Madden,’ but that’s about it because I don’t want to do anything that messes up my hands. I don’t want to sit around and play so much ‘Madden’ that I end up hurting my hands or my fingers, but I used to love playing games.”

But that doesn’t mean Jones doesn’t still keep tabs on how his player looks and performs in games like “MLB 12: The Show.”

“I have a nephew who tells me all about it,” Jones says with a laugh. “He’ll tell me how I’m slumping in the game. He’s 6 years old, telling me this. It’s pretty funny. I used to be pretty bad in the video game, but I’m getting better in real life, so I’m getting better in the video game, too. That’s just the way it works.

“But like I said, I don’t pay too much attention to the games that come out today. Some of the guys on our team play ‘Halo’ and ‘Call of Duty,’ but I don’t think any of those games compares to ‘Mario Kart.’ To me, ‘Mario Kart’ is the best game ever. We’d play it with the four-player split screen, and as an athlete, I love competition, and ‘Mario Kart’ was about competing.”

As for his favorite characters in the game, Jones has two.

“It’s all about Yoshi and Toad," he says. "Give me one of those guys and I can’t be beat.”