The NFL Made EA Sports Take The Ambulance Out Of Madden

Over at SI's Extra Mustard, Jon Robinson has a wonderful look at eight features the NFL forced EA Sports to remove from its Madden series of video games. They are, roughly, what you'd expect: a whole lot of things related to player safety, including helmets popping off, coaches being run over on the sidelines, and… » 3/12/14 2:53pm 3/12/14 2:53pm

The NCAA Debated Allowing Player Names In Video Games

It is no secret that the NCAA Football game series included actual players—jersey numbers, heights, weights, hometowns, etc.—an EA Sports producer admitted it under oath, and documents show the NCAA was well aware. So why not go whole hog, put their names on the backs of jerseys in the game, and cut the charade? The… » 2/27/14 1:09pm 2/27/14 1:09pm

Nine Years Later, Latin America's Leagues Keep MVP Baseball Alive

We are nearing the 10-year anniversary of the licensing deal that killed MVP Baseball, yet still the game lives on—on PC, even—thanks to "MVP Caribe," a celebration of Latin American baseball that just published its seventh "total conversion" mod. » 12/22/13 5:33pm 12/22/13 5:33pm

College Players Can Get a PS4 From a Bowl Game, But They Can't Be Paid

The Military Bowl is no one's idea of a major college football bowl game. It's a shitty bowl, in fact, inviting five-loss teams to stage background-noise football two days after Christmas. Despite that, every player from Maryland and Marshall will receive a PlayStation 4 for showing up this year. » 12/09/13 7:37pm 12/09/13 7:37pm

EA Sports Sued by a Desperate NCAA Over the Game it Endorsed and Made

Back in the summer, the NCAA piously announced it would no longer license video games, leaving it to members to decide whether they would continue to appear in EA Sports' college football series. The schools' biggest licensing agent and Electronic Arts chose to settle all claims brought by college players, leaving the… » 11/23/13 3:37pm 11/23/13 3:37pm

The PS4 Makes Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K Better, But Not Essential

Heading into this console transition my opinion was that, of all the genres that could possibly sell a new Xbox or PlayStation, sports would come in last. Despite the richer visuals and refined experiences I've seen so far, that opinion still stands. » 11/17/13 5:51pm 11/17/13 5:51pm

How EA Sports Made The Best Golfer In The World Irrelevant

The end of Tiger Woods as the face of video game golf was set in motion years ago, and it had nothing to do with Perkins waitresses or a nine-iron through the rear windshield. It had nothing to do with a two-year winless streak or a drought, now spanning five years, without a major championship. » 10/29/13 5:07pm 10/29/13 5:07pm

EA Sports Settles With Former Players For $40 Million. Next: The NCAA?

Yesterday it was announced that EA Sports is at least temporarily getting out of the college football video game business, after settling lawsuits brought by thousands of former players claiming their likenesses were used without compensation. It's chump change for the players, but one big fish still remains: the NCAA… » 9/27/13 3:20pm 9/27/13 3:20pm

The Truth Is Last Year's Games Had Problems. This Year's Are...Better?

Usually, if someone wants to convince you that the video game they're making is going to be great, they tell you what they're putting in it. But what if they made nearly the same game a year ago? They have to take a different approach. » 9/06/13 1:51pm 9/06/13 1:51pm

How Times Change: 'EA Didn't Give a S--t About FIFA' 20 Years Ago

Today, EA Sports' FIFA series is critically acclaimed and globally dominant. Internally, football means football, not American football as played in Madden. Twenty years ago, though, the publisher wanted nothing to do with it, according to this retrospective by MCV. » 8/17/13 5:20pm 8/17/13 5:20pm

Source: EA's Next College Football Game Will Only Lose One Team

The next edition of EA Sports' embattled college football series will lose only one school from a lineup of more than 120 next year, though two conferences will stop licensing their trademarks to the game, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The Southeastern Conference, which yesterday told ESPN… » 8/15/13 8:03pm 8/15/13 8:03pm

Three Major College Conferences Will Stop Licensing EA Sports Games

The Pac-12, the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference—cornerstones of major college football—will no longer license their league's symbols or trademarks to EA Sports. While the 40 members they represent may still appear in future video games, the departure of these leagues is a painful blow to the series. » 8/14/13 11:56am 8/14/13 11:56am

The Cheapest Way to Watch the NFL This Year

The cheapest way to watch a buttload of NFL games this year—all of them live—is with a copy of Madden. You don't need an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or satellite dish to do it, either. Maybe the people behind the deal can't tell you, but I can: This will work. » 8/06/13 1:18pm 8/06/13 1:18pm