Madden NFL 16’s Best Mode Almost Turns Football Into Hearthstone

Ten years ago, I wrote one of the most wrongheaded articles of my career. In a review of 2005’s Blitz: The League for Slate, I predicted that Madden NFL’s then-new monopoly on the National Football League’s license for video game football would restore variety to the virtual gridiron. Surely the single-minded pursuit… »9/16/15 7:58pm9/16/15 7:58pm

Music Video Made Of Madden GIFs Is Really Stupid And Funny

I don't know if it's just because it's the late afternoon and I'm feeling a little loopy, or if it's the unexpected presence of Evanescence—anyone knows what's good with Evanescence these days?—or the triumphant vibe of Geno Smith's spike, but this dumb video is making me laugh a lot. I hope it makes you laugh, too. »9/22/14 5:19pm9/22/14 5:19pm

Keep It 100: We Rated Rappers On The Madden Scale

We had to make a rule: You can't use the Falcons. That's as close as you could get to cheating without actually cheating, because He was on the Falcons, and He was ... fast doesn't begin to describe what Michael Vick was in Madden 2004. He had a speed rating of 95, earned after a few years spent making real-life… »9/02/14 1:21pm9/02/14 1:21pm

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 2:53pm3/12/14 2:53pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… »12/29/13 6:47pm12/29/13 6:47pm