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…
Today on Highlight Reel we have seemingly endless fumbles, dangerous sandstorms, deadly decoys, and much more!
You might have wondered, after last year’s incredible Madden Season commercial, how EA Sports would top themselves. Wonder no more.
FiveThirtyEight has a fun feature on how Madden ratings are calculated. Find out your own ratings, too.
Every year, the folks at EA Sports rig a game of Madden to predict the Super Bowl. They're usually right—they've nailed something like eight of the last 11 winners. This time, it's safe to say that EA just rigged the actual Super Bowl.
Orlando Scandrick apparently visited a children's hospital yesterday, and according to linebacker Justin Durant, Scandrick whooped some punk in Madden. The Cowboys cornerback even went with a surprise onside kick on the kid. You have to be ready for anything, little Timmy.
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.
EA will remove all presence of disgraced NFL running back Ray Rice from Madden 15 in this week's update, stripping the former Ravens star from all roster lists in the latest edition of their annual football series.
For some reason, EA thought it would be a good idea to let the internet make GIFs using Madden player models. They made a site for it and everything, underwritten by the NFL, NFLPA, and Google. We spent 15 minutes trying to make them regret it. Here's what we came up with, but we're sure you criminals can do better.
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…
Scouts said he was too small for the NFL. Well, Titans LB Christian Kirksey sure showed them.
Oh, yeah. That's not supposed to happen.
Think about how much Madden you play. Now think about how much Madden you'd play if you were actually in Madden. That would be pretty dope, right? Unless they gave you a rating that made you look terrible. Here are a bunch of NFL draftees seeing their ratings for the first time.
The upcoming video game Football Heroes: Pro Edition will sport a license from the NFL Players Association, making it one of the only non-Madden game in a decade to include pro football players' names, according to the game's creators and the players' group.
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…
Degenerate gamblers, Madden NFL 25 says you should get your money down on the Broncos. The game predicts two Super Bowl firsts: snow, and overtime—and a 31-28 victory for Denver.
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…
They're so disappointed. They can't believe you did that. Why would you do that?
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.