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 6:47pm 12/29/13 6:47pm

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

Why I Created the 'Washington Whiteskins' in a Football Video Game

A few months ago a guy reached out to me over Twitter with a common question, but for an unusual purpose. He asked if gamers can create or rename teams in Madden NFL. No, I replied, that hasn't been a feature for several years. His reason for asking is probably why: the guy wanted to create the Washington Whiteskins. » 9/21/13 5:49pm 9/21/13 5:49pm

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

EA Sports' College Football Series Survives Another Three Years

When word passed the NCAA was pulling its name and logo off EA Sports' 21-year-old NCAA Football series, many immediately assumed it was the death of the title. Once everyone realized another entity altogether handles the 120+ teams who appear in the game, it became clear this was largely an ass-covering technicality. » 7/20/13 5:07pm 7/20/13 5:07pm

High School in NCAA Football 14 is Video Gaming's Coolest Credit Roll

I had to laugh when, in the high school preamble to NCAA Football 14's Road to Glory career mode, I audibled to a draw and watched this skinny white kid slice the defense like Sonic the Hedgehog. "36 YARD TD BY ALEX HOWELL," said the game. Huh? Alex Howell? He was a walk-on at Auburn. He's also an EA Sports designer. » 7/10/13 9:42pm 7/10/13 9:42pm

Aaron Hernandez's Appearance in NCAA 14 Will Be Brief, says EA Sports

As much as I wanted to say Aaron Hernandez, the NFL star facing murder charges, is free and unlocked (heh heh)—in NCAA Football 14—that ain't the case. Some are seeing his card pop up if they get a gold medal in one of the events of the game's new Nike Skills Trainer. Here's what's going on, according to EA Sports. » 7/08/13 2:14pm 7/08/13 2:14pm

NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Rights

Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be joined, for the first time, by active players appearing under their… » 7/07/13 5:42pm 7/07/13 5:42pm

NCAA Football 14: The Kotaku Review

The meanest thing I ever did in high school I did to a senior on the football team. His teammates were in my computer class, snickering about his hope of playing big time ACC football. I was a scrawny sophomore trying to be popular. I helped them forge some Clemson letterhead, and signed it "Head Coach Danny Ford." » 7/05/13 1:16pm 7/05/13 1:16pm

The Greatest Athlete in Video Game History Returns Next Week

When he visited our television sets a generation ago he came to us in two different forms, one of them human. In his time he was unmistakably the best athlete of both realms, and his latter manifestation—the indestructible, immortal, and still unstoppable Video Game Bo Jackson—returns to the field next week. » 7/02/13 11:03am 7/02/13 11:03am

The College Football Video Game Supposedly Backed By Jamal Anderson Is…

Four days ago, this Kickstarter campaign from "Dirty Bird Sports" popped up on the project-funding platform. The name is a reference to former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, the project's apparent patron, whose "Dirty Bird" touchdown dance was a fixture of the Falcons' 1998-99 Super Bowl run. » 2/08/13 3:30pm 2/08/13 3:30pm

Four Stories To Follow In A Pivotal New Year For Sports Video Gaming

2K Sports hasn't said specifically when its infamous exclusive pact with Major League Baseball ends, but it's a good bet that day comes on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

If someone picks up that license, it'll be the first big story of the year for sports video gaming. If no one picks up that license, it'll be even bigger. » 12/30/12 7:15pm 12/30/12 7:15pm