In Mongo Wrestling Alliance, Metalocalypse's Tommy Blacha brings us a…

Imagine a world in which professional wrestling dynasties carry the same weight as royal families. Such is the standard operating procedure of Metalocalypse co-creator Tommy Blacha's new Adult Swim cartoon Mongo Wrestling Alliance.… [ io9 » 6/26/11 4:15pm 6/26/11 4:15pm]

Facing A Season With No NFL, Madden's Ultimate Team Looks To The Legends

In any discussion of the greatest video game athletes, the Michael Vick of Madden NFL 2004 always makes the cut, and is usually the most recent name on the list. In the eight years since his appearance, sports simulations have fine-tuned their realism, closing the era of logic-defying performances by the likes of… » 6/22/11 7:30pm 6/22/11 7:30pm

Sports at E3: A Postgame Report

Gameplay impressions are difficult to form under the lights, sights and cacophony of E3 in full swing, where you never have enough time to see all of what you want, and there's always an appointment five minutes from now. It's… [ Kotaku » 6/18/11 5:00pm 6/18/11 5:00pm]

The Top Talent Departs as Madden Nears Its Release

The executive producer of Madden NFL quietly stepped down this week after less than a year on the job. He is the third senior-level Madden developer to leave the title in the past two months. But Phil Frazier and his… [ Kotaku » 6/18/11 12:03am 6/18/11 12:03am]

Facing the Lockout, Madden and NFL Fans Seek a Common Refuge

At E3 this week, the sight I was least prepared for was that of Ray Lewis in full Baltimore Ravens uniform: eye-black, skullcap, gloves, wristbands, everything. This was an appearance for Madden NFL 12 but to him, it didn't look… [ Kotaku » 6/11/11 6:18pm 6/11/11 6:18pm]

It’s In The Game, Unless It’s Outside The Lines

Without fail, every time I bring up this job with folks outside the business, the topical jokes start rolling. Whatever the latest controversy or embarrassment is in sports, people ask if that's going to be simulated in the next edition… [ Kotaku » 6/04/11 4:00pm 6/04/11 4:00pm]

EA Sports Celebrates NCAA Football 12 with the Sexy Sax Man

You may have heard of him. (This video, uploaded in March, has more than 6 million views.) Sexy Sax Man is quite the guerrilla artist, barging in bare-chested on food courts, laundromats, Walmarts and college classrooms to belt out… [ Kotaku » 6/03/11 7:30pm 6/03/11 7:30pm]

Madden's Dynamic Performance Serves Sundays With More Flavor

Beat on a quarterback for 45 minutes of an NFL game and you'll see a different guy in the fourth quarter. Some start forcing every throw. Some will run like hell. Some go catatonic.… [ Kotaku » 6/03/11 6:20pm 6/03/11 6:20pm]

Reaching For The Brass Ring On NCAA Football 12's Coaching Carousel

Ben Haumiller's got a job for me. Several jobs, actually, but they're all in NCAA Football 12's new career mode, the "Coaching Carousel." Haumiller, the game's producer, explains it all using an offensive coordinator named Owen O'Cain as an… [ Kotaku » 5/29/11 6:00pm 5/29/11 6:00pm]

You Can Have Any Sports Video Game You Want, But There's Only One

About this time last year, at E3, I was chewing the fat with a 2K Sports representative about NBA 2K11 which already looked to be the monster it would become. Long dominant in the pro basketball genre, the game with… [ Kotaku » 5/28/11 8:00pm 5/28/11 8:00pm]

The Miami Heat Appear To Have Messed Up the Gears of War 3 Hype Train

LeBron James, first you upset the people of Cleveland by abandoning their basketball team. Now you've helped the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls in five games, closing the series out last night with an 83-80 victory. That means there's… [ Kotaku » 5/27/11 1:00pm 5/27/11 1:00pm]

This Gaming Geek Shall Inherit MLB 2K11's Million-Dollar Prize

Before setting off to claim a million-dollar bounty offered by MLB 2K11, Brian Kingrey did an analysis. He pored over batting averages, compared pitcher strengths and tendencies, examined the probable starters for the contest's opening day and the batting orders… [ Kotaku » 5/26/11 6:00pm 5/26/11 6:00pm]

My Workout Partner is a Role-Playing Game

Two hundred bucks. My health insurance company will give me $200 if I just go to the gym, 50 times in a six-month span. That's about two times a week. Coming into May, I only needed seven more visits to… [ Kotaku » 5/21/11 5:00pm 5/21/11 5:00pm]

A Walk-On Who Made the Team Wants You to Know What It Really Means

Alex Howell was the only freshman in the tunnel that Saturday, his chinstrap so tight it fused his jaw shut, 89,000 people packed into to the last row at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. Earlier in the week the graduate assistant… [ Kotaku » 5/14/11 4:00pm 5/14/11 4:00pm]

When Will the One-Year Career Come to an End?

It really doesn't matter how many times My Player is an NBA All-Star, nor how durable he is on the Road to the Show, or to Glory, or to the Masters. Every one of them will suffer a career-ending injury:… [ Kotaku » 5/07/11 6:00pm 5/07/11 6:00pm]

Concussions Will Be Rare In Madden NFL 12, And No One Gets Suspended

Madden NFL 12 will present concussions realistically - as realistically as removing a player from the game, forbidding his return, and delivering commentary that highlights the seriousness of the injury. The game will not include suspensions for players who dole them out. [ Kotaku » 5/06/11 6:20pm 5/06/11 6:20pm]

Judge Tosses College Athlete's Claims Against EA Sports

A federal judge on Monday threw out a former college quarterback's claim against EA Sports, regarding the use of his likeness in past versions of NCAA Football. While the ruling clears Electronic Arts in a legal sense, Samuel Keller's claims… [ Kotaku » 5/04/11 6:00pm 5/04/11 6:00pm]

A Study Returns Easy Answers to Questions Not Yet Asked

Poring over the data, sifting through more than 1,700 specimens, a team of MIT researchers is, as we speak, cataloging the species known as the sports gamer. The data is, so far, unsurprising.… [ Kotaku » 4/30/11 5:00pm 4/30/11 5:00pm]

How an Imperfect Player Became the Perfect Madden Cover Pick

He's the first Madden cover star from a losing team. The first with no Pro Bowl appearances at the time of his selection. He led NFL running backs in one statistical category last year - fumbles.… [ Kotaku » 4/28/11 10:00pm 4/28/11 10:00pm]