Buffalo Banthas and Oakland Vaders: Helmets of a Star Wars Super Bowl

If the Super Bowl was kicking off on the Death Star and not in New York, it'd be the Tauntauns versus the Wattos today. That's according to this set of helmets reimagining the NFL inside the Star Wars canon. Every choice is outstanding (St. Louis Twi'leks, for sure) but the most apt has to be the Washington Gungans. » 2/02/14 3:23pm 2/02/14 3:23pm

The Super Bowl Ends With a Safety, Says Tecmo Super Bowl

Yesterday Madden NFL 25 gave its prediction for Super Bowl Ex El Vee Eye Eye Eye, handing it to Denver, 31-28, on a field goal in overtime. Today, the guys keeping alive 1991's Tecmo Super Bowl offered their own version of events: another OT game, with Denver winning on a goddamn safety. » 1/28/14 3:47pm 1/28/14 3:47pm

Street Fighter Themes Go Great With Hockey [Update: Punch-Out!! Too]

Montréal and Dallas hooked up on Jan. 2 and at 4:56 in the second period, the Habs' winger Travis Moen decided he'd had enough of counterpart Antoine Roussel's shit. Hockeyfights.com Metacritic'd this spectacle at 84, with Moen clearly winning the fight. Our ears perked up because ... wait ... is that Guile's theme? » 1/05/14 5:03pm 1/05/14 5:03pm

If You Combined Battlefield and Forza's Outrages, You'd Have NBA 2K14

Earlier this afternoon, 2K Sports' Ronnie Singh—Ronnie2K on Twitter—gave everyone playing NBA 2K14 a code for a special pre-game player animation as a make-good for the online troubles that paralyzed the game this weekend. Naturally, when I went to enter the code on my PlayStation 4, 2K's servers were down. » 12/31/13 6:01pm 12/31/13 6:01pm

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

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

A Retired NFL Pro Skips the Autograph Line for a Call of Duty Lobby

Seven years ago, Hunter Hillenmeyer was signing autographs in a Jewel-Osco supermarket up in Fox Lake, Ill., the kind of ham-and-egg gig that any Chicago Bear could expect at some point in his career if he was any good. It wasn't anyone's idea of stressful work. Smile, pretend to be famous, collect your couple-three… » 12/08/13 12:29pm 12/08/13 12:29pm

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

Remembering a Miracle in the Early Days of Sports Video Games

The score was 4 to 3, two outs in the ninth, when I woke up on the couch. No one was on base. "I don't need to see this," I said. "Nah, stick around," Dad said. I had two games that day, the World Series on TV, and Hardball! on my Commodore 64. If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't win one, I'd make them win the other. » 10/15/13 8:12pm 10/15/13 8:12pm