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Helpful blogger Free Meat, inspired by our "Three and a half months until Madden!" post from earlier this week, went out and tracked down screenshots from various moments in football video game history.

He tracks it all, from the five-players-per-side of the Atari 2600, to short chess-piece-like players of early Nintendo, through Tecmo Bowl and up to the current-day Madden dominance.


It was moderately depressing to see some of these old screenshots and realize just how much of our youth was spent fiddling around with these things. Don't get us wrong; we certainly waste plenty of our adult life with them now. But it seems like, when we were younger, we should have been outside frollicking in a field or something. Meh. Oh well.

How Far We've Come [Free Meat]
"Just Three And A Half Months Until Madden [Deadspin]