The NFL Made EA Sports Take The Ambulance Out Of Madden

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… » 3/12/14 3:29pm 3/12/14 3:29pm

Madden Needs Help With the Logos for Its Pretend NFL Teams

Madden NFL 25 brought back franchise relocation, allowing you to keep a club's name and look in its new city or pick from two or three new nickname and uniform options. And yeah, some of those designs weren't so great. The game's fake Twitter feed would even say so. » 2/22/14 1:30pm 2/22/14 1:30pm

Why a Train Wreck Can Still Be One Of Madden's Most Popular Teams

Barely a week after the Super Bowl ended, fans of the Cleveland Browns got confirmation they were functionally eliminated from contention next year, too. The team's president and general manager resigned after hiring a new head coach, a comical sequence that is so bass-ackwards you can't even repeat it in Madden. » 2/18/14 4:25pm 2/18/14 4:25pm

NBA Live 14's Latest Patch is Talkin' About Practice

As promised, NBA Live 14 pumped out a very large patch today to address the many shortcomings, omissions or problems the title showed at launch. Straight away it includes something that should make the game a lot more understandable: A simple practice mode. » 2/11/14 4:30pm 2/11/14 4:30pm

Madden's Ratings Back Up Richard Sherman's Trash Talk

Seattle's Richard Sherman didn't just swat away San Francisco's shot at a Super Bowl, he also crapped all over the 49ers' Michael Crabtree in a postgame interview straight out of Piper's Pit. Sherman mocked Crabtree's credentials while boasting of his own. So I wondered: Is there any objective proof for his claims? » 1/20/14 1:30pm 1/20/14 1:30pm

If This is a Practice Mode for NBA Live 14, Better Late Than Never

This weekend NBA Live 14 rolled out a patch, but cautioned it was more of a building-block update, designed mostly to help future patches improve the game more conspicuously. The team also dropped this tutorial video, which is notable because it appears to show a new practice mode. » 12/24/13 6:00pm 12/24/13 6:00pm

NBA Live Gets Its First Patch, but Don't Expect It to Change Much

NBA Live 14 showed a lot of problems at release a month ago—problems EA Sports vowed to fix through title updates. They rolled out the first patch for the game on Friday and, like everything else with this series for the past three years, it's another promise this will be a good game at some future date. » 12/22/13 11:20am 12/22/13 11:20am

A Video Game Might Recreate Auburn's Miracle, But It Can't Be Repeated

As Auburn's grandstands still thundered above him, A.J. McCarron, the Alabama quarterback born in 1990, searched for the words to describe losing in such irregular fashion—on a play that had happened only five times before in major college football history, and never to decide a game, much less one this consequential. » 12/01/13 7:00pm 12/01/13 7:00pm