SPORTSBALL: A Complete Novice Takes on Madden For the First Time

Immensely popular and ridiculously lucrative, the Madden NFL series of video games is an entertainment behemoth. It is also forever and inextricably tied to its source material: the real, live version of the sport it simulates. It is the Christopher Reeve of video games, never really discussed on its own merits, but in … » 9/18/13 11:34am 9/18/13 11:34am

Oh God, It's A Bad Lip-Reading Of The Entire NFL

At this point, I feel like I don't have to introduce "Bad Lip-Reading," the mega genius works of music and misinterpretation whose ranks include Twilight 's gummi bear and Michael Bublé's "Russian Unicorn," that second one better known as my Actual Favorite Thing On The Entire Internet. » 1/16/13 10:30pm 1/16/13 10:30pm

Madden's Loss of Fantasy Exposes the Reality of Sports Video Games

No one I know seriously plays "Mascot Mashup" in NCAA Football » 9/09/12 5:30pm 9/09/12 5:30pm, except for maybe the six-year-old son of a good friend from Oregon, who enjoys slamming the "GoDucks" into 11 of his dad's Stanford Trees. About the most I ever hear about the mode each year from EA Sports is when a developer jokes that they're pouring a lot…

It's Settled: No Yellow Card if You Curse at FIFA's Referee

One of the funnier controversies coming out of E3 was how FIFA 13 » 7/28/12 11:00am 7/28/12 11:00am intended to handle voice recognition in its new suite of Kinect-enabled features. A promotional video that yelling "#$@%!" or "$&%@!" or "wanker!" at the virtual official would result in a yellow card. That was the impression that , too.

Scottish Team's Bankruptcy Means FIFA 13 Faces a Financial Decision, Too

It's a simple truth: A club that is relegated out of a league appearing in EA Sports' FIFA » 7/19/12 7:00pm 7/19/12 7:00pm runs the risk of getting relegated out of the video game, too. For the more popular sides, this usually isn't much of a threat, and in any event many of the biggest leagues run two divisions deep, so a one-year slipup isn't…