Worth Reading: Dragon Age Heartbreak, The Death Of Madden, And More

The Super Bowl is almost here, which means it's time to pretend you care about football! Being a Bears fan, I'm all about whatever makes people the unhappiest, since my team isn't playing for. Do I actually have to root for the Patriots? I might be sick. I need something else to keep my mind off the thought of… » 1/30/15 2:00pm 1/30/15 2:00pm

A federal appeals court ruled a lawsuit by ex-NFL players against Electronic Arts can move forward, the AP reports. The lawsuit seeks compensation over Madden NFL featuring ex-players on "historical" teams in everything but name. EA lost a similar lawsuit brought by ex-NCAA players. The company settled for $40 million. » 1/06/15 6:25pm 1/06/15 6:25pm

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

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

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

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 5:00pm 11/17/13 5:00pm

How Often Does a Player Get Paralyzed in Madden?

This is the rara avis of outcomes in Madden NFL—the career-ending injury. It is the sports video game equivalent of permadeath, and yes, it'll actually happen in your living room, although I have never seen this myself. » 10/02/13 4:00pm 10/02/13 4:00pm

Do Not Adjust Your Picture: Yep, the super awesome watch-a-shitload-of-the-NFL-for-free offer through Madden NFL 25's $100 Anniversary edition promo with DirecTV is experiencing technical difficulties as thousands log in to the service on opening day. Others are saying they can watch just fine, but YMMV. » 9/08/13 1:00pm 9/08/13 1:00pm

EA Loses $11 Million Madden Lawsuit

A jury today found that Electronic Arts used code and features developed by the designer of the first John Madden Football throughout Madden games published into the mid-1990s without crediting or paying him royalties, and required EA to pay damages that could start at $11 million and potentially reach much higher. » 7/23/13 9:16pm 7/23/13 9:16pm

The Xbox 360 Had 18 Games At Launch. Here's What They Looked Like.

The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005. It had 18 launch titles. Now that the Xbox One has been revealed along with a few of its launch games, let's take a look back at the launch titles the 360 had, and see how they hold up. » 5/21/13 8:00pm 5/21/13 8:00pm

The Zillion-Dollar Suit Over Who Made Today's Madden Will Go to a Jury

Unless they settle beforehand, on June 10 a federal jury will hear some of the claims brought by one of the developers on the first John Madden Football, a lawsuit that alleges Electronic Arts owes him millions in unpaid royalties. » 4/28/13 11:00am 4/28/13 11:00am

Remember: It's Not Just the NFL's Exclusive License with Madden; the…

Gamers, including those who don't even play sports video games, love to hate the exclusive license the NFL sold to EA Sports in 2005, making Madden the only NFL video game on consoles. Let's not forget the NFL Players' Association is a part of this, too. With just one exception (GameLoft's NFL 2010 for iPhone, no… » 3/04/13 11:00am 3/04/13 11:00am

When Only 42 People Are Playing Madden on the Wii U, It's Not a Sports…

Around halftime of a game on an NFL Sunday is a good time to take the temperature of the Madden NFL crowd. It's like the water department analysis that shows everyone flushing the john when the Super Bowl goes to the break. In this case, online gamers, many of whom have their consoles running and connected to the… » 12/16/12 5:30pm 12/16/12 5:30pm

Pat Tillman Returns to the Field, in Madden NFL 13

Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals standout defensive back who forsook a $3 million contract to enlist in the Army in 2002, and who was killed by friendly fire in an operation in Afghanistan, returns to the football field as a special offering within Madden NFL 13's Ultimate Team mode. Tillman's appearance in the game… » 12/08/12 5:00pm 12/08/12 5:00pm

Ex-Developer's Rant Reveals Why Madden is a Dream Job, and…

Nothing deleted from Twitter is ever deleted on time, and sometime between Monday and Tuesday, a disillusioned former Madden developer figured that out. By then, his unvarnished rant tossed a dripping slab of red meat to Madden's many Internet enemies, and it didn't win the author much support from his old friends. » 12/05/12 6:00pm 12/05/12 6:00pm

Rumor: Next Year's Madden Will Include Actual NFL Referees

EA Sports plans to include real-life NFL referees in Madden NFL 14 » 9/26/12 6:00pm 9/26/12 6:00pm, according to two different sources close to the NFL Referees Association. One of them said the officials' facial features have been scanned into the game, with an eye toward making their calls and explanations a part of the broadcast presentation for…

If Madden's Any Measure the NFL's Bandwagon Teams are the 49ers and…

Through the first week of play in real life of the NFL, some 81.5 million games have been played in Madden NFL, according to this video commissioned by EA Sports. The teams taken online most so far are the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles (rated No. 5 and No. 3, respectively, as "teams to help you… » 9/12/12 10:00pm 9/12/12 10:00pm