Did Sports Video Games Really Get Any Better in 2012?

Earlier this week, Metacritic bemoaned 2012 as a year of poorer review scores for video games than the one preceding it. Fewer titles surpassed the all-important 90—which practically guarantees job security to those who developed or greenlit the project—than in 2011. Interestingly, the three console platforms' average… » 1/06/13 4:30pm 1/06/13 4:30pm

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

Madden Plants the Flag on the Wii U, but Doesn't Gain Much Ground

At no point during its E3 2012 keynote did Electronic Arts mention what it would be delivering when the Wii U arrived later in the year. There could be any of number of good reasons for this, but a major publisher's total silence on a new console was enough that I had to double-check with Madden NFL's general manager… » 11/25/12 1:00pm 11/25/12 1:00pm

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

Madden has 38 "Clutch" Players, but What the Hell Does That Mean,…

The NFL is kicking off (checks watch) oh, about nowish. Time for a new season of wins and losses, touchdowns and fumbles, and nonstop clichés from analysts and commentators. One such word is "clutch," a word that seems to define a top performer in a pinch, but has no real objective measure.


It's an attribute in … » 9/09/12 1:00pm 9/09/12 1:00pm