As Kotaku's chief sports writer, my most memorable gaming moments of 2010 come entirely within that genre. No spoilers here, but then, the human drama of athletic competition follows no script.
The entire country may be captivated by underdog Butler's Hoosiers-esque tournament run, tipping off now on CBS, but not NCAA Basketball 10. The video game spit back a simulation saying Duke will romp to its fourth national championship.
A tournament simulation I did with NCAA Basketball 10 returns a believable national championship - Kentucky 88, Kansas 82 - but the rest reads like 3/4ths of the brackets in your average pool: Lots of chalk, and several WTF upsets.
EA Sports has confirmed that it is discontinuing its NCAA Basketball franchise, which next year will leave the sport without a video game for the first time in 12 years.
A lawsuit filed against the NCAA's licensing authority by Ed O'Bannon (pictured), the former member of UCLA's 1995 national championship team, will be allowed to go forward, but it's already had its effect on college sports simulations.
NCAA Basketball is not listed among key sports titles due for release in Electronic Arts' coming fiscal year, fueling speculation that the poor-selling franchise has been discontinued.
If you're tired of playing PG#11 for Kentucky or C#45 for Kansas in NCAA Basketball 10, Operation Sports has put together a full named roster file for the Xbox 360 version that's free and available for download right now.
As the year's last title in North America's major team sports, NCAA Basketball 10 faces why-buy questions that NCAA Football and NBA Live just don't. This year EA Canada seeks to answer them with two networks broadcasting from your living room.
Connor Dougan had me at "Nana-na-na-na-NA-na-naaaahhh!" Anyone who's hoisted a driveway three has hummed a TV sports anthem to set it up, and that one's the CBS Road to the Final Four theme, one of two in NCAA Basketball 10.
Lots of games try to emulate what you see on the television, but NCAA Basketball 10 fully integrates CBS Sports' Road to the Final Four - theme music, key graphics and, of course, Bill Raftery.
I was actually getting somewhat sweet on Gus Johnson, who even sounds restrained in this trailer - until he rips off Wally Ausley's iconic call of the 1983 Final, which gave March Madness the meaning by which it is known today.