EA has a First Amendment Right to Depict Real College Football…

Electronic Arts on Friday won the dismissal of one lawsuit against it regarding its use of identifying characteristics of real college football players in its NCAA Football series. A federal judge said EA's right to free expression under the First Amendment supersedes a former quarterback's right to control the use of… » 9/09/11 8:30pm 9/09/11 8:30pm

EA's Disaster Plans Don't Include Billion-Dollar Lawsuits or Giant…

A cocktail-napkin calculation about what's at stake in former NCAA players' lawsuit against EA Sports arrived at a potential cash-and-prizes value of $1 billion. But as apocalyptic as that total sounds, Electronic Arts doesn't sound too worried. » 8/03/11 11:00pm 8/03/11 11:00pm

Opening Day Means More Skepticism than Celebration in Sports Video…

I play sports video games for a living and publishers send them to me for free. The reality of a $60 purchase—what it actually buys, what else it could buy—is something I respect but it's not a decision I really face. I'm probably the last guy who can advise anyone on whether a sports video game is worth buying on the… » 7/30/11 4:00pm 7/30/11 4:00pm

NCAA Football Fans, Your Real Rosters Have Arrived (for Xbox 360)

There's always a race to publish the first complete, accurately named roster for NCAA Football 12, and this year it was available on the day of release. However, that doesn't usually address depth chart placement, equipment details, or for some players, position changes and attribute re-ratings. » 7/15/11 10:00pm 7/15/11 10:00pm

EA Sports Celebrates NCAA Football 12 with the Sexy Sax Man

College football is all about tradition. The tradition of the NCAA Football 12 development team is the godawful annoying "Alpha song," played every night while the game is in its alpha build. This year's song was Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," the signature tune of the Sexy Sax Man. » 6/03/11 7:30pm 6/03/11 7:30pm

A Walk-On Who Made the Team Wants You to Know What It Really Means

Alex Howell was the only freshman in the tunnel that Saturday, his chinstrap so tight it fused his jaw shut, 89,000 people packed into to the last row at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. Earlier in the week the graduate assistant tapped Howell on the shoulder and asked if he'd like to dress for the game against… » 5/14/11 4:00pm 5/14/11 4:00pm

EA Sports' "Football Czar" Opens With A Two-Month Drill

In the two and a half months since he traded Canada's weather for Florida's, and titles like FIFA for Madden, Cam Weber has read that he delayed Madden's release for three weeks because of the NFL lockout; that he's adding some kind of social network to the game, like Need for Speed's Autolog; and that he is at the… » 4/22/11 8:00pm 4/22/11 8:00pm