Just in time for the next-gen release of Madden NFL 25, lo and behold, here's my check from the settlement of the ridiculous Madden 'monopoly' lawsuit—for $64.14, which is four cents less than what the game would cost, with tax, at any of the GameStops I frequent.
It's your money? You want it now? Tough. Now it could be another year before some $27 million is distributed to gamers from Electronic Arts' settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought against the exclusive license its Madden NFL series held. Why? Someone's objecting to the lawyers' fees.
Last year, in a visit to Electronic Arts Tiburon, the NCAA Football development staff told me about plans to introduce more lifelike broadcast presentation to the game. It was going to be a tiered thing all along.
Twenty-seven million dollars is a lot of money. But it's not significant. Not in the case of the Madden monopoly lawsuit. In fact, I'm struck by how meaningless all of the terms are in its settlement.
Tomorrow I'm hitting the road for a cross-country move, the sixth time I've driven the width of the nation since 2001. As I was boxing up my video games it occurred to me that some of them will have made five of those journeys by the time I reach North Carolina on Friday. All of them are sports titles.
One of the few broadcast features in Madden NFL 12 that I didn't punch away with a quick button press was the official league bumper video at the end. You know, when the smooth narrator puffs up and says "This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL," and lays down the law of the league's expressed written consent.
Scheduled for termination this month, online multiplayer support for NBA 2K11 is being extended until April 2012, another tacit acknowledgment by 2K Sports of the ongoing problems in NBA 2K12's online feature set.
A newly released roster editor for All-Pro Football 2K8 refreshes that pro football alternative for the NFL 2K5 diehards and conscientious objectors to the NFL's seven-year exclusive license of the Madden franchise.
Even if a lockout doesn't happen - even if the dispute between owners and players is solved tomorrow - the labor unrest in the National Football League will have ramifications reaching well into the future - for video games.
Madden NFL 11 called Sunday's big game for the Steelers. There's still a robust roster-editing culture for the exiled, six-year-old NFL 2K5. Using current rosters, one devotee offered his own prediction for Super Bowl XLV.
Earlier this week, we learned that Madden NFL 11 had created a new player attribute, but then sold the naming rights to a deodorant maker. And a million knees jerked in unison.
Of the major game-of-the-year awards given out each year, no sports title has ever taken top overall honors. And yet five years later, there is one still talked about in ways that year's winners are not.