Nintendo-Inspired "Bolts Of Steel" 3-D Projection Game Is Outstanding

For the past few playoff games at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning have used their now-ubiquitous 3-D ice projection system to display a simulation of the classic Nintendo Blades of Steel game onto the playing surface—using the actual goals and everything. It’s the best usage of the technology we’ve seen so far: » 5/28/15 11:00am 5/28/15 11:00am

Street Fighter Themes Go Great With Hockey [Update: Punch-Out!! Too]

Montréal and Dallas hooked up on Jan. 2 and at 4:56 in the second period, the Habs' winger Travis Moen decided he'd had enough of counterpart Antoine Roussel's shit. Hockeyfights.com Metacritic'd this spectacle at 84, with Moen clearly winning the fight. Our ears perked up because ... wait ... is that Guile's theme? » 1/05/14 4:00pm 1/05/14 4:00pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… » 12/29/13 6:41pm 12/29/13 6:41pm

Every NHL Team As A Mega Man Sprite

Reddit user adam4283 has created 31 sprites (including the North Stars) from everybody's favorite 8-bit side-scrolling platform shooter. For just a few pixels, it's amazing how instantly recognizable most teams are. That's testament to Adam's work, as well as the clean and distinctive logos and color schemes of many… » 11/13/13 4:15pm 11/13/13 4:15pm

Can You Play a Game Without the National Anthem? I Do It All The Time.

Hat in right hand, right hand over heart, I raised my beer cup with my left and took a sip. Dad chided me for that, so I put it down. The singer was behind the beat on The Star-Spangled Banner. My thumb tapped against my cap's bill. A distinctly video-game thought came to me: Can't we just button through this? » 6/30/13 7:36pm 6/30/13 7:36pm

The Most Hilarious Sports Game Glitches, Now In Motion

The constant progression of annual sport titles has another advantage besides the games getting more and more realistic every year. It creates moments where the players go nuts—suddenly, our ordinary game turns itself into Dragon Ball Z or Super Smash TV. We selected below a few of these from the last few years' FIFA » 2/26/13 8:00pm 2/26/13 8:00pm

ESPN Gives More Attention to the NHL in a Video Game Than It Does in Real Life

The National Hockey League is frozen in a labor impasse that so far has canceled opening night festivities scheduled for today, and shows no sign of ending any time soon. So, in steps EA Sports, using NHL 13 » 10/11/12 7:30pm 10/11/12 7:30pm, to provide a simulation and highlights for how the season would play out. Here are highlights from the…

Season or No Season, NHL 13's 'Hercules Check' is Hockey's Greatest Hit Ever

This is a glitch video to end all glitch videos, and not just because that's a player getting checked over the glass and into the fourth row » 9/25/12 6:45pm 9/25/12 6:45pm of a hockey arena. It's also Sidney Freaking Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar who has lost, like, an entire season's worth of games due to concussions, going back…

A Note About Our Reviews of Sports Video Games

Our resident sports gaming expert, Owen Good, recently e-mailed me with some concerns about the way we review sports games at the site. Our reviews all include the question: "Should you play this game?" Owen realized that he was pretty much always saying "Yes", and he realized that it was because of some qualities… » 9/21/12 4:45pm 9/21/12 4:45pm

EA Sports Brings Women's Hockey Stars Into the Game—Without a League of Their Own

Last year, when NHL 12 » 8/29/12 6:00pm 8/29/12 6:00pm allowed you to create a female hockey player in its superstar-fantasy "Be A Pro" mode, the only real difference was the face on the player in the video game. Underneath a helmet and the hulking pads, moving fast on ice skates, it's hard to instantly tell if someone's a man or a woman. And the…