A Number That Is Too Large

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An estimated 350,000 people played last year's Madden NFL 10 once online and never played it online again, series creative director Ian Cummings recently told Kotaku.

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He and publisher EA are mum on online multiplayer details for this summer's Madden NFL 11, but that's a number the creators of one of gaming's biggest franchises clearly wants to reduce.

More than a third of a million people dare to go online with a game and never try it a second time? Something or somethings are scaring them away.

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I have never played Madden online - I think it's weird. But from friends who have, lots of people will quit in the middle of a game if they are down even on TD - that would piss me off and probably turn me off.

Second, you have these annoying assclowns that talk gangster bullshit that is really hard to tolerate - and also the reason I rarely use my headset in MW:2.

I think Madden, like MW:2, is very susceptible to the gangsta assclow demographic. It's sad. Gangsta assclowns should only be filtered to only play each other because they do enjoy that, but I, as a non-gansta, non-assclown, can't f'ing stand it.

I am not making this about race either. The majority of these assclowns are probably 12 year old white kids with shitty parents and one too many 50 Cent albums.