The AAF May Be Dead, But Its Spirit Will Live Forever In Sports Video Games

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In the real world the Alliance of American Football, a shitshow of a league that was shut down before it could even complete its first season, will never have a champion. But a mod for a PC game can let the truly dedicated/curious try and decide one anyway.

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Axis Football, which I very much did not like in 2015, is looking a lot nicer in 2019, and this mod by redmondorbit adds the entire league to the indie sports game, from uniforms to logos to player portraits. That includes teams like the...Memphis Express, and players like...Johnny Manziel.

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Illustration for article titled The AAF May Be Dead, But Its Spirit Will Live Forever In Sports Video Games

This particular (and tragic) strain of enthusiasm is one of the things I love most about sports games; from stadium names to badge colours, if a developer has ever failed to get something absolutely and 100% right (or worse, has left something out entirely), you can bet there’ll be a mod out there to fix it.

Illustration for article titled The AAF May Be Dead, But Its Spirit Will Live Forever In Sports Video Games

If you’ve got Axis Football and want to try it out yourself, you can download the necessary files here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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