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Twenty Years Later, EA Admits Shaq Fu was an Abomination

ESPN's E:60 newsmagazine ran an evergreen feature last night on the history of sports video games and, while largely a collection of celebrities' memories, it did feature, at long last, a mea culpa of sorts for Shaq Fu, widely regarded as one of the worst video games of all time.

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The guy at 0:40 of this video is Sandy Sandoval, a long time EA Sports figure, responsible for athlete outreach. He's the guy someone (or his agent) yells at when he's upset about his ratings in Madden (if he's not doing it over Twitter already). "Probably one of the worst games in EA history," he admits. So, there's that.

Nolan Bushnell, Atari's founder, weighed in on video gaming's roots in sports, and was joined by other luminaries of video gaming history as as Bo Jackson and Vanilla Ice. Jeremy Roenick waxed nostalgic about Swingers, too.

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The entire report spanned about 15 minutes; it will rebroadcast on Thursday at 4 a.m. and then Friday at 2 a.m. and 7 p.m., all on ESPN2.

To contact the author of this post, write to owen@kotaku.com or find him on Twitter @owengood.

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theepenthe
Two Time Grime

My 8 year-old self actually had fun with this game... Sett-Ra was a jerk, though.