What The Sports Games Of The Future Should Look Like

Know what I hate most about sports games? The fact they're so focused on recreating the broadcast experience of a sport, and not what it's like to actually play one.


I was one of the four people on Earth who used NFL2K's first-person camera view, I loved Backbreaker for its more immediate viewpoint, and I sometimes go crazy and think the smartest part of FIFA is the "roadie run" effect you get when playing in career mode.

So when I see footage like this, it makes me yearn for the day games about sport can be just like games about driving: make me feel the action, not watch a bland imitation of a TV show.


The footage up top and below comes courtesy of Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, who took Google Glass to the Oakland Raiders training camp (the bottom video was taken with the glasses strapped to the face of kicker Seb Janikowski).

Chris Kluwe [YouTube, via Deadspin]

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I'm kind of a bit surprised that a game hasn't been made like this yet.

It wouldn't even necessarily need the NFL license, and I actually think the game would be better without it.

Have it be almost like an RPG/Sports game where you take on the role of a player, and perhaps you start out in college. You could devote certain amounts of skills to classroom initiative, partying, social interactions, coach/player relationship, or whatever it is that they would decide to put into the game, and that would translate to how "prepared" you were for the game. Then you go into first person mode for the actual game. It wouldn't even need to be all that "realistic" in terms of how the actual game on the field would play, it would just need to be functional and worth doing.

Then you move on from college and get drafted, you participate in the scouting combine, answer interview questions, take tests, etc, and all of that factors into where you get drafted. Then you get drafted and start to do things like hold press conferences, sign sponsorships, partying at clubs, get into relationships with 1, or multiple women, and all of that would then effect your on-field performance. Of course you could choose whether or not to take PED's and that would have a positive impact on performance, but if you get chosen for a random drug test and you're caught, you get suspended, impacts your contract status, fan loyalty, etc.

There you go developers, a free sure-fire hit straight from my brain. Sports gamers have been begging for something new for quite a while now. There it is.