July 24, 2013 |
Much like a quarterback sacked from the blind side, EA Sports has suffered some big hits lately. Or as John Madden might say, "Bam! Boom!" First came news that the NCAA -- facing a lawsuit over use of athletes' names and likenesses -- will drop its lucrative relationship with the video-game maker. Now, just before the release of the newest "Madden NFL," EA has come out on the losing end of a lawsuit in San Francisco, with a federal court jury deciding it owes $11 million in damages and interest to the game's original programmer.
August 24, 2006 |
TUESDAY was a national holiday. Didn't you hear? Folks lined up at stores the night before, hearts aflutter. Then on the big day, these same people took off from work to celebrate an occurrence that happens only once a year. The reason? A new version of the uber-popular pro football video game series was released, this year dubbed Madden NFL 07. To those in the know, we wish you a belated Merry Maddenoliday. So exactly how does a game earn its own holiday?
August 23, 2007 |
THIS is competition? Head to head, the two "pro" football games out this season -- Madden NFL 08 and All-Pro Football 2K8 -- are so mismatched, bookmakers in Vegas wouldn't even take any action. It's like the world-champion Indianapolis Colts playing a Pop Warner team of malnourished 8-year-olds. "Slaughter" is putting it lightly.
December 16, 2011 |
The gig: Frank Gibeau is president of EA Labels, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. that produces the Redwood City, Calif., game company's top franchises, including Madden NFL, Need for Speed, The Sims and Star Wars: The Old Republic — its most ambitious and costly title ever. The break: After Gibeau graduated from USC in 1991 with an undergraduate degree in business and international relations, he broke a leg when a stairway collapsed, pinning his leg beneath a block of concrete for nearly an hour.
August 13, 2009 |
Even if Michael Vick's future in the NFL remains unclear, there has been a decision on his appearance in "Madden NFL 10." EA Sports' game designer Donny Moore tweeted: "It's official . . . Michael Vick NOT in Madden NFL 10 Roster Update #1. . . . Once he signs with a team, we will work to get him in there ASAP." The exclusion, even from the game's free-agency pool, confuses the Sporting News' Chris Littmann because Plaxico Burress is still in the video game. Writes Littmann: "Perhaps there is a hesitancy on EA Sports' part to put together Vick's ratings because in fairness to them, absolutely no one has any idea what kind of football shape he's in, so how would you even go about assessing his cyber value?"
December 24, 2005 |
Jerome Bettis was unstoppable. He twisted out of tackles. He plunged over piles of players. He dented the helmets of defenders who stood in his path. He wasn't just the star running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was a tireless touchdown machine. Eventually, however, he had to climb off the couch and return to the real world. That's when he shelved his joystick and gave up the Madden NFL video game for good. "I had to quit cold turkey three years ago," Bettis said.