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Friday, September 20, 2013
Posted on September 20, 2013 at 07:10 PM.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

25 YEARS OF MADDEN

In the early years of the Madden franchise, fans were happy just to have a game that gave them the ability to play as their favorite NFL team, but that obviously no longer suffices. The sports gaming genre has grown immensely over the last 15 years, and so has consumer expectations. EA Sports will be releasing their 25th ... Read More
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Posted on August 8, 2013 at 07:19 PM.
The world of video games have seen its fair share of incredible innovations over the years, and the sports genre is part of that. While they may not be as recognized in the industry and fan-base as say story-telling, mod-support, or the dialog tree, there have been some outstanding innovations in this niche genre none the less. We wanted to take a look at five innovations that have helped shaped sports video games as we know them today.

1. DYNASTY/FRANCHISE
If you are an older ... Read More
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 09:15 PM.
From the Atari 2600 and the Magnavox Odyssey, to the soon-to-be released Playstation 4 and Xbox One, game controllers have and will always play a huge part of a consoles success. Even dating back to the genesis of the gaming console, companies’ controller design decisions have ranged from the simplicity of the Atari 2600’s 1-button joystick to complexity of the Intellivision’s remote style controller with full keypad, disc-style navigator, and side-buttons. Some design choices have been amazing ... Read More
Thursday, May 16, 2013
In our last piece about Auto Club Revolution, the PC based, free-to-play racing title from European developer Eutechnyxs, we discussed how it allows the user to play and use most content without having to spend a cent. By now, most know my disdain for free to play games, as they typically require purchases to enjoy the full experience, but this is not so in Auto Club. We talked about the single and multi-player experiences, the ability to buy cars with credit earned ... Read More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013


“Free-to-play.”

By now most gamers understand this term and its meaning. It simply refers to a game or social application that has no cost associated with it to play or use. While this type of genre is becoming more and more popular, there are companies that do it wrong, and some that do it right.

I had the chance this weekend to take on “Auto Club Revolution” a free-to-play racing title for the PC, by the European ... Read More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013


If you have been following my blog over the last couple of weeks, than you have a grasp of what I think we will initially see out of a few sports titles on the upcoming next-gen consoles. I wanted to take a quick look at what Sony’s MLB The Show and 2k’s NBA series might offer up out of the gate as well with next-gen sports titles. It is well understood there will be a graphical improvement, but I'm more interested in the depth ... Read More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013


In my initial blog post in my series, what will next-gen gaming mean to sports gamers, we took a look at what some of the possibilities of what next-gen might look like in the NCAA franchise. In our 2nd part of this three part series, I wanted to take a look at what next-gen might mean for a couple of other sports games, NASCAR and Tiger Woods.

When next-gen hits, I think depth is where next-gen sports titles are ... Read More
Monday, April 22, 2013


With the next generation of consoles dropping over the next eight months, it brings to mind some very important questions for sports video games fans. If you are an avid sports gamer, then you surely remember the video that EA released of the Eagles and the Giants before Madden NFL 06 dropped that supposedly depicted what the current generation of systems were going to be capable of.

While there have been some ... Read More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Posted on April 10, 2013 at 07:23 PM.

(Contd….) While it’s easy to say it has been exclusive deals that have caused the lack of competition, there really are very few instances where the lack of competition is directly the result of exclusive licensing. The MLB, NASCAR, NCAA basketball, and now NCAA football licenses are currently considered non-exclusive, so there are some great licenses available for companies to take advantage of, but most have chosen not to.



The investment of time, personnel, ... Read More
Friday, April 5, 2013
Posted on April 5, 2013 at 09:31 PM.
Competition is always a good thing. No matter what walk of life you may be from, your educational or financial background, it just doesn’t matter, competition pushes one to be the absolute best they can be and draws on ones pride and self worth to extract every last bit of effort they have deep inside. Competition often finds every-day ordinary people doing extraordinary things, things they could have never imagined doing without being pushed to the brink by the simple nature of competition. ... Read More
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Posted on May 19, 2009 at 12:02 PM.
Gone are the days of such drivers known as Rahal, Unser, Rutherford, Andretti, and Mears. The days I spent going to the Brickyard, and seeing these magical, mythical Titans of concrete, are just faded memories now. These names were larger than life though in the 70's and the 80's, when the 500 was truly the " The greatest spectacle in racing".

We would head to Indianapolis form South Bend( only a 2.5 hour trek) the night before and enter a world that seemed like it was straight out ... Read More
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Posted on November 12, 2008 at 12:46 AM.
Here I sit at 37 with a 360 controller in my hand, the same as when I was 27, 17, and 7. Back when I was 17, it was "ok" for me to walk into Eb, Funco, or wherever and pick up my game. It was alright to stand in line with hundreds of others waiting for the debut of the PS2 or some other hot game to be released.
Now I stand in line, and hope other people think I am there to pick it up for my son.

My Wife, who watches me play games and shakes her and calls me a nerd, and my Parents ... Read More
Monday, November 10, 2008
Posted on November 10, 2008 at 09:14 AM.
Growing up in South Bend it's as if it was pre-determined that the Irish would be in my blood. Walking out of My front door, I could just barely see the sun glimmer off the Golden Dome, and Im' sure you can imagine the impact that has on a young boy. At the age of 6, I watched the like's of Joe Montana,Dave Waymer, Joe Yonto and Head Coach Dan Devine win a National Championship in 1977. They set the table for other great's such as Tim Brown, Mike and Bob Golic, Rocket Ismail, Chris Zorich, Michael ... Read More

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