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Old 03-14-2016, 02:51 PM   #1
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Whatever Happened to the Sports Game Intro Video?


Almost twenty years ago, I was introduced to the sport of hockey after my father received a copy of NHL 98 as a gift. We installed it on our PC and were presented with the classic EA SPORTS slogan as the game booted up.

Suddenly, the opening video kicked into gear. As a low-pitched voice-over engulfed the speakers, questioning whether I was “afraid of the masked man”, the sport of hockey launched into my life with a two-minute long compilation of some of the preceding years' NHL season highlights. The heavy soundtrack and skillfully edited video imprinted itself on my mind instantly. A similar thing happened with numerous EA SPORTS titles from that time period. Since then, I've had a particular appreciation for these introductory packages.

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Old 03-14-2016, 03:25 PM   #2
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Talk about nostalgia
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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Totally agree. Some of the best were the wrestling games. Wrestlemania 2000 was a great one (no pun intended). Also, what happened to awesome sports game "endings" for when you win the championship and stuff. I believe that NHL 07(??) had an outstanding one.
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My favorite EA intro:

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Old 03-14-2016, 03:42 PM   #5
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I loved the Live intros back in the day. Intros got you hype to play.
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:48 PM   #6
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Sports Game Intro Video?

The Triple Play Baseball ones were really good too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaP3WDEOofo

Nowadays everyone has too short of an attention span, it's button through everything. If sports game makers were still doing those, no one would see it.

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NBA 2k5!!!! I remember the intro was straight fire!
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:03 PM   #8
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I loved those intros. I always pretended they were the opening sequence for the "broadcast" of the game I was about to play for my imaginary sports world.
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