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Bring back a play editor 
Posted on August 26, 2017 at 03:22 AM.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're saying... This request has been around a long time, but I don't hear much about it anymore. And I miss it. Play art is that old-fashioned technical drawing aspect to sports that's been around since lava cooled and formed the Earth's crust. It's an aspect to football gaming that I miss, going back several millennia.

Used to be, I could start a game, get into the editor, and change the depth of the slant to something more akin to a skinny post. Maybe take the out route up a little further to push the slot defender back so my wideout could loop under the coverage for a quick 5 yards.

You used to see it all the time on NFL broadcasts. John would be diagraming and going all nuts showing the audience how a play call like that last one worked because, see, he stretched the defender out, or something like that. In fact, I remember the old Madden game cover had coach in front of a chalkboard selling us on why this play will work.

It's simply an aspect of the game that's gone missing. And don't tell me it's too complicated to code either. With all the formation shifts, audibles, and hot routes available to us, we should have some reasonable expectation that a play art editor would be an easy plus.

And yes, I know there are some who'd cheese the hell out of the editor. But that's the business cheesers are in. Find and abuse the various idiosyncrasies in the game to their full delight. But again, that's just me talking. Not as a developer, just as a player.

Restrict its access to those who've earned the right! Restrict the number of customizations to some user-earned threshold. I don't know.

Anyhow, just this guy's opinion. Thanks for reading!
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