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In this blog I will share my ideas and hopes for sports gaming as well as give my thoughts on things going on in the world of sports gaming.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Posted on August 9, 2016 at 03:04 AM.
xLet's pretend that MLB The Show 17 doesn't have a cap on the number of jerseys and as such we can get more than two throwbacks. Which ones would you want?Name any throwback you want. But for the sake of this thread, no missing current jersey. As a Cubs fan I've mainly listed Cubs throwbacks, of course. So please add in your favorite team and your favorite throw backs.

Here's the few I can think of off the top of my head.

1. 1908 Chicago Cubs home and away. I would ... Read More
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Posted on July 30, 2016 at 11:41 PM.
Last year I wrote a superficial wishlist for MLB The Show 16. It was a lot of fun to write last year and you can see it here if you want to see what was in last year:

Of course, some of these will be repeats of that list so if you scroll back you might see some familiar ideas as The Show team still hasn't added them. But what I saw was the fact I wrote off even the possibility of getting custom ... Read More
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Posted on November 1, 2015 at 01:42 PM.
WWE 2K16 is a much improved game from last year's bare bones next gen offering. We see a much larger roster, improved custom creations and a very fun Stone Cold Showcase.

But the mode most people spend the most time with is still frustratingly bare bones. While Universe Mode my have improved some areas, it still doesn't allow for the total control most of are begging for in this mode.

As a result, I figured I'd write a few ideas I have about improving the mode as a ... Read More
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Posted on July 7, 2015 at 02:02 AM.

Years ago when EA Sports was still EASN, they released a "rental only" version of Madden 93. What made this game unique from the main yearly option was it featured only past Super Bowl champions and runners up. I remember renting ... Read More
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Posted on June 14, 2015 at 06:55 PM.
Wishlists are always fun. Some can include gameplay improvements, others can get into improvements for deeper modes. I know I've worked on both styles. But this list is purely superficial. None of the stuff I will have listed here will make or break the next edition of the show. But these are some ideas that would add more ambience to the game. Some is long overdue and others are just simple ideas that we most likely won't see but would add to the feel of being at the ballpark.

**Note, ... Read More
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Posted on January 15, 2015 at 11:31 PM.
We'll it is time to dream. Of course Madden 16 is already in production so some of these wishes might be a bit too late for anyone to see. Overall I have enjoyed Madden 15. No it isn't perfect but it has been fun. But with that said here are some of my wishes for the next version of the game:

1, Custom draft classes - With no NCAA video game we need to be able to customize our draft classes as we we see fit. EA could either turn off their "stories of the draft" or allow us to enter ... Read More
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Posted on August 10, 2014 at 05:52 PM.
With no college football title this year or for at least the foreseeable future, Madden gamers will not be able to simulate the future of the NFL with real future stars. At least as of yet it has not been reported that we may edit any of Madden 15's draft classes.

For some this will not be a big deal at all. Since this is a virtual future, the EA generated classes will be enough for many gamers. And some may prefer actual classes, but will be fine making due with EA's fake group. ... Read More
Posted on August 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM.
Madden use to come out early August. This timed it close to the start of preseason so as we began seeing football on TV, we could start our virtual fix.

A couple of years ago it was pushed back to where Madden had long time been released, the end of August/early September. This was noticed by long time players but the wait was not bad. The reason was simple: we had a new football title in the latest NCAA game.

This year the void is there, especially for gamers that ... Read More
Sunday, July 21, 2013
This week, a bombshell was dropped on gamers when the NCAA announced it was ending its relationship with EA and getting out of the video game world.

At first, there was a panic. Then EA made an announcement the next gen game was already under devolpement. Then the announcement of a new 3-year deal with the CLC and everyone seemed to relax. It seemed our virtual college football game was safe.

But if you examine the CLC there are still several questions that remain. ... Read More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
As I sit here tonight on the Eve of my copy of my game being delivered, I think back to the last time release day came and I didn't have a copy.

Honestly I can't remember the last time. It was at least ten years ago, most likely longer. I'm sure it was either while I was living in a dorm without a car or just didn't have the money. As I've gotten older, I've always had it on release day. Sometimes I even went to a midnight release of the game.

But this year my streak ... Read More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Posted on December 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM.
First off let me state that I do own a PS3. I got one years ago for Metal Gear Solid 4. It was actually the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle I picked up. That game, along with Blu Ray, was my main reason for purchasing a PS3.

Before my PS3 I'd suffered through the MLB 2k series. I remember back when it was World Series and it was a solid title. I kept thinking we'd see it return to that glory. Then came MLB 2K6 and with it the bug that wouldn't allow us to play our game for a month and a half ... Read More
Friday, September 14, 2012
Posted on September 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM.
With the return of Fantasy Drafts in Madden one can hope that roster edits will be next. I wrote in my last blog about why we need them. EA actually appears to be listening to the customers this year.

While I am not one who cares for or uses Fantasy Draft, make no mistake about how big this is for the rest of us. EA needs now to make sure that the roster edits are done sooner than later as well. If Fantasy Drafts can be done with a tuner update, then here’s hoping we ... Read More
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM.
Madden 13 came out last week and most of us on the board already knew to expect the changes. The Franchise mode's transformation into Connected Careers in year one is a bit of a hit and miss. Sure there are elements of CC that we all like, but there are the little things removed that we really miss.

One of the biggest areas of concern is the removal of allowing us to edit the rosters. In the past we were able to fix number issues like a receiver still wearing a single number instead ... Read More
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
EA Sports takes a lot of heat for its exclusive deal with the NFL. This blog isn't going to dive into the major issues of an exclusive deal, but instead focus on things that if you are the ONLY NFL game you should never get wrong. These are some things so basic that if you are the exclusive NFL video game and you do still get wrong, you are showing us you're just lazy. EA's history with the Madden franchise has had some highlights. But even in it's best years, some of these things have still been ... Read More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Posted on September 7, 2011 at 02:34 PM.
First off let me start by saying I do enjoy Madden 12. I think it is a fun game that I am enjoy a lot right now. But that being said I don't feel they did enough to keep up the strides made with Madden 11. There are still areas that need a lot of improvement. I'll outline a few:

1. The presentation is better than before and appears to be moving in the right direction but it still isn't there. EA needs to seriously do something about the commentary. I know some have said that will ... Read More

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