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You Don't Want To Play NFL 2010 On iPhoneThere was understandable confusion when Gameloft announced NFL 2010 for the iPhone. Somehow, Electronic Arts had managed to sew up NFL exclusivity for every market except mobile, allowing Gameloft to release a fully licensed football game before EA finishes Madden NFL (which is coming). Should EA be worried? If we're gauging success solely on the merits of fun, no; NFL 2010 is chock full of problems, many rooted in Gameloft's standard iPhone design philosophy.

Gameloft was one of the first companies with 3D iPhone games. The most successful recent iPhone games have ditched the quick and dirty way of adapting console controls by putting virtual analog sticks and buttons on the screen. Most 3D Gameloft games are designed around the virtual sticks and buttons, however, assumingly allowing them to develop and iterate faster. But not better. NFL 2010 sticks to this idea and suffers greatly for it.

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First Madden NFL 10 Screenshot

The official NFL video game license is a money-printing machine for Electronic Arts, but dealing with the sometimes questionable personal lives of NFL players must keep EA up at night. This season, EA's biggest insomnia cause has to be Michael Vick.

Vick,  a talented quarterback and one of the most famous dog-fighting aficionados in the country, signed as a second string QB for future Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, but he's ineligible to play until Week 6 of the NFL season, per the league commissioner. Vick is not included in the roster of the Madden 10 football game either... so is Vick going to show up in Madden 10 eventually or not?

If you were thinking that EA was going to take some kind of moral stand on ex-con Vick by not including him in the game, you'd be wrong: You'll be able to play as Michael Vick as soon as NFL 10's next roster update hits, which is scheduled for Aug. 19 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

EA is obviously choosing realism over moralism here, but how do you feel about the situation? Is Vick's dog-killing crime spree reprehensible enough to preclude you from ever playing as him in Madden? Or do you feel that Vick's prison sentence was enough, and exclusion from Madden would be cruel and unusual punishment?

Personally, I'm an Eagles fan, and I know that Donovan McNabb will be injured in the seventh game of the season, in the second quarter, so Vick will be forced to lead the Eagles... and that's how I'll play Madden 10. But I'll make sure and feel bad for the poor doggies he electrocuted.

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Rainbow Studios' Lead Technical Game Designer, Elliott Olson, tears through terrain-deformation, rider reflex control and all new gameplay features as he previews the off-roading racer MX vs. ATV Reflex

Coolest feature by far is the ability to gain a lead on the crowd and carve a pit with terrain-deformation to create a pit to ambush your trailing competition. Hope there's an achievement/trophy for pit ambushes.

 

MX vs. ATV Reflex Direct-Feed Developer Walkthrough »


 





The Summer is coming to a close and the glory of the gridiron has arrived as gaming sports behemoth Madden NFL 10 launches today. Yes, a Friday for all of you with annual "Madden flu" victims, you will be expected in the office today.

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The EA Sport: The Peter Moore Interview

When Peter Moore took over the presidency of EA Sports in 2007, he inherited a gaming division that was moribund. Its strategy of pushing the realism of sports titles further and further was no longer resulting in the growth that the brand had once enjoyed. 

According to Moore,"All of EA Sports’ investment was going into making games more realistic... Growth was driven by graphical advancements. This was fine in the 80s but this model was slowly beginning to erode. We needed to storm the battlements of where new business models are created." And those new business models were built on the back of the everyone-can-play-it Nintendo Wii.

"We were asking, 'how do we get the family involved? How do we get women involved?' We had nothing that would do that," said Moore in an interview with Gamasutra. "We remembered our tag line, 'It’s in the game'. We deliver a personal access to the emotions of sports. That is the one thing that we deliver. We put players inside of the game."

The hardcore may not like the focus on casual players, but under Moore's watch, EA Sports has rebounded, partially due to the success of casual, workout Wii title EA Sports Active, and partially due to easier-to-play EA Sports titles.

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Madden NFL 10 Wii Review

Yesterday, we gave you the review for Madden NFL 10 for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, but today, it's time to take a look at the Wii version of the game to see how football plays with a little motion control in your hands.

According to reviewer Mike D'Alonzo:

"The first couple of years that EA brought Madden to the Wii, the game was the same sort of football sim that it is on other consoles, but using the Wii controllers to make the game more interactive. Then, in 2009, they brought Madden NFL 09 All-Play to the party, trying to capitalize on the family aspect of the console to make the game more palatable to the less-than-savvy football gamer. Madden NFL 10 splits the difference, keeping some of the arcade-style play of All-Play, while trying to incorporate some of the depth and presentation from the other consoles, to try and appeal to the masses. The result is, simply put, a mess."

Click here to read the entire web-only review of Madden NFL 10 for the Wii.




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Soccer (or Futbol) is the world's most popular sport involving a great amount of physical skill and cunning tactical team strategy. To keep you at the forefront  of the ultimate chess game on grass, Konami has put together a digital classroom for Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 on all things soccer tactics.

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First Madden NFL 10 Screenshot

Electronic Arts flagship football franchise Madden NFL has been kicking around for 20 years, and every year it's gotten more complicated and closer to realism. With added complexity comes added development challenges: There's just no way that a development team could foresee every eventuality in a Madden game, even a team as obviously talented as EA Tiburon. So every year, a grip of Madden glitches frustrates and delights gamers all over the world. 

Awesome internets website Crispy Gamer collected videos of some of the most amusing glitches in Madden history and compiled them into one place, this post. Below is a free sample, where former Chicago Bear quarterback Rex Grossman craps a football:

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Having gripes with the annual release of sport franchises year after year, seemingly bringing the same game over and over? Let EA Sports bring you up to speed on all the new gameplay improvements overhauled from NBA Live 09 to NBA Live 10 and what they've done to make their case at a new year in basketball gaming.

NBA Live 10 Gameplay Improvements #1 »




The Skate franchise community has seen a lot of growth over the years. EA Black Box celebrates over 1.6 million Skate.Reel uploads plus over 170K custom graphic uploads with a Top 10 countdown of the best videos from the Skate community to date.

Can you do better?

 

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Here's Nitro Cirus co-host and professional MX racer Jolene Van Vugt to describe MX vs. ATV Reflex's Rider Reflex dual control system between rider and bike. Pay attention or eat dirt.

 

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The ban hammer is coming down hard on social networking service like Twitter and Facebook. Following the NFL and U.S. Marines, sports network ESPN is banning its talent from using tools like Twitter to discuss sports. According to The NY Times:

"The guidelines say that on-air talent, reporters and writers are prohibited from having sports-related blogs or Web sites and that they will need a supervisor’s approval to discuss sports on any social networking sites. They will also be restricted from discussing internal policies or detailing how stories are 'reported, written, edited or produced.'"

While I understand that ESPN wants to protect its processes and talent, I think this is a tactical error. Social networking services can be used effectively to communicate with viewers, readers, fans, etc. ESPN's policy limits the interaction its reporters and writers can engage in, and that's a real shame. Here at G4, on-air talent like X-Play's Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, as well as Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, use Twitter to keep in touch with their viewers and promote their respective shows. TheFeed's Brian Leahy also uses Twitter to keep in touch with his three fans.

I see it as an unobtrusive way to keep in touch with an audience, promote articles, and keep people coming back to TheFeed through interactivity. I think it's brilliant that Twitter lets me learn more about TheFeed's readers and they can learn a little more about me. ESPN is making a mistake by limiting the way its talent uses social networking...or perhaps the network is just tired of me bombarding Bill Simmons with tweets.

What do you think of ESPN's stance on social networking? Is the network doing the right thing? Or do you agree with me that it's limiting audience interaction? And also, follow me (please)!!! 

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EA Developing Madden Arcade, Ala 3 On 3 NHL Arcade

Gamers didn't seem to latch onto Electronic Arts' less realistic, download-only 3 On 3 NHL Arcade, but that's not stopping the company from moving forward, according to EA Sports head Peter Moore during a first quarter financial call with analysts. EA is currently developing what the company dubbed Madden Arcade, scheduled for a release later this year.

No details on Madden Arcade were released, but one would assume it's going to be a similar approach to 3 On 3 NHL Arcade. Is this EA's new take on NFL Blitz?


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Grand Slam Tennis For 360, PS3 Delayed In Favor Of EA Sports Active Expansion

Grand Slam Tennis will only be debuting on the Wii this year, according to EA Sports leader Peter Moore's comments during Electronic Arts' first quarter financial results call. EA Sports is diverting resources from teams working on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions in order to work on an expansion pack for EA Sports Active.

Previously, EA had indicated Grand Slam Tennis would arrive on other platforms this fall. The expansion pack for EA Sports Active is scheduled for release later this year.




2K Sports releases the first teaser for NHL 2K10. Here's what's in line for this year's installment:

  • Pick-up-and-play controls
  • True-to-life authenticity
  • A variety of on- and off-line multiplayer modes

Will it have what takes to make a dent in the NHL 10 dominance of the last couple years?

NHL 2K10 Teaser »


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