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Super Bowl 2011: The Ultimate Video Game Game Football Team

I was mildly happy that the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl yesterday --they are the People's Team -- but I was also struck by what a great game it was. Two evenly matched teams with different styles slugging it out on the field, battling it out like exhausted boxers by the end of the game. It reminded me a little of high end Super Street Fighter.

Then I got sad, because I realized that the end of the game marked the furthest possible point from more football, so I put on headphones and watched Victor Sjostrom 1921's dark, romantic and very Swedish ghost story The Phantom Carriage and wept for the sadness of Life. That's how I roll.

Super Bowl 2011: The Ultimate Video Game Game Football Team

This weekend, the Steelers and the Packers will battle it out in Super Bowl 2011 (the 45th, if you're keeping track), eventually crowning a champion while millions of football fans watch from the comfort of indoor screens and guzzle down metric tons of beer. But, these players are simply bone and meat. None of them are made up of the pixels that denote a true hero. While Troy Polamalu might have as much hair bound up in those curls as Bayonetta does, she'd tear him apart in a fight.

Which got us to thinking: where's our ultimate video game football team? Madden is automatically disqualified for being a simulation, and Cyberball is just too futuristic. Yet, entirely awesome. Why doesn't someone bring that game back already? Football with robots? That's pretty amazing. Just like Base Wars on the Nintendo, where owners grow tired of paying exorbitant player salaries and create roboteams. One day, you just wait.

In the meantime, that brings us to our All-Pro G4 Video Game Football Team. These are the guys and gals that will be challenging the winners of Super Bowl XLV, in a dreamworld somewhere, to bring pixelated pigskin action to a worldwide audience. If these are the teams, just imagine the cheerleaders. Read on for the full roster.

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Links of TheFeed: Super Bowl Madness

No sport is complete without a rabid following of questionably sane fans, and football is no different. Whether it be in the freezing cold or the sweltering heat, you can't go to a game without seeing at least one crazy fan painted head-to-toe in their team's colors. Just take a look at this week's links to see how enthusiastic Steelers and Packers fans get come game time. Personally, I hope that the upcoming game brings out the best costumes on both sides. Though it will be hard to beat Steelers jumpsuit man. Check it out in this week's links!

  • Man creates real life Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword. [UnrealityMag]
  • Ever wonder what a football thinks when being tossed around? [CollegeHumor]
  • The Dogfather. Worst movie ever or greatest film of all time? You decide. [FilmDrunk


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MLB 11: The Show Screenshots Bring The Highly Detailed Heat

Sony has sent along a handful of new screenshots for MLB 11: The Show, Sony San Diego’s next entry in its continually brilliant baseball franchise, and even though the shots are tragically Red Sox-free, they are still worth checking out. This year’s installment is shaping up to be one of the best looking titles around. March 8 needs to hurry up and get here already.

Hit the jump for more screens.

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is about to get a video game. Michael Phelps: Push The Limit is a Kinect-powered swimming game from 505 Games that  is scheduled for a June release. It features the ability to pit yourself against famous Olympian Phelps in head to console swimming contests.

Along with all the fun of competitive swimming, the game also promises to teach the dedicated player technique as well... although, honestly, I can't see how it could teach more than arm movements, unless, of course, the game calls for you to lie across an ottoman or something while Kinect scans your entire body for proper technique.

I'm sure you want to see the reveal trailer for this title:

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Hans Smith

Prepare your heart-strings. They are about to be tugged. Dig this story: Hans Smith, a 25-year-old uber baseball fan, has never actually played the game. He has cerebral palsy, so Smith plays a lot of video game baseball instead.

Smith wrote a letter to Sony, creators of The Show series of games, and the company was so impressed with his passion that they included Smith as a playable character in MLB 10: The Show. With MLB 11: The Show, the company has gone even further, and created an entirely new mode for the disabled. One-button mode allows you to play the game with, you guessed it, a single button, allowing just about anyone to experience the joy of playing virtual baseball. The mode is titled after a new organization Smith has created, the Association for Disabled Virtual Athletes, which is also featured in the game.

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Future EA Sports Games To Require

Electronic Arts and Virgin Gaming have announced an agreement for Virgin Gaming to become the official provider for EA Sports online tournaments. There are different types of tournaments including head-to-head competitive play, play-to-enter, and sponsored tournaments. “Virgin Gaming demonstrates the system-wide integrity we desire, and this is a great opportunity for EA SPORTS fans to experience secure and impeccably managed online tournaments for some of our top titles.” The first tournament will begin early this year but the details have yet to be announced. Have you ever participated in an online tournament? 

Jump City: Seattle Premieres on G4 in February!

In our new show, Jump City: Seattle, G4 is looking for the ultimate Parkour team. The first-ever Parkour championship competition series premieres Tuesday, February 15th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on G4.

Hosted by G4’s Blair Herter and Parkour veteran Brady Romberg, Jump City: Seattle will feature established Parkour athletes -- such as Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco (from G4’s American Ninja Warrior), who will use their dexterity, speed, skill and every manner of mobility possible to navigate Seattle’s urban landscape.  The four teams comprising the series -- Miami Freerunning, The Tribe, Tempest Freerunning and Team Rogue -- will run, climb, vault, balance, leap, ground roll and precision jump their way through the competition.

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2K Offering $1 Million For MLB 2K11 Perfect Game

Continuing the tradition started last year, virtual pill slingers everywhere will have a chance to win $1 million, simply by pitching a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K11, the latest iteration in 2K Sports’ long-running series. Better start stretching those thumbs now.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters Announcement Trailer »


 

Electronic Arts today announced, and opened the media floodgates for, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, the latest installment in EA Sports’ hit golf franchise, and the first of the series to give golf fans the chance to spoil a walk on the most hallowed grounds in all of golfdom, Augusta National Golf Club.

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Analysis: August 2009 Software Sales -- Madden Pushes Near 2M, Batman Soars

US District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker certified a national class-action lawsuit to go forward regarding the Madden series. The suit contends that Electronic Arts' exclusive contract to create NFL football games is an "illegal price-gouging scheme" and that gamers who purchased a Madden game, an NCAA Football game, and an Arena Football game after 2005 are entitled to compensation for EA's supposed unfair practices.

The suit was originally filed in June 2008, and contends that EA's deal with the NFL is "blatantly anti competitive conduct." Before the exclusive deal, EA and Take-Two Interactive were seemingly in a price war with their NFL games: Take-Two dropped the price of NFL 2K5 to $19.99 and EA cut Madden 2005's sticker tag to $29.95 in response. With the license in place, and the competition effectively destroyed, the suit alleges that EA then raised the price of its product to its current $59.99

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ESPN On Xbox Live Update Adds College Football Bowl Season Content

College football fans with ESPN3 and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be pleased to hear that the ESPN channel on Xbox Live has received an update today that introduces the new “College Bowl Showdown” competition.

The new feature lets users offer up their picks for all 32 upcoming bowl games, and earn points based on the accuracy of those predictions. Those points can then be used to win prizes and/or to assert your prescient bowl knowledge dominance over your friends.

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When snowboarding game SSX: Deadly Descents was announced at the VGAs over the weekend, I was perplexed. The SSX series was known for it's over-the-top presentation, cartoony feel, and flat-out fun vibe, where this new game looks like Black Ops with snowboards. It's not the worst idea, but not much like the SSX: Tricky I know and love on the PS2. Still, I'm open-minded enough to give this one a fair shake.

It looks like it could be pretty cool from the trailer. Check it out:

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Electronic Arts First Quarter Loss Only $6 MillionSSX: Deadly Descents was revealed via a brief trailer at tonight's VGA awards. The snowboarding sequel from Electronic Arts will use real-world locations where players can test their boarding mettle, in contrast to previous, cartoony SSX titles, like classic snowboarding game SSX: Tricky. No word yet on a release date.

So what do you guys think about the idea of a harder-edged, more realistic SSX game? I'm a huge fan of Tricky, so I'm taking a wait-and-see approach. The visuals from the video look impressive, but this one is going to come down to how well it plays. It's snowboarding, after all, so it better feel like hurtling down a huge mountain, am I right?






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X-Play hooked up with a couple of the hugest jocks out there to talk games! Cincinnati Bengal Chad Ochocinco (yes, his name means 85 in Spanish) and the legendary Terrell Owens talk games. One prefers Call of Duty: Black Ops. The other plays Words with Friends (?!). So click the video to learn the gamertag/usernames of two gridiron legends.

Also look for both Bengals on the T.Ocho Show on Versus!

 

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