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Bruce Lee will be a character in ‘EA Sports UFC’ video game

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Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be Bruce Lee? The legendary actor and director is considered one of the most influential martial artists of all time. Thanks to EA Sports’ new UFC game, you will now be able to kick ass as Bruce Lee.

As Bloody Elbow pointed out, EA Sports was teasing a “mystery character” for “EA Sports UFC” all last week. On Sunday, the gaming juggernaut officially announced that users will be able to unlock Lee and fight with him in any of four weight divisions from 125 pounds to 155 pounds.

“You have the premier organization in the fastest growing sport in the world, the UFC; and the most iconic martial artist in the history of the world, Bruce Lee – a martial artist renowned for his philosophies that laid the groundwork for modern mixed martial arts,” Brian Hayes, the creative director of the game, explained about the decision to include Lee. “I can’t conceive of a universe where bringing these two things together doesn’t make sense.”

Lee can be unlocked either by pre-ordering the game before its release or completing “career mode” at pro difficulty or higher. And if you lose while fighting as him, you’ll be banned from the game for a month. Just kidding, but that probably should be a rule.

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Madden has Broncos winning Super Bowl 31-28 in overtime (Video)

Peyton Manning celebrationEA Sports’ popular John Madden video game is touting itself as a great Super Bowl predictor. They boast that they have correctly predicted 9 of the last 11 big games, so naturally people were curious to see how they predict Super Bowl XLVIII will play out.

EA released video of their prediction on Monday, and the video is pretty awesome … if you’re a Broncos fan. Yes, Madden has Denver winning 31-28 in overtime. They also have Richard Sherman delivering a pick six on Peyton Manning. Can you imagine that happening? Madden has the Seahawks scoring twice to come back and making a 2-point conversion to tie the game and send it to OT, which would obviously be thrilling.

I have the Seahawks winning the game and I think it will be lower scoring, but this prediction was fun to watch.

Usain Bolt is a character in Temple Run 2

Fans of the Temple Run video game will be happy to know that there is a cool new character in Temple Run 2 available for a limited time.

Sprinter Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist who has established himself as the fastest person in the world, has been added to the game as a playable character. Players can download Bolt as a character in the Android/Apple game for 99 cents.

According to the LA Times, this is the first time game developer Imangi Studios added a character based on someone in real life. Bolt appears in his Jamaican sprinting outfit, and his character has a special power that allows him to collect coins while running in boost mode.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an established game,” Bolt said in an email to The Times. “Many of my fans have told me that I should be a playable character in Temple Run, so when this opportunity was put before me, I had to say YES!”

Bolt told Pocket Gamer that he has been playing Temple Run since it came out in 2011 and really enjoys the game.

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Mike Tyson says he couldn’t even beat Glass Joe in ‘Punch-Out’

Mike-TysonAny kid who grew up in the 1980s or ’90s and played video games has probably spiked their controller once or twice while trying to defeat Mike Tyson in “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” It was no easy task, and beating guys like Glass Joe certainly didn’t prepare you for the challenge.

Tyson himself even struggled to beat his own character in the legendary game series. In fact, the former heavyweight champion says he straight up stunk at the game.

“I couldn’t even beat Glass f—ing Joe, you know what I mean?” Tyson told TMZ earlier this week. “I didn’t even play the game. I’m a late bloomer. I started playing games in 2006 and 2007. Tour of Duty — I play the zombies, I like the zombies.”

I’m pretty sure Mike means he likes to play “Call of Duty,” which includes a feature where you can shoot zombies. Either way, it’s not really surprising that he never got into “Punch-Out.” Tyson’s game was released when he was at the peak of his fighting career, and at that point all he was focused on was destroying everything in his path. The Tyson we have grown to love now that pulls April Fool’s pranks on people is a totally different creature.

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JT Barrett won’t buy NCAA Football 14 because Michigan player is on the cover

denard-robinsonFormer Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson won the EA Sports fan vote earlier this year to appear on the cover of NCAA Football 14. While the fans clearly felt he was deserving of the honor, the victory may hurt sales among Buckeye nation.

Several Ohio State players have expressed their displeasure over a Michigan player being on the cover of the game, with one incoming freshman even saying he is boycotting the game because of it. Freshman quarterback JT Barrett tweeted the following on Tuesday and insists he is not joking around.

According to The Plain Dealer, Barrett was not alone. Ohio State running back Jordan Hall already wrote on his Twitter that he plans to rip the cover, which he described as “weak,” off the game. Buckeyes wide receiver commit Trey McLaurin also chimed in:

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EA Sports: Aaron Hernandez being removed from video games

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez has not yet been convicted of any crime, but that hasn’t stopped endorsers and other companies from cutting ties with him. The latest to scrub Hernandez from existence is video game juggernaut EA Sports.

On Monday, an EA Sports spokesperson told CBSSports.com that the former New England Patriots tight end is being removed from NCAA Football 14 and will not be featured in Madden NFL 25, the latest edition of the popular NFL video game series. The news came after the following photo began making the rounds on Twitter (via @LiterallyLowe), which shows Hernandez being unlocked as a reward in NCAA Football 14:

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“We made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14,” the spokesperson said. “Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez’ image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.”

Alex Smith instead of Hernandez? Ouch. Well, I guess that wouldn’t be so bad if we’re talking college.

Hernandez being dropped from video games is just the latest example showing how his image continues to crumble. First his jerseys were removed from online Pro shops, then sponsors dropped him, then the Patriots offered a free jersey exchange, and now EA Sports. Does that mean games that still feature Hernandez have become the latest eBay collector’s item? Based on what we saw last week, that wouldn’t be a surprise.

Arnold Palmer on cover of Tiger Woods video game (Picture)

EA Sports has decided to add golfing legend Arnold Palmer to the cover of the latest edition of Tiger Woods’ video game. The cover you see above is for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, which still doesn’t have a release date scheduled.

According to EA Sports, Palmer has actually been in the 2005 and 2006 versions of the game, and users will be able to play as him in this version as well.

Keegan Bradley, Bud Cauley, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are newcomers who will also be in the game.

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler joined Woods on last year’s cover (in separate covers).

Tiger and Palmer seem to have a strong relationship. Tiger won the Arnold Palmer Invitational four straight times from 2000-2003, back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, and he won there in 2012 for his first tournament win in nearly three years.