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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Video Games

Wounded Madden video gamer tweets about shooting

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Drini Gjoka was one of the video gamers participating in Sunday’s Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. where a shooting took place, leaving at least four dead and 11 people wounded. He was among those who were wounded.

The teenager, who bills himself as a Madden pro, tweeted about the horrific experience around the time it happened, saying that a bullet hit his thumb.

You can read his account below:

Witnesses say the shooter had lost in the tournament and returned to open fire on several people before killing himself.

Twitch livestream captures shooting at Madden tournament in harrowing video

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A Twitch livestream from a Madden 19 video game tournament in Jacksonville appears to have captured the fatal shooting in an extremely harrowing video.

Video gamers were gathered at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday for a tournament of the popular NFL-themed videogame. A Twitch livestream, which airs streams of videogames for spectators to watch simultaneously from different locations around the world, showed two gamers facing each other in the game. Suddenly a loud pop is heard in the background, followed by a few more. A few seconds later, the two players who were facing each other in the game disconnect, presumably to hide.

Multiple screams can be heard in the background (video here if you can handle it).

All together, about a dozen shots were fired. They came one at a time, likely indicating the perpetrator was not using an automatic firearm.

Hawks rookie Trae Young feels slighted by ‘NBA 2K19’ rating

Trae Young

It’s become routine for professional athletes to complain about their video game ratings. Whether it’s NFL players feeling slighted by Madden or NBA players feeling slighted by the 2K series, every year someone gets a bit hot under the collar.

Here in 2018, that distinction goes to Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young, who subtly expressed his displeasure in an NBA 2K19 rating of 77 — a rating that is very much in the wheelhouse for most rookies.

While Young did dominate in his one and only college season, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game for Oklahoma, he has been repeatedly questioned about his size (6-foot-2) and what it will mean for him against NBA competition.

During Summer League play, Young showed flashes of brilliance, but he also struggled at times and couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Along with his aforementioned size, that’s likely why Young was given a sub-80 rating by those at Visual Concepts and 2K Sports.

Of course, if Young goes out and lights the basketball world on fire, it won’t be long before his rating rapidly increases.

EA apologizes for Colin Kaepernick edit in ‘Madden 19’

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EA Sports apologized on Thursday over a Colin Kaepernick-related edit that appeared in their “Madden 19” video game.

Rapper Big Sean caused a controversy when he tweeted Thursday that EA had removed Kaepernick’s name from a verse on a track he recorded for the game.

After the story went viral, the video game company issued a statement about the matter in which they said they made a mistake and vowed to fix it.

“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks.

“We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”

Their statement won’t change the minds of those who believe the edit was made due to Kaepernick’s political agenda, but at least all can acknowledge that EA is working quickly to fix the issue.

Cowboys lineman is not happy with how he looks in Madden

Tyrone Crawford

Normally when an athlete is upset about their video game counterpart, it’s because they think their rating is unfair. That’s not the case with Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford.

Crawford was not pleased with Madden 19’s portrayal of him — particularly his gut — and made quite clear on Twitter that this would not do.

To be fair, judging by the photo, Crawford has a point. Clearly, the Madden developers agreed.

Crawford can take solace in the fact that, no matter how badly he was portrayed here, they still did a better job than the makers of this video game did.

PK Subban named cover athlete for NHL 19 video game

PK Subban

PK Subban will grace the cover of the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular hockey video game.

It was revealed during this year’s NHL Awards on Wednesday that the Nashville Predators defenseman received the nod to appear on the cover of NHL 19.

Subban took the stage at the ceremony to talk about the honor and expressed thoughts that him being on the cover represents the “growth in the game and embracing of different personalities.”

Subban has twice been named an All-Star and took home the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top defense player, in 2013. In addition to being one of the league’s more talented (and controversial) players on the ice, he has shown immense talent away from it as well. During this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Subban provided commentary during NBC’s broadcast coverage. Subban is certainly a person worth marketing to promote the NHL, and EA Sports is doing just that.

Tyreek Hill unhappy with speed rating in Madden, says it will change

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Tyreek Hill is arguably the most explosive player in the NFL, but the creators the latest edition of the long-running “Madden” video game feel he is not the fastest. The Chiefs wide receiver has a serious issue with that, and he insists it is going to be addressed.

In an appearance on PFT Live Friday, Hill was asked how his speed rating in “Madden 18” is only a 97. He said he has no explanation but that he has spoken with someone at EA Sports about it.

“I have spoken to someone from EA,” Hill said. “They were like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna change it. We’re gonna change it.’ I have no idea. … I need my credit, you know what I’m saying? If I’m putting in the work, give me the results, baby. It’s only a matter of time. They’re gonna do it.”

For what it’s worth, no player has a 99 speed rating in the game. The only player listed as faster than Hill is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, who has a 98 rating. While Ross hardly played in 2017 because of injuries, the former Washington star posted the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Combine history, so that is hard to ignore.

If Hill has another season in 2018 like the one he had last year, perhaps “Madden” will give him a boost. Then again, we saw how Dez Bryant got trolled by the creators when he was unhappy with his rating.