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Madden simulation predicted Super Bowl almost perfectly

If you don’t have time to watch the Super Bowl next year, just make sure you catch the annual Madden simulation from EA Sports ahead of time. That will tell you everything you need to know.

This year’s Madden simulation predicted the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX almost perfectly. The computer had the New England Patriots beating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 after a go-ahead touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman, and that’s exactly what happened.

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Not only that, but Madden also predicted that the Patriots would be trailing 24-14 in the third quarter. Aside from Malcolm Butler’s incredible game-ending interception, the video game essentially predicted the future.

If you watched the Madden simulation for the first time after the game, you’d swear you were watching the highlights. The only difference is this call from Pete Carroll made the loss sting for Seahawks fans even more than Madden predicted it would.

NBA 2K15’s face scan feature needs some work

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NBA 2K15 has an exciting new feature that allows users to scan their own face onto the video game when creating a custom player. Rather than having to scan through 20 shades of hair color and 90 different eyebrow styles, you can now just upload your face to your Xbox Live or PS4. But unless you want nightmares, we wouldn’t recommend trying it.

The early results from users who have used the face scan technology have not been good. A gallery that Pastapadre.com’s Bryan Wiedey shared shows noses in the wrong place, discoloration and all sorts of other terrifying stuff. Here’s some more of it:

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Glitches for newly-released video games are unavoidable, as we saw with all the fun stuff that is in the latest installment of Madden. That said, NBA 2K15’s face scan issue is unprecedented in terms of being downright scary. They might want to fix that sooner rather than later.

Josh Reddick takes picture spread eagle showing off his superhero underwear

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The world has now seen more of Josh Reddick than it ever wanted to see.

After starting off the season slowly, the Oakland A’s outfielder started to heat up in July-September. He finished the season on a tear, going 14-for-29 (.483) over his last eight games to raise his average to .264.

It seems like his turnaround may have something to do with a pair of superhero underwear.

The A’s beat the Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the final wild card spot in the AL and Reddick celebrated by running around in superhero underwear.

One of his teammates didn’t mind for one reason.

Below is the full, spread-eagle picture in all its glory. It could scar you for life.

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Kevin Durant says he plays as LeBron James in NBA 2K15

lebron-james-kevin-durantKevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world and also a basketball video game enthusiast. You figure he’d use himself and the Oklahoma City Thunder when he plays basketball video games, but he says that’s not the case.

During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, Durant said he wouldn’t play as himself in NBA 2K15 because that would be too arrogant. Then he said he would play the game with anyone, but when pressed, he admitted he plays as LeBron James.

The bit seemed a little scripted, but it was nonetheless humorous. And despite being rivals who are competing against each other for NBA championships, LeBron and Durant actually have a good relationship, though Durant has said he was tired of finishing behind LeBron in things.

Tiny Titan is the best of all the Madden 15 glitches

Madden 15 is loaded with hilarious glitches that we have never seen before from the most famous NFL video game in history, but Tiny Titan tops them all. We were introduced to the little phenom, who can’t be more than a foot tall, over the weekend as his best and worst plays went viral.

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The player who was somehow shrunken down is former Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey, who is currently on the Cleveland Browns roster. While tiny Kirksey has the ability to break up passes by grabbing and nipping at ankles, he seems to struggle a bit on kick returns.

Tiny Titan is not, however, afraid to jump on a loose ball and risk being squashed like a bug.

How does he high-five his teammates, you ask? Mini Kirksey finds a way.

Can this really be considered a glitch or is it just a hilarious joke from the creators of the latest Madden installment? It has to be the latter.

H/T SB Nation
Photo via @Chitown_bears

Madden 15 full of glitches – here are the best (Video)

Madden 15 seems like a pretty awesome video game but, like many new releases, it has its share of glitches.

Madden 15 glitchOur friend Samuel Lam at Yahoo! Sports was playing the game with his beloved 49ers and came across the glitch seen above. Defensive back gets pancaked by a block, then suddenly pops up like he’s been surged by some defibrillators, and he spins around like he’s being controlled by a puppet on strings.

That was something. Still, nothing compares to this glitch, which is like the best of all time.

That was the best glitch we’ve seen. Many other players have encountered glitches in the game that are usually similar and involve a weird fall or gravity-defying move. Check them all out below:

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Eli Manning’s ‘Manning Face’ appears in Madden 15

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It’s truly incredible how realistic video games are getting these days.

Madden 15 dropped on Tuesday and EA Sports’ Madden Twitter account has been retweeting some of the awesome finds by game players. One of the best finds has to be Eli Manning making the infamous “Manning Face” in the game.

How awesome is that? I mean that is the exact face Eli makes when he gets crossed up with a receiver and throws his third pick of the game.

How did they nail that? Did they dress Eli up in one of those body suits and record every one of his facial movements? That was incredible.

Another cool realistic aspect of the game — players being checked for concussions on the sidelines:

Despite all the great advancements, a few glitches have been discovered …

That dude went flying like it was Spike going up against one of the “Little Giants.” I’m guessing that wasn’t supposed to be in the game.

H/T Barstool Sports

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.

Screenshot via EA Sports

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

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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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