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Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon blasts Madden over rating

Deone Bucannon

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon had 112 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception last season. Those kinds of numbers earned him some respect around the league, but apparently the makers of Madden 17 are a little slow to catch on.

Bucannon has an overall rating of just 78 in the game. That’s not sitting well with him. He blasted the game’s Twitter account over his low rating:

“SMFH” is an acronym for shaking my bleeping head.

The highest-rated player on the Cardinals is DB Tyrann Mathieu, who has a 96. The Honey Badger thinks Madden hasn’t done their homework on Bucannon:

Maybe the tweet will get Madden’s attention and help the video game give him some respect when they do their reevaluation. At least he’s attacking his disappointment with his rating more directly than this Broncos QB.

Jose Bautista bat flip will be available as NHL 17 celebration (Video)

Jose Bautista bat flip

Jose Bautista’s bat flip heard around the world will be available as a goal celebration in EA Sports’s NHL 17.

Video from an early build of the game shows that the developers have actually captured the iconic moment from the 2015 playoffs quite well.

Not bad. We’re guessing this will be popular in Toronto. That said, it’ll be hard to score a goal that prompted a situation as dramatic as the actual bat flip.

On another note, will NHL 17 be including this as a new fight animation?

Paxton Lynch on his Madden rating: ‘My mother would be ashamed of me’

Paxton Lynch

EA Sports released a video on Wednesday showing the reactions of NFL rookies to their player ratings in the new Madden 17 video game. Let’s just say the video was very funny and quite well done.

The best reactions probably came from Denver Broncos draft pick Paxton Lynch, who was disappointed he received a 79 in speed instead of something in the 80s like he thought he deserved. The Memphis product even was shown saying “my mother would be ashamed of me” about his ratings.

Here’s the amusing video:

Though taken 26th overall by the Broncos, the early word out of Denver is that Lynch is unlikely to compete for the starting job. Instead, he seems to be behind both Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, which runs contrary to what John Elway said back in May.

Unfortunately it may be a while before Lynch gets to prove the Madden programmers wrong for lowballing him.

H/T The Denver Post

NBA 2K developers are struggling to replicate Stephen Curry in video game


Stephen Curry has an ability to do things on a basketball court that no others can. It poses a problem for defenses, obviously, but it also makes for a dilemma for video game developers.

One of the developers behind the NBA 2K series openly admitted to Forbes that the development team simply do not know how to accurately mimic Curry virtually.

“To be completely honest, we are still looking for ways to better translate his game into NBA 2K,” said Mike Wang, the NBA 2K gameplay director. “He’s a ‘rule breaker’ when it comes to jump shooting – he becomes a problem in the video game world where we’ve been trying to train our gamers that certain types of shots should be rewarded versus others.”

The developers don’t want to reward things like taking three pointers off the dribble and throwing up unrealistic long-range shots. Unfortunately, those are two things that Curry does successfully, and the developers aren’t sure how to maintain gameplay balance while still letting Steph be Steph.

“Taking 3s off the dribble are also definitely discouraged in NBA 2K,” Wang said. “Especially after over-dribbling beforehand.”

Don’t worry, though – the developers are trying very hard to make Curry play like Curry.

“We’re going to have to invest even more time in future iterations to really let Steph be Steph in future versions of NBA 2K,” Wang said.

If Mark Jackson was wrong about Curry hurting the game, well, he may be right about Curry hurting the video games. And 2K are still doing a better job than EA, who struggled to replicate, well, anyone.

Kirk Herbstreit: Ed O’Bannon took NCAA Football video game away from us


Kirk Herbstreit is a big fan of the EA Sports NCAA Football video game that has not released a new edition since 2013, and he blames former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon for taking the fun away.

O’Bannon was at the forefront of a lawsuit filed several years ago that the NCAA lost and is in the process of appealing. He believes the NCAA should have to pay athletes for profiting off their likeness in video games and across other platforms. In an interview with Alex Martin Smith of SEC Country, Herbstreit basically accused O’Bannon of being a fun sponge.

“I can’t believe Ed O’Bannon took that game away from us,” Herbstreit said.

Herbstreit is compensated by EA Sports as one of the “NCAA Football” commentators, but he said he has loved the game since long before he was a part of it. He insists collegiate athletes agree.

“You know what they’d love for their compensation to be? Just give ‘em a free game,” Herbstreit said. “That’s the compensation that they would take.

“I’ve never met one player in college football that’s like: ‘They can’t use my name and likeness! I need to be paid!’ They’re just thrilled to be on the game. They love being on the game. It’s like the biggest highlight of their life, is to be on the game.”

While he is at the center of the lawsuit, O’Bannon is hardly alone. If you saw Jay Bilas’ Twitter rant exposing the NCAA for profiting off players’ names a couple years back, you know he would agree about the NCAA Football video game. Despite that, Herbstreit has no problem singling out O’Bannon.

“Ed O’Bannon ruined that for all of us,” he said. “And hopefully we can get that fixed.”

O’Bannon spoke to Larry Brown Sports several years ago about his belief that collegiate athletes should be paid. You can watch that interview here.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Madden 16 has a very NSFW glitch


The Madden video game series has been around for more than 25 years now, but every installment comes with its own set of fantastic glitches. The latest, Madden NFL 16, may actually have the most inappropriate glitch of all time.

There’s not really much we can say about this one aside from that it could be considered not suitable for work.

You’re welcome? I’m sorry? Again, I don’t know what to say.

We still think the biggest glitch in Madden NFL 15 was the funniest one ever, but the one you see above is definitely on the list of the Top 5 most notable.

H/T Bro Bible

Robert Griffin III is hilariously injury prone in Madden 16


The latest edition of the Madden video game series was released earlier this week, and “Madden NFL 16” could be even more realistic than all of its predecessors.

Anyone who has played the new game with Robert Griffin III can tell you why.

As Scott Allen of DC Sports Bog noted, it would appear that RG3 is incredibly injury prone in “Madden NFL 16.” Folks who have played the game using the Washington Redskins quarterback have noticed that he has a very difficult time staying on the field.

Griffin’s injury rating on the game is a 77, which if fifth-worst among quarterbacks behind Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer, Josh McCown and Christian Ponder. And even when RG3 is healthy, he apparently has a lot of trouble making simple throws.


EA Sports NHL removes Patrick Kane from video game cover

Jonathan Toews EA NHL 16

EA Sports announced on Wednesday that Patrick Kane will no longer appear on the NHL 16 video game as initially planned, and it’s all due to the sexual assault investigation he is facing.

Here is the statement issued by the video game company:

Kane, who returned from injury to help lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in six years, was set to appear on the cover along with teammate Jonathan Toews.

Now the cover will feature solely Toews.

Kane is being investigated for allegedly raping a woman at his home in Buffalo earlier this month. He has not yet been charged for any crimes, but EA Sports is trying to disassociate themselves with the Chicago star anyway.

Anyone catch the video game competition on ESPN2?

If you were looking to catch a late-night airing of SportsCenter on ESPN2 Sunday night, you were out of luck. But if you wanted to see gamers battling it out in “Heroes of the Storm,” the World Wide Leader had you covered.

ESPN2 showed live coverage of college students playing the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. As Kotaku noted, the stakes for the “Heroes of the Storm” tournament were actually pretty high, as the winning team earned full scholarships for the remainder of their time in college.


Twitter mentions for “ESPN2” went berserk Sunday night into early Monday morning. Some people were outraged while others were thrilled.


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Rory McIlroy becomes new face of EA Sports PGA Tour video game


World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is currently the face of the sport, and EA Sports has decided to treat him as such. The company announced on Monday that McIlroy has officially been named the new face of its PGA Tour video game series.

As Golf Digest noted, EA Sports ended its relationship with Tiger Woods less than two years ago. The last few times Tiger was on the cover of the game, he was accompanied by other people like this golf legend. Now, McIlroy has it all to himself.

“When you grow up playing golf you never really dream of being a character in a video game, let alone the guy on the box,” McIlroy told “The technology powering the game is incredible. The courses are absolutely gorgeous, and looking at screenshots from the game you think someone just took a photo of the actual holes.”

The name “Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” will take some getting used to, but the 25-year-old certainly deserves the honor. He has already won four major championships and shows no signs of slowing down, regardless of how many people heckle him about the way his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki ended.

McIlroy is on top of the golf world. EA Sports was wise to realize that.