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:
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
Through 5 games of my Redskins franchise in Madden, RG3 had to leave for injury in 4 of them. #itsinthegame
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.
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.
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.
“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 GolfDigest.com. “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.”