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Brett Favre to Stay Retired.

“Brett Favre always played with a little kid in him.” -Herm Edwards

Done.

Done.

Wait a minute…

Now it all makes sense.

Now it all makes sense.

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Video Game Addiction: At Least I’m Not on Crack.

Brain. Gone.

Brain. Gone.

I stayed up all night to play Madden 2000 on my first Play Station. I warped NCAA Football and Basketball on both XBOX & PS2. I have been a victim of XBOX 360’s Red Ring Of Death and wanted to kill everyone at Microsoft from Gates on down and I went in on a room rental at the Copley Marriott so we would have line priority at the Copley Mall Sony store on the day PS3 hit the streets. I have probably failed a class for video games, I have taken adderall to pay closer attention to MLB The Show and I have definitely canceled plans with real live people to play an extra 4 hours of video games before my contacts dried out and my eyes bled.

I am 100% addicted to sports gaming.

I usually like to play one video game at a time so that I can focus all my video gaming energy on it. And I like to play the appropriate season. During hockey season, for instance, before the Bruins choked themselves out of the playoffs yet again, I decided that the best way to learn the team would be to go and buy NHL 09 for my PS3. It worked amazingly well, not only did I get a general idea about who was on the Bruins and all the corresponding divisional teams, but I learned the flow of the game better and it made watching the sport on TV more interesting.

This here: actor.

This here: actor.

But that isn’t addiction. The addiction is in the Franchise modes; sitting down at the end of my bed for a 15 minute break and blinking for the first time 2 hours later after countless virtual and meaningless trades to beef up my AAA ballclub. One of the most addicting parts of sports gaming is bringing along promising prospects; drafting a player, managing his salary and career and working him through the “system.” It’s truly a sickness.

The oddest (and by oddest I mean, ‘most creepy’) aspect are the “relationships” we develop with our players. I find myself rooting for certain prospects as if I were a fan. I look for exciting attributes that will make the players better… and sometimes, I admit, I even go into the forbidden ‘Edit Player’ section and juice the occasional player. (Whenever I do this I decrease the players durability substantially so it’s as if he were actually taking steroids). Younger prospects are better because they have more upside, even though we never play the video game long enough seasons to actually find out.

This here: Actual video gamer.

This here: Actual video gamer.

I have definitely been known to form real and lasting opinions about players based on my digital experiences with them. Adam Archuleta, for example, the former Rams defensive back, muffed a punt return against my buddy Gay Chicken, I lost the game and subsequently developed a very tangible distaste for Adam Archuleta… because he is a tool and should have fielded that punt. (My favorite video game player of all times, by the way, was Jason Kapono when he played for the Bobcats… most underrated video game basketball team in virtual history.)

By the time I’m done with MLB 09, the disc will be warped, my thumbs will have fallen off, I will have 3 less actual human being friends and the game will go into the stack of previous season’s games… collecting dust, never to be played again.

So what is it about sports gaming that sucks us so far into the game that we are making virtual friends? It is a sick and delusional combination of projection, fantasy, jealousy, mindlessness, stupidity and the overall sense of ultimate control. The God-Simulator aspect is well beyond being just border-line creepy.

All that being said, I woke up early with my roommates tuesday morning and I went out and bought NCAA Football 10, canceled plans with a real human, sat down and started planning my Dynasty. Illinois, Put them on the virtual board. Championship, Baby! I AM A WINNER!

The face of a Champion.

The face of a Champion.

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The Blob is Gone; Madden Hangs up the Mic

 

At age 73, John Madden is callin it quits.

At age 73, John Madden is callin' it quits.

Love him or hate, John Madden will be missed.

We’ve come a long way since Madden ’94 on your Sega

More to come.

SMC

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