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EA Reveals Madden For Revolution

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the might-actually-play-that dept.

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simoniker writes "Electronic Arts has officially revealed that it's working on a standalone version of its Madden football franchise for Nintendo Revolution, made by a new Revolution-specific internal studio within Electronic Arts Canada. EA's John Schappert explained the gameplay: 'You grab the controller, and you pull it up. And you snap the ball, without pushing a button. To throw, you take your hand and you gesture a throw motion. ... I don't think a winning approach on the Revolution is to port games to it, and I don't think you'll see us taking that approach. I think that approach will yield inferior software for the Revolution, and I don't think publishers will be rewarded for that.'"

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72 comments

ea ea ea ea (-1, Troll)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212157)

this is getting old [slashdot.org]

I'll pass on this... (1, Flamebait)

gameguy1957 (937850) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212176)

If I wanted to make snapping, passing or any other football related motions then I'd grab the Nerf and go out in the yard with the kids. When I play a game I want to veg out on the couch in the AC and relax.

-JM

Re:I'll pass on this... (4, Insightful)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212398)

It's not as if moving your arm is frickin' hard. Next you'll be complaining that you have to push a button to fire the standard cannon in Metroid -- "it has unlimited ammo anyway, so why doesn't the computer just push the button for me?"

Also, what's with this notion that video games are supposed to be "relaxing"? If you want to "veg out", why not just watch TV? Is this the idea that's responsible for unplayable semi-interactive fiction like FFX?

Re:I'll pass on this... (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212889)

Also, what's with this notion that video games are supposed to be "relaxing"? If you want to "veg out", why not just watch TV? Is this the idea that's responsible for unplayable semi-interactive fiction like FFX?

Brainwave patterns for video gamers are about the same as those for watching TV, or other "veg out" activities.

Re:I'll pass on this... (1)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213021)

There have been many different experiments involving brain waves and video games, and as far as I know there is not a scientific consensus on what they all mean. The brain waves we measure today are only simplistic gross observations of what is actually a subtle and complex process, so it's difficult to support a claim that brain wave measurements prove anything much.

Of course, I'm not a neuroscientist.

Re:I'll pass on this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15218989)

Bullshit. Playing video games and watching TV are two totally different things.

That would be like saying american football and soccer are the same thing cuz they can be played on the same field.

Re:I'll pass on this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15225763)

Perhaps that's so, but it sure feels different - something fast, difficult and unpredictable like a multiplayer deathmatch or RTS game has me on the edge of my seat with my brain in full gear and whole body tense. Some pattern-based games like racers or scrolling shooters or other simple stuff like tetris can be played in a trance-type state which is like a more intense version of watching TV.

Re:I'll pass on this... (1)

PeelBoy (34769) | more than 8 years ago | (#15214260)

What makes you think you'll have to move your arm? I doubt this will take much more wrist movement than using a mouse.

How to throw a Hail Marry (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212182)

Make vigerous masterbation motions.

With the good news comes the bad... (2, Interesting)

Erwos (553607) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212185)

While it's great that the Revolution seems to be prompting some new and interesting gameplay, this could be a warning signal that third-party support might not be as extensive as hoped, since they're apparently unable to port the 360/PS3 version over without making it "inferior".

-Erwos

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (3, Insightful)

THotze (5028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212224)

Well, it looks like its still very possible to port other games to the Revolution without many modifications - EA's point is that you can't have a top-selling title like that on the Revolution. Its a big sign of support for what Nintendo's trying to push here - a new gaming experience. Nintendo's greatest hope, I think, is that EA and other publishers would produce innovative titles for the Revolution exclusively that do things that just can't be done on other platforms. Nintendo's greatest fear is that the Revolution would just receive the occaisional port of games like Madden, etc., which would certainly relegate it to the 'also ran' position in the upcoming console wars. Whether the strategy will pay off - that is to say, whether people will think that the innovative titles from Nintendo, EA ando thers make the Revolution the console of choice - is still to be seen, but its a good step for Nintendo that EA's doing this.

Tim

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (2)

Mongoose (8480) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212448)

The problem for Nintendo comes when everyone comes up with gimmick games that you don't want to play for more than five minutes. Games like the one described sound very shallow and focus on gameplay that's not engaging. I guess kids that like playing Feel the Magic will like it, but isn't this a step backwards with an aging market?

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (2, Insightful)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212593)

Did the FPS genre materialize as soon as the mouse was invented? No. Might it take game makers a little while to experiment with a wide range of games, before narrowing down on a few specific types, the games that are the most engaging when using the controller?

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212993)

THIS JUST IN...
Nintendo has announced a new controller shaped like the inside surface of a spindle torus. By grasping the object and applying directional thrust, you can control your game in all three dimensions, wirelessly. Additionally, the controller appears to be user sensitive, allowing the current holder to control the direction of the game in their favor. As an added feature, the controller detects compression and applies the equal and opposite amount of force feedback to the compressee to produce a degree of 3-dimensional acceleration through the air. The controller will cost $80 and can also operate independantly of the game console. All production of this controller are being outsourced to NERF.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213469)

This just in... Nerf has released a new product that lets you stealthily sneak into an enemy base on the other side of the world using realistic graphics and textures, lets you play with friends and strangers at any time of the night over the network, lets you play "hot coffee" with decent-looking graphics, and lets you play engrosing concept games like Katamari Damacy, and is so engrosing that some people sit there and do the same action over and over just to slightly increase numbers labeled STR and INT.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#15216200)

"Did the FPS genre materialize as soon as the mouse was invented? "

Laughably, no. Computers couldn't have done FPS games when the mouse was invented. Bad example, plain and simple.

Yes, it could take a bit for game devs to come up to speed, but the optimist might point in the DS's direction with regards to that.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

grogdamighty (884570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212623)

I fail to see how Madden based on the Revolution controller constitutes a "gimmick game." To my mind, a gimmick game would be something like DDR that is based on a very unusual premise of hitting 4 buttons in time with the music... with your feet. Madden Revolution, on the other hand, takes an established line of games and attempts to give it more intuitive controls; it's like the progression of controls for FPSs on consoles, except a 100 times more effective.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

Ykant (318168) | more than 8 years ago | (#15215414)

The Revolution, based on the Revolution controller, strikes me at this point of being a gimmick system. I could see the potential of the DS, but this one...

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

courtarro (786894) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212366)

It seems he's not referring to ported games being inferior to their original platforms, but rather that they'll be inferior to other games on the Revolution that take full advantage of the new control scheme. As long as the Revolution supports the original Gamecube controller, only processor power will limit its ability to run ported games.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (0)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212408)

Right, they can't port the same game to the revolution without it being inferior to the other games on the revolution that fully use the controller's capabilities.

Which would you want to play? The Madden where you get to use the new controller in all sort of new and nifty ways or the same Madden that you've been playing for the past five years?

I, for one, welcome our Revolution embracing game companies and would like to remind them that as a trusted /. commenter I could be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground coding camps.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 8 years ago | (#15214493)

I'm worried because I would like the choice.

Does getting a revolution mean I will have no access to standard versions of games?

I wouldnt mind exclusives (which I guess this is), but if ALL of the 3rd party support are unique games a lot is going to be missed on the revolution (just like N64 and GC)

Brzt! Logic does not follow (1)

ianscot (591483) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212465)

Major third-party developer reveals that, instead of producing an "inferior" port of one of their existing games (ahem! 360 Madden with pretty images but half the game play! cough!), they have dedicated a special team at their publishing house specifically to developing superior (as opposed to inferior) products for the new system. That team is actively using the new controller to create a game unlike the others it produces.

The big question about the Revolution is whether 3rd parties will support it, yeah, and one could take this as a sign that the bar is somewhat higher than for classic porting exercises, which we suspected anyway... But as a "warning" signal this is awfully early and says at least as much in the other direction, doesn't it?

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212768)

since they're apparently unable to port the 360/PS3 version over without making it "inferior".

That's one interpretation.

The other interpretation is that a port would automatically be inferior to other games on the Revolution. In which case, this is one logic step away from out-and-out admitting that the Revolution is the superior next-gen system, if a straight port of a top-selling XBox360 or PS3 game would be considered "inferior" on the Rev.

(Unless graphics is your absolute and only concern, in which case you can simply interpret that as "not looking as good", automatically call that "inferior", and consider the case closed. How many of us really truly believe that graphics is the only concern, though?)

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213223)

Find the people who just spent $600 bucks on the newest graphics card, and ask them that question..

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

Jerf (17166) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213444)

You can buy a $600 graphics card and not think graphics is the only issue.

I once bought a new graphics card... admittedly still a $60 budget special... because I had graphical latency issues in Quake 2 with my Riva128, which made online play that much harder.

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (1)

Aphrika (756248) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212806)

They won't necessarily be inferior.

You have to remember that the key to the Revolution is the controller - something that can easily be added to other systems in the future. Remember when the PS got analog sticks? Well, that's the Revolution's downfall - that all these amazing new games rely on the controller. So what's to stop Microsoft and Sony coming out with - not a copy - but something similar?

Re:With the good news comes the bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213071)

Its the idea of developing for exclusive hardware. whos going to make the leap first? players who buy the controller hoping third parties port games to the ps3/360? or developers who port the games hoping ppl buy the controllers. The rev controller is not like the analog stick. Its not a matter of shoving something on the top of the old controller. You actually have to get people to set a bar in front of their tv. then theres the issue of holding the modified xbox 360 controller like a rev controller.
of course, you could always use that boomerang and hold it like a gun. Maybe thas what the ps3 controller redesign really is...

I for one really hope nintendo doesnt create a controller shell. Why give developers the option of turning their controller into a gimmick?

Or alternately... (1)

ZombieRoboNinja (905329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213256)

...even the best 360 game will look "inferior" next to the kind of innovative games the Revolution will make possible.

Spin it how you want it.

Is there any must have games for the 360? (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 8 years ago | (#15215881)

Is there any game that is so good that people will go out and buy a 360?
From what I have seen none of them are all that special. The funny thing is I know a few people have have just went out and bought a PS2 just to play Tourist Trophy.

Touchdown dances (5, Funny)

scolby (838499) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212195)

Does this mean if I score a touchdown and move the remote in a writing motion, the player will autograph the football and give it to his agent in the stands? Otherwise, I don't give a crap.

Not likely (4, Funny)

Mille Mots (865955) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212287)

Does this mean if I score a touchdown and move the remote in a writing motion, the player will autograph the football and give it to his agent in the stands? Otherwise, I don't give a crap.

No, if you do that, your avatar takes a leak all over the goal post , splashing any nearby fans (and/or photographers) in the process.

The fans then collect your 'sample' and put it up on eBay and make a killing when GoldenPalaceCasino(tm)(r)(c) bids and wins just for the publicity it brings. Of course, that happens in the background, so you don't really get to see it play out on screen. But, the reason that the game randomly locks up (just like the Xbox360 and PSP versions) is that all that background sim-sniping is using too many cycles.

On the other hand (heh), if you make rowing motions with the controller, you get a trip on a boat with a bunch of the hookers from GTA, but only if you're playing as the Vikings.

--
Worst. Sig. Evah.

Tiger Elecrtonics (-1, Flamebait)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212199)

So it will pretty much be like the Tiger Electronics versions of video games? Like Road Rash, where you have three different bike positions, or Double Dragon, where you moved to the right and hit the punch buton?
 
This thing needs some new software, and it's not even out yet.

Re:Tiger Elecrtonics (1)

dorbabil (969458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212265)

Actually, it's more like a new sort of realism (or, atleast, it should be if EA is worth anything). The controller very accurately conveys hand movements into the game. So if they do it right, you should beable to take aim and throw (without actually having it leave your hands), and see the results of that throw on screen. It could potentially even help people improve their aim. I think it'd be better if they used a button. I had an idea for a novelty flying disk game that involved holding the A button and B trigger down, and making a gesture like you were going to throw the disc. When you let go of the A and B buttons, the representation on screen would let go of the frisby, and it would fly based upon real world physics. If your angle or timing was off, or you didn't release both buttons at the same time, it wouldn't fly as true as it should. There's a lot of potential here, and it's great that EA is atleast pretending to tap into it.

Innovation from EA? (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212202)

Before I read it, I was going to tag this article 'whoopdedoo' because who really gives a shit if Madden is ported to another system, but this actually looks kinda interesting. Obvious, given the controller's capabilities, but interesting nonetheless. Kudos to EA for actually thinking of a sports game idea I might actually want to play. Now, whether it actually pans out to a playable game or not, that's a different story.

Re:Innovation from EA? (1)

Khuffie (818093) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213121)

Actually, I'm glad about the news that a company like EA has setup a Revolution-specific studio. Perhaps Nintendo's claims of 3rd party support might actually be true? Who knows.

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I wonder... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212223)

How long it'll be before someone crashes their TV with the controller?

I wonder... (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212229)

I wonder what the motion for patting a player on the ass after a good play is going to be...

Yay! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212233)

Yay!

No, no, no. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212243)

I don't think a winning approach on the Revolution is to port games to it, and I don't think you'll see us taking that approach. I think that approach will yield inferior software for the Revolution, and I don't think publishers will be rewarded for that.

That paragraph comes at the end of an announcement for EA Sports Title Rehash 2007(TM). Apparently the highlight of this announcement is that they're going to use the console's standard controller. As opposed to what, fingering a duck to move your character?

Re:No, no, no. (1)

saboola (655522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212499)

As opposed to what, fingering a duck to move your character?

Actually that is the control scheme for Duck Hunt: Revolution.

Re:No, no, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212714)

Isnt that enough though?

I cant think of a single football videogame in history that actually hade you hike and throw the "ball"

Thats the whole point of the system. Dismissing the incredibly unique controller is dismissing the coolest feature of the revolution.

If you want to sit on your couch and press buttons, thats fine. But the revolution will make gamers more physically active in their motion and gaming. Thats the point of the system. Its a new way to control an old game. A method of control that no competitor can mimic.

Re:No, no, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15213238)

Apparently the highlight of this announcement is that they're going to use the console's standard controller. As opposed to what, fingering a duck to move your character?

There're ports for GameCube controllers on the Revolution prototypes that we've seen. One can only assume that that's what they could have used otherwise.

ObEA: Get back to work! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212245)

You've only been in work 8 hours, get back to work you sneaky little skiving programmer! Another 4 hours to go! Release is on the 7th September you know, and we're releasing it on that date, and you want to still be employed to go to the release party? I want 1000 lines of code by 10pm mister!

Gestures (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212279)

Honestly, I'm not too sure about using 'gestures' will work well with most games on the revolution; personally, I think a point and click (or possibly point and shoot) approach for reciever selection is a far better approach than goofy throwing motion. Just because you can be more expressive with the controller doesn't mean that you should be more expressive with the controller.

I play football games... (3, Interesting)

johnfink (810028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212317)

Because I can't play actual football very well. If the game is sophisticated enough to judge where I'm aiming my no-button-pressing-controller-throw, then I (and a great many others) will largely suck at this game.

If, however, the throwing motion is just a signal in general to throw the ball to a pre-designated receiver, then isn't it just a glorified button press? If that's the case, then it smacks of Power-Glove-ness, replacing a simple thumb motion with a large and complicated maneuver in an attempt to impress people.

Or do they just want to see me "accidently" smack my opponent in the back of the head with my controller?

I'm standing on the left this time!

Re:I play football games... (1)

typobox43 (677545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212596)

The way I personally visualize this is that you could move the controller in a "scanning" motion across the field, and as you scan past a receiver, your target will "lock on" to that receiver. (This could be disabled for advanced players.) As long as you start your throwing motion while pointed somewhat near your target, it would recognize it as a throw to that player - which should make it easy enough for those without any football skill to play.

Re:I play football games... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212705)

Actually, if you think about it the controller is far more complex than anything that tiger (or what not) has produced and the throwing motion could determine the reciever; the controller "knows" its position in 3d space so if you point it more to the left/center/right and "throw" it knows you want to throw to the left/center/right. The interesting thing (to me) about this announcement is that EA is not known for their new and inovative gameplay; in fact of all large third party publishers I anticipated EA focusing on the controller shell more than the actually Revolution Controller. If EA is willing to take their largest franchise and re-think their controlls to suit the Revolution it is a good sign that many (if not most) publishers are trying to use the Revolution controller in unique ways.

Re:I play football games... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212849)

If the game is sophisticated enough to judge where I'm aiming my no-button-pressing-controller-throw, then I (and a great many others) will largely suck at this game.

You sucked at Super Mario 64 when it first came out, didn't you? You sucked at the first keyboard-and-mouse first-person shooter you played, didn't you? It always takes time to learn a new controller.

Re:I play football games... (1)

PeelBoy (34769) | more than 8 years ago | (#15214133)

Theres a lot more to throwing a real football. The way you grip the ball, your arm throwing motion, the spin you put on the ball, the strength at which you can throw the ball, the accuracy of your throws.

With the Revolution controller you'll swing your wrist in the direction of the reciever. It's not even as complicated as playing FPS games with a mouse. It's more comparable to playing a game of darts but with less throwing motion. (From what I've read the Revolution remote is very sensative and you can control things with just wrist movements so it's not like you'll have to swing your entire arm to make something happen)

It sounds like a cool idea to me. I hope baseball is next. You could use the controller to pitch and to swing the bat. That would be cool.

Sounds great (2, Funny)

joshlake (841594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212336)

Something like this might actually get me interested in sports video games. It's an exciting direction to go in. I find myself looking more forward to the revolution. I just don't want to looks like too much of an idiot in my livingroom, dancing around like a retarded mime with a remote control in my hand. Thats where curtains com in.

Most likely (1)

the computer guy nex (916959) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212376)

"Because I can't play actual football very well. If the game is sophisticated enough to judge where I'm aiming my no-button-pressing-controller-throw, then I (and a great many others) will largely suck at this game. If, however, the throwing motion is just a signal in general to throw the ball to a pre-designated receiver, then isn't it just a glorified button press?"

Most likely you will pre-select a receiver with a button, then have the throwing motion to actually toss it. A slower throwing motion would create a "lob" pass to lead the receiver, and a fast motion would be a bullet pass.

You are replacing "holding down the button to throw harder" with "move your arm faster to throw harder."

Interesting, but something that may get old pretty fast.

Nintendo's Next Project (2, Funny)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212389)

I've seen a prototype of Nintendo's next project. They are collaborating closely with EA on this one to bring an even more realistic gaming experience to the customer. The game has a custom controller with a pointed ovoid shape. You snap the ball in the game by taking the controller and pulling it up and back between your legs. You throw the ball in the game by making a throwing motion with the controller. It's really supposed to simulate the feel of playing football.

Also, it's going to support a multiplayer mode where you actually throw the controller to the other players! It's going to be awesome!

Re:Nintendo's Next Project (1)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213187)

Man I just made the exact same comment as you up above. I'm glad I'm not the only who finds this whole situation ironic.

I think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15212392)

I don't think a winning approach on the Revolution is to port games to it, and I don't think you'll see us taking that approach. I think that approach will yield inferior software for the Revolution, and I don't think publishers will be rewarded for that.

Wow, this guy sure does a lot of thinking...

Re:I think... (1)

arbarbonif (307596) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213627)

Actually he doesn't think much at all. The quote only contains one "think", but three "don't thinks"...

Big profits (4, Funny)

k-sound (718684) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212432)

I finally understand how Nintendo is gonna make killer profits with the Revolution:
Image a football game with their motion detacting controller.
Now imagine how many controllers they are going to sell when people accidentally "spike the ball" for real.

In other news (3, Funny)

drsquare (530038) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212606)

EA are set to release a version of Fifa to the Revolution which involves kicking the controller around your living room floor.

As long as.. (1)

Awod (956596) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212658)

As long as they give me the option of using a button, making a throwing gesture is such hard work..

Re:As long as.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15214209)

Slight wrist movements are hardwork? It'll be as much work as playing the arcade version of NFL blitz which uses a joystick. I don't see how this will be much more work than that.

Frank Caliendo (1)

Illbay (700081) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212683)

I heard impressionist Frank Caliendo [frankcaliendo.com] (whose John Madden impression has to be better than the original!) on a local Houston radio station this morning on my drive into work.

I'd LOVE to hear him say "EA Madden for Revolution, uh-huh, yeah..." (The guy seriously cracks me up!)

Geez (1)

SoulRider (148285) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212845)

If I wanted to play football I would go out buy a football...and find some friends.

I actually think this is really cool. I like Madden but it has gotten stale over the last few years, this may actually motivate me to go out and buy a new copy. I wonder, if EA makes a hockey game for the Revolution will I have to hit my opponent over the head with the controller to check him? or would that be high sticking? Could be interesting.

This is great. (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212924)

When the ref's make a bogus call you can throw your hands into the air and get 15 yards on unsportsman-like conduct!

Now, throwing the ball to your recievers sounds strange... but I suppose if all you have to do is point it, dagger like, at the right reciever, that would be pretty cool!

I just hope they think about people who can't perform actions like that. I'm sure they want to try out the system one way or another. Maybe multiple control schemes for each game.

Warranty better be good (1)

Sizzlean (820489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15212964)

So how long before someone gets a concussion and sues Nintendo after getting cracked in the head? Better watch spiking the "ball" into the hardwood floor too. No more greasy chips while playing video games I guess.

Don't you mean WII? (1)

allaunjsilverfox2 (882195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213471)

Madden on Wii. This is going to make my football experience just a little too weird.

Name Change (1)

onedobb (868860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15213560)

Now it should be listed a "EA Reveals Madden For Wii" (Weeeeee). Boy, Revolution sounded so much better for the system. It may have revolutionized the way that we interact with game concoles. Now the hype for the Revolution system will be gone, and their going to need to start all of the hype all over again. They should have just stayed with the code name.

Accessible to new players! (1)

LoveMe2Times (416048) | more than 8 years ago | (#15216387)

What all of the comments so far really seem to be missing is THE MOST CRUCIAL POINT:

People who've never played Madden or other football videogames will be able to play this game and do relatively well right away.

When I play madden, I have a hard time remembering all of the button combinations. Every time I sit down to play again, I have to have the manual handy to refresh my memory... "Let's see, juke is square, stiff arm is circle, spin move is triangle..." Obviously, these are wrong, which kind of illustrates the point. And you know what? My dad or my uncle or ... any number of middle aged guys who *love* football but who would never bother to learn all 132 button combinations (and who therefore could never compete effectively against people who do) *can* remember these gestures. Because they're reasonably intuitive. The article even says that they're testing this stuff with focus groups to make sure they correctly detect different throwing motions etc. If they do this well, we will all be amazed at how many advanced features we can use without ever reading the manual. And in so doing, they will sell 5 times as many copies of Madden to all the non-gamers out there. Brilliant.

I think it is brilliant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15216954)

I really have to hand it to these guys. You see what Nintendo have done, and what EA has done, and it's just fucking brilliant. I think that you'll be pleasantly surprised with the clones we've come up with. I think that with the Revolution, it's just a whole different dynamic.

Pisser (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15217868)

Rather go wii on it than play it

Re:Pisser (1)

kingofmyexcuses (956115) | more than 8 years ago | (#15218760)

Yeah, nice try on being funny. That joke's already played out, though. I think this will be what I need to get me interested in a Madden game, finally. I like football, but the games just seem too repetitive and random. Plus, I like the developer's thinking. They actually -want- to make innovative games finally. Yes it's football, but it's not the same ol' button-mashing that it's been since Madden's days on the SNES/Genesis. Thank you.

Games for the Revolution (1)

mr_Spook (458791) | more than 8 years ago | (#15218929)

There's been a lot of talk about what the motion-sensitive controls might or might not be used for with the revolution, but I think everyone's missing the obvious.

Wii need a remake of Desert Bus [turbulence.org] for the revolution!
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