Boom! The History of Madden NFL

In Read, Watch on January 5, 2011 at 7:34 am

The Madden NFL franchise is one of the best-selling video games of all time.  ESPN’s Outside the Lines took an in-depth look at the history of the game, including the early development of the concept:

The biggest pain was conceptual: What was a football simulation supposed to look like? How should it play? “Football” on the Atari 2600 console featured three-man teams composed of players who resembled and moved like ambulatory kitchen appliances. Everything was new: play-calling boxes; an “oomph” (read: turbo) button. Ybarra tried a TV-style camera angle. Finding holes at the line of scrimmage proved impossible. He switched to the god’s-eye, end zone perspective still used in today’s games. The game played better, but it still looked like bleeding Lego blocks.

Not really Jocks vs. Nerds.  Instead, it’s Jocks + Nerds = $3 billion.

I can’t find video of the original 1989 version, but here’s the difference 20 years makes, with gameplay footage from 1992 and 2011:


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