February 02, 2021

EA Sports is Returning to the College Football Game: EA Sports is going to release a new edition of NCAA Football for the first time since 2013. There's still a lot up in the air, including a launch date that won't happen this year, but the name is going to be EA Sports College Football. For now there will be no real college players named in the game, but that may change. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said he's going to introduce legislation to allow players to license their names.

posted by rcade to football at 11:52 PM - 4 comments

Not being a videogame player, sports or otherwise, how much does the athlete's real world performance inform the game's representation of him or her?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:22 AM on February 03, 2021

They try to match the skill level of the players in the game to real life by assigning statistical ratings for various physical components: speed, size, strength, stamina, skills, intelligence.

So slow plodding fullbacks are noticeably different than speedy lithe wide receivers. Strong armed pocket quarterbacks will be different than noodle-armed running QBs. 300lb linemen will tend to overpower their smaller opponents, but maybe the smaller guys are faster/more maneuverable...

posted by grum@work at 09:14 PM on February 03, 2021

Yeah, from time to time you hear about a wide receiver or a cornerback complaining about their ratings in Madden

posted by NoMich at 09:47 PM on February 03, 2021

I wonder how much this new game is due to the recent litany of states passing bills allowing student athletes to profit from name and image rights.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:36 AM on February 04, 2021

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