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Madden NFL 12: Why the hold-outs cling to old-school football video games
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On the online message board Casual Adult Gamers - a hangout for “NFL 2K” players - the sentiment is less scholarly than raw.
“I hate [Electronic Arts] with a passion,” wrote a gamer with the online nickname “X2kfootballg0dX.” “I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I knew I gave them a penny.”
“There are some guys in the community who see [Electronic Arts] as the evil empire of gaming,” said Phil Porter, a 24-year-old Baltimore resident and avid “All-Pro Football 2K8” gamer. “I don’t have that level of resentment.
“The NFL is football to everyone, so taking it away [from competitors] makes sense as a business model. But without competition, it hurts 'Madden.' It makes the game stale. I just want a quality game.”
“Our number one priority every year is to make sure that our die-hard fans have a reason to buy the game,” Mr. Stevenson said. “They’re our bread and butter. But we want to capture those other guys, too. We know we can’t win them all over. We’re trying.”
For his part, Mr. Porter said that maintaining his “MaddenNFL” holdout isn’t always easy. Not when playing the game is practically a cultural rite of passage for anyone who enjoys football and video games.
“I’ve had weak moments,” he said. “Where I was like, ‘Maybe I can get [a copy] of “Madden” used. Maybe I can borrow the game from a friend. ‘Those of us not playing, we know we’re the black sheep.”
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About the Author
Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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