Madden 12 gets serious about concussions - Report

In light of NFL-NFLPA dispute, EA Sports plans to sideline loopy players after serious in-game injury.

In the ongoing dispute between the NFL and its players' association, one of the hotly contested topics that may lead to a 2011 season lockout is the role of violence in the game. EA Sports is apparently sympathetic to the NFLPA's concerns over the issue, as it will reportedly be taking a more serious stance on player concussions in Madden NFL 12.

In a post to his Twitter feed today, NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah said that EA will be sidelining players who receive in-game concussions.

Big Ben has been rocking his concussion since probably right around 2003.

"Good for EA Sports. Concussed players in NFL Madden prevented from returning to play. Culture change is important," Atallah said.

While the way Madden NFL 12 deals with concussions may have changed, gamers won't see an interruption to their yearly gridiron sim on account of this year's possible NFL strike. In February, the NFL agreed to extend EA's exclusivity license through 2013.

EA Sports had not responded to a request for comment on the matter as of press time.

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DirtyAl
DirtyAl

I can see it now... My running back getting tackled by a jumping ankle tackle and getting knocked out in the first quarter thanks to a concussions..

trystkl1826
trystkl1826

@oneligas Thats's a good idea.And maybe we do things in the game to win back the fans and to get the players back on the field.

trystkl1826
trystkl1826

Once the exclusivity license ends I'm hoping other game producers will give EA a run for their money when creating another Madden game. EA needs competition.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

If a player was concussed in real life, I seriously hope they wouldn't be allowed back on top play. The same should be said of the game.

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

@campbell153 No it doesn't COD already has way more games than that. Around 20.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@galduke Cheers, I didn't know if it was a name for a specific type of foul or penalty

Sethbeastalan
Sethbeastalan

@Dynamo11 A concussion is when your brain hits the side of your skull hard enough to do even the smallest amount of damage. At it's best it gives you a major headache, at it's worst it kills.

oneligas
oneligas

EA should work on Madden 2012 Lockout Edition. no players, a empty parking lot outside of a stadium for the box art, no games, empty stadiums, annoyed fans watching ESPN NFL Lockout updates with no real news, and selling Point of 29.99

steven141
steven141

If you include all the different hand held games and whatnot, CoD has a lot more than 12, campbell153. :P

galduke
galduke

@Dynamo11 Literal concussions, American football's a dangerous game these days.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

As a Brit I don't understand what a "concussion" is. Is it just a name or is it literally a concussion?

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Make fun of EA all you want but I think it's more ridiculous that the NFL Players Association actually gave the issue of concussions in Madden even an ounce of attention. What a dumb issue.

campbell153
campbell153

12?! CoD has a lot of catching up to do! LMAO

Omegka
Omegka

In other news: Call of duty and Battlefield will get serious about getting wounded, when the player gets shot he will have to recover for at least 5 hours before getting to fight again.

kvan33
kvan33

Is this an Onion article? Oh the poor virtual players! The next thing they'll say is that they are including a lock out in their 2012 game.

pech17
pech17

this is one of the dumbest things they could ever add to a game...on top of that, madden is getting old...the game is repetitive and there are never major improvements made year in and year out...hopefully in 2013 they will lose the exclusivity license so other companies like 2K sports can use the NFL to make a better football game

IPHANTOMI23
IPHANTOMI23

I can't wait to pay $60 for a game that includes concussions. What a major improvement. Given the fact that I only play exhibition games and nothing more. I think EA can come up with better ideas than that, I hope.

ccgod
ccgod

if you playing quick play who the hell cares if you keep the injured guy playing

Miketendo
Miketendo

Soo... Blitz isn't making a comeback ?

navyguy21
navyguy21

Good move. I play football for the US Navy team, and you do get the feeling that the coaches "encourage" you to play through it. I admit that some players do lie about the damage because they dont want to lose their starting jobs though. And forget Madden, i want NFL 2k12 :(

The_MaiN_MeNu
The_MaiN_MeNu

Unfortunately, that will the extent of the upgrades for Madden 12. I can already see it on the box, "And now, players get sidelined with concussions!" Who cares? We want serious upgrades to the game-play, the franchise, owner, superstar modes, I don't give a crap about your cultural stance on concussions. You're not the commissioner of the NFL, you're not going to change it!

Ironrice
Ironrice

Is this true? Sounds like a April fool's joke.

plaintomato
plaintomato

Right...because Tecmo Bowl on NES is responsible for players being treated like highly paid sacks of meat, so now it falls on Madden to undo that damage. This idea is as good as PlayStation Home letting you wait in virtual lines to play arcade games. Next up...in Medal of Honor games you only get one life and then you have to start the game over with a new character - you know, so you can get it what really happens to soldiers in war...culture change. Thanks EA. Hopefully Backbreaker will improve its gameplay.

petemig
petemig

Who gives a royal poop. Madden blows...

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

will they have unknown injuries that the player can opt to play through only to be diagnosed as a concussion after the game?

thegamegod
thegamegod

@ gladestone i imagine i watched the same super bowl as you,but i still didnt enjoy it,and for reference,i dont enjoy 'soccer', i much prefer rugby. I know they have there similarities (rugby and american football) but the american football matches just stop start stop start forever,making them boring and unwatchable,thats why i dont see how it translates into a game very well.

blackace
blackace

I agree with VegetaMaelstrom. Most likely there will be some way to make or safe money, and I'm sure the gamers will be involved somehow. Removing the game manual was obviously to save money. It may cost $0.10 - $0.25 to produce the manuals, but when you times that by 2 million copies, that's a decent savings. That doesn't include the price they pay the printers to produce all those manuals. I'd rather have the manual myself, because you can't stop in the middle of the game and few the manual. It's usually under the Extras or Features menu and that's usually only on the main menu. As for this Madden change, whatever. In the real world, they are protecting the players. In EA's world it's just a lot of PR spin so they can sell more copies of Madden.

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

2013? Ahhh man... I want the battle for EA and 2k to come back to make football games even better

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This is only okay if the ambulance goes out on the field. Oh, and it runs players over both on it's way on the field as well as during its drive off.

mideonnviscera
mideonnviscera

Madden's still on TV sometimes if you watch football. I doubt there's any football fans, no matter how young, who haven't seen him in some capacity.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

The only reason EA are implementing mandatory time off for players who get a concussion is so that they can sell you the ability to get them back in action for the next game. All you have to do is download it for $0.99 or 80 MS points. Nothing to do with this nonsense of having respect for American football players. Just like EA binning game manuals has nothing to do with "going green" it all comes down to the bottom line with EA, don't let their PR spin doctors convince you differently.

cjf187x
cjf187x

@Netherscourge I completely agree. But what you described is the CoD franchise. People keep buying it every year and there's nothing revolutionary changing with each one.

Punisher197
Punisher197

Pause. Gameplay Settings. Injuries -> Off.

pokecharm
pokecharm

this does seem a little excessive...but it won't affect whether I choose to buy this game or not.

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

EA needs to take Madden away from Tiburon and have a new development house make a NFL football game. In fact, I would drop the whole "Madden" title altogether, since John Madden is retired and pretty much irrelevant anyway. The younger generation doesn't even know who John Madden is - "Madden" has become a word to describe NFL videogame football - that's it. Tiburon blows - they never progress. They are the laziest developing house in the market. FIFA and NHL are better franchises with better developers - those games have progressed LEAPS AND BOUNDS in the Next-Gen era. Why Tiburon keeps dragging the same garbage along every year and people keep buying it boggles my mind... They just keep tweaking the same 5-year-old game engine. EA needs to wake up and get a new developer for their franchise NFL game.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Isn't there an option to turn off injuries? maybe not online but offline you should, no?

RossRichard
RossRichard

Yeah sideline my digitized, video-game characters because they cracked their digitized, video-game skulls. I will be sure to file this under "who the f#@! cares?"

Gymbo-59
Gymbo-59

It's not a strike. It's a lockout. Huge difference.

tidus06
tidus06

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JStroud88
JStroud88

@thegamegod - You are entitled to your opinion, as terrible as said opinion might be.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Thegamegod are you kidding me??Its better than watching soccer..Where no one scores from one end of the game to the other..Running back an forth kicking a ball..Football has action from start to finish..Its a more violant game than soccer..Its for sure more fast paced than that sport..In my eyes its surpassed baseball as americans past time..Although no one in america will accknowledge this..Im shocked you actually think like this..Not sure what game you where watching..It was one of the best games..The last few superbowls, have been some of the best games ive watched in years..

thegamegod
thegamegod

I really have to ask how anyone can play these games? After watching the super bowl for the 1st time,i was shocked how awful this sport was,and i just cant imagine how it even translates into a game worth playing,it must take hours to finish one match.

parhar67
parhar67

aweee there goes my plans to be green bay...Arron Rogers the most concussion prone quaterback in the league.

peon_frenzy
peon_frenzy

I see so many comments about how the game is the same every year. Should the game be completely different each year? Maybe it shouldn't be $59.99 every year, but if you played the last madden and one from 5 years ago they really aren't the same. I do agree there should be competition though, it is ridiculous that only EA can make an NFL game when 2k were making awesome games.