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So I don't use this much...

But every now and then, there is something that I feel the need to say. Bottom line is this... the state of modern gaming is pathetic. Lets take a look at how many games have come out this year, and then look at how many of them are actually -great-. I can count on one hand, -maybe- two the games that are -actually- worth playing. However, I'd need a calculator to tally up the number of games released. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Back in the days of the NES and the old PC's, game companies actually gave a damn, they made -sure- the games were fun and playable, while also having replay value. In this day and age, that doesn't seem to exist. It's a glut, and the worst part is? It's not going to change. Too damned many people have no taste, they'll buy whatever pile of shmegma the game companies throw out on the shelves because they're too dumb to recognized quality from dreck. Idiots rule the world, and that is a sad thing for those of us who have a sense of taste and quality, because -we- get to swim in the filth of an entire industry catering to the lowest common denomenator.

It's depressing enough that I've seriously considered giving up gaming entirely, there's no point when it's -months- between quality releases and I'm having more fun with games that I've had for 5 years than I am the one I got 5 days ago. But then something like SSX On Tour comes along, and I'm reminded that, yes, every now and then companies (Even EA) do something right. So, I'm on the hook for awhile longer, but I'm still asking myself when the idiots and morons who fuel this industry are going to wake up and start using the 5 brain cells they have. Cause frankly, I'm tired of going to a game store, seeing 5,000 crappy titles, and finally finding the one decent one in the bunch to try out.

The future of NFL Video Games

It seems somehow eerie that the NFL will be exclusively portrayed by the EA Sports team. All through history except at the early stages of the gaming boom the NFL license has had competition. Now the question comes of what will happen with no competition to push EA? And what will the acquisition of the ESPN properties do to John Madden? Sure, I think the announcing in the game is dim, but I still like the guy, and as annoying as he can be, when I watch his live broadcasts I usually learn something new about football. Maybe this will finally open the door for my dream...

Maybe now with the ESPN properties, they'll do the announcing right. John and Al do the monday night game, the ESPN crew doing the sunday night game, and maybe bring in some backup groups to do the regular games. It would give a much more authentic feel to the setup, and I think it would alleviate a lot of the boredom that the announcing gives me. I usually end up turning it off after about a half season.

Many of these questions can only be speculated upon, but one thing is for sure. The off-field presentation options are going to be massive in the upcoming titles with the help of ESPN. That alone should make the game better.

NFL Video Games

Alright, this is a hotly contested subject. Which NFL title is better, NFL 2k5 or Madden NFL 2005.

I don't pretend to have the final answer, and if it were that clear cut I would just point out how I rated the two games. But it's NOT that clear cut...

I have watched football most of my life, and I have taken the time and made the effort to really learn about the nuts and bolts of the game. I've studied how the salary cap works, how free-agency works, and the kinds of things teams do when evaluating talent., I'm very very into the entire NFL, not just the games themselves.

This being said, Madden does a far far _FAR_ more accurate job, based on the extent of the research I have done in replicating the entire NFL structure. Certainly there are some things it could take from NFL 2k5 that would make it better, and hopefully they'll notice some of the features and decide 'Hey, that's a good idea'.

On the flip side, NFL 2k5 is far and away the most impressive presentation I've ever seen in any game ever. That being said I can only conclude the following:

NFL 2k5 is designed for the casual fan, the fan whom loves the glitz and the glamour and doesn't want to delve TOO deeply into the machine that is an NFL franchise. While certainly it has some nuts and bolts, it's not quite the same.

Madden NFL 2005 is designed with the Hard Core fan, the guys who want to tweak all sorts of little things and have complete control over their domain.

These two observations being made, I will admit there is some crossover, features that NFL 2k5 has that I wish Madden had (Weekly Sportscenter style presentation, the ability to structure contracts to be front loaded or some other type, Weekly workout regimen) but ultimately, 2k5 is lacking especially on the field which while more spectacular doesn't feel near so accurate to the way football is actually played. Again, it seems like glitz and glamour rather than true NFL football.

Such is my opinion, I'm curious to hear what others have to say... but please, keep it intelligent, keep it clean, and keep it thoughtful. 'u suxx0rz' is not intelligent.