The NFL decided to broadcast the first live 3D football game. It was shown in theaters in LA, Boston and New York last night. Team owners, journalists and producers were invited to see the technology developed by 3ality Digital. They planted three 3D crews, with their own commentary, next to 2D counterparts for the game between the Oakland Raiders and S.D. Chargers. They call it an “up close, personal, visceral experience.” We call it a little too close to the action and were glad to hear that it is not going to happen on a large scale any time soon.
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If you are a hardcore football fan and have Verizon video and broadband services, then you may already be aware of NFL Network Game Extra. It enables sports fans to watch live online broadcasts of Thursday and Saturday Pro games while selecting between camera feeds or viewing all four at a time. Other features include replays, live online chats, stats, highlights, and college bowl and college all-star games. Here’s hoping that it will fare better than ESPN Mobile.
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Today Madden 08, the latest installment in the perennial bestselling series from EA Sports, hits stores around the country. It’s available for pretty much every system you can think of, although naturally the big contenders are the technically superior Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. A lot of press in the weeks leading up to this release has noted the framerate differential between the two: the Xbox 360 version runs at 60fps, whereas the PS3 version runs at 30fps. Some might argue that the human eye can only register up to 24fps, so this is a moot point, but many FPS fans swear by blistering framerates and therefore would say that the difference is huge. Whatever side you may take in that debate, word on the street says that the PS3 game does indeed look choppy at times, although it’s not a dealbreaker.
The new Madden showcases a big new feature that designates top players at all positions as “Weapons”. You might have a fast receiver, a big hitter, and a smart QB, all of whom can outperform their competition in certain areas and are capable of some awesome plays. These designations go a long way toward rendering each team unique, a far cry from old school games where you could only tell an Pro Bowler from a rookie by the number on his jersey. Aside from this new feature, classic Madden gameplay has been tweaked and tightened up based on praise and complaints about previous incarnations to give us more of what we want.
If you’re looking to pick the new Madden up soon, take a look at Toys R Us, where you can get any other game in the store for 50% off if you get Madden on the same receipt.
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Like Christmas or New Year’s Day, each year we’re presented with a new installment of Madden. Being the only NFL-branded game on the market, it’s undoubtedly going to rock the sales charts later this year. But, it’ll be facing some stiffer competition now that 2K Games is back (the team behind the, in my opinion, superior NFL 2K franchise) with All-Pro Football 2K8. Regardless, Madden is a force to be reckoned with, and just recently we got to see the first footage of the game.
Looks pretty sweet, but hopefully those one-handed receptions won’t be commonplace. It looks like EA is feeling the competition creep up on it and will be looking to really deliver a true next-gen pigskin game later this year.
The Good News: The NFL has announced that it will now stream the entire season (which starts this Sunday) of live games to fans over the Internet.
The Bad News: this service is only available outside of North America.
More Bad News: NFL Game Pass is not compatible with Unix or Linux.
Partnered with Yahoo’s NFL Game Pass, the cost is $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week season. Since DirecTV has exclusive market broadcast rights, the service will not be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Antigua, or any of the U.S. territories.
- 500 MHZ or faster processor
- 512 MB or more RAM
- 16-bit sound card
- 64MB video card
- 300kbps or higher broadband internet connection
- Flash 8 PC
- Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 10 or higher Mac
- OS 10.4 or higher
- Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5 or higher
- Quicktime version 7.0.3 or greater
- FlipforMac 2.0 or greater
Try it if you are in North America and you get this scary message, “This service is not available in your location. You are attempting to access from a restricted territory.” Big Brother is surely watching us.
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It’s that time of year again! Time to go out, be a good little drone, and pick up a copy or three of this year’s Madden iteration. This year you’ll be able to pick up the ubiquitous franchise on PC (Windows), Playstation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, DS, PSP, GBA, and yes, even your mobile phone (hey, where’s my BeOS version??!?). And of course, when the Wii and PS3 launch in a few months, you can get your Madden on with them too.
The good news is the console versions at least seem to be garnering fairly respectable reviews across the board - IGN.com, Gamespot, and 1up.com all give the franchise fairly high marks (7.7 - 8.5) for its notably improved graphics, online play and added features like Create-A-Player. The bad news, of course, is that you probably won’t be able to play the game online for more than about a year and will have to fork out another $60-$70 next year to keep playing.
Still, the popularity of Madden is absolutely staggering - analysts predict that the title could become a million-seller within as little as 5 days, and could earn EA about $210 million in revenue for the year (about 7% of its total annual revenue of $3 billion). Click below for the Reuters news brief.
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