The very first blog that I wrote was part of a website for a video game that I was passionate about: NFL 2K on the Sega Dreamcast. That game was so superior to all the competitors at the time that I learned it inside and out. It was the first football video game where people would watch me play and wonder if they were watching a real football game due to its realism.
Later on, I was on the first Internet-enabled console gaming network, playing guys from around the country in an online football league in NFL 2K1 over a 56K modem. This was pioneering stuff, with occasional lags and other glitches, but some of the most rewarding gameplay in my life.
So needless to say, I’m a big fan of the Sega/ESPN/Take-Two NFL 2KX series.
But now it’s all come to an end, so it seems, at least for 5 years: EA (Electronic Arts) has signed a 5 year exclusive contract with the NFL. OK, now it is one thing to not have a superstar like Lavarr Arrington, linebacker of the Washington Redskins, and instead have to deal with a silhouette of “LB #56.” That’s expected in video games. But to not have the NFL logo on the box, to not have any of the players, to not have the teams or the stadiums? That’s at least half the fun of the game, taking your favorite team to victory and crushing the other teams that your team has rivalries with.
So anyways, check back with me in 2010, when I’ll resume playing football video games.