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Cordova, TN; December 12, in the year of our Lord 2014--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is addressing a major problem with the modern day sports video games. We are not going to address monopolies or lack of competition in this article. Those are major problems that do need to be addressed. Just not in this particular article. Food for thought for a future article if you feel me. This is about the timing for sports video games as well as what they include. Sports video games are released at the start of a new season. However they include past season content.

What is the problem? Look at Madden NFL 15 for example. The Seattle Seahawks were set up as the dominate team. Since they ended the 2014 as the most dominate team. There are however off season adjustments. Madden NFL 15 has receiver Sidney Rice on the team. He retired in pre-season. So it makes no sense to have him as a player going into the next season. Now thanks to technology EA Sports can update the roster and teams. However those roster changes are happening all the time, and Madden NFL 15 can not keep up. Plus they are guessing at how powerful a team is. Going back to the Seahawks, EA Sports had them at a 91 rating. Then dropped them to an 87. They are doing good again so it makes sense to move them up again. All of this gets confusing as a season goes on.

Here is what I would like to see from sports video games. At the end of the season, release your game. You have all the data on what happened the previous year. Let fans relive that last season. Do not try to sell it as the upcoming season, because none of us knows what is going to happen in the next season. There are numerous off season trades and free agency moves, as well as the draft. All of that can be factored in at the beginning of the development for next years game. How many draft picks are rated highly but flop in the pros? How many sports games predict one thing, and wind up wrong?

Again release right after the championship game. Whether that is the Super Bowl, Finals, Stanley Cup, or World Series. Then all of the data in the game is accurate. If you want to rewrite history for your team for the past season, then go for it. If you want to go through history as it happened, then you should be provided that option as well. Reliving the last season makes more sense to me. It is accurate and gets us away from the faulty predictions. Plus the game would know who was injured and for how many weeks.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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