Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Madden 12 & E-Concussions

With the NFL lockout now into its twentieth day, the prospect of a shortened or even cancelled season is looking more and more plausible.

Whether or not that happens though, two things remain true: You’ll be able to fill the void with Madden 12 starting in August, and concussions will still be an issue in 2011!

How will concussions be an issue if no one is playing, you ask? It turns out the folks over at EA Sports are doing their bit to bring about some awareness to the injury by making it a part of the upcoming video game. Pasta Padre reports that EA Sports president Peter Moore has announced that players will miss the rest of a game if they suffer an e-concussion. Up until now, you had the option to just reinsert the player and continue playing as if nothing happened.

GameSpot confirms that news with a Tweet from the NFLPA’s George Atallah, who says:

“Good for EA Sports. Concussed players in NFL Madden prevented from returning to play. Culture change is important.”

This is an interesting development, isn’t it? Since concussions are a hot topic in the rest of the major sports on the continent, especially hockey and baseball, it makes you wonder if EA will end up adding this to the rest of its games!

Speaking of Madden 12 though, have you voted for who you think should grace of the cover of this year’s game?

That’s right – rather than make the choice themselves, EA Sports has teamed up with ESPN to launch a bracket-style contest called “Cover Vote,” with the winner to be announced in late April.

One of the players still in the running for the honor is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, and why not? He had an outstanding season and was named the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year, but not everyone is happy with his inclusion!

While most right-minded people are okay with the fact that Vick has been given a second chance (after serving his time in a federal prison, of course), there are still organizations like PETA who won’t let it go.

CNBC reports that they took this opportunity to complain to EA Sports that Vick should be taken out of the bracket because of his past involvement in dog fighting. For his part, company president Peter Moore says they have no problem with putting Vick on the cover, should he win. I can’t believe that PETA is still going on about Vick and his past – to me, this type of nonsense cheapens any good work that they actually do.

Personally, I think they should put Roger Goodell on the cover!

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