View Full Version : Madden's 2012 video game to emphasize concussions and safety

04-04-2011, 01:34 PM
Seriously? I mean...SERIOUSLY???

This from a man who once coached the likes of Jack Tatum and George Atkinson.

Now we have to worry about pretend pixelated images on our TV screens dealing with post-concussion syndrome. Jesus Tap Dancing Christ.

Give me the old school Madden game, when a player was injured, an ambulance drove onto the field, and inevitably plowed over several other players on its way to the one who was injured on the field. Back then, we got "Boom! That guy was hit by a freight train!" Now we have pansy-@$$ commentary from Cris Collinsworth about the dangers of concussions when we are sitting on a couch pushing buttons. I think Gus Johnson should give a public service announcement about the horrors of carpal tunnel syndrome instead. Ugh...

John Madden supports game changes
Updated: April 4, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Concussions in football games are taken more seriously than ever before. And going forward, that will hold true in the next edition of the "Madden" football video game franchise when concussed players won't be allowed to return to the field in the game they are injured.

"Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game," Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. "It starts with young kids -- they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that's a serious thing and you shouldn't play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong."

EA Sports president Peter Moore said last week at the World Congress of Sports in Miami that it was "wrong" when the company's "Madden" game would allow concussed players to return to the field in the following quarter. That is no longer the case, Moore said Wednesday at the two-day summit in Miami.

Moore says "we have an obligation in our industry" to recognize that brain injuries are one of the biggest on-field issues facing football at all levels right now.

The game's executive producer, Phil Frazier, told The Times that "Madden NFL 12", with its new concussion rules and the exclusion of helmet-to-helmet hits and headfirst tackling can be a "teaching tool" to players of the game, particularly kids.

Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth, the announcers featured in the game, also will explain the dangerous nature of concussions when they announce that a player can't return to the game.

"I wouldn't say this is a full public-service announcement, but it's a means to educate," he told the newspaper.

Madden agrees with the game's new emphasis on proper tackling techniques and the seriousness of concussions, telling The Times "if we show players playing through [concussions], then kids won't understand."

"There was a time when someone would get a concussion and you'd say he just got dinged, take some smelling salts and get back in the game. Those days are over," he told the newspaper.

Madden NFL 12 is scheduled to be released in August, even if the current lockout continues.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


04-04-2011, 01:44 PM
:HeadBanger :HeadBanger :HeadBanger

04-04-2011, 05:12 PM
Well right now it's Broken Collarbones. My league of 32 guys has a total of 18 broken collarbones. EA seems to have a problem with implementing anything properly when they come up with these "great new ideas" especially with Madden. I guess we'll see how things go but I'm not looking at this as good news for the video game and certainly the ridiculous rule changes for the actual league.

Discipline of Steel
04-06-2011, 06:51 AM

04-07-2011, 02:25 PM
In NFL Blitz 2012 Joe Buck scolds players for fake mooning Green Bay Packer fans.

04-07-2011, 02:58 PM
one of the stupider things I've ever heard of...


04-07-2011, 03:10 PM
Ridiculous! And do we honestly believe John Madden himself has anything to do with the production of the actual game??

I love the game. Buy it every year. But until I can play defense where I'm actually facing the offense (LIKE IN REAL LIFE) I'll have a problem with it.