Calendars list all the usual holidays--Thanksgiving, July 4th, Labor Day, etc.--but no calendar, with the exception of the one the Sports Gamer has on his desk, lists Madden Day.
Yes, Madden Day is the annual holiday when football fans and Madden fans everywhere gather together in game stores and electronics stores to pick up their copies of Madden. Then they head home and fire up the game for the first time, steeping themselves in a whole lot of football goodness.
Everyone has an uncle who has one of those weird little satellite dishes attached to his house/mobile home. That satellite dish indicates one of two things:
1. that your uncle is communicating with aliens, or
2. he is a subscriber to DirecTV.
One of the advantages of DirecTV, of course, is the ability to access the NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows you to see up to 14 NFL games each Sunday, no matter where you live. Well, if you're a PlayStation 3 owner, and you're interested in the NFL Sunday Ticket, and you don't want that satellite thing on your house, you now can stream NFL Sunday Ticket through your PS3. But as with everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. Let me break it down for you.
My NFL team of choice is--and always has been--the New York Giants. When the Sports Gamer was younger, the Giants were terrible. I recall watching a Sunday afternoon game with my dad. The Giants were just about to wrap up a victory against their rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. On the final play of the game, instead of just kneeling on the ball, the QB attempted tried to hand the ball off and fumbled, and one of the Eagles (Trivia: It was Herman Edwards, the future NFL coach) picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. The Giants lost the game that day, but they gained a life-long fan in me.
When you review video games for a living, as the Sports Gamer does, you typically have two kinds of days: You have good days, and you have great days. But every once in a great while, you have downright awesome days.
This week, I experienced one of those downright awesome days.
2K Sports, makers of the excellent MLB 2K series, is currently putting the finishing touches on a much more light-hearted take on America's favorite pastime. Imagine, if you can, Phillies hurler Cliff Lee working a full count on SpongeBob Square Pants while a capacity crowd at the Poseidome--the fictional underwater ballpark based on the SpongeBob universe--rises to its feet.
It's those kinds of bizarre moments--when fact meets fiction, and the fiction gets funny--that Nicktoons MLB will provide.
Mario and Sonic — long time foes in the video game world — decided to, in celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, bury the hatchet and appear together in a game called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
The first game was so successful that when the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada rolled around in 2010, Mario and Sonic got together again for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, also for the Wii and DS.
And now, with the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games just around the corner, Mario and Sonic will do it one more time - and for the first time ever, they'll be competing on the Nintendo 3DS, too! Soccer, Equestrian, Canoeing, Aquatics, Table Tennis and more add up to almost 50 Olympic-themed events for you to compete in both 2D and 3D.
What are you waiting for? Click more to watch our exclusive trailer of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games!
Keep reading for a few bits of Madden NFL 12 news that the Sports Gamer thought you might like to be looped in on (including an awesome "Football's Back" trailer with all-new gameplay footage!)