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Madden NFL 15 Emphasizes Defensive Mechanics, Ignores Brain Trauma

Posted on Tuesday, June 10 @ 13:30:00 PST by


Electronic Arts debuted a new trailer for Madden NFL 15 during its E3 press conference yesterday, showing off new defensive gameplay mechanics that hope to give players a grounded sense of what they're doing "on the other side of the ball."

Rather than simply pushing the analog stick toward a ball carrier or through the defensive line to sack the passer, players now have on-screen overlays that give them a better idea of what they're accomplishing. Whether you're pushing a linemen into a running lane or shaking a block to break through, the Madden team have seemingly aimed to communicate that to the player.

This has long been an issue for Madden. It's why the franchise's most dedicated players always go for the long bomb on fourth down. It's why online match ups almost always eclipse the real world figures put on the board during Sunday's big game. Still, I wish there was some accountability in highlighting the defensive end of the game in light of over $700 million dollars spent settling a lawsuit brought against the league by players suffering from concussions and the echoes of their explosive hits.

"The best defenses aren't just a net." That's absolutely true, Madden voice-over guy. The best defenses are a wall that stands too high for a pass and sits low to upend any running game. "They become more than that, way more than that."

Hold on.

Defensive linemen are people, just like you and me. I don't care how hard they hit on Sunday. "The steel curtain, the fearsome foursome, and now the legion of boom. They all had one thing in common. They shut down their rivals by imposing their will."

Yes, part of football defense is demonstrating to the opponent that they simply can't get 10 yards out of you, but I don't like the way the NFL and subsequently license holder Electronic Arts ignore the very real dangers of football.

Dangers of football, ooooooh. I know some of you might be rolling your eyes, but the Madden franchise has always been a gateway to the sport for younger players and a way of bonding between fans, family, and friends. My hometown peewee football team never seems to stop and the kids wearing their helmets and uniform have grim faces all the way through high school. While the sport can serve as an excellent way to get an education or improve physicality or even just to raise self-esteem, the discussion desperately needs to move to safety and not with a massive check silencing those who have and continue to suffer for the insane revenue and merchandising achieved by businessmen and women in the suites.

"Now it's in your hands, so what are you gonna do?"

I'd like to think the Madden marketing team is speaking to the players association. I'd like to think that they hope players pool their settlement for a campaign about safety and equipment development, but I think they're really just talking about the preorder campaign.
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