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Wednesday, May 20: Brian Orakpo, The Ethan Albright Of NCAA 2009

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2009 – 10:24 am

It’s not surprising that Redskins first-round draft choice Brian Orakpo is excited about being on the cover of the Playstation 2 version of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 10 — it’s a clear honor, doubly so since just about everyone in Redskins Park seems to play the college football video game. And he makes that clear in an interview over on ESPN.com’s Gamer Blog:

“I’m a beast on the game, and I’m not just saying that because I’m on the cover,” he says. “I feel blessed to be on the cover of a game I’ve been playing for years…I’m so good, I need to have your job.

“Call of Duty: World at War, Halo, Halo Wars, Madden, NCAA, NBA 2K9…I’m on everything. I’m a huge gamer. That’s why it’s so cool to be on the cover of the PlayStation 2 game. The PlayStation 2 is the foundation of gaming for a lot of people.”

What’s a little more surprising in the interview is learning what Orakpo has in common with new teammate Ethan Albright. Read more »

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Tecmo Bowl Disagrees With Madden

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 2:32 pm

Well, if I’m going to point out the Madden preview of the Super Bowl, I should also give equal time to Jon Bois’s Tecmo Super Bowl version over at Mouthpiece Sports. This version of Video Super Bowl XLIII has the same final scores, but assigned to the opposite teams — that is, Arizona wins 28-24.

There’s no Play of the Game for this one (although Terelle Smith’s early recovery and return for a touchdown of a fumbled punt return would have to be a candidate), and there are no detailed statistics or faux-authentic game write-up. What there is instead is a fourteen minute video with a really good soundtrack.

At this rate, I’m going to be completely tired of watching these teams go head to head long before kickoff on Sunday.

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Steelers Win Video Super Bowl XLIII

Posted by Matt Terl on January 28, 2009 – 12:02 pm

Well, EA Sports has done their traditional annual Super Bowl preview simulation, and the Video Steelers win by the surprisingly close score of 28-24. Video Ben Roethlisberger gets the MVP award, but it certainly sounds like he stole it from Video Santonio Holmes.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals managed to close the gap to 21-14 and looked to have momentum swinging their direction. But when Holmes shook double coverage to catch a 17-yard touchdown over the middle of the field, he gave the Steelers a lead that would not be broken.

Holmes ended the play with an emphatic spike in the back of the end zone as he realized he was about to become immortalized as a Super Bowl legend.

I have one question about the whole thing, though — and it’s not how they know what Video Santonio is thinking during his end zone celebration: why is there no flash movie of the matchup online? Not the whole game, necessarily — even I couldn’t bring myself to watch that, I don’t think — but if you’re going to the trouble to provide statistics, a Play of the Game, and a 250 word game story, why not toss up a highlight reel as well? Am I really the only person who would be amused by that?

(UPDATE: Video after the jump; hat tip to The Sporting Blog.) Read more »

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