History VideoGame / MaddenNFL

3rd Apr '17 5:28:31 PM Gosicrystal
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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: While the ColdOpen of ''Madden 16'' puts you in control of the Steelers at 1st and goal needing a touchdown to secure victory (and heavily encouraging the player to throw to WR Antonio Brown), it is completely possible to [[OffTheRails fail to score]], and the game ending will change to reflect that.

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: DevelopersForesight: While the ColdOpen of ''Madden 16'' puts you in control of the Steelers at 1st and goal needing a touchdown to secure victory (and heavily encouraging the player to throw to WR Antonio Brown), it is completely possible to [[OffTheRails fail to score]], and the game ending will change to reflect that.
29th Mar '17 8:02:31 PM SamMax
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* BlackComedy: Detailed under WorstAid below, but in the older versions, the ambulence drivers have...SkewedPriorities at best.



* BlackComedy: Detailed under WorstAid below, but in the older versions, the ambulence drivers have...SkewedPriorities at best.
29th Mar '17 1:30:24 PM SamMax
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* BlackComedy: Detailed under WorstAid below, but in the older versions, the ambulence drivers have...SkewedPriorities at best.
22nd Feb '17 1:45:39 PM Gosicrystal
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* GuideDangIt: Did you know you can audible on kickoffs? The manual writers sure didn't!

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* GuideDangIt: GuideDangIt:
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Did you know you can audible on kickoffs? The manual writers sure didn't!



* {{Hatedom}}:
** Fans of the 2K series of football titles, which were forced out of the market when the NFL sold the exclusive license to EA.
** And then there's Backbreaker which, unlike the 2K series, doesn't even have any sort of legacy or what not associated with it. Thus resulting in a series with 15+ years of experience, technology, time, and budget being compared against a series with none of that and expecting the latter to be the former 'but different'.
** More than a few fans of NFL Blitz were upset as well... though the disappearance of that franchise is arguably more due to Midway's bankruptcy than anything else. The NFL also leaned on the makers of those games to make them more kid friendly, which killed the spirit of the game.
** The Hatedom of EA reached its apex in 2013, when they settled two massive class action lawsuits regarding their football franchises. One, concerning the use of student athletes, killed the ''NCAA Football'' franchise for good, while the other forced EA to pay out millions for supposed price-fixing after NFL2K was forced off the market by the exclusivity deal.



** Also [[InvertedTrope inverted.]] See MaddenCurse.



* RageQuit: So you picked the game up with only a cursory knowledge of football? I hope you like seeing the other team merrily intercept your passes and carry them for touchdowns with [[GuideDangIt no help from the game on how to stop them.]]

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* RageQuit: RageQuit:
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So you picked the game up with only a cursory knowledge of football? I hope you like seeing the other team merrily intercept your passes and carry them for touchdowns with [[GuideDangIt no help from the game on how to stop them.]]



* {{Unperson}}: Occasionally when an athlete has found himself in legal trouble, he'll get totally removed from the game until he's reinstated. This most notably happened to Michael Vick[[note]]dogfighting arrest and prison time[[/note]] and Ray Rice[[note]]domestic violence case[[/note]]
** Similarly, in ''15'', the free agent listing would only show you the top 30 or so free agents at any position. If a player below that threshold gets cut, they are effectively LostForever because no means exist to locate them and re-sign them.
%% Keep the below trope listed as Unwinnable By Mistake, as EA has not stated that they did this intentionally.
* UnwinnableByMistake: In Ultimate Team mode, if you play exceptionally poorly or quit a lot of games you can run out of players (who are limited to a certain number of games) and be unable to replace them with fresh ones. It is possible to [[BribingYourWayToVictory spend real money]] to get out of this situation.

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* {{Unperson}}: Occasionally when an athlete has found himself in legal trouble, he'll get totally removed from the game until he's reinstated. This most notably happened to Michael Vick[[note]]dogfighting arrest and prison time[[/note]] and Ray Rice[[note]]domestic violence case[[/note]]
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case[[/note]] Similarly, in ''15'', the free agent listing would only show you the top 30 or so free agents at any position. If a player below that threshold gets cut, they are effectively LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost]] because no means exist to locate them and re-sign them.
%% Keep the below trope listed as Unwinnable By Mistake, as EA has not stated that they did this intentionally.
* UnwinnableByMistake: In Ultimate Team mode, if you play exceptionally poorly or quit a lot of games you can run out of players (who are limited to a certain number of games) and be unable to replace them with fresh ones. It is possible to [[BribingYourWayToVictory spend real money]] to get out of this situation. %% Keep this trope listed as Unwinnable By Mistake, as EA has not stated that they did this intentionally.
4th Oct '16 6:59:34 AM Illuminatus
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Developed by Creator/ElectronicArts, ''John Madden Football'', later shortened to simply '''''Madden NFL''''', is the namesake of announcing wunderkind John Madden, an UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball game based on the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague that has, since 1988, been released annually, and always falls among the top sellers of gaming each year. It's praised for [[ShownTheirWork its realistic level of play]], to the point where the latest edition is frequently used to predict the outcome of big games up to and including the SuperBowl.

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Developed by Creator/ElectronicArts, ''John Madden Football'', later shortened to simply '''''Madden NFL''''', is the namesake of announcing wunderkind coaching legend John Madden, an UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball game based on the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague that has, since 1988, been released annually, and always falls among the top sellers of gaming each year. It's praised for [[ShownTheirWork its realistic level of play]], to the point where the latest edition is frequently used to predict the outcome of big games up to and including the SuperBowl.



* AnnouncerChatter: Well, it ''is'' named for one.

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* AnnouncerChatter: Well, it ''is'' named for one. The commentary teams have changed over the years, with Madden 17 taking a new route - two commentators who live near the studio and come in weekly during the season to update the commentary to match what is happening in the real NFL.


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** After years upon years of complaints that it was nearly impossible to block field goals, ''17'' included a mechanic to help you do this. Accomplishing it gives the achievement "[[MobyDick The White Whale]]."
12th Aug '16 12:25:09 PM BeerBaron
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* GameMod: For the PC version, which was discontinued after ''Madden 08''. A team of dedicated modders releases reasonably accurate roster updates complete with player portraits and coaching staff changes every year so that they and their PC-playing brethren can continue to enjoy the game, even if EA isn't interested in bringing back the PC version.

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* GameMod: For the PC version, which was discontinued after ''Madden 08''. A team of dedicated modders releases reasonably accurate roster updates complete with player portraits and coaching staff changes every year so that they and their PC-playing brethren can continue to enjoy the game, even if EA isn't interested in bringing back the PC version. They've even released mods to keep the game up-to-date with NFL rule changes, like moving kickoffs to the 35 yard line and extra point attempts to the 15 yard line.
4th Jul '16 4:38:22 PM Phediuk
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** John Madden himself appeared on the covers, usually alone, until ''Madden 2001'', since which players have been featured exclusively.
3rd Jul '16 1:03:14 PM Phediuk
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The series did not obtain the NFL license until ''Madden NFL '94''. The NFLPA didn't sign on until ''Madden '95'' (no real players were featured before then), and no coaches' names other than Madden himself were featured until ''Madden 2001'', when EA obtained the NFL Coaches' Association license.
2nd Jul '16 8:05:48 PM JudasZala
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** The QB Vision Cone, added for ''06'', was an attempt at one, but backfired ''spectacularly''. The tiny vision cone for Quarterbacks with low awareness could actually be used to "look off" defenders, causing them to adjust their coverage to the wrong receiver. Elite Quarterbacks with high awareness, like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, wouldn't be able to do this. (The cone was removed for ''Madden 09''.)

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** The QB Vision Cone, added for ''06'', was an attempt at one, but backfired ''spectacularly''. The tiny vision cone for Quarterbacks with low awareness could actually be used to "look off" defenders, causing them to adjust their coverage to the wrong receiver. Elite Quarterbacks with high awareness, like Peyton Manning Creator/PeytonManning and Tom Brady, Creator/TomBrady, wouldn't be able to do this. (The cone was removed for ''Madden 09''.)
24th Apr '16 8:06:57 PM Zeoj99
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** If the CPU challenges a play, they will win 9 times out of 10. If the player challenges a play, they will lose 9 times out of 10.
*** The latter half of this could theoretically be attributed to terrible camera angles when they are reviewing the plays. Sometimes you are watching the play happen from 50 yards away. Of course, this doesn't really explain anything because it's a video game.
*** This is especially evident when you go back and watch the instant replays after-the-fact, and they can clearly show that the player was NOT down before the fumble occurred.
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