The 2011 Madden NFL by EA Sports won’t start with the players lined up outside the stadium with picket signs or greeting locked gates and chains. No, unlike the real NFL where April 6th will be the first thrown court ball, Madden 2011 will go on as if the NFL didn’t have any labor issues at all.
Madden has been around for a long time and it has changed to meet the changes in the real life game. This years version will feature something a bit more surprising. Concussions.
The folks at EA and with the endorsement of John Madden himself, will institute the “concussion” injury into it’s game play. A player suffering from a concussion will not be able to return for the game. While that isn’t really a big issue as the game has installed all sorts of injuries that require players to miss anything from a couple of plays to an entire game, this time around, they are making it an educational experience. Will the fans buy it?
Not the game of course. Madden is one of the most highly anticipated games on the market and only further shows the extent of the popularity of the NFL itself. The question here is how will fans of the game feel about having the two announcers, one of which is former WR Chris Collinsworth, opening a monologue of the issues surrounding a concussive head injury.
Yes, you hear right. When a player suffers a concussion in the game, the announcers will spend a few talking about the inherent dangers of the injury. In other words, they will try and educate the player on the injury ramifications.
It hasn’t been released as to how in depth EA will go with the whole education thing but it’s interesting from the standpoint that kids who play the game may come away with a better understanding, as opposed to no understanding at all, of how serious a head injury can be from playing football.
I simply find it interesting that a video game has taken this route and as the cliche’ goes, “if it helps even one kid understand the dangers…”