Wander into any NFL locker room, and you’ll hear players getting in touch with their inner dorks. Somehow, in the last two decades, players have come to quibble and grumble and rumble over how they rate…in a video game. Madden NFL is in its 20th year and players throughout the league can’t help but gripe about what a few gridiron geeks at EA Sports say about their talents in the game’s player ratings. It’s sheer madness, or more specifically, “Madden-ness.” And it happens every August when EA Sports releases its annual gridiron game, a best-selling franchise. That’s what former Giants safety Gibril Wilson, now a Raider, spied on Wednesday when he sauntered through the Oakland locker room. “Everyone was comparing ratings,” he says. “Some guys were disappointed, and others were happy.” In 1993, Packers receiver Robert Brooks appeared in a commercial for Madden NFL, controlling his virtual self as it got tackled from behind by a bulky 49ers linebacker. “That don’t show my breakaway speed!” Brooks snapped at an EA geek holding a clipboard. “Our numbers say you lost a step,” replied the geek. It’s no longer a joke. Every year, a 10-man group headed by EA’s Jonathan Crankshaw rates… Read full this story
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