A Tribute To The Madden Video Game Dynasty
Mad About Madden
20 Years of Football Fun
I started playing Madden football when in came out on The Sega Genesis in 1990. This game was named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame player John Madden. Madden's voice is recorded on the game and he does the play by play, play calling. Each year, the game has added new moves and features. On Madden 1992 when a player gets hurt, an ambulance actually drives onto the field to carry him away. Originally, the ball carrier could only high-step or dive. But not, the player is also able to stiff-arm, juke and pass the ball to another player. On the original Madden game, the defensive player could only jump or dive. But now, players can strip the ball to return for touchdowns. The game began in 1988 but by 1992 they introduced commentary on the game which was amazing for the time. Of course the game has evolved to not only have real time commentary but also real time scores courtesy of online play via the internet. Madden started on a two button controller then quickly evolved to a three button controller. Now in 2012 Madden is played on multiple consoles with ten button controllers. When the game first came out from EA Sports you could play to the Super Bowl but now you can play a total Dynasty for seasons on end. Also, the game has evolved from humble beginnings to a realistic football game complete with an NFL Draft, retirements and even salary caps and free agency. This is the most true to life of all sports games especially because of the realisticlay books.
Madden had competition from 1993-1995 with Joe Montana's Sports talk football but after that EA Sports simply took over the NFL Football market in the video gaming industry. All the moves and statistics have helped this franchise become more and more realistic. Each year many additions such as player movement and play calling adjust enough to keep the game interesting.
If you need proof that this game is popular, it has withstood the test of time. It is still popular after 20 years.
* Please tell me the first Madden game you ever played by leaving comments in the box located at the bottom of the page. I remember having the first Madden game entitled, " John Madden Football". I thought it was pretty cool when the paramedics would drive onto the field and cart off injured players. The best part of the Madden games is that they add new features each and every year.
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Madden NFL Football Game Covers
Their is always someone new on the cover of each Madden football game each and every year. It's a big event when EA releases it's new cover each season.
1. John Madden Football(1988) Cover: John Madden. The first ever game which was on the Sega Master System.
2. John Madden NFL Football(1990) Cover: John Madden. This game was made for the Sega Genesis.
3. John Madden Football 2(1991)Cover: John Madden. The cover was different than it was on the original. This game was produced for the Genesis and the Super Nintendo.
4. John Madden 92: Cover: John Madden. Madden 92 came out on the Genesis and the Super Nintendo.
5. John Madden 93: Cover: John Madden
6. Madden NFL 94: Cover: John Madden
7. Madden NFL 95: Cover: Karl Wilson and Erik Williams- The first cover to feature players instead of the legendary coach, John Madden.
8. Madden NFL 96: Cover: John Madden
9. Madden NFL 97: Cover: John Madden
10. Madden NFL 98: Cover: John Madden
11. Madden NFL 99: Cover: Garrison Hearst
12. Madden NFL 2000: Cover: Barry Sanders
13. Madden NFL 2001: Cover: Eddie George
14. Madden NFL 2002: Cover: Daunte Culpepper
15. Madden NFL 2003: Cover: Marshall Faulk
16. Madden NFL 2004: Cover: Michael Vick
17. Madden NFL 2005: Cover: Ray Lewis
18. Madden NFL 2006: Cover: Donovan McNabb
19. Madden NFL 2007: Cover: Shaun Alexander
20. Madden NFL 2008: Cover: Vince Young
21. Madden NFL 2009: Cover: Brett Favre- Very deserving and about time he graced the cover.
22. Madden NFL 2010: Cover: Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald. ( Only the second time that two players have been on the cover together.)
23. Madden NFL 2011: Cover: Drew Brees
24. Madden NFL 2012: Cover: Peyton Hillis
25. Madden NFL 2013: Cover: Calvin Johnson
The cover is always a big announcement and it's always a big deal when the news breaks. Please let me know which cover was your favorite from the list above.
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