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Boom! John Madden explains how he contributed to video game history



Boom! John Madden explains how he contributed to video game history
















When the Electronic Arts founder boarded an Amtrak train in 1984 to meet the legendary coach-turned-commentator John Madden, there was no way of knowing at the time, but they were about to change the world of video games forever. EA crazy soccer The franchise, with new releases every year since its debut in 1988, has been responsible for over $4 billion in sales, with over 130 million units sold… and counting. Of course, the sports world has just been rocked by the death of Madden at the age of 85, but while the man himself may be gone, the franchise is expected to games lives on. (Madden ceased to be the franchise’s in-game announcer over a decade ago, though he continued to be heavily involved in game design.) But, going back to the game’s humble beginnings, there was no guarantee that the initial game would be a success, let alone the start of a mythical franchise. And, in a world of video games that had just transitioned from the Atari 8-bit to the newer 16-bit platforms, there were a lot of unknowns, especially since Madden demanded that the game be as realistic as possible. Looking back on his early days, Madden once told us he had no idea how popular the game was. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Madden)


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