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Vintage Games by Matt Barton, Bill Loguidice

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JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL (1988): MODERN SPORTS VIDEOGAMES KICKOFF

Although this chapter focuses on the highly influential and commercially successful Madden series of football videogames, it's also concerned with sports videogames in general.1 As the sports videogame industry grew and developed, so too did the Madden series—sometimes innovating, sometimes liberally borrowing ideas from others. To put it simply, what's good for Madden is good for the genre as a whole.

Some critics might wonder whether all videogames can be considered sports. After all, nearly all of them have some type of competitive and scoring element. We certainly find a strong sports influence in the earliest videogames. The first true videogame translations of sporting activities ...

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