Why I Won’t Purchase Madden NFL 10

I made an important, life changing decision the other day. For the first time since probably 1996 I will not be buying Madden. Madden NFL 10 is set for release on August 14 and I will not be making a trip to Gamestop or pre-ordering it on Amazon anytime soon. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly but I decided it had to be done. The reason for this: online play has ruined Madden for me.

I remember before the days of online play, I’d start my franchise with the New York Jets or some other crappy team and go 16-0 every year on the All-Madden level. I’d draft fake college players and turn them into studs overnight. I’d pull off blockbuster trades and run up the score on the computer. All was good in Madden world. I went about my day thinking I was the best Madden gamer the world had ever seen.

Then I bought an Xbox 360 and signed up for Xbox live and my Madden world came crashing down. Suddenly I wasn’t so good. I struggled to scratch out a victory. Twelve-year old kids from Utah were beating me 56-3 through three quarters and going for two-point conversions and on-side kicks just to rub it in. Madden wasn’t so much fun anymore.

Back in 2004, Michael Vick was still a model citizen and his likeness in Madden was carrying my team to video game glory

Back in 2004, Michael Vick was still a model citizen and his likeness in Madden was carrying my team to video game glory



For whatever reason, losing a game of Madden frustrates me more than anything I can think of. I can’t explain it but whenever the computer drives 80 yards to score right before halftime or I throw pick-six I just lose it. I throw a temper tantrum like a spoiled eight-year old. I just don’t want to be aggravated anymore.

Now you may ask: why not just stick to franchise mode? Franchise was no fun for me either. The allure of playing online was just too much. I always floated towards playing online and I usually regretted that decision after breaking another controller in frustration.

Not to mention, now that I’m living with a woman, Madden NFL 10
might not be healthy for my relationship. I’m pretty sure I’ll ignore her for at least the first two weeks I have the game. She’ll also think I’m a psychopath once she sees how worked up I get about it. I don’t want her re-thinking her decision before she marries me. Maybe after I get married, I’ll buy Madden again. By then she won’t be able to back out.

So for now, I’ve decided to quit cold turkey. No more Madden for me. It’s for the best.

3 comments for “Why I Won’t Purchase Madden NFL 10

  1. Uncle Billy
    August 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I finally just bought an XBox 360 myself and was faced with the decision of what games to buy for it. I was initially going to buy Madden but then after some research I decided to go with Fight Night 4 which has turned out to be a great investment so far and I highly reccomend it.

    Oh and we all know about your Madden temper tantrums. Im sure the future Mrs. S will be thankful that she wont have to fear for her life while dodging flying controllers.

  2. Charlie A
    August 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Dude – so then when i destroyed you in madden at jennie’s parents house that day you mustve been pretty distraught. Luckily you beat me 1-0 in MLB

  3. Krauss
    October 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I think the key is to find someone who is your Madden equal who you can play against in person. I had a game against a friend during which there were four lead changes in the final 70 seconds, including him throwing a 60-yard TD to a TE against my prevent defense with 2 seconds left, and me returning the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a TD. Unforgettable stuff. Any other great Madden stories out there?

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