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.
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.
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