State of Sports Games

A while ago, Bill Abner had a piece at the Escapist about the Stagnant State of Sports Games. I meant to link it back then because it was a good read, but never got around to it. So I’m linking it now.

I was reminded of Bill’s article because today I also came across this post from Zack Hiwiller (via a long list of places, originating with Troy) about the State of Sports Games:

How many people out there watch and enjoy football without having a Knute Rockney [sic] level of understanding? The answer is: more than the games industry is hitting right now.

Zack makes a lot of good points, go read the whole thing. This is coming from a game designer working on sports games, not a games journalist. Not sure if that fact makes me a little more optimistic about the future of sports games or not.


  1. Be optimistic. While I complain about the failures I see, there are a lot of great successes that I see here every day as well. It’s just a matter of whether we see them as a trickle or a deluge.

  2. @Zack – I see you worked on my favorite EA Sports game, NCAA 0X, so I will be optimistic. I’d love to give you my wish list, but I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of them 🙂

  3. Have you guys read Dubious Quality lately? He’s always riffing about Madden problems. His arguments seem valid, but I don’t play Madden so it’s no big deal to me.

    However, the latest college game was the best I’ve played in a long time and I’m not saying that to brownose.

  4. @Nat – Bill dissects sports game with precision. He gets into it way deeper than I do, that’s for sure.

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