In cinema, there are many examples of excellent movies that tell a story using a sport as the context for the events that take place. I just watched American Pastime about Japanese in an internment camp who play baseball against many of the soldiers who ran the camp. Then there’s Escape to Victory and Rocky, both starring Slyvester Stallone. Miracle is about the 1980 Olympic ice hockey underdogs that take on and beat the vastly superior Russian elite hockey team and eventually go on to win the Gold medal. It is an amazing story about determination and love for one’s country based on a true sporting event. It’s so inspiring that Michael Phelps (USA Olympic swimming sensation) said he and his teammates watched it before a big meet in the 2004 Athens games.
There a many sports videogames, Skate, Madden, Need for Speed but few have engaging storylines. Why not create a story mode for Madden and give it an engaging narrative treatment that transcends the value we currently give to sports videogames?
Rudy! How could I forget Rudy.
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