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Madden Equipment: Classically styled packs from a recently revived Colorado heritage brand

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40 years ago in a small shop in Boulder, Colorado, Outward Bound instructor Dan Madden set out to make a better pack that would suit his and his students’ needs in the backcountry. After 10 years off,…

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25 years of Madden, the video game that changed football forever

In 2004, my friends and I made a rule: when we played Madden, no one was allowed to be the Atlanta Falcons. With them, you were unstoppable, because quarterback Michael Vick was unstoppable. Thanks to a 95 speed rating and 97 acceleration, he was the best rusher in the league and a near-lock to score any time he sprinted to his left. And if the defense against all odds managed to contain him, he had a 98 throwing-power rating and would just heave the ball downfield from any of a dozen awkward body contortions. He was all but flawless, dominant, perfect: he’d probably have been the league’s best defender, kick returner, and punter if he’d tried. In short: he broke Madden.

Deion Sanders was similarly unstoppable in Madden ‘95: I…

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25 years of ‘Madden’ video games celebrated in New York’s Museum of the Moving Image

The long-running Madden NFL video game series is to be the focus of an exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Modern Image. Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running, opening on January 9th at the museum in Astoria, New York, celebrates a quarter of a century of EA Sports’ football franchise.

Playable versions of five landmark Maddens will be on display at the show, from 1988’s 2D, sprite-based John Madden Football for the Apple II, through to 2013’s Xbox One version of Madden NFL 25, with its advanced player physics and its 3D rendered crowds. The exhibition’s organizers say the show — which runs until February 23rd — examines the Madden series’ “aesthetic evolution, cultural legacy and enduring focus on simulation.” Jason Eppink, the…

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With ‘Sportsfriends,’ indie developers show there’s more to videogame sports than ‘Madden’

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These days, the “sports games” category is still somewhat disparaged in the minds of some video gamers. A lot of it probably has to do with the Madden series and other uninspired, annual iterations put out with the blessings of real-world sports leagues. But those titles, while most visible, still don’t represent all the possibilities of the sports gaming genre. With Sportsfriends, a suite of sports games currently being Kickstarted for PlayStation Network, Windows, Mac, and Linux, four indie game developers offer their own take on the divergent genre, and pave the way for a new kind of face-to-face competitive gaming.

“We’re trying to show people that sports games can be innovative and enjoyable.”

“We’re trying to show people that…

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