Lovers of sports related video games almost always circle one particular date on their calendar every year without fail: the release of the new Madden offering.
Madden Football in all of its incarnations for the better part of 25 years has become the standard bearer when it comes to sports games in terms of gaming, graphics and other game play attributes as it relates to football being played on a video gaming console.
The proof is in not only the longevity of the game but the fervor and anticipation the release of the game on a yearly basis. The sales numbers don't hurt the lure of the game, either. Fans flock to stores or start placing orders online before the release of Madden in droves to get their hands on the latest edition of the game, even though only 12 months ago they just spent $60 on last year's version.
When it comes to Madden, most of that logic doesn't translate.
The irony of Madden is that the game carries a "curse" with it, namely the player on the cover being labeled as the next to suffer some sort of season ending or catastrophic injury. The game itself, despite being essentially the same game year after year, still manages to make headlines and continue to sell well.
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