Sports Games – The Most Complicated Controls In Console Gaming

To effectively run the ball in Madden or NCAA Football  you have to move the left stick in the direction you want to run, cover the ball with the RB shoulder button.  Then you have to make sure you get through the hole formed in the correct gap and press the sprint button (Right Trigger/RT).  However, you don’t want to press it too soon because the defense is programmed to move faster once you press the sprint button (RT).  Once you have broken away you might have to juke with the Right Stick or Stiff Arm with the ‘A’ button, maybe follow that up with a spin move (‘B’ button) and then jump a defender (‘Y’ button).

[sarcasm]That isn’t complicated at all! [/sarcasm]

In the coming days we will be covering the basics (which are inherently advanced) controls in Madden and NCAA football.  The problem with this being that as simple as one video would be there is the problem that each game has different control schemes and handles differently.  However, it must also be said that these controls are necessary for these games to continue growing in the way they have.  Is that a good thing?  No… but that is a different discussion and it can be had right here in our forums.

If you haven’t noticed, sports games are rather disposable at this point.  New versions have a new year plastered on them and that is usually about all you need to worry about (at least in Madden and NCAA Football) from the control perspective.  The developer, EA Tiburon tried (and failed) to effectively simplify their games with “One Button Mode”.  Sorry, but that just rings of short-bus controls for what Robin Williams would refer to as ‘damaged people’.

We will be making a concerted effort to show you how these controls work on the most basic level and work up to the more complicated parts of these games.  You truly have to learn to walk before you can run in gaming (sports games especially) and we are here to walk you through the process.

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Have Leaderboards Destroyed Gaming?

Remember when you played a game for a high score?  Remember playing a game for the sake of having fun?

It feels like years since people have talked and/or bragged about their single-player accomplishments in video games.

Now we are stuck in some sort of bastardized version of gaming that has been essentially raped by money driven tournaments that have caused some to become obsessed with ‘going pro’.  Is this the NBA?  Sorry, but it is far from the NBA and anyone that wants to be a ‘pro’ gamer is far from an athlete.

Does This Mean Anything?

It has become an obsession for people to achieve some sort of status on these leaderboards.  I have been hoping for years that there would be some sort of way to enjoy game without having someone in my match screaming about their KDR (Kill Death Ratio) or their Win/Loss Record.

Again, I will be the first to admit that I hate losing and get frustrated when I have someone on my team that doesn’t know what they are doing.  However, it is a different thing entirely for someone to put so much stock into their leaderboard rank that it supersedes everything else in life.

I have heard stories about marriages ending because of obsessions with Madden, World of Warcraft, Halo and Call of Duty.  I don’t think leaderboards are the only thing to blame for something to this extent but you can’t tell me that it isn’t there at all.

While youtube and facebook have brought in a new era of non-privacy, leaderboards have brought a certain competitive stupidity to gaming that I think might do more harm than good.

What do you think?

‘Tis The Season… For Gaming Frustration

It is commonly known as the season of giving (or receiving if you are selfish).  Either way it goes, gaming is one of those hobbies (lifestyles) that also ends up driving many gamers to punching their couch or throwing their controller during the gift season.

You know who you are.  You got Call of Duty, Madden, Battlefield, Assassins Creed, NBA 2K, Halo, the list goes on and on… and you are terribad.  You aren’t just terrible.  You aren’t just bad.  You are terribad.

Why?

(You:  Because the game cheats!!!….

Me:  No!  It is because you don’t know how to do certain things…  or, you are playing Madden on All-Madden difficulty and it is in fact cheating…. or you are just BAD.)

In case you haven’t noticed there are no more manuals in games.

An extreme comparison is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition manual has 45 pages compared to the likes of Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Madden 12 and NCAA Football 12 which have a collective 15 pages!

Here at NoobTubeTV our goal is to help you do those little things that game developers have decided they’d rather skip out on in paper format.

While games now typically have ‘manuals’ digitally in the game, it is not the type of thing we support for people that don’t know that from the start.

‘Tis the season to kick developers in the digital face and learn how to play your new games.