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11-17-2005, 11:42 PM
I just don't get it.

I guess I never understood playing sports videogames. I admit I liked Tecmo Bowl and Baseball stars but the more realistic sports games become the more I wonder why you aren't playing for real with your buddies down the street. I know some of you will say that "Well your buddies can't play pro ball and score 40 tds a year or rush for 1000 yards or do 40 yard dash in x seconds" To that I say "Well I live in Cleveland and neither can the Browns"

Atari Video Cube aka Rubics Cube failed for a simple reason. It was more fun to play the original. Flying ships ,blowing stuff up , killing dragons, well killing anything these are reasons to play games. To do things you can't or shouldn't do in real life. So yes that goes for Nascar games as well. Driving around in a circle over an over isn't fun. You need some ramps and flaming hoops to jump through and don't forget the power ups and burnout meter.

Now if I said I found a bunch of "junk" carts at the market, what am I talking about? Well we all know of course I'm talking about sports games. For Sega Genesis you can't give them away yet someone, somewhere at sometime must have bought all these. Today even they continue to buy the futures junk games.

The only people who should want to dedicate serious time to sports games are the physically handicaped and ex-Browns quarterbacks who feel they could have gone all way if they only had the right defensive linemen. Hmm I guess I'm talking about the same people.

11-17-2005, 11:50 PM
The only sports game I play is NCAA Football 2005 on the cube. I'm not sure what it is about it but I really do like it. Otherwise, I don't play any other sports games.

So, I guess I'll have to vote "YES".

11-17-2005, 11:59 PM
Eh, I don't get it either. It's the very very rare sports title that gets my attention. Then again, I don't like sports in general.

11-18-2005, 12:07 AM
Modern sports games? No.

I'd rather go outside and play them, but that's just me.

11-18-2005, 12:13 AM
The argument "why not just play the real game instead" is void, because there are a LOT of professional athletes that play sports games. Anyone see the 5-part series on ESPN's Sportscenter a year ago? Or any episode of Players on G4TV? Or any episode of MTV Cribs?

I can go golfing, sure, but I can't really afford a trip to Pebble Beach or St. Andrews.

11-18-2005, 12:16 AM
The argument "why not just play the real game instead" is void, because there are a LOT of professional athletes that play sports games. Anyone see the 5-part series on ESPN's Sportscenter a year ago? Or any episode of Players on G4TV? Or any episode of MTV Cribs?

I can go golfing, sure, but I can't really afford a trip to Pebble Beach or St. Andrews.

Totally, I agree completely.

But its just, the only reason I would personally play a sports video game, would be to replace the actual experience, and on a college campus, its pretty easy to find a pickup game.

But like I said, that's just me. I'm not too big into the whole micromanagement of teams and players and such, I just like to play.

11-18-2005, 12:31 AM
The only sports games I ever play are the unrealistic titles like Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee. I've yet to actually try the major franchises like Madden and NBA Live.

11-18-2005, 12:41 AM
I play console baseball games but I generally only buy then every few years unless it's a specially priced title like 2K5 was. I'll also play golf from time to time but again will only pick them up used. I can't even remember the last football game I purchased.

11-18-2005, 12:54 AM
I'm not too big into the whole micromanagement of teams and players and such, I just like to play.

You bring up a good point too, another huge reason people enjoy sports games, especially ones with franchise/fantasy draft/season modes. A year or 2 ago, I took an NBA 2K title and fantasy drafted Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace & Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls. Won a championship. THAT was fun.

11-18-2005, 01:00 AM
Yea I own and play NCAA Football, Madden, NHL 06 on my PS2. Yes I own quite a few modern sports games on different consoles.

11-18-2005, 01:12 AM
I luv Golf games hot shots golf and especially Tiger Woods Golf

I buy only ONE football game every 4 years or so just recently picked up a very cheap used copy of Madden NFL 2005 collectors edition since it was the only one on a shelf of over 50 used PS2 games at my local video store and that will be the last madden game I get for the current gen although Im interested in the new blitz the league games that look very kool

The only sports game I pick up on a regular basis is Tiger Woods PGA tour but may skip a few years as my 2005 edition is faaar better than the 2006 release and I might hold off on another one until I get a next gen system (wich will most likely be a long time from now :( )

The key to sports games is this HIGH REPLAY VALUE

Ive been thinking about picking up all these old basketball and Hockey games for PS2 ive seen for around $4 to $8 U.S. lately since they are so damn cheap

11-18-2005, 01:12 AM
I can't stand sports games. The only titles I've really liked are Blades of Steel, Punch Out, and Caveman Games, hahaha.

The pawn shops around here are loaded with them. The only non-sports title (aside from Mario/Duck Hunt) that I've seen in a non classic gaming store is Shaq Fu, which technically involves sports.

11-18-2005, 01:25 AM
I'm not a big fan of sports overall...I never got into hockey or basketball, for instance...but I do like baseball and I have quite a few of the baseball games. I also have some football games though I'm not particularly good at those.

11-18-2005, 04:06 AM
Only modern sports game ive played for any decent amount of time is Red Card soccer; mainly because of the novelty value :D

11-18-2005, 08:47 AM
Golf & racing for me, plus the occasional Genesis baseball or hockey title.

Oh, & NES BaseWars rocked back in the day. Someone should do a next-gen update.

I've never even touched a Madden game in my life.

rick weis
11-18-2005, 04:43 PM
i voted NO! i played many classic sports games (back in the day and sometimes still) but the modern sports just don't do it for me. i would rather watch the real thing! 8-)


11-18-2005, 05:04 PM
Only sports games I've ever liked are bad news baseball for NES and Deathrow for Xbox and those too are highly unrealistic.

Amy Rose
11-19-2005, 01:17 AM
The only "sports" games I've ever had more than a remote interest in are the silly ones, like Mario Tennis. And, uh, does Blitzball count? LOL

I voted no. ;)

11-19-2005, 01:29 AM
I'm going with a big yes on this. I play a lot of sports games modern and classic. I just love sports in general. Everyday I do something sports related. I lift on a regular basis play basketball 4-5 times a week, play football whenever we get enough people for it, but when I dont have time or I just want to try something out, I go ahead and pop in Madden or Live or NHL and just enjoy and unwind.

11-19-2005, 06:26 AM
I like to casually watch some sports. Unless it comes to motorsports, I guess that I'm not a diehard sports fan. I could care less that I miss hockey games during the season. I don't play sports games, mainly because, in the case of football as an example, I don't know HOW to play, and sports game manuals ASSUME that you know how the game is played in real life. Having said that, I enjoy putting NFL 2K1 into my Dreamcast and having the AI play both teams. The game is incredible to watch. One day I'm going to learn to play it. I can play baseball games and enjoy tennis and golf games.

I FINALLY found a hockey game that is so tweakable that I can actually play it. Last year's excellent ESPN NHL 2K5. It's presented as more of a videogame than a regular sports game, with tons of fun unlockables. It's fun to play.

Jumpman Jr.
11-19-2005, 09:28 AM
I only play a few.
NFL Blitz, the Tony Hawks and Wayne Gretzgy 3D Hockey. I don't understand how people play any of the other games.

11-19-2005, 10:44 AM
I hate to admit it but pretty much all I have are sports games for the ps2 and xbox. I am a big sports fan and really like to play the games. I have spent hours on end playing sports games but I only have about 6 non sports games that are in my collection and I have not spent much time on anything else. Not that I have anything against RPS's and whatnot just haven't taken the time to learn anything other than playing sports titles which are pretty much all the same.

11-19-2005, 10:55 AM
I voted yes.

Micromanaging teams is overboard for me. I think you have to be a knowledgable sports fan to appreciate this feature. I am a sports fan, but I haven't paid attention to sports over the past few years.

For me, all sports games, modern and classic, (except for a select few) are simply party games. fun to fool around on, or get into serioius competition over, but I could never sit for hours playing against the computer. BORRRRIIIINNNNGG

11-19-2005, 11:09 AM
Unless it's something special (Extreme Sports, Burnout, Super Mario Strikers) It's out of here.

11-19-2005, 11:26 AM
Sports games = shit. They are the only reason EA is as big as they are. So, I hate sports games.

11-19-2005, 01:28 PM
Not really. So I voted No. Once or twice a year I will play an NBA 2kX game or NFL 2kX game. I want to try to get into NHL.


There is an exception to this. Mario Baseball / Tennis, etc are awesome, and I can play these constantly. I cant wait for the 3 on 3 basketball, and Super Mario Strikers Soccer.

11-19-2005, 01:38 PM
I like playing sports games. Right now the only sports games I play are NBA Live 06 and NFL 2k5 for the Xbox. I think it's fun to manage a team, but I guess everyone has their opinion :)

11-19-2005, 02:15 PM
So sports games are shallow because I could play real sports? Tell me where in reality I get to play as an entire sports TEAM. There is a point to sports games.

Sports games = shit. They are the only reason EA is as big as they are. So, I hate sports games.

That is the worst reason I've ever heard for dismissing an entire genre. Because you're bitter that EA is big, you refuse to event take into account whether the games are fun or not. Way to be a rebel.

I'm tired of "real" gamers thinking they're somehow better because they're "above" mainstream sports games. That's crap.

I play them because they're fun. I don't care whether someone else is or is not into sports games. Not every genre is for everyone. But there is no difference between the kind of gamers who plays sports games and the kind who don't.

11-19-2005, 05:41 PM
I would have to say no because its been a while since I played a sports game.

I used to be into the Triple Play series, but I traded in the last one I had 2 years ago.