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What is your favorite sports video game of all time?

Madden NFL 07 is the best sports video game, ever. Its the most addicting game I have ever played. I have come up with the perfect fantasy draft formula, which I cant tell you. I will tell you that it involves trading Reggie Bush for LaDainian Tomlinson. I like to play as the Bengals and bomb it to Chad Johnson. I beat a team 160-0 doing that once. Some words of wisdom: Field goals are for sissies, punting is inexcusable, and dont even get me started on extra points. If youre not going for two, you need to consider a different video game.

I have never played a sports video game in my entire life my children (all five of them) have tried unsuccessfully over the years to challenge me in these video games and I have always, and will forever, say that playing a sport with just your hands is just not playing a sport.OK, I take it all back. I think I might have played Pac-Man a few years ago

Sports video games have grown increasingly addicting and complicated over the years. Todays games are lifelike to the point that I routinely take Advil after a Madden session from all the hits taken. One also needs to be a Hindu god with four arms to push all of the buttons on the controllers today. Games are too hard to play and look too real, so I like to kick it old school.Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game ever created. The original Tecmo Bowl was great, but it didnt keep track of stats or have all the teams. Plus, how can a Bronco fan enjoy a game that made a Raider, Bo Jackson, unstoppable?Tecmo Super Bowl featured more plays, flashy-early 90s graphics, and ease of play that only the NES system could deliver. Older gamers, like myself, appreciate the nuances and simplicity of old games like Tecmo Super Bowl. Its also nice to play it against current gamers and reign supreme for another day.

Old people like me with lousy hand-eye coordination simply cant play video games well enough to enjoy them. Even though I still have a tremendous competitive drive, Ive learned this lesson in life namely, that continued attempts at participation in high skill activities can result not only in failure, but in embarrassment as well.Before the age of video games, I quit playing tennis right after my 12-year-old favorite only daughter beat me 6-0, 6-0. Shortly thereafter, I quit playing golf when my favorite oldest son trounced me on my home course. By the time my favorite youngest son was ready to take me on, shooting pool was my only remaining major sports activity. Needless to say, he forced me into early retirement before my game had a chance to peak out!I must admit that I had a try at a sports video game before the turn of the century when one of my several favorite grandsons trounced me in Super Football on the Atari 2600. Since the Atari, introduced in 1977, represented the foundation of the video game era, its gratifying to know that I was soundly defeated on a system that was the industry leader. I cant remember the score, but there were no mercy rules in the game.Now, in my twilight years, crosswords and computer solitaire are among my major sports challenges.

OK, you have finally rendered me speechless. I confess: Ive never played a video game, thus confirming my dinosaur, 20th Century Fox status. Dice games (APBA), board games with spinners (Strat-O-Matic) oh yes. I played my first game of APBA baseball by the shores of sky-blue waters (with the Ballentine Beer Bear dancing to the war drum chant) with the Baltimore Orioles playing on my aunts black & white TV (the Senators having fled Washington for Minnesota, then Texas), the muddy Chesapeake Bay waters lapping nearby. I would construct my own leagues of teams from different eras (the 09 Tigers of Ty Cobb couldnt hit a lick, but the bottom-dwelling Phillies of 1930 averaged over .300 as a team! The 53 Dodgers could mash, but nothing like the Mantle-Maris Yanks of 61. I would even write up my own sports stories of the series. Ah, yes, THOSE were the days, my friend.

I have to categorize my answer to this fine question. Lets attack this from three angles: favorite classic game, favorite current game and favorite interactive game. Here we go!Classic: That would be Tecmo Super Bowl, hands down. Back in the day of the original Nintendo, there was nothing better. Id always take my beloved 49ers and whoop on all comers. As one of the first games to keep season stats, it wasnt unheard of, in Tecmo world, for Joe Montana to toss 60 touchdown passes 90 percent of those on sideline routes to a wide-open Jerry Rice.And Id pass more than your average Arena Football League team. Poor Roger Craig would get about 12 carries a year; his takes were typically of the up-the-gut, goal-line variety after a series of failed screens or dump-offs.Current: FIFA soccer for Xbox 360 is incredibly addictive. Its so lifelike and makes for some killer rivalries in multi-player competition. Even if soccer doesnt top your list of sports favorites (it certainly doesnt top mine), give this game a try.Interactive: All who know me well know that ESPN Zone is a sort of personal Mecca in my warped world.That said, I love the football game there. The machine feeds you footballs and you attempt to direct them through holes in mobile wooden (or plastic, Im not sure) receivers.Its a beautiful concept, and highly addictive!

Its been a while since I owned video games, so I am going old school with my favorites being RBI Baseball on Nintendo and Ken Griffey Jr.s Winning Run and NBA Jam on Super Nintendo. RBI baseball was a genius with its graphics technology. It was basically like having little squares swing a stick and then move in slow motion to the bases. That is one of the first games I remember playing. Then there was Ken Griffey Jr.s game I used to play the home run derby part with my friends for hours upon hours. I used to love being the Charlotte Hornets with Larry Johnson and Alonzo Morning in NBA Jam. It was awesome when my player hit three shots in a row, the ball would catch flame and you were unstoppable. I can still hear the announcer saying Boomshakalaka!

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