I look across the college football blogosphere and everyone is talking about the new 2006 NCAA video game that is out. Perhaps I’m just getting older, but what’s the big deal? I’d much rather spend my time watching and researching real college football games rather than wasting my time on fake ones.
Besides, no football video game EVER beat the old arcade behemoth with the roller ball and the X’s and O’s zipping across the screen. There were four plays: QB keeper, Sweep right, Down and Out and The Bomb (in other words, your standard SEC offensive playbook). Conversely, you could pick one of those plays to defend and then had a ‘rover’ that you controlled. No punts, no fumbles, but you could get interceptions.
Only drawback was the roller ball, which gave you blisters that lasted for weeks.
I mean, yeah, the graphics are great now, but in my book, they’ve never improved upon the purity of that arcade original.