I have loved sports my entire life. I have played sports since I was child and even till this day, watching sports is one of my favorite ways to relax. Therefore, I was extremely attracted to the arcade games that ESPN.com was sponsoring as an attempt to gain more publicity for its site. I have never been more disappointed in a video game in my entire life. As my prompt, I claim that ESPN absolutely fails as video game producer. As a multiple billion dollar corporation with a monopoly on the sports world, the games that I got to play seemed like a sad product of what ESPN was capable of producing. The graphics were horrid. It seemed like the playstation games from the early 2000’s were more sophisticated, while the controls made no sense at all. There were many times that I clicked the left button and my player would then continue to go right. The speed button wouldn’t work at random times, and although i did very well in the scoring, I must say that a corporation with status of ESPN should hold itself to higher standards. Although many will say that it is just a site arcade game with no real effort probably put into the game, I have other examples of games that cause ESPN to be known as a failure in the gaming world. The NBA 2k series as well as the NFL 2k series were among the biggest busts in video game franchise history. Having played the NFL 2k series, the game was primitive compared to the ultra popular NFL Madden game by EA sports. Although I am biased toward the Madden games because it is my favorite video game, anyone with any taste in sports gaming will agree that the ESPN games simply weren’t up to par with EA sports, which has become a multi-billion dollar corporation in it’s own right. NFL 2k was slow, the game wasn’t realistic, and often a player got bored playing the game. The only benefit that the NFL 2K series had in comparison to the madden series was that the graphics were far superior. However the NFL 2K series failed to create any buzz and disbanded after 8 years. Now, Madden has become a cultural phenomenon where we get to vote on the cover athlete, there is a curse of the madden cover (which for all you madden lovers out there, I do believe in) , and the madden cover athlete appears on Letterman and George Lopez TV shows. EA sports also beat out the NBA 2K series for over a decade with it’s NBA LIVE franchise. ESPN has seemingly made a increased effort, combined with the demise of the NBA LIVE brand, leaving NBA 2K as the only viable basketball game in the market, which can’t really be counted as a success. As much as people despise ESPN, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that they can do better than the picture below, which obviously shows some very poor gaming, graphics, and even the poor controlling is visible in the game.
ESPN at it’s finest?
http://espn.go.com/free-online-games/- to play the game, or take your pick in whatever game you would like to play.