One of the biggest thing missing from sports video games is the ability to take your experience and all of your hard work with you when you switch games -- in fact that's something which has been missing from all games for quite some time.
With the rumor of the week being that Nick Saban is leaving Alabama for a return to the NFL after this season, it makes me wonder just how far away we are from being able to do the same thing in our sports video games -- and by sports video games I specifically mean Madden NFL and NCAA Football.
The Football games are a unique sort nowadays, whereas there are no College Basketball, Hockey, or Baseball games on the market anymore -- there are football games for two levels of the sport. I'm thinking out loud here, but what if the next logical step from connected careers is, well, connected careers. You know, if you have a coach or a player in NCAA, you can transfer them to Madden and, in the case of coaches, back to NCAA at will at the end of every season.
Going a step further, what if you could start out a supple 17 year old high school senior in NCAA, move up through the recruiting rankings, end up playing your college ball at LSU, get drafted in the first round and play through your entire career in the NFL. Then, when you retire, you decide to become a coach. Being a HOF Running Back, the coach at Louisiana Tech gives you the OC job. Then you work your way through a coaching career.
Think about that type of power. Seriously think about it.
And let's dream bigger, what if you could take this experience from game to game -- from Madden NFL 14 to Madden NFL 15? What if you could do this and see your career through?
To me, that's the logical progression of Connected Careers and I hope that's where EA is eventually taking the mode.
But for now, I'm left wondering if the highest sort of profile job opening takes shape in about 3 weeks. Saban has, after all, done this song and dance before.
Sound Off:Do you believe Saban is leaving Alabama? Do you think this is the type of coach movement is something that'd translate well into Connected Careers?