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Steve Noah

Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
OS Username: Steve_OS
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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Madden NFL 12 rosters are available now for PS3 and 360 users. Those looking to get online franchise roster files, will have to wait until mid to late next week.

Want to see all 1300 changes for the week? Click here.

Game: Madden NFL 12Reader Score: 6/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 41 - View All
03:37 PM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA has won the Ryan Hart NCAA player likeness suit and puts a dent in the Sam Keller case.

Head on over to Gamasutra for the details.

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U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson accepted EA's arguments that its First Amendment right to free expression overruled the privacy rights of Hart and other NCAA players to protect use of their name and likeness.

While EA's NCAA Football 2006 didn't refer to Hart by name, his lawsuit pointed out that the "virtual QB" for Rutgers in the game shared Hart's general appearance, attributes, uniform number, height, weight, visor, home state, and even a distinctive left hand wristband Hart wore.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 100 - View All


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It is time for you to make your case on the greatest NBA team of all-time.

Fans can select a current or Legendary squad and submit their argument to Youtube. Upload a compassionate, convincing argument and have a shot at an upcoming NBA 2K12 commercial spot.

Head on over to NBA2KDebate.com to get the details.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
02:48 PM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new Key Moments In Football Gaming History article from Industry Gamers.

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During a 1984 meeting with Electronic Arts over the creation of John Madden Football, former NFL head coach and commentator, John Madden, famously changed gaming history when he insisted the company display eleven men per team to retain the sport’s realism. Either EA agreed to Madden’s terms, or he wouldn’t lend his name and likeness to the product.

Thankfully, EA shared his passion for the game.

“In the beginning, we had severe technical constraints, which is why I asked, among my hundreds of other questions to John, what he thought about initially going with ‘skeleton’, which is basically the same football game without all the down linemen,” said Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts. “On the one hand, I was relieved when he said he wanted the real thing, because I did too. However, that set our schedule back, and the first version of the game did not come out until four years later.”

Despite the delay, John Madden Football proved to be worth the wait and eventually spawned the million selling Madden NFL franchise, cementing Hawkins’ legacy as a sports video game pioneer, yet this is but one proud moment in football gaming, a collection of digital achievements that propelled one of the U.S.’s biggest sports into the virtual arena.

On that note, join us as we reflect on more than three decades of pigskin throwing fun.

10:38 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Interested in an updated Tecmo Super Bowl? Complete with 32 teams, updated rosters, updated graphics and more?

Well, you're in luck! The fine folks at TecmoBowl.org have just released Tecmo Super Bowl 2012.

Go ahead and download your copy, along with an emulator, right here. Unzip it, run the Nestopia app, then click "File", "Open" and find the TSB 2012(9.7.11).nes file. Enjoy!

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Happy 20th birthday, Tecmo Super Bowl!

What’s changed.
  • All 32 teams
  • Current day rosters (sorry David Garrard)
  • Passing Accuracy now does something (this means original game John Elway realllllly sucked)
  • Updated Graphics
  • Ability to change the quarter length

Update: 9/12/11

http://tecmobowl.org/2011/09/12/upda...with-qb-colts/

Here are some of the highlights of the fixes
  • Mixed up Passing Accuracy and Pass Control in the manual: PA = completions, PC = where the ball is going
  • Not only is Kerry Collins starting over Peyton, but he’s been renamed as “QB Colts”
  • We fixed all the stuff up above
  • Check out the readme for the gory details
  • Last but not least, let us know if we’ve still overlooked something in the following areas
  • Jersey Number
  • Graphics

10:25 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
10:19 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The official Forza Motorsport 4 website has posted part 3 of their Under the Hood interview with Turn 10 Creative Director, Dan Greenawalt.

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What changes have been made to the AI in Forza 4?

There are several changes to the Drivatar AI in Forza Motorsport 4. And, there’s a lot of backstory here too. As we demonstrated at E3 2011, the AI is more aware of its surroundings than it was in Forza 3. For the sake of brevity (not my strong suit), I’ll limit this discussion to AI difficulty and not go into the whole AI awareness and aggression systems. In Forza 3, we trained the AI to make certain types of mistakes. Then, based on the AI driver profile (i.e. M. Rossi) and AI difficulty setting (e.g. easy, medium, and hard), a given driver might make one type of mistake more often than another. The AI mistakes slowed the AI down, but the results are fairly random. As a result, it’s a good system for giving the AI personality, but it’s not particularly effective at making them consistently slower to account for lower player skill.

We also have different aspects to the AI profile that control how well they corner and set up turns--this relates to how the Drivatars are trained to carve lines. This slows them down consistently, but still doesn’t slow them down as much as we needed in Forza 3 for the medium and easy difficulty settings. In order to further slow them down, we removed power from the AI cars at the lower difficulty levels. Removing power slowed them down, but allowed the player to walk away from them on the straights. Unfortunately, this cut down on the nail-biting wheel-to-wheel action. All of these systems in concert created the differences in AI difficulty settings. At the hardest AI difficulty, we greatly reduced the mistakes, instructed them to drive their fastest profile and didn’t remove power.

Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
10:08 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

For those of you with EA Sports Season Ticket, NHL 12 is available now for 360 users. Roughly 6:00 PM EST for PS3. File Size is 5.64 GB.

Be sure to post your impressions in our gameplay impressions thread!!

Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 25 - View All
05:39 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the hi-res Grand Slam Tennis 2 screenshot of Novak Djokovic.

Game: Grand Slam Tennis 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 2 - View All
05:33 AM - September 9, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Check out all the new Need For Speed The Run screenshots, right here.

Game: Need for Speed The RunReader Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: 3DS / PC / PS3 / Wii / Xbox 360Votes: 3 - View All
Thursday, September 8, 2011
05:23 PM - September 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NBA JAM: On Fire Edition will be available on the PlayStation Network in North America on October 4th and will arrive for Xbox Live Worldwide on October 5th.

Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
05:06 PM - September 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out some of the new NBA 2K12 screenshots.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
04:51 PM - September 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
04:21 PM - September 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Dime Magazine has posted their NBA 2K12 hands-on preview, going over more My Player details.

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Once you’re all set with how your player looks and how he plays, you are thrust into the bright lights of Madison Square Garden to take on other created rookies in what is known as the “Rookie Challenge.” This is your major chance to show NBA scouts and GMs what you got before Draft Day.

Before tip-off, you’re given three objectives in order to build up your player’s “teammate grade.” For an athletic guard like myself, some of my tasks included dishing out three assists to three different players, and holding my man to a low field goal percentage. But nearly everything you do results in some sort of feedback. Moving the ball around the key that leads to a three can get you ball movement points. Helping out on defense builds up your rep even more. Your letter grade starts out as a “C” and depending on what you do in this game, you can jump from the lottery to the second round of the draft very quickly.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All