Was the Madden 25 Cover Vote rigged?
There might be a saying that goes “if your thinking it others out there may feel the same way”, well…
Watching the Madden 25 “Run Free” trailer followed by browsing the Youtube comments — actually contributing my own comments; suggesting to EA Sports to update RG3′s (QB of the Washington Redskins) hair, it looks like the same exact model from last years version, Madden 13. And also suggesting to introduce the Nike gloves that was implemented in the NFL a year ago. It seems painfully obvious there is a absence of mirroring the “new look” NFL in that department, it too looks like the same exact gloves from last year.
However it was not my comments, but someone else’s comments that fueled this article; bringing up something interesting regarding the validity of the Madden 25 ‘Cover Vote’ winner.
“the cover is rigged ,obviously for the 25 anniversery they had to have a oldschool player and since all the talk is about running styles it makes no sense to have a quarterback in here and barry sanders fits the bill” – Quote from YouTube commenter millsc0913
Strong accusations ay? But he at least got me to consider it. Why did a running back win?
Yes! Barry Sanders (former running back of the Detroit Lions) while it’s very believable a legend and Hall of Famer won it’s also very coincidental — brought out by the Youtube commenter that EA Sports just happens to be promoting a new run mechanic, ( Run Free) a mechanic that very much tailors to Barry Sanders strengths. Barry, during his days in the NFL was a juking, spinning, cutting, cut backing beast. The King of “make you miss” and it seems EA this year with Madden 25 is attempting to give you more control to get your “Barry” on, conspiracy? Hmmm.
If you wanted to strengthen the “theory” it actually came down to Barry and Adrian Peterson (Superstar running back for the Minnesota Vikings). Wow! Two running backs were finalists, two running backs who most represent what EA is selling and two running backs in the finals would ensure a running back would win the cover vote.
Funny I almost disregarded the comment as anything until his explanation. Everyone that is a Madden fan knows EA will highlight at least one new game mechanic, with said mechanic being marketed as what will make this years version worth the purchase.
Be clear, I’m not personally accusing EA of anything I just found the comment “interesting” and someone who wanted to accuse EA definitely had enough for the makings of a conspiracy theory, add to that the community already doesn’t trust the franchise to deliver a high quality product. EA has been known — in the public eye to do shady things in the past like bring a feature back from the past and label it new, or buying out the NFL license — thus nullifying competition. Throw in recently being voted ‘worst company in America’ — again couldn’t help. They don’t exactly have a long leash in regards to confidence from Madden fans; trust meter is at an all time low. So whether the accusation is true or not it probably doesn’t matter. Frustrated Madden gamers who believe this or who are in inclined to believe this may have already disregarded the franchise as the chants for competition get louder and louder.
Side Note* I did expect Jerry Rice, The Hall of Fame Wide Receiver formerly of the San Francisco 49ers to win.
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