Here at Stat Box Stories, we traditionally play as the underdog (or as a favorite team) when we put together articles using sports video games. For this weekend’s NFL Conference Championship Games, the decision was made to introduce a new type of article: Both Sides Story. With the games of such importance this weekend, instead of playing the game once, each game was played twice: once as each team involved in the match-up. Both playthroughs had full stats recorded, along with screenshot and video highlights; read on to find out how the Both Sides Story played out for the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 NFC Championship Game!
With the close of STAT BOX STORIES Week 7, a lot of exciting things are happening here at the blog. The beginning of the week saw the announcement of the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL, a community project organized by this site to try and get entries for every single Bowl Game of the 2011-2012 NCAA bowl season. For more information–and to see which Bowl Games are still looking for contributors to cover them–visit the organizing forum post at The Gaming Tailgate here.
As a result of the beginning of the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL, we got more entries than usual. Here’s the quick recap:
Monday, December 12th: Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL 12
Tuesday, December 13th: Aston Villa hosts Liverpool in FIFA 12
Wednesday, December 14th: 2011 New Mexico Bowl — Temple Owls at Wyoming Cowboys in NCAA Football 12
Thursday, December 15th: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers in Madden NFL 12 Online Team Play
Expect the coming weeks to be just as busy here at STAT BOX STORIES as Bowl Games continue to be played both in real life and in NCAA Football 12 by members of this blog project community. Next week will be the last “normal” week of entries here at the site, as the week of December 25th, 2011 and the week of January 1st, 2012 will be solely filled with entries using NCAA Football 12.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves; here’s a look at Week 8 in STAT BOX STORIES:
Monday, December 19th
USA hosts Mexico
Tuesday, December 20th
2011 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Arizona State at Boise State
Wednesday, December 21st
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Thursday, December 22nd
Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators
Be sure to come back next week for another set of STAT BOX STORIES entries as we get into the 8th week of this series! This promises to be one of the busiest weeks of the blog project so far, so you won’t want to miss a single day of the action!
To mix things up a little bit with this week’s entry of STAT BOX STORIES for Madden NFL 12, I decided to invite some of my fellow EA SPORTS Game Changers as well as one of the NCAA Football 12 Community Event attendees to join me in the game’s Online Team Play (OTP) mode using one of this week’s marquee games on the NFL schedule. For the uninitiated, OTP allows for up to six Madden NFL gamers to play against one another online on teams of up to three users apiece. Our initial goal was to get a full six-player match going on, but due to schedule issues we ended up with a 3-on-2 game.
The game that we decided to stage was the Pittsburgh Steelers going on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. On the Steelers side were steelerfan, a member of the forums at The Gaming Tailgate, as well as Strongarm_playa from Madden Players of America. The 49ers were played by cdj and Kwizzy from The Gaming Tailgate and myself. The stage was set for an epic showdown on the virtual west coast.