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Posted 2007-10-23 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A cartoony role-playing world isn't what I pictured when I first heard about NFL Rush Zone, the official virtual world of the National Football League. I was expecting more of an Empire of Sports in my head--a sort of square-jawed, die-hard, "Just Do It" virtual world filled with rippling pectorals and taut calves. But that's not even the kind of world I'd like to role-play in. The NFL Rush Zone I wish for is gritty, sweaty, and sleazy. Something I could sink my scarred helmet into.

Forget about what happens on the field--that sort of action can easily be a subset of a greater role-playing experience. Can you make it from high-school hero to national football star without resorting to steroid use? Can you handle the pressures of fame? Resist the temptation of alcohol and drugs? Be a role-model to legions of young-people? Choose appropriate sponsorships? Make a positive impact on your community, or even on the country? When I think of a football role-playing game, I wish for character-building personal choices a player might have to make. Not goofy cartoon characters.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Adrian Crook
October 23, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
     
 
It's purpose is to train youngsters to buy NFL merchandise, not to simulate the dreams of adult NFL wannabes.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 23, 2007 @ 2:51 pm
     
 
Oh, I know. It's just a completely uncreative waste of bandwidth in my opinion, but obviously I'm nowhere near their target audience in age or interest. I don't even like sports :)

On a less emotional level, the only thing I can really object to is their calling it a role-playing game. It seems to be that only in the weakest possible sense. It's not even clear that one of the "dozens of games" is actually football.

Oh, and the little black guys on the Flash banner ad for NFL Rush Zone busting out gang signs and breakdancing is lame, too.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Adrian Crook
October 23, 2007 @ 2:54 pm
     
 
Hehe... you really don't like it, eh?

I'll reserve judgment until I see the whole thing, but I see where you're going. I still think it could be a really smart move by the NFL. Why not give youngsters a way to interact with the NFL brand, outside of the typical Madden experience.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 23, 2007 @ 3:19 pm
     
 
> Why not give youngsters a way to interact with the NFL brand, outside of the typical Madden experience.

Agreed, but the implementation is so Poochie. I'll be interested to see how girls are treated in NFL Rush Zone--what is their "role" going to be? Cheerleader?
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Adrian Crook
October 23, 2007 @ 3:32 pm
     
 
LOL. Oh the misogyny!
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Benjamin Duranske
November 6, 2007 @ 3:17 am
     
 
Want to see something much cooler?

http://www.footballsuperstars.com/
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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