12/26/2005

Video Game Sheds NFL License, Gets Violent

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 5:29 am

In a gritty new video game about a fictional football league, players cripple their opponents, gamble and use performance-enhancing supplements.

“Blitz: The League” is able to feature the graphic violence and adult themes not usually seen in sports video games because it was produced without an NFL license and the restrictions that carries.

Developed by Chicago’s Midway Games, “Blitz” is the first unlicensed football title to hit store shelves since the NFL reach an exclusive agreement a year ago with Electronic Arts Inc., makers of the popular “Madden NFL” franchise. “Madden NFL” and the company’s edgier “NFL Street” series are both rated E for everyone.

“We decided that we wanted to make this a mature-rated game for adults, and that opened up a whole lot of doors,” said Mark Bilder, executive producer for “Blitz.”

Because the game is unlicensed, it can’t feature markings of real teams, NFL stadiums or images of NFL players. The star of this title is New York Nightmare linebacker Quentin Sands, a fictional player voiced by former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

Bilder said “Blitz,” which was released in October and has sold 350,000 units, fictionalizes real behavior that the NFL tries to downplay, such as off-the-field fights and wild parties.

Source: AP

 

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