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November 16th, 1999

[4:30 PM] Madden NFL 2000 Released At Last!
by Staff

Long anticipated, Madden NFL 2000 has been released. Madden NFL 200 is a 3D football simulator that has been a huge hit in the PC world. Aspyr Media, an Austin, Tx. firm, ported the game to the Mac for Electronic Arts. According to Aspyr:

Aspyr Media today announced the immediate availability of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 2000, the first major sports title for the Macintosh.

Madden NFL 2000 is the latest in the EA SPORTS John Madden Football series, which accounted for 57 percent of sales for all PC-based football games in 1998 according to PC Data.

"Madden NFL 2000 signifies the return of the big boys to the Mac gaming community," said John Schappert, executive in charge of production, Electronic Arts.

"The new iMac and Power Mac G4s make the Mac a great platform for hard core gamers and beginners alike, and provide a huge business opportunity for game developers to create exciting new titles," said Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Mac gamers everywhere will be thrilled they can now enjoy the bone-crunching fun of Madden NFL 2000."

Madden NFL 2000 takes gaming to a new level with new modes, enhanced Madden-designed Artificial Intelligence, new 3D player graphics and new motion-captured offensive and defensive moves -- like diving catches, wrap and gang tackles, touchdown celebrations and other helmet-popping gameplay.

More than 100 football teams are available, including all current NFL teams, 85 All-Time and Super Bow teams, plus numerous secret teams. Madden NFL 2000's wide range of teams, from past and present, provides a multitude of match-ups for historical football fans, those interested in this year's teams and those who just want to play some good old-fashioned hard-hitting football.

Madden NFL 2000 is priced at US$49.95. MAC-O-RAMA is listing the title for US$46 and there are doubtless other specials on the Internet. You can find more information at Aspyr's web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: Ported for Electronic Arts by Aspyr Media, Madden NFL 2000 was originally going to be a simultaneous Mac/PC release. Problems that allegedly centered around OpenGL delayed the Mac version despite Aspyr's hard work, much to the chagrin of the Mac gaming community that was looking forward to the high profile simultaneous release. If Mac gamers would like to see more games like this come to the Mac quickly, and despite the delays this game did indeed come to the Mac more quickly than most, then they should go out and buy it. In the battle to make the Mac a better gaming platform, the power of money speaks volumes. If Electronic Arts makes a hefty profit from the Mac release of this game, then they will be pleased as punch to bring more such releases to the Mac.

Aspyr - Electronic Arts

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