AB: (6:03 PM)
Alright let's get this started.
jacob dayton ohio [via mobile]
When is madden NFL 2011 comin out?
AB: (6:05 PM)
August 13 of this year. We'll have coverage from the launch festivities in New Orleans.
philly scott cincy ohio [via mobile]
Wat can my sixers do 2 win a championship
AB: (6:06 PM)
It only takes a couple of players to have a playoff caliber team in the East. The Sixers need a couple of players
Brian (Knoxville) [via mobile]
Whats the 1 game every sports fan should be looking forward to this summer?
AB: (6:15 PM)
I say it always depends on what sports you're into but there are a lot of options out there. You have all of the motion-sensor "sports" games available on Wii, PlayStation 3's new MOVE add-on system and the Xbox 360's Kinect system. You'll actually be waving your arms leaning and jumping with games like Active 2.0 and the variety of dancing games out there. Sport sims like Madden NFL and NBA 2K11 are still the strongest ones out there in their category. Keep an eye on newcomers like Shaun White Skateboarding and EA Sports MMA too.
jonah (arlington tn) [via mobile]
who is the best player on the broncos roster and what is tebows overall?
AB: (6:20 PM)
You just can't get enough of the player ratings huh? None of the ones we've seen are final just yet. So I can answer your questions but don't hold me to them. Look for Champ Bailey to be one of the best players in the game still, let alone Denver. And right now I've seen Tebow at a 70 overall with 88 Throwing Power and a 55 Tackling rating. I actually told Tebow he was the best tackling quarterback in a game and he was horrified. He said "Why would I want that? That means I'll be throwing a lot of interceptions!" Then we figured out he's getting the high tackling rating for his high school days as a part time linebacker. Remember Madden is made a flea flicker away from Gainesville.
miguel pharr tx [via mobile]
hey what are the dallas cowboys rated in madden 11 thanks
AB: (6:22 PM)
The Cowboys are an 87 overall. Remember there's no "underachiever" rating in video games.
ja_lewis74 (arlington, texas)
what changes will EA make to NCAA Football teambuilder? and when can we expect to see the site updated?
AB: (6:31 PM)
Look for TeamBuilder to "switch over" for lack of better word next month when NCAA 11 comes out. There's more logos and a few added elements here and there. If you're into the off-console elements of the game then you should really be into Dynasty Wire and StoryBuilder. We're going to get way into that in the coming days and weeks but for now start here: http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=5285876&hcId=3706247
Troy (OH) [via mobile]
What new features does Madden have this year?
AB: (6:37 PM)
Lots of new stuff in Madden this year. We're pretty hardcore Madden players around here so a couple of exciting things for us may seem like minor things to others. Better sideline awareness for receivers is a huge addition. Guys won't run patterns out of bounds or forget to try to keep their feet in on sideline and back-of-the-endzone catches. It's still being implemented in the game but we've seen it actually work. Put it this way: when a guy can't keep his feet in bounds or the route does take him out of bounds, you'll see the players react to the mistake. This drives the point home that there's a right way and a wrong way to catch the ball on the sideline.Gameflow is the feature you'll hear about most because it makes Madden easier for folks who haven't been playing it for 20 years like us. But within Gameflow is the ability to build your own custom playbooks that have your plays arranged by down, distance and specific situations. This will replace the "Ask Madden" group of plays in the playcall menu. You'll be "asking yourself" what the best plays are in a given situation. This could be huge for serious Madden gamers out there.One last tidbit. Once you call a punt or field goal, you have to kick it. No more audibles out of special teams into an offensive set. If you want to call something else you have to call a timeout. Ruthless huh?
florida [via mobile]
In ncaa football, as the player progresses over the years does he get bigger as in muscle size and weight?
AB: (6:39 PM)
Good question. We've asked for this every year since 2004 because I got sick of seeing my 95 rated defensive end still playing at 218 pounds as a senior. The honest answer is I don't know but I doubt EA Sports has automated that for us. In a custom Dynasty they'll want you to just customize your players to your liking.
rames tampa fl [via mobile]
Which teams are in the Ncaa 11 demo?
AB: (6:41 PM)
Miami, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, Texas, Ohio State and Missouri....but not in that order.
Romeo [via mobile]
What is the Jets rating in the game...and what do you think of hixon being out for the year for the giants
AB: (6:44 PM)
The Jets are an 89. They were either waaaay overrated last year at an 88 or they're underrated this year since New York A is the stylish pick to do well in the 2010 NFL season. You would think that adding an aging LT, Santonio Holmes and even more talent to an already vicious defense would put them in the elite category of 90+ rated teams. Fullbacks and Tight Ends often inflate a team's overall ratings. Book it.
Kyle Minnesota [via mobile]
Is Favre on the Vikings?
AB: (6:46 PM)
Haven't checked that specifically. But I see no reason why he wouldn't be. If doesn't come back to play, they'll just roster-update him to be on the free agent list in the game. Just like Marvin Harrison last year. On another note, Adrian Peterson is a 98 overall at the moment. Guess all those NFC Championship game fumbles didn't hurt him much.
Paul (Boston, Mass.) [via mobile]
What national teams are in fifa 11?
AB: (6:47 PM)
Way too many to list here. But remember the Netherlands got back into the mix last year so no more fake Heitengas or Kuyts. Plus you can customize each national team with any player that has eligibility for that country. All Americans are eligible to be put on the US National Team for example.
robert las vegas [via mobile]
will any ea sports game ever make it back to a pc i dont have any of the new systems
AB: (6:48 PM)
They're making games specifically for Facebook. Does that count?
Joseph Gladstone MI [via mobile]
Will Nebraska enter the big 10, after one year of dynasty mode? Also, can you invite new schools to a conferance?
AB: (6:55 PM)
We'll use this question to answer the bigger question of "Whats going to happen to NCAA Football 11 with all of this FBS realignment?"The short answer is nothing. NCAA 11 is already in the pipeline to hit stores July 13 so no more changes. The conferences are locked into their pre-June 2010 configurations since all of this went from idle chatter to full blown chaos in just a matter of weeks. Using some of the Team Builder functionality you can move a team to a different conference by replacing one school with another. But that's hardly a solution to what's going on right now with the Big Ten, Pac-10 etc.So after the first year of your Dynasty season, after you've won the BCS title and the Heisman and all that, you'll go into the 2011 season of your Dynasty and all the conferences and teams will be right where they were for your 2010 season. No changes.An EA insider put it this way: "We're making another game next year aren't we?" This means the new conference map will be one of the selling points for next year's game. We hear all of this real life shuffling may have inspired the makers of NCAA Football to allow gamers to do the same thing in future editions of the game. Conference and team re-shuffling and new bowl tie-ins anyone?
miguel pharr tx [via mobile]
i know you dont have th players ratings yet but where do you see dez bryant around thanks
AB: (6:56 PM)
We actually looked up Dez Bryant. He's probably going to be low 80s, which is darn good for a rookie. His 91 speed seems about right too.
chris( winston-salem,nc) [via mobile]
what is greenbay's overall rating? and how dose rodgers compare to other qb's in the game?
AB: (6:58 PM)
The Packers are an 87. Aaron Rodgers has moved into that group of quarterbacks just below the P.Manning-Brady-Brees trinity. So he'll probably be mid to low 90s like Philip Rivers and Ben Rothlisberger. Remember there is no off-the-field turmoil in Madden.
miguel pharr tx [via mobile]
what is miles autin rating as of right now
AB: (7:00 PM)
Cowboy fans barely edge out Broncos, Viking and Packer fans on this chat in terms of intensity. Mile Austin is an 88 at the moment. Seems low to me but it take more than 75% of a breakout year to become and elite player in Madden.
AB: (7:03 PM)
Alright everybody. That's our time here. Thanks for chatting. Not one question about NHL 11 or NBA Elite 11 eh? You all are going to want to know about those two for sure. In fact we may do a dedicated chat to the new NBA title because they've totally overhauled that game...enough to make a name change. Let us know what other topics you want to do on a live chat at twitter.com/aboulding. Thanks again.