Ah, the lull of the off season continues. News travels slowly. Patience runs thin. At times like this, I, like Dave, turn to college football video games to temporarily satisfy the craving for gridiron action. While I only really got into these games back in the early 2000's, I thought it would be interesting to chart the history of this insanely addictive, mentally degenerating, socially debilitating, girlfriend alienating, work-ruining pastime that is college football video gaming. Thus, without further a-do, a-hem....
From what I can gather, it all began in 1993. (The Cowbell Commander was just a mere third-grader at this point!) That year, Bill Walsh, inventor of the West Coast offense, slapped his name on EA's first college football game, Bill Walsh College Football. Apparently this game was pretty good for it's time. But looking back now, the game seems...primitive. Look at this screen shot below!
Bill Walsh College Football '95. This marks the beginning of the era of EA cranking out a decent college football game each year for the next million zillion years.
1994 also blessed the world with the aptly-named NCAA Football. Developed by Software Toolworks, this title franchise would only have one season under its belt. Why? IT SUCKED!
I can't even begin to guess the teams here...
Whoa - wait! Somebody actually tried to compete with EA? That's right. While Sega seemingly benched it's college football franchise for a few years, it brought in a new stud in 2001 - NCAA Football 2K2: Road to the Rose Bowl. This game was great to play, looked awesome (even thought the players looked a little rectangular...), and was worth buying if only for getting a fresh take on the play by play commentary. Those EA guys said the same stuff every year!
Even though Sega threw a legitimate hat in the ring, EA would dominate in sales and Sega would bow out gracefully with its dignity from the college football franchise race. NCAA College Football 2k3 would be the final installment of Sega's college football series. The play selection in this game was more advanced than EA's, and the commentary on the field from the players taunting each other kept things really realistic.
23 Skidoo! Hut hut hut!
Look at that realistic grimace on the ugly mug of that Buckeye!
If this doesn't look fun, you're right.
Doesn't look too fun, but strangely addictive.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a brief glance at college football video gaming. You know what the Cowbell Commander is going to do right now? I'll give you 4 clues...