Thursday, August 21, 2008

Upside-Down World

There was an infamous YouTube video last year that showed a glitch in Tiger Woods 08 where a player could actually hit a shot while standing on a lake. The guys who made the video called it the "Jesus Shot", and it was hilarious. It was also quite sad, in its own way, because Tiger Woods used to be one of the EAs most vibrant franchises, and it's basically been destroyed in the last few years.

Now EA has put out a video using footage from the bug video, then showing the real Tiger Woods seemingly walking on water and hitting a shot from the middle of a lake. Then you see "it's not a glitch. He's just that good" on the screen.

Let's review. The quality control at EA Sports is so poor that now they're making fun of their own bugs. Maybe they can make a video of that putting motion in TW where every player brings the putter back to knee level (which should roll the ball about eighty feet), no matter the length of the putt. "It's not a glitch. That putter is made out of foam," the caption can say.

Wait, here's one more. Somebody could show the speed of defenders and pursuit angles in NCAA 09 on the left half of the screen, and on the right half of the screen they could show similar footage from a Pop Warner football game. I bet the Pop Warner kids on defense would both be running faster and using better pursuit angles.

The caption? "Programming pursuit angles are hard."

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