Thursday, September 06, 2007


A new college football game was announced this week:
BATON ROUGE, LA - September 5, 2007 - Nerjyzed Entertainment, Inc., a privately held, African American owned digital entertainment company, announced today the launch of its new sports videogame, Black College Football Experience. An authentic, action-packed football game created using the Unreal 3.0 engine, BCFx is a cultural experience that puts players and fans into the heart of black college football.

...BCFx is a sports game that captures the unique culture of the black college football experience, fusing advanced videogame design with music, and entertainment. Nerjyzed has secured an exclusive 5-year licensing agreement with three HBCU conferences including the SWAC, SIAC, and CIAA, several schools within the MEAC as well as independent HBCUs. The game features more than 40 teams, bands and mascots; interactive halftime shows; realistic stadiums; play-by-play commentary; and ten authentic Classics.

As soon as this press release hit the gaming sites, people started complaining, ridiculing the idea. And after listening to them whine non-stop for over twenty-four hours, this is all I have to say.

It's a great idea.

Let me get this straight. We all bitch and complain about NCAA every year because it's never going to be great, and it needs a design enema, and EA is the Darth Vader of videogames,
but if anyone proposes a different college football game, you'd think someone buggered the Pope.

I have no idea if this game is going to be any good, but as a concept, it's fantastic. Football at historically black colleges and universities has a long and extraordinarily proud tradition--well over 200 players from Grambling State alone have played in the NFL.

The leading rusher in NFL history? Walter Payton, a graduate of Jackston State University.

Oh, all right. Emmitt Smith is now the leading rusher in NFL history, but Walter Payton was the former record holder, and I think Smith would be the first one to admit that Payton was a better running back.

The leading receiver in NFL history? Jerry Rice, a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University.

I've watched enough of these games to totally agree that they offer a unique football experience. The games are faster paced, higher scoring, there are a ton of big plays, and the halftime shows are incredibly extravagant. These games are treated as celebrations, and why shouldn't they be celebrated in a game, too?

EA has locked up the NCAA Division I license. Getting a license with these five conferences, which play a very exciting brand of football, was a terrific idea.

It sounds like fun. Isn't that why we play games?

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