Side-Quest 143. Playing Sportsball

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This week, we’re talking about sports video games and sports in video games. Score!

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The Topic

The stars from the cover of Madden 2022

What are the biggest sports games in the…well, game? What are the histories of these sports games? Which sports games break from the mold? What’s the appeal of a sports game versus playing a sport anyway? How have these games impacted the video game industry and the respective sports leagues they represent?

The Actual Discussion

Nintendo Switch bowling screenshot

We talk through some of the biggest sports franchises in video games: FIFA, Madden, NBA 2k, Mario… We also call out some of the more idiosyncratic sports games out there and remark on how many of these feature golf of all things. Additionally, we brainstorm our own ideal sports game. We’ve got some weird ones. If you listen to this show at all, you’d know that we always do.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Epic Mickey and Two Point Campus.

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