Red White & Blue Hens

College students in Delaware who think right is right, and left is wrong. We study hard, party hard, and play hardball.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Take a lesson from Madden

It was my best friend(Mike) and me. It was two controllers in our hands. It was 1994. It was SEGA, and it was Joe Montana sports talk football. We've come a long way since then.

Back then, we played this game religously: hours on end. I remember it was a month of July, where we had back-2-back-2-back sleepovers: 3 nights in a row for the first time ever. What did we do: played SEGA. I was always the Vikings, and he was either the Eagles(worst team) or 49ers (best team). You could run pass plays, or running plays and that was about it. No trades, no free agents: just football- and it was awesome. Now: it's ancient.

Madden 2006 is about to come out in just a few days. It has more plays, more commentary, MUCH BETTER graphics, more features: franchise mode, superstar mode, owner mode, you can set the prices of hot dogs. It's so cool, even the cheerleaders jugglers bounce while they dance (Mike's favorite feature).

Once upon a time, the President was Franklin Roosevelt, and the country was in crisis. In a sense: Roosevelt built the first video games. He didn't just create "Joe Montana sports talk football", but he also created SimCity and other "ancient" games. In reality we call them Social Security and Medicare. They were big, they were awesome, they provided a service and it was "great"....

Now, here we are, 60+ years after Roosevelt, and we're still playing the same old video games: and they're getting old! We can do so much better- and the numbers prove it. Social Security is headed down a path that will put it in deficit and one day it will no longer be functional. It's time to end the days of the game cartridges of Sega, and time to move onto the CD's of PS2 and XBox. It's time to move on from simple benefits that are becomming smaller and smaller (like a SEGA game would get worse and worse the longer you played: if the SEGA got too hot)to personal investment accounts that bring promise to the table, and the hope of one day having the ability to build true wealth.

It's time to get modern, Joe Montana Sports talk football was great, but I wouldn't have the patience for it today. It's time to move on.


  • At 2:43 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    Glad to see you guys are writing again. Now if I can just get some others in my group going, we can keep the blogs interesting next year.

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Ryan S. said…

    I am going to promote this blog all over come Fall semester. Hopefully we can reinvigorate some interest.


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