In my personal experience through more than 6000 online games I have learned several lessons about what it takes to fully enjoy playing Madden NFL. Being able to compete is paramount, but being competitive isn't an overnight thing. There are no shortcuts to excellence. It takes effort, dedication, attention to detail, the proper mental perspective, and support. I enjoyed playing Madden; I did not enjoy losing. So I set off to find the path to better Madden performance.
Many factors combine to determine a player's stance on the subject including, but not limited to; football experience, Madden NFL experience, awareness, decisiveness, and mental fortitude. With all the swirling opinions, accusations, and rationalization someone must be right, right? Whom, among ethical Madden players, remains to be the question with which we wrestle.
People have been playing Madden NFL head-to-head for more than 20 years, but nothing turns the line between gamesmanship and sportsmanship on its ear more than online play. Before Madden NFL 2003, players needed to be in the same room to play. Friends played friends. Taking a lopsided losses were just part of the Madden experience. Head-to-head Madden games were truly a character building social engagement. But online play has changed the way we think about playing each other.