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Atlanta Dan
04-02-2011, 11:31 AM
Alan Schwarz, chief of the New York Times football causes brain damage bureau, has this latest article on football and concussions

Video Game’s New Version Teaches About Concussions

Madden NFL 12, the coming version of the eerily true-to-life N.F.L. video game played by millions of gamers, will be realistic enough not only to show players receiving concussions, but also to show any player who sustains one being sidelined for the rest of the game — no exceptions. Beyond that, in the background, the game’s announcers will explain that the player was removed because of the seriousness of head injuries....

John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach for whom the game is named and who is involved in its development, said that the impetus for the changes was twofold: to further hone the game’s realism, and to teach youngsters to play football more safely.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” Madden said in a telephone interview. “It starts young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.” ....

Previous versions of the Madden series showed players receiving concussions and being allowed to stay on the field. When those players are removed now, commentary from the announcers Gus Johnson and Cris Collinsworth will underscore why. ...

Madden said that he preferred some safety matters to be depicted as they occur on the field — like grabbing of the face mask, which results in a 15-yard penalty — but that he no longer wanted helmet-to-helmet hits or head shots on defenseless receivers, which the N.F.L. considers more dangerous and subjects players to suspension and substantial fines. Madden did not say whether James Harrison, the hard-hitting Pittsburgh Steeler who complained about the league’s safety measures last season, would have similar gripes in Madden 12


Schwarz reaffirms his agenda with the cheap shot at Harrison quoted above:mad:.