Some of the biggest names in football recently visited the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens to pay tribute to one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Football stars Cam Newton, Michael Vick, and Marshall Faulk gathered this past week at what may seem like an unlikely meeting point, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. They were all there this Super Bowl week helping to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit honoring 25 years of one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, EA's Madden Football.
"Very few games have survived and grown over 25 years. It allows us to hold up a mirror to the history and craft of video games looking at the development of one game over time," says Museum of the Moving Image Director Carl Goodman.
The exhibit itself has a timeline highlighting the big innovations of each incarnation of the game. Five though have been chosen for visitors to get hands on with, from the original PC game all the way through to Madden 25 on the new XBox One.
The NFL players say they are amazed at how realistic the game looks and feels. Is it realistic enough though for them to use as a simulation to prepare for actual game day? In short, no.
"There are some concepts on the game that you can relate to, you see plays running you may have in your playbook and say, 'Oh I know that play you can run it with your eyes closed,'" says Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick.
"From the outside looking in it looks the same but from the inside looking out it's nothing the same. And to answer your question, offensively you probably could profit more with trying to be prepared for something but defensively no way, the coverages are different, the talent is different," says Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton.
The "Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running" exhibit will run well beyond the Super Bowl though February 23.