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NY1 Tech Reporter Adam Balkin and blogger Develon Douglas of NY1 sister station YNN Austin cover the 2013 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles.

E3 Wrap-Up 2013: Sports Games Big On Keeping It Real

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In part two of this week's five-part series highlighting some of the top titles from the E3 video game convention, NY1's Adam Balkin highlights some games that draw so many in even if they don't consider themselves serious gamers.

Twenty-five years is an eternity in video game years, but that's how long Madden football has allowed so many fans of the NFL to simulate suiting up on Sundays. So what do developers have planned for this milestone year?

"There's a lot of history in a lot of the loading screens we've got some features we're not talking about yet like maybe some special teams," explains Thomas Singleton of EA Sports. "Something that's brand new to the franchise this year that we're really excited about is we're introducing connected franchises for Madden 25 this year with the introduction of owners for the first time."

The other football, futbol to the rest of the world (soccer to us), is equally if not more of one of those automatic must-haves for so many outside the U.S., but increasingly more here too. If you're a fan of sports at all though you can appreciate how realistic, from a physics standpoint, "FIFA 14" is getting.

"If you look in real life people move or can change direction only when they have a foot planted on the ground," says Sebastian Enrique of EA Sports. "So we didn't respect that in the past but now in 'FIFA 14' we're introducing step-based locomotion technology that allows us to have precision movement how players move in real life."

Finally, there are also still those games that try to turn you into an actual athlete in the latest Zumba title, "World Party", where you kinda feel like you're on a vacation while exercising in your living room.

"We went to Hawaii and studies Hula and Tahitian and Samoan dance. We went to Puerto Rico and studied reggaeton, early funk, salsa, meringue. The Caribbean we studied cumbia, and soca, and calypso, India Bollywood and even a new style to Zumba called Bellywood," says Lisa Roth of Majesco.

Developers also say they decided to use video representations of the trainers instead of gamey avatars in order to help users feel a closer connection to some legendary Zumba trainers.

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