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Aug. 14 2003 6:53 PM

Madden

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The game is an extension of what John Madden sells: the fun of football mixed with an understanding of the import of it. Even his "womanless nomadic existence" on the Maddencruiser bus, described last year in an article for the New York Times Magazine, is re-created in the throngs of men who gather in rooms, alone and in groups, to play a game for hours on end. But most of all, Madden the announcer and Madden the game rely on the same thing for their success: Everyone, even NFL football players, wants to be Michael Vick.

Correction, Aug. 15, 2003: This article originally stated that Daunte Culpepper appeared on the cover of last year's Madden game. Marshall Faulk appeared on the cover of Madden 2003. Culpepper was on the cover of Madden 2002. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Chris Suellentrop is the deputy editor for blogs at Yahoo News and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He has reviewed video games for Slate, Rolling Stone, and NewYorker.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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