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.
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