When the founder of Electronic Arts boarded an Amtrak train back in 1984 for a meeting with legendary coach-turned-commentator John Madden, there was no way of knowing it at the time, but they were about to change the world of video games forever. EA’s Madden Football franchise, with new releases every year since its debut in 1988, has been responsible for more than $4 billion in sales, with more than 130 million units sold … and counting. Of course, the sports world was just rocked by Madden’s death at the age of 85, but while the man himself may be gone, it’s expected that the game franchise will live on. (Madden stopped being the franchise’s in-game announcer more than a decade ago, though he continued to be heavily involved in the game’s design.) But, in going back to the game’s humble beginnings, there was no guarantee that the initial game would be a hit, much less the start of a legendary franchise. And, in a video game world that was just advancing from the 8-bit Atari to new 16-bit platforms, there were a lot of unknowns — especially since Madden demanded that the game be as realistic as possible. Reflecting back on its early days, Madden once told us he had no idea how popular the game would wind up becoming. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Madden)
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