Posted by Andy Benoit
In the past year or two, society has changed its view of the concussion. The most common head injury in football has gone from being kind of funny and cool to downright scary and serious.
In a lot of ways, it feels like this shift in viewpoint became official when EA Sports announced earlier this week that when virtual players on the Madden video game suffer a concussion, they won’t be able to return to the field.
It used to be, a concussed player could return to the field after one quarter. But EA Sports president Peter Moore said this was “wrong”. Moore believes his company “has an obligation” to recognize the severity of brain injuries.
Naturally, the loudmouth cynics in the crowd can use the opportunity from this spotlight to spout off about the video game’s promotion of illegal hits (which are being seen as the most prominent gateway to concussions). But Moore said Madden also aims to teach proper tackling techniques. Anyone who has played the realer-than-real game can attest to that.
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