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They often say football is an emotional game.  The proverbial "they" never thought of Madden when they coined that phrase, but it couldn't be more correct.  Because Madden generates high levels of emotion, some players act on those emotions without thinking of the consequences.  Madden has accounted for more than it's fair share of broken controllers, fist fights, and in extreme cases, crime. Results vary.  But what happens when those claiming to be friends do the most harm? 

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The resulting fog surrounding players can lead them to believe not only that there is honor in quitting, but that players have a duty to quit in some situations. When Madden players base their sportsmanship values on the contents of these discussions, the resulting values of entire communities can change. So what are the 'rules' about quitting games and when is it OK to do so?

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There are tons of opinions about Madden NFL 17, each with it's own merits, but we at MaddenUniversity.com would like to offer a historical, philosophical, and metaphysical critique of why Madden NFL 17 is the best and worst Madden yet to be developed. 

Since the debut of online play developers have attempted to design Madden in such a way to limit the learning curve to attract new customers, provide an aesthetically pleasing approximation of what we see in the NFL to woo existing customers, and the tactical freedom and control required to maintain die-hard customers.  Oddly, EA's attempts to please each of these groups tend to fall short of the mark. 

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Like real life football, the Madden community contains players with diversity of competitiveness and experience. Pitting players of varied levels together in a single arena presents challenges developers seek solutions for annually. The equation of how to create enjoyable Madden experiences for new and old players alike without alienating either has variables that are ever shifting? Much of a player's enjoyment relies on his attitudes toward his own development.  How can we play together in harmony?

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In my personal experience through more than 6000 online games I have learned several lessons about what it takes to fully enjoy playing Madden. Being able to compete is paramount, but being competitive isn't an overnight thing. There are no shortcuts to excellence. It takes effort, dedication, attention to detail, the proper mental perspective, and support. I enjoyed playing Madden, I didn't enjoy losing.  So I set off to find the path to better Madden performance.

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Many factors combine to determine a player's stance on the subject including, but not limited to; football experience, Madden experience, awareness, decisiveness, and mental fortitude. With all the swirling opinions, accusations, and rationalization someone must be right, right? Whom, among ethical Madden players, remains to be the question with which we wrestle.

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