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Are You Addicted to Madden? September 20, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

If you’re a young male and a fan of the NFL, chances are, you’ve probably played Madden quite a few times.  I can contest that this game is one of the most addicting video games ever invented.  I was once addicted, and it is something I struggle with everyday, but I’m making progress.  Now, my mission is to help others who may have become addicted to this game as well.  If you answer yes to any of these symptoms listed below, please seek help immediately.

  • You have severe pain or soreness in your thumbs.  This comes from playing more than 5 hours a day of Madden. Constantly pressing the buttons on the controller causes severe fatigue or pain in the thumbs.  Usually, players addicted to Madden will ignore this symptom, and continue to play. This only worsens the condition.

  • After owning the game for only a week, you notice the game often freezes, yet there are no scratches on the disc and nothing wrong with your video game console.  This occurs from unusual long hours of play.  The disc has been played so much in a week, that it malfunctions. This is extremely rare, but there are documented cases of this happening.

  • You are constantly looking for Madden tips online or have purchased a book that gives you tips.

  • When watching a real football game, you use Madden terms to describe plays. For example, “Man, Ray Lewis should have hit sticked him,” or “Why didn’t Tomlinson truck stick him?!”  

  • When watching a real football game, and your favorite team is faced with 4th and 10 in the first quarter on their own 20, you think it’s perfectly fine for them to go for it. 

  • When watching a real football game, you expect two or three amazing plays per quarter.  This usually happens in Madden, and many players who are addicted often confuse virtual reality with reality.

  • You have developed knowledge of the game of football, that only a head coach in the NFL would possess.

  • Instead of sleeping… You play Madden

  • Instead of studying for finals… You play Madden

  • Instead of going to class… You play Madden


1. Jason T. Wilson - September 20, 2007

*Raises Hand* Guilty!! 🙂

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3. Marquis Chapman - September 20, 2007

You are not alone Jason. Like I said, it is a struggle everyday. lol

4. Young Kristoff - September 20, 2007

Ha man or how about you play to much madden that your eyes begin to kind of burn because they are glued to the TV but yet you do not want to stop. I am guilty for playing madden instead of doing my other responsibilities.

5. Mr. Insider - September 20, 2007

Hi Marquis:

I am forwarding to you a few photos of me with my buddy John Madden and several lovely young ladies you may recognize. Feel free to post on your website or include with the Madden thread. He is a terrific and funny man. Only wants to talk about the Arts with me, not football. One can understand that, and Big John with his son Mike, is building a couple of major league theaters in Pleasanton-Livermore.

6. Marquis Chapman - September 20, 2007

Young Kristoff: I’ve had my eyes hurt from playing too mucha Madden as well but I haven’t missed class or negelect studying because I was playing Madden. Thank God I was able to cure the addiction before it got worse.

Mr. Insider: You have met everybody! Thanks for the pics

7. Chase King - September 20, 2007

Yea I been gone for mintue and how funny this is the first blog that I comment on. I am as guilty to playin Madden as O.J. was to killing those people. Man you forgot the eye burnin and also the random stomping of the feet when a player doesnt intercept a ball or a catch was made that shouldnt have been. I love being addicted though. I wouldnt change it.

8. Marquis Chapman - September 20, 2007

Yeah, the eye burning is a common thing when your addicted to Madden due to the long hours of game play.

9. Jeanie Polich - February 7, 2011

I visited a lot of website but I conceive this one has something extra in it in it

10. Madden 12 - April 4, 2011

We’re all addicted to Madden in some way. I can’t wait for Madden ’12

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