Chances are you have heard of the popular Madden football game. It seems like every year it becomes an instant bestseller–and their loyal fans continue to flock the shelves as soon as it comes out each year. Although many people claim video games are harmful to a child’s growth and development, there are many positive aspects to Madden football that suggest the exact opposite.
1) Familiar with players
Since Madden always has in-depth rosters based off of actual NFL teams, children can choose from a number of NFL players, and not just the ones that are the most popular. This way, when they watch football during the season, they are more aware of the many players, statistics, etc. Essentially, it makes them a smarter student of the game.
2) Familiar with offenses
NFL teams all have intricate offensive systems for every conceivable situation that arises during a game. Players have to memorize the playbooks, watch game film, and practice a lot–and Madden shows children just how involved all of that is. There are a variety of schemes and playbooks to choose from in the Madden games–you might want a power run scheme, or if you have Peyton Manning, a better fit would be the vertical offense scheme. Either way, kids have to be detailed, creative, and use their brains in order to get good at the game.
3) Familiar with defenses
Just like for offenses, the defensive side of the ball is just as in-depth. Whether its choosing man-to-man, zone, cover 2, or a variety of other options, children have to determine which defensive options will be appropriate for them depending on what offense they are going up against. At times, even memorization comes in handy!
When I was a kid, I loved hanging out with friends and playing Madden. Then, we’d get so excited about football that we would want to go outside and play some backyard football. So, despite what many parents think about video games, the fact is it can encourage kids to be active (not all games, of course). My friends and I would hang out more, enjoy each others company, and indulge in some friendly competition–all because of Madden!
Ultimately, Madden is as much about strategy as it is about football. In fact, in recent owner modes you even have to set ticket prices, bring in revenue, stay under the salary cap, and sign players depending on how much money you have left over–if you screw up in your planning or math, your team will have a negative reactions. So, there’s no doubt that Madden can be a great game for children; after all, it’s much better than having them play violent games with an abundance of blood and gore.