When Did the First Madden Game Come Out?

When Did the First Madden Game Come Out?

When Did the First Madden Game Come Out?

The first Madden football video game was released in 1988 for the Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Apple II and MS-DOS platforms. The original game took 3 years to build, and it had no real NFL teams due to licensing issues.

Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins came up with the concept for a computer football game. He approached CBS announcer and retired coach John Madden, who originally agreed to help so that the game could serve as a teaching tool. Madden wanted it to be realistic, so the first release had 11 players on each team. It allowed gamers to change the weather conditions, and it had a standard pro playbook. As of 2014, Madden continues to help with the game's development.