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Original Developer on “John Madden Football” Sues EA for Royalties

Original Developer on “John Madden Football” Sues EA for Royalties (photo)

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In the world of video games, EA’s “Madden Football” reigns nearly supreme. Just like Will Smith summer blockbusters of the ’90s, it’s had a release slot that other games give a wide berth to. The first week of August belongs to the multibillion-dollar gridiron giant and the faithful fans who march into stores to get it as soon as they can. But, the “Madden” dynasty started in an era when teams creating video games didn’t number into the hundreds and now one of the founding fathers of the mega-successful football franchise wants his due.

madden1990 (thumb).jpgRobin Antonick–who worked on the first version of “John Madden Football” that came out in 1988–claims he’s owed a cut of profits from the sales of every iteration since. A Reuters article reports that Antonick filed a lawsuit this week that claims he’s entitled to royalties from derivative versions of “Madden.” Even before EA locked down the exclusive rights to NFL video games, “Madden” dominated the football genre and made money year after year in a way that few franchises in games have been able to, reportedly earning $4 billion over its lifetime. Part of Antonick’s assertion is that that success is built on a foundation that he laid.

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Now, anyone who’s played the first “Madden” and the most recent versions would probably say that there’s likely very little of Antonick’s programming left in the today’s Xbox 360 or PS3 iterations. But, if you look on the lower right-hand corner of that box, Antonick’s name is there, preceding Madden’s The time may soon come where it’s determined what that credit is worth.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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