As you’ve probably heard by now, Bills quarterback Josh Allen is the Madden NFL 24 cover boy. But there’s something very strange about his showcase image on the popular video game, and that’s just one of several surprising uni-related glitches in yesterday’s Madden rollout.
Let’s start with Allen’s cover image. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of that image with a game photo from last season — see if you can spot the glitch:
As I hope you spotted, the Madden image has a partial extra prong on Allen’s facemask, just to the right of his mouth. What’s up with that? Like, how does a big-money operation like EA Sports allow that to happen? Very strange.
But that’s not the only uni-related weirdness that came with yesterday’s rollout. EA Sports also released this hype video — take a look and see if you spot anything surprising:
The first surprise, at the 0:15 mark, is the appearance of a player wearing the Cardinals’ old uniform — the one they replaced in April:
Then, at 0:48, there’s a Dolphins player with aqua/orange/aqua piping on his pants, when it should be the other way around:
A few seconds later, at the 0:51 mark, another incorrect pants design appears, this time for the Vikings:
On the plus side, Josh Allen also appears in the hype video, and this time they got his facemask right:
I’m not a video gamer, so none of this stuff really matters to me one way or the other, but I do find it interesting and surprising. For those of you who are more Madden-savvy than I am, are these types of errors common?
Meanwhile if anyone from EA Sports is reading this and would like to explain how these mistakes happened, feel free to be in touch.
(My thanks to Bud Parks, Andrew Hughes, @themagneticfool, @Frankie__Doodle, and @teezog for alerting me to these errors.)
In case you missed it on Wednesday, my Uni Watch Premium article over on Substack this week is a deep dive on Seattle’s silver/blue set, which is being revived this season as a throwback.
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Can of the Day
I’m including this one mainly because of the odd typography on the word “Lard” — three different letter sizes for a four-letter word! Very strange.