Video: A tongue-in-cheek look at NHL 13’s physics


When you make big changes to video games, it’s common for there to be bugs and glitches.

EA Sports’ NHL 13 tweaked the title’s physics, resulting in some occasional odd moments. The company recently released a tongue-in-cheek video reacting to “the Hercules check,” which you can see below.

Note: there is some mild language, so this could qualify as NSFW.

Quick poll: do you think the decision not to reference “The Nutty Professor” was a missed opportunity or an example of tasteful restraint?

Either way, kudos to EA Sports for not taking themselves too seriously.

Here’s your NHL 13 soundtrack


The NHL 12 soundtrack loaded up on hair metal (and Rob Halford), but next year’s edition hopes to capture what Steve Schnur calls “the new sound of hockey.”

What does that mean, exactly? Decipher that full meaning from the tracklisting (in alphabetical order).

  • Anti-Flag “Broken Bones”
  • Arkell “Whistleblower”
  • Band of Skulls “The Devil takes care of his own”
  • Bassnectar “Pennywise Tribute (feat. Pennywise)”
  • Battleme “Shoot the noise, man”
  • Classified “Run with me”
  • Foxy Shazam “I like it”
  • Gaslight Anthem “45”
  • Monster Truck “Seven seas blues”
  • My Darkest Days “Save yourself”
  • The Heavy “what makes a good man”
  • The Offspring “Days go by”
  • Shinedown “Bully”
  • Thousand Foot Krutch “Light up the sky”
  • Zombienation “Kernkraft 400 (Stadium chant mix)”

There’s a good number of artists that are over our heads there, so feel free to insert your timely and snarky/excited reactions to the list in the comments.

Hasek, trailblazers in women’s hockey among NHL 13 legend additions


EA Sports brought in some of the best and most memorable players in NHL history for NHL 12 and now they’ve rolled out five new legends for their next game.

NHL 13’s legends mode adds three recent stars: Dominik Hasek, Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri and two trailblazers for women’s hockey: Angela Ruggiero and Hayley Wickenheiser.

Here’s an image from EA Sports that features all five additions:


EA Sports’ NHL 13 demo available today


EA Sports rolled out the NHL 13 demo on Xbox Live and Playstation Network today.

(Unless you have a PS3 in Europe. Then you’ll need to wait until Wednesday.)

The demo includes four playable modes.

  • “Play Now” is the basic team vs. team mode. In the case of the demo, players can choose to control the Los Angeles Kings or New Jersey Devils.
  • “Hockey Ultimate Team” allows players to put together teams in a card-collecting style.
  • The new “Moments Live” mode recreates events from last season. In the case of the demo, you need to lead the Kings beyond the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime, although you don’t need to score with Dustin Penner.
  • There’s also a “free skate” mode.

Here’s EA’s promo video for the demo:

In case you’re wondering, the song is “Run with me” by Classified.

How do you feel about the demo?

EA Sports introduces “GM Brain” in NHL 13


As much as video games have advanced, some believe it is too easy to beat up on digital GMs in various modes.

If EA Sports’ promises about “GM Brain” come to fruition, we’ll get closer to a time when it might be tougher to swindle a video game opponent than some believe it would be to fool real-life execs.*

First things first, general managers will think more long-term.

Now, thanks to the accuracy of the new Player Progression model, the CPU GM knows exactly what roster it has today, and is able to ‘grow its players instantly to predict what its roster will be like in the future. The ability to predict that it will be a Cup Contender in X years based on the players it has now, allows a CPU GM to understand what assets are expendable, and which ones must be kept at all costs. We could never do that before now.

EA reveals that players will be more conscious of their potential when signing contracts.

No longer can you sign the ‘up and coming prospect’ to an 8 year deal at 650K a year, and lock him in to a long term contract as he becomes the next Claude Giroux or Steven Stamkos. Now, players understand (via their growth model) that they may be an ‘AHL first liner NOW and will accept that type of money for the current year, but in three years, they’ll be good enough to be a first liner in the NHL, where they’ll expect bigger bucks.

(It might be worth mentioning that the Philadelphia Flyers actually signed Giroux before he reached his ceiling; they’re getting him at $3.75 million per year for two more seasons.)

This story includes details about tweaks to the trade system and how scouting is done.

It all sounds like it will make armchair GMs’ jobs more realistic than ever.

* – Go ahead, make a Scott Howson joke.