Madden Creative Director Ian Cummings Confirms Departure from Tiburon

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Posted April 15th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

After breaking the significant news last Sunday that several high-level development team members are leaving the Madden NFL team a few days were given out of courtesy to see if any of the individuals would make their own personal announcements. When that didn’t happen it was important to reveal that creative director Ian Cummings, who had essentially become the face of the franchise over the last three years, was one of those on the way out. 

Today was Ian Cummings’ last day at EA Sports and he has posted a quick blog announcing the move. It includes mentions of Madden 12 having improved Franchise and Superstar modes and that presentation has received an “overhaul”.

Though certainly Cummings has received a lot of flack from the community for a product that hasn’t lived up to expectations those frustrations have often been misdirected. He deserves credit for pushing the game to become more authentic and more of a sim despite some levels of resistance and restraints being faced. He will also be remembered for his level of interaction and accessibility (which the company discouraged years ago) and implementing ideas and improvements from the community that ultimately improved the game. There still is no dev team that comes even close to that level of interaction.

EA hasn’t really done much since the news broke to quell the uncertainty and negativity that has been running rampant as of late towards Madden 12 and the future. A few off-screen images haven’t changed the discussion and the company appears content just waiting it out and hoping that the final rounds of the cover tournament and release of info and media (expected the week of the NFL Draft) will put the story behind them and the concerns to rest.

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  • Oliver

    im sure there will be jerks who say things like good riddance but as if someone new in that position is going to overrule marketing and the suits. thanks ian for all the time you put into the game hope you do well at your new job.

    • Daron Banks001

      your either illuminati, crazy, or EA fanbot, or ian was fucking you in your ass as well lol

      • Anonymous

        Man both of you cats are overboard and Pasta need to quit trying to ride this dude. Tryi9ng throw this dog a bone, mand let that fool paddle to the shore he is going to be alright. Ian was just another developer, all the interaction didn’t amount to shit but exactly what it was…a bunch of twitter comments and message-board postings

        Maybe it wasn’t his fault, maybe marketing and the big wigs held the game back but if that’s true, it still means we the consumer got a game that was sub-par to what we should have received. I don’t hate on NCAA because it delivers what one should expect, NBA2K, FIFA, NHL, hell even the Show as recent as ’09. I just call it like I see it.

        Old boy is leaving to another job so there is no reason to feel sorry for old boy or sing his praises, we got to deal with another b.s.3 year plan. We should be feeling sorry for ourselves!

        • Infemous

          bang on man

          I’m not sorry one bit. His interaction with the community got him butt hurt – he couldn’t take the bashing that comes with incompetence and being so accessible. Lesson learned: don’t open yourself to the community like that and then ignore them.

          He’s gonna collect more money in a less demanding job now, alright for some.
          Hopefully he’ll learn how to develop a good game… even if it is gonna be on mobile devices.

          Any news on Donny Moore? I really get annoyed by this fool. They really need to hire 4 people for rosters: one for AFC and NFC West, one for AFC and NFC East etc. etc. This means that they’d have less work to do and can do it more accurately… It’s an easy job, so can be low paid.

          The one issue I have with Ian Cumming’s firing is the question of who’ll replace him. I really hope we get someone with experience in developing code, hopefully with a physics background.

          I think I speak for the entire community in saying that the outdated physics system (especially in comparison to other EA Sports games like FIFA and NHL) is making the gaming experience stale.

          If they avoid a physics overhaul because of Elite, there is no way they should be allowed to develop any more. Being conservative in a field dependent on innovation is a sure fire way of putting out a poor product – as evidenced by Madden 11.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

            for 50 dollars a week ill update afc easts rosters and mark Sanchez can say goodbye to his ridiculous 80+ rating

          • Infemous

            haha dude you got the job!
            For real though, some of the ratings are just stupid. I’m amazed at Taylor Mays’ 95 agility and 95 acceleration etc. when everything and everyone at the combine said he was stiff but with ridiculous top end speed… (among many many many other examples) just failing at an easy job.

            These people should not dub themselves egotistical names and have such whiny punk bitch voices either.

            I’m gonna say it again but all Madden needs is a physics overhaul. Once that is fixed we can get franchise, superstar, online, team play, madden moments, VT trainer and whatever the hell people enjoy fixed, but FIRST fix the fundamentals!

      • Pastas Mom

        Him and my son were fucking him in the ass. Naughty Naughty Pasta.

  • Oliver

    im sure there will be jerks who say things like good riddance but as if someone new in that position is going to overrule marketing and the suits. thanks ian for all the time you put into the game hope you do well at your new job.

  • Jasonrenner22

    *beings slow clap

    • Bigbills84

      clap…..clap…..clap

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

        camera pans out to a large group of people on a football field… the claps grows louder and faster people begin shouting and a all of a sudden the song celebration from cool and the gang starts playing

    • Bigbills84

      clap…..clap…..clap

  • hiki y

    good riddance u money hungry pig. You claimed to have a vision and wanted madden to be great, that you had a passion for it. Once someone flashes some cash you bolt, 3 years in charge doesn’t show much passion you were as fake as your efforts to improve the game. changing our button config,stupid gameflow play-calling that no one uses,shortsightedly avoiding real franchise improvement, madden presentation has been your only improvement, your “inovations” fell short..good riddence

    • http://twitter.com/Valdarez Valdarez

      Who wouldn’t leave for more $$$? I sure as hell would without a second thought.

  • hiki y

    good riddance u money hungry pig. You claimed to have a vision and wanted madden to be great, that you had a passion for it. Once someone flashes some cash you bolt, 3 years in charge doesn’t show much passion you were as fake as your efforts to improve the game. changing our button config,stupid gameflow play-calling that no one uses,shortsightedly avoiding real franchise improvement, madden presentation has been your only improvement, your “inovations” fell short..good riddence

  • Keith.

    So glad this backwards-hat wearing fool is gone. Good riddance. Wish he would’ve also taken phil frazier and douchebag donnie moore with him.

    • Guest

      phil frazier seems like he is working hard to make good changes, either that or he is good at bull shitting everyone on twitter….either way his twitter seems sincere

      • Keith.

        phil frazier was responsible for such idiotic things as create-a-fan, the vision cone, and NFL Tour. The dude has no business being anywhere close to the development of an NFL videogame.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

          tour could fo been decent if it had roster updates

        • WALKERGODEEP

          wow the vision cone was awesome idea it actually made qb’s seem different other than throwing motion i think it was a great idea probably best one next to hitstick

      • IANCUMSTAINS

        for real. talk about simulation the vision cone was the best thing ever. u had to control where the quarterback was looking before u threw it. most people i know who hated it didnt know how to auto lock on to a receiver then switch back to another

        • WALKERGODEEP

          THEY NEED TO BRING VISION CONE BACK!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Mason_drews Mason Drews

      I would’ve rather seen Donny go. . .seriously Donny over ANYONE!

  • Skyflame21

    I’ll be the guy that says “good riddance.” Yes, aparently he was more accessible from an information and input stand point, but as Creative Director you are graded on the performance of your product and it was an utter failure.

    • IonG

      Hard to say a game that sells that much and gets such good reviews is an”utter failure”. Disappointment maybe but still most people like the game its just not amazing.

      • Infemous

        well most companies like IGN are in EA’s pocket…

        If it didn’t sell like hot cakes being the only licensed NFL game out there would point to something being incredibly wrong…

      • Infemous

        well most companies like IGN are in EA’s pocket…

        If it didn’t sell like hot cakes being the only licensed NFL game out there would point to something being incredibly wrong…

  • Really

    Good thing he’s closing his twitter account. Can’t stand his pompous ass.

    • Guest

      why don’t you just not follow him?

      • forty six & 2

        Then what would he have to complain about? Some people just aren’t happy unless the have something to make them miserable.

    • Guest

      why don’t you just not follow him?

  • Daron Banks001

    Though certainly Cummings has received a lot of flack from the community for a product that hasn’t lived up to expectations those frustrations have often been misdirected. He deserves credit for pushing the game to become more authentic and more of a sim despite some levels of resistance and restraints being faced. He will also be remembered for his level of interaction and accessibility (which the company discouraged years ago) and implementing ideas and improvements from the community that ultimately improved the game. There still is no dev team that comes even close to that level of interaction.

    This whole entire paragraph shows how much ea has you wrapped pasta…. lol if he was doing such a good job, and the community feedback was taking into account then every madden that released during this next-gen cycle would have been better than nfl2k5. we asked for real gang tackles-got warp gang tackles, we asked for a actual half-time show-got a 30 sec haltime show, we asked for improved game play- they gave us qb vision, 3D mode, wack ass superstar mode, one-button mode, virtual training camp, then to make matters worst the got rid of the play calling system us hardcore fans have use for years to something that catered to a young audience which is basically ask madden, so call custom playbooks, jersey’s that were never on point. the list goes on and on. oh how about every time a player does something they jump up and celebrate tom brady gets sacked for a loss of 25 yards and gets up clapping. the same pre-game introductions of the qb getting off the bus or players in the locker room, same lb jumping up and catching more int’s than the cb or safeties. THANK GOD IAN IS GONE!!!! the witch is dead he hasnt done anything for the madden franchise but dumb it down for the casual gamers. all these years on next gen and not one improvement for the franchise mode and then PASTA says the critisim was directed to the wrong person?? he’s the fucking boss we are suppose to blame him. maybe you are comfortable with the production they have NOT been doing properly because you dont want to stop getting madden two months before it drops.

    • tish

      Don’t be so mean to pasta. Him and Ian Cumtard were BFFs. He’s in a grieving period right now.

      • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

        This just makes me laugh. I had almost no connection with Ian beyond what anyone else had (access on Twitter). I’m pretty sure he disliked me considering the site often put heavy pressure on him.

        • Daron Banks001

          im sure it has pasta lol look i love your site man honestly i’ve been blogging here almost two years now but dude you seriously all over ea man lol we are just reminding you.

          • Anonymous

            Fucking lame backtracking sucker

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t he block you from his Twitter or something? He sure has your wrapped around his finger.

        • tish

          lol i’m just giving you shit pasta. partially because there are at least 5 comments like the one i made in every madden thread and i was kinda annoyed and how overly positive this article was about Ian “Fail at Life” Cummings.

          • Andre

            Bullshit, pasta might have a robotic ass personality but he doesn’t talk bullshit, he calls it as is right down the middle.

          • Andre

            Bullshit, pasta might have a robotic ass personality but he doesn’t talk bullshit, he calls it as is right down the middle.

    • tish

      Don’t be so mean to pasta. Him and Ian Cumtard were BFFs. He’s in a grieving period right now.

    • Infemous

      “the critisim was directed to the wrong person?? he’s the fucking boss we are suppose to blame him”

      that was all that needed to be said. Very valid. Yes Madden 10 was better than every madden before, but Madden 11 was only marginally better and critically did not deliver anything the fans wanted besides the ball spinning the correct way and sideline catches (something promised in 10).

      That’s a failure and Ian has rightly been held accountable for that as the CREATIVE DIRECTOR.

    • Samkaveli

      DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN I guess he told you Pasta hahahaha.

  • richie

    good thoughts pasta. madden definitely got better under ian no one can really dispute that.

    • Dan

      Ummm…..It actually got extremely worse…

    • Dan

      Ummm…..It actually got extremely worse…

  • Lonnie

    he mentioned that madden 12 improved franchise and superstar modes and the presentation has received an overhaul,does that mean madden 12 is still his baby?

  • Trayaint

    How soon people forget what it was like with David Ortiz. He didnt want anything to do with community just dismissed everyone and didn’t care

  • Anonymous

    are you guys stupid? I remember a time, oh I don’t know madden 06/07 360 where the game just sucked thanks to David Ortiz, anybody remember that moron? so don’t act like we haven’t seen improvements with ian because there has been great improvements compared to the David Ortiz vision of madden
    another thing is it is very difficult to work for EA because of the red tape it takes getting through to change the product for the better Mike Wang should know that

    All I can say is thanks for all your hard work ian new had a vision for Madden that I’m not sure EA would let you complete fully.

    • forty six & 2

      Unfortunately it’s the nature of the beast. Whoever takes over will be scrutinized and criticized to the point of ridiculousness as well. Same for the guy after that and the guy after that. As long as people have unrealistic expectations, the vocal minority will continue to be loud and unsatisfied. The quiet majority will continue to realize video games are supposed to be fun and not 100% perfect replications of real life and keep playing because they enjoy it. Just don’t let the miserable people make you miserable as well.

      • Daron Banks001

        this guy CLEARLY works for EA man!!! so you mean to tell me you think every madden that was put out was what you expected? please stop posting on this site man you belong in the ea forum rooms!.

        • Wildfirexxi

          I’ve been reading this article and you’ve been making retarded posts this WHOLE time, will you PLEASE shut up? Ian hated pastapadre because it was a voice of the football sim community that put more and more pressure and scrutiny on him with every blog post. Hell, even a ROSTER UPDATE blog would be filled with 100′s of people bashing IAN and you’re trying to tell us that EA has pasta wrapped around their finger? Makes NO sense.

          • Keith.

            You may be new around here, but pasta was the original EA Game Changer — that’s how he gets all of the EA scoops, i.e., thru his old EA connections.

            True story — look it up.

          • Daron Banks001

            anybody hear ever heard of this guy wildfire because i dont respect any of your post! when you have some facts lined up reply until then fall back in your hell hole

          • Daron Banks001

            guess what only # people like your post! now scroll up and look for my name jack ass like i tell u bring me facts to the table you just rumble ur mouth shut up already u make no fuckin sense… lol no points just fueled with desire that ea will fix this game so u can come back to the boards and be the first to bash and say i told you so lol pasta plz ban this guy

      • Infemous

        i don’t think new physics and improved gameplay counts as ‘unrealistic expectations’

        • Wildfirexxi

          Having a physics engine developed in 6 months is the very DEFINITION of unrealistic expectations, what are you talking about? I’m almost certain that 90% of the people here have ZERO idea how much hours and work goes into a game if they think that an entire engine can be changed in as short a dev time as the Madden team has. It took over a WEEK to correctly program SURPRISE ONSIDE KICKS IN and people think that EA can magically make an entire new system?

          In the words of Chad OchoCinco, “CHILD PLEASE”

        • Wildfirexxi

          Having a physics engine developed in 6 months is the very DEFINITION of unrealistic expectations, what are you talking about? I’m almost certain that 90% of the people here have ZERO idea how much hours and work goes into a game if they think that an entire engine can be changed in as short a dev time as the Madden team has. It took over a WEEK to correctly program SURPRISE ONSIDE KICKS IN and people think that EA can magically make an entire new system?

          In the words of Chad OchoCinco, “CHILD PLEASE”

          • Daron Banks001

            wildfire= no respect for him and L-A-M-E

          • Infemous

            how many years has Madden been on Ps3 and xbox? 3 years? 4 years?
            Should be enough time no?

            It didn’t take over a week to program surprise onside kicks, he said it took him a weekend then he tweaked it for a week because he doesn’t know how to develop.
            Besides the point. We’ve wanted a physics overhaul since we hit this generation of consoles and we’re still waiting.
            that’s not unrealistic expectations, that’s laziness on EA’s part. They’re adding onto a system repeatedly that is fundamentally broken and 10 years old from the PS2.

            CHILD PLEASE

          • Infemous

            how many years has Madden been on Ps3 and xbox? 3 years? 4 years?
            Should be enough time no?

            It didn’t take over a week to program surprise onside kicks, he said it took him a weekend then he tweaked it for a week because he doesn’t know how to develop.
            Besides the point. We’ve wanted a physics overhaul since we hit this generation of consoles and we’re still waiting.
            that’s not unrealistic expectations, that’s laziness on EA’s part. They’re adding onto a system repeatedly that is fundamentally broken and 10 years old from the PS2.

            CHILD PLEASE

          • Infemous

            how many years has Madden been on Ps3 and xbox? 3 years? 4 years?
            Should be enough time no?

            It didn’t take over a week to program surprise onside kicks, he said it took him a weekend then he tweaked it for a week because he doesn’t know how to develop.
            Besides the point. We’ve wanted a physics overhaul since we hit this generation of consoles and we’re still waiting.
            that’s not unrealistic expectations, that’s laziness on EA’s part. They’re adding onto a system repeatedly that is fundamentally broken and 10 years old from the PS2.

            CHILD PLEASE

          • Infemous

            how many years has Madden been on Ps3 and xbox? 3 years? 4 years?
            Should be enough time no?

            It didn’t take over a week to program surprise onside kicks, he said it took him a weekend then he tweaked it for a week because he doesn’t know how to develop.
            Besides the point. We’ve wanted a physics overhaul since we hit this generation of consoles and we’re still waiting.
            that’s not unrealistic expectations, that’s laziness on EA’s part. They’re adding onto a system repeatedly that is fundamentally broken and 10 years old from the PS2.

            CHILD PLEASE

          • Infemous

            how many years has Madden been on Ps3 and xbox? 3 years? 4 years?
            Should be enough time no?

            It didn’t take over a week to program surprise onside kicks, he said it took him a weekend then he tweaked it for a week because he doesn’t know how to develop.
            Besides the point. We’ve wanted a physics overhaul since we hit this generation of consoles and we’re still waiting.
            that’s not unrealistic expectations, that’s laziness on EA’s part. They’re adding onto a system repeatedly that is fundamentally broken and 10 years old from the PS2.

            CHILD PLEASE

    • ChadBrad

      I totally remember Ortiz, but doing better than Ortiz is nothing to be proud of. The bar was set so low then that you could just take ps2 madden, tighten up the textures, port it to the ps3 & 360 and get a superior game.

  • jusmegamer

    The best hope for Madden is the next generation consoles because they have disappointed largely on this generations console. Not a single one of the games have had anything that even resembles legit defense on this generations consoles.

  • Kdarnell

    ¡¡Viva la revolución!!

  • Hungryandrew

    Somewhere in the United States, David Ortiz, is doing the “Dougie” to this story.

  • Alexhalo3awe

    Hopefully next to go is the “Rating Czar”

  • Gamerzz

    So much jealously….

    • Gamerzz

      jealousy….damn.

  • Gamerzz

    So much jealously….

  • Hungryandrew

    I bet Ian cummings had never seen this COMING

  • Fartfuck

    The guy coming in isn’t that good either, former microsoft PR exec. All he wants to do is push online gaming. I hope IC is moving on to another developing team.

  • the truth

    and the rise of 2k begins again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Schonger/100000306175444 Bobby Schonger

    the fact that ian is leaving made me cummings in my pants

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000295534671 Jared Baxter

      Lame.

  • WALKERGODEEP

    I JUST WANT A GAME WHERE WEIGHT SIZE HEIGHT AWARENESS MATTERS U KNOW YOUR GAME SUCK WHEN DARREN SPROLES IS TRUCKING PATRICK WILLLIS OR 300 POUND DT’S GETTING TRUCK BY CHRIS JOHNSON OR ADRIAN PETERSON MADDEN DONT KNOW HOW TO MAKE ELITE PLAYERS REALISTIC I DONT CARE IF UR 99 OVERALL THAT DONT MEAN U CAN ALL OF A SUDDEN MOVE PLAYERS 3TIMES YOUR WEIGHT TO THE SIDE LIKE THEIR NOT EVEN THERE SMH GET A REAL PHYSIC ENGINE AND MADDEN WILL BE SAVED WHO GIVES A RATS ASS ABOUT CHEERLEADERS OR HOW THE CROWD LOOKS SMH…

  • Koachvonner

    Did Ian Cummings come short of our expectations? Yes he did. However, I do remember the Davud Ortiz days and those Maddens were horrible. I can’t not shit here and type that Ian Cummings didn’t improve the game from what it used to be. Madden 10 was s good version. But at the end of the day, he still fell really short of what the real sim gamers wanted.

  • Koachvonner

    Did Ian Cummings come short of our expectations? Yes he did. However, I do remember the Davud Ortiz days and those Maddens were horrible. I can’t not shit here and type that Ian Cummings didn’t improve the game from what it used to be. Madden 10 was s good version. But at the end of the day, he still fell really short of what the real sim gamers wanted.

    • Wildfirexxi

      Thats the problem though, people are being a bit too unrealistic in their expectations. They have what basically amounts to 6 months of dev time, maybe less. Thats what most developers would consider PLANNING stages. And yet, in only 2 of these dev cycles, Ian has basically revamped Madden from what it used to be into something that’s actually playable. You can’t expect someone to come in and in a few months create something totally new, that’s not how programming works

      • Daron Banks001

        i bet you didnt know that once madden releases they already start production for next years version one month later???? so your post once again is invalid…..

  • Swagger

    He’ll be remembered with David Ortiz as one of the worst things to ever happen to the Madden franchise, no need to mince words.

    • Keith.

      True statement. From where I’m sitting, one was just as bad as the other. Neither could figure out how to add something as simple as in-game saves, and both should have been shit canned a lot sooner.

  • Wildfirexxi

    I’m almost certain that the next person to take over lead will not have the drive Ian had to actually TRY and make a good game, not want anything to do with the community and basically become a David Ortiz 2.0.

    Great job cheering for this, “sim community”

  • Dan

    Thank Christ he’s gone. Madden has been shit over the past 3 or 4 years. Even NCAA made it its bitch last year. No disrespect to NCAA, it made a great game last year, but Madden had always owned NCAA before that.

    • http://twitter.com/WillSoistman Will Soistman

      Lol. Some of you guys are just flat out retarded.
      Go back to your dead end job where you don’t make a difference in anyone’s life and stop complaining about things just for fun.
      Last time I checked Madden 10 was phenomenal and 20 times better than anything we had seen previously even though Madden 11 might have been a step back, things are still improving.
      Ian will be missed but Im sure Madden will improve without him, in due time…

      • Montygranito

        will soistman is applying for a job at EA. Listen this may pain you to hear it but Madden doesn’t make a difference in peoples lives..its an escape , a fun escape but that’s all.you’re on a website mocking the job of some guy you don’t know…he could be a school nurse and he does more for humanity than a football video game.

        The truth is they didnt improve it enough..its, at its core, the same game. If 2k was around they would have pulled out all of the stops to make an amazing game…that’s why monopolies are illegal.Ian was ok but I wish he spent more time working on the run blocking and man to man coverage than tweeting with the fans. 2ks run blocking and receiver/cb interaction are still 5 times better. Good luck to him in the future but his replacement will find it very difficult to innovate the game less than he did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthonymarchwinski Anthony Marchwinski

    Stop riding EA’s Dick!

  • Prenellhoward

    To his credit Ian did bring about some things that the Madden franchise was lacking, as far a presentation, but when reading the post and it say this like, “He deserves credit for pushing the game to become more authentic and more of a sim despite some levels of resistance and restraints being faced.” I begin to wonder if EA higher power stops the game from being the best possible and allows them to do just enough to show some sort of improvement every year. I always have said that if they spent half the time worrying about the game itself and making it a true simulation then it would be fine. Every year though they are so hyped up about, Ultimate team or something that involves making extra money. No offense to any one who enjoys those modes, I just dont prefer them, but why cant there be both? There is no defense in Madden and on Sundays I see defense, so whether it falls on Ian’s shoulders or not, we will not know, he will just be the one who takes darts of frustration from the community, but Madden has fallen short. If they cant make a game thats sim like they said they need to let somebody else, make it and they can make arcade games.

  • TheComingofTan

    I think Madden 11′s falloff from Madden 10 is what really ended his career at EA. This game is definitely better that what we started with on this generation of consoles. I’m worried because a new round of systems is around the corner and we may have to struggle through 3 years of terrible Madden’s before we get something worthwhile.

  • Mc979007

    What EA should do is pay Visual Concepts a ton of money for the 2k rights, put Maddens fat face on it and call it a day! This is like a team changing coach’s every year, they’re going nowhere fast. You think this exclusive contract was a bad idea?

  • Anonymous

    Step 3 completed

    Let the destruction of the thing we call Madden commence.

  • Anonymous

    Step 3 completed

    Let the destruction of the thing we call Madden commence.

  • Def

    No dev team comes close to this MY ASS !

  • No One In Particular

    It never ceases to amaze my just how stupid so many people can be, and how they can all flock to one site (pastapadre.com) to angrily smash their fat fingers into their keyboards and put out so much hate and ignorance. If the next news piece I read was that a tsunami somehow washed away all of the commenters on this site I would know that there truly is a God.

    • Anonymous

      You should be happy Ian is leaving tho. Now Madden can self destruct in flames.

    • Anonymous

      You should be happy Ian is leaving tho. Now Madden can self destruct in flames.

  • Projectkage

    “He deserves credit for pushing the game to become more authentic and more of a sim despite some levels of resistance and restraints being faced.” Did I just…… Did I just read this correctly? Pasta, you have got to be kidding me for the love of God.

  • Awed

    Good riddance. Has done nothing but ruin a game we used to love. Now it’s off with Donny Mooores head next.

  • BoomBlasterRick

    LET THE SUNSHINE!!!!!
    LEEEEEEEET THE SUNSHINE IN!!!!!
    THE SUUUUUN SHIIIIIININNNNNNNNNG
    LET LET LET THE SUNSHINE IN, OH LET IT SHINE, LET LET LET THE SUNSHINE IN OOOHHHHHHH SHIIIIINE LET IT SHINE ON INNNNN!!!!!

  • JamesCatwell

    a used car salesman is how ill remember him

  • Saucemoney01

    First, Big Papi went, now Cummings. Get rid of Peter Moore as well!

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  • Seahawks4life01

    It’s morning again in America.

  • http://twitter.com/MechiSmash Brandon Stringfield

    Oh onoooo not reverse ballcap soulpatch guy.

    The suits are usually the ones that stifle the evolution of the series. Madden is more important to EA than people like to let on. The khaki short wearing D-Bags they keep thrusting to the top aren’t always the ones to focus our frustration at. The machine just needs some competition.

  • Ian S. Cummings

    SEE YOU ALL IN HELL.

  • blocknose

    this is a sad day for madden fans if the CEOs would have let Ian do his thing the game would be great looks like madden 13 will be back to the blitz direction

  • I’m not jeff Baines

    “a quick blog announcing the move. It includes mentions of Madden 12 having improved Franchise and Superstar modes and that presentation has received an “overhaul”.”

    Lets talk more about that like Sweet!!!!!! tho we will wait and see lol u kn ea

    • Infemous

      it’s the the wrong way round though

      franchise and superstar should have an “overhaul” and presentation should be improved. We all know presentation is quick and easy gloss. It doesn’t affect the experience unless the football and game modes are working. they don’t, so it’s just like polishing a turd.

      thank god Ian is gone. Let’s hope his replacement actually knows what he’s doing.

  • TheTruth

    I won’t be buying the game this year. I’ll rent it. I’ll be sure to test it out first. I won’t be fooled again. If you want change, you have to make a change. Don’t pay for unfinished games.

  • Paulcharnock148

    good riddence

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