What a WONDERFUL 20th Anniversary gift EA Sports is giving us…

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, I have to get this off my chest…


EA Sports, in all their glorious wisdom has decided to drop, that’s right, DROP support for Madden NFL on the PC platform! Never mind that they built their empire on the backs of PC gamers. Never mind that we carried them through some years back when other PC Football games emerged to challenge Madden. Never mind that EA has an EXCLUSIVE license from the NFL to use its logos and player names etc. Never mind that we’re now left without any game options on the PC platform. What a crock!

Thank you very much EA Sports. Thank you and goodbye. I’m boycotting your Madden series now. If you’re not going to support my PC platform, I won’t support you either. I know I’m a lone voice and you probably don’t even care but I’m disgusted that you would do this.

I’m just wondering… what does John Madden think about all this?

I’ve played Madden since the 99 version and yes, I’ve only spent 9 of the 19 season following the game, but now 2008 is my final version. I spent many, many, MANY hours playing Madden. Oh well… now I’ll have a LOT more time for other things…




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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