The Madden series benefits greatly from having the NFL license. But sometimes, being beholden to the league has its drawbacks, especially when a player like Richie Incognito is still around. In the case of Madden 20, this has had the very weird side effect of making Incognito a decent fount of knowledge when it comes to video game mechanics.
We've been playing Madden NFL 20 for review, and as part of the franchise mode's tutorialization process, you learn about various aspects of game modes from the players of your chosen team. Because we are the Oakland Raiders (I guess Kat enjoys playing on Nightmare difficulty), one of those players dispensing wisdom is left guard Richie Incognito.
If you're not familiar with Richie, here's a quick rundown: He's a player most well-known for, alongside two other players, harassing Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin out of the league. He's undergone involuntary medical evaluation after an altercation in a Florida gym, and threatened funeral home workers after his father's passing, saying he wanted to cut off his father's head for research purposes. (He later apologized for his actions.) Incognito signed with the Raiders for a one-year contract in May, and now he's on the team and apparently, in Madden (thought in real life he's serving a two game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy).
In one of its tutorials, Incognito breaks down the mechanics of players' dev traits. It's a way of helping players bump up their numbers and play better, and lets you identify which athletes on your team have the chance to stand out as a superstar. It closes with Jon Gruden replying to Incognito's texts with, "Okay Riche, I appreciate your insight. Thanks." An acutely bizarre conversation.
This is all part of Madden 20's franchise mode, which is trying to develop a narrative the series has been missing. It just seems that, in this case, the narrative it stumbled upon was the continuing neutron star implosion of the soon not-to-be-Oakland Raiders. Our confidence level is still fairly high on this year's Madden though, and we'll have more on it as we get closer to release.
Headline image credit: Oakland Raiders official website