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Boxing Video Game Absence Shows Neglect from Gaming Industry

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The first boxing video game premiered in 1980, with Atari 2600 nearly 40 years ago. Today, the gaming industry has neglected the old sport, going almost seven years without producing a major boxing video game. Boxing is seeing a heavy resurgence, currently holding the highest selling Pay-Per-Views, having the highest grossing athlete -- Floyd Mayweather. Where is our boxing video game?     

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Boxing video game history ranges from classic titles like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (1987) on Nintendo, to Fight Night Champion (2011) on Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. It has become a glaring void in the gaming community that people want to see a current-gen boxing video game. 

EA Sports has carried the torch for boxing games starting with Knockout Kings (1998-2003) and Fight Night (2004-2011). Today, EA has devoted their efforts and resources to UFC. However, the latest release UFC 3 experienced price cuts soon after the game hit stores. The game is currently experiencing poor sales and to a degree lacking true star power. 

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Boxing and the gaming industry deserve an enjoyable game under current technology. The question is, why is the gaming industry neglecting to provide its consumers, by not producing a boxing video game?

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  • Julian molina on

    Please make a new boxing game I remember the good old days when me and my brother would come home and hop on round 4 fight night. I could easily say that the game was my favorite but unfortunately y’all stopped making them


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