One of the major rights of passage for most male college students is that of the video game. During his four (or five, six...) years, he shall not only master the term paper and beer bong, but also the ability to play video games for hours on end. You'd think the results of such are both glorious and tragic at the same time. Yes, he sure did master Halo 2 way back when, but it was probably at the expense of whatever classes he was taking at the time.
The LSU football team plays video games too. But it's not at the expense of anything. Or at least that's the case for Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux. No sir, they're playing a custom-made video game to help them prepare for Monday's match up against Ohio State.
XOS Technologies, a company that specializes in gearing technology to the needs of coaches, worked with EA Sports to produce the PlayAction Simulator that LSU has used this season.The game is a stripped-down version of the Madden and NCAA Football you and I are used to playing. The game-play is there, but the frills such as cheerleaders and crowd noise are gone. And it even allows LSU Offensive Coordinator Gary Crowton customize each player's playbook.
"What they've done is they put our plays into the video game and then they put in our opponents' defenses," said Crowton, the Tigers' first-year offensive coordinator.
Technology is everywhere these days. It's footprint has been as much over sports as anywhere else. All the positives (instant-replay) and negatives (steroids) have come because of it. And Crowton's video game is just another example of that. And in this case it's refreshing, as there's nothing controversial about it. Rather, it's just a clean, innovative way to get a leg up on one's opponents.