By EW Staff
December 27, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Why Madden 2003 is one of the 100 greatest videogames

Nearly one quarter of the 131 million console games sold last year were sports sims. And the Madden series, a gridiron staple since 1989, leads the blitz each season. By all measures, 2003 was the best version yet, with new features, including online playability, which brought together armchair quarterbacks from around the globe. Are videogames eligible for Nobel Peace Prizes?
PERFORMANCE ANXIETY NFL players regularly lobby Madden to boost their in-game stats. (Multiplatform, 2002)