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EA Sports introduces “GM Brain” in NHL 13

Aug 12, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT


As much as video games have advanced, some believe it is too easy to beat up on digital GMs in various modes.

If EA Sports’ promises about “GM Brain” come to fruition, we’ll get closer to a time when it might be tougher to swindle a video game opponent than some believe it would be to fool real-life execs.*

First things first, general managers will think more long-term.

Now, thanks to the accuracy of the new Player Progression model, the CPU GM knows exactly what roster it has today, and is able to ‘grow its players instantly to predict what its roster will be like in the future. The ability to predict that it will be a Cup Contender in X years based on the players it has now, allows a CPU GM to understand what assets are expendable, and which ones must be kept at all costs. We could never do that before now.

EA reveals that players will be more conscious of their potential when signing contracts.

No longer can you sign the ‘up and coming prospect’ to an 8 year deal at 650K a year, and lock him in to a long term contract as he becomes the next Claude Giroux or Steven Stamkos. Now, players understand (via their growth model) that they may be an ‘AHL first liner NOW and will accept that type of money for the current year, but in three years, they’ll be good enough to be a first liner in the NHL, where they’ll expect bigger bucks.

(It might be worth mentioning that the Philadelphia Flyers actually signed Giroux before he reached his ceiling; they’re getting him at $3.75 million per year for two more seasons.)

This story includes details about tweaks to the trade system and how scouting is done.

It all sounds like it will make armchair GMs’ jobs more realistic than ever.

* – Go ahead, make a Scott Howson joke.

  1. revansrevenant - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    They need to make sure the Blue Jackets management isn’t too skilled. Realism, you know.

  2. martysbetter - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    I heard if you choose to be the GM for the Devils you aren’t allowed to resign players mid-season.

  3. matthews4 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    This is great, as a Bruins fan I can constantly use the Leafs as a way to win the cup. I also heard that if a player does not reach potential by age 22 the Habs trade him away to the Rangers. Epically if he does not speak French.

  4. rushledger - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    My friend is actually gonna play as Columbus. It’s a challenge but they do have three 1st rounds and a few nice pieces so if he succeeds it be damn impressive.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Will the game lock out the user during the CBA negotiations too?

    • scottfmullin - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      The game turns into Tiger Woods Golf

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        You get a couple exhibition matches with KHL teams too, I think.

  6. bruin63 - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Matthew4 please show some respect. Don’t be like that. Leafs and Habs are two of the best franchises in the nhl and deserve respect. Don’t comment if you don’t have anything good to say.

  7. sharkie29 - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Hahaha, “No longer can you sign the ‘up and coming prospect’ to an 8 year deal at 650K a year, and lock him in to a long term contract as he becomes the next Claude Giroux or Steven Stamkos”. I guess superbman will be dissapointed.

  8. matthews4 - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    To much Bambi is never a good thing. Merci papa, lol

  9. arrooo - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Can you move the team to a new location? Islander fans can only hope

    • lonespeed - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      That wouldn’t be my first move. I’d fold Phoenix and distribute their players amongst the rest of the league.

      • hystoracle - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        That would leave the league with an odd # of teams creating scheduling nightmares. Also, I don’t think the NHLPA will be happy with the 23 jobs you just eliminated. Phoenix will be moved long before contraction is ever considered. There are too many cities wanting a NHL team.

  10. charleslouis99 - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I would recommend playing as Calgary it feels good to be a better GM than feaster and dismantle the roster lol

  11. withseidelinn - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    So 81 rated prospects won’t demand 4 million a year anymore?? Sounds good to me

  12. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    i wonder if you can play as soup can sids jock strap? SCA

  13. bruin63 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    he’s back

  14. chrisvegas - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I can’t wait!!!

  15. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    My Xbox has been broken for 6+ months haha. NHL 13 will be the reason why I buy a new one.

  16. phillyphan83 - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I wonder if you can end sid’s career with one hit?? realism, you know?

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