Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience Compatible with Rock Band Drum Kit

November 29, 2008 -

Louisiana game publisher Nerjyzed Game Studios is readying the launch of an Xbox 360 version of its Black College Football Experience game, reports The Advocate. The release of BCFx will mark the first-ever publication of a console game by an African-American owned studio.

A national ad campaign for Black College Football Experience will kick off today during the Bayou Classic as Southern University and Grambling square off in their 35th gridiron tilt. BCFx debuted last year on the PC. Of today's launch, Nerjyzed CEO Jacqueline Beauchamp commented:

We’re going to be doing a complete national rollout, and it’s going to start right here in Louisiana first. We actually have six commercial spots on NBC (during the game).

NBC will be highlighting the game during the broadcast (2 p.m. Eastern):

The network will... feature another first, the BCFx Sideline Video Game Zone... NBC will cut back and forth between the actual football game and the action in the Video Game Zone.

“The announcers will say, ‘Southern may be winning 24-10 on the football field. Let’s take a look at who’s winning in the video game,’ ” Beauchamp said.

The network has agreed to cut to the Video Game Zone twice during the broadcast but Nerjyzed is hoping for more, Beauchamp said.

In addition to its football action, of special note is BCFx's drumline game play, which is compatible with the Rock Band drum kit for the Xbox 360. 35 tunes and 65 drum cadences are included.

GP: Unfortunately, the 2007 launch of the PC version generated unkind remarks by some in the game community. Let's hope that the new version is received with greater tolerance. It actually sounds like a very cool mix of football and rhythm-based gameplay.


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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Except that the moment they make a video game about the HBCU football classics rivalries you just called not racist, it suddenly becomes racist. Double standard much?

Because as far as I can tell, you are saying:

Football Classic games between Historically Black College and Universities complete with a traditional emphasis on halftime show music competitions = non-racist tradition of rivalries set up long ago and still honored Today. 

Video game about the above = racist promotion of segregation.

Or did you have some rationalization for how the Black College football games (that are non-standard for the NCAA) described in the wikipedia link there aren't racist, but a video game about a that same segment of college football that isn't really covered by existing NCAA video games is racist?

-Gray17

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The concept of this game is not racist!

It isn't racist in the slightest in terms of content.

the average Joe or Jane walking by this game on the shelf will see a game that says "Black College Football: The Experience" and, unless they are familiar with the subject, will assume what most other people have. "Why do they feel the need to say that it is BLACK colleges?"

The entire argument could have been averted if the makers of the game would have taken the time to come up with a different title. Something that calls attention to race, which this game does, as a way to differintiate itself from its competitors is racist.

The actual game, the colleges, the gameplay, all of that is fine. Perfectly acceptable. Just a bone-headed and rather stupid ad campaign and choice of title that causes people to focus on race initially. Just look at this board for an example of that.

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So...reading the linked article, why didn't they change the name to something that would possibly appeal to the uninformed 'white' gamer?

Just by the title they're lopping off a large chunk of potential market, unless people can read the back of the game-but most console games in stores are locked behind glass.

If I played anything but PC FPS+RTS+RPGs and the occasional wii platformer, I'd get this to see what it was about.

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While they're probably alienating nearly all of the white audience, they are on the other hand appealing very strongly and personally to a black audience. The strategy may well be that more people will buy this game precisely because it is one of the few games designed for black people than would have done if it was just another obscure Madden knock-off.

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I don't understand how ethnic groups can claim they want equality when games like this are allowed but anyone can imagine the holy-hell that would come if they made "White People's Football"..

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WHAT ALL OF YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THIS GAME WAS MADE ON THE BASIS OF RECOGNIZING HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCU'S). NO ONE IS TRYING TO SEPERATE ANYTHING. PERSONALLY I LOVED THE IDEA OF THE GAME BECAUSE OF THE BANDS!!!! WITHOUT THEM A BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME WOULD BE NOTHING BUT THE MAIN REASON FOR THE GAME IN THE FIRST PLACE IS THAT THE CREATORS FELT THAT ON NCAA FOOTBALL THEY WERE JUST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TOTEM POLE.THEY ALL HAD SORRY AVG. AND THE SAME STADIUMS WITH DIFFERENT TEAM NAMES EXCEPT BAMA STATE. THE GAME ALSO GIVES YOU A LOOK AT A UNIQUE CULTURE THAT YOU DONT SEE IN NCAA. THIS GAME IS EXCITING I PERSONALLY GOT A CHANCE TO TRY IT OUT AND IT IS EXCITING! NOT ONLY DO YOU GET FOOTBALL BUT YOU GET THE EXCITEMENT OF THE BANDS, DRUMLINES, AND DANCERS THAT DRIVES THE GAME UNTIL THE END. GIVE A TRY AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN. IF YOU ALSO NOTICED THAT THIS YEAR ON NCAA 09 FOR THE XGEN MODELS THE HBCU'S WERE REMOVED. I WAS DISSAPOINTED BECAUSE THEY ADDED THE CUSTOM STADIUM SOUNDS FEATURE TO THE GAME AND MY FAVORITE HBCU SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY WASNT ON THERE TO CRANK OUT THEIR TUNES.I WAS REALLY PRAYING FOR A GAME LIKE THIS FOR A LONG TIME. I WOULD BE WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A BANDHEAD OR A PERSON WHO LOVES BAND NO MATTER WHAT AND WAS HOPING FOR A GAME WITH SOMETHING ABOUT BAND IN IT. THIS GAME ISNT REQUIRED TO BE PLAYED BUT IT IS A NICE GAME TO TRY OUT COULD YOU PEOPLE ATLEAST TRY OUT THE GAME FIRST BEFORE BASHING IT BECAUSE OF THE TITLE. ALL THE TITLE MEANS IS THAT IT IS A TASTE OF HOW A HBCU GAME WORKS.

 

         --Zach_D

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Another African American making his own kind look worse, when so many fight so hard to respectfully gain ground in the battle of equality.  Doug Williams would make Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton proud. 

I feel bad for the black people who get treated badly because of other people in their race acting like such idiots.  Of course white people get a bad rap because of red necks and other stupid people.  Muslims because of terrorist groups, and so on.  So we all have groups that make us look bad, but society does treat the few extremely worthy black people bad, while the many, still not majority though, black people take advantage of the system because they think someone owes them something for something that didn't even happen to them or their parents. 

My aunt and uncle get crap for being married and bi-racial still.  Things are a lot better than 10 years ago though.  I was never even the slightest bit racist until moving to the last apartment, but then again, it isn't racism if you just hate uneducated people.  A failed school system where there are 4 times more administrative positions than teaching positions will cause that too.  Then they wonder why less than 5% of the kids make it to college, then 20% of those making it to an AS or higher, and even less getting a BA/BS. 

I think it is the old bats running the system who are prolly racist though, and it causes the majority of the kids in those areas of the city to be less educated, which happens to be more than 90% of the population.  With the stigma of people already thinking that black kids are less likely to succeed, it causes a few of them to become even more successful, while the majority end up in gangs, then some of them even dead.  All a self perpetuating thing.

There are many black groups starting up that are anti-Sharpton and anti-Jackson that protest for them to be active at all because of the stigma they bring, and really doing things the right way.  Getting funding to the underfunded schools, and fighting against people who are of their race that are trying to take advantage of the system. When the person acts like they are owed something when they don't show up for work half of the time, and other employment based issues.

Of course if Bush's no child left behind program was structured correctly, then a lot of this wouldn't happen, and if state government would put restrictions on how many teachers are required vs administration positions, then that would help out a lot.  Mix that with cops actually patrolling the areas where gang crime is happening instead of staying clear of the areas completely, then you have yourself a system that will work pretty well, but with part of the police force in bed with the gangs at the beginning of this year, it is already trouble. 

Now that 25% of the police force has been taken off completely or suspended until the federal investigation is done, it helps.  We are lacking a lot of needed police officers though, and the police who are still on duty are being told by the higher ups to give out tickets as much as possible for traffic violations to be able to get enough money to fund them, which is taking the focus off of bigger crimes, and making things worse...

Wow, you would think it was LA with all of that...  or even Chicago or Detroit.  Since Chicago started coming down on gangs though, they all migrated over here...  Doesn't take much to figure out where I live now, haha.  Between a bigger city, federal investigation of the police force, and the education system would be enough to figure it out.  The only other thing I could say to finish that off is to say that it is the biggest city without mass transit in the US.

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

All of what you said makes perfect sense. But with regard to what you say about rednecks, you have to be more specific. People consider me a redneck because I was born and raised in a small town in Georgia, i like to hunt and fish, i have a hunting dog, and I drive a big truck. What they do not take the time to find out is that I have a Master's in accounting and am the president of a bank. I also volunteer at my church to help the elderly and handicapped.  So therefore I am a redneck and DAMN proud of it. I guess what you mean by "redneck" are these morons that go around burning crosses and hanging nooses in trees just because they don't like someone's place of origin or skin color. I don't call these people rednecks, I call them pond scum.

Just to be clear, I am not trying in any way to retract from anything that you have said here. I just want to help.

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Wow, that sums up about how I feel.

You know what else makes a huge difference. Having a second chance. Why too many people who are in gangs stay in gangs just because they believe they don't get second changes. They screw up as a young kid, and don't know where to go. They don't what to be part of a gang, but feel they have to.

I remember in Extreme Makeover Home Edition, there was a family who lived in a house that we only dream of, but moved out into a horrible neighbourhood just so they can make a diffence. They have some houses that they would let people stay for a night or two, get food, and help anybody knock at the door. That family made such as difference that the nightly shootings became only a monthly shooting. I would say that's a huge difference.

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I think all the shit we've given black people over the last milennia probably entitles them to have a football game based on black colleges.

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Bullshit.  The black people were enslaved for about 250 years.  The Irish people were enslaved for 500.  The Chinese were pretty much enslaved for about 150 years in America.  The Jewish people have gotten fucked over everywhere they went from Egypt on to Israel.  The Native American tribes were obliterated by the settlers.  And you're telling me, out of all of those people, that the black people deserve special treatment and 'entitlement' the most?  

Bullshit.

No one is 'entitled' to a goddamn thing on the basis of their skin pigmentation.  I'm half Sac and Fox Indian and half Irish.  My forebears were pushed out of Ireland by the black and tans, and the other half were pushed out of their land by the American government.  Yet I've never been 'entitled' to a damn thing.  Apparently, if you're 1/16th native american these days and registered with a tribe (which, by the way, means you don't have to obey regular laws if you live on the reservation) you can get a nearly full ride to any college for free, just by checking that 'Native American/ Inuit' box or whatever it says these days.  But I never got that sort of thing, nor did I check the 'native american' box.

Let's take a look at affirmative action; it lets a lot of people into colleges that, let's face it, don't belong there.  I've seen people at local colleges in NC and OH that obviously didn't have the intelligence for college, and never did the work for college, but were somehow there because their ancestor was native american, black, asian, whatever.  What's even sadder to see, however, is how when an exceptional person of color comes along, they're thought of as having needed that affirmative action 'helping' hand to have gotten that job or position. 

This idea that a race is 'entitled' to something because their ancestors MAY have done something is idiotic.  The only case in which its even a valid argument is in the case of the japanese internment camps, because the people who were in those camps are still alive today (a few of them, at least).  I don't see why the anyone, red, yellow, black, white, should be entitled to a damn thing because of the work their great great grandparents did, the suffering they withstood, and the back-breaking labor they endured. 

Entitlement is idiotic.  Everyone gets the same basic rights, and its up to you to excel.

 

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

I am not detracting from your post in any way, however, I do feel the need to point out that if you are Asian they will knock off points from your entrance examination to most schools instead of awarding you any. Something about setting the curve or some other such garbage.

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Who's we?

Cherokee and Irish here.

Was it my ancestors that were marched by the thousands off their homeland to the West and lost many lives along the way?

or

Was it my ancestors that were beat to death in the streets for being foreigners?

I mean, just so I can know which one of my lineages to be ashamed of and what-not.

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

to be fair ive never 'given black people shit' . Some of my closest friends are black. I feel its actually fairly racist to say that because white ancestors did certain things, that all white people are the same, and so we carry the debt.

 

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Your assessment of "clearly rascist" is not really accurate here, as it's a game ( real estate degree ) based on black colleges and the football divisions they are part of. I'm not trying to argue the over-all nature of whether or not that should be part of the integrated American ( advertising degree ) race experience, simply pointing out that there is such a thing as a "historically black college."  So, no it's not likely 'next' to see the "Hispanic College Football Experience or Asian College Football Experience."

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

You obviously didn't read the "generated unkind remarks" link. Your opinion has already been discounted and has no place here.

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Why does his opinion have no place here?

He isn't throwing around hate speech. He is pointing out that the game is promoting a seperation of races but since the seperation is in favor of a minority it is seen as being politically correct when it most certainly is not.

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And it's not like they haven't release games specifically for white people.  Look at Calvin Tucker's Redneck Jamboree, and Redneck Rampage.  If I was black, i'd want to release a game based around black people after having to play that segregationist crap.  And yes, I know that Redneck Rampage isn't exactaly a celebration of all things white.  But Redneck Jamboree?!

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

Pointing out how games that blatantly make fun of Southern raised white people are socially acceptable do little but prove that a double standard exists in society.

 

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

I guess that depends on how you see the game.  I see it as a celebration of all things hick :)

Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

I support this. Very different approach to a game release that's for sure.

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Re: Xbox 360 Version of Black College Football Experience

I grew up watching Alcorn State University's football team compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC, pronounced "swack"), so I was rudely surprised when I found out the all football wasn't the same as historically black college and university (HBCU) experience. I remember thinking while watching a big 10 football game, "Damn, that band can't dance at all!" Anyway, assuming that the football is any good, it's nice to see the greater gaming community get a taste of culture to which they wouldn't normally be exposed. I generally don't play many football games, but if I can see those big legged dancers come out at halftime ... woo-whee!

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How is it unkind to point out inequality?  Would you have responded the same way if this was a white football game and someone had pointed out the lack of an equivalent black one and the probable reaction to such a game?

 
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