More Fair Than Real Life

Microsoft has a great marketing campaign going for their new NFL Fever game for the Xbox console. They have developed a highlight show, "NFL Fever on Monday Night," that simulates/previews the upcoming Monday night game.

Microsoft claims that the AI has successfully predicted three games so far this season. (Update: they predicted the Pats' Superbowl upset of the Rams as well). This begs two questions: How will Xbox and their competitors shape the sports betting industry in the future? And will Vegas bookies have simulations running on Xbox or Playstation 2 consoles in a back room somewhere to determine betting lines? I would…

Furthermore, if gaming companies can create such a realistic experience with videogames, do we need the athletes anymore? Why not just run simulations based on top-secret randomly generated player statistic information? This is the most democratic sport experience for a fan possible. You a Cubs fan? Rejoice — you could actually win the World Series next year…

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