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Using Game Theory To Dominate In Madden!

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Using Game Theory To Dominate In Madden!

Post by GREENERRRR on Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:17 pm

an article provided by our friends at MaddenBible - author is ZFarls


This article will jump into the topic of Game Theory. If your not familiar with Game Theory here is a definition : Game theory attempts to mathematically capture behavior in strategic situations, in which an individual’s success in making choices depends on the choices of others. While initially developed to analyze competitions in which one individual does better at another’s expense.

Over at Academic Earth they offer free courses from major university. The specific course on game theory comes from Yale and is taught by professor Ben Polak. In the introduction class, he introduces game theory and common game theory scenarios. He offers five tips which I feel can translate into the Madden world and help you improve your game.

1. Do NOT Play Strictly Dominated Strategies: If it is 4th and 1 and you know your opponent can stop your FB Dive with a specific defensive play than you CAN NOT call the FB dive in that scenario. Yes, he may be too scared to call that play because it does allow longer gains if you call an outside run or over the top pass. However, the FB Dive is what game theorists call “Dominated” in this scenario. No matter what you have to go to another play that gives you a chance to succeed. Calling a pass play can always be a risky proposition in a short yardage scenario but if you do call the dive and he calls his specific FB dive stopping play than the game is over.

2. Rational Decisions Sometimes Lead to Bad Outcomes: Sometimes you make the right call and step up in a big situation. However you can only control your opponent to a certain extent. One thing you can’t control is when your players decide to drop the football! Perhaps you went for it on 4th and 5 because you were in No Mans Land. You couldn’t kick a fg and punting would barely net you any yards. You decide to go for it and get to the first down line. After you cross the yellow line, your player fumbles. Your decision to go for it was properly calculated and made sense but it feels wrong because Ed Reed is now streaking the othe way with the football for six. Keep your head up and know you made the right decision!


the remainder of the article can be viewed at:

http://www.maddenbible.com/2009/01/using-game-theory-to-dominate-in-madden/
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