Video game simulator on a roll with Bruins win

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May 28, 2011
  1. gloweyjoey
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    <p align=" " class="none">With the Boston Bruins packing their bags for Vancouver to begin the final battle for the Stanley Cup next week, it’s all coming together as EA Sports predicted.

    Before the 2010-11 NHL season started last October, the EA Sports hockey franchise simulated the upcoming season — using the NHL simulation engine or “sim” that is used to create its NHL video games — and correctly predicted that the Vancouver Canucks would face off against the Bruins for the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    “I’m not too surprised, to be honest. The guys here have spent so much time on simulation,” said David Littman, a former Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender who now works as senior producer for EA’s hockey franchise.

    “I’d say we’re beating Paul the Octopus.”

    Since playoffs began, the EA team has run the simulation engine for each round – and so far, the engine has correctly predicted the results for 13 of the 14 series that have finished.

    “We thought Detroit would beat San Jose in seven games, but it ended up that San Jose beat Detroit in seven games. So it was really close,” said Littman of the one missed prediction. “Obviously, (the sim) will never be perfect, but because we’ve kept at it and made it more realistic each year, it’s going to be pretty close.”

    The sim is programmed with about 50 player attributes – including slap shot, wrist shot, passing abilities and offensive awareness – for every NHL player. When programmers want a game prediction, the engine runs all the numbers and pits two teams against each other.

    EA programmers have been constantly feeding the sim with up-to-date information — such as player injuries, line changes and trades — since the regular season began last October. Littman said that constant upgrades have helped the sim become more accurate over time.

    “At the end of the year, we end up with a sim engine that’s eerily accurate to real life,” he said.

    Last year, the sim accurately predicted that the Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup. This year, the sim was correct in predicting that the Canucks would take the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the regular season. Canucks fans can only be so hopeful that the EA sim is as accurate with this year’s playoffs predictions -- last October, the sim calculated that the Canucks would beat the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series to win the cup.

    “In the finals, it will take all seven games and a career performance from Conn Smyth Trophy winner Daniel Sedin for the Vancouver Canucks to defeat the Boston Bruins in front of an ecstatic crowd at Rogers Arena,” EA Sports said in a release on its playoff predictions last October.

    Littman said the EA team will be running the sim again on Monday to get an up-to-date prediction for the final round between Vancouver and Boston. But for now, he’s hopeful that the sim’s October prediction holds true,” he said.

    “I have a feeling the Canucks will still win, to be honest. But anything can happen. I think this thing (the sim) knows best ... better than I do, anyways.”

    Whatever team the sim selects on Monday, the EA staff in Burnaby will be sporting their Canucks jerseys and cheering on the home team.

    “There are no bigger Canucks fans than the guys that work on this game,” Littman said. “On game day, it’s all Canucks fans here.”</p>
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    EA SPORTS NHL 11 Predictions from October 2010

    I don't think anyone could have said that Vancouver wasn't going to make the finals and seriously believe themselves with the season they had this year. I'm not a Canucks fan(they actually eliminated my team this year, which I had full expectaions of them doing and would have been shocked if they didn't) , but I am a Hockey fan and Vancouver had an amazing year. Sucks for Manny Malhotra though, although his surgeries were successful, I cant help but wonder if his vision will have any effect on the rest of his career. Oh....and this <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2011-05-28-3389295619_x.htm" target="_blank">Malhotra cleared for Stanley Cup finals</a>
     
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    And so Sports games get more overrated than they already are [​IMG].
     
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    The NHL games from EA are easily the best sports games from them. They actually add new features and everything unlike Madden. They add new controls for new moves and everything.

    Anyways, I'm hoping the Canucks brings the Cup back home. I wouldn't want it to be done in 7 games though. That'd be so hard to watch lol.

    Also, isn't EA usually accurate with their sim each year?
     
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    I'm not saying they're bad, I just think they're overrated. Actually, the only games I buy from EA now are The Sims games (Easily my favorite PC game/series) and Spore.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they were correct last year. But I'm not sure about any other years.

    I would only want it to go to 7 games just because there would be more games to watch. As for Malhotra, what do you think about him being cleared to play? Do you think he will actually be in the lineup, and what kind of face off percentage do you think he's going to have? If his left eye has any problems he's gonna have to move his head differently to use his right eye more. But I really have no idea how his rehabilitation has gone and I hope he can get in and contribute the way he does.
     
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    Leafs>>>Bruins [​IMG]
     
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    Canucks>>>Leafs [​IMG]
     
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    NHL 11 was freaking hard, that's for sure. The whole player control system was so much more advanced then anything else in gaming right now. Control stick pressure actually impacted how your players moved when you had the puck, as well as the passing system was very tight in an attempt to be accurate. Not a game for little kids if you want to be good at it, the computer whooped me even in practise rounds and I am an adult.
     
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    They need to do this for all sports. No need for professional players that end up ruining a sport, you still get to gamble, and you'll have more time to go and actually play the sport your meant to be a big fan of.

    See Association Football for what needs to be fixed and avoided in all big money sports.
     

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