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Wednesday
Feb272013

EA 14's "Historic" Edition May Need A 14.1

I want to say I'm still very much looking forward to EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour '14 game because of its heavy focus on history, with the opportunity to play legends like Young Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in historic settings.

That said, this YouTube video with "Ryan the product manager" for EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 does have me hoping there is a 14.1 update at some point. Because while I can deal with Arnold Palmer playing the Hootie-ized 11th hole in the 1950, complete with the confining pine trees planted this century to destroy the hole, it's when Ryan shows us the Old Course scenes with Young Tom Morris that I get concerned.

Identifying him as Old Tom--which I can deal with because, well, I don't know--the Young Tom creation by the EA team is using a steel shaft about 65 years before anyone knew what they were. But worse than that, we see him teeing off on the first hole and what's in the distance?

Why it's the Old Course Hotel, erected in horrifying fashion about 100 years after the historic scene depicted.

Anyway, Ryan also shows up clips of the 1934 version of Augusta National--which we also saw in a preview video--and it still looks ridiculously accurate in detailing the original MacKenzie-Jones design, so that's good enough for me to shell out the necessary dough to play Augusta as the architects created it.



A few of the more horrifying (to historians) screen grabs, starting with Young Tom playing the Old Course in the late 1800's with the fairly recently renovated Old Course Hotel in the distance:


Young Tom Morris, using steel shafts...if only...

And Arnold Palmer, playing Augusta National's 11th hole in the 1960s, about forty years before Hootie Johnson and Tom Fazio turned it into a Christmas tree nursery because, you know, it wasn't hard enough.

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Reader Comments (5)

That same stuff always upsets me too. Would have taken minimal effort to omit those eyesores from classic settings.
02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike U (LA, CA)
Getting your panties in a bunch...only true geeks will notice young Tom playing with a steel shaft...like real golf, 99% won't give a crap...
02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg C
If you're going to do an "historic: version, you should pay attention to details like this, which could have been easily corrected. Not a big deal, but many golfers know and appreciate the game's history, so paying more attention to it shouldn't have been a stretch.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ
Is there any chance of an EA version of St. Andrews, back in the mid-1500's when the Scottish war with England was going on in the town of St. Andrews and where the game participants can stick a sword into or behead Peter Dawson's act? I'd buy this game in a second!
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Strangelove
what does ea do when they can't find the money or time to actually improve the game.........gimmick, gimmick, gimmick

its the EA way
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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