FUTfacts has become widely known for our refutations to the scripting, momentum and handicapping conspiracy theories. I have more than once been called gullible, naive or an EA shill because I don’t buy into these ideas.
We challenge these beliefs because we want the truth to prevail. The community doesn’t become a better place by spreading unfounded rumors. But having said that, there is an even weightier concern: Namely the fact that these discussions about non-existent problems tend to remove the attention from real problems with FIFA, with EA and with the business model that many of us are entangled with.
Sometimes, weird looking deflections happen in this game. In this recent Reddit video post, we saw the ball sort of bending around the keepers gloves. It sure looks strange, but is it EA scripting the outcome of the game?
When you follow the scripting debate, you regularly come across small, home brewed experiments designed to provide evidence in support of scripting or handicapping. We decided to do a small series of articles to take a closer look at some of these experiments. In this post, we take a critical look at a small experiment made by author Silvio Teixeira and presented in this article on FIFAUTEAM in late 2014.
Sometimes, a quote from an EA employee is presented as evidence in support of either scripting, handicapping or momentum. We have seen it previously with the GDC whitepaper
, the interviews with Aaron McHardy
and the David Rutter
. Despite the fact that these very same people categorically deny that scripting, handicapping or momentum ever existed, small fragments of their interviews are brought up as evidence in support of the opposite. Now, a “new” quote has been brought up as evidence. This time, the lucky EA-guy is Gary Paterson, the former creative director on the FIFA series.
Is momentum a myth or is it real? In this post, we have a look at some of the facts and speculations around the presence of a momentum feature in FIFA.