Ever wondered why the people who make the "Madden" video games hate your favorite team? Now is your chance to let them know about. The people behind "Madden NFL 23" opened a hotline Thursday where fans can call in to yell into the void about player and team ratings ... no, really.
The company put the number out on Twitter, and said roughly 1,000 fans called in with complaints and suggestions for improving player ratings.
Our #RatingsAdjustors are reviewing your takes 🔎
Hit up 689-278-3030 and keep bringing those facts!
— Madden NFL 23 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 29, 2022
Calling the number leads straight to voicemail. Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson tells fans they've reached the "ratings-adjustor hotline." He asks fans to leave a detailed message about what player deserves a different rating and why you think that's the case. He adds that fans better brings facts that the "Madden" team has not considered. It sounds like that's the only way to get the attention of the ratings adjustors.
I’ve been grinding in the gym and y’all really gonna give me a 68 Strength Rating?
Can’t let @EAMaddenNFL cheat me like this. Reach out to 689-278-3030 and let these Ratings Adjustors know they’re wrong! #EAathlete pic.twitter.com/ftaUey4v2A
— D’Andre Swift (@DAndreSwift) July 29, 2022
What's the best way to get a player's 'Madden' rating changed?
The "Madden" ratings adjustors are looking for real, legitimate criticism of the game's ratings. Urging them to change Zach Wilson's rating because you think he's "got that dog in him" is probably not going to fly. Citing specific plays or analytics might be the way to go. If a player has a strong success rate against certain coverages, perhaps you can cite those numbers. If a player showed drastic improvement in the second half, call out plays in which he showed something extra.
Ultimately, there's no guarantee the people at "Madden" will take your advice. For all the controversy caused by the ratings — which "Madden" clearly promotes and enjoys — the people who work as ratings adjustors take the job seriously and put in a lot of work. They are probably aware of Pro Football Focus' measurements, and may even be aware of more niche advanced stats. Coming up with a winning argument will probably be more difficult than you think.
Additionally, we're still talking about a video game here. Getting up in arms about your team's best wide receiver getting an 81 instead of an 84 is a pretty minor complaint in today's world. If you have the time and energy to devote to making an impassioned argument, more power to you. If not, you can always make your own personal adjustments once you get this year's version of the game.