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Arena Football Video Game a Big Hit with Players

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Arena football is really starting to go mainstream. AFL games are broadcasted on ESPN. AF2 games will be on KNDU and KNDO. The players are not only getting more television coverage, but they're now finding themselves in the video game world.

The EA Sports title "Road to Glory-Arena Football" was released a couple of months ago, and lately some Fever players have really taken to it. AFL and AF2 teams are included, but you wont find the Fever, because they joined the AF2 after the game was produced. However, the Fever players who were on other AF2 teams last year, like Brian Baker, JR Thomas, and Robert Garth, are in the game. They get a kick out of seeing themselves on the video screen.

"It's great to play yourself on the game," said Thomas. "I have Brian Baker throw me the ball. We trash talk each other. It's exciting to have that."

The first thing the players did was find their name, and see what talent and speed rating the EA Sports programmers gave them.

"Robert Garth is a 96," said Thomas. "Once you interview him, he'll boost himself up about that. I'm a n86."

"Before, in college, everyone was trying to get in NCAA Football (the game by EA Sports)," said Muhammad Shamsid-Deen. "Now in Arena, you're like 'wow, that's me.' You try to add yourself on and make different things to make yourself better. That's a kids game and I love to play it."

The Fever open the season at Mahoning Valley March 31. The first home game is April 14th, and will be broadcast on KNDU and KNDO.