[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site (although he’s still writing his weekly Bulletin column and may pop up here on the blog occasionally). Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month.]
Good Tuesday morning, everyone.
August is usually a pretty “dead” month when it comes to uniform news, but these past two weeks have been anything but quiet. In fact, late Sunday night the Washington Huskies and early yesterday the Mississippi State Bulldogs both unveiled special one-off uniforms. Nebraska also unveiled throwback uniforms late yesterday afternoon — and I’ll have more on those later today.
But today, I want to go “off-uni” a bit, and for that we have a special guest: Michael Malinowski. If that name rings a bell, it’s because he goes by “Memal” on the boards and was my “5 & 1” guy for a couple years (until COVID took a toll on his health). But Memal is back today with a fun one. I’ll turn it over to him now.
by Michael Malinowski
I read Paul’s most recent, “How I Got It” piece and was surprised by the amount of people who said, “I got into uniforms because of video game uniform customization” and was happy to find so many share the passion of customizing your in-game experience like I do. It also told me that a phone app I found recently would be enjoyed by others in this community, so I wanted to share it with you today.
One day on Twitter someone posted a screenshot of a new football game app called Retro Bowl, commenting that it had a retro-Tecmo Bowl look and feel to it. I learned the basics of football from playing Tecmo Super Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl 3: Final Edition so my interest was piqued. I downloaded it from my app store and discovered a fun, fast paced game that differed in many ways from those games, but looked enough like them to make me forget it was produced by another company.
I was especially pleased to find the only in-game ads were ones to get you to pay a few dollars to upgrade to the premium version, which I ignored at first, but I played it so much the first month I got it that I decided to support the maker and bought in. One of the features of the upgraded version is the option to customize things in the game, a feature I’ve enjoyed in other sport franchises, so I was curious what all was available to customize. Here is a list of what you can alter(everything with the little pencil icon next to it can be edited):
• Team names — since there’s no NFL license, all the teams bear city names
• Conference and Division Names
• Player names for your team
• Endzone colors
• Adjust the weather settings for a team
There may only be a few uniform options to choose from to customize your team, but you can create four uniforms and, perhaps more importantly, if you’ve ever wanted to tweak the unis in a video game so that the Dallas team always has the same color pants and helmet you can do that!
If you wanted the Texans to have been brought into the league as the new Oilers with the same identity, you can do that! All you have to do is look up the Hex # for your team’s color from a site such as https://teamcolorcodes.com/, input it in the area above the item you want to change, save and voila!
The game includes five save slots so you can have five different seasons going on and you can copy team information from one slot to the next, so if you’re happy with the way one league looks you can easily copy all the team details to another save slot and start a new season as another team. If you’re a fan of EAs NCAA Football franchise like me you can change all the teams in one league to college football teams. While you have to work in the structure of two conferences with four divisions that follow the NFL scheduling format, you can still create something that might approximate what the future of college football looks like when super conferences have taken over.
If this article has you itching to try this game out and really explore these features, I can’t recommend using ImageColorpIcker.com enough. It allows you to upload or link a photo, select a pixel, and get the exact HEX code for that color! I was able to use it to find the appropriate colors to create a league composed of local and personally significant high school and small college teams that I have played more than any other season. I also have a season going with all the team names and uniforms of the NHL. Getting the uniforms to look just right was a great thrill!
Is this process a little tedious and time consuming? Sure.
I created spreadsheets to help me organize divisions and have a central place to save certain hex codes so I didn’t have to look each one up. But if this is the sort of thing you like to do, the end result will be well worth the effort you put in!
Thanks, Memal! I’m not a gamer, and I don’t think I’ve even played a video game since the original Donkey Kong was introduced, but I get the allure. As a teenager, I spent hours playing Intellivision (anyone remember that?) baseball with all my buddies. So much time, in fact, it got to the point where I couldn’t be defeated. But that’s a long time ago. Hopefully there are several of our readers out there who will play Retro Bowl, and in no small part thanks to your writeup!