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Hothead Zidane newsgame
by Gonzalo Frasca July 10, 2006
Et oui, mes amis, le jour de gloire n'est pas arrivé!:( The final match of the World Cup is always a must see. Yesterday's was not great and, even though France deserved to win, soccer is not about who deserves to win but about who scores more goals. I was supporting France in a quite schizoid decision (my father's family is of Italian descent but my mother's is French).
Anyway, the World Cup is over, long live the World Cup. If you watched the match, you may have witnessed the shameful performance by Zidane (one of the greatest soccer players ever). Close to the end of the match, he gave a quite spectacular headbutt to an Italian adversary. It was Zidane's last match (he's retiring). He had the chance to leave in glory and instead he ended up losing and being shown the red card. I feel sorry for him but that kind of behavior does not support any excuse. Anyway, hot from the press, here's a little newsgame (new link) that was put together in a rush (probably by an italian fan, since it is signed with an Italian email account).
The game was certainly put together in a few hours. The author did not even bother to put a challenge nor a score. The graphics are crude. Still, I would bet my baguette that it is currently the hottest viral Flash game on the net. Another proof that players do not just seek AAA, multi-million dollar projects to have fun. They also want something that speaks to them. And this crude little game certainly does. (Thanks Tincho for the link!)