1993-94 EA Sports card #198: Crowd Records
The front of this hockey card says “Crowd Records.”
But what record is this crowd setting?
And why was this card even made, anyway?
Anyone old enough to remember the Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo debate will certainly remember the awesome hockey video game NHL ’94. EA Sports, who made the game during the 1993-94 season, released a set of 225 “hint cards” that year that featured the league’s best players, like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, and of course, Jeremy Roenick.
The set also had cards with tips and tactics on how to win at NHL ’94. And then there were cards touting every new feature and upgrade that NHL ’94 had, such as “Hot/Cold Streaks,” “Local Organ Music,” and this forgettable card of “Crowd Records” – which may be the most unnecessary hockey card ever made.
NHL ’94 kept track of how loud the crowd got during games. The more exciting action your players performed – Shots! Hits! Goals! Saves! – the louder the in-game crowd got, which made your team play better. This is explained on the back of this card with some text, along with a picture of a screen displaying…more text. Sigh.
The back of the card is about as exciting as the front of the card.
Speaking of which, EA Sports could have really driven the point home by using a photograph of hockey fans on their feet, arms waving in the air or fists banging on the glass, and wildly celebrating.
Instead, they chose to use this photo, which shows us (from left) a man in a red shirt yawning, a man in the front row scratching his face, a man in a hat about to sneeze, and a man in a yellow shirt who is either pouting or cold.
So, what record is this crowd setting?
My guess is for most bored fans at a hockey game.
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