Just got in from my trip to LA. I wore my National Champs hat all over the place, including the USC campus. I got a great picture of me in my LSU NC stuff standing next to a sign near campus that said "Congrats USC. 2003 National Football Champs." Didn't get to see the paperweight though since I didn't have time to search the campus. We were just there becuase Microsoft was holding their pre-E3 press briefing there. For the most part, no one cared, but I did get a few dirty looks -- which was fun. I checked the NCAA 2005 thread, looks like most of the news got out in there. The college atmosphere is in full effect -- right down to your guys missing audibles becuase it's too loud. Then, of course, there's the Create-a-Sign deal that is pretty neat. There's also some TV style scenes that show fans cheering. I didn't get to see many of them since the guy I was playing with kept skiping them. I watched other people play and saw the Gator Chomp. Gameplay is slick as silk -- and played better than Madden in my opinion. One of the coolest things was when I picked to play a 'Quick Match' and it pitted USC and LSU against each other in Tiger Stadium. Woot! Randall and Vincent were starters, but I switched Russell in. Pointed out that he should be taller and the guy told me that player rosters/skills/looks are cosmetic and the last things that are worked on. I asked about putting the yard marks every 5 yards and was told that they have been told that, but it's an issue with the way the game generates the stadiums. Changing the grass from green to blue is easy since they just key in a code, but they'd have to make a whole new fieldset. He said he'd look into it though. Not sure about what music is in the game becuase I couldn't hear it. The show floor is loud and it's impossible to hear anything. Was told some new cheers are added, so keep hope alive. Asked about the coustom soundtrack idea that's been brought up on the board and he said that it doesn't work that way with the current game engine (which is last year's Madden engine). Maybe in the next generation of systems, but don't hold your breath. Also asked about a College Baseball game. Was told that they have been wanting to do it, but there's no market for it. Other than some places in California and the South, there's really no one who wants the game, which indicates that it wouldn't sell well enough to recoup development losses. This is also coupled with the fact that baseball games are already a hard sell. If college baseball can grow and becomes popular enough, they'll do it. Hmm, think that's it.