The long-awaited NCAA Football 2010 launches today and you can count Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) among the game's fans - and its players.
Orlando's WESH-2 reports that the Guv was on hand at EA's Tiburon Studios for an NCAA '10 launch event. Crist praised not only the game but the industry's positive economic impact on Florida's economy:
This is so cool that EA Sports, [that] Tiburon is right here in Florida...
The realism of [the game] is what just blows you away... This is the knowledge-based economy we want to continue to build throughout the state.
It's great for Florida. It's great for jobs. You know in this economy especially, looking for new and innovative ways for people to have gainful employment and the pride that goes along with that. It's so important to so many people.
Crist, who quarterbacked the 1976 Wake Forest team, even appeared in the game dressed in full uniform, courtesy of NCAA '10's Team Builder feature. In a demo of the game run by Tiburon developers, Crist scrambled and passed the Demon Deacons to a four-play touchdown drive.
In comments after the demo, Crist was a good sport about his NCAA '10 character's performance:
I love college football. I wasn't ever very good. The guy on the screen was good. You're very generous.
El Mundo Tech has several videos of the event.