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Michael Phelps Video Game Coming

This past summer, he smashed records and thrilled a nation, so of course it would stand to reason that he gets his own video game.

In a 60 Minutes profile on Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, it was revealed that he has a game "in the works," although no specific details were issued. Phelps, whose 8 Gold medals broke Mark Spitz's record of 7 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, might be a bit of a gamer himself. According to Gaming Target, he received a promotional copy of Call of Duty: World at War on The Early Show, and he recently appeared in a commercial for Guitar Hero: World Tour. As the site pointed out, both games are published by Activision, so it would make sense if they're now working hard on a Michael Phelps swimming game. Of course, this isn't a title that one would expect to be a blockbuster in the current world of gaming, but perhaps Phelps will surprise everyone with a decent...er...swimming simulator? So far, the only swimming games out there have been the Olympic-based titles, and all of them have been awful. None had a decent gameplay mechanic for the swimming events.

Then again, we've always said one of the biggest reasons those games never succeed is because the developers are forced to simulate dozens upon dozens of different events. Here, they'd be focusing exclusively on the pool, so maybe...just maybe... We'll have to find out who the developers are, too, so stay tuned for more info.

12/1/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

coverton341
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:42:47 PM
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This sounds like the worst game idea in history and I played some craptacular games in my time. I think this stands to be worse than ET for the Atari 2600. Yeah, I said it.

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dirdiggler
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:53:53 PM
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How much fun could you possibly have swimming in a pool?? Here I got a good idea for a game, call it trashman an set it up kinda like an old school paperboy game.. Now that game would kick arse..

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CH1N00K
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 12:55:31 PM
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This sounds like either phelps or activision are making the most of his fifteens minutes of fame. Before the Olympics he wasn't well known, and now he's famous. My guess is this is going to be a crappy game with his name on it, just to grab up any cash before the moment is gone. Although if Phelps is a gamer and has some input into his game, then maybe he'll make them release something decent..

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Random_Steve
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:20:55 AM

considering what he achieved, 15 minutes of fame quite harsh isn't it? But I agree this looks shockingly abysmal, if that makes sense

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Daedusian
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:01:31 PM
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Can't they do something better than make a game for the guy. I mean, he broke all of these records, and a video game comes to mind? I am sure they could of thought of something more appropriate...

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:21:09 PM
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Why are they making this game again?...

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Saber1989
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 1:31:57 PM
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lol what a crazy idea for a game. Tiger Woods, Tony Hawk, Wayne Gretzky, Shaun White, all which have great games, but how does Micheal Phelps fit in with those people for a game about swimming. Unless its a killer swimming game where ... I dont know this game make no sense

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Scarecrow
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 2:00:54 PM
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I don't know why but I never buy these games with famous people splattered all over the cover

What if I hate Shaun White? I won't buy the game....

I miss SSX...

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LightShow
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 4:29:26 PM

word.

SSX on tour and Blur (was that what it was called?) did nothing to help my SSX craving. I still pop in SSX 3 every once in a while.

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shaydey77
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:20:52 PM
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I get the feeling it will be a button basher game..x o x o x o..sim swim?? now THERES innovation for the critics!!

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englishgolfer
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 3:58:10 PM

ohhh a little dig at the edge????? lol! seriously this game feels like it's going to fall flat like a belly flop from a diving board. but if they could add sharks, mines, sirens (the greek girls, not the police sort...), whirlpools, pirates, heck anything to do with water and danger, then that's what i call innovation and look forward to a 10/10 review from the edge...

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Riku994
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 4:34:50 PM
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A swimming game? Come on! I hate Michael Phelps, he's a medal hog, he doesn't even deserve something as crappy as a swimming game.

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Jed
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 5:08:11 PM
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they will probly make it for the nintendo DS and make millions with it.

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CH1N00K
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 8:54:32 PM

You may have come close to nailing it. It might not be a DS game, but I can see it becominga Wii Fit Game.....Who doesn't want to stay home an breast stroke all day?

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CaptRon
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 5:33:53 PM
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He shouldn't be in video games, he should have his own lifetime movie

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bearbobby
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 5:41:42 PM

lol

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Chaps
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 5:55:05 PM
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lol sounds like people are jealous THEY are not in a game. I also find it a bad idea, but hey, it could work. I wouldn't buy it though.

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Papa Burgundy
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 6:09:09 PM
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This game will be a joke. It's not gonna make any sort of blip on my radar

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aaronisbla
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 6:12:16 PM
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Phuck this game, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been announced!! now all we need is a release date!

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Daedusian
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 10:20:43 PM

I know dude, so freaking excited about this!!!

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Duff
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 7:08:25 PM
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FAIL

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RustEDalex
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 7:23:47 PM
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maybe they'll make a game similar to the aqua man: battle for Atlantis game they made for the X-box and game-cube using Micheal Phelps and he will be able to talk to fishes, oh wait aqua man: battle for Atlantis was the worst game ever made

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AntDC
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 8:23:52 PM
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This is off topic (lets be honest, there's not much to talk about... it's a swimming game...) but CHECK IT OUT! Uncharted 2 teaser trailer has been released! http://www.joystiq.com/2008/12/01/uncharted-2-teaser-trailer-released-now-with-snow/

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 9:31:31 PM
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Hate that guy's ugly face.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 10:10:25 PM
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I have a feeling this game in a couple of years from now will be made fun of. I don't know about you guys & ladies, but I couldn't care less what Michael Phelps makes or what he was won before.

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Willcome2Urf
Monday, December 01, 2008 @ 11:18:43 PM
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this won't translate well. the only thing i've hated consistently in games, is swimming levels. So a game that's nothing but swimming?

the only thing phelps has done, I could see being put into a game, is drinking and driving.

no thanks.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 8:06:05 AM

Drinking and Driving? Swimming? is Michael Phelps the next lead character in a Grand Theft Auto game? lol

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snglbck26
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 10:02:00 AM
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I think CH1Nook has it nailed. This has Wii written all over it. Can you imaging whipping out $60 for a PS3 swimming game? Hmmmmm.....NO!!!!!!!!

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