According to the latest FIFA videogame, Spain will be the eventual winners of the real-life FIFA World Cup that starts this month.
Publisher EA Sports decided to let the new 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa game simulate the entire tournament, with no human intervention. After setting up the tournament with the correct 32 teams, Spain triumphed 3-1 in the final, beating Brazil with a goal from Arsenal’s Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas.
As Spain and Brazil are the two favorites for the tournament, that’s hardly an outrageous prediction. Spain’s David Villa apparently finished as top scorer with seven goals.
Third place went to my own country England, who beat Argentina 2-1 in the loser’s final. Incidentally, England went out on penalties in the semi-final to Brazil. Bloody typical. Oh, and hosts South Africa were the first team to be knocked out of the competition.
EA regularly uses its sports games to predict the future – the latest Madden game is used annually to guess the outcome of the NFL season. It’s all a load of publicity-seeking hogwash, of course, but fun nonetheless.
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