Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Predators Prospect Seth Jones to Be Included in NHL '14 Video Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Predators Prospect Seth Jones to Be Included in NHL '14 Video Game

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Jones' likeness to appear in NHL video game


BURNABY, B.C. - Seth Jones' virtual image will skate in the NHL before he does.

Jones had high-resolution photo images of his face scanned Monday for NHL '14 at the headquarters of the video game's maker, EA Sports, in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby. The video game comes out in September before Jones, taken fourth overall in this year's NHL draft, secures employment with the Nashville Predators.

Jones, an avid video game player, approached the company about the chance to get his likeness on screen.

"It's cool to see what goes on behind the scenes," said Jones after the brief photo shoot.

Sitting under bright lights in a small studio on what is known as the "hot seat," Jones puckered up, smiled, grimaced and delivered other facial expressions upon instruction while EA employees stood by and cameras recorded his moves.

"The expressions are actually kind of funny, but you've got to do them," said Jones, an 18-year-old Plano, Tex., native,. "It's cool to have them be able to make you talk in a game and all sorts of things."

The entire session lasted just a few minutes. Jones, whose father Popeye Jones played in the NBA, spent about two hours playing a prototype of NHL '14.

Sean Ramjagsingh, the lead producer of NHL '14, said the firm wanted to put Jones' facial images in the game to provide more authenticity to the virtual representation of the on-ice version.

"He's a huge fan of the EA NHL '14 series," said Ramjagsingh. "He plays the game all the time with his (two) brothers. We knew that and (thought) we'd love to have a fourth overall NHL pick come over here and check out (EA) and get scanned and just walk him through the process of how we actually make the video game.

"And, just to give him a first-hand look at NHL '14 before all the public actually gets its hands on it, too, was a big thing for us. It's great to have NHL players join in whenever we can, just to add that level of authenticity to everything that we do."

Shots of the defenceman's facial images were also designed to provide a more realistic version of the video game.

"In the past, what we would have had was just the face of (the player) and they wouldn't actually animate or have much facial animation," said Ramjagsingh. "As the years progressed, we wanted to get more and more realistic. So when a guy takes a hit, you can actually ... show the hurt look on his face. When he scores a goal, you can see him celebrate. You can show happiness.

"You bring out the emotions of the player. That's why you capture all those different expressions."

Jones, an offensive defenceman known for his strong skating ability, recorded 14 goals and 52 assists in his first and, potentially only, season with Portland as he helped the Winterhawks win the WHL title and reach the Memorial Cup final. …

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