It was not so very long ago that we were floored by the novelty of plugging a phone line into our Dreamcast and playing real games of NFL 2K1 with real other people over the internet. It's with no small amount of wonder, then, that we report EA Sports claims 500 million games of the company's titles have been played online since the '09 selection launched in June.

You've come a long way, online sports games, and we couldn't be more proud. *Dumps virtual Gatorade on head*

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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