Madden has lobbys along with a Messenger where you can add friends. It shows you when their online and you can respond (although madden uses only default sentences). You dont use friend codes. Instead, when you sign up for ea nation, you get a user name. You can search your friends user name and add them easily. Overall its much much better than freind codes. However, EA is suffering from lag. If they fix that it would be really cool. They also need voice chat (nintednos fault) and or enable custom typing.