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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Posted on June 30, 2019 at 01:51 AM.
Marketing Closers: The people whose job at sports video game companies is to create hype, and thus profit, for their products. Usually, they exploit the uninitiated.

In the wake of the recent unskippable TV commercial, now it is inflated attributes. Of course, inflated attributes are nothing new: It goes as far back as NBA Live 2000. They are not a problem for a sim-head like me on the surface because I play MyLeague. However, it is a nuisance.

I remember five or so ... Read More
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Posted on April 21, 2019 at 02:42 PM.
The main course for the sim-head playing MyLeague.

Just faced Kevin Durant in three straight defensive possessions leading to half-time. My defender was Aaron Gordon. I was able to stay in front of Durant on the dribble, and prevent any downhill runs at the basket by playing proper off-ball defense.

As everyone knows, it is never over with Durant. He blew me up for 38 last game and his side won easily by 20. This game I have kept him a little quiet for 22 minutes. ... Read More
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Posted on April 7, 2019 at 01:51 AM.
The thumb image looks negative, but it is edification for anyone who buys and plays games on the regular.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
After my last entry, I checked the 2K forum; I had not been there in a while and Operation Sports discussions help me to cool down. I read a little about The Popboy and his sliders. I had tried them earlier in the season and was interested in what others were experiencing. It took another day, but I got back into 2K after a 5-6 day hiatus. I usually cannot stay away long: I love basketball foremost and 2K is the best thing going at the moment.

Canned cutscenes? Yeah, drives me crazy. ... Read More
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Posted on April 3, 2019 at 12:55 AM.
Repetitive cut-scenes are not immersion. I have tried typing twice about the game in the last few days and... nothing. Sometimes MyLeague is a chore to play: Nearly half the time I am holding the controller and wading through inane "storytelling" to get to what NBA 2K does best.

Basketball animations directed by me should be most of the story. Having played basketball most of my life, it is so frustrating "going" to a MyLeague game with the development team. Having to zoom-in on the ... Read More
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Posted on March 24, 2019 at 04:28 PM.
Well, a discovery for me prompted by another end-user; not new, but new and interesting for a sim-head. I'll gather my thoughts and explain later. Itchin' to get back to playing.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Posted on March 9, 2019 at 10:38 PM.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Posted on January 31, 2019 at 04:02 PM.
Please, please, please!

Scott is all basketball, no gimmick. Watching his segment this week felt like watching a segment on ESPN or NBA TV. No badges; no automatic anything. Boiled down, basketball is about geometry (see Jalen Rose podcasts) and creating numbers advantages. It is a simple game, but a thinking game. Scott reviewed some tools to go with that.

Listening to Scott really got me fired-up as MyLeague was loading. Everything he touched on I am familiar with, ... Read More
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Posted on September 30, 2018 at 07:36 PM.
Why 2K?

I try to be reasonable. I try to immerse myself into the context of the situation.

You have the absolute best simulation. This is simply basketball: It does not need sauce, sprinkles, bells, whistles... it is an entertainment unto itself.

Every year there is an over-used, automatic immersion animation that is absolutely dumb:

The first one that drove me crazy was the layup celebration 2-minutes into the game with a score of 4-2: ... Read More
Monday, September 24, 2018
Posted on September 24, 2018 at 03:38 PM.
Picking your battles: 2K19 MyLeague AI gets this done. It's always been there, but with each improvement, I feel it a little more. You're not going to win every possession, but you try to win some key ones, string them together over 48-minutes, and hope the chips fall your way. Roleplayers can prevent this when they... well... do their role.

I remember Grant Hill saying everyone in The League can do something; there is a reason they hold a roster spot. Now and then, we outside of ... Read More
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Posted on September 9, 2018 at 06:08 PM.
Yeah, I'm still on 2K18. I'm an old man marketing hype doesn't work on me; I can wait until September 11. There's no early purchase incentive for MyLeague.

Getting impatient though All the gameplay footage looks great... and I have the AI playing fantastic highly realistic basketball. I'll probably play a quarter or so with all settings "from the factory" initially. I was watching ShadyMike last night: He says he may have spotted one or two sliders that are reversed. Gameplay ... Read More
Monday, August 13, 2018
Posted on August 13, 2018 at 02:25 AM.
I am a basketball-head... pure... simple.

I saw a YouTube by TruthChaserProtocol today: Haven't really seen him in my feed much in the last 365; today may have actually been the first time. I get the feeling if he is not making YouTubes about how 2K could be better, he is consumed somewhere with basketball. I can relate: I play 2K MyLeague everyday... getting that fix.

Last time I was here I spoke once again about presentation and rage-quitting. I cannot lie: There ... Read More
Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 12:58 AM.
Pacman and Mount And Blade require me to use the controller not hold it. I flinch every time the whistle sounds.

So tired of these stupid ***, repetitive, meaningless cutscenes; they break the flow of gameplay. This is a Powerpoint for dumb asses.

Why can't we just play basketball 2K? I never get the same gameplay animations twice.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Posted on June 8, 2018 at 12:50 AM.
Finally, it feels like game-play... animations... are the story in 2K once again. The drama of MyLeague was between the lines for me tonight. I do not think I saw the same cut-scene, and I am at the beginning of the fourth quarter. In my perfect world, there would be no cut-scenes; I can live when they do not repeat.

Early day tomorrow; I will try to talk more then.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Posted on April 18, 2018 at 02:18 PM.
I just got to the first timeout of the first quarter of MyLeague: Play simply flowed.

There were no face close-ups; no bar graphs; no pie charts.

Nothing broke the flow of the game: It was simply end-to-end action and strategy. The controller did not rest in my hands for 6-7 minutes... just like Pacman.

Why do I feel like crying? It is overcoming to see something you care about touch it's potential.

I've stopped for now: Gotta go to the ... Read More

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