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  • The Situation with College Sports Video Games Examined
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    Posted June 9th, 2015 at 9:45 am 15 Comments »
    Though the developments related to college-based video games have been covered extensively here over the years, the reasoning for their disappearance and the potential of their return remain the most inquired about subject from readers. It's difficult to summarize everything that led to their downfall or the chances of another being made without going through the entire history behind it all and how we got to where we are now. With that in mind, one of the launch articles I put together a...
  • The NBA 2K15 Finals Sim Was Eerily Close to Having an Identical Game One Ending
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    Posted June 5th, 2015 at 9:45 am 2 Comments »
    Earlier this week I posted a comprehensive simulation of the NBA Finals with NBA 2K15 at Hit the Pass. It included game summaries with highlight clips, stats, and analysis. When publishers complete and hype their own simulations they typically just hit a button and provide the result. Actually watching the games leads to the emergence of storylines and the ability to identify drama that takes place within them. As Game One played out last night - the Warriors outlasting the Cavaliers i...
  • Spike Lee’s NBA 2K16 MyCareer Mode is More Story-Focused and Less About You
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    Posted June 4th, 2015 at 8:30 am 33 Comments »
    We've known about Spike Lee's involvement with NBA 2K16 since April but today 2K Sports finally confirmed his presence with the game and explained the role he's had in shaping the popular story mode first introduced in 2K14. Lee has written and directed the mode for NBA 2K16 and it appears it'll no longer feature your created MyPlayer, at the very least in name. Instead the story focuses on a player named Frequency Vibrations - and no that's not a joke - whose "personal exploits off the c...
  • Detailed Breakdown of the 2015 NBA Finals as Simulated by NBA 2K15
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    Posted June 3rd, 2015 at 12:15 pm 3 Comments »
    After a week's wait for the 2015 NBA Finals to begin, they'll finally tip-off tomorrow night. The Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a series heavily favored to go the Warriors' way. Over at Hit The Pass, the new website headed by myself and Rich Grisham that launched today, is a run-through of the entire series as simulated in NBA 2K15. Every single minute of every game was watched and noted and then highlights were pulled along with statistics and analysis. Roster...
  • Three of the New Classic Teams for NBA 2K16
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    Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 11:15 am 17 Comments »
    2K Sports recently revealed three new historic teams for NBA 2K16, and strongly hinted that there are other teams being added as well. It's been a few years since new teams were introduced into the series so it's fairly big news. They are the 99-00 Toronto Raptors, 00-01 Los Angeles Lakers, and 07-08 Boston Celtics. In a piece written for Sporting News the three teams are examined in greater detail including the level of success they had, their rosters, and the role classic teams ha...
  • Simming a Series Between the 95-96 Bulls vs 85-86 Celtics in NBA 2K15
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    Posted May 27th, 2015 at 5:30 pm 6 Comments »
    When discussion arises regarding the greatest teams in the history of the NBA, the two that generally get the most support are the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. So, what if these teams were able to face-off in a seven game series? It's possible only by using NBA 2K15. With that in mind a series simulation was arranged and played out to maybe a surprising, but undoubtedly definitive result. Check out the complete simulation which went up on Sporting News today. ...
  • Pre-Ordering NBA 2K16 Gets You The Game Four Days Early
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    Posted May 26th, 2015 at 6:00 am 32 Comments »
    2K Sports announced today that NBA 2K16 will release on Tuesday, September 29. However those that pre-order the game will get it on Friday, September 25. Interestingly with the release date moved up into September that appears to represent a change in the latest licensing contract with the league which begins this year with 2K and EA Sports. Traditionally the NBA has restricted games from going out prior to the first Tuesday in October. In addition to getting the game earlier the pre-o...
  • Press Row Hangout Short: Spike Lee Involved With NBA 2K16 MyCareer Mode
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    Posted April 24th, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment »
    With the news yesterday regarding Spike Lee's role with NBA 2K16 being related to the MyCareer, Rich Grisham and I got together to discuss reactions and potential ramifications. How could 2K16 benefit from Lee's influence and what might that mean for the mode? ...
  • Spike Lee Playing Big Role in Shaping NBA 2K16 MyCareer; Tagline is “Be The Story”
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    Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm 28 Comments »
    In March the New York Post mentioned that Spike Lee was in San Francisco working on an NBA video game-related project, which obviously meant it was NBA 2K16, and now Polygon is reporting more on his involvement. The official tagline for 2K16 is "Be the Story" and "A Spike Lee Joint" apparently will appear on the cover. The latter is at least preferable to whoever put together the soundtrack being promoted there. Lee is working with 2K on MyCareer Mode which seems like a natural fit to ...
  • NBA 2K15 Free to Play This Weekend on Xbox One
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    Posted April 21st, 2015 at 9:30 am 3 Comments »
    Beginning Friday afternoon (3ET/12PT) and running through Sunday (ending at 3AM ET/12AM PT Monday morning) NBA 2K15 will be playable for free on Xbox One. This will require downloading the full game which is 47GB. Similar to how things work with EA Access, the copy of NBA 2K15 will expire, but saves will be tied to the console for those who choose to buy the game later and continue with them. Microsoft is also advertising a "deal" on the NBA 2K15 Bundle for the weekend which includes 15,0...
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