HoopsHype Videogames rumors

July 28, 2013 Updates

News has been out for a while that LeBron James was going to be on the cover of the newest installment of the NBA 2K series, his first video game cover. But not only is the reigning MVP on the cover, James is the music curator for the upcoming game. Basically, King James picked the soundtrack for the game, which features acts like Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, among others. The whole album can be streamed on Spotify, and the track listing can be found below via Spotify. SLAM

July 26, 2013 Updates

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to sit down with Dwight Howard and talk about “NBA Elite,” a new NBA video game that was coming from EA Sports. This was just before the 2010 NBA Draft, and as we talked we saw a build of the game that displayed a promising new motion system. Not long after, it was announced that the game was not coming out, after all. And EA hasn’t had a true console NBA sim since. EA eventually announced they were going back to their classic “NBA Live” franchise, and that game was supposed to return last year. But that didn’t happen, as they held off in order to get everything polished and make a splash this year. And now it seems that “NBA Live 14″ is on track to release this fall/winter, as today EA Sports announced that Kyrie Irving will appear on the game’s cover. NBA.com

June 19, 2013 Updates

Former Detroit forward and NBA hopeful Doug Anderson has spent hours playing the NBA 2K video game. When NBA 2K14 is released in October, Anderson will be able watch images of himself. Anderson, a 6-5 forward who turned heads when he won the NCAA dunk contest during Final Four weekend, said the opportunity to be a part of NBA 2K was too good to pass up. Some of his moves and dunks were used in creating the game. Detroit News

June 10, 2013 Updates

During the EA Games presentation at E3 today, Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving came out on to the stage to help unveil the return of NBA Live 14. Of course, EA Sports had to be dramatic, so they used a slam poet to hype up the crowd and get the buzz going. Irving joined executive producer Sean O’Brien to help introduce the game and the new “Bounce Tech” system which makes ball handling the top priority. FanSided

June 7, 2013 Updates

2K Sports has tried to sell more video games the past couple years by putting Michael Jordan on the cover and some legendary players of the NBA in the game. Now they are returning to today’s biggest star. LeBron James will be on the cover of the new NBA 2K14 when it comes out this fall, 2K Sports announced. LeBron also was involved in some of the new development aspects of the game (although safe bet he didn’t sit there are write the code). NBCSports.com

March 8, 2013 Updates
January 9, 2013 Updates

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that for the last 18-plus years, we have patiently awaited a follow-up to "Shaq Fu," the 1994 video game that told the story of Shaquille O'Neal wandering into a kung-fu dojo on his way to a charity basketball game, stumbling into an alternate dimension and battling various enemies (like evil mummies) with an array of fighting moves (like flaming roundhouse kicks). Now, at long last, our wait is over, thanks to Hiptic Games' new release, "ShaqDown." Behold: Yahoo! Sports

While not a sequel, per se, Hiptic did envision "ShaqDown" as a spiritual successor to one of the most reviled games of all time, as Yahoo! Games colleague Chris Morris wrote at Plugged In: "When we were working on the game, we codenamed it Shaq Fu 2," Long Vo, cofounder and creative director of developer Hiptic, tells VentureBeat. "This game is set in a postapocalyptic world where Shaq has become a legend, and it’s up to him to save humanity from mutant zombies." That’s right. The Big Survivor. As you might have guessed, O'Neal has a sense of humor about his gaming legacy, having told the developers to "have fun with it." And it looks like they did. In addition to bringing the pain to legions of undead jerks, Shaq will team up with a variety of allies, including three-time world wrestling champ Lee Kemp. Yahoo! Sports

October 10, 2012 Updates

Multiple images leaking out last night show NBA 2K13 featuring Oklahoma City's new alternate jerseys—with the team nickname misspelled as THUDNER. What's crazy is that everyone seemed to miss the misspelling the first time it was posted. That image above comes from Operation Sports' Steve Noah on his Twitter account. Daily Thunder, a fan site following the team, appears not to have noticed until its commenters pointed it out. Paul Lukas at UniWatch didn't miss it, and found a cellphone pic of a screen that also carries the misspelling. Kotaku.com

October 1, 2012 Updates
September 28, 2012 Updates

Fans of Electronic Arts' pro basketball franchise NBA Live will have to wait at least one more year before its return to the virtual court. The publisher announced it is cancelling the launch of NBA Live 13 through a blog post on the game's official website. Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports, says in the blog post that the game has failed to reach the "high quality experience" the publisher wants. "Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it's clear that we won't be ready in October," says Wilson. "And rather than launch midway through the season, we're going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year's game great. This decision puts us on the right track for success well into the future in a rapidly changing industry." USA Today

Sneakerheads, rejoice. Not only does “NBA 2K13” feature more brands and shoes than ever before, but for the first time, the producers built special shaders in their game to make everything from the patent leather to the rubber pop on screen. “The cool thing is that now the shoes look tangible,” “NBA 2K13” producer Rob Jones explains as he details all the cool kicks that made their way into his game. ESPN.com

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ESPN Playbook: The video game industry can be a tricky and expensive business. Baron, why did you want to invest both your time and money in creating 5 Balloons Interactive? Baron Davis: I just think that right now gaming is at an all-time high. For me, I see how innovations are happening in the digital world, and I want to participate in it. There are some fun opportunities out here in the marketplace with the iPad and all of these mobile systems where you can start playing games as apps, and that’s a whole different experience than what people are used to. I hooked up with Sean, and we talked about creating games where people could ultimately have a greater experience than what they were getting with just the normal iPad apps. ESPN.com

June 6, 2012 Updates
May 25, 2012 Updates

SLAM: Tell me about this game, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier, and your role as a long-range sniper for Ubisoft’s Team Ghost. KL: I’ve always been a fan of the one-man shooting game, so this was a great opportunity for me. And you know, for me, I’m the type of guy who, whatever the one-man shooting game is, I always like to bring out the sniper and shoot guys from long range. I guess, in some ways, it’s somewhat similar to what I do on the court, and the game’s great because you can get out there with three of your buddies and get on the same team and go into battle. So, in some ways, it’s very similar to being out there and playing basketball. SLAM

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