HoopsHype Videogames rumors

May 25, 2012 Updates

SLAM: Do you and your teammates play a lot of video games? KL: Yes. Definitely. We’re very competitive, and it’s always fun to keep the competitive spirit going, whether we are on the court, in the locker room or in the weight room, and we do it with video games as well. And Ghost Recon is definitely one of the games we play. And FIFA… a lot of sports games as well. SLAM: How long does a typical video game tournament go? KL: [Laughs] Hey, it will go as many hours as it takes for the beef to be settled. It’s always fun to have that kind of competitive back-and-forth between teammates, and that will go on for days, weeks or even months. I mean I remember with JJ Barea and Derrick Williams with FIFA, they were going at it for the entire season and counting their wins and losses. It’s just fun to get in the trenches with different players. SLAM

Today on Devour’s homepage, trending video website, posted ‘Blake Griffin Gets NBA Jammed.” That’s right, the classic 2-on-2 video game that is all about monster jams. Since they don’t make the video game anymore, SB Nation produced a Chris Paul and Blake Griffin highlight reel using the video games graphics and sounds to simulate the 2-on-2 game. CBS Los Angeles

February 24, 2012 Updates
February 23, 2012 Updates

EA Sports is returning to the basketball space, and the publisher will be dumping the quickly-aborted NBA Elite banner, and will be going with NBA Live 13 as its next outing. The information was revealed by a tweet from the official EA Sports twitter, which read, "@CavsJoeG: At @EASPORTS with @kyrieirving, here getting his first taste of the new #NBALIVE13!" strategyinformer.com

January 11, 2012 Updates

Jon Robinson: So when 2K gets ready to make a game in 20 years, what current players do you see who will breakthrough and be on the list of 15 most influential legends? Scottie Pippen: There are some tremendous players out there. Kobe Bryant will be on that list for sure. I can see Tim Duncan making the list as well. There are a lot of great players out there who 20 years from now will still have their names in the video games. Jon Robinson: When you watch Kobe play, does he remind you of Michael at all? Scottie Pippen: I have to say yes to that. I think he reminds a lot of people of Michael because he molded his game after him. He seems to have a lot of Michael's charisma, and it comes across in the way he walks, the way he talks, and especially the way he plays. ESPN.com

Jon Robinson: So for kids who pickup "NBA 2K12" but never saw you play live, what are you hoping they learn about Scottie Pippen by playing the game? Scottie Pippen: I hope they learn that I was an all-around player who tried to do everything. I hope they respect the way that I played, and that I played the game the right way. ESPN.com

December 29, 2011 Updates
December 6, 2011 Updates

It's been over a year now since EA Sports turned "NBA Elite" into NBA Delete, cancelling the new console simulation franchise before it ever even hit stores. And while EA Sports has been mostly silent about their basketball plans beyond proclaiming a 2012 release and a change in development studios from EA Canada to Tiburon (the home of "Madden"), I was able to catch up with EA Sports president Andrew Wilson and ask him about the upcoming game and what the change in studios might mean for the title. "Anytime you're looking to reboot a franchise, you're looking to find a different type of creative energy," Wilson told me as I sat down with him at a recent EA Sports event. "When we rebooted the 'FIFA' franchise, we introduced a whole new team that rebuilt that engine from scratch. We did the same for 'NHL.' We completely rebooted and rebuilt that game with a new creative team. "And while the 'NBA' creative energy could've happened anywhere, it just so happened that we had some developers in the EA Tiburon studios who were very, very passionate basketball fans. The Orlando Magic literally train 100 yards from our studio there, so we have a big basketball culture built around that creative energy, and what we will deliver will be a fantastic game." ESPN.com

November 5, 2011 Updates

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits stores on Tuesday and Activision released a live-action commercial on Saturday for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC shooter starring Sam Worthington, Jonah Hill, and NBA star Dwight Howard. Titled "The Vet & The n00b," the commercial puts Sam Worthington in the role of the veteran Call of Duty player schooling Jonah Hill as the "n00b" using the grenade launcher and getting killed easily. Hill finally gets the hang of things though before Dwight Howard shows up. Activision did a similar humorous commercial with Black Ops last year starring Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel that took a slightly skewed look at what the people playing multiplayer actually look like. Examiner

October 26, 2011 Updates

The NBA Jam video game franchise is such an iconic name that it’s a little hard to imagine there was a time before it existed — especially if you’re like me, and it’s been around for basically as long as you’ve known anything about video games. But the video below depicts just that: the time while the original game was still in development, but yet to secure an NBA license (i.e. be able to use NBA team/player names in the game). Starting at the 2:20 mark, the people of Williams Electronics (whose game rights were acquired by Midway, who ultimately relased NBA Jam…you know, before going under) make their pitch: …and the rest is history: NBA Jam got the license, and is fondly remembered by my generation as one of the funnest sports video games ever. SportsGrid.com

October 8, 2011 Updates

Are you disappointed that Charles Barkley isn't represented in the game as one of the 15 legends? Michael Jordan: I am disappointed he's not in the game. I think people would love to see how much smaller he was compared to how he is now. [laughs] The impact he had on the league being only 6-4, 6-5, and the impact he had at the power forward position is going to be missed. ESPN.com

William “Bill” Russell, former star center for the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics, accused the National Collegiate Athletic Association of using his likeness from his college playing days without paying him or seeking his consent. The complaint is the latest to claim the NCAA violates federal antitrust laws by keeping former student basketball and football athletes from receiving compensation for the commercial use of their images and likenesses. The association has denied wrongdoing in those cases. Electronic Arts Inc., the second-largest U.S. video-game maker, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court in Oakland, California. Russell accuses it of using his image in a “Tournament of Legends” feature on an NCAA basketball video game. BusinessWeek.com

October 5, 2011 Updates

Jon Robinson: Are you glad Scottie Pippen made the list of 15? A lot of people still only see him as your sidekick. Do you think he deserves to be on a Top 15 list of influential players like this? Michael Jordan: Yeah, I'm very glad. When you think about what he's done, he was a part of every team where I won. He was an important part of that and people tend to forget that. You would never have seen Michael Jordan win a championship without Scottie Pippen and Scottie Pippen never won a championship without Michael Jordan. So the two of us are a tandem and he definitely stands up as one of the elite players to ever play the game. He's in my top five. He's on my team. If I had to pick five players to build a team, he's my small forward. ESPN.com

October 4, 2011 Updates

The red carpet was more like a Lakers reunion Monday night at the launch of NBA 2K12 in West Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, cover boy for the latest 2K Sports video game, was joined by Lakers General manager Mitch Kupchak, former GM and player Jerry West, Lakers great Michael Cooper and new coach Mike Brown at the Best Buy parking lot where fans waited for the game to go on sale. "It blew me away," Johnson said about being featured on one of three covers. "Any time you can be on the cover, especially because I played a long time ago, you have to feel good about that." Larry Bird and Michael Jordan are the other two NBA greats who have the image on the new game that also features 15 legendary players, such as West and Cooper. Orange County Register

September 28, 2011 Updates

An NBA 2K official said via email that last season's statistics, the player's value on the team and public expectations contribute to the rankings, but he also provided some insight on what exactly what went into the Lakers' player rankings. On James and Wade being ranked higher than Bryant "Given that Kobe Bryant is reaching 33 years old and LeBron and Wade are in the prime of their careers right now, we had to take age into consideration. Kobe is still a great player overall, however." Los Angeles Times

September 9, 2011 Updates

Gordon Hayward: I grew up on, the very first video games I started playing was just the NES. Then the Super Nintendo. I had a Sega GameGear. Of course, I had a GameBoy. Then N64. I've had 'em all. Some of those older games, they used to have versions of them on GameBoy or whatever. I definitely played Pac-Man and some of those older games before. I enjoy playing those, sure. … Contra: I always played Contra when I could get it to work. On the original Nintendo you had to blow into the thing a couple times to get it to work. Whenever I could get Contra to work me and my friends were also playing that. Salt Lake Tribune

August 30, 2011 Updates

Electronic Arts and Euroleague Basketball are pleased to announce their licensing partnership that makes the leading global interactive entertainment software company an official partner under the video gaming category. Under this agreement EA SPORTS will include Turkish Airlines Euroleague players in the upcoming release of the mythical arcade game NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. This is the first time that European clubs will be officially represented in the NBA JAM franchise, one of the most successful video games in sports history. All fans will be able to choose any of the four participating teams in the last Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Dimitris Diamantidis and Mike Batiste of Panathinaikos Athens, Lior Eliyahu and Sofoklis Schortsanitis of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Bo McCalebb and Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi Siena, Sergio Llull and Carlos Suarez of Real Madrid will be amongst the players representing the four Euroleague teams in the 2–on–2 basketball games. Euroleague.net

August 25, 2011 Updates

Steve Smith, the former NBA champ will be visiting India to launch the 3rd 'NBA Jam'. Smith, who had a fairly productive career in the 1990s, which included an All Star appearance in 1998 and winning a championship in his ageing years with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003. Hoopistani

August 10, 2011 Updates

EA Sports planned to ship Madden NFL 12 regardless of whether or not the NFL and its Players Association reached a deal to end its months-long lockout. Luckily for EA, such a deal was inked, and the season will play out as usual. However, the upcoming 2011-2012 NBA season is also stuck in a lockout, and one analyst believes if a solution is not reached, Take-Two stands to lose as much as $40 million. Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia issued an investor note this morning that stated if the NBA lockout does not end, sales of NBA 2K12 will be softer than predicted. GameSpot

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