The NBA 2K12 is the most recent of a series of basketball video games, published by 2K sports. The idea of the game is for gamers to have control over their favorite, most iconic basketball players, and play against their friend’s teams. I learned about this game through a close group of guy friends, who have in fact set up their own “2K league”. The game became interesting to me after witnessing how much my friends cared about winning these games, and in fact beating the other teams. While the teams are not reflective of current teams these players play on (Lebron plays for the Knicks in their league due to a separate draft), their real talent is demonstrated through the game. Based on how well they play in the 2K league, players can even get inducted into the “Basketball Hall of Fame”. To make the game seem even more real, there is a broadcasting team that makes the audio of the game realistic.
Since I am a basketball fan, I started to pay a lot of attention to exactly what the game entails. For a while, I could not understand why they would not just watch a game. But 2K actually teaches these boys how to develop basketball plans and win games at an elite level. I find it cool that this game gives fans an opportunity to compete as if it were March Madness, but also that they can learn more about the game. I would be interested to learn if this game benefits real basketball players in the success of their game. At least for kids playing basketball, I would assume the 2K gives them a better sense of how to move around the court successfully.