Did Sports Video Games Really Get Any Better in 2012?

Earlier this week, Metacritic bemoaned 2012 as a year of poorer review scores for video games than the one preceding it. Fewer titles surpassed the all-important 90—which practically guarantees job security to those who developed or greenlit the project—than in 2011. Interestingly, the three console platforms' average… » 1/06/13 4:30pm 1/06/13 4:30pm

NBA 2K13's Replay Cam Gets Rid of Its Own Red Ring of Death

For as long as I have sought to illustrate posts with screengrabs from the NBA 2K series, I have despised its replay camera. Dedicated guys like MessenjahMatt can still produce virtuoso recreations of famous Air Jordan commercials using the game's PC version, but for the rest of us shlubs on a console, getting a… » 12/28/12 6:00pm 12/28/12 6:00pm

When Only 42 People Are Playing Madden on the Wii U, It's Not a Sports…

Around halftime of a game on an NFL Sunday is a good time to take the temperature of the Madden NFL crowd. It's like the water department analysis that shows everyone flushing the john when the Super Bowl goes to the break. In this case, online gamers, many of whom have their consoles running and connected to the… » 12/16/12 5:30pm 12/16/12 5:30pm

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale

If the Video Game Awards are actually an awards show, and not just a keynote for promoting upcoming games, then the big news from last night was The Walking Dead: The Game. Eminently quotable analyst Michael Pachter said before the show that if this title, a downloadable self-published game, took home Game of the… » 12/08/12 11:00am 12/08/12 11:00am

No, President Obama is Not Plugging NBA 2K13 With His #my2K Campaign

On a long drive back yesterday evening I heard over the radio that President Obama, using the White House bully pulpit in deficit negotiations, had opened a social media campaign designed to pressure Congressional Republicans. If tax cuts set to expire on Jan. 1 do so, middle-class families would take a cash hit of… » 11/29/12 10:00pm 11/29/12 10:00pm

No. 1 in the Polls Doesn't Mean Much in Sports Video Gaming Either

Around sports video gaming's water cooler, much is being made of NBA 2K13 clocking in as October's No. 1 seller » 11/09/12 6:00pm 11/09/12 6:00pm on the NPD charts, and it is indeed an affirmation for sports video gamers as a whole. Sports video games are, culturally, treated as an outlier in core video gaming, yet they routinely send two, three or…

Hell Hath No Fury Like a PC Sports Gamer Scorned

In forums and comments, PC gamers come off as implacably angry about a number of topics. The most vehement responses are in issues that treat PC gamers like second class citizens; for example, DRM, console ports, DRM, piracy, DRM, delayed releases and DRM.

Let me tell you, there is no citizen more second class than… » 10/18/12 6:30pm 10/18/12 6:30pm

Despite Three Years Without a Game, the NBA Stands By Its Man at EA

On Sept. 27, EA Sports scrapped NBA Live 13 » 10/12/12 9:00pm 10/12/12 9:00pm, the second straight cancellation in the series' troubled history. Quarterly earnings calls are coming soon and many will be listening intently for anything Electronic Arts has to say about an expensive license, coming to the end of a console generation, that hasn't produced…

Nothing Brings a Family Together Like NBA 2K13

On his ass is Doc Rivers, of the 1986 Atlanta Hawks. Putting him there is his son, first-round draft pick Austin Rivers (25) of the New Orleans Hornets. And at the sticks for this wonderful family get together is Austin's little brother, Spencer.

"My little bro just crossed my dad in 2K13 with me," said Austin. "Haha… » 10/11/12 10:00pm 10/11/12 10:00pm

Here are the Christmas Day Uniforms the NBA Doesn't Want You to Open…

Some hacker cracked open NBA 2K13 » 10/10/12 6:30pm 10/10/12 6:30pm's files with a hex editor, found 17 uniforms on the disc that aren't yet exposed in the game, and created a roster file with all of the jerseys available. One for Oklahoma City, which will almost certainly require a patch to correct—if that can be fixed with a patch.