NBA player Steph Curry is so good that video games cant simulate

first_imgThe NBA 2K series is widely lauded for being the best, most accurate sports game; it’s far more a sports simulation than an arcade-style sports game. The series is loaded with features, from a general manager sim where you control the business-oriented aspects of running a basketball team, to a custom sneaker creator, to story campaign where you begin from the draft and play through your entire career. Though NBA 2K is recognized for being a phenomenally accurate sim (not counting that one time Spike Lee directed the story campaign), the developers are having a lot of trouble accurately simulating the NBA’s reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, literally because he’s too good at basketball.The NBA 2K developers have a lot of checks and balances in place to make the game true to basketball life — no dunking from the free-throw line, for instance. All of the league’s rules are in place, from simple fouling to complicated court positioning rules. However, no amount of checks and balances have been able to account for the skill of the person playing the game. Once you learn the rules of the sim, you can pretty much exploit them and accrue insane arcade-style stat lines. A notable sticking point in the series has been the ease with which players can swish difficult three-point shots, and that’s something the developers have been trying to balance with every release. Unfortunately, right when the devs feel the game is getting to a good place with balancing threes, Stephen Curry comes along and hits them better in real life than highly skilled players do in the video game. Seriously:In an interview earlier this week, gameplay director Mike Wang admits that Steph is so good at jump shooting that “he becomes a problem in the video game world where we’ve been trying to train our gamers [to know] that certain types of shots should be rewarded versus others.” Basically, Steph is so good at making insane shots that the devs just don’t know how to code it. They have a game to balance, after all, and furthermore, they don’t want to ruin all of the good play habits that the series has instilled in players over the years.One of LeBron James’ earlier nicknames was “Video Game James” due to his ability to accrue stat lines like you would when you’re too good at NBA 2K and rack up extremely bloated, unrealistic numbers. LeBron gathered those stats in realistic ways, though, whereas Steph is accruing those stats in a way the basketball world has literally never seen.The NBA 2K devs are working on better incorporating Steph’s insane three-point shooting ability into the series. Thankfully, they don’t really have to worry about balancing his in-game character, because Steph is pretty unbalanced in real life.last_img

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