Looking to catch a quick pickup game

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Looking to catch a quick pickup game

Postby Mmoak2018 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:05 am

When playing DJ, you'll encounter NBA 2K19's "The Neighborhood." Consider it a hub of activity for DJ's career. At a MMO-lite twist, it's possible to walk round with numerous (hundreds, possibly, if servers fill up) of additional player-controlled DJs, playing pickup games with NBA 2K MT Coins, trading scores at minigames or interacting. The existence of different players is normally pointless outside of mild rivalry, however; I ended up only ignoring the audience.

I soon realized The Neighborhood simply replaces NBA 2K19's core menu. In that way, it's merely a clumsy method to browse. Want a haircut? Walk the block to the barbershop. Want to change clothing? Go home. Need new shoes? Jog down to Foot Locker. Looking to catch a quick pickup game? The courtroom is down the road on your left.

Plodding because this navigation is, there's a bit of personality and culture indoors. At the barbershop, DJ is served as a neighborhood celebrity while they chat about general gossip. The friendly (if sleepy) attendant of a food cart contributes to some laughs. These spaces are also nicely decorated, cramped and flush with old brick buildings circa 1930s New York. It is a powerful representation of this impoverished to lower-middle-class upbringing of NBA stars that got their start in areas like Harlem's Rucker Park.

However, The Neighborhood is also sullied by corporate patrons. A bit of gentrification from the old neighborhood? Maybe. But it's not only a Foot Locker location sitting on a corner or Gatorade-sponsored fitness center. The proprietors of this barbershop present DJ with a gift, JBL cans, of which DJ chimes in, "Are the newest JBLs?" Gatorade is a fundamental part of the story, called out by the broadcast team during games as much as it's advertised during gym coaching sessions (buying virtual containers of Gatorade for endurance comprises a spiel about electrolytes).

Selling a little ad space -- even overdone ad space -- isn't inherently problematic. It's emblematic of an online-connected era. There's an authenticity in rotating courtside banners and between-play chatter by the announcers, shifting as the year moves on with new sponsors cycling in Twitter. The insistence on using Virtual Currency (MT) for all of compounds the matter, however. NBA 2K19 would like you to drink Gatorade, but it's also considering getting you to invest more real cash in the sport.
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