Stephen Curry Is a Nightmare for NBA 2K Developers
Game developers are always looking to improve gameplay and to make them as realistic as possible — especially when it comes to sports. A constant complaint in basketball video games is that it’s not realistic enough, but developers have made leaps in recent years. NBA 2K, arguably the best basketball video game — has made it a priority to deter players from unrealistically hitting too many 3s. According to Mike Wang, gameplay director of NBA 2K, “Scoring in the paint and 3-point shooting have historically been the toughest areas to properly balance.” Well, with Steph Curry’s prominence in the NBA and his unprecedented skill in making almost-impossible 3-point shots has thrown all algorithms out the window.
“To be completely honest, we are still looking for ways to better translate his game into NBA 2K. [Steph Curry] is a ‘rule breaker’ when it comes to jump shooting … 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.”