- NBA 2K22 players are tearing into the video game for adding a rapping minigame while failing to address the many glaring issues that continue to plague the franchise
- The newest installment of MyCareer features a subplot that allows created players to pursue a rap career and pick from various lines while recording a song in the studio
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At the beginning of the 20th century, Teddy Roosevelt started using the big stick he was so fond of to wallop the American conglomerates that were targeted by the “trust-busting” initiatives designed to rein in the massive corporations with a stranglehold on various industries that had largely been allowed to operate unchecked.
The fact that monopolies are in a prime position to exploit virtually powerless consumers with no real alternatives is probably the most notable reason they’re generally frowned upon, but it’s far from the only one. History has shown competition is a major driver of innovation, but a dearth of rivals in a particular space tends to breed the stagnation that occurs when there’s no real incentive to continue to invest in improvements.
I can’t think of a better way to highlight that phenomenon than taking a look at the current state of the sports video game landscape, At times, it seems like the developers at EA and Take-Two go out of their way to make sure they don’t address any of the inevitable deluge of complaints they’re treated to whenever the newest installment of FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K drops, as they know most gamers will still begrudgingly pick up a copy when the only other option they really have is “nothing.”
History repeated itself yet again when NBA 2K22 was released on Friday only to immediately fall victim to the server issues that a lot of prospective players encountered after booting it up.
— Caleb Rogers (@CalebrMr) September 10, 2021
It’s been 2 minutes and the @NBA2K servers are already down..
You really can’t make these things up😂😂 pic.twitter.com/wtECyq0GBy
— Kelvin Mojica Ortiz (@Itsclekev) September 10, 2021
Plenty of people were also less than thrilled with what they were treated to once they managed to get NBA 2K22 working, as it didn’t take long for players to realize that a franchise that’s had years to address complaints concerning repetitive commentary, game-breaking glitches, and an infuriatingly increased focus on microtransactions and ads continues to be plagued by many issues that remain unaddressed.
With that said, NBA 2K22 does feature some new additions. That includes some updates to MyCareer mode, as the game’s developers have finally given fans of basketball video games what they really want by giving them the option to, um, ride a bike, take selfies, and pursue a rap career.
That last “feature” includes a minigame that allows your created player to step into the booth and spit some incredibly lukewarm fire, which is certainly a choice.
2K22 BARZZZZZZ pic.twitter.com/qY9dk9ZJF3
— Dre | Black Lives Matter (@Swandre3000) September 12, 2021
It might not be the only thing in NBA 2K22 that makes it clear the folks at Take-Two need to reevaluate their priorities, but it still drew the ire of plenty of fans who used it to illustrate everything that’s wrong with the current state of the franchise.
Everyone: "could you fix your core gameplay so it's fun again?"@NBA2K: "we added rap careers nobody asked for, made the gameplay worse, and rolled our servers back to the stone age. Fuck you"
— *Insert Fake Name* (@tubbz_23) September 11, 2021
Just gotta love how you can become a rapper in my career but I can’t even load into the dam servers to do it😂 fix your shit 2k or I’m done
— matthew (@matthew16672179) September 9, 2021
@NBA2K @Beluba ya so worried about making players rap and building a City I jus wanna show my skill in the court why is it that the game has to be so complicated to even start a Mycareer game 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 game look great but this is by far worst launch in history ofc besides the $
— Smooth (@SmoothGotIQ) September 10, 2021
Lmfao I’ve seen the trailer and shit and they legit do everything to this game except fix the gameplay 🤦🏽♂️ you can be a rapper, you can race bikes for some odd reason, you can be a model, you can even DECIDE TO BE GAY, but no, let’s not worry about that actual basketball gameplay
— DJeneric (@DJenericLive) September 8, 2021
Why the fuck are theybtryna get u to rap on @NBA2K I am fucking confused 😂🤣😂🤣
— AVOxSOxFRESH (@Avokid) September 12, 2021
— unclederm (@unclederm) September 12, 2021
Sounds about right.