NBA 2K13 will have every member of the 1992 Dream Team now that Scottie Pippen is on board.
Pippen had been the last member of the team that changed basketball forever to sign with 2K Sports and allow his likeness to be included in the latest version of the popular video game.
Jay-Z is an executive producer of this year’s game, and he pushed to let fans use the game to settle one of this summer’s most popular debates: Who would win a game between the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 USA Olympic squad? GameZone.com’s Mike Splechta quotes 2K Sports’ vice president of marketing Jason Argent saying, “As executive producer, letting fans go head to head with these legendary USA teams was extremely important to Jay-Z.”
However, Matt Bertz of GameInformer.com quoted Argent speaking on the most glaring flaw in this plan—his company’s inability to get Pippen on board. Argent said:
There's no doubt in our minds that Scottie Pippen was a key part of the gold-medal winning 1992 squad. We continue to have a very positive relationship with Scottie, but were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, though we share everyone's hope that he may one day appear in our game.
It may have been Jay-Z’s influence or an uproar from the gaming community, but Pippen warmed up to 2K Sports and his ridiculous wingspan and Hall of Fame-caliber defense will be available to those who play the game and are trying to guard LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, as reported by Bertz.
While customers who purchase NBA 2K13 will now certainly be more likely to use the Dream Team, this will also save the 2K franchise’s legitimacy.
The series of games has established itself as the premier basketball video game on the market, but the failure to put Pippen on the Dream Team roster would have conjured up images of an unspecified 6’6” Chicago Bulls guard who wore No. 99 and was significantly better than everyone else in the game.
This was obviously Michael Jordan, who often refused to sign with various video game production studios in deals what would have allowed them to use his name.
Now, with the full Dream Team roster ready and available for users to battle the reigning gold medalists, NBA 2K13 will certainly be the next installment of the best basketball video game available.