"Did they get the unibrow correct?"
That was the first thing on New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis' mind when he got his first look at himself in NBA 2K14. Much to his delight, the rendering of the most famous eyebrow in the NBA was spot-on.
I had an opportunity to discuss this and several other things related to NBA 2K14 a day before the 2013-14 NBA season kicked off. The No. 1 pick of the 2012 NBA draft is charged for the season and to play the next-generation version of NBA 2K14.
Davis, a Chicago native, is a major fan of the NBA 2K series. In the interview, he talks about just how far back he goes with the series and some of the game's little-known uses as well. Think you take gaming seriously? Davis is a real-life NBA player who finds value in the gaming experience and how it relates to the real NBA game.
One of the more fascinating aspects of the NBA 2K14 development process is the head-scanning. Davis talked about the process in which he and other players participated to get their faces scanned into the game.
At an event in San Francisco, all of the media personnel in attendance had the opportunity to have their heads scanned. The developers and artists at 2K Sports supplied them with images that showed how each media member would look in the game.
It was amazingly accurate. There’s no wonder that the recreations of the NBA players we’ve seen have looked so good. To think this first wave of games on next-generation consoles is just the tip of the iceberg is exciting for sports gamers.
Obviously, since Davis has been playing NBA 2K for so long, he fancies himself a solid player. He talked about who is the best at the game in the Pelicans’ locker room, and who’s been ducking him.
Take a look and listen to the interview above. It is spliced with footage and screenshots from the NBA 2K14 trailers that have been released to this point.
Only nine more days remain until the next generation begins.
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