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November 25, 2016 Topic Discussion: What Do We Mean By Sim?
Sim is a tough word to define. When you think you've figured 'sim' out, the definition is presented in a different way by someone else and you are left starting all over again on a quest to understand it. My journey started in the earlier days of sports gaming with sim meaning something akin to balance and avoiding taking advantages of a game's unfixable flaws which created imbalances. It also meant forcing yourself to do crazy things like have to run the ball in Madden. Today, with games a lot more balanced (but not perfectly so) it seems to be morphing into another definition entirely. Balance is still key, avoiding some flaws and money plays is still important, but the overall thought of 'simness' seems to be a little different than it was before. I typically use a self-LOL inducing phrase, 'not sim' when something extraordinary happens in sports these days. Kevin Love gets 34 points in a quarter? Not sim. Some of the Big XII offenses of the past few years? Definitely not sim. Aroldis Chapman throwing 105 mph? Nah, not sim. But yes, they're all real events that really happen in sports. The unexpected becomes the expected quite often, which is why many of us keep coming back to sports in the first place. So what about you? How do you handle the sports uncertainty principle while still desiring a simulation experience? Where do you draw the line at sim vs. not sim? Sound off in the comments! MMChrisS
New NHL 17 Patch Available Now, Full Details Here
A new NHL 17 patch is scheduled to arrive today. Check out the patch notes below. UPDATE: The patch is available now for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 now. GAMEPLAY
  • Added 11 new goal celebrations to the creation zone.
  • Fixed an issue where a user goalie would get stuck after getting hit while in butterfly.
  • Fixed an issue where after an icing the puck it would sometimes cause human players to sit on the bench for the next play.
  • Fixed some issues where a goalie would get stuck in a post lean away from the post.
  • Added new post lean saves for more coverage.
  • Improved goalie post lean logic so goaltenders to try and make saves that keep them sealed on the post to prevent short side goals.
  • Fixed an issue where some signature stances caused the goalie’s glove hand to push back behind their pad when holding the puck idle on their stick.
  • Fixed issues with shot animations when in close to the net.
  • Updated User goalie save logic to help them move into a save when they are requesting to push/move first.
  • Added functionality to allow goalies to rotate more when coming off the post from VH to butterfly to make them more square to the puck.
  • Updates to User goalie save logic on wraparounds based on requested motion.
  • Updates to User goalie save delay when in good position to make a blocking save.
  • Fixed an issue where a goalie would sometimes drop to butterfly when in possession of the puck on a User requested pass attempt.
  • Improved the reliability of one timers by adding quicker snapshots for situations where there isn't enough time to take a full slapshot.
  • Fixed an issue where precision skating would sometimes conflict with a loose puck deke attempt at a slow speed. Now if...
NBA 2K17 Steps Up Its Game With New Fitbit Integration
2K announced today NBA 2K17, the latest iteration of the #1 NBA video game series*, and Fitbit have partnered together on an unprecedented connected health initiative, which will reward healthy activity through in-game NBA 2K17 rewards. Starting on November 25, NBA 2K17 will enable players around the world to cross over and connect their Fitbit tracker and will receive in-game boosts when players reach a target of 10,000 steps per day. Specifically, after users reach the steps milestone, the game will prompt them to apply temporary +5 attribute boosts and success rate to their MyPLAYER in categories like agility, layups and dunks, and more that will significantly improve performance for the next five games played that day. 2K and Fitbit hope to encourage a healthy lifestyle while rewarding the fans of the game in a new unique, innovative way. This partnership breaks down the boundaries between in-game training and real life, players can reap the benefits of their personal training with their MyPLAYER’s performance in the game. It’s an extra incentive for fans to get out and reach their target steps per day as it gives them an edge in NBA 2K17. Read the full press release below. The NBA 2K17 fitbit integration makes it easy for players to temporarily boost their career players abilities by simply keeping active in the real world. NBA 2K17’s “MyPLAYER Inventory” feature is where users customize their MyPlayers by equipping new on and off court clothing, new animations, shoes, accessories as well as see their MyPlayers overall attribute progress. All 2K17 users will see the ‘fitbit’ menu option on the top page of the MyPLAYER inventory. When users select the fitbit option for the first time, a sell sheet will explain where to go to register their fitbit trackers and provide a brief rundown of how the feature works....
Steering a Course for the Future of the FIFA Series
A few weeks back we covered the current state of affairs as it relates to FIFA 17. With the baseline set and significant time pumped into FIFA 17, it’s time to carve a path moving forward with a vision of how we, Operation Sports, would like to see FIFA go. Read More - Steering a Course for the Future of the FIFA Series MMChrisS
Do You Create A Fictional Character or Yourself in Sports Game Career Modes?
Do you create yourself to play in Sports Game career modes or do you roll with a fictional character you've made up? Some sports game career modes have made the choice for you obviously -- but others give you the freedom to create whomever you'd like. What do you do? Do you create yourself in your sports games or do you create a character out of your imagination with its own attributes and personality? Let us know what you do and how you approach these modes. MMChrisS
NBA 2K17 Remains a Solid Buy
NBA 2K has been considered the gold standard of sports games. Every other sports game has been judged against 2K's overall quality over the past couple of years. This year, NBA 2K17 isn't much different. Initially I gave the game a 9.0, which qualifies as an all-time classic on our scoring scale. There's a lot to like about this year's game, but more than a month after release and with the NBA season just beginning, it's worth taking a look at the game again to see if it still holds up to those initial lofty impressions. Read More - NBA 2K17 Remains a Solid Buy MMChrisS
Ken Griffey Jr. is the Cover Athlete For MLB The Show 17, Releases on March 28
Ken Griffey Jr. is the cover athlete for MLB The Show 17, scheduled to release on March 28, 2017. Steve_OS
FIFA 17 vs. PES 2017: Gameplay
Welcome to our weekly FIFA 17 vs. PES 2017 debate. Over the course of a multi-part series, OS contributors Fraser Gilbert and Kevin Groves will be discussing the differences between each game in a variety of areas. This week, we're taking a look at gameplay. Read More - FIFA 17 vs. PES 2017: Gameplay MMChrisS
Nintendo Switch Announced, Scheduled to Release March 2017 Nintendo has just announced the Nintendo Switch, along with this new first look trailer, scheduled to arrive in March 2017. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment. Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.​
Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch: • 505 Games • Activision Publishing,...
NBA 2K17: What's Your Offensive Style in Terms of Shot Selection? NBA 2K17 offers a pretty authentic basketball experience all things considered. With a variety of offensive play-styles being pretty effective, we wanted to get a pulse from the OS Community on what you are doing in terms of shot selection this year. Are you opting to shoot more three-pointers, mimicking the real game of basketball in the NBA? Are you pounding the rock down low in the post? Are you slashing? Opting for mid range jumpers? Sound off by voting in our poll and let us know what shot type/location you are tending to use most and also which team you are primarily using to do it! MMChrisS