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Relive Your Athletic Glory Days With Amazon's Backyard Sports Gold Box Deals

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. Lawn Sports Gold Box It’s officially backyard barbecue season, and you can make your outdoor space a bit more interactive with today’s lawn game Gold Box from Amazon. Inside, you’ll find a bunch of great deals on backyard sporting equipment, including a flag football set, a basketball hoop, soccer goals, and my personal favorite, a pop-up badminton net. Like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, so don’t miss this chance to show off your athletic prowess to all of your friends and neighbors. $16 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $130 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $40 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $31 From amazon 372 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Managing Deals Editor | Send deal submissions to deals@gizmodomedia.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda: NBA Playgrounds

If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule. I don’t care about sports at all. I had some fun playing soccer and tennis throughout school, but overall I find sports boring, stagnant, and overly complicated. And I straight up hate the vice grip sporting institutions have on culture. However, I do enjoy games, and if nothing else, sports are made up of some very interesting pure game mechanics. That’s why I enjoy sports video games that don’t care about being stodgy “realistic” simulations and instead take the ideas of sports in wacky, alternative directions. This puts me in the minority, though, since outside of the consistent Mario sports games the once omnipresent arcade sports genre is no longer on fire. That’s why I was so intrigued by NBA Playgrounds. If there were a bunch of…

NBA Playgrounds Is Not The New NBA Jam

NBA Playgrounds’ trailer—indeed, its entire existence—is a throwback to arcade sports games like NBA Jam and NBA Street. The kind of experiences where you don’t even need to be a fan of the sport in question to be able to jump on, learn a few moves and have a good time. Advertisement Like those classics, there’s the making of a quick, fun sports game here. Unlike them, this game seems to have some fundamental problems. Here’s a quick rundown of my impressions after a couple of days playing the PC version of the game: THE GOOD: It looks great! The caricatures of NBA stars are (for the most part) spot on, sometimes hilariously so, and if the game made sure it copied one thing from NBA Jam perfectly it’s the spectacle and sensation of a big dunk, presented here with slow-motion camera and explosive effects. Aside from crossovers, which are comically over-sized, player movement has a nice pace to it, and the animation for stuff like blocks is clean and precise. It’s not quite as fast as NBA Jam, but it never feels slow. Well, except for… THE BAD: Every time you get scored on in NBA Playgrounds, one of…

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Diego Maradona And Konami Are Now Best Friends

What a difference a couple of months makes. In March, football legend Diego Maradona wanted to sue Konami for including a digital version of himself in PES 2017 without his permission. Now, in May, he’s signed on to become an ambassador for the series. El Eco reports that the agreement comes after an out-of-court settlement, in which Konami have agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Maradona in return for not just his appearance in the game, but to act as a promoter for the series from now until 2020. Advertisement Advertisement If that sounds like quite the turnaround, note this wasn’t your average legal dispute. Konami Digital president Takayuki Kubo flew out to Argentina for the discussions personally, in which Maradona has also pledged to donate part of the money he received towards improving grass-roots football facilities in Argentina. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Seventeen NBA Teams Sign On To Appear In NBA 2K Esports League

Image via 2K Games Today the NBA and Take-Two Interactive announced the 17 NBA teams that have agreed to participate in the inaugural NBA 2K league. The NBA teams that will let their virtual logos and jerseys appear in the esports league are: Advertisement Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers Dallas Mavericks Detroit Pistons Golden State Warriors Indiana Pacers Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz Washington Wizards The league will draft teams of five players to compete in a five-month season, which will mirror the NBA with a regular season, bracketed playoffs, and a final championship match to wrap it all up. Players will create their own avatars for competition, so no one will be using avatars of the recognizable basketball stars that appear in NBA 2K, like LeBron James or Kyrie Irving. Advertisement The NBA is the first pro sports league to co-own an esports organization in the United States. In Europe, several soccer leagues have signed on to participate in a FIFA esports league. Earlier this year, ESPN partnered with READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Here's A Very Bad FIFA Goal, Set To Music

Brexit Is Going To Make A Sports Game Awesome

Brexit, a waking political nightmare for the United Kingdom, isn’t all bad news. After all, it’s managed to spice up this year’s version of Football Manager, low-key one of the biggest game series on the planet. Advertisement As The Telegraph reports, while the actual details of Britain’s exit from the European Union are being worked out, the upcoming game—which simulates the running of a big European football team, including the hiring and firing of players and personnel across borders—has hashed out three possible scenarios, and determined how they’re going to affect players who choose to manage a club based in Britain: Soft Brexit – free movement of workers remains. Footballers are granted the same special exemptions that are currently given to ‘entertainers’. This means it is easier for them to obtain work permits than other people, and it will not have a huge impact on player movement from the EU. Hard Brexit: similar rules to those which currently apply to non-EU players are adopted for all non-UK players. Depending on which of the three you run into while playing the game (Brexit will trigger after a couple of years), you’ll either be fine: Or, since your job involves dealing with…

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Amazon's Already Taking $20 Off FIFA 17, Today Only

FIFA 17 has only been out for a couple weeks, but Amazon’s not waiting for stoppage time to offer a deal: Today only, you can save $20 on a copy for PS4 or Xbox One. Unfortunately, this deal is only available on the boxed version of the game, and that means it’s subject to sell out early, so hustle over to Amazon to lock in your order. Advertisement $40 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission More Deals Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling TV, Lightning Cables Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling TV, Lightning Cables Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling… $20 off FIFA 17, discounted Seiko watches, and two months of Sling TV for the price of one lead off … Read more Read more Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Snooker Champion Is Not VR Champion, Falls Over

Ronnie O’Sullivan is one of the greatest snooker players to ever pick up a cue. In the real world, he would kick your ass. In a virtual game of snooker, though, the dude has some problems. Mostly with the floor. Advertisement This clip is from a trailer for a new History Channel show starring the Englishman, and shows the dangers of relying too much on what you see in your VR goggles. That table wasn’t there, Ronnie. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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My Crazy, Russian-Modded, Alternate Reality NBA

The date is April 19, 2021. In my bizarre alternate dimension, it’s LeBron James’ first playoff game as a Philadelphia 76er. Advertisement This piece originally appeared 6/5/15. A blockbuster trade the season earlier saw the Sixers give up a top pick for the 34-year-old. But the team still missed the playoffs. A year later, LeBron is no longer the star of the show. The new star is free agent signing DeMarcus Cousins, whose massive contract and big expectations were the reason Philly mortgaged its future for King James. But LeBron really isn’t even the second-biggest star on the team anymore. That would be second-year wing Dominique Wilkins. In one of the more remarkable draft hauls, Philly acquired him and The Admiral, David Robinson, who was later traded to Miami to get LeBron. Advertisement Okay, this might need some clarification. I’m in the ninth season of an NBA 2K13 Association. That’s a mode in the 2012 video game in which you serve as a general manager for a team for years and years. I’ve invested a huge amount of time into this. I’ve been playing almost every day for over a year now. And I’m not playing the way you’re “supposed”…

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FIFA Games Always Have The Best Glitches

It’s only been a week since FIFA 17 dropped, and we’re already seeing some of the most hilarious glitches of the year. Advertisement GameSprout has a video compilation of a bunch of silly FIFA 17 glitches, which you absolutely must watch: My favorite of the bunch are the totally-not-suggestive ones, such as: A forum thread on neoGAF also collects GIFs like these, and they are a hoot: Hell, even the normal glitches are capable of making me spit out in laughter: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!