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The Best Sports Video Game

The latest sports games are not always the best. There’s an obsession with incremental changes and bullet-point features in the sports game scene, one which challenges fan’s ability to take a step back and assess each game as its own standalone title. It’s something I try and address in my own sports reviews on this site, and it’s something I’m taking to its logical conclusion here in this Quixotic attempt to pluck one game out of hundreds and call it the “best”. FIFA 17 vs PES 2017: Which Is Better? Welcome to the next generation, FIFA. What took you so long? Read more Sports games by their nature don’t turn up for each new season as entirely fresh products. The economics of the industry have determined that they re-use the same engine and models for years at a time, which means the difference between them can often be limited to current uniforms, a few new features and some adjustments to ball physics. And those changes are usually influenced as much by fan feedback as they are by the development teams working on them. Advertisement So it’s tough looking at say Madden 17 READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Timberwolves signed veteran point guard Jeff Teague today.

The Timberwolves signed veteran point guard Jeff Teague today. The Timberwolves signed veteran point guard Jeff Teague today. In days of old, this would mean Teague was about to embark on a journey of discovery, but in 2017, Minnesota is going to feel like home thanks to the magic of video games. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Sports Illustrated have published a great oral history of the original NBA Jam’s development, which

Sports Illustrated have published a great oral history of the original NBA Jam’s development, which Sports Illustrated have published a great oral history of the original NBA Jam’s development, which includes gems like “I was down on the monster dunks, I have to admit. I loved the NBA for what it was; I didn’t want to turn this into a clown show.” Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Chile's Football Team Did A Nintendo Switch Goal Celebration

GIF Chile’s national football team, reigning South American champions, played Cameroon in the Confederations Cup yesterday, and after scoring what they thought was their first goal (it was later called back for offside) celebrated with a homage to their current Mario Kart obsession. Via Nintenderos and Goal.com, here we can see that some members of the team have been sharing their hotel Switch gaming on social media: And here, before being told by a video referee that Eduardo Vargas’ goal would not stand, are the team sitting down and pretending to play the Switch in celebration: The controversy surrounding the disallowed goal, one of the first to take place in major international football, shows that blue shells are real, and are just as brutal as they are in Mario Kart. Video Replay In Soccer Sucks For most of the soccer world, this summer’s Confederations Cup is the first time fans will have… Read more Thanks @FullydoneChcuc! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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2006 Video Game Predicts Sporting Future

The Football Manager series has a well-deserved reputation for knowing a lot about the sport it covers, to the point where its vast network of scouts are as respected as those working for actual professional clubs. But boy, even by those standards, Football Manager 2007 was on some crystal ball shit. Hessenuk and EisernerVorhang had the idea to go back a decade, consult the game’s database and see what has become of the young players that Sports Interactive thought had the most promise in Football Manager 2007 (which was actually released in 2006). In a sport where tens of thousands of players crash against the rocks every season, and promising young talent can disappear as quickly as it arrives on people’s radars, the odds are on many of these names belonging to players who at best carved out decent careers, and at worst quickly faded into public insignificance. Yet a disproportionate number of players on FM2007’s list went from young hotshots to bonafide superstars. Advertisement If you look at this list of the best-rated young players, there are guys like Luka Modrić, who in 2006 was a scrappy youth working his way READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Get Dad This Callaway Golf Practice System For the Best Price of the Year

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. Golfing gear is about as stereotypical as Father’s Day gifts can get, but this Callaway home range practice system actually looks really cool. $113 gets you a net, a hitting mat, and a caddy/feeder that can hold 35 balls and drop them onto the hitting zone with a tap of a club. With a few short-lived exceptions, this is the best price Amazon’s ever listed, so tee off on this deal before it sells out. $113 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Managing Deals Editor | Send deal submissions to deals@gizmodomedia.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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!

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!