NBA 2k17 Basketball as Art


What is Game?
Game according to Merriam-Webster is ” Activity engaged in  for diversion or amusement.”

What is Art?

Art according to Merriam-Webster is ” The conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects”
What is NBA 2k17?

NBA 2k17 is basketball game that changes every year because throughout the year there are several changes that the NBA season goes through, the most obvious being players getting traded to different teams perhaps beneficial or not. NBA 2k17 is a basketball game, developed by Visual Concepts  and published by 2k Sports, that revolves around the NBA.In the beginning you have the option to  build your own player and start your own career from high school transitioning to getting offers from several colleges to later starting your career in the NBA.

maxresdefault2 Throughout your career with each game played you begin to earn coins that can be used to improve your skills as a basketball player such as ; Shooting off dribble, layups & dunks, mid-range shooting, 3 point shooting, post scoring, agility, strength,rebounding, play making and defending. Another way to earn coins is to purchase them via store that requires real cash. Majority of people prefer not to spend their real life money on the game and rather just get improvements by playing more and more.maxresdefault3NBA 2k17 as a Game

NBA 2k17 has simple mechanics with are jump, pass, shoot, sprint, and jump. Yes there are also way more complex mechanics in the game such as doing dribbling moves, calling plays, etc. As a game it is relatively fun if you enjoy the game of basketball, but can get very repetitive very fast.  NBA 2k17 is a sports game that is never ending because you can continue to play vs people whenever, and the story doesn’t end it just keeps going on and on. You must work together as a team to try your best to score the most points against your competitor to win the game.



With NBA 2k17 having multiplayer on it, you are able to play against your friends and random people online attracting several people. Playing with/against friends is always competitive since you don’t want to be the loser and get trash talked. People tend to have a “2K Tournament” when there is a social gathering or just for fun to see who is the best at NBA 2K17. Even though 2K17 is a very fun game, it can be very frustrating when things aren’t going your way such as turning over the ball, getting an A+ shot rating and still end up missing the shot, and things occurring that you didn’t command to happen such as passing to the wrong player, switching the wrong player, and mistakenly shooting the ball.



Comparing NBA 2K16 to NBA 2K17 the graphics are so much smoother and more advanced that you are more realistic. Not only are the graphics smoother but the animations throughout the game are more noticeable such as when a player “gets their ankles broken” and “posterized” than in previous versions of the game.


Summary of NBA 2K17 as a Game

NBA 2K17 is a basketball game that is all about the game of basketball and your created character. Throughout the game you can pick an NBA team, retro NBA team, and teams from different leagues and play against each other. You must work as a team to end up on top of the opposing team. You can only control one player at a time which makes it challenging. Inputting different commands allows you to control your player to what you want them to do such as pass, dribble, and/or shoot the ball. NBA 2K17 in general is a very competitive game that goes back and forth on possessions trying to score the most points possible in the end to win the game.

NBA 2K17 as Art

The game of basketball is not just a sport for people, to some people it is their profession and life. The game of basketball is an art because all the people on the team and organization work together to achieve an ultimate goal which is winning games that lead to a championship to prove that you are the best and being named the champion. Art is an “activity which is essentially: free (voluntary), separate [in time and place], uncertain, unproductive, governed by rules, make-believe.”(Caillois 10) Similar to art, many people can work on a project to achieve one end goal which is the final result of the project. Likewise in basketball  to art, the main credit goes to the head person/organization and not to everyone that contributed. When you first think of championships you will think of the team that won then to the players and coaching staff that were on that winning team. In basketball there are several things that can be considered art such as a crazy dunk, great ball movement,game winning shots/blocks, and crazy dribbling moves. For some people those things are just nothing special for them and will forget about them, but to some people those things are what makes basketball and NBA 2K17 so special and meaningful. Basketball is an amazing game that can be admired in many different  ways similar to art.


Basketball isn’t just a sport. It is an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.
Stephen Curry 2 time MVP

Basketball isn’t a game; It’s an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget ’em, so you can improvise and just concentrate on what really matters: getting buckets.
Kyrie Irving


6 thoughts on “NBA 2k17 Basketball as Art

  1. Your use of visual effects and displaying the mechanics of the game when it came to customization and statistics for the individual player were stellar. All in all this blog really grasped my attention and was very well structured. Very informative and appropriate for the style of game chosen.


    • I believe that the reader should be able to know all about the game even if they are completely knew. With these visual effects I was able to portray my argument how I wanted it.


  2. I enjoyed reading your blog for the reason that you organized it well for the reader with your subheadings. The reader right away knew what you were talking about because you were clear and concise. I’ve also never played the game but you went into great detail of how it is played, so that was definitely helpful. Another thing, you went into detail of Caillous and his definition of Art but you didn’t quote anyone on your definition of why this qualifies as a game, which I think would have been helpful for the reader to understand.

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  3. It’s Interesting how sports games have changed so much throughout the years, such as in your example of Graphics, they have came a long way which indeed can make it art especially considering it’s a sports game. Each new game continues to surprise me with its graphics as I wouldn’t expect much out of a sports game. Even the animations that you referred too astonish me, such as how realistic it looks to” Posterize” another play whether in multiplayer or story mode. As for whether or not it should be considered a game, there is no doubt. The interaction with your own career and multiplayer make it a game without a doubt.


    • It honestly is crazy how sports games have advanced such as to things like how fast it reacts to the buttons pressed, to the graphics, and to being able to play online with friends. Back in the day you had to go over your friend’s house if you wanted to play together but with the advancement of technology it has made it extremely easy to play with your friends online.


  4. Loved how you formatted this blog! really interesting to read. Really smart on how you compared it to 2k16 and the major graphic differences. Also, by educating your readers with terms such as “Posterize” was interesting


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