Monday Tip-Off is a weekly feature that comes out - as the name would imply - every Monday. Tip off your week with a column dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games! This is a central discussion thread for the feature, in which I invite you to post any feedback along with your responses to each column's topic. A link to the latest article can always be found here in the first post, along with a link to the complete archive.
April 24th, 2017: Some More Thoughts on Constructive Feedback
If you haven't yet checked out the interview that our friends over at Operation Sports conducted with the NBA 2K team, I highly recommend giving it a look. I obviously got a kick out of seeing JaoSming and Leftos taking part, and hearing the NLSC receive some flattering mentions, but those were far from the only parts that I enjoyed. All the guys participating in the interview provided an interesting insight into how they came to join the team at 2K, what it's like to work in the industry, and how their perception of video game development changed from when they were members of the community. It's a four part series, and you can begin with Part 1 here.
The interview also discusses the importance of community feedback, noting that even when the developers aren't replying to comments, they are reading them. There were some good tips on how to get noticed, whether you're seeking employment at Visual Concepts, or simply want to provide the developers with feedback for official patches and future games. Some of their comments got me thinking once again about the way we give feedback - not only to 2K, but also EA - and how we can do a better job in that regard. Personally, it's also made me reflect a little on the way that I've critiqued the game and offered up feedback in recent years.