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.
March 27th, 2017: The Basketball Gaming Grind
As much as we enjoy basketball gaming around these parts, I don't think many of us would argue that it isn't a grind at times. Whether it's playing through a full NBA season, building a collection of quality cards in the team building modes, or turning our avatars into superstars, it's a lengthy process. This is especially true if you're playing with full length quarters. The obvious solution is to set shorter quarter lengths, and make use of the simulation function in modes where it's available, but for various reasons, those options aren't always desirable. Even if you do streamline the experience, the chances of burnout are high.
That's because we pack so much basketball gaming into a single year, in order to get the most out of a title before the next one is released. With other genres of video games, you can generally take your time, and discover the replay value at your leisure. Most games can easily be finished in a much shorter time than it takes to complete one full season playing on twelve minute quarters. Even if you do feel as though you've had a full and satisfactory experience with a basketball game, within a year you'll be starting from scratch and having to do it all over again. The question is: what changes could be made so that basketball games feel like less of a grind?