Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:34 pm

Lamrock wrote:Rambly post, but anyway

About once a year, I come back and attempt to make a new story, but I usually lose interest pretty quick. I like having a creative outlet and remain obsessed with the NBA but due to the lack of activity in the section, and more importantly, the reality of being an adult, I don't find it to be a very good use of my time.

While I'll probably make more myLeague threads in the future, I think that YouTube videos have replaced forum threads when it comes to this kind of thing. Even those he's abandoned his 2K series for mediocre NBA commentary (if you can make a living doing that, more power to you), AFunkyDiabetic's video series on his myLeague games in 2K16 were leagues ahead of everything I've seen in this section, save for SIt's A Legend Is Born series.

That's not to disparage the hobby. I've had a lot of fun at times making my threads, and people who weren't lazy fucks like me were able to develop and hone their writing and Photoshop skills. However, I just see it as largely obsolete. If they were to add a feature to 2K that tracks and uploads stats and screenshots to a server (perhaps a mod for the PC version is possible?), kind of like what they had for 2K10, perhaps people would be more inclined to post this kind of stuff. As it is, I think that story threads have become obsolete.

Of course, there will always be some kind of following for niche 00's era internet hobbies. http://www.thpsx.com is a website dedicated to the long-dead Tony Hawk series, mainly its THUG Pro mod. Though it's a small community, they still run create-a-park contests and host showcase gameplay videos. I like the idea of renaming the section (myStories is probably my favorite - perhaps we can change it to include Live if their franchise mode catches up to where it was 15 years ago) and bringing back things like Story of the Year. Not sure if this section can ever be as popular as it was in the day, but I certainly would miss it if it went away.

Agree with all this 100%, and it's like what Andrew said: the primitivity of the old games was huge; we had make up stories to match up all the crazy happenings in the league, so it kind of wrote itself in that way. With the realism of the newer titles, there isn't much need for imagination.

Heck, I'd even say MyTEAM/MyCAREER (mainly online) videos are now the move; that's at least what I'm seeing, and if it's a franchise story, it's a one-and-done "Rebuilding the ________" video.

In a way, our dynasty stories were like jobs before we had them.

I do like "MySTORIES" (obviously as a take on everything being "My______" nowadays) as well as "Fan Fiction".

Much like you mention Tony Hawk (which oddly enough my brother just bought Pro Skater 5 and gave it to me), one of the recent dead '00s things I've gotten into is Star Wars Galaxies: it's an old (dead) sandbox MMO in the truest sense of the word, with multiple emulators and servers that keep different versions of the game running. You could be a musician, Jedi, bounty hunter, Imperial, Rebel, dancer, politician, etc, as well as build and customize your own homes among other things.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Andrew on Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:10 pm

I like the idea of building on the My(MODE) name, perhaps calling it Our Stories (OurSTORIES?) to promote the community aspect. I think getting "Fan Fiction" in there somewhere would also clear up ambiguity and be eye-catching, too.

Lamrock's post does bring up some great points, and underscores what I said in my original post about it being a different time and not something that's ever going to be the way it once was. It's a little sad, but it is what it is. The best course of action is probably to keep the section, work out a name change so that it's a bit more eye-catching, possibly update some of the resources and tips, and have it as a niche corner of the community for those who want to partake; it's not like it's a problem having it around. That doesn't mean we can't highlight stories and so forth, we just have to accept that it's not as popular as it once was.

Anyway, let's keep brainstorming some names. We have some good ones so far.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Breems on Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:39 am

I think these names are clear and concise:
Community Stories
OurSTORIES/MySTORY
Fan Fiction
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Andrew on Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 am

Solid. (Y)

I feel like we should throw something in front of Fan Fiction to emphasise basketball gaming, but aside from that, we're building a viable shortlist here.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby dare on Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:10 pm

Hi NLSC its been a while but I'll give in my thoughts. Good points by everyone time is changing and I think everybody doesn't have time to really focus on creating stories and I think that also applies to the audience, more audience find it easier to follow videos or even audios (podcast, recordings, etc.). Today almost everyone wants to follow stories/content while also doing other things.

For renaming the section I'm thinking something along the lines of "Your Story", something that can intrigue or call the audience.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Breems on Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:23 am

dare wrote:Hi NLSC its been a while but I'll give in my thoughts. Good points by everyone time is changing and I think everybody doesn't have time to really focus on creating stories and I think that also applies to the audience, more audience find it easier to follow videos or even audios (podcast, recordings, etc.). Today almost everyone wants to follow stories/content while also doing other things.


For this type of content, I actually prefer these stories over YouTube and the like.

IMO, YouTube has an overwhelming amount of basketball video game content which has become increasingly saturated with copypasta. It's also faster for me to read a few short posts per week than to watch 10-20 minute videos. I also consume so much video/audio from other platforms that I appreciate having a creative outlet for old-school blogging.

I know I'm in the minority, though. As Andrew said, it's a niche community, and we don't need to pretend otherwise, but we can still make the best of it. I wouldn't call this forum dead or obsolete at all. I count 10 stories with activity in the last couple months. It's far from hot, but I'm part of other gaming communities with far less activity that are sustained by shared passions. I'm a firm believer that time you enjoy wasting isn't wasted time.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Andrew on Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:51 am

Well said. (Y)
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Adamb34n on Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:15 am

I think the idea of renaming the section is a good one. Like Andrew has said, the peak of this section was years ago and if we are trying to generate more interest and activity I think a general overhaul is needed (and starting with the name of the section is a great start).

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find consistent time to keep up with a thread. Back in April I started my Brooklyn Nets story and I was having an absolute blast, but with the amount of time it was taking to keep up with the presentation combined with real life responsibilities I just simply couldn't have as much fun with it as I wanted. The thing for me is I want every post to be of high quality and with so little time I couldn't put something out there that I was confident about. I have thought about going back and simplifying the overall presentation, but ultimately if I can't do it the way I want with great detail and story telling I get turned off by continuing with it.

As a collective group we all want to put out intricate and in depth stories but with time constraints with jobs and families it makes this task very difficult. For myself, it might be worth it to continue with a story as long as I keep things more basic with a post once in a while that is a little more in depth, rather than every single time. The problem resides with the fact that I enjoy using this as a creative outlet and if I can't include everything I want, I lose all motivation to even put it out there.

I'm not sure if there is a fix-all solution to reviving this section, but it has been interesting to read other user's thoughts on the matter. It is for sure an issue worth discussing because I feel like we are all essentially on the same page.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby spiderxx7 on Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:04 am

Breems wrote:I'm a firm believer that time you enjoy wasting isn't wasted time.


:bowdown: :bowdown2:

Adamb34n wrote:The thing for me is I want every post to be of high quality and with so little time I couldn't put something out there that I was confident about. I have thought about going back and simplifying the overall presentation, but ultimately if I can't do it the way I want with great detail and story telling I get turned off by continuing with it.

(...)

The problem resides with the fact that I enjoy using this as a creative outlet and if I can't include everything I want, I lose all motivation to even put it out there.


EDIT: Believe me, that happened me with me a lot of times. It's a difficult scenario. With the Knicks I'm posting now, I said to myself at least five times that I would post monthly (or at least weekly) recaps to go through the years a little faster, but I couldn't find a layout of my liking. So here I am, let's try to recap all 82... goddammit.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby TGsoGood on Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:52 am

As a collective group we all want to put out intricate and in depth stories but with time constraints with jobs and families it makes this task very difficult. For myself, it might be worth it to continue with a story as long as I keep things more basic with a post once in a while that is a little more in depth, rather than every single time. The problem resides with the fact that I enjoy using this as a creative outlet and if I can't include everything I want, I lose all motivation to even put it out there.


The responsibilities of the real world get me every time. I wish there was a way to make a connected story thread that way we could alternate between authors and keep a thread going.
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby cavs4872 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:55 am

TGsoGood wrote:I wish there was a way to make a connected story thread that way we could alternate between authors and keep a thread going.

That's actually a really interesting idea...
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Re: Ideas to Reinvigorate our Stories Section

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:34 pm

NBA 2K19 does have MyLEAGUE Online, but unfortunately the servers let the experience down.
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