Stephen Curry's Shooting Ability Is a "Problem" for NBA 2K Developers

Ryan Glasspiegel

Stephen Curry is a unicorn, and the world is running out of ways to describe that. It’s a continual marvel to see him jack up shots like he’s messing around on a playground such that he’s programmed us to expect them to all go in.

Though it’s been awhile since I’ve played video games, I imagine Curry would be highly enjoyable to take for a spin. In fact, his ability to pick up and shoot has caused developers to recalibrate some of their formulas, which have been designed to be less rewarding of constant shots from deep, specifically for him. Ben Sin talked to NBA 2K gameplay director Mike Wang for Forbes, who explained that “Taking 3s off the dribble are also definitely discouraged” in the game, and said:

"“To be completely honest, we are still looking for ways to better translate his game into NBA 2K,” says Wang. “He’s a ‘rule breaker’ when it comes to jump shooting … he becomes a problem in the video game world where we’ve been trying to train our gamers [to know] that certain types of shots should be rewarded versus others.” Wang says they’ve already tweaked the gameplay a bit to give digital Curry a bit more leeway in the jacking-3s department, but they still want to discourage “over-dribbling hero ball.”"

If you’ve had experience playing with Curry in the game, please drop any observations in the comments.

[Forbes; H/T Bleacher Report]