Watching the evolution of sports games has been like watching a retarded child grow up to become a handsome and brilliant Master of the Universe. Now i’m not saying ESPN’s NBA 2K5 is the pinnacle of sports gaming, but I will tell you why it comes pretty damn close – especially for all of us basketball fanatics. Before I go on, let us talk a little bit about the “Corky” Thatcher friendly games of the past.
In 1958, Bill Higinbotham and Bob Dvorak developed Tennis-For-Two, the world’s first virtual sports game. The game itself worked on an oscilloscope and basically demonstrated the magic of Pong in green wave form. Electronic signals bouncing back and forth in an electronic. Over the next two years, Bill and Bob demonstrated Tennis-For-Two to astounded audiences across New york, but it would take another quarter century before the next electronic sports game would work its way into the public eye.
It was 1978 – our parents were high on coke, Carter was jerking off the Chinese and Atari released its arcade sports classic, Football. And if a title is any indication of the creativity behind this electronic ball of shit, it fit like a glove. Sitting on a whopping M6502 cpu with less than 1 Mhz of processing power, the only glimmer of hope for this inept beast was the unique roller-ball controls.
By the late 80’s, the NES vs. Sega gaming war was in high gear leaving Atari’s Football and most other first generation arcade titles collecting dust in dive bars across America. The fierceness of said battle brought us some of the most memorable sports games to date. With the likes of Tecmo Bowl, Punch Out, and A메이저사이트 ll-Star Baseball, things were indeed looking up for the aspiring couch potato youth of the world.
The 90’s brought a new era of 64 bit systems and remarkable graphics in the sports game arena. Even the game play for football, hockey and baseball titles were impressing the masses, but developers still hadn’t given much attention to basketball titles. Just another example of whitey trying to keep the black man down.
As fans of the real life game, we know the way players are supposed to move and interact with one another on the wood. We know that players don’t stop to catch a pass (so eat shit, EA) or change dribble direction in a split second. This is why Sega’s geeky team of developers can self high-five their asses straight to the bank.
This year’s release offers numerous adjustments and new features made to create the series’ most realistic basketball simulation to date, powered by a physics engine that can truly handle the quick paced, high scoring, stop-and-go game play with lubricated ease.
Sega also introduces a “Next Movement” system designed to display skills and talents from specific NBA players. A player’s particular physical makeup now helps determine how well he performs in everything from running up court on a fast break, rolling a pick, or cutting off an open lane on defense.
The key feature that ties all this goodness together is the “IsoMotion” control. Using one of the thumb sticks to control your player, you can glide him across the floor and execute hop-step jukes as smooth as Iverson on his best day. Playing online, however, I’ve learned that this method of controlling can be exploited to create impenetrable defense when you throw in network lag and a stick happy adversary. Once the glitches are worked out, I imagine the 24/7 mode of online play to be the biggest hit of this fall and winter season.
For those of us that grew up playing games on Atari, Nintendo, Xbox and computers, we can appreciate the skill that is required to best a game and especially when fitted against other players. This has in the later years increased drastically, from the small community of Starcraft Broodwar in South Korea that grew larger and larger, and soon got bigger in the west, until today where there are being competed in several games throughout the world like League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Dota 2 and more. The betting companies are aware of this and are starting to offer betting on these events, which again is fun for our age group.
So how does betting on e-sports actually work? Well, just like any other sports wagering, where you wager on two teams fitted against each other, or a head to head bout. You are given a set of odds on the competitors and you decide which one you like the bet and place a bet on that team or individual. Simple enough.
But what events are there being offered bets on? The most popular of e-sports gaming today is League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Dota 2. These are the ones you will find the most bets available for, and there often are daily events that its possible to bet on, so for those that like to gamble and watch e-sports, the possibilities are many with the surge of betting opportunities.
As for how you actually win money betting, you need to consider a lot of factors, the more, the bigger chance you have of showing profit. Latest form of the team or individual will be the most telling factor. If a player has been doing great lately, he is most likely to be able to continue play well, as he most likely has gotten a great breaktrough, learned some new strategy or have a meta-game that is superior as of now. Recent form is more important in e-sports, which is more evolving and fluid than other sports that are more “figured out”.
However, you need to check for how they fare against this specific opponent, or race or other things that are specific for this matchup. Having accounted for these factors, you then should come up with a win probability that you can use to check the odds given, and bet accordingly. Following a lot of matches should give you an edge, so i recommend betting on games that you see the most matches and between players and teams that you have the best knowledge about.