When Nianctic launched Pokemon GO back in July, casual and hardcore gamers across the globe were impressed at the fully-functioning melding of gaming and exercise. If you wanted to catch that rare Pokemon, stock up on Pokeballs or hatch your incubating egg, you had to go out into the real world, leave your house, and actually exercise to do it. It’s a refreshing concept, after years of sitting in front of a television with a gaming controller in your hand and a half-eaten bag of Doritos sitting next to you. Not only was it refreshing…it worked. Pokemon GO caught the world by storm and is still going strong; forcing gamers from their lair and out into this big, beautiful world of ours.
So, you’re a basketball fan (go Raptors!) and got your copy of NBA2K17 when it release back in September, and have been playing it regularly since. We here at TryGamers.com reviewed the game and gave it a 4 out of 5. While the PC port had some issues, we loved the game. It looks beautiful, the gameplay mechanics are sleek and easy to use, and we absolutely adored the game’s ‘My Career’ mode, which allows you to create your own character, draft him to a team and play through his career. With each game played with your created character, you can level him up much like an RPG; assigning ability points to stats, making your created player faster, stronger and better on the court overall – which helps when you’re up against the likes of Lebron James and Stephen Curry.
2K Partnered With Fitbit For Quick Sync To Console
Your character is well on their way to becoming as great as Kobe or Jordan, but wouldn’t it be great to get a boost to their stats, to bring them to the levels of the all-time greats even faster? Good news. 2K has partnered with Fitbit, allowing you to unlock in-game bonuses by doing one very simple thing; exercising. It’s simple. Strap on your Fitbit and after a quick sync to the console of your choice (sorry PC!), get out the door and walk or run a minimum of ten-thousand steps in a day to give your created character a boost in stats for the next five games you play. So while you’re at work, take a little walk. When you get home, take the dog for a jog. Rack up your steps and when you jump onto the virtual court for a game with your created player, enjoy a +5 attribute boost to assign as you like, so you can slam a dunk on the head of Kevin Durant.
Fitbit The Perfect Gift For A Gamer Looking To Become Active.
It all rolls out November 25th, just in time for the Christmas gift-giving season. If you’ve got a basketball fan in the family, maybe a pairing of a Fitbit and NBA2K17 would be a great gift. There are also rumblings of the companies releasing the products together, so you could buy your copy of NBA2K17 along with a Fitbit and get started building an All-Star right away. It makes perfect sense, the only question is why this wasn’t rolled out when the game launched. But I digress. Plus, and this is a very intriguing concept, there are plans to reward players for getting out on the actual basketball court and playing a game of hoops with your buddies. While Fitbit can only currently track steps, there are talks of Fitbit rolling out an update that will be able to tell when you’re out on the court shooting hoops for real. What a concept!
With the surge of health-conscious people in today’s society and the emergence of games like Pokemon GO that marry gaming and exercise, NBA2K17 and Fitbits partnership feels like the next logical step in this direction. It’s the perfect way to feel like you’re a part of the game; using your real-world exercise to benefit your gaming world. Now, with the multitude of sporting games available, let’s see if companies like EA will start to integrate this system with their highly-successful sporting games like FIFA or NHL. Imagine; playing a game of soccer on the pitch, or strapping on the skates for a game of puck and being rewarded in-game for your efforts. The Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect attempting to make games that make you work-out while you play, and while they tasted temporary success, that may not necessarily be what gamers want. Let basketball fans play basketball and reward them for it. Makes sense to me.
Will Gamers Put Down The Controler and Continue Playing NBA2k17 Fitbit?
Will you be purchasing either NBA2K17 or a Fitbit and using their sync to your system to boost the stats of your created player? Or are these incentives enough to get you off the couch, put down the controller and get out there and walk? We’ll see if this trend continues and if 2K and Fitbit’s partnership is a lucrative one. It’s a fantastic concept, but only time will tell if this amalgamation of gaming and real-world exercise actually pays off. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on NBA2K17 in the comments below.
I’ll be sure to let you all know if my created player, the big-bodied scoring center that plays between Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan has what it takes to finally bring a championship to the city of Toronto. As a Raptors, Blue Jays and Maple Leafs fan…I certainly hope so.