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[B]As sports games rely more and more on depicting realism in how the athletes play and the venues look, it appears that these games aren't just for the sports enthusiast any longer.[/B]

An [URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/technology/03game.html]article in the New York Times[/URL] found a growing number of professional athletes that use games to try to stay at the top of their game. The story also delves into how publishers such as Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive try to keep the realism in the games.

From the article:

[INDENT]“Our developers pore over hundreds of hours, watching footage of players and paying extremely close attention to all their movements, physical nuances and a variety of other granular detail,” said Bryan Lam, a spokesman for 2K Sports, whose games include NBA 2K, MLB.2K and NHL 2K. “We work closely with pro athletes to capture their signature style, so it’s their exact movements in our game,” he said.[/INDENT]As for the athletes:

[INDENT]Joey Logano, a NASCAR driver, says he gets ready for his races by going online to iRacing.com, a simulation site. As any fan can do, he gets behind the steering wheel console of his PC, puts on his real game face — without the helmet — and pays attention. Since Nascar has banned drivers from test-driving on the actual tracks, Mr. Logano and other pros use iRacing.com to learn new tracks or refresh their memories about courses they have raced on before.

“The graphics are really close to the real thing,” Mr. Logano said. “You get to experience any turn or bump.”[/INDENT]The story also touches on how some athletes are gamers in general and how it affects the teams they play for. It's a good read.

[URL=http://www.gameculture.com/2010/04/05/athletes-rely-games-stay-prepared]read more[/URL]


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