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Watch the NBA fall apart, year by year, in this dystopian NBA 2K14 run

Thursday, 5th June 2014 01:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A dearth of strong, talented players and a surfeit of weak hacks will bring the NBA to its knees by the 2030′s, in a dystopian NBA 2K14 simulation experiment run by sports writer Jon Bois.

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Over on SBNation, Bois outlines an NBA 2K14 experiment in which he flooded the NBA’s draft with the worst possible players, year after year after year.

The results are amazing – older players lingering on long after the ought otherwise to have been replaced; teams scrabbling to draft the few remaining heroes as talent floods out of the league; and pay rates and morale plummeting.

The end result? This:

It’s absolutely artificial, of course, because there’s no way the NBA would ever have only a pool of awful players to choose from, but Bois’s dark vision is compelling regardless. It’s really worth reading through the lengthy full feature for the highlights, twists and turns, GIFs – and of course Bois’s excellent writing, black humour and obvious knowledge and love of sports. If you’re more a football fan, he’s also conducted a similar experiment with Madden.

These kinds of unusual uses for simulation games are perfectly delightful. I love video games.

GIF taken from the linked feature.

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