Reality Hits NBA Live
NBA Live will be in the spotlight in ESPN's reality competition series Bring it Home.
NBA Live: Bring it Home will be airing starting Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. EST as part of a six-episode series. Eight players will be competing for cash prizes and bragging rights while ESPN will be bringing in columnist Scoop Jackson as the host. Bring it Home will also feature cameos by NBA players Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis, Antawn Jamison, Dwyane Wade and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The players will compete to advance through elimination and earn home court advantage – the right to play on their own turf surrounded by family and friends. After the first few rounds, the winners will then have to coach an actual NBA player in NBA Live, whose success determines home court advantage for the semi-final rounds. The final two players will square off at the American Airlines Arena in Miami for a shot at $100,000.
Nintendo Snags Awards
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences honored Nintendo with five achievement awards Thursday night at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit in Las Vegas.
Three of the five awards went to the Nintendo Wii launch title Wii Sports – outstanding innovation in gaming, outstanding achievement in game play engineering and outstanding achievement in game design. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for the Nintendo DS was recognized as the handheld game of the year.
Along with the recognition of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess recently reaching one million units sold for the Nintendo Wii (also making it the fastest-selling launch title for a new video game system in the United States since Super Mario 64), it was awarded in the category of outstanding achievement in story and character advancement.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime noted the awards are determined by those involved in the industry and are among the most respected honors to be received.
"These awards, granted by a group of our industry peers, demonstrate that it's possible to please both new and experienced game players," said Fils-Aime. "To see honors given to games as varied as Twilight Princess, Wii Sports and Brain Age tells us the industry hungers for new ideas and great games. We believe both Wii and Nintendo DS are specifically equipped to deliver those experiences."