There’s a certain segment of the population, the “get off my lawn crowd,” that loves to condemn the work ethic of today’s youth. The complaints come from a variety of angles, but my favorite is about video games. Whether it’s about the violence or being too lazy to get out of the house, for this crowd of curmudgeons nothing good ever came from playing video games.
But what if I told you De’Aaron Fox wouldn’t be the same without NBA 2K for Playstation?
That jargon might not jive with some. NBA 2K is arguably the most popular video game franchise in this generation. It’s no NBA Jam. The complexities of professional basketball are brought to the console, making it extremely difficult to master. Fox spends approximately six hours a day playing video games. A master of 2K, Fox’s father Aaron told Bleacher Report he believes his habit has helped him become one of the nation’s best point guards.
“He was one of those kids you didn’t really have to teach much on the basketball court–show him something and he could learn,” Aaron Fox says. “A lot of people don’t believe me, but I tell everyone that that PlayStation helped him get where he is today.
“He’d play that PlayStation, and he could master it in no time. He learned pick-and-rolls. He learned how to roll off a ball screen. I tell kids if they want to learn something about basketball, go put it on pro mode on 2K and let them play.”
While many believe overstimulation is a bad thing, De’Aaron sees it as a positive. He’s trying to train his mind to multitask, always keeping his brain on basketball.
Ask Fox how video games have made him a better basketball player, and he speaks about how he learned moves from playing NBA 2K that he incorporated into his game: the Allen Iverson crossover, the between-the-legs crossover size-up.
But video games are more than just a textbook to him. They’re training for his mind.
Fox identifies an of-his-generation skill, which older folks mock as the paralyzingly short attention span of the ADHD generation, that video games develop: an ability to concentrate on several things at the same time and do them all well.
De’Aaron’s thought process is provoking. The fascinating piece will help you understand the rationale of this generation’s use of technology, the first to truly grow up fully integrated into our hyper-technological society.