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Wiz Video Game Scoops

Co-worker David Betancourt made a video game discovery that led to a guest blog invitation. The results follow. David earns nothing more than the glory of being a Bog co-author. I earn an hour to sit around drinking iced tea. David writes:

While playing a game of NBA Live on the Xbox 360 I stumbled upon something. Before you start a game you have the option of selecting what jersey you want your team to wear. There's, of course, the white home and dark away options. And, depending on the team, there's the multitude of throwback jerseys that are now so out of style you wonder why they are even there to be selected. Sure there are some classics, but my guess is that those guys who said they didn't want rappers drinking Cristal any more said the same thing about throwback jerseys, because nobody wears them anymore. And this is coming from someone who took pride in his Kobe Bryant MPLS powder blue jersey that I used to rock around Radford University (currently ranked 25th in the area by Vegas, go RU!). Don't worry it's a nice rag somewhere now.

So anyway, I pick the Wizards as my team because I'm a hometown guy, always pulling for the D.C. teams, and also because I like my offense plentiful and my defense minimal. I go to select a jersey for the Wiz and I notice that you only have the option for the white or blue jerseys. No gold jersey in sight. I'm a little upset. Surely the people at EA knew that this jersey was going to be revealed this season. It should have been in the game.

I realize that the response to these high illumination threads that the Wiz wear occasionally has been mixed at best. I also realize that if Dolemite owned an NBA team, his uniform of choice would be the Wiz gold and black. But I wanted to see what they looked like in the game. I figured there had to be a cheat code online somewhere, so I was off to google my curiosity.

Gilbert in gold. Check out the microfiber basketball!! (David Betancourt)

Sure enough, a cheat code was found immediately for the gold uni's. But I found something even more interesting. A code for Agent Zero's newly unveiled Adidas shoes. It wouldn't have been such a big deal if I hadn't previously spent countless minutes of my life last week, waiting for Dan to put up photos of this monumental event on his Bog while he was returning from New York after witnessing the release of the shoes.

NBA Live was released on September 25. So Gil's shoe was sitting there inside the game the whole time. The shoe was just released last week. So if I went to New York with Dan last week for the shoe release with digital copies of Gil's shoes (they're all there), would the Adidas people have sent security after me? Did Gil know about this, being the avid gamer that he is? What if I discovered this at the beginning of November, a full month before the release? I could have gone to Sports Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz with the proof and scooped the world. Well, maybe not, but the shoe was there for the viewing and nobody seemed to notice.

This is how investigative journalism gets done. Pictured here is the Mid (Home) Gil-Zero. (David Betancourt)

The shoes do look cool in the game, and weirdly enough, so do the gold jerseys. However, if you want to play with the old league ball that will make its return in January, you'll have to play NBA Live 06. Unless David Stern makes a call to EA Sports for a recall.

Note: Here are your cheat codes

Wizards alternate jerseys: QV93NLKXQC
Adidas Gil-Zero All-Star: 23DN1PPOG4
Adidas Gil-Zero Mid (Away): 369V6RVU3G
Adidas Gil-Zero Mid (Home): 1GSJC8JWRL
Adidas Gil-Zero Vegas: QQQ3JCUYQ7

Also, you can read the new ball's obit here, and read about the most important new ball controversy here and here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2006; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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NBA Live is terrible. The 2K series is much better.

Posted by: Gack | December 13, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone is a few months late....... and both Live and 2k sucks...

Posted by: Ron_Man | December 14, 2006 2:53 PM | Report abuse

had agent zero on in august the cover wearing his kicks

Posted by: CreditZard | December 15, 2006 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Did it have the black ones too? I had seen lots of images of the white ones in September but not the black ones.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | December 15, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

ah, no, only the whites, so the game and subsequent investigative journalism is still a find

Posted by: CreditZard | December 15, 2006 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CreditZard, and great name.

To make the point more clearly, I should have published a screen grab of the black ones, but the stripes were a lot harder to make out, and I wasn't sure if it would work.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | December 15, 2006 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Holy Cow ... Dave Betancourt making it big time - Dan Steinberg's Bog!!! Dave was my mentor @ Radford and I still remember playing Xbox in his dorm room and he used to rock that Kobe Bryant powder blue jersey. Those were the days.

Speaking of jerseys, here's a black alternate I created - the one the Wizards should've used.

Posted by: Doug McKinney | December 15, 2006 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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