I had an essay published in Stymie Magazine about Double Dribble and the art of losing. I made this trailer/preview for the essay to the backdrop of NES footage of the classic game as I discuss the game, Jeremy Lin, and hoops dreams. Thank you Editor Kari Nguyen!
When I think about Double Dribble, I realize it highlights what makes basketball so special: tough team work punctuated by moments of individual brilliance. It wasn’t the annual blockbuster everyone has come to expect in current-generation games. Instead, it was a quirky, creative spin on an American pastime seen through the eyes of Japanese game developers. The players didn’t have personalities. We, the gamers, imprinted our own personalities onto them. In some way, basketball’s appeal is the way it has become a parable for our lives, a struggle against anonymity even though we have no choice but to grind our way through