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Check out Baron Davis’ new video game “Getting Buckets”

Aug 2, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

That, my friends, is the trailer for “Getting Buckets,” the new mobile video game Baron Davis has helped produce. And by helped I don’t mean “sat at a laptop and pounded out code” I mean more like he tried to do the big picture stuff. He’s an idea man.

But he was in on this from the ground floor. SLAM spoke to him and the game designer about it.

Adds (game designer Sean) O’Brien: “The first vision that Baron had was to create something accessible. He didn’t want to do a simulation game where there are a lot of controls that you have to try to master. He wanted casual fans to be able to pick up their iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch and just be able to play and interact with the athlete. And we really felt there was an opening in mobile gaming.”

The goal of the game, which was designed as a 3-D, “endless-runner,” is for users to collects as many “buckets” as they can while dribbling through the game’s different levels (East Coast, West Coast, South Beach and Hoosier Country) with whichever basketball player they choose to play with. The athletes—Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings and Candace Parker—were all handpicked, and recruited by Davis. Social media savvy and on-the-court creativity were the required credentials.

As TBJ aptly noted, it’s very Baron Davis to want a game where things come naturally and you don’t have to spend a lot of time mastering the fine details of how to make it work better. I’m sure you can also do it while doing a variety of knee rehab assignments. (Davis and O’Brien met while Davis was doing injury rehab. Don’t ask which one, I couldn’t keep track.)
Still, I’ve played worse looking games.
  1. dysraw1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    i miss the old days when kids played coco leaveo on the streets

  2. hwatt - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    wow, it looks like a pretty cool phone game. The knock on his off-the-app discipline is unnecessary and has nothing to do with the game.

  3. fm31970 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Fo shizzle, D-Bizzle! Nice work.

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