When this project first started I was motivated, passionate, and determined to complete it. However, I was also unemployed. Fortunately I was able to find a job I absolutely love. Unfortunately I no longer have the time nor the energy to pursue this project with the same fervor I once had. That’s why I’m reaching out for your help.
Wikipedia is great because it was created by millions of people all around the world. And this blog will only get better by getting contributions from all of the Michael Jordan fans from around the world. It could be anything from writing one chapter of the story to proof reading previous posts for errors. I know I’m not perfect and I’m sure I’ve made mistakes along the way. If you have an interest in helping to complete The Evolution of Michael Jordan, please let me know.
Jordan was the greatest basketball player of all time, but he still needed 4 other guys on the court to win.
That’s right, for FREE.
You don’t need a console, and you don’t need a TV. All you need is a reliable internet connection. How is this possible you ask?
This website represents the first steps towards a revolution in gaming. Cloud gaming. Essentially allowing you to use the computing power of Onlive’s servers to play the games they have to offer. There is no need for a graphics card or a high performance desktop. I tested the service out this weekend and it was an absolute blast. Playing as Michael Jordan in his prime against the championship Laker team was a dream come true.
The way Onlive works is you download a desktop app that connects you to the Onlive server. The game is streamed to you via the internet. What really surprised me was the lack of lag time between inputing your commands and seeing the action take place on the screen. The response time was like playing a game installed on your computer. I have no idea how they were able to accomplish this, but I ain’t complaining.
All the games can be played for free, but only as a 30 minute demo. However, you can play the demo as many times as you’d like. 30 minutes was almost enough time for a full length basketball game in NBA 2K11. If you really like the game, you can purchase a playpass which will allow you to play the game for 3 or 5 days at a time. If you REALLY like the game, you can purchase the game in full for much less than retail price at a gaming store.
Besides NBA 2K11, Onlive also offers dozens of other top titles including Batman: Arkam Asylum, Assassin’s Creed, Unreal, and many others. You can watch highlight videos posted by other players, and spectate on other players. There are also many more titles coming to Onlive so better join now and grab a snazzy username!
Here is a video of the Onlive intro and interface:
Video of actual game play:
The game looks absolutely amazing and reminds me of actually watching Jordan footage from back in the day. I will definitely get this game and relive some of the greatest moments in MJ’s career, even if that means getting 55 against the Knicks.
This is now my favorite Michael Jordan highlight reel. It is extremely well done and must have taken ages to compile. It doesn’t show anything new, but the way it is arranged reveals so much more about MJ than any other highlight reel I’ve seen.
Watching this video I realized something about MJ. The reason he was so great was that he had so many weapons in his arsenal. In any given situation on a basketball court he had 2 if not 3 options with which he can get to the basket and score. And he performed each move so smoothly and consistently that there was no best option for a defender to force him into.
We know that to effectively defend Kobe you want him to take a corner fade-away from about 18 feet. But there was no option like that with MJ. You could not force him into a weak side or a bad spot. He can hurt you from any where on the court at any time, consistently, night in and night out. Sure some players can score the same numbers MJ did back in the day, but no one can ever match the consistency of MJ. He had a drive and a hunger that no one could match, and that’s what makes him the Greatest Of All Time.
This is another blog post I wrote for the Knewton blog. It looks at the Hole in the Wall experiment where children in rural India were able to learn English given only a computer and some simple software. The experiment studies the effects of social interaction in learning, and that a teacher might not always be necessary for someone to learn.
I recently wrote a blog for my company’s blog about Ultimate Frisbee. It’s about the culture of Ultimate Frisbee found at tech startups on both sides of the coast. Give it a read.
Ultimate Jordan is a collection of Michael Jordan films through out his entire career. It features some of his best highlights, games, playoff performances, and off the court stories.