When I heard that Visual Concepts had taken the step of bringing all 30 NBA arena PAs into NBA 2K22, which launched last week, my first thought was, more or less, “This had to be a ton of work.”
It was. Because not only were guys like John Mason, the Detroit Pistons public address since 2001, in a session delivering their signature introductions and call-outs, they were recording across multiple days, accounting for nearly infinite contingencies, too.
“Oh, geez,” Mason sighed, “One day, the morning session, we went like, two and a half, maybe three hours. We did over 2,000 names. Tempo, and non-tempo.”
This is what I wanted to know. “Tempo,” means with gusto — the player is a home team player, they just made a…