Parents, if your kids are itching for a basketball game on the GameCube, I again recommend waiting for NBA Street. But if theyre young enough and cant tell the difference between quality and crap, Courtside 2002 might suffice. If your kids even have a shred of taste, keep this title away from them unless you are trying to teach them about lifes disappointments. 

For fans of arcade-style basketball games like NBA Jam, NBA Courtside 2002 has a so-so arcade mode complete with carnival-like scoring system and bodacious dunks. However, with the excellent NBA Street heading its way to the GameCube in the coming, months, I dont see why fans would bother with Courtside 2002.

Serious b-ball fans looking for some simulation-style hoops action dont have much choice thus far in the GameCube library either, but I can assure you that Courtside 2002 fails to deliver even remotely realistic basketball action. Between the lack of defense, poor controls, and host of bugs, these fans are better off waiting for anything else.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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