NBA 2K14 penalizes you for swearing

2K Sports rep confirms you'll receive a technical foul for using profanity within earshot of the Kinect or PlayStation Camera.

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In a bid to create a "more civilized online environment," 2K Sports has announced that if the Kinect or PlayStation Camera catches you using profanity while playing NBA 2K14, you'll be given a technical foul.

A 2K Sports representative confirmed the news to Polygon, after YouTube user "randomfrankp" posted a video (featuring language that is probably NSFW) showing how his use of profanity was penalized with an in-game technical foul.

In real-world collegiate and professional basketball, referees can call a technical foul on a player, coach, or any other member of a team for unsportsmanlike conduct, including the use of profanity on the court. Accruing two technical fouls yields an ejection from a game.

NBA 2K13 played on the Xbox 360 with a Kinect unit attached also penalized players for using profanity. 2K Sports has now expanded this feature to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, so long as the Kinect and PlayStation Camera devices are switched on.

The 2K Sports representative did not provide a list of words that would lead to a technical foul, but said, "The obvious ones are there." The representative said this feature brings both realism to the game and a "more civilized environment for our players."

Players are, of course, free to disable NBA 2K14's voice controls in the game's options menu so that they can curse at will. For more on NBA 2K14, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

273 comments
Adam Brunsdon
Adam Brunsdon

Kinect does not have to be plugged in to the console at any point ever. So many xbox owners actually wont have one when playing.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Yet another reason this motion sensing/voice activation stuff is GARBAGE. I have zero use or care for any of it.

Jagat Patel
Jagat Patel

why not idk not use the damn camera?

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Can't wait to see what happens when Bobby Knight plays the game. It should be funny.

Cas Sanchez
Cas Sanchez

Imagine if they did that in Call of Duty, also as an xbox one owner I'd like to informer you all that you can play with the Kinect plugged in..

Ian Lewis
Ian Lewis

What if you're playing in the same room?

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

Looks like its time to invent some new swear words chaps!


Filthy Twotstobber


Dirty Fungdungle


CoD fanboy


Petros Mak
Petros Mak

Nice turnaround EA, instead of swearing at the game, we can swear at EA!

Mitchell Szymanski
Mitchell Szymanski

Since the kinect has a hard time understanding people I doubt this will work well at all.

Marshal Smith
Marshal Smith

^Ya but every Xbox comes with the camera, same can't be said about PS4 but still you are right lol

Sportled Slforyou
Sportled Slforyou

Haha am i happy i dont have the x one yet. Not planning to do it even for 1 more year.

Dale Torrisi
Dale Torrisi

Dont take away my swearing and yelling you dont have that right

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

I don't think our technology is all that great yet to be given such responsibility, voice recognition improved but it's mediocre at best and when it comes to accents, you don't even need to be from a different country to speak a bit different from the rest, therefore the odds of software failure are pretty high.

Sean Roaix
Sean Roaix

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. ... BAHAHAHA. AHA. xD

Michael Cudd
Michael Cudd

Now give me a full feature Computer version.

Craig Curran
Craig Curran

I'm not sure I understand who swearing harms, exactly. At best, you can peg it as some form of the nebulous 'negative' but I'm pretty sure I don't want that being policed by my video game system. And if parents don't want their children exposed to that, they best not be sending them to school; I was more foul-mouthed as a 4th grader than I ever have been as an adult.

Chris Schallus
Chris Schallus

this was *new* news about 10 days ago. you guys are late to report stuff.

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

Every Xbox owner has one, same can't be said for ps4

Hariza Rama
Hariza Rama

i swear ! i’m not fapping ! LOL i got penalty

John Connor
John Connor

Id be impressed if kinect could pick up my creative combos

Wade Parsons
Wade Parsons

i assume its an option you can turn off...an interesting idea

Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews

Ain't there something like this for fifa 14 too?

Josh Beebe
Josh Beebe

That is amazing. Well done 2K. I appluad you.

Michael Nguyen
Michael Nguyen

apparently monkey balls works as a cuss word my friend tried it out

Ian S Ximinies
Ian S Ximinies

Did the same holds true if I swear after the game crashes

Adge Reece
Adge Reece

David Nobili in english you dipshit

Adge Reece
Adge Reece

You lot are aware you can unplug your kinect an ps4 camera things yea good job we got that sorted so stop acting like fools

Rick Thatcher
Rick Thatcher

Yeah to be fair the franchise has been pretty good for the last few games. I don't like the precedent this sets though. What if someone like EA starts implementing it into their half-assed releases?

David Nobili
David Nobili

oh ya cuz they assess techs every time they swear on the court in real life. What is this p.c. bullbleep?!

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

How about:


Oh Fudge!

Percent Sign Amersand Dollar Sign

Boo!