Countless NBA players have experienced this feeling. But not just one WNBA player had until recently. When NBA 2K20 was released in 2019, it was the very first time that the annual game -- which thrived in 1999 -- showcased WNBA players. Her predecessors didn't get the chance to 2K MT play as themselves, but Washington Mystics wing Aerial Powers couldn't help but make a comparison when she first played herself. "This is probably how the men feel when they get into the league and they get an opportunity to play themselves 2K," she said. "It is just surreal and can be pretty fun."
"I'd have never thought they'd apply girls into the match," Powers told USA TODAY Sports. "Even though I feel as though we should be in there." Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray has been playing 2K because Shaquille O'Neal graced the cover at 2005, and she still has difficulty believing that she's part of it. "I never would have imagined seeing myself in a video game," Gray explained. Alexis Jones, who had been waived by the Atlanta Fantasy in August, has always enjoyed making her very own participant on 2K and will mold his game after her own. This is going to be the first year she won't need to make herself in the picture of a guy.
"That has been my dream come true, '' I really don't know about everybody else," Jones said. "I understand that's 1 thing I always dreamed of as a little woman -- to maintain a 2K game. This opportunity to create yourself and build yourself as well as a woman is dope." The importance of building your WNBA player can't be overstated, particularly for young women who wish to play basketball or are simply fans of the game. "I think it's astonishing that little girls can develop and actually play the game and understand that they can have the same objectives and accomplishments as guys," Jones stated. Powers echoed the sentiment and how important representation is for young women. She also wants to see more progression with girls in the video game business in general.
Powers streams and plays video games on Twitch and is now especially active in gaming since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She even hosted an all-female 2K tournament in October that included a 30-minute opening musical set by Grammy Award winning performer DJ Jazzy Jeff. The stream garnered over 26,000 viewers. The 2019 WNBA winner says when she plays video games online she is sometimes met with misogynistic messages from different users, and she hopes that new modes like"The W" will make it much easier for Buy NBA 2K21 MT women playing video games. "It kind of gives the younger girls a good appearance and says,'Hey, it's fine to be a female, like basketball and wish to play,' since I know some of their male friends may have a different view," Powers explained. "But when you see the women in the game, it is like,'Hey, this is all right.'"