Ray Allen can't believe that call (Credit: 2K Sports)
Youtube user FrankP found this out the hard way during a game of NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One. Thanks to the system’s all-seeing, all-hearing Kinect camera, Frank’s use of the F-bomb resulted in what might be the creepiest, most intrusive penalty in the history of video game sports:
Warning: lots of adult language (after all, that’s sort of the point):
What Frank didn’t realize is that the Kinect camera, an intrinsic part of the Xbox One hardware ecosystem, is always paying attention unless you specifically tell it to stop listening. Which you might want to do when you play NBA 2K14.
However, the foul-language foul isn’t entirely new to the franchise. Last year’s NBA 2K13 included it as well, though it only cropped up if you happened to have the Xbox 360’s decidedly less awesome Kinect up and running. It also rears its head in FIFA 14, reprimanding one Xbox One user for lobbing obscenities during his soccer career.
Annoying? Sure, but in the case of NBA 2K14, at least the technical foul jibes with the official NBA rulebook (under “Section V: Conduct”):
d. A technical foul shall be assessed for unsportsmanlike tactics such as:
(1) Disrespectfully addressing an official
(2) Physically contacting an official
(3) Overt actions indicating resentment to a call
(4) Use of profanity
(5) A coach entering onto the court without permission of an official
(6) A deliberately-thrown elbow or any attempted physical act with no con-tact involved
At least Kinect can't eject you from your living room. Yet.