One of the best things about NBA 2K22 is how you can customize certain things so you can enjoy it the way you want to. So, that’s exactly what I did by creating a TWICE WNBA team.
Creating teams and players on basketball simulation games is a long-time hobby I shared with my brother. This dates back to the days of EA Sports’ NBA Live franchise being the more popular game. Back then, we created every notable player from the animé Slam Dunk.
Fast forward to a few decades years later, I’m putting a new spin on the hobby. I’ve been enamored with K-Pop girl group TWICE for close to four years now. Thankfully, NBA 2K introduced WNBA in NBA 2K21 and improved upon it in NBA 2K22, letting me do what possibly no one else will.
Character creation rules
TWICE aren’t exactly that tall, so for this exercise I added one foot (12 inches/ 30.48cm) to their listed heights. At least, that’s what I did for members listed at around 162cm and up from various, and mostly inconsistent sources online. For the tiny TWICE line — I shaved off a few inches to match better with the average height of point guards in the WNBA. I’m sorry Jihyo, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung!
For their faces, it was impossible to recreate the actual visuals of TWICE just from the tools provided by 2K. So, forgive me if they look nothing like the real deal. TWICE, after all, are visual queens.
When it comes to the rest of their looks, I compiled and took inspiration from some of their sporty or sports-related outfits. As for the hairstyles, this one is tricky since it frequently changes. So, I just picked a mish-mash of personal favorites as well as the more colorful ones for each member to make them more distinct. The hair options are also limited so I did what I could.
For their skills and abilities, I intended to scale their abilities to existing WNBA stars. I enlisted the help of sportswriter Levi Verora Jr. who’s been following the WNBA for years now to make this happen. I listed the characteristics of each TWICE member based on various information we know of them. I then asked Verora to provide names of players that fit the bell in terms of skills and abilities.
These skills and looks are all detailed below. As usual, we’re going by age order so that’s: NaJeongMoSaJiMiDaChaeTzu.
TWICE as basketball players
Nayeon — Position: Guard/Forward
There’s something about Nayeon that just screams STAR. Yes, she sings the line “I’m gonna be a star” over and over but “gonna be” doesn’t seem accurate because she’s always been a star. Being TWICE’s center and face of the group, it seems fit that she will be this WNBA team’s ace and star player. In basketball, it sometimes comes to a point where the play breaks down and one player has to make something out of nothing. This is Nayeon’s role. When it’s late in the shot clock, get her the ball, get out of the way, and watch her work.
Shades of: Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
Jeongyeon — Position: Power Forward/Center
Jeongyeon has always been known as the member who loves cleaning and looks after the rest of TWICE. There’s a term called glass-cleaner which means a person who’s great at getting rebounds. This is Jeongyeon’s best skill, controlling the boards so TWICE can control the game. She’s also their best post operator. If the team needs a basket in the paint, Jeongyeon is their go-to person making her an unstoppable Interior Force.
Shades of: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
Momo — Position: Forward
Momo is a tweener with a unique blend of attributes. As the main dancer, she’s physically gifted and moves with absolute grace and precision. She plays defense the way she dances — giving it her all without any wasted movement. In one of the episodes of Time To TWICE (the group’s own variety show on YouTube), she’s also displayed the ability to shoot the long ball. She’s a 3-and-D player of the highest caliber.
Shades of: Candace Parker, Chicago Sky / Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Sana — Position: Forward/Center
Versatile and a boundless source of energy with a killer stage presence, Sana is often the X-Factor whenever she’s on the floor. In the same manner that she captures attention while performing on stage, she always comes up with big plays that make the crowd go wild. She also excels in a lot of the things that don’t always show on the statsheet. You should always be wary of Sana’s presence because as fellow member Mina once said, “Sana is dangerous.”
Shades of: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
Jihyo — Position: Point Guard
Jihyo is TWICE’s main vocalist and leader. She plays the role of the floor general directing traffic and loudly calling out plays. Jihyo manages the game unlike any other, knowing when to get her teammates going and when to take matters into her own hands. Jihyo can pass, score, and defend. She’s a primary playmaker that literally does it all earning her the nickname Point God Jihyo.
Shades of:: Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
Mina — Position: Forward/Guard
Ever heard of the saying “she makes everything look easy”? Well, Mina makes everything look pretty. An image of absolute perfection and elegance, Mina lulls defenders to sleep with her moves on the court. She has the prettiest jumper and has the fanciest finishes. Also known as the smartest member of the group, her basketball IQ is off the charts moonlighting as a secondary playmaker to keep the flow of the offense moving.
Shades of: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Dahyun — Position: Guard
Dahyun is one half of TWICE’s deadly DubChaeng combo. An underrated ace, Dahyun is an all-around talent that gives opponents hell on both offense and defense. She’s a crowd favorite that never fails to get the fans going. But her unique skill — derived from her known ability to spot cameras everywhere — is her Eagle Eye that lets her map the floor. With it, she knows exactly where everyone is on the basketball court at any given time giving her and her team a tactical advantage.
Shades of:: Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
Chaeyoung — Position: Guard
Chaeyoung is the other half of TWICE’s DubChaeng combo. She’s often at the wrong end of height jokes, but what she lacks in size she more than makes up for in talent. Chayoung is also an underrated ace that can do absolutely anything and everything on the floor. This makes her an undeniable pintsize powerhouse. She’s also extremely fast — as she demonstrated that one time on ISAC — leaving defenders biting her dust before they know what hit them.
Shades of:: Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
Tzuyu — Position: Center
Tzuyu’s often meek demeanor betrays her colossal stature. As the tallest member TWICE, she is their Tower of Power protecting the paint with savage blocks that sends shivers down opponents’ spines. Players often think twice before attacking the rim when Tzuyu is patrolling it. On offense, she leaves the paint and spaces the floor as an archer with an accurate aim from long distance with a picture perfect catch-and-shoot release.
Shades of: Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces
What about the other roster spots?
Typically, there are 12 to 15 roster spots for each team. That meant there are three active roster spots and three more reserve spots to fill. I initially toyed with the idea of adding Itzy to the lineup but having to put two from Itzy in the reserve list didn’t sit right with me.
I also thought about selecting three members from Sixteen that were in the final stage but weren’t selected. Ultimately, I decided it was too much work and just left three players from the Last Vegas Aces with the least overall rating.
Why the Las Vegas Aces?
Actual team creation isn’t exactly allowed for the WNBA unlike for the NBA. For the NBA version, NBA 2K lets you upload your own assets. Since I couldn’t do this, I just picked the team that I thought had the closest color scheme to TWICE’s. Also, the name “Aces” seems to fit TWICE, don’t you think?
For their jersey numbers, each member has their favorite number listed on various sources. These are numbers they’ve had since debut according to Twitter user @misayeon — a kor-eng translator fan account that’s a known reliable source for updates on TWICE.
Can I play as them too?
The roster file is available to download for PlayStation 5 players (not sure about PlayStation 4) with the name TWICE WNBA under username setshotrod.
Here’s a quick gameplay video:
Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra Hands-On
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HONOR X9a 5G Hands-On: Tough and capable
Strong 2023 start for HONOR?
HONOR is determined to make some serious noise in the smartphone space in 2023. In the Philippines, they’re looking to start strong with the release of the HONOR X9a 5G.
If you follow any tech publications and some influencers and endorsers online, you likely saw the drop test videos the company had literally everyone do. That includes GadgetMatch.
For what it’s worth, the thing is really tough. During our quick shoot, we dropped it around 3 times on concrete. No major damages suffered. The 0.65mm ‘Deeply Reinforced Glass’ on the display is, for the most part, not just a gimmick. Still, don’t go dropping the phone carelessly if you do decide to get it.
We’re already talking about the display anyway, so let’s dig into it a little more.
Pleasant to the eyes
The HONOR X9a 5G sports a 6.67-inch OLED Curved Display. It has a 394 pixels per inch count with a 2400 x 1900 resolution and 800 nits of peak brightness. Marketing materials also tout its 1.07 billion colors and TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification.
For the most part, the phone is everything it says it is on paper. The curved display affects more how the phone feels on-hand than it does for your eyes. It makes the phone’s profile feel slimmer than it actually is. And it’s not too curved to the point that it distracts from whatever you’re watching.
Colors also look great. We can confidently say that you’ll have a good time watching videos on the HONOR X9a 5G. Whether that’s one of our YouTube videos, mindlessly scrolling on TikTok, or catching up on your favorite series.
It also delivers a buttery-smooth feel, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate.
Going over to how the rest of the phone looks, it gives off a Magic-ish, Mate-ish vibe. The circular camera module on the back plays a huge part in that. We’ll get to the camera details later on. For now, let’s focus on the look.
One glance and you could mistake it as an HONOR Magic or even a HUAWEI Mate phone. After all, they share a similar design language.
All the buttons (power and volume) are on the right.
And at the bottom, you’ll find the SIM Card tray, USB-C port, and speaker-grille. Pretty standard stuff.
Globally, the phone comes in three colors: Titanium Silver, Emerald Green and Midnight Black. In the Philippines, it appears only the first two colors will be available at launch.
Overall, it’s your standard slab with a signature look. That camera module is certainly doing a lot to separate it from the pack.
Now onto the cameras. Here they are by the numbers:
- Main (Wide): 64MP, f/1.8, PDAF
- Ultrawide: 5MP, f/2.2,
- Macro: 2MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- Front (wide): 16MP, f/2.5
And since video taking seems to be all the rage these days, you might be pleased to know that both the front and back cameras can take 1080P at 30fps footage.
Again, these are pretty standard numbers for midrangers. The same is true for the actual output. There’s nothing here that’s mind blowing. But for posting on socials and just capturing stuff on the daily, it’s more than serviceable.
Take a look at these samples:
The HONOR X9a 5G is powered by the Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G processor. In the Philippines, it comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also has a massive 5,100mAh battery. Software-wise, it’s running Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12.
In practice, all these components come together to deliver a steady performer of a smartphone. The HONOR X9a 5G is reliable in all the ways that matter. The processor, while not new by 2023 standard, still does what you expect it to do. That is to keep the stuff you need running in the background as needed.
It also has a decent power efficiency, which, paired with the massive battery, delivers an overall battery life that won’t have you running to the nearest power outlet as the day winds down.
We didn’t do much gaming on the phone, but given that it’s the same processor that was equipped on mobile gaming-inclined phones in the past, we’re confident it can steadily run plenty of the most-played games on mobile.
Solid start for HONOR
The HONOR X9a 5G is a tough, capable smartphone that’s easy on the eyes. It’s the quintessential midrange smartphone. Everything we’ve come to expect from midrangers is present on this phone while also being extra tough and lasting extra long.
With this being HONOR’s first offering in 2023 in the Philippines, the company is off to a solid start.
New Year resolutions with vivo
Make yours happen
A New Year always brings new beginnings. A chance to start-over and put your life on the track you want it to be in. vivo argues that it’s easier to follow through on these new year changes when you have the right device for you. Lo and behold, they put together things to keep mind, to keep you on the right track.
Learn something new and practical
Since it’s the new year, challenge yourself to learn something new — a skill like computer programming, a hobby like playing a musical instrument, or any practical knowledge such as learning a new language.
Having a reliable device that can give you the ease to learn everything with only a few taps is essential. Like, say, the vivo Y35.
The vivo Y35 supports 44W FastCharge so you wouldn’t have to wait for a long time until your phone is fully charged to resume studying immediately. Plus, its massive 5000mAh battery can help it run for long hours, keeping you immersed in watching tutorial videos, attending online classes or reading how-to articles. It also has a massive 16GB Dynamic RAM and 256GB ROM.
These features can help make learning continuous and with fewer interruptions.
Start documenting your life
It’s all about making and preserving memories. This year, start capturing moments with a greater purpose. While you’re at it, try to take good photos and videos as well.
The vivo V25 Series, which has a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing camera with extreme night vision, is a great tool to document both day and night moments that you want to keep for the longest time possible. The vivo V25 Series’ up to 50MP Eye autofocus selfie camera can also help you capture the smiles of the people with you during every encounter.
Always go for healthier options
Health will always be wealth. It means you should also be more knowledgeable and conscious about your food and drink intake. The Internet offers a lot of information you can refer to for nutritious choices. Do your research, compare and find what’s best and more feasible for you.
For this, you have the vivo Y22s. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, up to 16GB dynamic RAM and ROM expandable to 1TB. These can assist you with minimal to no lags to get the healthier 2023 done.
Stay in touch with your loved ones
You should also remember to allot more time to people who matter. As the new year begins, you should create more memories with your family. Scheduling a video call with them while you’re away from home or constantly checking up on them through messages can make a difference in keeping a strong relationship.
The vivo Y16, which has a wide 6.51-inch Halo FullView display with eye protection mode, can help.
Travel more, in style
Traveling this year? Do it in style by getting a smartphone that’ll go with your travel fits.
vivo Y02s and vivo Y02’s2.5D curvature slim frame and lightweight build fit this goal perfectly and would never feel like extra travel baggage. Instead, these vivo smartphones work like additional accessories that will add glam and style.
New Year with vivo
The new year is better if matched with a vivo smartphone that will aid in accomplishing your resolutions. All smartphones in vivo’s current lineup are available in offline stores nationwide.
Head to the nearest vivo concept store or kiosk to stand a chance to win in Paskong La vivo Loca which runs until January 31, 2023. Follow vivo’s official website and its social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for more information.
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