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:
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Solid as usual
The realme 9i is the “little brother” in the realme 9 series. And while it doesn’t pack the same punch as its pro siblings – the realme 9 Pro and realme 9 pro+ – there’s enough here for anyone who just needs a reliable daily smartphone.
Here’s a quick look at the specs before we dive in deeper:
- 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G processor
- 6GB RAM with Dynamic RAM expansion feature up to 5GB
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 5,000mAh battery
- 33W Dart Charge tech
- 50MP main camera
- 2MP macro lens
- 2MP depth lens
- 16MP selfie shooter
Here are some samples for your appreciation.
Neat, simple, and elegant
The realme 9i is pretty understated in the looks department. The variant we got comes in blue and depending on how the light hits, you’ll see some lines to accentuate its back.
As for button and port placements, at the bottom you’ll find the usuas: speaker grille, USB-C port, and 3.5mm jack.
On the right side is the power button/fingerprint scanner.
And on the left hand side are the two, tiny volume buttons.
Overall, the realme 9i looks neat. Simple yet elegant. The camera stands out, obviously. But you can say that for most phones these days. It’s light for its size and appearance. It’s already easy to hold as is, but it’s even easier if you’re the phone-case-and-pop-up socket type of person.
Switching from one app to the other, or going back to the home screen for that matter is seamless and fast. There’s no trouble opening or loading apps so far.
The apps load from where I last left it, provided I haven’t closed all apps, cleared RAM, or optimized phone usage.
Media consumption and gaming
We enjoyed more than our fair share of watching sports highlights on the realme 9i. It pays to have a great-performing phone to not miss any action. We didn’t have any problems watching on YouTube at the highest resolution settings and at 60 fps.
Same is true for other types of content. The viewing experience was likewise seamless.
The speaker is really loud and complements the video. You don’t have to put it on max volume although it’s still of the best quality when put to max. It doesn’t break.
Playing Mobile Legends with friends and relatives on this phone is perfect even if it’s “only” a mid-level phone. The game’s graphics settings were set on default when opening from the phone. I tinkered it to HD mode with a high refresh rate and “Ultra” graphics, and it didn’t have problems throughout the game like lagging when I played.
On full standby in power saving mode without having to connect it to Wi-Fi or turn on mobile data, the phone consumes just about 5 to 10 percent of its battery power in one whole day.
When charging, it takes less than an hour to charge from 30 percent to full with its 33W fast charging.
Solid as usual
The “i” variants in realme’s numbered series phones have consistently been steady performers and the realme 9i is no different. It’s not gonna wow you with raw specs, but the overall package and performance makes it worthwhile.
The realme 9i retails for PhP 11,990. Buy it here.
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The vivo X70 Pro+ was launched just several months ago. However, we’re already having a follow-up!
Namely the X80 and X80 Pro — with the latter being vivo’s latest flagship smartphone.
But what makes it different from its predecessor? And what makes the successor a lot more exciting?
Watch our vivo X80 Pro Unboxing and Review now to find out more!
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Premium, smart timepiece
Huawei has been giving us the best choices for stylish timepieces to help us reach our health and fitness goals. And they’re taking the stage again with their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
Now let’s take a closer look at this device and check what Huawei has in store for us this time.
The GT 3 Pro comes in this sleek black box with the name of the device in gold. Through the box, we also get to know that it is powered by HarmonyOS.
Lifting the cover, you’re immediately greeted by the GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition looking classy beside a gold Huawei logo.
Pulling the tab on the right, you’ll see a smaller enclosure. Opening it up, you’ll see some paperwork, a USB-C cable and a wireless charging cradle.
Now here’s the GT 3 Pro taken out of the box. Looks premium, doesn’t it?
By examining the watch strap, you can easily tell that it’s made of genuine high-quality leather.
The Huawei branding is not seen on the strap. It’s instead engraved on the buckle.
Also unlike the previous GT 2 Pro that has the usual double crown design, the GT 3 Pro has a watch crown and a button.
The rotating crown serves as its power button and scroll and zoom wheel. Rotating it feels smooth without much resistance. But it does have haptic feedback, mimicking a mechanical feel.
Powering it up, you’re notified to get the Huawei Health app and pair it with your phone.
Once paired, you can tinker with the settings and apply customizations based on your preference and liking.
What I immediately liked with the GT 3 Pro is how classy it looks. And despite it being a big smartwatch compared to what I usually use, it feels light on my wrist.
I also can’t help but admire how clean and clear it looks with its 1.43-inch AMOLED display and sapphire glass lens.
Its body, on the other hand, is made of titanium and it has a ceramic back case to complete the premium package.
Using it for a few days, it looks like this timepiece will definitely level up my expectations for smartwatches. But I have yet to fully explore and experience everything about the GT 3 Pro that I’ll share on my hands-on review so don’t forget to also check that out.
Pricing and availability
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition.
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