This post is one out of pure frustration with the online lobby system in NBA 2K11. I just recently came back to NBA 2K11’s online after a bit of a hiatus and I was surprised at how stable 2K had gotten it compared to when it first came out. Now if both players have a decent connection then the game plays almost as smooth online as it plays offline and that is rare. This is great news, except there is a problem. The online lobby system in NBA 2K11 is completely stupid and ineffective.
If you haven’t played NBA 2K11, you can either attempt to randomly play a “ranked” game out of the quick game menu which is hit or miss. The other option is to attempt to find a game with someone in one of the several lobbies that NBA 2K11 has which are broken down several ways including by skill level. This is where the things go awry. On any given day as soon as you enter any lobby you will be bombarded with game invites, depending on how many people are in the room, up to , you could get several dozen in a few seconds. You are like this is great lots of people to play with and then you actually try to accept an invitation which you have to browse to your message box and accept from there which is a bit backwards. The problem here lies that when a person sends you a request it opens up a game session and that game session only remains open until they send another request and then that session becomes “no longer available”. So people are so frantic to try and get a game that they send multiple invitations back to back which effectively cancels out their previous request which means that the person who got the first request can’t accept it because they have closed the first session by sending the second invite. What ends up happening from there is the rather funny when you think back on it but frustrating when you are trying to find a game situation that its almost surprising if you actually can accept a request before they send another invite and it becomes unavailable.
I know that NBA 2K11 has been out a while and we are probably about 5 or 6 months away from from NBA 2K12 but if they could improve the online lobby system in this game it would be a great. It might be as simple as putting a 30-45 second delay between how often a person can send a request, that would give the person they sent the request to time to actually accept it before they could send another one. It’s a really great game..if you can get one.