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Countless NBA players have experienced this feeling.

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Countless NBA players have experienced this feeling. However, not just one WNBA player had until lately. When NBA 2K20 premiered in 2019, it was the first time the yearly match -- which premiered in 1999 -- featured WNBA players. Her predecessors did not get the chance to NBA 2K21 MT Coins play as themselves, but Washington Mystics wing Aerial Powers couldn't help but make a comparison when she first played as herself. "This is most likely the way the men feel when they get into the league and they get a chance to play themselves on 2K," she explained. "It is just surreal and is pretty fun."

"I'd have never thought they would implement girls into the match," Powers told USA TODAY Sports. "Even though I feel like we ought to be in there." Dallas Wings shield Allisha Gray was enjoying 2K since Shaquille O'Neal graced the cover in 2005, and that she still has difficulty believing that she's a 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 Dream in August, has consistently 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 have to make herself at the image of a guy.

"That has been my fantasy come true, I don't know about everybody else," Jones said. "I understand that's 1 thing that I always dreamed of as a little woman -- to be in a 2K game. This opportunity to make yourself and build yourself as well as a woman is dope." The importance of building your WNBA player can not be overstated, especially for young women who aspire to play basketball or are just fans of the sport. "I think that it's astonishing that little girls can grow up and actually play the game and understand that they can have the same objectives and accomplishments as guys," Jones stated. Powers echoed the opinion and how significant representation is for young women. She also wants to see more progression with women in the video game industry in general.

Powers streams and plays video games on Twitch and has become particularly active in gaming because the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She even hosted an all-female 2K tournament in Buy NBA 2K MT October that contained 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 she is sometimes met with misogynistic messages from different consumers, and she expects that new modes such as"The W" can make it easier for women playing with video games. "It kind of gives the younger women a fantastic look and says,'Hey, it is alright to be a female, such as basketball and wish to play,' because I know some of their male buddies might have a different view," Powers explained. "But if you Find the girls in the game, it's like,'Hey, this is all right.'"

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