NBA Shootout was reborn simply as NBA 06 in 2005 but with a sneakily revolutionary subtitle: The Life. A new game mode, The Life sought to put you in the shoes of an up and coming rookie, doing more than just putting you on the court and actively getting you engaged in the day-to-day existence of an NBA player. But it wasn't all bread and roses. There were some weird oversights in the mode, like that you couldn't make your player left-handed, and some equally weird decisions, like forcing you to play as a point guard. Although ambitious-and the forefather of NBA 2K's My Player/My Career mode-The Life was ultimately a failure.