Even if you don’t know the difference between a shooting guard and Dennis Rodman’s bodyguard, you’ll have to marvel at the increasing sophistication of today’s basketball simulations. Other than Michael Jordan, who makes his own videogame deals, nearly every pro hoopster shows up on the court in NBA Shootout ’97 and NBA Live 97 — updates from the class of ’96. And each is armed with a repertoire of swanky slam dunks, dribbles, and dashes to the basket. Both games stumble in the same areas: sketchy foul calling and cyber opponents who, no matter what their team affiliation, shoot with unfair, superhuman accuracy, even by Jordan standards. Give the edge to Shootout for its faster-paced gameplay, superior user-friendly controls, and a wonderfully zealous announcer who out-whoops even Marv Albert. B+