Nightmare Mode recent indie release Basketbelle from the creator of But That Was [Yesterday] and others. They say things like:
"It’s that bildungsroman story of growing up, of learning about yourself, of fatherly love that sticks with me the most. Basketbelle is interested in getting you to engage with its characters through being a video game, the way that a lot of us engage with life through the framework of organized athletic activities. Basketball is a metaphor, rather than the heart of the piece. It is a method used to introduce the game’s style, a blend of hip hop and expressionism vaguely reminiscent of Jet Set Radio, to the player, rather than the game itself."