Andrew

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Name: Andrew Begley
Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://www.nba-live.com

Latest posts

  1. File Additions for NBA 2K17 — March 30, 2017
  2. Wayback Wednesday: Hidden Content in NBA Live 2004 — March 29, 2017
  3. File Additions for NBA 2K14 — March 28, 2017
  4. Monday Tip-Off: The Basketball Gaming Grind — March 27, 2017
  5. Updated 95/96 Mod & Records for NBA Live 2004 — March 26, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. 2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Released — 58 comments
  2. NBA 2K12 PC Patch Out Now — 44 comments
  3. Win a copy of NBA 2K12 for PC! — 31 comments
  4. NBA Live 17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback! — 28 comments
  5. 2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Just A Few Days Away — 24 comments

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’ve got a bunch of new file additions for NBA 2K17 PC today. The latest releases from our community include player faces and tattoos, and a handful of court and arena updates. Download them all at the links below!

advinXcola
Shawn Long Face

MJ23LB
Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center

Manni Live
Indiana Pacers Bankerslife Fieldhouse Arena
Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center

Daemon
Chris McCullough Tattoo
Shabazz Muhammad Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo
D.J. Augustin Tattoo
Sean Kilpatrick Face and Tattoo
Tyler Ulis Tattoo

Wayback Wednesday: Hidden Content in NBA Live 2004

Pau Gasol playing for Spain in NBA Live 2004

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at some hidden content in NBA Live 2004.

Dummied out content and unused assets are hardly uncommon in all genres of video games. It usually takes the form of levels, animations, gameplay functions, and other features that were scrapped due to time constraints, dissatisfaction, or a myriad of other reasons. While such content can often be restored or otherwise put to use by modders, it’s not unusual for it to be in a mostly unfinished state. I’ve covered an example of this in a previous Wayback Wednesday article, specifically the hidden historical teams in NBA Live 08. Only the player data remained in players.dbf, and even then it was clear that it was a rough draft of a feature that was axed early on.

While I was working on an update for my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004, I was reminded that it was game that had a fair amount of usable hidden content. There are some interesting Easter eggs among that data, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today. SexCurryBeats has released an NBA Jam-style mod that utilises artwork from URB, while Medevenx has updated his 2017 season roster update. Download both releases at the links below!

SexCurryBeats
URB Jam All-Time

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.6d)

Monday Tip-Off: The Basketball Gaming Grind

Playing basketball on MyCOURT in NBA 2K17

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on how basketball gaming can be a bit of a grind.

As much as we enjoy basketball gaming around these parts, I don’t think many of us would argue that it isn’t a grind at times. Whether it’s playing through a full NBA season, building a collection of quality cards in the team building modes, or turning our avatars into superstars, it’s a lengthy process. This is especially true if you’re playing with full length quarters. The obvious solution is to set shorter quarter lengths, and make use of the simulation function in modes where it’s available, but for various reasons, those options aren’t always desirable. Even if you do streamline the experience, the chances of burnout are high.

That’s because we pack so much basketball gaming into a single year, in order to get the most out of a title before the next one is released. With other genres of video games, you can generally take your time, and discover the replay value at your leisure. Most games can easily be finished in a much shorter time than it takes to complete one full season playing on twelve minute quarters. Even if you do feel as though you’ve had a full and satisfactory experience with a basketball game, within a year you’ll be starting from scratch and having to do it all over again. The question is: what changes could be made so that basketball games feel like less of a grind?

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Updated 95/96 Mod & Records for NBA Live 2004

95/96 Season Mod for NBA Live 2004 Cover

Our ongoing 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content isn’t just about retrospectives and feature articles. Whenever I’ve had the chance, I’ve also dusted off the old tools and whipped up some new patches for old favourites. To that end, I have a couple of new releases for NBA Live 2004 today: a new version of my 1995/1996 Season Mod, and a Hall of Fame records update.

The update for the 1996 season mod is fairly substantial, so I’ve called it v2.0. It now features final 1996 season rosters, corrections to jerseys, bodytypes, and skin tones, and some other fixes. There are a few more things I can do with the mod, so look out for another release at some point in the not too distant future. To celebrate the new release, I’ve made up a cover for the mod in the style of the original NBA Live 96 PC box art. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, so I’ve posted it below. For some reflections on the mod, check out this Wayback Wednesday feature.

As you may know, the previous award winners and champions listings in NBA Live 2004’s Hall of Fame only go back to the 1999 season. Since the data is stored in DBF files, I figured it would be simple enough to update. That turned out to be the case, and I’ve updated the records all the way back to the very first BAA/NBA season. I haven’t added all the old All-NBA, All-Defensive, and All-Rookie teams as yet as that’s a huge undertaking, but if I get the time, I might look at doing that and releasing another update.

Download the new releases here:

I’ve also started a release and support thread here in the NBA Live 2004 section of the Forum. If I release any more work for NBA Live 2004, you can be sure I’ll post it there. Enjoy the new updates, and please see below for a few preview images, as well as the 95/96 mod cover. Stay tuned for more 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content!

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have some more file additions for a classic today, as JuicyShaqMeat (formerly experiment626) has released four new retro team add-ons for NBA 2K11 PC. The latest teams are the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers, all from the 2000 season. To use them in any roster, download the add-ons at the links below!

JuicyShaqMeat
1999-2000 Indiana Pacers
1999-2000 Toronto Raptors
1999-2000 Portland Trail Blazers
1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers

NLSC Podcast – Episode #198

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #198 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Kenny and I as we reflect on NBA 2K17 six months in, catch up on what we’ve been playing recently, and discuss a couple of topics related to the real NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA 2K17 has been out for around six months now. After many, many hours playing it, what are our favourite and least favourite aspects of the game?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: 2K Pro-Am and MyPARK have lost their appeal for us. On the bright side, we’ve been having more fun with MyLEAGUE, MyTEAM, and MyCAREER.
  • The practice of resting players in nationally televised games has prompted some harsh remarks from all-time greats. We offer up our thoughts on the matter, and some of the backlash.
  • Larry Sanders has returned to the NBA. Will he be able to pick up where he left off a couple of years ago?

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

The Friday Five: 5 Players Who Appeared in More Video Games than NBA Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week’s Five is a list of five players who have appeared in more basketball video games than actual NBA games.

Simply getting drafted by an NBA team, or making it onto a Summer League or training camp roster, is an achievement in and of itself. It’s further than a lot of players will make it in their basketball careers, and for those who do get that far, it’s the first step towards realising their dream of playing in the NBA. Of course, there aren’t enough roster spots available for everyone, and a lot of players will end up getting cut before the regular season begins. Some may find their way back onto an NBA roster and finally debut at a later date, while many others will not.

However, while some players never get the opportunity to suit up and play in a real NBA game, they may still see themselves make it to the big time on the virtual hardwood. The default rosters in NBA videos game must be locked at a certain cut-off date, which often results in missing players out of the box, but can also ensure that players on the bubble actually end up being included. Should such a player never make it back to the league, they’ll end up appearing in more NBA video games than real life NBA games. Here are five players who did just that, whom you may or may not remember.

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NBA Live 18 To Be Featured At EA Play 2017

Current Washington Wizards jerseys, as seen on John Wall in NBA Live 16

As many of you may be aware, Electronic Arts has withdrawn from E3 in favour of hosting their own event, EA Play. Open to the public, EA Play provides gamers with an opportunity to get an early look at forthcoming releases, both in person at the event and through previews released online. The lineup for this year’s event has been announced, and NBA Live 18 is listed as one of the games that will be on display and playable.

This obviously confirms a couple of details. First of all, EA Sports are indeed intending to proceed with the NBA Live series following the cancellation of the first quarter release (the rumoured demo titled The Drive to NBA Live). Second, the game will be called NBA Live 18, retaining the familiar title format. It also suggests confidence in the game on EA’s part, given that it will be playable at the event.

There’ll probably still be much to learn about NBA Live 18 coming out of EA Play 2017, which will be held from June 10th-12th, but hopefully the game impresses, and good news is in the pipeline. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ll be doing our best to set up some developer interviews, and bring you details on the game as they emerge. If you’re interested in attending EA Play yourself, tickets will be going on sale on April 20th, 2017.

File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K17 PC include faces, tattoos, scoreboards, and a 90s shorts mod. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Tyler Johnson Tattoo
Derrick Jones Jr. Face and Tattoo
Nick Young Tattoo

advinXcola
Jusuf Nurkic Face
Jason Kidd Face

TGsoGood
90s Shorts for Current Teams

exrxixxx
NBA TV 6/TNT 3 Scoreboard Pack (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14

LeBron James in NBA 2K14's LeBron: Path to Greatness

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at LeBron: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14.

Being a launch title, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14 was obviously the priority for Visual Concepts back in 2013. However, 2K did try to keep the prior gen version of the game relevant, by way of some new bonus content. Since adding features celebrating the cover player was in vogue, in NBA 2K14 we received LeBron: Path to Greatness, a story-driven challenge mode starring LeBron James. With two distinct storylines to follow and creative challenges along the way, it was certainly an interesting concept.

In fact, LeBron: Path to Greatness was arguably one of the most creative things that NBA 2K had done, prior to the implementation of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER on the current generation. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! skoadam and Medevenx have both released new versions of their respective roster projects, while kahoona has uploaded a new face for Stephen Curry. Check them all out at the links below.

kahoona
Stephen Curry Face

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.6c)
FIBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v6.1)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v15.0)

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V50 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 09/03/17] (Updated)

Monday Tip-Off: Year One Done in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER

With the Larry O'Brien Trophy in NBA 2K17's MyCAREER

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with an update on my first season of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17.

Over the weekend, I finally wrapped up my first season of MyCAREER in NBA 2K17. As much as I’ve been enjoying it, I was ready for it to be over and done with, mostly because I was really looking forward to my plans for the second season and beyond. Playing through every game on twelve minute quarters, only occasionally simulating to the end as the regular season reached its final weeks, turned out to be quite a grind. The postseason freshened up the experience a bit, but I was still eager to start the next chapter.

Playing through the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals over the course of Saturday evening and afternoon, I was able to bring my rookie campaign to a fitting conclusion, and start looking ahead to new challenges. All in all, it’s been the most positive experience I’ve had in MyCAREER since NBA 2K13, so as I begin my sophomore campaign, I thought that I’d reflect on my rookie season and first foray into virtual free agency in this year’s game.

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File Additions for NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with the latest file additions for NBA 2K17 PC. Today’s releases from our talented modding community including tattoo textures, dornas, arena updates, and several player faces. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Derrick Jones Jr Tattoo (DDS File Only)
Okaro White Tattoo (DDS File Only)

Shuajota
Sacramento Kings Dornas
Denver Nuggets Dornas

Manni Live
Phoenix Suns Talking Stick HD Arena

TGsoGood
Alternate Design Arena Courts

advinXcola
Georges Niang Face
Lonzo Ball Face
Alex Abrines Face
Davis Bertans Face
Ron Baker Face

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’m a little behind in posting these, but we’ve recently had three uploads for NBA Live 06 PC. Victor M. Flores has uploaded a 2017 season roster update, as well as a 1990 season roster, and magiciangirl06 has released a new 2017 court update for the San Antonio Spurs. Check out all of the latest file additions at the links below!

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters
1989-1990 Rosters

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 San Antonio Spurs

As with the other recently released NBA Live roster updates, please note that I am not involved in their creation. If you have any issues or feedback, please contact the individuals who made them.

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