Andrew

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

Latest posts

  1. The Friday Five: 5 Players Who Abruptly Left the NBA — December 15, 2017
  2. File Additions for NBA 2K18 — December 14, 2017
  3. Wayback Wednesday: Midweek Patch Report & Webmaster News — December 13, 2017
  4. File Additions for NBA Live 2004 — December 12, 2017
  5. Monday Tip-Off: The Worst Pass in Playground History — December 11, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. 2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Released — 59 comments
  2. NBA 2K12 PC Patch Out Now — 44 comments
  3. Patch Notes for NBA Live 18 Demo Update 1.05 — 40 comments
  4. Win a copy of NBA 2K12 for PC! — 32 comments
  5. NBA Live 17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback! — 28 comments

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

Since I discussed the game in yesterday’s Wayback Wednesday, it seems like a good time to share some long-lost files for NBA Live 2003. The recovered releases include my final roster update for the game (accurate as of the 2004 season), courts for the 2008 season, and a few other roster mods. Check them all out at the links below!

Andrew
2003/2004 Season Roster Update

Eytan
Israel League Patch

Cous
2008 Court Pack

Thahitman
Current Roster & Dream Team Patch

Zaxis
Z’s Roster Patch

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003’s Elusive Post Move

Karl Malone Posts Up (NBA Live 2003)

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 a post move that I’ve never been able to perform in NBA Live 2003.

There’s a distinct satisfaction that comes with mastering advanced moves in basketball video games. Whether it’s pulling off the Dream Shake, or performing a beautiful combination of dribbling moves that leaves a defender stumbling, developing superior skills on the sticks is supremely satisfying. Sometimes, however, there’s that one move that you’re just never able to perform. You’ve seen it in trailers and other people’s gameplay footage, but for whatever reason, you just can’t perform the move yourself. Alternatively, it may be a contextual animation that very rarely triggers, even when you appear to do everything correctly.

For me, my white whale of basketball gaming is a post move that can be seen in the introduction video of NBA Live 2003. Try as I might, I’ve never been able to perform it in all the years that I’ve had the game (which is to say, since late 2002). What is this elusive post move? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Our NBA 2K18 PC modding community has been very productive as of late. The latest file additions include tattoos, faces, dornas, jerseys, and courts. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Chris McCullough Tattoo
DJ Augustin Tattoo
Jonathan Simmons Tattoo
Terrence Ross Tattoo
Evan Fournier Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sheldon Mac Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Luka Doncic Face
Furkan Korkmaz Face
Dwyane Bacon Face
Ike Anigbogu Face
Wesley Iwundu Face
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)

Issy
Houston Rockets Court
Chicago Bulls Jersey

PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Hornets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden Arena (Updated to v2.0)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

A flurry of recent releases for NBA 2K14 PC are keeping the game up to date for the 2018 season. The latest file additions include a new version of skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, jerseys, title screens, and more. Download all of the latest releases at the links below.

DaCrispy
Frank Mason III Kansas Title Screen
Vander Blue G-League Title Screen
Boston University Title Screen
West Point Army Knights Title Screen

S-Jectacular
Utah Jazz Nike Statement Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Association & Icon Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Nike Statement Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Association & Icon Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Statement Jersey

Blang
Mike James Face

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05/11/17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: The Value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood

2K Pro-Am Player of the Game (NBA 2K18)

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 breakdown of the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18.

Yes, I’m writing about Virtual Currency and NBA 2K18 again. I guess I’m a hater, a biased NBA Live fanboy looking to bash 2K at every turn. According to at least one disgruntled former reader, that’s exactly what I am. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m simply a dissatisfied consumer who believes that all of us who play NBA 2K18 deserve to be treated more fairly. Whether it’s NBA 2K, NBA Live, NBA Playgrounds, or any other game that we play, we do ourselves a disservice by not speaking up when there are issues. There’s no guarantee that we’ll get the result we want, but if we don’t speak up, we can pretty much guarantee that we won’t see the changes we desire.

Frankly, I’m still talking about Virtual Currency because it’s an on-going issue. After dropping the prices of hairstyles, facial hair, and hair colours in an early patch, Visual Concepts haven’t made further adjustments to VC earnings and in-game prices. Well, that’s not entirely true. They’ve reduced the reward for Player of the Half and Player of the Game in 2K Pro-Am. What they haven’t done is increase the VC rewards, bring back the difficulty multiplier, or reduce the prices of clothing and consumables. This is particularly infuriating when you consider the actual in-universe value of Virtual Currency. Thanks to our MyPLAYER card, that’s something we can easily figure out.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Great news for gamers still playing NBA 2K13 PC! skoadam has released a new version of the U R Basketball mod, featuring updated rosters from the 2017 season and much more. He’s also updated the cyberface reference for the mod. Pick up both new releases at the links below.

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05.11.17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #227

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, but Arcane and I are back to talk about the latest news, as well as our recent basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with the revelation that Arcane took part in a community playtesting event at EA Tiburon back in May. Arcane reflects on his experiences, which included a celebrity encounter.
  • A couple of patches (1.05 and 1.06) have come through for NBA Live 18, as well as some roster updates. We’re liking some of the improvements, though we’ve also identified issues that need to be resolved in NBA Live 19 and beyond.
  • A new patch (1.05) has also been released for NBA 2K18, at least for PlayStation 4. It too has included some welcome improvements, but has unfortunately caused a couple of new problems.
  • Two NLSC T-Shirts are now available to purchase from the kiosk in NBA 2K18’s Neighborhood. Rep us in The Playground, preferably by winning more games than we’ve managed to so far!
  • In response to a mailbag question, we discuss the future of microtransactions in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, particularly the latter. How bad could it get, and do we foresee any changes next year?
  • We also give our thoughts on a question regarding issues with unfinished and unpolished releases.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming, or rather our past couple of weeks in basketball gaming, have included several games of 2K Pro-Am, further progress in MyCAREER, and the new DLC for NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast with our thoughts on 2018 NBA season so far.

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

As we wrap up another week here at the NLSC, we’ve got a big batch of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC. The latest releases include retro jerseys, faces, tattoos, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Sixers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Suns Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
1996-1997 Pistons Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Nuggets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Shuajota
Jacob Pullen Face
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas 2017-2018
Yakuba Outtara Face
Chris Boucher Face
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)

Manni Live
Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center

Daemon
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Tattoo
Brandon Ingram Tattoo
Kyle Kuzma Hair and Tattoo
DeAndre Jordan Tattoo
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo
Sheldon Mac Tattoo
Kelly Oubre Jr. Tattoo

advinXcola
Lauri Markkanen Hair Update

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

NBA Live 18 Patch 1.06 Now Available; Stability Fixes, More

Dennis Smith Jr. dunks the basketball (NBA Live 18)

Patch 1.06 has been released for NBA Live 18. The update should come through automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console.

The full patch notes for the latest title update are as follows:

Xbox One Only

  • Xbox One X Support for NBA LIVE 18

Both Platforms

  • # LIVESTRIKE
  • General stability Fixes

There are no further details on what LIVESTRIKE entails as yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest update in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NLSC Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 18 here in our Wiki.

The Friday Five: 5 Players Still Active in Games After Their Careers Ended

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 players who remained active in basketball video games after their careers ended in real life.

The rosters in basketball video games are, quite obviously, affected by events that occur in the real NBA. With strange and unfortunate twists of fate, as well as other unusual circumstances, video game rosters can quickly become outdated, or contain other oddities. I discussed the unusual situation with Michael Redd in NBA Live 2003 in last week’s Wayback Wednesday, as it was a particularly rare curiosity. A more common phenomenon is the continued appearance of players in the active rosters of basketball games, a year or more after they’ve played their final game. That’s what I’m taking a look at today.

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about players who have simply remained playable in video games after their retirement. With all the historical content in Ultimate Team and MyTEAM, as well as the extensive roster of retro teams in NBA 2K, there are obviously a lot of retired players who are still in the games. I’m also not counting appearances on the previous season’s All-Star squads in the default rosters. This is a list of players who, for one reason or another, remained in the active rosters of video games after their careers came to an end in real life. These players facilitated a few “What If?” scenarios, and at times, made maintaining roster updates a little tricky.

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Patch 1.05 for NBA 2K18 Released; Includes Fixes & New Content

Aaron Gordon dunks the basketball (NBA 2K18)

Patch 1.05 has come through for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K18. It will be downloaded automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, so if it isn’t showing up, try restarting your console. The patches for the PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of NBA 2K18 are slated to be coming through “soon”. I’ll update this post as those patches are released; please see below for further bulletins.

The patch includes some authenticity updates, including fixed jerseys for the Clippers, Spurs, Magic, and 2008 Hornets, and new player action photos. Various bugs and issues have been addressed across gameplay and game modes, including problematic layups for tall players, shooting foul frequency, an assortment of hangs in specific situations, incorrect VC balances, missing accessories, free agency logic, and more.

Please see below for the full patch notes. Additionally, as per Mike Wang, one fix that was apparently left out of the patch notes is an adjustment to shooter fatigue. This has been done to combat the infamous zig-zag exploit, penalising players for over-dribbling. This is certainly welcome news in terms of balancing the online experience in NBA 2K18.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum. You can also find a complete update history for NBA 2K18 here in our Wiki.

UPDATE #1: The patch is now available for the Xbox One version of NBA 2K18.

UPDATE #2: The patch is now available for the PC version of NBA 2K18.

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Wayback Wednesday: Reconstructing Jordan’s Bulls in NBA Live 2002

Michael Jordan on the Bulls in NBA Live 2002

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 dusting off NBA Live 2002 to see if I can reconstruct Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in Franchise Mode.

Even though it’s definitely not the pinnacle of the series, NBA Live 2002 is a game that I find myself thinking about and returning to every now and again. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a game that I’m oddly nostalgic for, in large part because of a memorable Sacramento Kings Franchise that I finally gained closure on years later. Of course, I also had a less successful Franchise experience with the Utah Jazz, in which things got a little too wacky. As I previously remarked, if I wanted to shake things up and do something a little unusual, it might’ve been more fun to try to reconstruct Michael Jordan’s championship-winning Chicago Bulls.

It’s not too late to explore that idea, though. Just as I recreated my Kings Franchise to finish it off all these years later, I thought that it’d be fun to attempt to reconstruct the core of the Jordan-led Bulls teams. Not all of the key players from those squads are still active in NBA Live 2002, but more than a couple are available to acquire. Can it be done? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Activity has picked up again in our NBA 2K14 modding community as of late. Today’s file additions include a bunch of jersey and court updates for the 2018 season. Check them all out at the links below!

S-Jectacular
Milwaukee Bucks Classic Nike Jersey
Boston Celtics Association & Icon Nike Jerseys
Boston Celtics Nike Statement Jersey
Utah Jazz Association & Icon Jersey

Jumpman2K
2017-2018 Golden State Warriors Alternate Court
2017-2018 Utah Jazz Official Court
2017-2018 Los Angeles Lakers Official Court
2017-2018 San Antonio Spurs Official Court
2017-2018 Houston Rockets Official Court
2017-2018 Los Angeles Clippers Official Court
2017-2018 New York Knicks Official Court
2017-2018 Oklahoma City Thunder Official Court
2017-2018 Indiana Pacers Official Court
2017-2018 Minnesota Timberwolves Official Court
2017-2018 Detroit Pistons Official Court
2017-2018 Cleveland Cavaliers Official Court
2017-2018 Golden State Warriors Official Court
2017-2018 Philadelphia 76ers Alternate Court
2017-2018 Philadelphia 76ers Official Court
2017-2018 Sacramento Kings Official Court
2017-2018 Sacramento Kings Alternate Court

ejaycamua
Nike Practice Jerseys (30 Teams)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

New Version of NBA Playgrounds Coming to Nintendo Switch

A game of NBA Playgrounds

It’s fair to say that so far, NBA Playgrounds has had a troubled launched on the Nintendo Switch. Saber Interactive have encountered a lot of technical difficulties in trying to push through updates, resulting in the Switch version falling behind the other platforms in terms of content and fixes. In order to rectify the issue, Saber will be releasing a new version of the game:

A new version of NBA Playgrounds on the Switch is heading to certification within a week – the team has been working hard on this radical solution to include all the free updates the other platforms received, so that all Switch players can receive those free updates.

We’re sorry it took this long, we haven’t forgotten about you, but making additions to the game was more complicated than we thought. We aren’t giving up, and will share more news on this including details as soon as we have it!

This is obviously good news for Nintendo Switch users, who have understandably been frustrated at the lack of updates compared to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of NBA Playgrounds. Hopefully, if there are any further content updates for NBA Playgrounds, this new version will allow the Switch to receive them at the same time as the other platforms. The previously released Hot n’ Frosty DLC will also be made available for the Switch version in the Nintendo eShop.

A reminder that if you’d like to discuss NBA Playgrounds in the NLSC Forum, we’ve got a topic here in the Other Basketball Games section. While a few community members previously expressed interest in modding the PC version of the game, unfortunately it seems that those plans have fallen through. Nevertheless, if you’ve got any resources or information to share in that regard, by all means feel free to post in the aforementioned Forum topic.

Monday Tip-Off: A Call For More Nicknames

2K Magazine in MyCAREER (NBA 2K18)

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 nicknames in NBA 2K.

When I finally succeeded in getting my face scanned into NBA 2K18 – or more specifically, The Prelude – it didn’t turn out anywhere near as good as my NBA Live 18 scan. As I noted on my Twitter at the time, it ended up looking a little like a combination of young Adam Sandler circa Billy Madison, and young Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Once the full game came out and I was able to visit Doc’s barbershop – expensive haircuts and all – I was able to add a beard. While it still isn’t a great likeness, at least it looks a little less like a Sandler-Ruck mash-up.

A few weeks back, I ended up giving my MyPLAYER longish hair, in the process making him look a little like Jaime Lannister from the early seasons of Game of Thrones. I briefly reconsidered renaming him, and even went so far as to outfit him with some yellow wrist tape, in an effort to imitate Jaime’s golden hand (uh, spoilers for anyone who still hasn’t gotten into GoT yet). I also looked at changing the audio nickname, but the most appropriate choice was probably “Cold Hands”. It got me thinking that the selection of nicknames for MyPLAYERs in NBA 2K could definitely stand to be much larger, and more varied.

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