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Name: Andrew Begley
Date registered: August 26, 2011

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  1. Monday Tip-Off: The Worst Pass in Playground History — December 11, 2017
  2. NLSC Podcast – Episode #230 — December 10, 2017
  3. File Additions for NBA 2K14 — December 10, 2017
  4. File Additions for NBA 2K18 — December 9, 2017
  5. The Friday Five: 5 Most Useless Features in Basketball Games — December 8, 2017

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File Additions for NBA Live 96

NBA Live 96 Cover Art - PC

We’re going retro with a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 96. The first file is actually a new release, updating the SEGA Genesis version of the game as of the current season. The second upload is a mod that I found in the archives, and adds 1997 NCAA rosters to the PC version. If you’re in the mood for some retro gaming, check them out at the links below!

NBA Live 18 Hardwood Classics (Sega Genesis)

Leif Moravy
1996-97 NCAA Basketball Patch

Monday Tip-Off: Recreating Game Covers in NBA 2K18

NBA Live 06 Cover in 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 some recreations of past video game covers in NBA 2K18.

I’d like to tip this week off with something fun. It’s not that I don’t enjoy tackling more serious topics related to basketball gaming, as last week’s feature demonstrates. After all, it’s important that we critique, and share constructive ideas about our hobby. At the same time, we should also celebrate our passion for basketball gaming, and there’s always room for some levity. Although I have my criticisms, I’ve been having fun with both NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 so far. As I mentioned in Episode #224 of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve enjoyed playing some games with the classic teams in NBA 2K18.

While I was messing around with the retro squads, an idea came to mind. The huge amount of historical content in NBA 2K18 means that the game includes many former basketball video game cover players, spanning as far back as the mid 90s. With that in mind, I thought that it might be fun to try to recreate some of those old covers, using NBA 2K18’s classic teams. The results are a little mixed as some were definitely easier to recreate than others, but hopefully you’ll enjoy seeing what I’ve managed to put together. Let’s tip things off with a classic.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

It’s been a few days since our last batch of File Additions for NBA 2K18 PC, and in that time, our community has been quite busy. The latest releases include court and jersey updates, new Cheat Engine tables for roster editing, a roster with unlocked hidden teams, custom frontend artwork, and a pack of new basketballs. Check them all out at the links below!

Cleveland Cavaliers Away Jersey

Manni Live
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center

Brooklyn Nets Court

Main Menu Mods 2K18
Pack of 91 Different Balls

1995-2000 Vancouver Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Los Angeles Clippers Jersey (pinoy21)

Unlocked Hidden Teams

Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams (Updated to v2.0)
Cheat Table – Edit Player Screen (Updated to v2.1)

NLSC Podcast – Episode #224

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Episode #224 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we discuss the past week in basketball gaming and NBA news, as well as provide our ongoing impressions of NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18.

On this week’s show…

  • New rosters have come through for NBA Live 18, and they include the two biggest transactions from the past week or so. Unfortunately, there are still some issues with missing transactions and players, incorrect jersey numbers, and a couple of other problems.
  • Master Challenges have been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 18. We’re glad to see new content being added so early, and hope that it will continue throughout the season.
  • NBA 2K18 has received another patch this week, addressing some noteworthy technical problems in modes and gameplay. It’s quite welcome, but how many title updates will we see this year?
  • The problems with microtransactions and grinding in NBA 2K18 continue to be a big story. It has spread beyond the basketball gaming community, as mainstream publications and content creators are touching upon it. We crunch a few numbers, and provide some more thoughts on the situation.
  • Downloadable versions of the updated NBA 2K18 cover are now available. It’s a nice gesture, but could it result in collectors being scammed?
  • Our Week in Basketball gaming included a tentative second attempt at 2K Pro-Am, more grinding, some fun Play Now games in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, more grinding, MyTEAM games, and yes, more grinding. MyLEAGUE games to follow, closer to the start of the 2018 season.
  • Dwyane Wade has joined the Cleveland Cavaliers. Can anyone in the East compete with the Cavs this season?
  • We wrap up Episode #224 of the NLSC Podcast with a nice story about Dirk Nowitzki and an appreciative Dallas Mavericks fan.

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.

Updated NBA 2K18 Cover Available To Download & Print

Kyrie Irving on the Boston Celtics in NBA 2K18

After Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics, 2K announced that they would be issuing an updated cover for NBA 2K18. Although the title screen and digital covers for the game were already updated at launch, the initial run of copies featured the original cover with Irving wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. Once this stock has been depleted, new copies of NBA 2K18 will feature the revised cover.

However, if you’ve got a physical copy of NBA 2K18 and you’d like to replace the cover in the meantime, 2K has released downloadable versions of the new artwork which you can print out and slide right into the case. Interestingly, they’ve also released downloadable versions of the original cover, presumably for anyone who’d like to replace the Celtics cover when it’s in circulation, or perhaps the Legend Edition cover featuring Shaquille O’Neal, if you’re a big Kyrie Irving and Cavs fan.

If you’d like to print out an updated cover, please see below for links to all the different regional files.

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Latest NBA Live 18 Roster Includes Melo Trade, Wade Signing

NBA Live 18: Carmelo Anthony on the Oklahoma City Thunder

A new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 18, and will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you fire up the game. As you would expect of a roster update, it features recent transactions, all the way up to September 27th.

The two most noteworthy transactions reflected in the latest roster are the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Dwyane Wade signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other transactions include Andrew Bogut signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls’ acquisition of Quincy Pondexter, and Tyler Zeller joining the Brooklyn Nets.

Browsing the Rosters menu in NBA Live 18, it does seem that a few transactions from the past month unfortunately remain unaccounted for. Notable examples including Aaron Brooks signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. and Tony Allen joining the New Orleans Pelicans. A handful of other players are missing here and there, so the rosters aren’t quite complete yet.

These omissions highlight the need for user roster customisation, which we were hoping to see return in NBA Live 18. To that end, a few people have been asking whether roster editing functionality will be added to the game via an official patch. As we’ve discussed in the NLSC Podcast, it’s something that we’d love to see, but there’s been no word of any plans to that effect. As such, my advice would be to not expect it to happen. If we hear anything to the contrary, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.

We’re currently compiling feedback on the NBA Live 18 rosters to send along to the development team at EA Tiburon, so if you’d like to help out in creating a list of missing players, incorrect jersey numbers, and so on, be sure to check out this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also check out some screenshots of various players in their new uniforms below.

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The Friday Five: 5 Least Favourite Basketball Games to Mod

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 the games that have been my least favourite to mod over the years.

Since I reflected on my favourite games to mod last week, it only makes sense that I now take a look back at some of the hoops titles that are among my least favourite to tinker with. As I mentioned in last week’s feature, some games are relatively easy to mod, while others are very cumbersome to work with. Even when you know what you’re doing and have mastered the techniques, the general difficulty or lack of flexibility with the files often makes modding more of a chore. Also, just as your favourite games are more fun to mod, the games that you don’t enjoy as much can be very unappealing to create content for.

With that being said, although these games are not among my absolute favourites to mod, I can’t say that I’ve never had any fun modding them. When it comes to a few of these games, I did spend quite a lot of time working on updates for them, and even returned to create new mods for them years later. It’s not that I absolutely hated every moment of modding them; if that were the case, I simply would’ve stopped sooner than I did. It’s just that of all the games I’ve messed around with over the years, they’re not among my favourites. Without any further ado, here are my five least favourite basketball games to mod, in chronological order.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

NBA 2K14 may be a few years old, but the PC version is still being enjoyed by our community, and as such, talented people are still creating mods for it. The latest additions to our Downloads section include a pack of the new Nike jerseys, and the latest version of Medevenx’s roster. Download them at the links below!

NBA Nike Uniforms Part 1

Med’s NBA v12.2 Follow Up Pack
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v12.2)
Med’s Main Directory Files 11 (Updated)
Med’s Main Directory Files 12 (Updated)

Wayback Wednesday: Multiseason Play in NBA Live 99

League Development in NBA Live 99

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 continuing my retrospective on franchise modes with a look back at multiseason play in NBA Live 99’s Season mode.

NBA Live 98’s GM Mode was an interesting first step in changing up the approach to Season play, but it wasn’t quite what basketball gamers had wanted. It laid the groundwork for a variety of exciting new features however, and it was clear that gamers and EA Sports alike were committed to the idea of a deeper experience. A fully-fledged multiseason mode was once again something that gamers expressed their interest in through the NLSC’s NBA Live 99 Wishlist, submitted to the NBA Live development team at EA Canada on December 10th, 1997.

It would be another year before a few of those wishes were granted, but NBA Live 99 did take the next step by implementing multiseason play in its Season mode. Lacking many of the key elements of later franchise modes, but also introducing several important features as well, it’s arguably somewhat of a forgotten milestone on the road to the deep multiseason experience that we wanted to see in basketball video games. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’ve got an assortment of new files for NBA 2K18 PC today including court, jersey, and face updates, as well as a Cheat Engine table for modifying players. Check out all of the latest releases at the links below!

Manni Live
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Arena Court Update

Cheat Table – Player Edit Screen

Los Angeles Lakers Jersey (pinoy21)

Fictional Tayshaun Ducey Face (Alpha)

1999 Madison Square Garden

Patch 1.03 Released for NBA 2K18 (PC, PS4 & X1)

Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K18

Patch 1.03 has been pushed through for the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K18. As usual, it should come through automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if you do encounter any issues, try restarting your console. The Xbox one patch should be dropping within the next 24 hours, while the PC and Nintendo Switch patches will be coming later.

While we’re yet to receive any notes for Patch 1.02, released last week, this time around we do have some information on what the title update includes. Some of the key fixes include resolutions to framerate problems, free agent logic for veteran players in MyLEAGUE and MyGM, and global settings being reset. Additions include grey indicators beneath your teammates in The Playground, and the ability to view attributes when upgrading your MyPLAYER. Please see below for the full patch notes.

I’ve updated the patch history here in our Wiki, as well as in this topic in the NBA 2K18 section of our Forum. As always, feel free to share your impressions in that Forum topic, as well as in the comments section below. I’ll update this post as the patches for PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are released.

UPDATE: The patch is now available on Xbox One.

UPDATE #2: The patch is now available on PC.

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Monday Tip-Off: Goodwill, Greed, and NBA 2K18

The Neighborhood in 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 some thoughts on the current controversies surrounding NBA 2K18, and the goodwill that Visual Concepts has lost.

I’ll admit that there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to write this column. I’ve already discussed the matter in Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast and in the NLSC Forum, and I’d rather not sound like a broken record. Furthermore, it’s all too easy to come across like a hater, gleefully indulging in some opportunistic bashing simply because there’s a controversial issue that’s a hot topic at the moment. However, it is a big deal, and it’s something that we basketball gamers shouldn’t let slide. I am of course referring to the aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K18.

By now, if you haven’t played NBA 2K18 and felt the sting of VC gouging, you’ve no doubt heard other basketball gamers expressing their outrage. Perhaps you’ve even read about 2K reaching out to a site that published a negative review, asking them to reconsider their score. These are disturbing and disheartening practices for a company that is the brand leader, with a vast majority of the market share. As a game, NBA 2K has gone from strength to strength in many aspects, stepping up to deliver great experiences on the virtual hardwood as the NBA Live series has faltered. That’s earned them the adoration of gamers, but right now, that goodwill lies in ruins.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’re starting off a new week with a sizeable batch of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC. The latest releases include a new Spalding basketball, a selection of court and jersey updates, Cheat Engine tables for editing teams and arenas, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

Sith Spalding Official Game Ball

Net Cloth Physics
99 MSG Stadium & Floor

San Antonio Spurs Jersey (pinoy21)
Miami Heat Jersey (pinoy21)
Golden State Warriors Jersey (pinoy21) (Updated to v2.0)

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden Arena

2012-2013 Heat Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Goldenstate77 Reshade (Plus All Old Settings)

Aron Baynes Face

Memphis Grizzlies Court

Scoreboards – NBA TV/TNT 3/ROOT Preview (Sample Removed)

Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams

NLSC Podcast – Episode #223

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Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we offer up further impressions on NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, discuss some recent controversies, and comment on the Carmelo Anthony trade.

On this week’s show…

  • Following on from our initial positive impressions, we continue to enjoy our experiences in NBA Live 18. There is still room for improvement however, and we’ve identified some issues that we definitely hope can be patched.
  • We’re glad to see the new Nike Statement jerseys added to NBA Live 18, but the latest roster update leaves something to be desired. Hopefully, post-release support will be on point this year, once the season begins.
  • Moving on to NBA 2K18, while we’re still liking the 5v5 gameplay and looking forward to MyLEAGUE, we’ve really soured on MyCAREER. 2K Pro-Am meanwhile proved to be a disaster last week, which is a shame given how much we enjoyed the mode in NBA 2K17.
  • A lot of users has been losing their MyPLAYERs in NBA 2K18, which has been a tremendous pain for anyone who happened to purchase VC to upgrade them. A nasty bug has also caused problems with pre-order bonuses disappearing when creating new MyPLAYERs.
  • Although NBA 2K18 has been receiving high scores from several publications as usual, some reviewers – and a lot of gamers – aren’t so enthusiastic. One review in particular has attracted controversy.
  • We wrap up Episode #223 of the NLSC Podcast with a few thoughts on the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Is Melo a little underrated?

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.

NBA Live 18 Digital Giveaway (PlayStation 4 & Xbox One)

NBA Live 18: James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook

EA Sports has hooked us up with a few digital copies of NBA Live 18 to give away, so we’re tipping off our first contest for this basketball gaming season. For our first giveaway, there are two codes for PlayStation 4 and two codes for Xbox One up for grabs. Please note that the codes for PS4 are US region locked, while the codes for X1 are global. Our apologies for any inconvenience; we’ll try to sort out a global giveaway for PS4 at some point in the future.

To win, simply tell us about your favourite NBA Live game in 200 words or less, and let us know whether you’re after a PS4 or X1 version of NBA Live 18. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Register an NLSC Forum account and reply to this topic.
  2. Register an account and reply in the comments section of this news post (guest posts are not eligible).

I’ll pick four winners (two PS4, two X1) out of the entries that I like the best, and hook them up with a copy. Please note that it’s one entry per person, NLSC staff members are not eligible, and all decisions are final. If you miss out this time, we’ll be giving away a few more codes in the near future, so there will be another opportunity to snag a free copy of NBA Live 18. Once again, please also note that the codes we’ve been given for PlayStation 4 are US region locked, but the codes we have for Xbox One are global.

Entries close midnight October 1st, US Eastern time. Good luck, and get your entries in ASAP!

The winners have been drawn. Congratulations to shinron15deihateinJarmonity. and Shuajota! Thanks to everyone who entered, stay tuned for more giveaways.