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Patching & Modding: Tips for Getting Started

One of the first things that most people discover when they join our community here at the NLSC, or indeed what brings them here in the first place, is our collection of downloads for NBA Live and NBA 2K. Usually after trying out a few updates and marvelling at the skill and creativity of the talented individuals in the community, a lot of people ask the question: How can I do this myself?

We have a collection of tutorials that teach you the specifics of making different kinds of updates for NBA Live and NBA 2K, but I thought it might be helpful to compile some general tips on how to start making your own patches and mods. It’s always nice to see new people trying their hand at making updates for their fellow gamers, so I hope this article will prove to be useful for those of you looking to join the ranks of patchers in our community.

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NBA 2K12 YouTube Videos of the Week

I had a bit of a busy week this week, so I didn’t go searching YouTube for a bunch of full length NBA 2K12 mixes like I usually do, but I still have my seven uploads from the past week and plenty of direct upload clips from other users. In non-2K12 YouTube videos, Andrew created a very nice Unofficial Fan Trailer for the official NLSC YouTube channel, and I uploaded a couple of highlights of NBA Street 1. After checking out the videos for the week, remember that you can post your videos, or your favorite videos by others, in this Media Thread in the Forum.

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NBA 2K12 YouTube Videos of the Week

Yet again, I have listed plenty of fresh NBA 2K12 YouTube videos for your viewing pleasure. I am still updating my personal YouTube channel with daily clip uploads, and starting this week I will be including more variety by using other patchers’ mods such as the Ultimate Base Roster by HAWK23. I have six different full length mixes in this week’s feature, a couple featuring the All Star game, as well as two Jeremy Lin mixes, including Shady00018’s mix which was featured on Kotaku this week. To round it off, I have picked out some of my favorite direct uploads from the console versions of NBA 2K12. The official NLSC YouTube channel has been updated this week as well, with the soundtracks of older NBA Live games.

So click past the jump to look at all of the featured videos of the week, and be sure to check out the media thread in the Forum to share your own videos with the community.

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Thoughts on the return of NBA Live

By now, you’ve likely heard that EA Sports’ next NBA sim will mark the return of the NBA Live brand, completely abandoning the NBA Elite moniker following the cancellation of NBA Elite 11. We’re set to receive some more info on the game next Monday and so far it seems that a fair amount of people are excited to hear that EA will be switching back to the old name.

I’m certainly count myself among them and as such, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the announcement as we all wait to hear what’s in store for NBA Live 13, which appears to be carrying the tag line “Future of Basketball”. Read on for my thoughts and feel free to post yours in the comments section below.

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NBA 2K12 YouTube Videos of the Week

Another week gone and plenty of NBA 2K12 videos uploaded to YouTube to search through. This week in mixes we have another mix by shady00018, a look at Kobe playing in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and a first time mix by forum user mg2prime. My daily uploads are still being uploaded consistently, although this week I only showcased the Retro and Hoop It Up mods again. And finally in direct uploads, I decided to focus on amazing plays rather than slick editing in 2K12’s Reel Maker, so check out those six videos as well.

As a reminder, you should check out the official NLSC YouTube channel for basketball video game trailers and other videos, and feel free to share your own mixes in this forum thread.

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NBA 2K12 YouTube Videos of the Week

Third week into this feature and I already have more full length mixes to share with you guys, including one featuring all this “Linsanity” going on. As always, I have been keeping up with my daily uploads initiative, mostly featuring my Retro Uniforms & Courts roster, but I will be trying to mix things up a bit more this week. And finally, I still have a handful of my favorite direct uploads to YouTube straight from NBA 2K12 from other users.

The official NLSC YouTube channel also saw uploads this week, including the intro and various trailers for NBA Live 07 PC, an NBA Street V3 trailer and all of the halftime shows from NBA Live 98. So check them out, subscribe for daily updates, and remember to post your videos in this Forum thread.

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NBA 2K12 User YouTube Videos of the Week

Week 2 and still going strong. I’ve continued to have daily uploads to my personal YouTube channel and found some great plays uploaded by other users from NBA 2K12. Click Read More to check them out, and remember that you can check out all the official media from the NBA 2K and NBA Live/Elite series on the NLSC YouTube channel.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: X Factors

My series of prediction articles end today as I discuss some of the X Factors 2K and EA could bring to the simulation basketball video game world. Thank you for checking out all of the articles and feel free to comment on each. If you want to write your own article, remember that we have The Soapbox which allows NLSC members to get articles on this main site.

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NBA 2K12 YouTube Uploads of the Week

Rather than build up footage of my mods to turn into full length mixes, I have been putting all my upload worthy plays in NBA 2K12 up on my YouTube Channel. I also regularly check for recent NBA 2K12 direct uploads to YouTube, so if you click to read more you can check out all my uploads for the week, as well as my favorite direct uploads from other users.

I’ll also post any full length mixes that come out. If you don’t want to wait for the end of the week to see my uploads and liked videos, you can to Subscribe to my channel, and be sure to check out the Official NLSC YouTube Channel for all the official trailers from the NBA Live and NBA 2K series. If you want to see your videos featured, be sure to post them in this thread, or comment below so I can subscribe to your YouTube account.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Special Teams

When we buy EA or 2K’s NBA game we expect to play as the 30 current NBA teams. We expect that the rosters will be updated daily thanks to the precedent set by Living Rosters and DNA updates. And we will expect to play as the Brooklyn Nets for the ’13 games. In my opinion, the special teams in an NBA game can have a drastic effect on the game’s replayability, so that is what I will look at today.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Franchise Modes

Today I am going to lay out my predictions regarding the franchise modes in the basketball games coming out in the fall of 2012. Even though these modes are played for the longest periods of time by the most hardcore of basketball gamers, they rarely get any huge updates to make the mode more accessible. With that in mind, take a look at my predictions for Association and Dynasty modes for NBA 2K13 and EA NBA 13.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Career Modes

Writing about those online ideas I had yesterday really got me hyped for this year’s games. I really hope I am right with those predictions since the online stability and utilization in basketball games is severely lacking. Today I am looking at the core single player experience in each game, My Player and Become Legendary (or Be a Pro). Even though Become Legendary hasn’t successfully debuted yet, I am still expecting it to be featured in EA’s next NBA simulation game.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Online

One aspect that EA dominated 2K in year after year was NBA Live’s online speed and consistency. NBA 2K10 made a run at Live 10 with its My Player centric Crew mode, but simply being able to handle the amount of players online pushed Live 10’s multiplayer ahead. For the upcoming games EA will have to contend with Online Associations and new additions 2K will bring to the online table.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Gameplay

Graphics are important to me in a basketball video game, but what keeps me playing throughout the year is 100% gameplay. Today I am going to lay out my predictions for the gameplay changes I think each game will implement next year. Click Read More to take a look at my predictions.

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JaoSming’s Predictions: Graphics

So far I have made some predictions on the cover athlete and presentation elements of NBA 2K13 and the return to simulation basketball gaming from EA. So far my predictions have been pretty safe, but graphics have always been a grey area for sports games with drastic improvements seemingly coming out of the blue. What do I think will happen this year? Click Read More and find out.

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