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The Friday Five: 5 Worst AI Problems in Basketball Video 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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

We’ve tipped off our Wishlists for both basketball games, and as I do every year, I’ve been making sure to put out a few reminders about the best way to provide feedback. The most common mistake when posting suggestions for NBA Live or NBA 2K is failing to provide relevant details: saying things like “deeper modes”, “better gameplay”, or “improved AI”. While these are certainly things that we do want to see, they don’t describe what we specifically want to see improve, or the problems that need to be addressed. It’s like going to a restaurant and ordering “tasty food”; there isn’t nearly enough information to work from.

Basketball has a lot finicky nuances that we want to see realistically portrayed in NBA Live and NBA 2K, and when our expectations aren’t being met, we need to be able to identify all those annoying quirks in the AI. Those moments of frustration we have when we’re playing a game, because the CPU is doing something that’s not quite right? Those are the issues that we need to bring up. To demonstrate what I’m talking about, here are five of what I feel are the worst problems with AI in basketball video games, along with some relevant examples.

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Generated Players: The Ultimate Blank Canvas

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When I was playing NBA Live 10, I saw a lot of generated players. In fact, by the time it was season 18, Dwight Howard was the only real life player left in the league. Even though it’s not as aesthetically pleasing to see a league full of computer-generated characters with porn moustaches, it can provide an excellent opportunity to exercise your creative flair and go far beyond what you think is possible as a sim gamer.

If you’re anything like me, you love chasing achievements like triple-doubles, five-by-fives, and 50-point games. Sometimes these achievements can be the only thing keeping your Dynasty or Association mode interesting if you’re constantly winning championships. But there’s always one problem with real life players – they’re often limited by our own expectations. After all, you have to be pretty liberal with your sim gaming if you can justify someone like J.R. Smith winning the MVP trophy, or someone like Kwame Brown becoming a productive player.

With generated players, there’s no overachieving or underachieving, because they don’t exist outside of the video game. They’re a blank canvas for your imagination and the ultimate vehicle for your achievement hunting. No other player in my basketball video game experiences has embodied this more than a generated player named Borislav Perko in my NBA Live 10 Nuggets Dynasty.

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The Tuesday Triple: Popular Modes I Barely Played

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This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

Blacktop mode this, Blacktop mode that. I talk a lot about my favorite mode and rarely talk about the many other modes that NBA 2K and NBA Live games feature. For the most part, if I don’t know enough about a topic, I will shy away from discussing it. In the same way you will probably never see me get into cyberface or shoe patching, I try to stay away from the many discussions about simulation gameplay, accessory accuracy, or the other parts of these games that I don’t feel confident enough giving my opinion on. So, for today’s Tuesday Triple, I am going to take a look at some popular game modes that I have either skipped completely, or only played once or twice.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Mystery Warriors Uniform

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This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

The uniform selections in our yearly basketball video game releases usually stick with uniforms seen that year in the real NBA. NBA 2K games generally have more retro uniforms from years past, but NBA Live has included some odd uniform choices in its past such as the Original Celtics uniform in older NBA Live games. While NBA Live 14 seems to keep its uniform selection as limited as the offerings seen this season in the NBA, NBA Live 09 and NBA Live 10 included a strange fictional Golden State Warriors uniform that was never worn in the real life NBA.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Extra Year of Roster Updates

NBA Live 09: Kobe Bryant #3

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

I think we can all agree that the biggest downfall of not only basketball video games, but all sport video games, is that they become obsolete after only one year of relevance. Usually the game’s users will get one final roster update after the NBA Finals are finished to remove any injuries in the roster, but if you want to play with the newest rookies a community created roster is normally your only choice. However, there were two simulation basketball video games that did receive official roster updates one full year after their release year.

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File Additions for NBA Live 10

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As the weekend draws to a close, we have a new file addition for NBA Live 10: a current roster update for the 2013/2014 season. Check it out at the link below!

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NBA Live 10 2013/2014 Roster Update

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

We’ve got one new file addition for NBA Live 10 today, a 2013/2014 roster update for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Check it out at the link below.

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NBA Live 10 2013/2014 Season Roster

File Additions for NBA Live 10

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If you’re still playing NBA Live 10 on Xbox 360, you’ll want to check out today’s file addition, which is an updated current roster for the game. Please note that you will have to re-hash and re-sign the file for your Gamertag before you can use it; for more information on how to do that, check out a video tutorial such as this one.

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NBA Live 10 Updated Rosters

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

snookfort has updated his 2012/2013 rosters for the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 10, accurate as of June 6th, 2013. He’s also made further adjustments to his custom settings for the game, optimised for the best possible experience. You can download both files at the links below.

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NBA Live 13 Rosters (Xbox 360) (Updated to v5.0)
Settings for NBA Live 10 (Updated to v3.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 10

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Today we have a new 2012/2013 roster for NBA Live 10. I believe it is for the Xbox 360 version of the game, the user who uploaded it unfortunately did not provide much in the way of information about the file. In any case, if you want to check it out, you can pick it up at the link below.

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2012/2013 Rosters

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 10 are new versions of snookfort’s 2012/2013 season roster updates for the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 10, containing lineups that have been updated through April 11th, as well as a new version of his optimised game settings. Download them at the links below and consult a video tutorial such as this one if you need help getting them onto your console.

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NBA Live 13 Rosters (Xbox 360) (Updated to v4.0)
NBA Live 13 On Fire Edition Rosters (Xbox 360) (Updated to v2.0)
Settings for NBA Live 10 (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

snookfort has released another new version of his 2012/2013 rosters for NBA Live 10 on Xbox 360, accurate as of April 9th 2013 and featuring updated lineups, ratings, DNA, playbooks and more. Download the roster at the link below and once again, be sure to check out a video tutorial (such as this one) if you need help transferring the file to your Xbox 360.

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NBA Live 13 Rosters (Xbox 360) (Updated to v3.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

Snook Fort has released a couple more updates for the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 10. The latest releases include a new, “On Fire Edition” of his current roster update for the 2012/2013 season and game settings that are optimised for the best possible experience. Download them at the links below and consult a video tutorial such as this one if you need help getting the files onto your Xbox 360.

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NBA Live 13 On Fire Edition Rosters (Xbox 360)
Settings for NBA Live 10

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 10 today, namely a new version of snookfort’s 2012/2013 season rosters featuring a couple of updates and fixes. Download it at the link below and check out this thread in the NBA Live 10 section of the Forum for more information.

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NBA Live 13 Rosters (Xbox 360) (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 10

NBA Live 10 Cover Art

Online support may have ended for NBA Live 10 back in January of this year, but there are still folks playing and even updating the game. Today we have a new file addition for the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 10, namely a 2012/2013 current roster update that can be transferred via USB. Check it out at the link below!

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NBA Live 13 Rosters (Xbox 360)

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