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The Friday Five: 5 Best Basketball Video Game Intros

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! This is a weekly feature appearing every Friday, in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other subjects of interest to our community, either by listing five items or counting them down in Top 5 format.

As video game technology has improved, we’ve come to expect high quality cinematic intros that immediately draw us into a game and make us want to spend hours playing it. Basketball games are no exception, with their intros ideally getting us pumped for some virtual hoops action by highlighting just how exciting the sport can be. This week, I present my picks for the five best basketball video game intros…at least so far.

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General File Additions – Find That Hex & Dorna References

We have a couple of general file additions for you today. The first is a new tool by Leftos, Find That Hex, which allows you to find non byte-aligned hex data in a file. This is particularly useful for finding the offsets for data in NBA 2K13’s roster files, which in turn allows Leftos to add more features to the NBA 2K13 Roster Editor. For more info on that, see this thread. The second file is a pack of dorna reference shots from 1990-2000, which is particularly useful if you’re making retro arena updates. You can pick them both up at the links below.

Find That Hex

Dornas Reference Shots Compilation (1990-2000)

Clutch Sim League Update

The Clutch Sim League, now in its third season, currently has five vacancies including some teams that are division leaders or at least in contention for the Playoffs. As its name implies, it is a sim league and is presently using NBA Live 08 to simulate its games. If you’re interested in joining the league, check out this thread over on the CSL website for a listing of the currently available teams and register ASAP to claim one.

If you’ve got a league or community announcement, don’t forget that you can post it in the NLSC Hub section of our Forum, which serves as a community noticeboard in addition to hosting discussion related to our Podcast, site bulletins and other NLSC features and issues.

New Poll: Simming Habits

A new poll is now up, which asks “Do you mostly play or simulate games in modes like Dynasty, Association & MyCAREER?”. What are your simming habits when it comes to basketball video games? Do you only play important games while simming in between? Do you play most games but simulate the occasional matchup you find unappealing or believe you can win easily? Cast your vote now and feel free to tell us more in the comments below.

Our previous poll asked “How often do you play basketball video games?”. Not surprisingly, 38% of you indicated that you play them every day, while 29% of you are hitting the virtual hardwood on most days of the week. 19% are playing basketball video games two or three days a week, 9% set aside time for a weekly session of basketball gaming and a final 5% aren’t playing quite as often these days.

New Poll: How often do you play basketball video games?

How often do you play basketball video games? Do you play every day, or do you save your virtual hoops action for the weekend? Do you mix up your basketball gaming with other genres, or do you play basketball games exclusively for a while after you pick them up? Are basketball games all you play these days? Cast your vote in our new poll and tell us about your basketball gaming habits in the comments below!

Our last poll asked “How do you rate NBA 2K13 so far?” and the results indicated a mostly positive reaction to this year’s game, with 39% deeming it excellent and a further 33% calling it good. 16% weren’t too impressed, opining that NBA 2K13 is just alright, 7% were even less enthused as they voted for “not great” and a final 5% indicated that they were completely disappointed in this year’s offering, giving their vote to “Terrible!”. Be sure to join in all of the NBA 2K13 discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

General File Additions – Headshots Packs

Dc311 has put together some packs of high quality headshots of NBA players, accurate as of the 2012 NBA Media Day. The files are in PNG format and are perfect for anyone creating face and portrait updates for both NBA Live and NBA 2K. You can download these resources, available in seven separate packs, at the links below.

2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 1
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 2
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 3
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 4
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 5
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 6
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 7

Openings at the Clutch Sim League

We’ve received word that the Clutch Sim League currently has a few vacancies that they’re looking to fill before the new season begins. The league has been running for three seasons and is presently using NBA Live 08 to simulate games. If you’re interested in joining CSL, check out the list of currently available teams here and register to claim one ASAP.

Remember, if you’ve got a league announcement that you’d like to promote to the community, be sure to post in the NLSC Hub section of the NLSC Forum.

General File Additions

If you’re creating face patches for NBA Live 08 and NBA Live 07, you’ll probably want to pick up today’s file addition, which is a more up to date version (v1.1d) of FSHLine. This is not a recent release but if you’ve been encountering any issues with the older version (1.0a) that’s previously been made available in our Downloads section, give this one a try.


v1.0a of FSHLine is also still available here. For those who are unaware, the most common use for FSHLine is adding alpha layers to faces so that they do not appear shiny when lighting is enabled. For more information on that process, please see this tutorial in our Wiki.

General File Additions

Here’s a utility that a few people may be interested in: the Electronic Arts Graphics Tools (v0.1.0) by Mr.Mouse of EAGT allows you to open and export from .ssh files, the art files used in PlayStation 2 versions of Electronic Arts titles including the NBA Live series.

Pick it up here in our Downloads database. We’re always on the lookout for new tools for our patching community, so if you have any tools to share by all means please post them in the Forum and upload them to our Downloads section!

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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Dynasty Five Fantasy League Restarted, seeking GMs

The Dynasty Five Fantasy League has restarted using the latest NLSC rosters and is currently looking for enthusiastic GMs to sign up. The new season will begin shortly, after all vacant teams have been claimed.

If you’re interested in joining the league, check out this section to see a list of the available teams and register to claim one before somebody else does. You can also check out a listing of Dynasty Five’s rules and procedures here.

General File Additions

A popular patching question in recent years has been “How do I edit the intro videos for NBA Live?”. If that’s something you’d like to try out yourself then you’ll want to check out today’s file addition, a tutorial which will help you convert to and from the vp6 video format.

VP6 Conversion Tutorial

New Poll: Playing basketball video games online and offline

We now have a new poll up which asks: “Do you mostly play basketball video games online or offline?” Cast your vote now and feel free to post your thoughts in the comments below!

Our previous poll asked “Do you consider yourself a sim or arcade player when it comes to basketball video games?” It appears as though most folks around these parts seek realism from their virtual basketball experience, with 67% of voters identifying themselves as sim players compared to only 8% who consider themselves arcade players. A further 25% saw themselves as being somewhere in between.

General File Additions

Jhiane has released the following resource which contains accurate colours for use in creating jersey updates. It should be useful to jersey patchers for both NBA Live and NBA 2K.

True Colours Resource for Jersey Making

NLSC Forum Discussion: Journeyman Shaq

Unquestionably one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal’s services have been sought out by a number of teams throughout his career. He’s also been one of the most wanted players in NBA video games, with the Diesel changing uniforms and landing all over the league in several Dynasty and Association games in years gone by.

NLSC Forum user badreligionau – who also happens to have one of the best Dynasty stories going – has started a discussion called Journeyman Shaq, with the aim of collecting screenshots of Shaq on all the different teams that he’s ended up with during the course of Dynasty and Association games. You’re also invited to come up with city-specific nicknames for all of Shaq’s virtual stints around the league. Eleven teams are currently represented, including five of the six teams he actually played for, so join in the fun!