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The Soapbox: Five NBA Players I Like Because of NBA Video Games

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games, through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is Kenny.

I always find it interesting how NBA video games are able to alter my perceptions. There are often songs within the soundtracks that I end up liking, despite my best efforts not to, and the same thing can happen with NBA players. While I generally like my favourite NBA players due to their performances in real life, NBA video games have also influenced me, because of the positive in-game moments I associate with particular players.

This is a list of five players that I have come to like purely because of my experience in the NBA video games I have played.

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The Friday Five: 5 Strangest Complaints About Basketball Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

It’s just about time for us to start compiling Wishlists for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16. While both developments teams obviously have their own roadmaps, it’s important for us to make our voices heard, and let the developers know just how closely their vision gels with our desires and expectations. To that end, it’s important that our feedback be both detailed and constructive.

Of course, every so often, someone throws out a suggestion or makes a complaint about a basketball video game that’s…kind of out there. Having compiled a lot of Wishlists and taken part in many discussions in the Forum over the years, I recall some very strange criticisms being posted every now and again. I thought I’d reflect upon some of them in this week’s Five, starting with…

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New Poll: Winning Championships in Basketball Video Games

We’ve just posted a new poll, which asks: How often do you win championships in basketball video games?

Do you win the championship every time you play? Have you played through an entire season (ie every game, regardless of quarter length), only to come up short or even miss the Playoffs? Or do you have up and down years? Cast your vote, and discuss the topic in the comments section below, as well as in the NLSC Forum.

Our previous poll asked Who is your pick for MVP so far? Stephen Curry was most people’s pick, garnering 49% of the vote. James Harden and Anthony Davis were the next most popular choices at 14% and 12% respectively. 6% voted for Jimmy Butler, 5% picked Damian Lillard, 2% chose Blake Griffin, and 1% were in favour of LaMarcus Aldridge. 11% of voters felt that another player entirely is the leading candidate for this year’s MVP.

The Friday Five: 5 Ways Basketball Games Have Improved

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

Sports games with annual releases are an interesting beast. For developers, it’s a lot of pressure: a shorter development cycle than most video games, with a goal of putting out a release that doesn’t just seem like an expansion pack. For us gamers, especially those of us who do buy those games every year, we want to see significant progress, and not feel like we haven’t gotten value for our money. No release is perfect however, and disappointment often leads to a cynical belief that the games just aren’t showing any improvement.

The fact of the matter is, basketball video games have come a long way, and shown a great deal of improvement over the years. That’s not to say that EA Sports or Visual Concepts can rest on their laurels, or that either game is currently as close to perfection as we’d like, but the improvement over the years is certainly evident. So, in this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at five ways that basketball games have improved.

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Dumb Mondays: Should Bad Calls Be In Basketball Video Games?

This is Dumb Mondays, tipping off the workweek with silly facts, opinions, or predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This was originally JaoSming’s feature, but since he’s now at Visual Concepts and hard at work on 2KTV, I’ll be writing a few articles in his place. A new Monday feature may also be coming soon, so stay tuned!

If there’s one thing that sports fans can agree on, it’s that the referees are dumb. It’s not exactly a fair statement of course, as referees often have to make difficult calls and split-second decisions, with limited use of instant replay. Since no one is perfect, “dumb” is a harsh assessment of human error that unfortunately can occur at the worst possible time. Still, when a bad call goes against our favourite team, we’ll curse out the refs, calling them blind, stupid, and biased.

Bottom line, bad calls are like injuries; they’re an unfortunate part of the game that we hope not to see, but are bound to happen at some point. Therefore, I ask the question: since we want to see basketball video games continually become more and more realistic, would it be a dumb idea for them to include bad calls?

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The Friday Five: 5 Historical BIG Moments I’d Like To See In NBA Live

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

BIG Moments have only been in two iterations of NBA Live to date, but I’m definitely hoping that the mode becomes a staple of the series, as it’s quickly become one of my favourite aspects of the game. I’m liking the improvements and additions that have been made in NBA Live 15, such as the hot spot challenges, scenarios where we’re invited to re-write history, and the wider variety of game situations. If there’s another element I’d like to see added to BIG Moments however, it would be historical challenges.

Now, this would be tricky to pull off, as it would require EA Sports to secure the likeness rights of various retired players. Additionally, the player that I’d most like to see represented in historical BIG Moments – Michael Jordan – is currently signed to an exclusive deal with Visual Concepts, which makes his inclusion in NBA Live impossible. However, let’s put all of that aside for a moment, and pretend that anything and everything is possible. With that in mind, here are the five historical BIG Moments that I’d like to see in NBA Live.

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General File Additions – More 2014/2015 Headshot Packs

Dc311 has uploaded a couple more 2014/2015 Headshot Packs, this time featuring players who are currently free agents. Check them out at the links below, and don’t forget that you can find other patching resources here in our Downloads section.

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2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 7 (Free Agents Part 1)</>
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 8 (Free Agents Part 2)

General File Additions – 2014/2015 Headshot Packs

Dc311 has once again put together some high quality headshot packs for the entire league, ordered by division. These resources are perfect for creating face and portrait updates for both NBA Live and NBA 2K, accurate as of the 2014/2015 season. Pick them all up at the links below!

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2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 1 (Atlantic Division)
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 2 (Central Division)
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 3 (Northwest Division)
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 4 (Pacific Division)
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 5 (Southeast Division)
2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack 6 (Southwest Division)

Help Wanted with the NLSC Wiki

Once again, I’d like to put out a call for any volunteers who are willing to lend a hand in updating and maintaining the NLSC Wiki. We’d like to make the Wiki an informative, and indeed definitive source of information for basketball gamers, so if you have experience patching NBA Live or NBA 2K, have a good knowledge of the history of basketball games, or are interested in adding more information about Dynasty Mode, MyGM, MyCAREER, game controls and the like, your contributions would be most welcome!

A reminder that you don’t need to register to contribute, but as with all Wikis, your IP address will be publicly displayed if you make anonymous edits. If you’re planning on making regular contributions, we certainly encourage you to register an account (please note that at present, that account is not linked to your Forum login). If you’re willing and able to help out, feel free to dive right in and start editing articles! Please note that you must be logged in and be registered for at least four days before you can create new articles. If you have any further questions, or suggestions, please let me know!

General File Additions – 2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack

Looking to create face or portrait updates for NBA Live or NBA 2K, accurate as of the upcoming 2014/2015 season? Check out this pack of player headshots, compiled by fdlk0501!

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2014/2015 Player Headshots Pack

The Friday Five: Top 5 Frustrating Moments in Basketball Video Games

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you love basketball video games. If you don’t, then the NLSC probably isn’t the website for you, because that’s pretty much what we’re all about. However, no matter how much you love getting into some virtual hoops, there will be times when you find yourself getting really frustrated with basketball video games.

These are the moments where you have to fight the urge to toss the controller across the room. These are the moments where you shut down the game and don’t touch it again until the next day. These are the moments where you switch to a first person shooter or a button mashing beat ’em up to blow off some steam. These are the Top 5 Frustrating Moments in Basketball Video Games.

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The Friday Five: A Five Part Challenge

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

If you caught my guest edition of Dumb Mondays last week, you’re probably aware that JaoSming is a bit tied up at the moment. As such, his weekly articles are currently on hiatus, though I’ll certainly see if I can fill in for him if I think of a topic that doesn’t quite fit the Friday Five format. However, for those of you who have been enjoying the Beat Jao challenges, I thought that I’d go the other way and adapt one of JaoSming’s concepts for this week’s edition of the Five.

As you’ve probably guessed from the title, the challenge I’m putting out there is comprised of five separate goals, all of which are to be attempted in the same game. I’m interested to see who can top my marks in all five areas, and given the way some of you have performed in the Beat Jao challenges so far, I’m sure that someone will indeed be able to surpass my efforts. At the very least, hopefully it’ll provide you with something fun to do while you’re waiting for the new games to come out. Let the challenge begin!

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New Poll: Returning Game Modes

It’s been a while, but we’ve posted a new site poll: “Which mode would you most like to see return to NBA Live or NBA 2K?” Cast your vote now, and feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in The Virtual Hardwood section of the Forum.

Our previous poll asked “How do you rate the 2013/2014 NBA season?” It seems that most people quite enjoyed last season, with 38% proclaiming it to be “Good”, while a further 37% went so far as to call it “Excellent”. 16% believed it was just alright, 5% felt it wasn’t great, and a final 4% didn’t enjoy the 2014 campaign at all, deeming it to be terrible. Be sure to join in the discussion of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the upcoming 2015 NBA season, and more in our NBA & Basketball Talk section.

General File Additions – More Headshot Packs

Looking to make some retro face updates for NBA Live or NBA 2K? Then check out these headshot packs from the 2009 and 2010 seasons!

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2008/2009 Headshots Pack
2009/2010 Headshots Pack

Beat Jao #7: Shut ’em Down

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

Big thanks to NLSCer franmansr for suggesting this week’s challenge a few weeks ago. He wanted to see how long we could keep a shutout going…well thanks to the techniques of a few I thought we could step it up a little bit. This week’s challenge is to see how long you can shut out the pre-draft uninjured ’13-’14 Miami Heat, Hall of Fame difficulty, Simulation sliders.

I used the Spurs, and only lasted 1:41 before I got Bosh’d. For a full breakdown of the rules, and a look into the future of the series, check out the video below. Remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

Wow is a great way to sum up last week’s overtime challenge. Reaperwolverine posted a 20 overtime game, good for 200 points. So much for a close race for #1 overall! Check out the full results and overall leaderboard below by hitting Read More.

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