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The Friday Five: 5 Things I Want To Do with The NLSC in 2016

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.

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season, and safely made it through all your celebrations. While New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone, I’ve always found the beginning of a new year to be an excellent opportunity to hit the reset button as it were, and set some goals while making a fresh start. After taking a bit of a break towards the end of December, it feels good to get back to work with renewed energy in January.

2015 was another fine year for us here at the NLSC, and I’m pleased with the content that we were able to provide. However, I’m always aiming to make things bigger and better, week by week, month by month, year by year, and to that end, I’m looking forward to striving for that goal in 2016. Since this is the first time New Year’s Day has fallen on a Friday since I started writing The Friday Five, I thought I’d use today’s column to outline a few goals that I have for the site this year.

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Wiki Contributors Still Wanted

NLSC Wiki

It’s been a few months since I last put out a call for contributors to the NLSC Wiki, so I wanted to take the opportunity to mention it again. We’d like to make our Wiki an informative source for basketball gamers, whether they’re looking for information on gameplay or game mode features, modding tutorials, or just something fun and interesting to read about basketball video games.

Because Wikis are intended to be community projects, you don’t need to sign in to edit most of the articles in the NLSC Wiki; a few information pages are protected, but generally speaking, we don’t want to be too restrictive in what you can and cannot contribute to. That said, we do encourage anyone who wants to make regular contributions to register an account, as your IP address will be publicly displayed on any anonymous edits that you make. It also makes for a friendlier community when we’ve all got a handle to address each other by.

If you’d like to contribute, no application is necessary. Just head on over to the NLSC Wiki, and start editing and creating articles! Should you have any questions, please let me know.

The Friday Five: 5 Ways You Can Help The NLSC

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.

For those of you who may not be aware, the NLSC has been around for a little over eighteen years. While I’d like to think that those of us who have been a part of the site’s staff over the years have done our part to keep the NLSC alive and kicking for close to two decades now, we certainly wouldn’t be here if not for the support and contributions of our visitors and community regulars. As far as gaming communities are concerned, basketball games are unquestionably a niche interest, but we’re proud to provide facilities and a home for basketball gamers from around the world.

From time to time, members of the community reach out to me and ask how they can support or help the site. I certainly appreciate those offers, and welcome any constructive contributions that people are willing to make. There are times when we’ll look to add new members to the NLSC Team, but even if you’re not on staff, there are definitely ways that you can help us thrive and grow. In this week’s Friday Five, I’m outlining some of the ways that you can help lend a hand around the NLSC.

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Help Wanted with the NLSC Wiki

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!

Guide to Installing Patches (NBA Live 2005-08)

NLSC Wiki

As I previously mentioned, we’re currently on the lookout for people who are willing and able to help us expand and enhance our library of Wiki articles, as we endeavour to create the definitive resource for basketball video games. Once again, I’d like to encourage anyone with a good knowledge of basketball video games to help us out with that by getting involved, whether it’s adding information on patching, or expanding our articles on game modes and gameplay elements.

To help get the ball rolling, I’ve added a long overdue guide to installing patches in NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08. Those of us who have been patching those games for a long time often take the process for granted, but up until now we haven’t had a comprehensive resource explaining just where to place patched files, or even the basic process of how the sgsm folder works. My hope is that this guide will be a handy reference that we can point to whenever there are questions on how to install patches, be they rosters, courts, jerseys, or whatever.

When I get a moment, I’ll also be adding a guide for NBA Live 2003 and NBA Live 2004, which use the slightly more complex CustomArt method. Until then, I hope you find the guide useful, and look forward to seeing a few more people lending a hand with the Wiki!

NLSC Wiki Contributors Wanted

NLSC Wiki

It’s been a while since I posted a notice about our Wiki, and since Lean has recently designed a shiny new logo for it, I feel it’s as good a time as any to mention it again.

For those of you who may have overlooked the link in the navigation bar here on the main site or in the NLSC Forum, we do indeed have a Wiki. It features articles on every game in both the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, as well as various aspects of gameplay, game modes, and information such as cheat codes and Achievements. You’ll also find several patching resources, including tutorials, DBF guides, and more.

A Wiki is intended to be a community project however, so I’d like to invite anyone with a good knowledge of NBA Live and NBA 2K to help expand and add to our library of articles, to create the ultimate resource for basketball video game fans. If you’re interested, please take a look at our guidelines and feel free to get started! You don’t need to be registered to make edits, but if you’re planning on making a large amount of contributions to the Wiki, I’d certainly recommend it. If nothing else, as with most Wikis, your IP address is publicly visible if you choose not to log in, so a user account helps protect your privacy.

As time goes by, we’ll likely look to give moderator status to Wiki users who are making frequent, quality contributions; if you’re active in the NLSC Forum as well, we can probably set you up with a Contributor badge and some custom profile options as a thank you for your efforts. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Wiki, please let me know, otherwise if you’ve got something to add to our articles, feel free to click those Edit links!

Details on our New Design

NLSC Logo

If you’ve been visiting the NLSC for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve recently implemented a new design across the site. Since then, we’ve been ironing out a few issues and finishing up the mobile versions of the site to add better support for tablets and smartphones, which is why I’ve held off “officially” announcing the new design. We’ll probably be making a few minor tweaks here and there but since our renovations are more or less complete, I figure the time has come to make that announcement and provide a rundown of some of the new features.

In addition to sprucing up our design, we wanted to make sure that we made it easier to find and access all of our content, from front page news and weekly feature articles to our Downloads section and Wiki. Our old navigation menus could be a little overwhelming and made the previous layout quite busy-looking, so we hope that our new menu will streamline things. We’ve also aimed to create a more uniform look across the site, with better integration.

As I mentioned, we now have mobile versions of the main site, Forum and Wiki, to make browsing the NLSC on your tablet or smartphone a little easier. You can of course switch to the desktop version if you prefer, but your device should default to the mobile version for your convenience.

I realise that it can take some time to get used to a new design, but I’m hoping that most of you like it (or that it will grow on you in time). Again, we will likely make a few minor changes here and there, and if you do have any constructive feedback or are experiencing any difficulties or technical issues with the desktop or mobile versions of the site, please let me know. Thanks as always for your support of the NLSC, I hope you’ll find the new functionality useful and encourage you to stay tuned for all the content that we’ll be bringing you in the near future!