File Additions for NBA Live 06

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 06 PC today. Pick up a new jersey update for the Phoenix Suns at the link below!

Phoenix Suns 2013/2014 Jersey Patch

The Friday Five: 5 Unlucky Moments in NBA History

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.

I was originally going to write about the five best things to come out of E3 2014 in this week’s Friday Five, but neither NBA Live 15 nor NBA 2K15 were on display at the event, so there still isn’t too much to talk about just yet. We do have our first screenshot of NBA Live 15 of course, but I feel that I’ve said just about all that I can say about that in the Forum and in Episode #82 of the NLSC Podcast (which I naturally invite you to check out).

It then occurred to me that today is Friday the 13th, which of course in Western superstition is meant to be the unluckiest of days. I’m not one for superstitions myself – except for yelling at the TV at just the right moment when a player is taking a free throw, because that totally works – but nevertheless, in honour of Friday the 13th, I’m taking a look at five unlucky moments in NBA history.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got more FIBA faces and retro arenas coming your way in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Pick them all up at the links below!

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Robin Benzing (German SF)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Krzysztof Szubarga (Poland PG)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – James Feldeine (Dom Republic SG)

1985-1995 Omni Coliseum in Atlanta
1992-1993 Omni Coliseum in Atlanta
1992-1996 Oakland Coliseum in Anaheim
1995 San Jose Arena in San Jose
1996-1997 San Jose Arena in San Jose
1997-2000 San Jose Arena in San Jose
1990-1997 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles
1994 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA
1996-1997 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles
1986-1988 MECCA Arena in Milwaukee
1988-1989 Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ
1989-1990 Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford
1995-1997 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
1997-2000 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
2000-2001 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
2001-2003 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
1985-1993 Arco Arena in Sacramento
1993-1994 Arco Arena in Sacramento

NLSC Podcast – Episode #82

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It’s been an eventful week with the 2014 NBA Finals tipping off, the preview seasons for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 getting underway, and of course, E3 2014. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we chat about all the recent news and events in Episode #82 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • We react to the NBA Live 15 Open Letter from Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, as well as the “Most Valuable Players” TV spot for NBA 2K15.
  • The first screenshot of NBA Live 15 was released earlier this week, and it shows a huge improvement over NBA Live 14. We give our impressions, and talk about some of the community’s reactions.
  • Since JaoSming is back on the show this week, we have another status report on IFF editing in RED MC.
  • We give our thoughts on the NBA Finals so far. We’re all sticking with our original predictions.
  • As tiresome as the story has become, we once again weigh in on the latest controversy surrounding Donald Sterling and the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Derek Fisher, Mark Price, Kevin Love, Patty Mills, and a couple of topics from the NBA Reddit round out this week’s NBA discussion.
  • E3 didn’t give us any juicy information about this year’s NBA titles, but there are a few other games that we’re interested in. We wrap up the show with a few thoughts on some noteworthy stories coming out of this year’s event.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

EA Firmly Behind NBA Live, Twitter Q&A with Sean O’Brien

EA has reiterated their commitment to the NBA Live brand, as chief operating office Peter Moore indicated in a conversation with Game Informer that the company will not pull the plug on the series if the game has another rocky release. Moore spoke highly of NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, and stated that EA is dedicated to both the NBA license and the sport, also noting the longevity of the series.

Speaking of Sean O’Brien, he is currently fielding questions about the first screenshot and behind the scenes video via the official NBA Live Twitter account. Participants are invited to address their questions to the official NBA Live Twitter, using the hashtag #AskObes. Should any interesting tidbits come out of the Q&A, we’ll be sure to cover them.

Aw always, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got a few new files for NBA 2K14 PC today: custom PlayStation Controller and Ability Icons textures, along with a couple more FIBA cyberfaces. Pick them up at the links below!

Playstation Controller and Ability Icons Texture

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Maik Zirbes (Germany C)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Lindsay Tait (New Zealand PG)

NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Martti.

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

We missed posting an interview last week as things got a little busy with file additions and other news items, but we’re back in the swing of things this week, as we chat to Martti.. In addition to running the annual Story Thread of the Year Award in recent years, Martti. has maintained some excellent story threads of his own, with inductions into the Dynasty Hall of Fame. Read on to learn more about his Dynasty and Association experiences, as well as pick up some tips for creating an award winning thread.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

Pick up the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro season roster pack in today’s additions for NBA 2K13 PC!

1951/52 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v2.0)

The Tuesday Triple: Vita Remote Play

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.

About a month ago I found an auction on eBay I couldn’t pass up. I finally got a PlayStation Vita, the current portable console from Sony, for a little more than $90. It was a great deal and I got very lucky with how great the condition is for something I got for so cheap, used. Since NBA 2K13 was the last basketball game to come out for the old PSP, I wasn’t getting this for playing virtual basketball on the go. I wanted it for Remote Play with my PlayStation 4. For those unaware, you can stream from the PlayStation 4 to the Vita and play without a controller or a TV. So now that I have had plenty of time to play NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14 with it, I figured I would give some of my impressions of Remote Play basketball.

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NBA Live 15 Behind the Scenes Video: Scanning

The official EA Sports YouTube channel has posted a video offering a behind the scenes glimpse at the scanning technology that’s been used in NBA Live 15. Art Director Paul Kashuk and Character Director David Auclair speak quite candidly about the graphical shortcomings of NBA Live 14, and their determination to improve the visuals in this year’s game.

Interestingly, the video also mentions that the team scanned jerseys as well as faces, in an effort to properly represent wrinkles and stitching. It’s definitely worth a watch, so check it out below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Don’t forget to check out the first screenshot with all six player headshots here, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Quick Comparison Between NBA Live 14 and 15

After seeing the quality of player faces in today’s screenshot of NBA Live 15, I wanted to make a quick comparison between it and NBA Live 14. Needless to say, it is like night and day. I did have some issues with player emotions in my comparison screenshots, but you get the idea. We are going from something that was pretty terrible quality (especially for a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game) to headscans. Let’s just hope the improvement carries over to gameplay and animations as well, as promised in that Open Letter last week.

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First NBA Live 15 Screenshot Revealed

The first screenshot of NBA Live 15 has been revealed, featuring the six player headshots that were blurred out in the previously posted teaser image: Paul George, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and Stephen Curry.

Comparing the faces to NBA Live 14, there is definitely a large improvement to say the least, thanks in no small part to the face scanning sessions that have taken place in recent months. It remains to be seen whether any other details about NBA Live 15 will be revealed during E3 but in any event, we have our first glimpse of the game.

Check out the screenshot below, or here in the Screenshots section of our newly launched NBA Live 15 subsite. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Dumb Mondays: NBA Live Won June 5th

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

Let the 2014 hype train begin! Going into E3 we finally got our first tastes of NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 with both games releasing something on the first day of the NBA Finals. NBA 2K15 teased and dropped a video on us, and NBA Live 15 went with another Open Letter from Sean O’Brien. Both directly and indirectly stated the directions or themes of the upcoming games and started their hype trains in different ways. So why do I feel like NBA Live 15’s open letter got me more excited for that game than NBA 2K15’s fantastic spot with Kevin Durant and popular NBA 2K Youtubers?

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First NBA Live 15 Screenshot Coming at E3

A bulletin has been posted on the official NBA Live Facebook page, announcing that the first NBA Live 15 screenshot will be revealed tomorrow at E3. The post is accompanied by a blurred teaser image featuring some player headshots, which would appear to be Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, and a sixth player in the upper left corner that’s a little more difficult to identify.

NBA Live 14’s graphics were widely criticised for being below expectations, a criticism that the development team has openly acknowledged and pledged to rectify beginning with NBA Live 15. During the past few months, the team has shared photographs from player face scanning sessions via the official website and social media accounts, giving an insight into the technology and process behind capturing player faces.

It remains to be seen whether any other details about NBA Live 15 will be revealed at E3, though we do know from Sean O’Brien’s open letter that we’ll be learning more about gameplay come July, with further insights being provided throughout August and September. NBA Live 15 will be released in North America on October 7th.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Tip off your week with a bunch of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today we’ve got FIBA faces, retro courts and much more, all of which you can pick up at the links below.

FIBA Baller
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Eloy Vargas (Dom Republic PF/C)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – Charles Lombahe Kahudi (France SG/SF)
FIBA Cyberfaces 2K14/13 – John Holland (Puerto Rico SG)

1992-1994 Hartford Civic Center in Hartford
1990-1996 The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
1990-1995 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis
1988-1990 Miami Arena in Miami
1989-1993 Bradley Center in Milwaukee
1993-1998 Bradley Center in Milwaukee
1991-1992 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
1992-1994 Madison Square Garden IV in Manhattan
1989-1994 Orlando Arena in Orlando
1988-1994 Spectrum in Philadelphia
1989-1993 HemisFair Arena in San Antonio
1985-1994 Seattle Center in Seattle
1990-1991 Tacoma Dome in Seattle
1994-1995 Tacoma Dome in Seattle
1986-1991 Salt Palace in Salt Lake City

Masaryk Court

Kevin Parker
Chandler Parsons Face

My Custom Soundtrack (Updated to v4.0)