NLSC Podcast – Episode #74

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We’ve recorded Episode #74 of the NLSC Podcast and it’s out now for your listening enjoyment (sorry, Leftos). Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we discuss our favourite basketball video games, ideas for future releases from EA and 2K, modding, the race to the 2014 NBA Playoffs, and more…even wrasslin’!

  • We tip things off with a couple of housekeeping matters, specifically the forthcoming mobile design for the Forum and the future of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week.
  • Once again, we remind everyone to add their feedback to the NBA Live 15 Wishlist ASAP. We also speculate on when we think we’ll start seeing information and previews for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15. Spoiler: Probably not next week.
  • 2K Sports partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to do something pretty cool for a young man who loves NBA 2K.
  • JaoSming takes us through some exciting developments in modding…exciting enough to get him out of bed in the middle of the night, in fact.
  • The subject of highlight plays in basketball video games is brought up. How can they be implemented without being gamebreakers?
  • We also discuss the feasibility and likelihood of career games being carried over to the next year’s release. Could it be done without cheapening the experience?
  • Kevin Durant has surpassed a scoring mark set by Michael Jordan, leading us to once again quickly revisit this year’s MVP race.
  • Speaking of milestones, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash moved up on the career leaderboards. We comment on their place in NBA history.
  • Joe Dumars is reportedly on his way out in Detroit, but is Isiah Thomas on the way in? Meanwhile, Mitch Kupchak looks to remain with the Lakers.
  • We make a few more predictions as the NBA regular season winds down, as well as weigh in on the Nets’ season sweep of the defending champion Heat. Foul or not a foul by Plums?
  • You’ll never guess what recent gaming announcement has Arcane excited! (A new Fallout game?)
  • Wrasslin’ fans JaoSming and Andrew reflect on Wrestlemania 30, the Undertaker and other events from the world of the squared circle.

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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. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We have just one new file for NBA 2K14 today, namely an updated version of Storm’s Showtime Mod which you can download at the link below. If you’re a modder, be sure to take advantage of the upload facilities in our Downloads section! For information, please see this video tutorial by JaoSming.

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Showtime Mod (UPDATED 4/8/14! OBAMA ADDED!) (Updated to v1.4)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

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Check out the latest file additions for NBA Live 08: a PBA mod and Manni’s complete 30 team court pack for the 2013/2014 season. Download them both at the links below!

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PILIPINAS HOOPS 14 – Featuring the PBA

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30 Team Court Pack 2013/2014 (HD)

The Tuesday Triple: My Three Best Mixes

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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.

Before I start the very small countdown of my favorite mixes that I made, I want to remind new readers that I did a Tuesday Triple on MomentousCeltic’s Mixes. While my mixes are no where near as well done as MC’s, or any of the current mix making elite seen on YouTube, they still hold a lot of sentimental value to me. I actually underestimated how many mixes I have made over the years, and some of the favorites I had in mind for this article have aged terribly since I last watched them. Nevertheless, here are my three favorite basketball video game mixes that I made as of today.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Here are today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: retro All-Star jerseys, a new title screen, a Miami Heat arena update and a new face for Chandler Parsons. Pick them up at the links below!

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2007 NBA All-Star Game Jerseys

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Paul Pierce Title Screen (Boston Celtics)

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American Airlines Arena

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Chandler Parsons Face

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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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

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In today’s file additions for NBA Live 2004, ModManZZZ has released a new version of his 2013/2014 roster update. Download it at the link below!

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2014 Season Roster by ModManZZZ (Updated to v5.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Pick up new shoes, retro All-Star courts, current rosters, faces and an Fx mod in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14!

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Nike LeBron X PS Elite (Davis PE)
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Project Lumina (Next-Gen Fx)

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1990 NBA All-Star Court in Miami
1991 NBA All-Star Court in Charlotte

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Houston Rockets Faces

File Additions for NBA Live 08

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Pick up a new version of the 2014 Euroleague mod in today’s file additions for NBA Live 08. Make sure that you download all three parts, available at the links below.

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Euroleague 2014 V3 (Part 1)
Euroleague 2014 V3 (Part 2)
Euroleague 2014 V3 (Part 3)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Enhance your basketball gaming experience this weekend with the latest new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s additions include new title screens, an ENB update, a current roster, NCAA courts and new shoes. Please see below for all the download links.

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Kyrie Irving Title Screen
Kobe Bryant Title Screen
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Roster Without Injuries 4/03/14

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NCAA Court Pack (Updated to v1.1)

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LeBron X Corks (Updated to v4.0)

April 4th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

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New rosters are available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through April 4th, 2014. A couple of recent transactions are not accounted for, but the injury status has been updated for various players who are either returning to action or are now on the shelf.

As always, the latest roster will come through automatically as long as your PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet when you start up NBA 2K14. If you’re playing on PC and would like to update your game manually, you may do so by using our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

The Friday Five: 5 Best Power-ups in Basketball Video Games

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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.

Since I’ve previously looked at some of the most unstoppable moves in basketball video games, this week I thought I’d take a look at some of the best power-ups that we’ve seen in virtual hoops. Generally speaking, power-ups are probably not a concept that most people associate with basketball video games. However, they do have a presence in the genre, mostly in arcade-oriented titles but also in more subdued forms in certain sim releases.

As I’ve mentioned before, while I want to get a sim experience out of the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, I also enjoy arcade style basketball games for a change of pace. Having some fun and crazy power-ups certainly adds to the arcade experience, and special abilities in general make games more interesting and varied. So, without any further ado, here are my picks for the five best power-ups in basketball video games.

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The Soapbox: Is the 2014 MVP Race Over?

LeBron James & Kevin Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals

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 HoopsGaming23.

With all of the NBA teams well past the 70-game mark and the Playoffs a couple of weeks away, the time and the world-wide hype couldn’t be more appropriate for a discussion about who deserves the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Although according to the NBA MVP ladder, there are officially ten active candidates for the highest single player accolade, the real battle is fought between two major forces in today’s NBA world: Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC include the latest version of March Madness 2K14, a couple of Sweet-FX mods, four new retro All-Star courts and more. Download them all at the links below!

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MARCH MADNESS 2K14 OFFICIAL NCAA on CBS (Updated to v9.0)

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KP13’S Lava Sweet-FX
KP13’S Calm Sweet-FX

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1998 NBA All-Star Court in New York
1997 NBA All-Star Court in Cleveland
1992 NBA All-Star Court in Orlando
1993 NBA All-Star Court in Salt Lake City

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2014/2015 Fictional Charlotte Hornets Court (Updated to v1.5)

NLSC Podcast – Episode #73

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With JaoSming hitting the books this week, Episode #73 of the NLSC Podcast is a two man show featuring Arcane and myself. Tune in for a discussion of legends in NBA Live, the latest news and results from around the NBA, and some other gaming topics.

  • We open the show by recounting some of our favourite April Fools’ Day gags from around the web this year.
  • A new BIG Moment in NBA Live 14 goes old school with Magic Johnson. Could we see legends having a bigger presence in NBA Live 15?
  • Some news and notes from the latest installment of Coach’s Corner are also discussed.
  • The NBA 2K13 servers have now been shut down. This sets us thinking: will next year’s server shutdowns render NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen unplayable?
  • We mention a couple of housekeeping matters, including details on some forthcoming features.
  • The Miami Heat are on top of the East for the first time this season, while the San Antonio Spurs set a team record with their current winning streak. Will we see a rematch in this year’s NBA Finals?
  • Brooklyn has won fourteen straight at home and seem to be in good form at the right time. Can the Nets make some noise in the Playoffs?
  • We discuss an interesting comparison between Kwame Brown and Roy Hibbert.
  • Kyrie Irving may possibly return to action for the final few games of the season, which prompts another discussion about Aussies in the NBA.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers’ losing streak is over at 26. Our condolences to the Detroit Pistons and their fans.
  • Who’s making the eighth and final seed in both Conferences?
  • We wrap up the show with some talk about other video games.

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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. You can hit us up in the comments below, as well as here in the Forum. We also invite you to send in your mailbag submissions and topic suggestions here.