File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 include the latest version of the rapidly updated NBA JAM 2K14 mod, as well as a couple of music updates. Check them out at the links below!

bigh0rt
NBA JAM 2K14: He’s On Fire 22-Team Demo (Updated to v8.0)

agolden
NBA Jam Arcade Audio Intro for Game Launch
Original March Madness Soundtrack

Dumb Fact Monday: 2K’s Hidden Players

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

There is no doubt that the biggest advantage to playing the PC version of our annual basketball video games is to customize our experiences to our liking. We can play on new street courts, make the game overly arcadey, or pour hours into fixing issues with the game. A key component to most of these advantages is our ability to view and edit the rosters and other save files of these games. While the main purpose of editing may be to do something else, I have previously covered that it is easy to stumble upon unused content with the PC version of these games, and the game’s roster is no different. Let’s take a look at some of the hidden players located in 2K’s Official updates.

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New Poll: Historical Content in Basketball Video Games

It’s been a while since we updated our site poll, so today we’re posing a new question: How important is it to you that basketball video games feature historical content? Cast your vote now and feel free to post your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

Our previous poll asked Are you getting a next gen console? Perhaps not surprisingly given our history as a PC modding community, 55% of voters indicated that they’d be sticking with the PC, at least for now. As far as the consoles are concerned, it seems that the PlayStation 4 is the most popular choice in our community as it garnered 26% of the vote, compared to only 8% for Xbox One. A further 3% of voters indicated that they would be getting both consoles, while a final 8% were undecided.

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week #7

Welcome to the seventh installment of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week! This is a weekly feature in which we invite the community to submit their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, for a chance to have them featured in a Top 10 countdown.

The Top 10 is back after a brief hiatus, during which Lean took over the reins from Arcane. The latest installment features another impressive assortment of plays including ankle-breaking moves, crafty shots, and of course, some big dunks and alley-oops. Watch it below or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. We’re currently working through a backlog of submissions that came in during the hiatus but for your chance to be featured in future installments of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, please see this thread for more information and start posting your videos ASAP!

File Additions for NBA 2K13

A new version of PatTheHead’s retro season roster pack for NBA 2K13 PC is now available. Download it at the link below!

PatTheHead
1951/52 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v1.7)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include the latest demo of the NBA JAM 2K14 mod, and three retro arenas. Pick them all up at the links below!

bigh0rt
NBA JAM 2K14: He’s On Fire 13-Team Demo (Updated to v5.0)

retroman
1997 Continental Airlines Arena
1998-2000 Continental Airlines Arena
2007-2008 The Palace of Auburn Hills

NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team Playoffs Update

A bulletin has been posted over on the official NBA Live website, providing details on the forthcoming content for the 2014 NBA Playoffs in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team. A new pack is now available, containing a mix of players from the 16 Playoff teams and four Playoff Player Items. In addition to that, users will receive a guaranteed Gold pack just for logging in to Ultimate Team.

New content will also be regularly posted throughout the Playoffs, including post-season themed Fantasy Showdowns and challenges. Are you enjoying Ultimate Team? What do you think of the new content, including the alternate and classic jerseys that were recently added? Sound off in the comments below and as always, feel free to take the discussion to the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 More Tips for Patchers

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.

A few weeks back, I provided five tips for patchers that were mostly aimed at people who were just getting started in the patching scene. This week, I thought I’d offer five more tips for patchers, with a focus on what to do after you’ve mastered the basics and are getting more comfortable patching the games.

These are fairly general tips regarding our patching community and culture, so if you’re looking for information on how to create a specific patch, please consult the appropriate tutorial. However, I do have a couple of things to say about developing good patching habits and being a productive member of our patching community, so please read on for five more tips for NBA Live and NBA 2K patchers.

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April 17th Official Roster Update for NBA 2K14

New official rosters are available for NBA 2K14 on all platforms, featuring lineups that have been updated through April 17th, 2014. As the 2013/2014 NBA regular season draws to a close, there are still some missing players and a couple of recent transactions are not accounted for, including the New York Knicks’ signing of Lamar Odom for the final game of the season.

As always, the latest rosters 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 fire up NBA 2K14. If you’re playing on PC, you may alternatively choose to update your game manually with our offline pack, which contains the latest roster and online data files.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today we’ve got an eight team demo of bigh0rt’s new NBA Jam-style mod, three new retro courts, custom sliders, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

bigh0rt
He’s On Fire 2K14 8-Team Demo

retroman
2002-2003 First Union Center in Philadelphia
2003-2004 Wachovia Center in Philadelphia
2007-2009 Wachovia Center in Philadelphia

Tha King
Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey Pack

Rajaz
Hall of Fame Sliders

kahoona
Carmelo Anthony HD Face (3D Beard)

NLSC Podcast – Episode #75

If you’re looking for some NBA and basketball video game discussion this Easter Weekend, tune in to Episode #75 of the NLSC Podcast! Arcane, JaoSming and I get together again this week to discuss the upcoming 2014 NBA Playoffs, speculate on the direction that NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 will take, and reminisce fondly about our exploits on the virtual hardwood.

  • We tip things off with some housekeeping notes, including the full launch of our mobile design and the impending return of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week.
  • The official site of the Boston Celtics provided us with a very cool glimpse behind the scenes of the team’s face scans for NBA Live 15. Looks like we could be seeing a huge jump in the game’s aesthetics.
  • Another Coach’s Corner has been posted, as usual giving us a few more tidbits on the further development of the NBA Live series.
  • What direction do we see NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 taking? We talk about our expectations for the immediate future of both series.
  • Basketball video game modding is getting more attention in the mainstream gaming media, as Polygon posted a piece on MGX’s Space Jam mod.
  • JaoSming talks a little about his latest projects and recent modding developments. We also announce a new project by bigh0rt.
  • We reminisce about our earliest experiences with basketball video games, and some of the fond memories we have of playing them over the years.
  • Turning our attention to the NBA Playoffs, the sixteen participants have been set but the seeding isn’t finalised. Nevertheless, let the predictions begin!
  • Should the format of the Playoffs be changed, as Adam Silver has hinted?
  • We make some early predictions for the later rounds of the Playoffs. Will the Heat threepeat?
  • The episode closes with some reflections on the 2013/2014 regular season.

Click Play to listen to the show!

What did you think of this week’s show? What are some of your earliest and/or favourite basketball video gaming memories? Do you share our take on the Playoff format? Let us know what you think, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. We’ll also be looking to bring back the mailbag feature in future episodes, so feel free to hit us up with your submissions and topic suggestions here.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest retro courts, a couple of custom title screens, and a Sweet-FX mod in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

Kevin Parker
Pau Gasol Title Screen
KP13’s Custom Sweet-FX
Tim Duncan Title Screen

retroman
1996-1997 CoreStates Center in Philadelphia
1997-1998 CoreStates Center in Philadelphia
1998-1999 First Union Center in Philadelphia
2003-2006 MCI Center in Washington
2010-2011 Verizon Center in Washington

NBA Live 14 Official Roster Analysis (April 15th, 2014)

It’s been a couple of months since I went through the NBA Live 14 rosters in detail, so with the end of the season almost upon us, I decided to spend a little time checking to see which players have been added, and which players and transactions are still missing.

Following the release of the title update for NBA Live 14, the development team has been spending some more time on the roster updates and quite a few players have now had their ratings updated. The rosters are fairly complete compared to earlier in the season as well; 19 teams are completely accurate while the remaining 11 have at least one transaction or player unaccounted for, generally someone who has recently been signed to a 10 day contract, or for the remainder of the 2014 season.

The oldest transactions that are unaccounted for date back to late March, with one being an overlooked 10 day contract that wasn’t renewed and the other being a player who is currently assigned to the D-League and has only seen seven minutes of action with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Finally, a couple of jersey numbers for players added since the last check are incorrect. Please see below for more details and feel free to add your constructive feedback on the official rosters in this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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The Tuesday Triple: Annoying Community Trends

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.

I am very happy with our patching community, I just want to make that clear before starting this article. We are a generally helpful and kind bunch of individuals who are commonly connected through basketball video games. Add the fact that we an international community that spans all types of cultures, and we have something truly special. Now, there are some common trends that will pop up every once in a while that annoys me to my core. These are minor pet peeves and not something I want to try and force to change around here. That said, here are my biggest annoyances with our patching community.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Pick up some new files for NBA 2K14 PC today, including retro courts, an AAU Basketball mod, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

caverabbit
Fictional Cyberfaces for Caverabbit’s Hometown Heroes Mod
Hometown Heroes

retroman
1997-2000 Compaq Center in Houston
2005-2007 Toyota Center in Houston

Emojigod
AAU Basketball 2K14