Dumb Mondays: Fantasy Modes Are Ruining NBA Games

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.

I honestly do not know if Fantasy Mode is the correct classification for EA Sports’ Ultimate Team and NBA 2K’s MyTEAM, but that is what I am going with. Technically any mode that has user input beyond the current rosters can be considered a fantasy mode but I think that these card collecting (damn, that is a good way to describe it too) modes are ruining our yearly basketball video games.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

We’re tipping off the week with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K13 PC: the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro rosters, and a MyCAREER file. Check them out at the links below!

PatTheHead
1951/52 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v1.9)

Pallante
Eric Fletcher MyCAREER

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week #10

Welcome to the tenth 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 compiled by Lean.

As you might imagine, dunks feature heavily in this week’s countdown, including an assortment of vicious facial slams and a couple of alley-oops. There’s also some ankle-breaking dribbling moves, a gamewinning three pointer, and some big defensive plays on display. Check out this week’s Top 10 below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

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! Entries for Week 11 must be in by next Saturday.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are today’s new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC: the latest demo of NBA JAM 2K14, and a new SweetFX mod. Check them both out at the links below!

bigh0rt
NBA JAM 2K14: He’s On Fire 53-Team Demo (Updated to v18.0)

TBM
TBM’s SweetFX

NBA 2K14 and NBA 2K13 On Sale; PC Giveaway Reminder

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

This weekend, 2K are offering discounts of up to 75% on the PC version of NBA 2K14 (as well as NBA 2K13), along with other merchandise such as 2K apparel. Additionally, MyTEAM packs for teams that are still competing in the 2014 NBA Playoffs have been discounted by 25%. The sales end on May 12th, so get in quick if you want to boost your MyTEAM or pick up NBA 2K14 or NBA 2K13 on PC at a reduced price. You can also find a couple of other deals for NBA 2K14 PC here.

Of course, you also have an opportunity to get a copy of NBA 2K14 PC on Steam free of charge by entering our latest giveaway! Tune in to Episode #77 of the NLSC Podcast and email me with the appropriate phrase to go into the draw. I’ll be picking a winner before we record next Wednesday, so get your entries in ASAP!

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have just one new file addition for NBA Live 08 today, a scoreboard update for the PBA mod. Check it out at the link below.

AADC Sports and Angelo Acosta Dela Cruz
PLDT Home TVolution PBA Scoreboard

The Friday Five: 5 Random Basketball Video Game Facts

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.

Now that JaoSming has changed the focus of Dumb Mondays from random trivia to a random assortment of facts, opinions and discussion topics, I don’t feel quite as guilty about borrowing the original concept for a Friday Five topic. This week, I’m trying my hand at serving up some trivia about a few of my all-time favourite basketball video games.

Basically, this is a collection of facts and trivia that I’ve wanted to talk about, but haven’t been able to work into any of my Friday Fives so far. Chances are I’ll revisit them if the right topics present themselves, but just in case I don’t find a way to bring them up again, here are 5 Random Basketball Video Game Facts that I hope you’ll enjoy reading about.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K11 PC today, namely a pack of faces for some Brooklyn Nets players, and a new global. Check them both out at the links below.

LJ
Brooklyn Nets Face Pack
Global File with Longer Legs

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

It’s time for a new batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new and updated files include the latest version of NBA JAM 2K14 (now featuring 50 teams), a bunch of retro courts, and a jersey pack for the Philadelphia 76ers. Pick them all up at the links below.

bigh0rt
NBA JAM 2K14: He’s On Fire 50-Team Demo (Updated to v17.0)

retroman
2007-2011 Toyota Center in Houston
1994-1995 CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia
1997 Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
2001-2004 The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
2004-2005 The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
2008-2009 The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit
2004-2007 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2007 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2007-2008 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2008-2009 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2009-2010 Staples Center in Los Angeles
2010-2012 Staples Center in Los Angeles

Tha King
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey Pack

NLSC Podcast – Episode #77

We may be at least a few weeks away from the NBA video game preview season, but we do actually have some news on this year’s games to discuss in Episode #77 of the NLSC Podcast. Join Arcane, JaoSming, and myself as we talk NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, modding developments, and of course, the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

  • NBA Live 15 has been confirmed, but unfortunately, it’s console only. We briefly mourn that fact, but pledge to campaign on behalf of the PC platform if the opportunity arises.
  • Similarly, NBA 2K15 is already available to pre-order, on the same platforms as last year. The price of the PC version leads us to speculate on a next gen port.
  • Kevin Durant has been confirmed as the cover player for NBA 2K15, the same day he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. With NBA Live 15’s cover player still yet to be announced, we throw out a couple of suggestions.
  • Speaking of this year’s games, we also talk about some of the predictions that JaoSming made in his most recent Dumb Mondays feature.
  • A second Steam key for NBA 2K14 PC is up for grabs. Get your entries in before next week’s show!
  • In a quick modding round-up, JaoSming has some news on RED MC, and bigh0rt gets some more love for the NBA JAM 2K14 mod.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we give our thoughts on the latest award winners to be announced.
  • We’re coming off one of the most exciting first rounds in NBA Playoffs history. Will the second round be just as entertaining?
  • A couple of other recent stories are discussed, including a possible return to Toronto for Vince Carter, and the firing of Mark Jackson.
  • We wrap up the show with a couple of quick mailbag questions.

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As always, feel free to give us your opinion on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. If you’ve got a mailbag submission, be sure to hit us up here.

Update on Playoffs Content for NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team

As promised in a previous bulletin, NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team continues to receive updates with new content throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The official NBA Live Twitter noted that a couple of new Fantasy Showdowns have been added now that we’re on to Round 2 of the Playoffs, and an article over on the official website provides a rundown of some of the items that you can expect to find in Ultimate Team packs.

Currently, special Playoff Performers cards are randomly inserted into packs, featuring players such as newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant, Paul George, and DeAndre Jordan. Special cards for other noteworthy players, such as Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, are also available.

Speaking of online content for NBA Live 14, LIVE Season’s BIG Moments continue to be updated throughout the Playoffs as well, as memorable performances such as Damian Lillard’s epic gamewinning three against the Rockets and Russell Westbrook’s triple double in Game 7 against the Grizzlies are available to be replayed. You can check out a couple of examples over on the NLSC YouTube channel.

Kevin Durant Announced as NBA 2K15’s Cover Athlete

The NBA’s MVP Kevin Durant will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K15. 2K Sports announced Durant on their Facebook page earlier today. Durant recently shared the cover of NBA 2K13 with Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, and was slated to be on the cover of the ill-fated NBA Elite 11. The slogan of the game seems to be “Your Time Has Come” fitting well with Durant’s MVP season. The background shows a fenced in area of at least 10 full length courts. Of course with NBA 2K14’s The Park mode only having a single fully sized court, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume NBA 2K15’s Park would expand on that.

Rather than stretch for game details in this announcement, jump into the discussion in the comments below and in the Forums. Big thanks to Mazzocchi for the heads up.

NBA Live 15 Listed with Other Upcoming EA Games

benji shared images from EA’s shareholder presentation which showed the upcoming lineup for EA. Thankfully NBA Live 15 was shown in this pdf, however it is not listed as coming out on PC, again. It is unfortunate news but it has become the norm that FIFA is the only EA Sports title with an annual PC release. Other than confirming the game’s existence, we got a low resolution glimpse of this year’s logo, slightly italicised when compared to the fonts of past years.

Of course, we will continue to cover all news about NBA Live 15 even if it doesn’t appear to be coming to our favorite platform. Check out the slides and discussion in our Forums and keep the port begging up in the comments below.

The Tuesday Triple: A Blacktop Wishlist

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 have done two wishlists already this year, but this is The Tuesday Triple, so a third one is needed. Some may be getting a bit, sick, of me talking about my favorite mode, Blacktop. I am not going to deny that I bring it up a lot, but someone has to. So if I have the opportunity to shine some light on Blacktop in hopes that more people might give it a shot and enjoy it, or at least stop calling for its deletion in favor of more disc space, then I will probably keep featuring it. With that, let’s take a look at three realistic and reasonable wishlist items for NBA 2K15’s Blacktop mode.

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NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Kenny

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.

Our first interviewee is Kenny, formerly known as badreligionau. Kenny is perhaps best known in the Stories section for his NBA Live 10 Dynasty with the Denver Nuggets, The Next Level, which is one of the longest Dynasty games we’ve ever seen. More recently, he’s been sharing his journey through an NBA 2K13 Association with the Cleveland Cavaliers, now in its third season.

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