NBA Live Mobile Launches Worldwide

Tip-Off in NBA Live Mobile

Following the initial soft launch in Canada, NBA Live Mobile is now available worldwide. The game, which is available free for Android and iOS devices, features five-on-five gameplay and card-based team building, similar to Ultimate Team in the console versions of NBA Live. Not unlike Ultimate Team, NBA Live Mobile does feature microtransactions, for anyone who wishes to spend real money on immediate boosts.

Gameplay consists of Live Events, which are skills challenges that are inspired by what’s happening in the real NBA, as well as a two minute quarter in-game scenarios. Modes include Head-to-Head games, Season Mode, Friends Matches, and League play. Star players from yesterday and today are included in NBA Live Mobile, with Special Abilities providing enhanced versions of players that will give your team an extra boost.

Once again, NBA Live Mobile is available through the Play Store for Android, and the App Store for iOS. A console version of NBA Live 17 is currently slated for release in early 2017; we’ll try to get some more information on that as soon as we can. In the meantime, we’ll be discussing NBA Live Mobile in this week’s NLSC Podcast, but if you pick up the game yourself, be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. For a breakdown of the key features of NBA Live Mobile, please see below.

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NLSC Podcast Episode #166 Mailbag Call

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With every getting back to normal after our server move, Episode #166 of the NLSC Podcast should be out at the regular time this week. As such, I’m putting out an early call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for the next show.

We’ll have our regular chatter about our past week of basketball gaming, as well as the latest offseason news – including Kevin Durant’s big decision – but there’s definitely room on the docket for more topics. If there’s something you’d like to hear us talk about that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, basketball gaming in general, the real NBA, or the community, please let us know! We will consider other topics, but generally speaking, we would prefer to keep the show centred around our core content.

Having said that, if you have any suggestions, please hit us up in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also contact us via our Facebook and Twitter; if you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any to hit those Like and Follow buttons.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the NLSC Podcast! We really appreciate everyone who continues to tune in every week, and send us feedback and topic ideas. If you need to catch up on Episode #165, released on Sunday night, you can tune in here. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes, as well as find us on Stitcher if you’d like to listen to the shows on your mobile or tablet devices. Stay tuned for Episode #166!

Monday Tip-Off: Superstition & Basketball Gaming

Kyle Lowry dribbles the basketball in NBA 2K16

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

Our server move is now complete! While we’re still ironing out a few issues and making sure that everything is working as intended, most of the basics seem to be in order. That means I can get back to spending some more time creating content, and actually talking about basketball video games. I’ve been compiling some ideas for future columns, as well as some videos that I’d like to try to make in the coming weeks. This week, however, a fun idea for a topic came to mind: superstition and basketball gaming.

I don’t think of myself as a very superstitious person in general – my uncanny ability to jinx NBA teams aside – but over the years, I’ve developed a few habits when it comes to basketball video games. It may not be entirely accurate to call all of them superstitions, but it does make for a catchy title, so I’m going to run with it anyway. Basically, they’re the little things that I do in the hopes that they’ll improve my chances for success on the virtual hardwood.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #165

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Better late than never! Our server move is complete, so here is Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast. This week, Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss more ups and downs while playing 2K Pro-Am, the 2016 NBA Draft, a wild start to the offseason, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • It took a little longer than we had hoped, with more interruptions than we anticipated, but we’ve moved to our new home. We’re looking forward to bigger and better things!
  • There wasn’t a lot of gaming news to catch up on this week, but we put out another reminder that there are a couple of days left to pick up NBA 2K16 for PS4 through PlayStation Plus.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: our latest 2K Pro-Am experiences, including a shameful confession. Also, a spooky tale (or not) about NBA Live 97 Super Nintendo cartridges that seem to have a mind of their own.
  • We offer up a few thoughts on the 2016 NBA Draft, which saw Ben Simmons taken first overall, and a great pun related to the Chicago Bulls’ recent moves.
  • It’s been a crazy start to the offseason, with notable names changing teams and a lot of money being thrown around. We react to the latest free agency talk, from Mike Conley’s historic deal to further speculation on Kevin Durant’s future.
  • Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a new edition of Trivia Time!

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NBA 2K16 PlayStation Plus Reminder

Kevin Durant takes on the Warriors in NBA 2K16

A quick reminder to any and all PlayStation 4 users with an active PlayStation Plus subscription: NBA 2K16 is still available for your Instant Games Collection. If you haven’t picked up the game yet, or you’ve been playing on PC and would like to double-dip, this is an excellent opportunity to get it at no extra cost.

It will only be available until July 5th however, so act fast if you want to add the game to your collection. Note that you don’t need to download NBA 2K16 right away; it weighs in at around 50 GB, so if your hard drive is full, or you’re having connection problems, simply add it to your collection so that you can download it later. It will remain accessible as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. More details can be found here in the PlayStation Store.

If you do take advantage of the offer and pick up NBA 2K16 for PlayStation 4, be sure to join us in discussing the game here in the NLSC Forum! Please be advised, however, that the mods in our Downloads section are not compatible with the PS4 version. Several users have made all sorts of custom rosters that are available through 2K Share, including offseason rosters, so be sure to check them out.

The Friday Five: 5 Things You Learn During a Server Move

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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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

If you’re tried to visit the NLSC throughout this week, you’ll have found that we’ve been out of service for much of it. If you’re reading this now, however, chances are everything is back to normal and our big server move is finally complete. I was hoping to avoid having this much downtime, but we ran into a few complications along the way. As I’m writing this week’s column, we’re fortunately in the home stretch of the server move, and it won’t be long before it’ll be business as usual. As you can probably imagine, I’m quite relieved!

I’ve mentioned before that in running the NLSC for all these years, I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve gained fascinating insights into the development of basketball video games, and through my duties in the NLSC Forum, I’ve learned about dealing with different types of personalities. Through developing content and implementing new features for the NLSC, I’ve also gained some useful technical skills and knowledge. Undertaking our most recent server move has certainly been a learning experience too, so I thought I’d reflect upon that in this week’s Five. Without any further ado, here are five things that I learned moving the NLSC to a new server.

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NLSC Podcast Out Later This Week

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Our server move will take just a little longer to complete, but we’re in the home stretch. As a result, Episode #165 of the NLSC Podcast will likely be released a little later than usual this week. We will be recording the show very soon however, so if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to talk about, we’re still taking suggestions. Since the Forum is still out of action, you can hit us up with any topic suggestions and mailbag questions via Facebook and Twitter.

As usual, we’ll consider any and all suggestions, but we do ask that you keep them along the lines of our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video gaming – as well as related topics such as the real NBA, modding, and site history. As I’ve said before, we figure that’s why most people visit the NLSC, and tune in to the NLSC Podcast, so that’s the stuff we’d prefer to focus on talking about.

A huge thank you once again to everyone who continues to tune in to the NLSC Podcast each week, and send in topic suggestions. We greatly appreciate the support! Tune in to Episode #164 here if you haven’t caught it already, and don’t forget that you can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the server move as well; not long now until it’s back to business as usual! Stay tuned to our social media for further updates.

Wayback Wednesday: Three Team Trades in NBA Live 2001

Shawn Kemp in NBA Live 2001

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content.

I’m still overseeing our ongoing server move, so as I mentioned in the Monday Tip-Off, I haven’t been able to set aside a lot of time to prepare new original content this week. My hope is that everything will be in place and back to normal soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to get something out there for Wayback Wednesday, to give everyone something to either check out while they wait, or catch up on when the site is back up to speed. Specifically, I thought I’d write up a quick piece on three team trades in NBA Live 2001.

If you caught the first instalment of “Trivia Time” on the NLSC Podcast, you might have heard that NBA Live 2001 is, to date, the only game in the NBA Live series to feature three-team trade functionality. It’s something that I think a lot of us would like to see return along with other roster editing functions, and since it is such a rare feature in the NBA Live series, it’s worth looking back on.

So, let us indeed take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We have one new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC today, as Medevenx has released a new version of his PBA mod. Check it out at the link below!

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PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v12.0)

Please note that we are still in the middle of a server move, so there will be further interruptions to the Downloads section and Forum over the next couple of days. Once we’re at our new home, everything will be back to normal. If you encounter any interruptions or downtime, please sit tight.

Monday Tip-Off: What The NLSC Means To Me

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We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

As I write this week’s Monday Tip-Off, we’re still preparing to move to our new server. We’ve encountered a couple of snags, but if all goes well, we’ll be at our new home within the next couple of days, hopefully with as few interruptions as possible. My apologies for the downtime in the Forum and Downloads section in the past twenty-four hours; I had anticipated a quicker move, and did not want to jeopardise the proceedings that were already underway. There will be some further interruptions and downtime as we complete the move, but if you’re reading this, we’re either back up and running temporarily, or the move is complete.

In trying to sort out the server move over the weekend, as well as taking care of a couple of other matters, I haven’t had an opportunity to prepare a column or video feature for today. With Monday rapidly drawing to a close here in Australia, I’ve found myself scrambling to find something to write about, while I continue to take care of matters behind the scenes to get the NLSC onto its new hosting. After tossing around a few ideas, one topic came to mind that was quite obvious, given the circumstances.

What does the NLSC mean to me?

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Update On Our Server Move

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As many of you will have no doubt noticed by now, the NLSC Forum and Downloads section has been inactive for most of the past 24 hours. This is because we’re in the process of moving to our new server, and the Forum has been deactivated so that we don’t lose any data in the process.

Unfortunately, the process is taking a little longer than we anticipated. However, we are making progress, and hopefully it won’t take too much longer. Our apologies for the inconvenience, as we were hoping that there wouldn’t be this long of an interruption. The Forum and Downloads section will have to remain deactivated for the moment, as it’s important that we don’t lose anything or mess anything up during the move.

While the main site should be working, we’ve been informed that some people are being redirected to the deactivated Forum. We’re not sure what’s causing that issue, but it should be resolved as soon as the move is completed. If you’re still running into any problems after the move is completed, please let us know, and we’ll look into it. We’re hoping that the move will end up going as smoothly as possible, but if we miss something in our double-checking, by all means give us a heads up.

If you’d like to keep up to date with the status of the server move, or get in touch with us, connect with the NLSC on Facebook and Twitter. With any luck, everything will be back to normal and back up and running very soon. Thank you all again for your patience and understanding!

File Additions for NBA 2K13

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Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K13 PC is the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro season roster pack. The new release features 51 BAA, NBA, NBL, and ABA seasons, and includes Draft Classes from 1947 through 1985. Check it out at the link below!

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1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.8)

NBA 2K16 PC 80% Off on Steam

NBA 2K16: LeBron James

The annual Steam Summer Sale is underway, and basketball gamers can already reap the benefits. If you haven’t yet picked up the PC version of NBA 2K16, now is a good time to do so, as it is available at an 80% discount until July 5th.

If you’d like to pick up the Michael Jordan edition of NBA 2K16, it is also still available at an 82% discount. The Michael Jordan edition includes a rookie Jordan card for MyTEAM, in-game Jordan content for your MyPLAYER, and 30,000 VC.

The PC version of NBA 2K16 is not as moddable as previous editions of NBA 2K, but our modding community has made several in-roads since the game’s release last September. In terms of gameplay, features, and so forth, it is identical to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The official patches also seem to have addressed performance issues for most PC gamers, as well as fixed keyboard support and a couple of other PC-specific problems.

You can check out more impressions and information on NBA 2K16 PC in this section of the NLSC Forum. If you pick up the game, be sure to check out our Downloads section as well as the Releases & Previews board, and feel free to share your impressions of the game as well.

The Friday Five: 5 Strange Basketball Gaming Habits

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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

As I’ve said many times before, we take our basketball gaming seriously around these parts. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but as with any gaming community, it can lead to some attitudes that aren’t very constructive or open-minded. There are many strong opinions in the basketball gaming community, but the most important thing at the end of the day is that we’re enjoying playing these games that we’re so passionate about. We shouldn’t get caught up telling each other how to have fun, or lecture each other about the supposed “correct” way to play. There are many different ways to enjoy NBA Live and NBA 2K, after all.

At the same time, there are some strange habits and attitudes in the basketball gaming community. Again, everyone is entitled to their opinion and preferences, but some habits are puzzling, and certain attitudes myopic. In this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at a range of basketball gaming habits that are peculiar for one reason or another. I’m not saying they’re all wrong, but some are definitely a little odd. Without any further ado, let’s tip things off!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #164

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Episode #164 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss the epic conclusion of the 2016 NBA Finals, some NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 tidbits, and our latest sessions in 2K Pro-Am.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with some housekeeping matters, specifically our forthcoming server move, and our appeal to help us cover the hosting costs moving forward.
  • The season finale of NBA 2KTV revealed a few interesting tidbits about NBA 2K17, from changes to Locker Codes to the development of a face scanning app for mobile devices.
  • We recap some Tweets of interest from the official NBA Live Twitter regarding NBA Live 17, and the possibility of future roster updates for NBA Live 16.
  • There are rumours that NBA Live 17 will feature a story-driven career mode. We consider the possibility, and reflect once again on NBA 2K16’s MyCAREER mode, now that we’ve all finished the first season.
  • What are the advantages of basketball gaming on the PC versus playing on consoles, and vice versa?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming featured several more games of 2K Pro-Am, a couple of which were really, really satisfying.
  • The 2016 NBA Finals are in the books, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off the unlikely comeback. Once again, we discuss LeBron’s legacy.
  • Ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft, we discuss a couple of big trades that have been announced. A eulogy for Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls career is included.
  • We wrap up Episode #164 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Trivia Time! Can you get the answers before Arcane and Kenny?

Click Play to listen to the show!

Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.