The Friday Five: 5 Ways to End a Basketball Gaming Rut

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 mentioned a few times in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve been finding myself in a bit of a basketball gaming rut as of late. As much as I like NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 for what each title brings to the table, I haven’t been spending as much time with them as I’d like. This is partly due to the fact that I’ve been playing older versions of NBA Live to create content for our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live features, but on top of that, I’ve also found myself a little unsure of what I actually want to do with the most recent releases from EA Sports and Visual Concepts.

First world problems, I know. In any event, I’ve been thinking of what I can do to get out of this rut, and spend some more quality time with the latest basketball games. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who experiences occasional lulls in my basketball gaming habits, so I thought that I’d discuss the topic openly in this week’s Friday Five, and perhaps start a conversation that will help anyone else who feels like they’re in a bit of basketball gaming rut. With that said, here are five suggestions to tip things off.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #156

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Episode #156 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, so tune in for your weekly dose of basketball and basketball video game chatter! It’s a three man booth once again as Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss our past week in basketball gaming, the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We’ll be holding a big NBA Live giveaway soon, including copies of NBA Live 16 for PS4 and X1, and retro NBA Live games for PC. Stay tuned for more details, and check out our Facebook and Twitter for a teaser!
  • Rocket League’s Hoops add-on has arrived. It’s a bit tricky, but definitely fun.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Tips for getting into MyTEAM, new MyLEAGUE games, and NBA Jam for the PlayStation 2, and more.
  • With the 2016 NBA Playoffs underway, are we inclined to start any new seasons in NBA Live or NBA 2K?
  • Turning our attention to some other gaming news, the Nintendo NX has been announced for March 2017. We discuss whether we’ll be inclined to get Nintendo’s next console when it comes out.
  • We run down the past week of action in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, which has seen injuries to major players, and a couple of teams on the cusp of upsets.
  • In other news, the Los Angeles Lakers have permission to interview Luke Walton, and the Sacramento Kings have updated their logos for the first time since 1994.
  • We wrap up Episode #156 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. Last week, we got two out of three. Can we go three for three this time around?

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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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 include updated 2016 rosters, new logos for the 2017 season, and updated fictional outdoor courts. Download them all at the links below!

Medevenx
2017 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
2016-2017 NBA Bootup
2016-2017 NBA Logos
NBA 2K14/16/17 Cover Athlete Icons (Updated to v2.0)

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Spencer Hawes 2016 Face [SUPERSUB47]
Anthony Brown Face [SUPERSUB47]

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2K14 U R Basketball V45 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 27/04/16] (Updated to V45)

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Outdoor Atlanta Hawks Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Charlotte Hornets Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Dallas Mavericks Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Golden State Warriors Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Houston Rockets Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Clippers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Los Angeles Lakers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Memphis Grizzlies Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Miami Heat Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor New Orleans Pelicans Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Orlando Magic Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Phoenix Suns Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Sacramento Kings Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor San Antonio Spurs Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Washington Wizards Court (Updated to v2.0)

Wayback Wednesday: Hidden Players in NBA Live 96 SNES

Roster Setup in NBA Live 96 SNES

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where 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.

The inclusion of several hidden players in the Super Nintendo version of NBA Live 96 is a trivia note that I’ve mentioned in a few previous columns, including my look back at the game’s Expansion Draft feature. I’ve also mentioned my intention to talk a little more about those hidden players, and this week’s Wayback Wednesday seems as good a time as any.

Hidden players have been found in several basketball video games over the years. A few rookies were hidden in the default rosters of NBA Live 2004, and were unlockable via a code (or DBF editing on PC). Poking around in NBA Live 08’s database uncovered some unused historical teams. The NBA Jam series famously features several secret players that you can play with, and against. And, if you use RED MC to open up the rosters for recent NBA 2K games, you’ll find a few players that have been deactivated and removed from the active roster.

However, NBA Live 96 on SNES features one of the largest selections of unlockable hidden players that we’ve seen in a basketball game. How did that come about? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #156 Mailbag Call

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances – and we’ve been lucky so far this year! – we’ll be recording Episode #156 of the NLSC Podcast this week. As usual, we already have a few topics in mind, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear us talk about (especially in regards to basketball gaming), please let us know ASAP.

As usual, we would like to keep topics related to our core content of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming, as well as the real NBA, modding, and other areas of interest to our community. We will give consideration to any and all suggestions, but it might be difficult for us to say much about topics that are beyond the scope of our coverage…though, we certainly will have a couple of things to say about Rocket League this week!

Having said that…got a topic suggestion or mailbag question in mind? If so, please post it in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also send us any submissions via our Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any.

A huge thank you, as always, to everyone who continues to tune in to the NLSC Podcast every week, as well as send in topic suggestions. We enjoy recording the shows, and we really appreciate the support of our listeners. If you haven’t caught Episode #155 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here. We also invite you to subscribe to us on iTunes, and if you’d like to listen to us on the go, you can also find us on Stitcher. Once again, if you like what you hear, please feel free to leave us a favourable rating and review, and spread the word!

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

As the 2016 NBA Playoffs roll on, our talented modding community has been creating Playoff-centric updates for various PC releases. In the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, I hate Mondays has released some packs of Playoff stanchion updates, which you can pick up at the links below.

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2016 Raptors, Thunder & Warriors Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Hawks & Spurs Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Cavaliers, Clippers & Heat Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Mavericks, Pacers & Rockets Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Celtics, Pistons & Grizzlies Playoffs Stanchions

Monday Tip-Off: An Ode to Disappointing Screenshots

Carmelo Anthony Jersey Glitch in NBA 2K13

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.

Today’s column has nothing to do with being disappointed in the screenshots that we see during the preview season. That does happen, of course, but it’s an entirely different issue. No, I’m talking about the times when we’re playing NBA Live or NBA 2K, something really exciting happens, and we immediately have to fire up Instant Replay to enjoy it again. Unfortunately, when we do, we discover that certain aspects of the play don’t look quite as good as they did the first time around. That’s when we end up with screenshots that can be pretty funny, but also disappointing when we’re after a cool shot.

The technology that’s used in basketball video games specifically (and gaming in general) has come a long way, and you can easily spotlight the improvements with side-by-side comparisons of screenshots and videos. There are still limitations of course, and while they aren’t always noticeable during gameplay, they can be painfully obvious when we watch the action again from a closer angle, and in slow motion. Today’s games look much more realistic than their predecessors, but you can still expect a few glitches to jump out and spoil your screenshots and videos now and again.

This week’s Monday Tip-Off is all about memorable basketball gaming moments that don’t end up looking so good. This is an ode to disappointing screenshots.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: faces for LeBron James and Thon Maker, and a new fictional Russell Westbrook-themed court. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

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LeBron James HD Face

TGsoGood
Thon Maker Face

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Fictional Russell Wesbrook Court

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with a new file addition for NBA Live 08, namely S_Brat’s face and tattoo pack for the Phoenix Suns. Check it out at the link below!

S_Brat
2015/2016 Phoenix Suns Team Update

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA Live 06 are from magiciangirl06, who has uploaded a couple of packs that add 2016 Playoffs backboards and atmosphere for all 30 teams. Check them both out at the links below!

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2015/2016 30 Teams Playoffs Backboards
2015/2016 30 Teams Playoffs Atmosphere

The Friday Five: 5 Insulting Player Ratings in Basketball Games

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.

Every year, we basketball gamers tend to argue about ratings. Most of the time, the arguments concern overall ratings, and as we saw during this past offseason, even NBA players are getting in on the act these days. While the importance of overall ratings is often exaggerated, they are still significant, and when an overall rating seems really wrong, it usually means that there are a few issues with a player’s individual ratings.

It’s funny to see players like Brandon Jennings publicly take exception to player ratings though, as I’m sure that a lot of players have taken a look at some of their ratings over the years, and felt quite insulted. “Seriously, you think I’m that hopeless at scoring/passing/defense?” I’d say that it’s definitely led to some grumbling to the developers at EA Sports and 2K Sports. With that in mind, for this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at five ratings that have very likely led to some wounded pride.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #155

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Episode #155 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we overcome a couple of annoying technical issues to discuss some issues facing PC basketball gaming, the quality of content updates for NBA Live, the first week of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We open Episode #155 with a look at some of the challenges that face PC basketball gaming. Of course, we’d still like to see NBA Live return to the PC, and a more modder-friendly NBA 2K.
  • For some reason, NBA 2K16 on Steam has been tagged as a “Psychological Horror” title. Go figure.
  • Is it currently too much of a grind to level up players in NBA Live and NBA 2K?
  • There hasn’t been much in the way of gear, shoe, and accessory updates in LIVE Pro-Am. Do we expect the content updates to improve in NBA Live 17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Ultimate Team, MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and one annoying crash.
  • Week 1 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs is in the books, and we have to admit, we’re not as excited for the postseason as we’d like to be.
  • Tom Thibodeau has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their new coach and president. Also, a fantastic old school photo of him has emerged.
  • The first NBA award winners for 2016 have been announced. No arguments so far.
  • We manage to mention the NBL, but only because it looks like Anthony Bennett is headed Down Under.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions feature a very bold prediction indeed.
  • We wrap up Episode #155 with a chilling tale of deception. And by chilling, we actually mean kind of amusing.

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have three new file additions for NBA 2K11 PC today, as experiment626 has released jersey updates for the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings, and a court update for the Toronto Raptors. Download them all at the links below!

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2015-16 Denver Nuggets Uniforms
2014-16 Sacramento Kings Uniforms
2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Court

Wayback Wednesday: NLSC Art from the Archives

NBA Live Series Center Header

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where 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.

As you may have seen, we’re currently celebrating the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live – a little past the date, but we want to finish what we’ve started – in a series of features that include retrospectives, in-depth articles, and even some patch releases. More of that content will be on the way shortly, with a retrospective of NBA Live 2001 being the next feature up. However, the NLSC itself has an anniversary coming up in the not too distant future. As of August, we’ll have been around for twenty years ourselves, in one form or another.

I expect that we’ll have some kind of celebrations, with some special content to mark the occasion. We might also look to spruce up our design a bit, as it’s been a few years since our last major renovation. The idea of freshening up our look prompted me to look back through the archives, both for ideas that will allow us to pay homage to our heritage in any new designs, as well as to simply take a stroll down memory lane.

Care to join me? If so, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC features a bevy of new and updated releases from our talented modding community. The latest uploads include NCAA courts, updated NBA and PBA rosters, new versions of a few fictional outdoor courts, and a custom Kobe Bryant title screen. Check them all out at the links below!

Levi
Grambling State University Court SWAC
Hampton University Court MEAC
Alabama State University SWAC

dtd
Kobe Bryant Title Screen
Outdoor Chicago Bulls Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Cleveland Cavaliers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Detroit Pistons Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Indiana Pacers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Milwaukee Bucks Court (Updated to v2.0)

Mevevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.9b)
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v10.2b)

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2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.9)