NLSC Podcast Episode #163 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

Man, it feels like the days and weeks are just flying by this year! As such, it’s come time for me to put out a call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions for Episode #163 of the NLSC Podcast. We have a couple of topics on the docket already, but there’s definitely room for more, so if there’s anything you’d like to hear us talk about this week, please let us know ASAP.

As usual, I’ll clarify that while we will consider any and all suggestions, we do ask that you try to keep them along the lines of our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video games – as well as related areas of interest such as the NBA and real basketball, our modding community, and site history. We figure those are the common interests that most of us share, but if you do have any other suggestions, please let us know. The worst that’ll happen is that we’ll tell you we don’t really have anything to say about it!

Having said that, do you have any topics in mind for this week’s NLSC Podcast? If so, let us have them in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also hit us up via our Facebook and Twitter; if you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any.

As always, I want to thank you for your continued support and interest in the NLSC Podcast, which has steadily increased in recent weeks. If you haven’t caught Episode #162 yet – featuring the brand new Trivia Time! segment – be sure to 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 #163, coming your way very soon.

Monday Tip-Off: My Recent Experiences with 2K Pro-Am

Tipping Off in the Joel Anthony Arena in 2K Pro-Am 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.

If you’ve caught some of the recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast hosted by Arcane, Kenny, and myself, you’ll have heard us talking about our recent games of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16. I realise that audio content isn’t for everyone, and a written article can sometimes be better at starting discussion, since it’s easier to directly quote and respond to each other’s points. To that end, I thought I’d follow on from Kenny’s first official edition of The Sunday Substitute with some of my own thoughts on 2K Pro-Am.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a big online gamer. I prefer the franchise mode experience, and I’ve come to quite enjoy the card collecting, team building modes as well. However, playing basketball video games online is significantly more fun when it’s done with friends, so I’ve really enjoyed getting together with Kenny, Arcane, and some other members of our community for a few games each week. As Kenny noted in the Forum, our record isn’t stellar, but we have a good time…for the most part.

So, what are my overall impressions of 2K Pro-Am to date, and what would I like to see done moving forward?

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The Sunday Substitute: Achieving 99 Overall in NBA 2K

The GOAT, often rated 99 Overall

Welcome to the Sunday Substitute; the article where I get some valuable minutes while the star is resting on the bench. I might not have the time to do this every week, but I like to think I’m still making a contribution to the team.

Today I’m going to talk about 99 overall players. In real life, you may associate one or two players with the number, but it is a completely different story in NBA 2K16. In 2K PRO-AM, you will see at least one on the highly ranked teams, while in MyPARK, there are generally as many 99 players as there are players that are over 7-feet tall. However, even though the rarity of this calibre of player in real life versus online is an issue, I want to first delve into what kind of attributes make a 99 overall player.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include updated 2016 rosters, a fictional Under Armour court, a face for Jason Williams, and retro courts for the 2009 Conference Finals and NBA Finals. Check them all out at the links below!

dtd
Fictional Under Armour Court

SUPERSUB47
Jason Williams Face

retroman
2009 NBA Conference Finals and Championship Finals Courts

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.9d)

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, which include Miami Vice jerseys for the Miami Heat, two arena updates for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and an arena update for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Please see below for all the download links.

Brent aka Onegreatrace
Miami Vice Jerseys (Home and Away)

MJ23LB
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena V2 (Local Broadcast)
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena V2 (NBA Finals)

The Friday Five: Final Results of My 5 2016 Season Predictions

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.

The 2016 season is close to being in the books, and could be over in two more games. I’ll be honest: it hasn’t been my favourite NBA season. The fact that the Chicago Bulls had a disappointing year definitely doesn’t help, but apart from the Golden State Warriors’ impressive, record breaking performance, I didn’t find it to be especially noteworthy. I found myself tuning out during the year, and there were a couple of months where my subscription to NBA League Pass Broadband was definitely going to waste. While there have been some good games, and a couple of exciting moments in the 2016 Playoffs, I’ve mostly been underwhelmed by this season.

Having said that, I made five predictions before the season began, which I later revisited as the year progressed. Now that the 2016 campaign has almost wrapped up, I thought I’d look back at those predictions one last time, and tally up the final results. So, how did I do? Did I manage to at least do a little better than my record in the Bold Predictions segments of the NLSC Podcast? Well, let’s take one last look at my five predictions for the 2016 NBA season.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a few more file additions for NBA Live 08 today, as mervie16 has released the 2016 Pride jerseys for the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, and Houston Rockets. Download them all at the links below!

mervie16
2015/2016 Denver Nuggets Pride Jersey
2015/2016 Washington Wizards Pride Jersey
2015/2016 Houston Rockets Pride Jersey

NLSC Podcast – Episode #162

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Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s been a quiet week for basketball video game news, but Arcane, Kenny, and I do have a couple of tidbits to talk about, as well as our latest experiences in 2K Pro-Am, and the 2016 NBA Finals. Also, a new segment makes its debut!

On this week’s show…

  • We tip off the show with another discussion on the lack of updates for NBA Live 16 through the end of the regular season and Playoffs, and what we’d like to see EA do during the offseason in the lead up to NBA Live 17.
  • 2K Sports are unveiling Team 2K, their talent lineup for NBA 2K17 which includes cover player Paul George. We speculate on the silhouettes in the teaser image.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming, we reflect on last week’s 2K Pro-Am session, where we discovered that contrary to what Homer Simpson once said, there are actually sweeter and more satisfying things than winning by default.
  • Turning our attention to the 2016 NBA Finals, we reflect on the first two games, and make our predictions for the rest of the series. Sorry, Cleveland Cavaliers fans.
  • As it stands right now, who is the Finals MVP? What does it mean for Stephen Curry’s legacy – and the Michael Jordan comparisons – if he doesn’t have a big series?
  • With the season winding down, we tally our final scores for Bold Predictions. We’re hoping to do better next year.
  • Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with a brand new segment: Trivia Time! Andrew is the quizmaster, as Arcane and Kenny square off in answering three trivia questions. This week, the questions cover NBA Live and NBA Jam.

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.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 95 Patching

1997/1998 Rosters from Lutz's NBA Live 95 Roster Patches

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.

For as long as the NLSC has been around, so has the NBA Live patching community. In 2008, patching – or modding, as it’s more frequently called these days – finally came to NBA 2K, when NBA 2K9 became the first game in the series to be released on PC. As a community, we’ve been able to do some amazing things for both NBA Live and NBA 2K: comprehensive multi-season roster mods, enhanced textures for team and player art, and even changes to the animation files, to name but a few. We’ve hit some roadblocks along the way – as NBA 2K15 and NBA 2K16 modders can attest – but it was pretty difficult back in the days of NBA Live 95, too.

Thanks to the efforts of our founders, Tim, Lutz, and Brien, it was possible to create custom rosters for NBA Live 95, and eventually, custom art files as well. Compared to what they were able to achieve with the editing tools for NBA Live 96 onwards, creating rosters for NBA Live 95 was much trickier, and a lot more finicky. Through going back and creating the Definitive roster patch for NBA Live 95 as part of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content, as well as putting Stephen Curry into the game for last week’s feature, I was reminded of both the fun and the frustration of patching NBA Live 95.

With patching/modding being such a big part of what we do here at the NLSC, I thought it’d be interesting to look back at what the community had to work with in the early days. So let’s indeed take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community has a bunch of new releases for NBA 2K14 PC for you today. The latest file additions include a new title screen, a pack of court updates for all 30 NBA teams, updated logos, new rosters, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

RamBu
NBA 2K17 Paul George Title Screen

Kieler 2K
30-Team NBA 2016-2017 Court Pack by Kieler 2K

dtd
Fictional Adidas Court

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.9c)
NBA Video Game Cover Athlete Icons (Updated to v5.0)
PlayStation Buttons, Updated Headlines & Referee Attire, NBA 2K16 Jukebox (Updated to v3.0)
2016-2017 NBA Bootup by Med (Updated to v3.0)
2016-2017 NBA Logos by Med (Updated to v3.0)
FIBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v5.0)

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster | Summer 16′ Tweak (Updated to v7.1)

NLSC Podcast Episode #162 Mailbag Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for Episode #162 of the NLSC Podcast! We’ll be recording the show a day earlier this week, so if there’s anything specific that you’d like us to talk about in the next episode, please let us know ASAP!

As usual, we ask that you try to keep suggestions along the lines of our core content and other subjects that are relevant to our community: NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming in general, the real NBA, modding, and site history. We will give consideration to other topics, but we figure that most people come here for basketball gaming content, and those other related topics tend to be the most common interests that we all share. We’d also like to avoid covering the same topics too often – unless there’s a new and interesting development, of course – so you might want to glance back in the archives if you’ve missed some recent shows.

With that said…do you have any suggestions? If so, please let us know in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also submit topics and questions via our Facebook and Twitter; be sure to connect with us on social media if you haven’t already.

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who continues to tune in every week, and show interest in the NLSC Podcast through feedback and topic suggestions. It seems a few more of you are tuning in as of late, so we hope that you’re enjoying listening to the shows as much as we enjoy recording them! If you haven’t caught Episode #161 yet, 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 #162!

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

We have some new file additions for NBA Live 2005 PC today, and they’re all from me. As I’ve done for NBA Live 06-08, I’ve updated the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz logos for next season, along with the team logo bootup screen. Download my latest releases at the links below!

Andrew
Sacramento Kings 2016/2017 Logo Patch 2005
Utah Jazz 2016/2017 Logo Patch 2005
NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 07 (Updated to v10.0)

Monday Tip-Off: Are You Modding For The Right Reasons?

Andreas Dahl's Next Gen Practice Court Patch for NBA Live 06

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.

In previous Monday Tip-Off columns, I’ve discussed a few issues related to our modding community: problems with ego, why modders stop modding, and why people make mods for older basketball video games. In a couple of those features, I’ve touched upon the right reasons and the wrong reasons to get involved in the modding scene for basketball video games. While I don’t want to harp on the same topics over and over again, sometimes they do bear repeating, especially when certain issues arise time and time again.

We recently had another incident in the Forum which reminded me that although we are a talented modding community, unfortunately there are some individuals who do have a bad attitude. I suppose it’s inevitable and it’s always disappointing, but it’s perhaps even more disappointing when I see other people defend and enable that behaviour. While everyone is entitled to their own point of view, I’d suggest that you’re betting on the wrong horse if you’re on the side of the person who’s throwing a tantrum like a toddler.

I feel like we need a refresher here, so having said that, what are the right and wrong reasons to mod, the good and the bad attitudes to have towards the hobby?

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA Live 06! They include my logo updates for the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, a new version of my team logo bootup screen, and a couple of new courts from magiciangirl06. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Sacramento Kings 2016/2017 Logo Patch 06
Utah Jazz 2016/2017 Logo Patch 06
NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 06 (Updated to v10.0)

magiciangirl06
2014 USA Las Vegas Showcase Court
NBA Live 14 EA Sports Under Armour Elite Court

File Additions for NBA Live 07

NBA Live 07 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 07 include my latest logo updates for the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, along with a new version of the team logos bootup screen. BadLuckLuke has also released a 3D NBA on NBC transition patch. Download all of the latest additions at the links below!

Andrew
Sacramento Kings 2016/2017 Logo Patch 07
Utah Jazz 2016/2017 Logo Patch 07
NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 07 (Updated to v10.0)

BadLuckLuke
NBC 3D Transition Patch