Wayback Wednesday: Revisiting NBA Jam Tournament Edition

Alonzo Mourning in NBA Jam Tournament Edition

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 some 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. This week, I’m taking another look back at one of my favourite arcade basketball games, NBA Jam Tournament Edition.

When you talk about titles that older basketball gamers are nostalgic for, NBA Jam will invariably be one of the most popular games to come up. It basically set the standard for what came to be known as arcade basketball games, with its over-the-top, high-flying dunks, relaxed approach to the rules of the sport, and simple gameplay. The original NBA Jam was a hit in arcades and with its home ports, appealing to basketball enthusiasts and more casual fans alike. It’s since spawned sequels, spiritual successors, and more than a couple of imitators with varying degrees of quality.

The original game is considered a classic and for good reason, but personally, I’ve always preferred its sequel, NBA Jam Tournament Edition. It’s a game I looked back at in the second ever Wayback Wednesday feature, around this time two years ago. Back then, I provided a few off-the-cuff thoughts on the game over some footage I’d been sitting on for a few years. I enjoyed doing that and it was a fun way to start getting into creating some video content, but I’ve always wanted to revisit NBA Jam Tournament Edition with a more fleshed out retrospective. That’s what I’m doing today, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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LIVESTRIKE Events Available Now in NBA Live 18

First LIVESTRIKE Event in NBA Live 18

We now know what LIVESTRIKE entails for NBA Live 18. As previously speculated, it is indeed a series of Live Events and content releases, providing gamers with an opportunity to earn new player gear and clothing to wear in The Streets. The events will be available for a limited time, and represent EA Sports’ partnerships with premium brands.

Introducing EA SPORTS NBA LIVE LIVESTRIKE, the most exclusive form of content releases in NBA LIVE. Unlike traditional content or game updates, a LIVESTRIKE is an unannounced content drop containing rare Live Event challenges, premium in-game apparel, shoes, traits, and more. A LIVESTRIKE is available for limited time and in limited quantities, so keep an eye out for news regarding the latest drops across official NBA LIVE channels.

The first event is still available, but will be expiring very soon, so get in quick if you want to earn the gear that’s currently on offer. Please note that it is just the first event that is scheduled between now and December 12th.

For the next week, Undefeated gear will be available in LIVESTRIKE events. From November 28th to December 5th, Bape streetwear will be on offer. From December 5th through to the 12th, you’ll find Pink Dolphin gear in the reward crates. Check out a trailer for the events below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Have you checked out the latest mod releases for NBA 2K18 PC? Today’s batch of file additions includes courts, tattoos, jerseys, and rosters. See below for all the download links!

Manni Live
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center

Issy
Phoenix Suns Court

pinoy21
Phoenix Suns Jersey with Hawk Patch (pinoy21)

Daemon
Sean Kilpatrick Tattoo
D’Angelo Russell Tattoo
Willy Hernangomez Tattoo
Juan Hernangomez Tattoo
Alex Abrines Tattoo
David West Tattoo
Joffrey Lauvergne Tattoo
George Hill Tattoo
Willie Cauley-Stein Tattoo

Trevor
1966-1967 Wilt Chamberlain Face

Shuajota
DNA Ultimate Roster Update
DNA Ultimate Files Update
DNA Ultimate Faces & Tattoos Pack

PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Celtics Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

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Monday Tip-Off: Battlefront II Events in NBA Live 18

Star Wars: Battlefront II Challenge in NBA Live 18

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on the recent Star Wars: Battlefront II events that were available in NBA Live 18.

As you may know, EA Sports recently introduced some crossover content in its sports titles, promoting the upcoming release of Star Wars: Battlefront II. For NBA Live 18, this took the form of Live Events challenges, all of which take place on a fictional Star Wars-themed court (located in Orlando, of course), with various Battlefront II-inspired gear and accessories available in the reward crates. As it stands, there’s currently a last call for the Battlefront II Challenge, giving gamers one final chance to earn some Inferno Squad-themed gear for their players to wear in The Streets.

I must admit that with all the grinding I’ve been doing to improve my NBA 2K18 MyPLAYER for 2K Pro-Am, I haven’t taken part in as many Live Events in NBA Live 18 as I’d like. However, having caught the trailer for the Battlefront II events, I wanted to make sure that I at least played a game or two before the promotion was over. The fictional court certainly looked cool, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on some extra gear for my player to wear in The Streets. As such, I jumped online in NBA Live 18 last week, and managed to take part in a few games.

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LIVESTRIKE Coming to NBA Live 18; Details Soon

NBA Live 18 LIVESTRIKE

You may recall that the brief notes for Patch 1.06 for NBA Live 18 mentioned something called LIVESTRIKE. At the time, there were no further details on what this feature entailed. As a result, some gamers concluded that it simply referred to the crossover content with Battlefront 2, namely the Star Wars-themed live events.

That does not appear to be the case however, as EA Sports continue to hype LIVESTRIKE through their social media channels. At this time, we still don’t have any details as to what it is. Naturally, this opens up the floor to further speculation, as it’s certainly being built up as a significant addition to NBA Live 18.

Arcane and I speculated on LIVESTRIKE in Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast, suggesting that it could be a live event or some other kind of online content. At this time, I still feel like that’s a fairly safe bet. It’s difficult to imagine that it would be a different type of mode or gameplay mechanic, but obviously we don’t have much to go on except for the name at this time.

As such, we’re all free to speculate a little longer. Feel free to share your thoughts on what LIVESTRIKE might be in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 18 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our modding community is keeping NBA 2K14 PC up to date with some great releases. The latest file additions include some new player faces, a fictional jersey for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a fixed version of URB 2K14. Check them all out at the links below!

Blang
Jaren Jackson Jr. Face
Romeo Langford Face
Alfonzo McKinnie Face
Rowan Barrett Jr. Face

S-Jectacular
Cleveland Cavaliers Fictional Nike “City” Jersey

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 07/11/17] (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

We have another batch of file additions for NBA 2K13 PC today. In addition to a pack of new Nike jerseys and adidas shoes, there’s another updated version of URB 2K13 which resolves a couple of issues from the previous release. Download all of the latest mod releases at the links below!

Alphajustice
Wolves, Jazz & Pacers Nike Jersey Pack
Adidas Harden RGB

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 07.11.17] (Updated)

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The Friday Five: 5 Players & Their Forgotten Final Seasons

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. This week’s Five is a list of five NBA players whose careers petered out, with their final seasons being somewhat forgotten.

Not all NBA players get a big send-off, or season-long retirement tour. Even if they were big stars at one point, some players end up spending their latter part of their careers in relative obscurity. There are many causes of that phenomenon, from injuries and basketball-related reasons to unfortunate personal problems. Whatever the case may be, for some fallen stars, it’s easy to forget the brief stints they had with certain teams towards the end of their careers. Indeed, it sometimes comes as a surprise when you look back and realise how long their careers lasted, or how recently they retired.

You’ll often come to those realisations when you fire up old basketball video games. When I cover those older titles for features such as Wayback Wednesday, I’m not only reminded of the experiences I had with those games, but of what the league looked like at the time. Old games serve as a time capsule for seasons gone by, making them effective reminders of the often overlooked later seasons of many players’ careers. For this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look back at the forgotten final seasons of five players who were big names at one point, but became somewhat overlooked as their careers wound down.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2003

NBA Live 2003 Cover Art

Since I discussed the game in yesterday’s Wayback Wednesday, it seems like a good time to share some long-lost files for NBA Live 2003. The recovered releases include my final roster update for the game (accurate as of the 2004 season), courts for the 2008 season, and a few other roster mods. Check them all out at the links below!

Andrew
2003/2004 Season Roster Update

Eytan
Israel League Patch

Cous
2008 Court Pack

Thahitman
Current Roster & Dream Team Patch

Zaxis
Z’s Roster Patch

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2003’s Elusive Post Move

Karl Malone Posts Up (NBA Live 2003)

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 some 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. This week, I’m taking a look back at a post move that I’ve never been able to perform in NBA Live 2003.

There’s a distinct satisfaction that comes with mastering advanced moves in basketball video games. Whether it’s pulling off the Dream Shake, or performing a beautiful combination of dribbling moves that leaves a defender stumbling, developing superior skills on the sticks is supremely satisfying. Sometimes, however, there’s that one move that you’re just never able to perform. You’ve seen it in trailers and other people’s gameplay footage, but for whatever reason, you just can’t perform the move yourself. Alternatively, it may be a contextual animation that very rarely triggers, even when you appear to do everything correctly.

For me, my white whale of basketball gaming is a post move that can be seen in the introduction video of NBA Live 2003. Try as I might, I’ve never been able to perform it in all the years that I’ve had the game (which is to say, since late 2002). What is this elusive post move? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Our NBA 2K18 PC modding community has been very productive as of late. The latest file additions include tattoos, faces, dornas, jerseys, and courts. Check them all out at the links below!

Daemon
Chris McCullough Tattoo
DJ Augustin Tattoo
Jonathan Simmons Tattoo
Terrence Ross Tattoo
Evan Fournier Tattoo
Austin Rivers Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sindarius Thornwell Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)
Sheldon Mac Tattoo (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Luka Doncic Face
Furkan Korkmaz Face
Dwyane Bacon Face
Ike Anigbogu Face
Wesley Iwundu Face
Minnesota Timberwolves Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)
Cleveland Cavaliers Dornas 2017-2018 (Updated to v1.1)

Issy
Houston Rockets Court
Chicago Bulls Jersey

PeacemanNOT
2007-2008 Hornets Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

Manni Live
New York Knicks Madison Square Garden Arena (Updated to v2.0)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

A flurry of recent releases for NBA 2K14 PC are keeping the game up to date for the 2018 season. The latest file additions include a new version of skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, jerseys, title screens, and more. Download all of the latest releases at the links below.

DaCrispy
Frank Mason III Kansas Title Screen
Vander Blue G-League Title Screen
Boston University Title Screen
West Point Army Knights Title Screen

S-Jectacular
Utah Jazz Nike Statement Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Association & Icon Jersey
Oklahoma City Thunder Nike Statement Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Association & Icon Jersey
Orlando Magic Nike Statement Jersey

Blang
Mike James Face

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05/11/17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

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Monday Tip-Off: The Value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood

2K Pro-Am Player of the Game (NBA 2K18)

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with a breakdown of the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in The Neighborhood in NBA 2K18.

Yes, I’m writing about Virtual Currency and NBA 2K18 again. I guess I’m a hater, a biased NBA Live fanboy looking to bash 2K at every turn. According to at least one disgruntled former reader, that’s exactly what I am. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m simply a dissatisfied consumer who believes that all of us who play NBA 2K18 deserve to be treated more fairly. Whether it’s NBA 2K, NBA Live, NBA Playgrounds, or any other game that we play, we do ourselves a disservice by not speaking up when there are issues. There’s no guarantee that we’ll get the result we want, but if we don’t speak up, we can pretty much guarantee that we won’t see the changes we desire.

Frankly, I’m still talking about Virtual Currency because it’s an on-going issue. After dropping the prices of hairstyles, facial hair, and hair colours in an early patch, Visual Concepts haven’t made further adjustments to VC earnings and in-game prices. Well, that’s not entirely true. They’ve reduced the reward for Player of the Half and Player of the Game in 2K Pro-Am. What they haven’t done is increase the VC rewards, bring back the difficulty multiplier, or reduce the prices of clothing and consumables. This is particularly infuriating when you consider the actual in-universe value of Virtual Currency. Thanks to our MyPLAYER card, that’s something we can easily figure out.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Great news for gamers still playing NBA 2K13 PC! skoadam has released a new version of the U R Basketball mod, featuring updated rosters from the 2017 season and much more. He’s also updated the cyberface reference for the mod. Pick up both new releases at the links below.

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V52 [34 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 17-18 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 05.11.17] (Updated to V52)
URB 2K13 & 2K14 CF ID (Updated)

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #227

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, but Arcane and I are back to talk about the latest news, as well as our recent basketball gaming experiences.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with the revelation that Arcane took part in a community playtesting event at EA Tiburon back in May. Arcane reflects on his experiences, which included a celebrity encounter.
  • A couple of patches (1.05 and 1.06) have come through for NBA Live 18, as well as some roster updates. We’re liking some of the improvements, though we’ve also identified issues that need to be resolved in NBA Live 19 and beyond.
  • A new patch (1.05) has also been released for NBA 2K18, at least for PlayStation 4. It too has included some welcome improvements, but has unfortunately caused a couple of new problems.
  • Two NLSC T-Shirts are now available to purchase from the kiosk in NBA 2K18’s Neighborhood. Rep us in The Playground, preferably by winning more games than we’ve managed to so far!
  • In response to a mailbag question, we discuss the future of microtransactions in NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18, particularly the latter. How bad could it get, and do we foresee any changes next year?
  • We also give our thoughts on a question regarding issues with unfinished and unpolished releases.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming, or rather our past couple of weeks in basketball gaming, have included several games of 2K Pro-Am, further progress in MyCAREER, and the new DLC for NBA Playgrounds.
  • We wrap up Episode #227 of the NLSC Podcast with our thoughts on 2018 NBA season so far.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.