NLSC Podcast – Episode #171

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Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s our longest episode in a while as we had a lot to talk about this week, from the first teaser trailer for NBA 2K17, to the Boomers vs. Team USA. Also, some of our favourite memories of Dynasty Mode, and our most recent sessions of 2K Pro-Am.

On this week’s show…

  • The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has been released. We react to the trailer, and some of us struggle to correctly articulate the name of the US national anthem.
  • On the subject of teasers and news, we also discuss the problem with gaming sites and YouTubers who engage in clickbait, tricking their fellow basketball gamers with fake news and completely unrelated content.
  • Will an increase in video game prices and the rise of microtransactions result in longer development cycles for sports games?
  • What are some of our favourite moments in Dynasty Mode/franchise modes over the years? Which was the best edition of the mode?
  • In our Week in Basketball Gaming: Possible burnout on 2K Pro-Am, and perspective on some of the improvements to shooting mechanics in recent years.
  • The Orlando Magic have unveiled what is perhaps our new least favourite alternate jersey. Bring on the Nike contract!
  • Australia had a fine performance against the USA in the preliminary round of the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament. We’re still picking the USA to win the gold, but are we more optimistic about the Boomers’ chances of winning a medal?
  • We wrap up Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast with another edition of Trivia Time!

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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.

NBA 2K17 Trailer: “The Dream Lives On”

NBA 2K17: 1992 Dream Team

The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has finally been released. Titled “The Dream Lives On”, it spotlights Team USA 2016, as well as the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The Star Spangled Banner accompanies clips of both teams during pre-game introductions and prior to tip-off, along with a few cinematic gameplay clips and celebration animations.

Notably, while Mike Krzyzewski is featured in the trailer, the late Chuck Daly is not shown on the sidelines for the Dream Team. Daly was also absent from the first official screenshots that were released whereas Coach K was included along with Team USA 2016. That would seem to confirm that Daly will not appear in NBA 2K17. Aside from that, all twelve members of the original Dream Team are accounted for.

The Australian Boomers will also be joining Team USA and the original Dream Team in NBA 2K17, along with other international squads that are yet to be announced. Check out the trailer below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

What are your thoughts on the teaser trailer? Will you be pre-ordering NBA 2K17 to play with the 1992 Dream Team? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: Team USA Basketball (SEGA Genesis)

Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis

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.

Whenever I’m deciding on what I want to talk about for Wayback Wednesday, it’s generally either a game I’ve been meaning to review or discuss for some time, or a topic that’s somehow related to the date or a current event. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro underway, and Team USA seeking another gold medal in basketball, it seems like as good a time as any to talk about Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis.

For those who have never heard of it, Team USA Basketball is actually a spinoff of the NBA Playoffs series – EA’s forerunner to NBA Live – and was the first game to feature the legendary Dream Team, long before NBA 2K13. Released exclusively for the SEGA Genesis in 1992, it’s obviously very primitive compared to its successors, but what was it like, and how does it hold up today? I offer up my thoughts on this arguably lesser known EA basketball game, in a new video retrospective.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. As I’ve said before, while I can’t always find the time to work on them, I do enjoy making video retrospectives, so hopefully you enjoyed watching it as well! Be sure to check in each and every Wednesday for more videos, articles, and other retro basketball video gaming content!

NLSC Podcast Episode #171 Mailbag Call

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, our digital broadcasting streak is set to continue this week with Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast! With the NBA 2K17 preview season being so slow, there’s plenty of room on the docket for topic suggestions and mailbag questions.

As such, is there anything you’d like to hear us discuss on this week’s episode? We’ll certainly consider any and all suggestions, though we do ask that you try to keep them along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming), community related topics and activities (site history, modding), and real basketball. After all, that’s what most people are coming to the NLSC for, and based on previous suggestions, what most people want to hear us discuss.

With that being said, if you do have any topic suggestions or mailbag questions for us this week, be sure to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also hit us up with any suggestions via our Facebook and Twitter; be sure to connect with us there, if you haven’t already!

Once again, we expect to have Episode #171 of the NLSC Podcast out at the usual time this week. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who continues to tune in regularly, and send in topic suggestions/mailbag questions whenever you’ve got them. We really appreciate the support! Be sure to tune in to Episode #170 here if you haven’t caught it already. 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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Ready for the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC? Today’s new files include three court updates for the 2016 Olympics, a new face for Jeff Green with updated hair, and the latest version of skoadam’s U R Basketball roster mod pack. Check them all out at the links below!

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2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena Court

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2016 Carioca Arena (Rio Olympic Games) Court

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2016 Rio Olympic HD Court

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Jeff Green Face

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2K14 U R Basketball V48 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 08/08/16] (Updated to v48)

Monday Tip-Off: Pre-Order Bonuses & Basketball Video Games

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

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.

By now, you’re probably aware that the 1992 Dream Team will be among the pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17. While a lot of the pre-order bonuses are more or less cosmetic, adding the Dream Team for the first time since NBA 2K13 is offering users an enticing expansion to the game’s historical content. For at least some basketball gamers who might have been on the fence about pre-ordering the game, it’s a genuine incentive to put their money down. To that end, it’s certainly a smart business decision on the part of Visual Concepts.

However, from the point of view of the consumer, it’s also a disheartening practice that is all too common with video games these days. Whenever content is restricted to being a pre-order bonus – particularly content that feels like it should be included out of the box, and especially if it’s been featured in a previous title – there’s going to be controversy, and goodwill is going to be tested. It does lead me to ask the question: should content like the 1992 Dream Team be pre-order exclusive? For that matter, should basketball video games have pre-order exclusive content at all?

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today we have one new file addition for NBA Live 06 PC. magiciangirl06 continues to do some great work with court updates, releasing an updated Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Download it at the link below!

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2016/2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Court

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

We’re wrapping up the week here at the NLSC with a new file addition for NBA 2K16 PC. pinoy21 has released a new jersey update pack for the Philadelphia 76ers, which you can download at the link below.

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Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a pack of courts and jerseys for the McDonald’s All-American game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit, a collection of shoes, and a popular trainer which allows you to edit the game. Check out all of the latest uploads at the links below!

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McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic & Nike Hoop Summit Jersey and Court Pack

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Aleczou’s Fantasy Star Trainer (Chinese)

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NLSC Shoe Vault

The Friday Five: 5 Things Modders Must Stop Doing

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 online community has its own issues, but as I’ve said many times before, I truly believe that we have a good thing going here at the NLSC. While I’ve enjoyed expanding our content and relish the opportunity to both interview and provide feedback to developers at EA Sports and Visual Concepts, it’s probably fair to say that our enduring legacy is our modding community. Over the twenty years that the NLSC has been around, the talented modders in our community have produced some truly outstanding works.

For the most part, I do believe that our modders are largely helpful, and supportive towards one another. Like I said though, every online community has its own issues, and I believe there are areas in which we can improve. There are some troubling practices in our modding community, and for some of them, it’s well past time to nip them in the bud. While I may not be heavily involved in our NBA 2K modding scene at this time, I do keep tabs on it, and I’ve been involved in NBA Live modding for close to two decades now. As such, I do know what I’m talking about when I say that these are five things that modders should stop doing, to make our community better.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #170

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Episode #170 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Unfortunately, we encountered some technical difficulties with the software we normally use to record the show, and its temporary replacement definitely isn’t as good. Nevertheless, we hope you’ll enjoy another episode in which we discuss the latest NBA 2K17 previews, recap our week in basketball gaming, and play our favourite podcast game.

On this week’s show…

  • Two new NBA 2K17 screenshots have officially been released, featuring Team USA 2016 and the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The screenshots are drawing some mixed reactions to say the least, so we chime in with our own critique.
  • Once again, we lament the lack of news about NBA 2K17, which isn’t helping us get hyped for this year’s game from Visual Concepts. Who is directing the MyCAREER story this year? We need to know!
  • For anyone who is still speculating on whether EA is planning on dropping the console version of NBA Live in favour of the mobile platform, their latest investor release mentions a console release for Live in Q1 2017.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Bratty behaviour in 2K Pro-Am, and no, not by us. We’re left asking ourselves, is the mode sim enough for our tastes? Also, can’t we all just get along?
  • The basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games will be tipping off soon. Team USA seems like a safe bet for the gold (what a bold prediction!), but what about our team, the Australian Boomers?
  • We wrap up Episode #170 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s edition of Trivia Time!

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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 Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 06 PC feature the latest court updates by magiciangirl06: the USA Basketball Showcase court, and an as-of-now fictional version of the 2016 Rio Olympics court. Check them both out at the links below!

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2016 USA Basketball Showcase Court (Updated to v1.5)
2016 Fictional Rio Olympics Court

Wayback Wednesday: The 50s All-Stars in NBA Live 2000

50s All-Stars in NBA Live 2000

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.

On this day in 1949, the Basketball Association of America merged with the National Basketball League to form what is now known as the National Basketball Association. While the NBA has gone from strength to strength in the decades that have followed, it often pays tribute to its heritage, from throwback jerseys to naming the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time in 1997. Of course, the players from those early years are made known to younger NBA fans not only through documentaries and old highlights, but also basketball video games. Some seventeen years ago, those early stars appeared as the 50s All-Stars in NBA Live 2000.

Seeing as how I grew up watching the NBA in the 90s, I must admit that I was more excited about the 90s All-Stars, in particular the addition of Michael Jordan, who was making his first official appearance in an NBA Live game. I also had an appreciation for the players who were big in the 80s, as there was a fair amount of overlap with the 90s in that regard. Nevertheless, it was cool to see the 50s, 60s, and 70s also represented in NBA Live 2000 by the best players of those eras; well, most of them, anyway. Since it’s the anniversary of the BAA-NBL merger, I thought I’d spotlight the 50s All-Stars team.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is the latest version of Book_Gazette’s latest 2016 offseason roster update. Check it out at the link below!

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2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.0.2)

Once again, please note that this roster was created by Book_Gazette and not me, so please direct any and all feedback, questions, and support requests to him in this thread.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a couple of new face updates, and the 2016 Team USA Olympic Showcase court. Download them all at the links below!

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Iman Shumpert Face
Jeff Teague Face

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2016 USA Olympic Showcase Court