The Friday Five: 2015 Year In Review

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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Since next Friday is Christmas Day, and then we’re out of Fridays for the year 2015, I thought I’d write my year in review column this week. Scary as it may be to think about, I’d say we’re close enough to the end of the year for a retrospective. It’s been another fun and successful year here at the NLSC, and I’m intending to do my best to ensure that trend continues into 2016. For now though, I’d like to take a look back at the year that was.

For this retrospective, I’ll be listing some of my favourite editions of The Friday Five and episodes of the NLSC Podcast from 2015, and reminiscing about some of the other big moments we’ve had here at the NLSC during the past 12 months. I hope you’ll find it an appropriate way to cap off the year – even if we do still have a little less than two weeks left of it – and that you’ll enjoy my editor’s picks as far as the Five and Podcast are concerned. With that said, here’s my 2015 Year In Review!

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NBA 2K16 3D Importer/Exporter v0.9 Released

Editing the Chicago Bulls' Logo in NBA 2K16

In the latest exciting development in NBA 2K16 modding, gregkwaste has released another extremely useful tool: the NBA 2K16 3D Importer/Exporter! The tool is a script that allows you to modify the game’s 3D models in Blender v2.71 and v2.72. In other words, you can use it to create custom player headshapes, alter 3D logos, edit courts and arenas, and much, much more.

Download the 3D Importer/Exporter here! For additional support and previews, or just to say thanks, be sure to check out the release thread. For those looking to get started, Greg has posted an introductory tutorial. Check it out below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

As always, if you’re making use of any of Greg’s great tools to make mods for NBA 2K16, we encourage you to use our upload facilities to share them with the community! If you’d like to contribute to our Downloads section and you aren’t sure how to begin, check out this video tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Even if you’d prefer to host your files elsewhere, we still encourage you to add your work to our database, using the external link option. If you have any questions about using our upload facilities and Downloads section, by all means get in touch with me and I’ll help you out as best I can.

Wayback Wednesday: Less than Thunderstruck

Russell Westbrook in NBA Live 16

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

I had intended to post another video retrospective for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, as I’m really enjoying making them. However, I’d like to spend a little more time with it, as I’ve wanted to talk about this particular game in more detail for some time now, and I want my video content to continually improve. As such, I’m now looking to release the video next week; in the meantime, I’ll repeat my hint from last week’s Podcast, and say that it’s a game that has three different titles. Happy guessing!

So, for this week, I’m taking a look back at an old article that I posted back in 2008. The article – “Less than Thunderstruck” – is an opinion piece that I wrote a week after the Seattle Supersonics formally became the Oklahoma City Thunder, and unveiled their new logo. Following the article, which I’m presenting as-is, I’ll provide some commentary as we look back on that topic, all these years later.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K16 Patch V4 Released

LeBron James vs. Derrick Rose in NBA 2K16

A new patch has come through for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K16. It addresses some crashes and hangs, tunes the frequency of ball collisions as well as missed alley-oop and putback dunks when open, fixes sock colours for generated players, and resolves a variety of other bugs and issues related to gameplay, game modes, and stability. All fixes will work with your existing game saves, unless otherwise noted.

There’s also a PC-specific fix in the patch, which addresses a corruption issue leading to hangs, missing art assets, and infinite loading. 2K also recommends that you whitelist your NBA 2K16 Steam folder in any security software that you’re using, to ensure that new content is properly downloaded and installed.

The PS4 update is 2.4 GB in size, while the PC patch is a much lighter download at 130 MB. You can check out the full list of patch notes below. Feel free to share your impressions of the latest patch in the comments section, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

UPDATE: When this bulletin was originally posted, the Xbox One patch hadn’t been released yet. It’s since come through, so all three main platforms – PC, PS4, and X1 – have now been updated.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, including courts, jerseys, and player faces. Download them all at the links below!

Pirate
2015/2016 Denver Nuggets Court
2015/2016 Phoenix Suns Court

honeybadger
Cleveland Cavaliers 2015-2016 Alternate Uniform
Golden State Warriors Retro Jersey
Los Angeles Clippers Black Alternate Uniform

Pepis
2016 All-Star Game Uniforms

big-shot-ROB
2nd Cyberface Pack by big-shot-ROB

Monday Tip-Off: Cheating in Basketball Games

Tim Duncan vs. Zach Randolph in NBA 2K16

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

“If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself.” It may sound like a trite and corny saying these days, but it still holds merit. There are times when it’s fun to use cheat codes or hack a game, and a lot of old school games all but require hint books and walkthroughs, but playing “legit” tends to be the more rewarding experience. Still, if you really want to cheat or cut corners in a single player experience, and you’re having fun doing so, so be it. Even if you do find that it gets boring after a while, you’ve only spoiled your own experience. No harm done, and you can just start all over again.

Of course, it’s a different story once you bring a second player into the mix. The connected experience is a big part of basketball games these days, and something that a lot of gamers really enjoy. However, more and more often, I’m seeing complaints from basketball gamers whose experience has been affected by people cheating online, generally through the use of hacked players in MyPARK. In turn, gamers with hacked players have defended the practice, and dismissed the complaints as petty whining. It’s a controversial practice and a divisive subject, so I thought it was definitely worth taking a look at.

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Clarifying My Opinion of 7-Footers in MyPark

If you’ve seen the Thanksgiving special of NBA 2KTV, you would have noticed that both JaoSming and Leftos appeared on camera; but did you know that another NLSC Team Member was also featured in the episode? It just so happens that one of my tweets made it onto the #2ktvthanks section.

I know, it’s a bit of a stretch to say that I was “featured” in the episode, but I was pretty stoked about it. Not only did my tweet appear in the episode itself, but it was also shown in the NBA 2K16 main menu during the preview of the episode. I won’t lie; I watched the preview several times, waiting for my name to appear. I also took quite a few screenshots, just in case the previous ones were unclear. For those who didn’t seen it, this is what I wrote:

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC! Today we’ve got a handful of court updates, a couple of faces, and some shoes. Download them all at the links below!

Manni Live
Dallas Mavericks Court Update
Houston Rockets Court Update
Milwaukee Bucks Court Update

TBM
Paul George Face
Marc Gasol Face
Golden State Warriors HD Arena

©roke
Under Armour Clutchfit Drive Low
Nike Kyrie 1

MJ23LB
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve some new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, including the latest face pack from S_Brat, a custom Kobe Bryant practice gym, retro jerseys for the Philadelphia 76ers, and a new version of BAYAG’s SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT update. Check them all out at the links below!

S_Brat
2014/2015 Toronto Raptors Team Update

mervie16
Kobe Bryant Training Gym

Extremity
2001 Philadelphia 76ers Jersey Pack

BAYAG
SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v6.1)

The Friday Five: 5 Mistakes We Make in Basketball Video 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 basketball video games, the real NBA, or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

In this community, we know basketball, and we know basketball video games. When it comes to virtual hoops, I think it’s fair to suggest that we have some people in our community who are pretty good on the sticks. Nevertheless, as much as we know about basketball – the real thing, and its virtual equivalent, be it NBA Live or NBA 2K – there are some mistakes that we’re prone to making. As those mistakes add up, so too do our losses, whether it’s to the CPU in one of the franchise modes, or to other users online.

So, in this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d list some of the mistakes that we’re prone to making, and offer up some advice on how to avoid them. These are the things that I try to keep in mind when I’m playing NBA Live or NBA 2K; both the pitfalls I’d prefer to avoid, and the strategies I employ to try and do so. Without any further ado, here are five mistakes that we make when we play basketball video games…and a few ways that we can avoid them.

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Week 5 NBA Live 16 Roster Update Details

The Week 5 Roster Update for NBA Live 16 is now available, and will be downloaded as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. The latest update includes player movement, adjusted ratings, and updated accessories. Larry Nance Jr.’s name is also now displayed properly on the back of his jersey.

Five players on the way up this week are Hassan Whiteside, Rajon Rondo, Stephen Curry (now the top rated player in the game at 96 Overall), Tony Parker, and Reggie Jackson. Kobe Bryant and LaMarcus Aldridge are on the way down for the second week in a row; they’re joined by Zach Randolph, Roy Hibbert, and Nick Young. Among this year’s rookie crop, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and Emmanuel Mudiay have all received slight increases in the latest NBA Live 16 roster.

Bryce Cotton and Ryan Hollins have also been added to the roster, and there are a total of 37 accessory updates. For a full break down of the latest NBA Live 16 roster update, check out this spreadsheet. As always, if you have any constructive feedback on the roster updates that you’d like to share with the development team, be sure to post it here in the Forum.

Upcoming Digital Unveil of Kyrie 2 Shoes in NBA 2K16 MyPARK

NBA 2K16: Kyrie Irving MyPARK Event

After teasing a “major event”, 2K has announced that Kyrie Irving will host a digital event in MyPARK in NBA 2K16, unveiling his new Nike Kyrie 2 shoes. You can attend the event by logging into MyPARK at 6 PM EST, on December 12th, or watch a live stream on Twitch.

As noted in the Tweet, the event will also include a Q&A session with Kyrie Irving.

In the freshly released Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast, Arcane and I speculated what the “major event” might be. Suffice to say, we were somewhat off in our predictions; not unheard of when it comes to our speculation on the Podcast, of course! Now that it’s been revealed, we’ll have more thoughts on the event in next week’s show, so be sure to tune in.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #138

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! In this week’s show, Arcane and I discuss ideas for the NBA Live 16 roster updates, speculate on an upcoming event involving NBA 2K16, talk about the past week in the NBA, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 16 rosters are gradually getting better and more complete, but there’s still work to be done. We reflect on NBA Live 09’s commitment to being “made fresh daily”.
  • 2K has teased a “major event” that will be tipping off on December 12th, involving NBA 2K16. We speculate as to what it might be.
  • Are there any mods or other projects that we’d really like to undertake in the future?
  • We briefly recap this week’s Wednesday Wayback, and provide a teaser for the next video retrospective.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion…who’s the best player in the NBA right now? Stephen Curry, or LeBron James?
  • Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith are reportedly on the trading block. We consider whether or not the Los Angeles Clippers will have any luck moving them.
  • On its eleventh anniversary, we reminisce about Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 35 seconds. (Note: We incorrectly refer to it being the tenth anniversary on the show; whoops!)
  • The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Jerry Colangelo, after the league strongly suggested doing so. Was that an appropriate move by the NBA, and what does it mean for the Sixers?
  • We throw out new Bold Predictions for Next Week, and reflect on last week’s predictions.
  • Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some more interesting statistics.

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 All-Star Challenge Video Retrospective (Super NES)

NBA All-Star Challenge on Super Nintendo

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

If you enjoyed my look back at NBA Jam Tournament Edition on PC, good news! I’ve got another video retrospective for you this week. This time, I’m taking a look at NBA All-Star Challenge, developed by Beam Software and published by LJN back in 1992 for the Super Nintendo. It’s a game that I picked up for a few bucks when searching for old NBA games on eBay; it piqued my interest as it’s a game I never played in the 90s, so I wanted to check it out. Since playing it, I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in the Friday Five and on the NLSC Podcast, as I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to discuss it in more detail.

Is NBA All-Star Challenge an all-time classic? Well…not exactly. Nevertheless, it is an interesting game to look back on. With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. I’m definitely enjoying getting some video content out there, so stay tuned for more game retrospectives, and other features!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC include jersey, face, court, and roster updates. Check them all out at the links below!

Pepis
2016 New Orleans Pelicans Uniforms

Pirate
2015-2016 Atlanta Hawks Court

honeybadger
Christmas Uniforms Pack #3

TGsoGood
2 Outdoor Environments for 2K14
Hassan Whiteside 2015-2016 Mini Fro Tapered
Jeremy Lin 2015-2016 Mohawk
Jahlil Okafor Low Cut Hair

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v5.1)

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.3)