Wayback Wednesday: Failing to Mod NBA Jam TE on PC

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.

I’ve mentioned NBA Jam Tournament Edition a few times in previous features, as it’s one of my all-time favourite basketball video games, and in my opinion, one of the best arcade hoops games ever made. Appropriately enough, it was the subject of my first video feature for Wayback Wednesday. In that video, I mentioned that I once tried my hand at modding the game, as I wanted to replace Ron Harper with Michael Jordan.

Although I wouldn’t actually discover and get into the patching scene until my family first connected to the Internet in 1997 and I subsequently found the NLSC, those attempts to modify NBA Jam TE were an early indication of my interest in tinkering with basketball video games. I wasn’t successful in my efforts, and having looked into the matter again now that I know a bit more about modding, it unfortunately doesn’t appear to be feasible…at least with the PC version.

So, for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I’m taking a look back at my early attempts to mod NBA Jam Tournament Edition on PC, as well as my more recent investigations. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #152 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

Arcane and I expect to record and release Episode #152 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, so this is a final call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for this week’s show. We’ll of course be covering the past week in news and events as far as basketball gaming and the NBA are concerned, but if there’s anything specific that you’d like to hear us talk about, please let us know ASAP!

As always, I’d like to remind everyone that while we will consider any and all suggestions, we do ask that you keep them along the lines of our core content (NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video games), the real NBA, or topics related to the NLSC community, such as modding and site history. Once again, we figure that’s the content most people who come to the NLSC are interested in, so that’s our focus with the NLSC Podcast.

Got a suggestion for this week’s show? Post it in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. Incidentally, that’s also the place you can react to all of our original content, bring up issues with the site, and post community announcements. You can also hit us up with suggestions on Facebook and Twitter; if you haven’t connected with us on social media yet, now’s as good a time as any!

I know I say it every week, but I always want to send out a huge thanks to everyone who continues to support the NLSC Podcast by submitting topics, and tuning in every week, as Arcane and I really appreciate it. If you haven’t caught Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast yet, tune in here. If you’re looking for a way to subscribe to the NLSC Podcast, you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Finally, be on the lookout for some more Podcast clips coming soon on our YouTube channel, as well as more video content.

20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 99 Retrospective

NBA Live 99 Retrospective

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re posting content for every game in the series, including retrospectives, patches, countdowns, and more. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with the NBA Live series and would like to take a drip down memory lane, or you’ve only recently started playing basketball games and would like to learn a little about what they used to be like, we hope that you enjoy the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content here on the NLSC!

I’ve mentioned this before in a couple of articles, but NBA Live 99 is a somewhat overlooked and forgotten game. It doesn’t help that it came between NBA Live 98, a game that saw a really big leap from the year before, and NBA Live 2000, one of the best games in the NBA Live series. The lockout that threatened the 1999 season is also a factor, as it meant that NBA Live 99 shipped without updated rosters, in a transitional year for the NBA. On top of that, its cover player, Antoine Walker, has consistently topped “worst cover player” polls that we’ve run. It’s a shame though, because NBA Live 99 is actually a really good game.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

We have some new file additions for NBA Live 2005 today, including my latest logo updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards. Additionally, Kelly_E has released a new jersey patch for the San Antonio Spurs, adding their black signature uniform. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

Andrew
Los Angeles Clippers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 2005
Charlotte Hornets 2015/2016 Logo Patch 2005
Washington Wizards 2015/2016 Logo Patch 2005

Kelly_E
San Antonio Spurs Black Signature Jersey Patch

Monday Tip-Off: NBA 2K Locker Codes Disappoint Again

Entering a Locker Code 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.

Last week, the official NBA 2K Twitter account topped one million followers. To celebrate, a new Locker Code was redeemable for 48 hours, providing gamers with a random prize for punching it in. Judging by some of the Re-Tweets by Ronnie 2K, a decent amount of people did receive worthwhile prizes, including Diamond and Amethyst cards for MyTEAM. As is the case with anything that’s luck of the draw, some people do appear to have been very lucky.

At the same time, it seems that a lot of people were not. Upon entering the code in both the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of NBA 2K16, I received 500 VC in each. Of course, I’m not really in a position to complain, as several people (including Arcane, as he mentioned on last week’s Podcast) received as little as 200 VC. This led to several NBA 2K gamers voicing their displeasure, and the official Twitter account even dipped back below one million followers after a short-lived hashtag campaign, though it did recover and its follower count is now at 1.01 million.

Simply put, there is an issue with Locker Codes in NBA 2K, and things don’t seem to be any better than when I broached the topic in one of my first Monday Tip-Off columns last year. This isn’t the first time that the value of random Locker Code rewards has been criticised, so what needs to change?

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Here is a new batch of file additions for NBA Live 06 PC! Today’s additions include my latest logo updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards. magiciangirl06 has also released a pack of portrait logos, converted from the NBA Action 14 mod. Check them all out at the links below.

Andrew
Los Angeles Clippers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 06
Charlotte Hornets 2015/2016 Logo Patch 06
Washington Wizards 2015/2016 Logo Patch 06

magiciangirl06
2015/2016 Logos Portraits

File Additions for NBA Live 07

NBA Live 07 Cover Art

Here are some new file additions for NBA Live 07 PC! I’ve released three new logo updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards. You’ll also a find a link to the updated NBA team logo boot screen which I actually released a few weeks back, but neglected to post on the main page until now. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Los Angeles Clippers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
Charlotte Hornets 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
Washington Wizards 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
NBA Team Logos Bootup Screen 07 (Updated to v9.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA Live 08 PC! I’ve released some logo updates for the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards, while Freddie has uploaded his latest portrait pack, and S_Brat has added a new face pack for the Cleveland Cavaliers. BAYAG has also released an updated version of his SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT mod, and Book_Gazette has new 2016 season rosters out. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Los Angeles Clippers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08
Charlotte Hornets 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08
Washington Wizards 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08

Freddie
2015/2016 Team Portraits Part #5

S_Brat
2015/2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Team Update

BAYAG
SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v6.2)

Book_Gazette
2015/2016 Roster Update Trade Deadline (Updated to v2.2)

The Friday Five: 5 Popular NBA Jerseys (I Actually Dislike)

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.

Last week I listed five unpopular NBA jerseys that I personally like, so this week I’m going the other way and looking at five popular jerseys which I’m not that keen on. I’ve seen these jerseys make a few “best NBA uniforms” lists and be talked about favourably by my fellow NBA fans, so for the purposes of this feature, I think it’s fair enough to call them popular. For the record, I certainly don’t dislike them just because they’re popular, but regardless, I’m in the minority as far as my opinion of them is concerned.

Please note that there are no sleeved jerseys on this list – remember, I did say “popular”! – but rest assured that those designs still rank among my least favourites, well ahead of the uniforms I’ve listed below. I should also make it clear that I don’t necessarily think that these are all bad designs from an objective point of view; they simply don’t appeal to me. With that said, here are five popular NBA jerseys that I dislike, for one reason or another.

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NBA Street Vol. 2 – 2016 Remix Released

NBA Street Vol 2. - 2016 Remix

It’s been just under a year since the last Remix mod for NBA Street Vol 2. was released, but johnz1 is back with a new edition for the 2016 season. For those who are unaware, the Remix mod is a complete update for the Gamecube version of NBA Street Vol 2., which makes use of the Dolphin emulator. It includes updated rosters, new team jerseys and apparel, and even player faces. A couple of bonus teams are also included.

Key features of the new release are as follows:

  • Updated rosters (up to and including the 2015-16 trade deadline)
  • Updated player ratings (same overall ratings distribution as the original game)
  • Updated jerseys
  • Updated team logos
  • Updated team apparel (shirts, shorts, headbands)
  • Added the 2016 All-Star teams
  • Added the USA and World teams
  • Replaced Philadelphia with Charlotte
  • Replaced cyberfaces for a handful of players
  • Updated the ISO banner and info file (opening.bnr)
  • Replaced the GameCube controller graphics with Xbox 360 controller graphics

Please note that johnz1 is only supporting legal copies of NBA Street Vol. 2, in accordance with our community rules and policy. Neither we nor johnz1 will provide links or information on how to acquire a pirated copy of the game. Please be advised that we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to piracy, and any requests for links or support with pirated games is grounds for an immediate (and permanent) ban. For more information, please consult our Forum Rules.

With that said…download the 2016 Remix mod for NBA Street Vol. 2 here! For more support and instructions on how to get the mod to work, be sure to consult the release thread. Additional information on configuring Dolphin for optimum performance can also be found here. Finally, please see below for some preview images of the new release. Thanks to johnz1 for sharing his work with us!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #151

NLSC Podcast Logo

Here is Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast, right on schedule! In this week’s show, Arcane and I discuss some new content in Ultimate Team, reflect on the NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 Wishlists so far, talk about some controversy with NBA 2K on Twitter, and look back on the past week in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • As the 2016 season winds down, new Playoff Push content has been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16.
  • NBA 2K reached a million followers on Twitter and celebrated with a Locker Code. Unfortunately, the random giveaways left something to be desired.
  • How have the Wishlists for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 been shaping up so far?
  • Pro-Am has been well-received by some NBA Live 16 gamers. What would we like to see done with the mode in NBA Live 17?
  • In the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming, Andrew talks a little about his recent NBA Live modding projects.
  • The San Antonio Spurs handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh loss last week, but the defending champions are otherwise still going strong.
  • Speaking of the Spurs, they now hold an impressive distinction over the rest of the NBA.
  • LeBron James has unfollowed the Cleveland Cavaliers on social media. Is everyone reading too much into it, or is it indeed newsworthy? Would we see the same thing from previous generations?
  • In sad news, NBA on TNT’s Craig Sager has announced his cancer is no longer in remission.
  • We talk about the 2016 Playoff race, and pick the teams we think will beat out their closest competitors for the eighth seed in both Conferences.
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions…Andrew is finally on the board! Will this be the beginning of a new streak?
  • We wrap up Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast with a trivia note comparing LeBron James and Andre Miller.

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 don’t get a lot of uploads for NBA 2K11 these days, but a couple of new mods were recently added to our Downloads section. Check out some converted title screens and jersey updates for the Charlotte Hornets, created by experiment626, at the links below!

experiment626
2K11 to 2K16 Title Logo Conversion
2014-16 Charlotte Hornets Uniforms

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live Championship Celebrations

NBA Live 96 Championship Video featuring the Chicago Bulls

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, digging into the archives to indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, reflections on big announcements from years gone by, and other flashback content.

A little while back, a visitor requested that we upload the championship celebration videos for NBA Live 95 through NBA Live 2000 to our YouTube channel. I finally got around to doing that last week, capturing the videos from the PC versions of those games while using the correct champions for each season. If you’ve subscribed to our channel then you may have already seen them, but I thought I’d also talk about them a little bit for this week’s Wayback Wednesday.

When CD-ROM became the popular format for video games back in the 90s, replacing floppy discs and cartridges, titles of all genres began making use of bigger and better quality media files, especially full motion video. In the PC and PlayStation versions of NBA Live, real NBA footage was used in both the introduction and championship celebration sequences. These days, it’s preferable to have elaborate cutscenes that utilise in-game assets, but back in the day, these videos were both a novelty and a fitting way to cap off a virtual championship.

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Then let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #151 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

We’re coming up on this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast, which barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be recorded and released tomorrow. This is the weekly last call for any topic suggestions and mailbag questions you may have, so that we can talk about them on Episode #151. We already have some topics lined up in terms of basketball gaming news and the past week in NBA action, but there’s still room for a few more on the docket.

As always, we’ll consider any and all suggestions that you send in. However, we do ask that you keep them related to our core content of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming, as well as the real NBA, and community related topics such as modding and site history. We’ll occasionally mention other topics on the NLSC Podcast, but we figure that’s the content you come to the NLSC for, so that’s what we’re going to focus on talking about!

If there is anything you’d like us to talk about in Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast, let us know in the comments section below, or feel free to post in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also get in touch with us via social media, specifically our Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us there yet, be sure to do so.

I mention it every week, but a huge thanks goes out to everyone who regularly tunes in to the NLSC Podcast, and sends in feedback and topic suggestions. We really appreciate the support for the Podcast, as it’s something that we enjoy doing each week. If you haven’t caught Episode #150 yet, tune in here. Don’t forget that you can find us on iTunes, as well as Stitcher if you’d like to listen to us on the go. Otherwise, keep tuning in right here on the NLSC!

20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 98 Retrospective

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re posting content for every game in the series, including retrospectives, patches, countdowns, and more. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with the NBA Live series and would like to take a drip down memory lane, or you’ve only recently started playing basketball games and would like to learn a little about what they used to be like, we hope that you enjoy the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content here on the NLSC!

In one of my Friday Five columns a couple of years ago, I discussed the five biggest leaps in basketball video games, within the span of one production cycle. While I stand by the choices I made when compiling that countdown, I have to admit that it was a mistake not to at least include NBA Live 98 as an honourable mention. When I went back and played NBA Live 98 for this retrospective, I not only recalled a lot of the improvements that were made over NBA Live 97, but also discovered that it was a better game than I remembered. I actually found myself wondering, how could I have underrated this game for so long?

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