NLSC Podcast – Episode #114

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Episode #114 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we discuss the latest NBA Live and NBA 2K news, a Top 10 Basketball Video Games list, the forthcoming 2015 NBA Playoffs, and much more.

  • Some vague tidbits about NBA Live 16 were posted in response to a question posed to the official NBA Live Twitter. Not much to go on, but we’re looking forward to more information.
  • A new beta version of the Ultimate Jordan Roster for NBA Live 08 PC is available for the community to try out. Help is wanted with some of the art updates, for anyone willing and able.
  • gregkwaste has released a new version of the NBA 2K15 Explorer, which is very welcome news for the 2K modding community.
  • We reflect on last week’s controversy following the NBA 2K14 server shutdown, and 2K’s subsequent new policy regarding online support.
  • Hypun.com posted an article naming the ten best basketball video games of all time. Do we agree with it?
  • Moving on to some real NBA discussion…is Stephen Curry the greatest three point shooter of all time?
  • Derek Fisher has made a bold prediction about the Knicks’ fortunes next season. We’re not so sure.
  • We touch upon the recent incidents involving Chris Copeland, Pero Antic, and Thabo Sefolosha.
  • Derrick Rose and Paul George are back in action, and contributing.
  • The looming postseason means a couple of Playoff predictions. Which teams are grabbing the eighth seeds in each conference?

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

Ultimate Jordan Roster – Beta Released

You may recall that I released a raw demo of an Ultimate Jordan Roster for NBA Live 08 a few weeks back, providing a preview of a project that I’m working on as part of our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content. Well, I’ve made some progress on the roster, and am pleased to announce that I’ve now released an updated beta version!

The latest release includes at least eight players on all 30 teams, with most teams now using accurate retro art. A few teams are currently using retro art that’s not quite accurate for the time period they represent, but ideally, that will be fixed by the first stable release. A few players are still missing faces and portraits, and a lot of ratings and bio data need to be updated, but that will be done once a few more things are in place. The rosters are also being designed for maximum compatibility with current updates, so you don’t need to worry about things getting overwritten.

Download the beta version of the Ultimate Jordan Roster here! For more information and previews, please see this thread. If anyone is able to lend a hand with any art updates, please let me know. I’ll also be looking to make conversions for NBA Live 2005 to 07 once I reach a stable release, so stay tuned for further updates and preview releases!

File Additions for NBA 2K15

We’re starting out a new week with a few file additions for NBA 2K15, as TBM has released two new player faces, while Manni has added a new court update. Download them all at the links below!

TBM
Steph Curry Face
Ricky Rubio Face

Manni
Memphis Grizzlies Court

Five Players I Have Disliked Because of NBA Video Games

Remember how I stated that positive experiences in basketball video games can make you like particular NBA players? It can also work the other way.

It may seem completely irrational to dislike an NBA player because of their video game likeness, but it’s something I have found hard to control. A player like Kevin Durant could be the most humble guy in real life, but you could still dislike him because he dropped 50 points on you in NBA 2K15.

Sometimes a player can be annoying in one game, but be slightly neutralised in the next due to updated game mechanics or more modest ratings. In any case, the memory of one particular player terrorising your beloved franchise can be enough for you to dislike them over their entire career.

This is a list dedicated to players who I either dislike now or disliked at one stage of my life because of basketball video games.

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NBA 2K15 Explorer v0.285 Released

Exciting news, NBA 2K15 modders! gregkwaste has released v0.285 of the NBA 2K15 Explorer, which means another step forward in creating updates for the PC version. The latest release adds new importing and exporting functionality, supports additional archives, and contains fixes for various bugs and performance issues.

Get v0.285 of the NBA 2K15 Explorer here in our Downloads database! For additional support, information, and previews, check out the release thread here. Need help in using NBA 2K15 Explorer? Check out this tutorial, created by TBM.

Finalising our NBA Live 16 Wishlist; Last Call for Wishes

We’re looking to finalise our Wishlist for NBA Live 16, so that we can submit it to the development team at EA Tiburon along with a summary of the Top 15-20 Wishes from the community. As such, this is a last call for wishes: if you have suggestions, bug reports, or any constructive feedback that you’d like to put out there and pass along to the developers, be sure to post it in this thread.

Additionally, I’ve started a thread here for discussion on what you’d like to see in NBA Live 16’s Dynasty Mode. As long-time visitors and listeners to the NLSC Podcast are probably aware, Dynasty Mode has long been my favourite mode in NBA Live, and I know there are quite a few of us who have good ideas and strong opinions on what we want to get out of it. Suggestions and feedback posted in that thread will be submitted along with the main Wishlist.

As I’ve mentioned on the Podcast, we will be keeping the Wishlist thread open after we officially submit it, so that we can continue to discuss ideas for NBA Live 16. So, once again, if you’ve got any suggestions you’d like to send along to the NBA Live Development Team at EA Tiburon, please post them in our Wishlist thread ASAP!

The Friday Five: 5 Hopes for NBA Live 16

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This 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.

As I’ve already mentioned, we’re looking to finalise our Wishlist for NBA Live 16 as soon as possible, in order to submit it to the development team at EA Tiburon along with the community’s Top 15-20 suggestions for the game. If you haven’t added your feedback yet, by all means do so whenever you have a free moment. Once again, the developers are keeping tabs on the Forum, and we do have a direct line of communication to them, so our feedback isn’t just disappearing into the proverbial void.

I’ve already posted my contributions to the Wishlist, but for this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d outline my hopes for NBA Live 16. With NBA Live 15 making some noteworthy improvements over NBA Live 14, it’s my hope that a healthy amount of my wishes will come to pass in this year’s game. Those wishes include…

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Details on April 9th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 15, featuring lineups that have been updated through April 9th, 2015. The roster includes over 3500 ratings changes, 13 player movement updates, and eight player accessory changes.

The two players that EA Sports are spotlighting in the latest roster are C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Aaron Brooks of the Chicago Bulls. McCollum’s increased playing time and production in Wesley Matthews’ absence has seen him jump two points to 70 overall, while Brooks’ performance while filling in for Derrick Rose has resulted in an increase to 76 overall, also a two point boost.

As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the latest roster update in the comments below, as well as in the feedback thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the NLSC Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’ve got 16 new and updated files for NBA 2K14 PC in today’s additions, including the latest courts from Mythbuster, Kobe shoes, player faces, updated rosters, and an NCAA tournament ball. Please see below for all the download links!

Mythbuster
Oracle Arena 2015
Philips Arena 2015
Quicken Loans Arena 2015
Sleep Train Arena 2015
Moda Center 2015
United Center 2015
Smoothie King Center 2015
Toyota Center 2015
American Airlines Arena 2015
Target Center 2015

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Kobe Elites

PrinceJohn
Ersan İlyasova Face [HD]
Khris Middleton Face [HD]

Pepis
2015 Boston Celtics Court
Wilson NCAA 2015 Tournament Ball

2KShiftLeader
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v0.6)

NBA 2K14 Servers Back Online

In the wake of the outcry over inaccessible saves following the shutdown of NBA 2K14’s servers, 2K has decided to extend online support for the game. Responding to inquiries from Polygon, a 2K Sports representative confirmed that online services have been restored for NBA 2K14, and that online support will henceforth be extended from 18 to 27 months. The full statement (via Polygon) is as follows:

2K has restored the NBA 2K14 servers and all online services. Beginning today, we are extending the support of all NBA 2K servers from 18 to 27 months following each release, giving our players more time to experience and enjoy the highest rated NBA simulation video game franchise. The opinions of our community continue to have a positive impact on our business decisions as we strive to create the best possible experience for all of our fans.

This is certainly good news, though the use of cloud saves still remains a contentious issue, and will hopefully be handled with care by both 2K and EA moving forward.

NBA 2K14 Server Shutdown Nukes Player Saves

In a disappointing turn of events, the shutdown of the NBA 2K14 servers that occurred last week has wiped out player saves for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Despite previous assurances that the server shutdown would result in online save files being converted to offline saves, several players have discovered that their saves are now inaccessible.

To further gamer frustration, 2K is not offering any warning about the situation, though 2K Support are confirming the issue when they are contacted. Polygon has published excerpts from one such email, which refers to the save files being “retired”, and goes on to say:

Sadly this may come as an inconvenience to some of you and if so we truly do understand and can feel for how upsetting this may seem as there always is a special bond that occurs between a player and their MyCareer save but all good things must come to an end and rest assured your MyCareer or MyGM went out while on top!

Such responses are unlikely to placate angry fans, who unsurprisingly have voiced their displeasure on social media. It remains to be seen what will happen with NBA 2K15, and whether 2K’s previous assurances of a contingency plan that allows gamers to continue their saves in offline mode will come to fruition.

The issue certainly highlights the drawbacks of the current approach to cloud saves and online features as it pertains to single player modes. Both NBA 2K and NBA Live make use of content that’s stored on their servers, which obviously hampers the game once the inevitable shutdown has taken place. The obvious expectation is that gamers will be upgrading to the latest game each year, but that’s not always the case. Additionally, gamers who do buy the game every year but also maintain their collection rather than trading in will sometimes revisit older games, especially if they’ve played a mode extensively, and pumped real money into the game to purchase upgrades.

Hopefully, both 2K and EA will find a way to avoid these pitfalls in the future, while still making good use of cloud technology.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #113

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After yet another brief hiatus last week, we’re looking to resume our regular broadcasts starting with Episode #113 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and myself as we catch up on all the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, discuss what’s going on in the NBA right now, and even get a little nostalgic. This week’s topics include:

  • Patch #4 for NBA 2K15 is finally out on Xbox One. Since we’ve had the patch since March 12th, we offer up some overdue impressions.
  • We also give our latest thoughts on NBA Live 15 following all of its patches, and catch up on some other NBA Live and NBA 2K news.
  • The official website of the Phoenix Suns recently ran retrospectives on NBA Live 95 and NBA Jam. We react to their Live vs. Jam debate, and provide our own perspective and recollections.
  • It’s been 20 years since Michael Jordan declared “I’m Back”. We discuss a special project for NBA Live 2005-08 PC that’s somewhat related to the occasion.
  • What are our three favourite Michael Jordan games?
  • Steve Nash has announced his retirement, leading us to reflect on his career.
  • With Kevin Durant out for the season, Russell Westbrook keeps putting up big numbers. Will he win the scoring race with James Harden?
  • We mention a couple of interesting tidbits concerning the Los Angeles Lakers: one a dubious distinction, the other a somewhat surprising fact.
  • As the Spurs make history with their sixteenth consecutive 50+ win season, we reflect on their success in the past couple of decades.
  • We wrap up the show with some interesting features of the PlayStation 4, and some more Michael Jordan trivia.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

General File Additions – Court Vector Linework PSD for NBA 2K

Today’s file addition is a resource for NBA 2K court modding. dtd, who has uploaded several courts recently, has added a PSD file for single texture courts that you may find very useful. If you’re looking to get into court modding, be sure to check it out at the link below!

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Court Vector Linework for 1 Texture Courts PSD

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have yet another batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC for you today. Today’s additions include new roster updates, and three player faces. Please see below for all the download links!

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v1.5)

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Ben Simmons Face
Jaylen Brown Face

PrinceJohn
Spencer Hawes Face

2KShiftLeader
2KShiftLeader’s Real 2015 Roster (Updated to v0.4)

Is James Harden the Cover Player for NBA 2K16?

At the risk of posting shameless clickbait…let’s speculate.

The cover image of the official NBA 2K Facebook page has been changed to a screenshot of James Harden, accompanied by the Houston Rockets logo, the NBA 2K15 logo, and the familiar hashtag, #YourTimeHasCome. While those are some fairly explicit references to last year’s game, it’s possible that 2K are dropping a subtle hint about the cover player of NBA 2K16. After all, cover players are generally signed well in advance of the NBA offseason (and the NBA video game “preview season”), and Harden has established himself as a prominent star in the league. It wouldn’t be a shock if he does end up being on the cover of NBA 2K16.

Having said that, Harden’s name is being mentioned a lot as one of the leading candidates to win this year’s Most Valuable Player award, so the new Facebook page cover may simply be recognising his performance this season. #YourTimeHasCome, the hashtag that was heavily used in the promotion of NBA 2K15, could just as easily refer to the possibility of Harden joining the esteemed group of players who have earned an MVP nod in years gone by.

At the end of the day, this is hardly confirmation of anything, and as gamers, we have a tendency to read too much into things, so take it with a healthy dose of salt. I for one wouldn’t be too surprised if James Harden does turn out to be the cover player of NBA 2K16; along with Russell Westbrook, he would seem to be a sensible and somewhat likely candidate. That said, we certainly won’t be reporting anything as fact until there’s an official announcement…or at least, a leak from a reputable source. Still, it’s fun to speculate in the meantime.

Do you think this is a subtle nod to James Harden being on the cover of NBA 2K16, or do you think it’s simply acknowledging him as a frontrunner in this year’s MVP race? If not Harden, who do you think will be on the cover of NBA 2K16? Sound off in the comments below!