NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Andrew

Chicago Bulls winning the championship in NBA Live 06

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

This time, I’m talking to myself…well, not really, but as someone who’s maintained a few story threads over the years, I thought that I’d offer my own answers to the questions that I’ve been posing to other story thread enthusiasts. I hope that you enjoy the insight into my experiences creating story threads for some of my favourite basketball video games!

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 Cover Art

With the progress currently being made on tools for NBA 2K15, a wave of new mods hopefully isn’t too far away. In the meantime, I’ve packaged up the game manuals from the official site and uploaded them to our Downloads section for easy access and safekeeping. Pick them up at the links below!

Incidentally, you can find the latest information on gregkwaste’s 2K15 Explorer here, while the release and support thread for Vlad’s RED MC can be found here.

The Friday Five: Weird Player Ratings in Basketball Video Games

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.

From the moment that basketball video games began getting deeper and more sophisticated, properly representing a player’s abilities, skill level, and playing style through their ratings and other attributes became an important area of focus. Both EA and 2K invest a lot of time and effort – and in the case of EA’s partnership with Synergy Sports, money – in making sure that their official updates are detailed, and that player ratings are kept up to date and accurate throughout the entire league.

In years gone by however, and especially before regular official roster updates became a thing, it wasn’t uncommon to see some unusual ratings in the default rosters. Even games like NBA Jam, with its simplified and boosted player ratings, produced some noteworthy oddities. So, for this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at some of the weirdest player ratings that I can recall in various basketball video games.

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NBA Live 15 LUT Spotlight Players of the Week: Griffin & Butler

Jimmy Butler spotlighted in NBA Live 15's Ultimate Team

This week’s Spotlight Players in NBA Live 15’s LIVE Ultimate Team are Blake Griffin and Jimmy Butler. Zach LaVine and Miles Plumlee have also been singled out as Future Stars.

BLAKE GRIFFIN, LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS F
Griffin led the Clippers to four straight wins last week to close out an impressive 6-1 roadtrip. His best performance came in Charlotte, where he put up a near triple-double with 22 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists.

JIMMY BUTLER, CHICAGO BULLS F
Butler continued his breakout season with four straight games of 20+ points, including a career-high 32 at Denver. He’s averaging 22 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 3.4 APG on the year.

ZACH LAVINE, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES G
The athletic LaVine had the best game of his young career last friday in Los Angeles, scoring 28 points and dishing out five assists in a one-point win over the Lakers.

MILES PLUMLEE, PHOENIX SUNS C
Plumlee continues to impress in Jeff Hornacek’s uptempo, small-ball system. He scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in a close loss to the Magic on Sunday, November 30.

Eight-item Signature Packs are also currently available, containing a Signature Edition player, one Gold or better player, and one Silver player. Feel free to discuss the latest Ultimate Team content and your experiences with the mode here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum!

Mullin & Penny Coming to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15

Chris Mullin & Anfernee Hardaway in NBA Live 15's Ultimate Team

Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and former All-Star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway will be the next two NBA Legends to be made available in NBA Live 15’s LIVE Ultimate Team. Both players will be available in random packs beginning this weekend, and in the meantime, you can take them both on in a new Solo Challenge.

ANFERNEE “PENNY” HARDAWAY

Penny was one of the NBA’s brightest young stars before injuries impacted the prime of his career. He was a four-time All-Star that helped lead the Magic to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1994-95.

CHRIS MULLIN

One of the game’s all-time great shooters, Mullin made five All-Star teams while averaging more than 18 PPG over his career. He helped form Golden State’s uptempo “Run TMC” trio with fellow LUT Legends Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond.

Join in the discussion of LIVE Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum!

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new file addition for NBA 2K14 PC is a face update for the Washington Wizards’ Nenê, created by FROWARDAXL83. Pick it up at the link below!

FROWARDAXL83
Nenê Face

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 08 today, as the Extremity Games team has released a 2015 PBA University mod. Pick it up at the link below!

Extremity Games
PBA X15 x University Slam

File Additions for NBA Live 2000

NBA Live 2000 Cover Art

xpoing has released another new face update for NBA Live 2000, this time for Ryan Kelly of the Los Angeles Lakers. You can pick it up at the link below!

xpoing
Ryan Kelly Face Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a couple of new faces. Pick them both up at the links below!

FROWARDAXL83
Shawn Marion Face

martosonic
Pablo Prigioni Face

File Additions for NBA 2K10

NBA 2K10 Cover Art

It isn’t often that we get a new upload for NBA 2K10 PC these days, but we do have a new release today: a Legends roster, featuring players such as Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Larry Bird. Check it out at the link below!

Thor Florentino
NBA 2K10 Legends Roster

Third Patch for NBA 2K15 Coming Soon

NBA 2K15: James Harden

According to this Tweet by the game’s official Twitter account, the third patch for NBA 2K15 has been submitted to Sony and Microsoft for approval, and should be pushed through within the next 10-14 days.

As stated in the Tweet, a full list of release notes will be made available when the patch is out. However, Community Manager LD2K has mentioned that Patch #3 is “very big”, addressing some frame rate issues, nerfing some exploits, adding new hairstyles, updating face scanning, and more. Stay tuned for more details, as they’re made available.

File Additions for NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K15 PC today, as TBM has released two face updates: a new version of his Blake Griffin update, and a brand new update for Amar’e Stoudemire. Download them both at the link below!

TBM
Blake Griffin Face (Updated to v3.0)
Amar’e Stoudemire Face

File Additions for NBA Live 2000

NBA Live 2000 Cover Art

We’re tipping off a new week (and month) here at the NLSC with a new file addition for NBA Live 2000, as xpoing has released a face patch for Ed Davis. Check it out at the link below, and be sure to pick up Hentzman’s current season roster update over in the NBA Live 2000 Rosters section of our Downloads database.

xpoing
Ed Davis Face Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with a few new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: the latest roster from KevinParker, a San Antonio Spurs court update by RamBu, and a D-League mod by Byronray14. You can check them all out at the links below!

KevinParker
Kevin’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v2.0)

RamBu
San Antonio Spurs 2014/2015 Court

Byronray14
2014 NBA D-League Mod

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art Xbox 360

In today’s file additions for NBA Live 06, Kelly_E has released an update that adds the New Orleans Pelicans’ new alternate jersey to the game, converted from the update originally created for the NBA Action 15 mod for NBA Live 08. Check it out at the link below.

Kelly_E & NBA Action 15 Members
New Orleans Pelicans 2014/2015 Alternate Jersey Patch