File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

As the 2016 NBA Playoffs roll on, our talented modding community has been creating Playoff-centric updates for various PC releases. In the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, I hate Mondays has released some packs of Playoff stanchion updates, which you can pick up at the links below.

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2016 Raptors, Thunder & Warriors Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Hawks & Spurs Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Cavaliers, Clippers & Heat Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Mavericks, Pacers & Rockets Playoffs Stanchions
2016 Celtics, Pistons & Grizzlies Playoffs Stanchions

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Monday Tip-Off: An Ode to Disappointing Screenshots

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.

Today’s column has nothing to do with being disappointed in the screenshots that we see during the preview season. That does happen, of course, but it’s an entirely different issue. No, I’m talking about the times when we’re playing NBA Live or NBA 2K, something really exciting happens, and we immediately have to fire up Instant Replay to enjoy it again. Unfortunately, when we do, we discover that certain aspects of the play don’t look quite as good as they did the first time around. That’s when we end up with screenshots that can be pretty funny, but also disappointing when we’re after a cool shot.

The technology that’s used in basketball video games specifically (and gaming in general) has come a long way, and you can easily spotlight the improvements with side-by-side comparisons of screenshots and videos. There are still limitations of course, and while they aren’t always noticeable during gameplay, they can be painfully obvious when we watch the action again from a closer angle, and in slow motion. Today’s games look much more realistic than their predecessors, but you can still expect a few glitches to jump out and spoil your screenshots and videos now and again.

This week’s Monday Tip-Off is all about memorable basketball gaming moments that don’t end up looking so good. This is an ode to disappointing screenshots.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC: faces for LeBron James and Thon Maker, and a new fictional Russell Westbrook-themed court. Download all of the latest releases at the links below!

LeBron James HD Face

Thon Maker Face

Fictional Russell Wesbrook Court

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the week with a new file addition for NBA Live 08, namely S_Brat’s face and tattoo pack for the Phoenix Suns. Check it out at the link below!

2015/2016 Phoenix Suns Team Update

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

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The latest file additions for NBA Live 06 are from magiciangirl06, who has uploaded a couple of packs that add 2016 Playoffs backboards and atmosphere for all 30 teams. Check them both out at the links below!

2015/2016 30 Teams Playoffs Backboards
2015/2016 30 Teams Playoffs Atmosphere

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The Friday Five: 5 Insulting Player Ratings in Basketball Games

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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 year, we basketball gamers tend to argue about ratings. Most of the time, the arguments concern overall ratings, and as we saw during this past offseason, even NBA players are getting in on the act these days. While the importance of overall ratings is often exaggerated, they are still significant, and when an overall rating seems really wrong, it usually means that there are a few issues with a player’s individual ratings.

It’s funny to see players like Brandon Jennings publicly take exception to player ratings though, as I’m sure that a lot of players have taken a look at some of their ratings over the years, and felt quite insulted. “Seriously, you think I’m that hopeless at scoring/passing/defense?” I’d say that it’s definitely led to some grumbling to the developers at EA Sports and 2K Sports. With that in mind, for this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at five ratings that have very likely led to some wounded pride.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #155

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Episode #155 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we overcome a couple of annoying technical issues to discuss some issues facing PC basketball gaming, the quality of content updates for NBA Live, the first week of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We open Episode #155 with a look at some of the challenges that face PC basketball gaming. Of course, we’d still like to see NBA Live return to the PC, and a more modder-friendly NBA 2K.
  • For some reason, NBA 2K16 on Steam has been tagged as a “Psychological Horror” title. Go figure.
  • Is it currently too much of a grind to level up players in NBA Live and NBA 2K?
  • There hasn’t been much in the way of gear, shoe, and accessory updates in LIVE Pro-Am. Do we expect the content updates to improve in NBA Live 17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Ultimate Team, MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and one annoying crash.
  • Week 1 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs is in the books, and we have to admit, we’re not as excited for the postseason as we’d like to be.
  • Tom Thibodeau has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their new coach and president. Also, a fantastic old school photo of him has emerged.
  • The first NBA award winners for 2016 have been announced. No arguments so far.
  • We manage to mention the NBL, but only because it looks like Anthony Bennett is headed Down Under.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions feature a very bold prediction indeed.
  • We wrap up Episode #155 with a chilling tale of deception. And by chilling, we actually mean kind of amusing.

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.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have three new file additions for NBA 2K11 PC today, as experiment626 has released jersey updates for the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings, and a court update for the Toronto Raptors. Download them all at the links below!

2015-16 Denver Nuggets Uniforms
2014-16 Sacramento Kings Uniforms
2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Court

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Wayback Wednesday: NLSC Art from the Archives

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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.

As you may have seen, we’re currently celebrating the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live – a little past the date, but we want to finish what we’ve started – in a series of features that include retrospectives, in-depth articles, and even some patch releases. More of that content will be on the way shortly, with a retrospective of NBA Live 2001 being the next feature up. However, the NLSC itself has an anniversary coming up in the not too distant future. As of August, we’ll have been around for twenty years ourselves, in one form or another.

I expect that we’ll have some kind of celebrations, with some special content to mark the occasion. We might also look to spruce up our design a bit, as it’s been a few years since our last major renovation. The idea of freshening up our look prompted me to look back through the archives, both for ideas that will allow us to pay homage to our heritage in any new designs, as well as to simply take a stroll down memory lane.

Care to join me? If so, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC features a bevy of new and updated releases from our talented modding community. The latest uploads include NCAA courts, updated NBA and PBA rosters, new versions of a few fictional outdoor courts, and a custom Kobe Bryant title screen. Check them all out at the links below!

Grambling State University Court SWAC
Hampton University Court MEAC
Alabama State University SWAC

Kobe Bryant Title Screen
Outdoor Chicago Bulls Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Cleveland Cavaliers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Detroit Pistons Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Indiana Pacers Court (Updated to v2.0)
Outdoor Milwaukee Bucks Court (Updated to v2.0)

Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.9b)
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v10.2b)

2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.9)

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NLSC Podcast Episode #155 Mailbag Call

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We’ll be recording Episode #155 of the NLSC Podcast a little later on in the week, so this is a reminder to send in any and all topic suggestions or mailbag questions as soon as possible. The 2016 NBA Playoffs will certainly give us a few things to talk about this week, but there’s definitely room on the docket for some more topics, especially ones related to basketball gaming.

Having said that…what are you interested in hearing us talk about this week? As always, while we will consider any and all submissions, we do ask that you keep your suggestions along the lines of our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming – as well as the real NBA, and community-related topics such as modding and site history. We figure that you’re not here for Fallout 4 coverage, even though I’m prone to mentioning it from time to time on the show!

Got a topic in mind? Then let us know in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also send us any submissions via our Facebook and Twitter. As always, we invite you to connect with us there if you haven’t already done so.

As I do every week, I’d like to send out a thank you to everyone who continues to send us topic suggestions and tune in to each episode. We’re glad to know that you’re listening, and seemingly enjoying the shows more often than not! If you haven’t caught Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here. Don’t forget that in addition to listening to the Podcast here on the NLSC each week, you can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please feel free to leave us a favourable rating and review!

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K16 PC feature the latest court updates by Manni Live. Manni has updated the Dallas Mavericks’ American Airlines Center, as well as the Mamba Day tribute court for the Los Angeles Lakers; download them both at the links below!

Manni Live
Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center HD Court
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center HD Court V2 + Kobe Last Game Court

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Monday Tip-Off: Tracking Down Old Patches

Andrew's 1997/1998 Roster Mod for NBA Live 96

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.

You may not have noticed it, seeing as how we’re talking about content that appears at bottom of our Forum and Downloads section, but I recently tracked down my old pack of roster patches for NBA Live 96, which contains some of the earliest work that I released. It took a bit of detective work, including hitting up to find out the filename, and then finally locating it in my backups. While I have unfortunately lost some of my early work forever – or so it would seem, anyway – I was quite happy to discover that I still had those particular releases.

Originally, I was just trying to track down my 1997/1998 roster patch for NBA Live 96, to grab a screenshot for my Friday Five article on lost NBA Live saves. That’s when I discovered I couldn’t find any of my old roster patches. Originally, I used another screenshot in its place, published the article, and then spent the rest of the evening trying to find those old rosters. I was reluctant to accept that they were gone forever, and as it happens, my persistence paid off. As I said, I found an old link that revealed the filename, and from there, a search of my backups yielded the file.

Needless to say, while I was in that folder, I continued to have a look around…

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

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We have a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, as PatTheHead has released another update for his retro season roster pack. Pick up the latest release at the link below!

1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.5)

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Details on the April 15th Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kobe Bryant

The final roster update of the 2016 regular season has come through for NBA Live 16. It remains to be seen whether the roster updates will continue during the 2016 NBA Playoffs, but in any event, here are the top five players in NBA Live 16 as of now:

  1. Stephen Curry (97 Overall, +1)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall, No Change)
  3. LeBron James (94 Overall, +2)
  4. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall, No Change)
  5. Chris Paul (93 Overall, +1)

DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Damian Lillard sit right behind the top five, as all are rated 92 overall. Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are both rated 91 overall, while John Wall and Draymond Green are 90 overall, for a total of thirteen players rated 90+ overall in the latest update.

Recent player movement and subsequent jersey number changes are also accounted for, as well as gear and accessory updates for 44 players. For a full breakdown of the changes in the latest NBA Live 16 roster, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the latest roster update in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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