The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Rarely Play Online

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.

In years gone by, a few people have been upset that our Wishlists for NBA Live haven’t really paid much attention to online features. There are a couple of reasons for that: first of all, a lot of improvements to the online experience also fall under the category of gameplay fixes, and thus don’t bear repeating in another section of the Wishlist. Secondly, I have to admit that improvements related to online play don’t spring immediately to my mind, because I’m still mainly an offline player. As such, I encourage anyone who is primarily an online gamer to post their feedback, as it’s an area of the game that I’m prone to overlook.

Given the popularity of online play, the strong desire to see proper online leagues implemented, and the outcry when there was dissatisfaction over Crew Mode, I’m guessing the preference that I and many others still have for single player/offline play may be puzzling to a lot of online gamers. So, in this week’s Friday Five, I’m listing the five reasons that I rarely play online.

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New Poll: Your Pick for MVP So Far

Damian Lillard vs. Kyrie Irving in NBA Live 15

We’ve posted a new poll today, which asks “Who is your pick for MVP so far?” Cast your vote now, and join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

Our last poll asked “Which Modes Are You Playing Right Now?”. It seems that MyCAREER is far and away the most popular mode at the moment, as 60% of users who voted in the poll indicated that it’s one of their modes of choice. Dynasty, Association, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE are still being played, but it’s interesting to see that interest has quite firmly shifted to single player career modes. Ultimate Team and MyTEAM are also drawing a little interest around these parts.

Remember, if you’re playing one of the depth modes and would like to tell us all about it, feel free to create a thread in our Basketball Video Game Stories section.

Upcoming Legends in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team: Talls & Smalls

NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team Legends Pack: Talls & Smalls

Three more Legends are coming to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15. Dubbed the “Talls and Smalls”, the upcoming Legends are Manute Bol (7’7″, 84 overall), Muggsy Bogues (5’3″, 84 overall), and Rik Smits (7’4″, 88 overall).

RIK SMITS
The Dunkin’ Dutchman played all of his 12 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, making an All-Star Game in 1998 and helping the Pacers reach the 2000 NBA Finals. The 7’4 Smits averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 1.2 BPG in his career.

MUGGSY BOGUES
Standing just 5’3, Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. That didn’t stop him from averaging 7.7 PPG, 7.6 APG, 1.5 SPG over his 14-year career.

MANUTE BOL
A stark contrast from Bogues, the 7’7 Bol is one of the tallest players to ever lace them up in the NBA. Bol ranks second in NBA history with 3.3 BPG.

Remember you can discuss Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Thierry

Thierry Story Thread Interview 1

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.

We’re tipping off a new year of Story Thread Interviews as we chat to Ezio Auditore, formerly known as Thierry. Ezio/Thierry has created a fair few story threads over the years – infamously so! – and definitely has some interesting things to say about his experiences. Read on for some insight and advice!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We have a small assortment of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, including a pack of NBA at 50 courts, the 2015 All-Star uniforms, and a new face for Joe Johnson. Please see below for all the download links.

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1996-1997 NBA at 50 Tribute Season Courts

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2015 All-Star Game Uniforms

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Joe Johnson Face

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

skoadam has released another new version of his URB Roster pack for NBA 2K13 PC, now featuring 27 complete season mods. Check it out at the link below!

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URB Roster V27 [27 Complete Seasons Mods] (Updated to v27.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

ModManZZZ has released another update for his 2014/2015 season roster for NBA Live 2004 PC. You can pick it up at the link below!

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ModManZZZ NBA Live 2014-2015 Regular Season Roster Update (Updated to v5.6)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today. In addition to his NBA Live 15-themed title screens for NBA Live 06, our own Arcane has also uploaded one for NBA Live 08, and BAYAG has added a new version of his SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT update. You can pick up both releases at the links below.

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Arcane NBA Live 15 Title Screen – Damian Lillard

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SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (Updated to v5.7)

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art Xbox 360

Our own Arcane has released a couple of NBA Live 15-themed title screen updates for NBA Live 06 PC. Download them both at the links below!

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Arcane NBA Live 15 Title Screen – Damian Lillard
Arcane NBA Live 15 Title Screen – Dwyane Wade

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

If you’re still playing NBA 2K11 PC, then you might want to check out the latest version of Levy’s Sliders, which are optimised for realistic performance. Pick up the file at the link below!

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Levy’s Sliders (Updated to v4.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 2000

NBA Live 2000 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with a new addition for an old classic, as hentzman has updated a custom soundtrack for NBA Live 2000 PC. Download it at the link below!

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Song Patch

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

skoadam has released a new version of his URB Roster for NBA 2K13 PC, containing 26 full season mods including up to date 2014/2015 rosters. Download it at the link below!

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URB Roster V26 [26 Complete Seasons Mods] (Updated to v26.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Here are Murat’s latest releases for NBA Live 2004 PC: jerseys for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings, along with a court update for the Thunder. Download them at the links below.

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2014/2015 Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys
2014/2015 Sacramento Kings Jerseys
2014/2015 Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City Thunder)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature a couple more college courts, a new roster update, and a face for Markieff Morris. Check them out at the links below!

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2014-2015 Cleveland State University Court
2014-2015 IUPUI Court

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Markieff Morris Face

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Med’s Ultimate Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v1.1)

The Friday Five: 5 Things I’ve Learned Running a Video Game Website

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 we tip off a new year here at the NLSC, I still find myself in a somewhat reflective mood. As I said in my 2014 Year in Review, and a couple of times in my New Year’s messages, last year was a very good one for the site, and I’m looking forward to making 2015 even better. While preparing to do so, I naturally think back on we’ve done before: what worked and how we can make it better, as well as what hasn’t worked and how we can avoid it. That in turn got me thinking about some of the lessons that I’ve learned while running the NLSC.

So, before I get back to discussing basketball video games, compiling Top 5s, or giving opinions about the NBA, I thought I’d talk a little about some of the things that running the NLSC has taught me. I’d like to think that anyone else who’s looking to start some sort of online endeavour, be it a video gaming website, a YouTube series, or even a modding project, will be able to gain some knowledge and perspective from my experiences. Without any further ado, here are five things I’ve learned from running a video game website.

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