Monday Tip-Off: Should Basketball Video Games Have DLC?

Alex English in the NBA 2K12 Legends Showcase DLC

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.

Let’s broach a controversial topic today: downloadable content. Downloadable content is a polarising aspect of modern gaming to say the least, as many gamers despise it, and believe that it’s ruining the hobby. At the same time, there are plenty of gamers who will enthusiastically tell developers to shut up and take their money when appealing DLC is announced. In my view, there are valid arguments on both sides.

DLC isn’t something we’ve had to deal with much when it comes to basketball video games. These days, sports games are expected to receive updates throughout the season, and those updates are included in the price of the game. While they do have bonus content that could feasibly be expanded with DLC, sports games generally don’t lend themselves to the concept as much as games that can receive new maps, weapons, missions, characters, and so on.

It would be feasible for EA Sports and 2K Sports to offer that kind of content for NBA Live and NBA 2K though, so I ask the question: should basketball video games have DLC?

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

NBA Live 07 Cover Art

Here’s a new batch of file additions for NBA Live 07 PC! In case you missed my recent posts in the Forum, I’ve released logo updates for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, and Milwaukee Bucks. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Philadelphia 76ers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
New Orleans Pelicans 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
Phoenix Suns 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07
Milwaukee Bucks 2015/2016 Logo Patch 07

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up another week here at the NLSC with some new file additions for NBA Live 08! Today’s new releases include my latest logo updates for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, and Milwaukee Bucks. modders27 has also released a face update for Sasha Kaun, while BAYAG has uploaded a new version of his SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT mod. Download them all at the links below!

Andrew
Philadelphia 76ers 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08
New Orleans Pelicans 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08
Phoenix Suns 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08
Milwaukee Bucks 2015/2016 Logo Patch 08

modders27
Sasha Kaun Face

BAYAG
SUPERSTAR ’08 AIACT (updated to v6.3)

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Here is the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC! Today’s new files include a court update for the Portland Trail Blazers, a couple of jersey updates for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a face update for Joffrey Lauvergne. Check them all out at the links below.

Manni Live
Portland Blazers Moda Center HD Court

pinoy21
Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys
Oklahoma City Thunder Orange Alternate Jersey

Ironhead34
Joffrey Lauvergne Face

The Friday Five: 5 Codes & Rumours That Fooled Basketball Gamers

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.

With this being April 1st, I originally considered posting some kind of April Fool’s Day gag. However, since we have visitors from all around the world, chances are that not everyone would see the column before 12 PM, which would actually make me the April fool. I’ve decided to stick with the theme of getting fooled though, because when it comes to basketball gaming, and indeed video games in general, some people are sadly out to trick their fellow gamers, and waste their time.

Although it’s often fairly easy to debunk what TV Tropes refers to as an “Urban Legend of Zelda“, sometimes it’s harder to get gamers to actually believe the truth rather than the rumour. After all, you heard it from your best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend that it was true, and why would they lie? Other genres of video games lend themselves to more outlandish and infamous fake secrets, but since basketball games have featured hidden and unlockable content, they’re not immune to their own hoaxes and rumours. Without any further ado, here are five codes and rumours that fooled basketball gamers.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #152

NLSC Podcast Logo

It’s April 1st, but no fooling: we have a new episode of the NLSC Podcast out today! Episode #152 sees us return to a three man booth for the first time in a long while, as Kenny joins Arcane and I to discuss NBA Live, NBA 2K, and recent events in the real NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We open the show with another reminder about our NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 Wishlists. Get your feedback in ASAP!
  • Since it’s Kenny’s first time on the NLSC Podcast, he provides some thoughts on what he’d like to see get better in NBA 2K, what he’s been enjoying in NBA 2K16, and what would draw him back to NBA Live.
  • When should NBA Live 17 be released? Should it be before, after, or at the same time as NBA 2K17?
  • Recently, there’s been talk of cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We discuss what that would mean for basketball gaming, should it ever come to fruition.
  • Rocket League’s basketball-themed add-on Hoops is set to arrive some time in April, free of charge.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: modding, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and 2K Pro-Am.
  • Turning our attention to real basketball, we chat about the Golden State Warriors closing in on the Chicago Bulls’ record, the drama with D’Angelo Russell, and the retirement of one of Australia’s best players.
  • We wrap up Episode #152 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, as Andrew seeks a second point, Arcane seeks to stay above .500, and Kenny seeks to get on the board out of the gate.

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 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

It’s about time for another batch of file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. We have several new and updated releases today, including player faces, a custom watermark, current rosters, and the latest version of the PBA 2K14 mod. Check them all out at the links below!

Infinity2K
Jeremy Lin Slicked Back Hair
Golden State Warriors UHD Crowd
Jordan Clarkson HD Face

SUPERSUB47
Draymond Green 2016 Face [SUPERSUB47]

big-shot-ROB
Russell Westbrook Face
Steven Adams Face
Thabo Sefolosha Face

dtd
Where Amazing Happens Watermark

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V43 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 22/03/16] (Updated)

Medevenx
PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v10.1)

Wayback Wednesday: Failing to Mod NBA Jam TE on PC

Ron Harper dunks in NBA Jam Tournament Edition 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)