File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 08 PC is the latest version of Book_Gazette’s latest 2016 offseason roster update. Check it out at the link below!

2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.0.2)

Once again, please note that this roster was created by Book_Gazette and not me, so please direct any and all feedback, questions, and support requests to him in this thread.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include a couple of new face updates, and the 2016 Team USA Olympic Showcase court. Download them all at the links below!

Iman Shumpert Face
Jeff Teague Face

Manni Live
2016 USA Olympic Showcase Court

Monday Tip-Off: Fun with Basketball Video Game Glitches

Headless Utah Jazz Players in NBA 2K11

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.

Although glitches are generally seen as a problem in gaming – and for good reason – they’re not always a bad thing. Sure, they aren’t a lot of fun when they cause games to crash and lock up, or ruin features and functionality, but when glitches are relatively harmless, they can be pretty funny. I wouldn’t say that it’s as common in basketball video games as it is in other genres, but there are even times when bugs and glitches can be advantageous, making certain tasks easier, or even completely bypassing difficult and tedious sections of a game. TV Tropes calls them Good Bad Bugs, and the speedrunning community obviously knows them very well.

A lot of people are probably familiar with the “Jesus Bynum” glitch that drew a lot of negative attention to the NBA Elite 11 demo. Although most people probably never experienced the glitch for themselves, it became a symbol of the game’s problems. While NBA Elite 11 was shaping up to be a disappointing game for other reasons before it was ultimately cancelled, the Bynum issue is really more of an example of a glitch that is fun and amusing; something weird that obviously shouldn’t be happening, but certainly funny when it does. With that in mind, I thought I’d talk a little about some amusing glitches today, and share a few of my favourites.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Download a couple of jersey update packs for the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors in the August 1st File Additions for NBA 2K16!

Charlotte Hornets Jerseys
Toronto Raptors Jerseys

NBA 2K17 Screenshots: Team USA & ’92 Dream Team

NBA 2K17: Team USA 2016

Although the first NBA 2K17 screenshot featuring Team USA 2016 was quickly pulled, two new screenshots have now been officially released. The first is an updated shot of the current Team USA squad, featuring the full team, coach Mike Krzyzewski, and better lighting.

The second screenshot features the 1992 Dream Team, which has been confirmed as a pre-order bonus for NBA 2K17. As noted here, Both screenshots are re-creations of the team photos for both squads, with only coach Chuck Daly missing from the Dream Team screenshot. This would seem to suggest that Chuck Daly will not appear on the sidelines as the Dream Team’s coach, though as you’ll note from looking at the screenshot, all twelve players are accounted for as they were in NBA 2K13.

You can check out both screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA 2K17 screenshot gallery. What are your thoughts on the new screens? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum. Thanks once again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s batch of file additions for NBA Live 06 PC includes a selection of court updates for the Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, and Team USA. Download them all at the links below!

2016 Milwaukee Bucks Court
2016 Fictional Sacramento Kings Court
2016/2017 Utah Jazz Court
2016 USA Basketball Showcase Court

The Friday Five: 5 Gripes with Current Gen Basketball Games

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.

In many ways, basketball video games are better than they’ve ever been. While there are still quirks with the AI, it’s much smarter than it used to be, with players thinking for themselves and getting into position instead of just standing around. Scanning in faces, jerseys, shoes, and other details ensures that the games look a lot better than their predecessors from a couple of generations ago. We have some really fun and deep modes to play, both offline and online. In short, basketball video games have done some really cool things in recent years.

On the other hand, there is definitely still room for improvement. More to the point, while recent basketball games have delivered some really impressive modes and very enjoyable moments on the virtual hardwood, they do have some aspects that I’m not so thrilled about. I know I’ve discussed some of these issues before, but with new titles on the horizon, they’re once again on my mind. With that being said, here are five gripes that I have with the current generation of basketball video games.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #169

NLSC Podcast Logo

Episode #169 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s a three man booth once again this week, as Arcane, Kenny, and I discuss the latest NBA 2K17 previews, our recent sessions of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, and a few NBA topics.

On this week’s show…

  • As he was out of town for last week’s episode, Kenny gives his thoughts on league expansion coming to MyLEAGUE and MyGM in NBA 2K17.
  • National teams have been confirmed for NBA 2K17, with Team USA and the Australian Boomers being the first squads to be revealed.
  • The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have been confirmed, with one of them being the 1992 Dream Team (Charles Barkley included!). We discuss whether or not it’s a fair move to make content like that pre-order exclusive.
  • We also note that Danilo Gallinari will appear on the Italian cover of NBA 2K17, and give our thoughts on the first official screenshot featuring (most of) Team USA 2016.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: a rough start for the new NLSC 2K Pro-Am Team – Snoop’s Sliders – and further impressions of NBA Live Mobile.
  • Moving on to some NBA topics, we discuss the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte, due to the ongoing issues with the HB2 bill.
  • NBA Legend Nate Thurmond passed away last week. He was before our time, but we still have a few things to say in tribute to the first NBA player to ever register a quadruple-double.
  • If you want to pick up a Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder jersey, there are some excellent bargains going right now that won’t even set you back a dollar.
  • Amar’e Stoudemire has called it a career, so we reminisce about some of STAT’s highlights.
  • We wrap up Episode #169 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Time!

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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.

First NBA 2K17 Screenshot Released

NBA 2K17: Team USA 2016

In the wake of officially confirming the 1992 Dream Team as a pre-order bonus, as well as the presence of national teams, the first official screenshot of NBA 2K17 has been released. As you might expect, it features cover player Paul George, albeit in a USA basketball jersey along with the rest of Team USA 2016.

You can check out the full size image below, as well as in the screenshots section of our newly launched NBA 2K17 portal. I expect that more preview media will be on the way very soon, as we’re less than a couple of months away from the release of NBA 2K17. In the meantime, feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Thanks to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have now been revealed. It appears as though the leak was accurate, as the bonuses are the 1992 Dream Team, and a USA Basketball jersey for your MyPLAYER. The standard edition of NBA 2K17 will include a Paul George USA jersey as its pre-order bonus, whereas the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will instead feature Kobe Bryant’s USA jersey.

It has been confirmed that the entire Dream Team will be included, which means Charles Barkley has agreed to appear in another basketball video game. Sir Charles did appear in NBA 2K13 as a member of the Dream Team, but was notably absent from the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers squad. It remains to be seen whether his inclusion in NBA 2K17 will allow for any other retro teams featuring him, such as the 1993 Phoenix Suns, or perhaps the 1997 Houston Rockets.

Further details on the MyTEAM pre-order packs have also been revealed. The Free Agent Paul George card is rated 90 Overall, and is available as a pre-order bonus for the standard edition. A 99 Overall Free Agent Kobe Bryant card is available with the Legend Edition, while the Legend Edition Gold includes a 99 Overall Free Agent Michael Jordan card in addition to the Kobe card.

Finally, Visual Concepts have officially confirmed the presence of national teams – news first broken by Fox Sports Australia – as they have Tweeted out a photo of Mike Krzyzewski being scanned for this year’s game. Apart from the Australian Boomers, there’s no confirmation of which other national teams will appear in the game at this time.

Your thoughts on the latest news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K17 Forum! For a full breakdown of the pre-order bonuses, check out the NLSC Wiki, or take a look at the image below.

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Wayback Wednesday: Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11

Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, 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.

Michael Jordan is the greatest player in the history of basketball. There, that’s a suitably controversial statement to open an article with, these days. For a long time, that was an acceptable assertion to make, but now it seems you’re a bitter old hater if you dare to suggest that there are arguments in favour of teams and players from older eras being superior. Well, contrary to some of the comments that I’ve read on YouTube lately, I would disagree that LeBron James is “clearly better than Michael Jordan”, and that the upcoming season will establish that “fact” once and for all. That’s not a knock on LeBron, by the way; MJ just happened to be pretty good.

Anyway, that’s a debate for another time. At the very least, most fans and analysts would agree that Michael Jordan is one of the best players we’ve ever seen, and one of the most significant and influential people in the history of basketball. During his career, he dazzled fans with his play, and his combination of highlights and success on the hardwood in turn sold a lot of merchandise. In retirement, his brand has remained just as strong. It’s no surprise that Visual Concepts made him the first retired player to appear on the cover of their game, when he became the face of NBA 2K11.

Michael Jordan’s appearance in NBA 2K11 was certainly a big deal, and definitely worth reflecting upon. So, let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC today, as Book_Gazette has released a new offseason roster update. Check it out at the link below!

2016-17 Roster Update

Once again, please note that this roster update was created by Book_Gazette, not me! Please contact him regarding any and all issues, as I cannot and will not provide support for work that isn’t mine. Please also note that I am not currently making any roster updates for NBA Live 08, or any other game. I did however recently re-upload my 2013 season roster updates for archive purposes, as well as offer them up as open source assets for anyone who wants to make future updates. For more information on that, please see this post.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Pick up a new custom global, and jerseys for The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am, in the July 26th File Additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

Alliance Global

The Drew League and Seattle Pro-Am Jersey and Court Pack

Monday Tip-Off: Reflections on NBA Live Community Events

At EA Tiburon for the NBA Live 16 Community Event

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.

When I logged into Facebook this morning, “On This Day” presented me with a look back at previous posts that I’d made on July 25th. As it happens, on this day last year, I made a post letting my friends and family know that I’d be heading to the United States in the near future. The trip was for an NBA Live 16 community event that was being held at EA Tiburon in Orlando, but as I didn’t have clearance to talk about it openly just yet, I held back on the details and simply posted a teaser photo. I also had to be very coy on the NLSC Podcast, when discussing upcoming playtesting sessions and expressing a desire to be a part of them.

The NBA Live 16 event was one of the best that I’ve ever attended. While the game still had a ways to go – then and now – it was fun to get some early hands-on time with it, and experience the improvements. I also really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with the developers and provide feedback to them directly. On top of all that, the whole event was extremely well-organised, with every detail taken care of, and maximum time allotted for gaming. Past events were fun and productive, but several years of organising them have definitely given EA Sports’ community managers the opportunity to make them better and better.

Since it’s been almost a year since the last one I attended, I thought that I’d reflect a little upon the NBA Live community events that I’ve been a part of. Hopefully, last year’s won’t be the last.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Once again, we’re tipping off a new week here at the NLSC with a couple of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Today’s new files are a couple of jersey updates packs for the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, created by pinoy21. Check them out at the links below!

Boston Celtics Jerseys
Brooklyn Nets Jerseys