Monday Tip-Off: Why Modders Stop Modding

Ultimate Jordan Beta for NBA Live 08 Screenshot

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

In my first Friday Five of 2016, I mentioned that one of the things I wanted to do this year was get back into modding (or patching, to use the term that was originally popular in our community). While I’ve shifted towards creating other types of content in recent years, the lure of modding as a creative outlet can be relatively strong at times. As I said in the Five, I don’t think I’ll ever be as prolific as I once was, or sometimes wish that I could be, but I’d like to try and get a little more involved with modding once again.

Of course, there are several reasons that I’ve stepped away from modding in recent years. They’re the same reasons that most modders come and go as the years pass in our community, though since I’m running the NLSC and have found other content that I enjoy producing, I’m obviously still around. With my intention of getting back into modding every now and again, I wanted to talk a little about some of those reasons why modders stop modding. Aside from answering a few questions about why I’m not making roster updates anymore, I’m hoping that it can facilitate a little more understanding in the community, and make the modding scene a friendlier place.

So…why do modders call it quits?

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

We’ve got our first batch of NBA 2K16 file additions for 2016, and it’s a fairly sizeable one. We’ve got 19 new and updated files for NBA 2K16 today, including shoes, player faces, arenas, and jerseys. Check them all out at the links below!

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Nike Kobe 9
Under Armour Curry 2

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LeBron James Face
Kawhi Leonard Face
Anthony Davis Face
Zach LaVine Face
John Wall Face
Stephen Curry Face
Kobe Bryant 2006 Face
Paul George Face
Mike Conley Face

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Washington Wizards Verizon Center HD Court
Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center HD Court
Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse HD Court Update (Updated to v1.1)

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Elena Delle Donne Face

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Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena

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Michael Jordan Headshape

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Los Angeles Lakers Jersey
Chicago Bulls Jersey (Updated to v2.0)

At this point, the total number of downloads for NBA 2K16 has surpassed the number of mods for NBA 2K15 in our database. It’s great to see more people getting into modding this year, and taking advantage of the advancements that have been made. As always, we encourage you to make use of our upload facilities, so that we can preserve releases and not lose fantastic work, which has unfortunately happened all too often in the past. For more information on adding files to our Downloads database, please see this video tutorial.

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Presenting our first file additions bulletin for 2016! We’ve got a couple more 2016 season updates for NBA Live 08 PC today, as S_Brat has released his second pack of Draftee faces, while nba player bullet has released an accompanying pack of Draftee portraits. Download them both at the links below!

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2015/2016 Draft Rookies Part 2

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2015 Rookie Portrait Pack (Part 2)

At present, you’ll need to create the rookies yourself before you can play with them in NBA Live 08. However, a couple of folks have mentioned that they’re working on updated rosters for the 2016 season. Check out the NBA Live 08 section of the NLSC Forum for more details, as well as previews of recent and upcoming releases.

The Friday Five: 5 Things I Want To Do with The NLSC in 2016

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 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.

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season, and safely made it through all your celebrations. While New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone, I’ve always found the beginning of a new year to be an excellent opportunity to hit the reset button as it were, and set some goals while making a fresh start. After taking a bit of a break towards the end of December, it feels good to get back to work with renewed energy in January.

2015 was another fine year for us here at the NLSC, and I’m pleased with the content that we were able to provide. However, I’m always aiming to make things bigger and better, week by week, month by month, year by year, and to that end, I’m looking forward to striving for that goal in 2016. Since this is the first time New Year’s Day has fallen on a Friday since I started writing The Friday Five, I thought I’d use today’s column to outline a few goals that I have for the site this year.

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New Year’s Eve 2015

As cliche as it is to talk about how quickly the year has passed…man, it feels like 2015 was over in the blink of an eye! All of a sudden, we find ourselves on December 31st, waiting for midnight to roll around so that we can ring in the start of a brand new year.

I’d like to thank everyone for your support of the NLSC throughout 2015. It’s been another great year for us, as we’ve been able to cover this year’s NBA games in depth, chat to developers on the NLSC Podcast, benefit from exciting developments in the modding community, and bring you some new original content. I’m hoping to make 2016 an even bigger and better year for the NLSC; it’ll be our 20th Anniversary in August, so it seems only appropriate!

In 2016, I’m hoping that we can bring you more news, more mods, more tutorials and resources, more columns and opinion pieces, more video features, more Podcasts, more interviews, and all around, more fun and interesting content aimed at basketball gamers. I hope you’ll all stick around and be a part of it.

For now though, I’ll leave you with some advice for the evening. If you are ending 2015 with a bit of partying, have a great night, but be safe and responsible. To that end, I’ll uphold a tradition by leaving you with Lutz’s immortal words of wisdom:

Remember the safest order of things on New Year’s Eve: 1. Fireworks, 2. Drink, and not vice versa!

See you in 2016!

NLSC Podcast Returns January 7th; Suggest Topics!

NLSC Podcast

As Arcane and I mentioned in Episode #139 of the NLSC Podcast, we decided to take a couple of weeks off over the holiday break, and make that show our 2015 finale. We’re planning to get right back to our digital broadcasting duties in the new year however, and currently expect to be back on the air on the first Thursday of 2016, January 7th.

There have obviously been a couple of developments in basketball gaming and the NBA since Episode #139, which we’ll naturally be discussing in Episode #140. However, we also wanted to encourage our regular listeners – and our newer listeners, too! – to submit some additional topic suggestions for the next episode, and future episodes of the NLSC Podcast. Whether you simply want to suggest a topic, or pose a topic to us in the form of a question, we’re eager to hear your suggestions so that we can discuss the things that you want to hear about.

Suggestions are welcome in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll certainly give consideration to any and all suggestions, though we do ask that you keep them within the scope of our coverage: NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video games, as well as the real NBA and basketball in general. While we do branch out occasionally and make mention of other topics, we’d prefer to keep the NLSC Podcast in step with the rest of our content.

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who tuned in to the NLSC Podcast throughout 2015. We’ve been getting some very encouraging feedback in recent weeks, so we’d like to up our interaction with our listeners with community suggested topics and more “listener mailbag” type segments. So, tell us what you think of the shows, and what you’d like us to talk about! As with all of our content, we’re by basketball gamers, for basketball gamers, so be sure to drop us a line, and tune in for Episode #140 on January 7th.

Wayback Wednesday: LeBron James in NBA Live 2004

LeBron James dunks in NBA Live 2004

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

Today, LeBron James turns 31. I don’t feel comfortable calling him one of the league’s elder statesmen just yet, mostly because I’m only a couple of months older than the King, and I’d like to avoid any “elder” labels for as long as I can. Nevertheless, at this point LeBron James is well-established as one of the league’s marquee players, biggest attractions, and all-time greats. He’s been one of the top players in basketball – and a candidate for being the top player in basketball – for over a decade now.

At times, it feels like the last decade or so has flown by very quickly. All of a sudden, here we are watching an NBA where LeBron James is in his thirteenth season. Like the great players that came before him, he’s become an institution. As such, if you’re a younger fan, it might be difficult to imagine him as an up-and-coming rising star, The Next Big Thing. Of course, when LeBron made his NBA (and NBA video game) debut back in the 2004 season, he was exactly that. With it being Wayback Wednesday, and also his birthday, I wanted to take a look back at early virtual LeBron, specifically his presence in NBA Live 2004.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

While most modders have either moved on to NBA 2K16 or are still modding NBA 2K14 on PC, we do still occasionally get uploads for NBA 2K15 (and certainly still welcome them), with today being one such occasion. Check out some custom controller settings at the link below!

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Normal PC/PS2 Pad Mapped Settings

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

We have some new file additions for NBA 2K16 PC today, as TBM has uploaded a couple of new face updates for LeBron James and Kevin Durant, while Manni Live has released an arena patch for the Los Angeles Lakers. Check them out at the links below!

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LeBron James Face
Kevin Durant Face

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Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center HD Court

Just a quick note about Monday Tip-Off: I’ve been caught up celebrating the holidays with family and friends (and recovering from said celebrations!), so I haven’t had an opportunity to write a column this week. I might have a new Wayback Wednesday feature out on Wednesday, but if I do end up skipping it as well this week, it will definitely be back in January along with Monday Tip-Off, Episode #140 of the NLSC Podcast, and The Friday Five. Thanks again for checking out all our features throughout 2015, we’re looking forward to bringing you more original content in 2016!

File Additions for NBA Live 2005

We have a new file addition for NBA Live 2005 PC today, as Cpt(K) has converted his fictional rosters for NBA Live 08 and NBA Live 06 for use with NBA Live 2005. Check them out at the link below!

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NBA Live 2005 Fictional Rosters

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got another new file addition for NBA Live 08 PC today, as nba player bullet has uploaded a pack of portraits for the first fifteen picks in the 2015 Draft. Download it at the link below!

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2015 Rookie Portrait Pack

The Friday Five: Christmas Day Game Predictions

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 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.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Seasons Greetings, everyone! Christmas Day is almost over here in Australia, but if you’re on the other side of the world, you might just be waking up to a day that’s hopefully filled with lots of good food, thoughtful gifts, and good times with family and friends. There are also five games on the NBA schedule today, so for the final Friday Five of 2015, I’m posting an abbreviated column with my predictions for this year’s Christmas Day games.

  • Miami Heat over New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans have struggled so far this season, while a healthier Heat team have bounced back from last season’s misfortunes. The Heat are at home for this one, and I expect they’ll take care of business.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder over Chicago Bulls. I’m going against Arcane’s prediction in Episode #139 of the NLSC Podcast. I’d love to see the Bulls win, but they’re struggling at the moment, and I think Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be too much to overcome. That said, I’ll be happy to get this prediction wrong.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers over Golden State Warriors. This is one of my bold predictions in our latest episode of the Podcast. I’m picking the Cavaliers to hand the Warriors their first home loss, and second loss of the season, winning by five or more. In any event, this will definitely be the game to watch, in my opinion.
  • San Antonio Spurs over Houston Rockets. Unless Gregg Popovich decides to give all his stars Christmas Day off to thumb his nose at a nationally televised game – we’ve seen it happen before, after all – I think the Spurs will take down the struggling Rockets.
  • Los Angeles Clippers over Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant has been playing a bit better as of late, and his final Christmas Day game might see a throwback performance. The Clippers are the best team in LA at the moment though, and I think they’ll prevail by double digits.

Russell Westbrook wearing the Thunder's Christmas Jersey in NBA Live 16

I’ll be tuning in to those games throughout the day, and I’m sure that a lot of you will be, too. Hopefully, we’re in for some entertaining holiday hoops! If you’re watching the Christmas Day games, feel free to post your thoughts and predictions in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NLSC Forum! Thanks for checking in on the Friday Five throughout 2015. I’ll have more lists, editorials, opinion pieces, and top fives to share with you all next year, so be sure to check in every Friday throughout 2016 for more Fives!

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Seasons greetings, everyone! Stuff your Christmas stockings with the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, which include updated jerseys for the New York Knicks, and arena updates for the Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, and Chicago Bulls. Download them all at the links below!

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New York Knicks Jersey

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Charlotte Hornets Time Warner Cable Arena

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Brooklyn Nets Court Update V3 (Update to v3.0)
Chicago Bulls HD Court Update V2 (Update to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’ve got a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today: the latest batch of face updates from S_Brat, featuring the Top 15 picks in the 2015 Draft, and updated fictional rosters from Cpt(K). Check them both out at the links below!

S_Brat
2015/2016 Draft Rookies Part 1

Cpt(K)
NBA Live 08 Fictional Rosters (Updated to v0.23)

Wayback Wednesday: World League Basketball Video Retrospective

Dunking in World League Basketball

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, dig into the archives, indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on old basketball video games, old NLSC editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

As promised, I have a new video retrospective for this week’s Wayback Wednesday! Today, I’m taking a look back at an old favourite of mine that I’ve wanted to talk about in more detail for some time now. It’s a basketball game for the Super Nintendo called World League Basketball…well, the game that I own is called World League Basketball, anyway. Depending on where you lived when this game was released in 1992, you might have known it as NCAA Basketball, or perhaps Super Dunk Shot.

It’s a game that was, in some ways, ahead of its time, and it’s definitely worth reminiscing about. With that said, let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. Stay tuned for more video retrospectives, columns, stuff from the archives, and other Wayback Wednesday content!