Wiki Contributors Still Wanted

It’s been a few months since I last put out a call for contributors to the NLSC Wiki, so I wanted to take the opportunity to mention it again. We’d like to make our Wiki an informative source for basketball gamers, whether they’re looking for information on gameplay or game mode features, modding tutorials, or just something fun and interesting to read about basketball video games.

Because Wikis are intended to be community projects, you don’t need to sign in to edit most of the articles in the NLSC Wiki; a few information pages are protected, but generally speaking, we don’t want to be too restrictive in what you can and cannot contribute to. That said, we do encourage anyone who wants to make regular contributions to register an account, as your IP address will be publicly displayed on any anonymous edits that you make. It also makes for a friendlier community when we’ve all got a handle to address each other by.

If you’d like to contribute, no application is necessary. Just head on over to the NLSC Wiki, and start editing and creating articles! Should you have any questions, please let me know.

NBA Live 16 Wishlist Reminder

Just another reminder that we’re currently compiling our Wishlist for NBA Live 16, and we’re inviting everyone in the basketball gaming community to add their constructive feedback. If you’ve got ideas for the next game in the NBA Live series, as well as any important NBA Live 15 bug reports, or suggestions on how certain features could be improved, please post them ASAP!

If you’ve got a lot of feedback, we suggest posting it as a list of 10-15 items, with a maximum of 20. If you’ve only got a couple of suggestions, that’s fine too; the development team are keeping tabs on our Wishlist, and every piece of constructive feedback helps.

You can find our NBA Live 16 Wishlist thread here in the Forum. If you’re interested in checking out my personal Wishlist, you can find it in this post. You may also want to post your suggestions in the Wishlist thread that’s being compiled here over in the official NBA Live forums on EA.com.

Chinese New Year Content in NBA Live 15

As you may be aware, the NBA is celebrating Chinese New Year, and NBA Live 15 is following suit. The Chinese New Year alternates for the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are now available in random packs in Ultimate Team. Both jerseys are also available in all other game modes.

Additionally, new Solo Challenges have been added, and new cards featuring players who were born in the Year of the Goat are also now available in packs, for a limited time.

Remember you can join in the discussion of Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum!

The Friday Five: Top 5 Controversies in Basketball Gaming

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.

It’s about time that I did another Top 5 countdown in The Friday Five, and I believe that I have an interesting topic for the occasion, one that I’ve somehow overlooked covering so far: controversies in basketball gaming. As video games have transitioned from a novelty into a thriving industry and popular pastime, gamers have become savvier consumers who are not afraid to speak their minds when the product doesn’t meet their expectations, or a developer does something that they don’t like.

Basketball video games are no exception, and the basketball gaming community certainly has no qualms about speaking out when it’s unhappy. There have been a number of issues that have had us riled up over the years, so for this week’s Friday Five, I’m reflecting upon, ranking, and counting down what I’m offering up as the Top 5 Controversies in Basketball Gaming. Let’s begin.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2015

Well…it’s certainly been an eventful trade deadline this year!

Eleven deals went down at the 2015 NBA trade deadline, with some significant names changing teams. Kevin Garnett is returning to the team where he started his career, as the Brooklyn Nets traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young. Michael Carter-Williams has gone to the Milwaukee Bucks, Goran Dragic got his wish and was sent to the Miami Heat, and the Portland Trail Blazers picked up Arron Afflalo, to name but a few of the deals.

You can check out a full breakdown of the 2015 NBA trade deadline here over on NBA.com. What do you make of all the trades that went down? Feel free to sound off in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

New Pre-Trade Deadline Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster update for NBA Live 15 has been pushed through, accurate as of just before this year’s trade deadline. As such, it doesn’t include any of the deals that have gone down today, but at a glance, it appears as though several player ratings have been updated.

Notably, Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and Three-Point Shootout Champion Stephen Curry have received minor boosts to their Dunk and Three-Point ratings respectively, an increase of 73 to 77 for LaVine, and small jump of 92 to 93 for Curry. Both players currently have All-Star edition cards in Ultimate Team, which boost those ratings to 98.

It also seems that the starting line-up for the West All-Stars hasn’t been updated as yet, as Dirk Nowitzki is still starting ahead of LaMarcus Aldridge, who ultimately got the nod after Anthony Davis was ruled out due to injury. With the trade deadline done and dusted, I expect that another roster will be on the way very soon with all of the new transactions, as well as updated line-ups and ratings.

As always, feel free to post any feedback on the rosters here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Latest Legends, All-Star Cards in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team

Spud Webb and Yao Ming are the next two Legends who will be available in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team. They’ll be randomly available in packs beginning this weekend, and can currently be faced in a Fantasy Challenge.

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At 7’6, Yao was one of the most physically imposing and skilled centers in NBA history. He made eight All-Star Games despite having his career cut short by a number of injuries.

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Despite standing just 5’7, Webb won the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest and averaged nearly 10 PPG across 12 seasons and five different teams.

Speaking of new Ultimate Team content, a few 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend player cards are now available. All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook’s card features boosted ratings across the board, Slam Dunk Contest Champion Zach LaVine’s card boosts his Dunk rating to 98 (currently 73 in the regular rosters!), and Three-Point Shootout Champion Stephen Curry has a three-point rating of 98 (compared to 92 in the regular roster). You can check out some screenshots of the All-Star cards below.

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File Additions for NBA 2K15

We have one new file addition for NBA 2K15 PC today, as Basagre28 has uploaded a new face update for LeBron James. You can check it out at the link below!

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LeBron James Face

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include updated rosters, 2015 All-Star Weekend art, new scoreboards, and a next gen arm pack. Check them all out at the links below!

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2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Presentation
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v1.4)

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CBS Fantasy Scoreboard (Updated to v3.0)
Fantasy NBC Scoreboard (Updated to v3.0)

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Next Gen Arms Pack 1

Ultimate Base Roster V29 for NBA 2K14 PC Released

A new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC by HAWK23 and company is available now! The latest release updates the current season rosters through the 2015 All-Star Weekend, adds some new faces to retro season mods, and much more. Key features of V29 are as follows:

  • Added updated version of the Ultimate Base Roster & UBR Association Files with current transactions, signings, rotations, and coaching moves (2/16/15)
  • Added ~15 new portraits (current and retro)
  • Added ~25 year-specific retro cyberfaces throughout retro season rosters
  • Added real 2015 All-Star courts for Madison Square Garden & Barclays Center
  • Added correct 2015 All-Star Game logos to 3-point/dunk contests
  • Tweaked the 2000’s Rosters to add better accuracy (added some missing obscure players)
  • Fixed any remaining retro coaches who were headless or who had black hands
  • Fixed a few retro cyberfaces that were showing up incorrectly in season mods
  • Rosters accurate as of 2/16/2015

Download the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 here! Be sure to check out the release thread for more information, previews and support, as well as Like the official UBR Facebook page.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #110

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Episode #110 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Last week, Arcane and I made our predictions for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, so this week, we’re following up on our picks and giving our thoughts on everything that went down. As always, we also cover the latest in basketball video gaming news.

  • NBA Live 15 received two roster updates over the past week, as well as a content update which included the All-Star court and jerseys, and over 100 bug fixes.
  • NBA 2K15 PC was Free to Play on Steam over the weekend, and available to buy at a 50% discount.
  • Some recent eBay purchases lead to another discussion about retro basketball gaming.
  • Amar’e Stoudemire will reportedly be bought out by the Knicks, and will likely sign with the Mavericks. We consider what kind of impact he might have.
  • As you may have expected, we didn’t do so well on our predictions for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend. Nevertheless, we give our thoughts on all of the events.
  • Do today’s players need a bit more of a competitive edge, or even somewhat of a dislike for each other?
  • Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks get burned by Not Bill Walton on Twitter, again.

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. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

All-Star Weekend Roster Update for NBA Live 15

Another roster update was pushed through for NBA Live 15 over the weekend, updating the All-Star line-ups with all of the injury replacements. It also adds James Harden and Klay Thompson to the starting line-up for the West, as per coach Steve Kerr’s announcement.

Additionally, the Mo Williams trade has now been included, bringing the NBA team rosters completely up to date. As usual, the players involved in the deal won’t be playable in Tip Off until they’ve played a game for their new teams, as Tip Off rosters are powered by the latest Synergy data.

Remember that you can post any feedback on the NBA Live 15 rosters here in our Forum.

File Additions for NBA 2K15

Pick up a couple of face updates for LeBron James and Deron Williams in today’s file additions for NBA 2K15 PC! Please see below for the download links.

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LeBron James Face

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Deron Williams Face (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

I hope everyone is enjoying the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend so far! We have a couple of All-Star updates in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, as well as some scoreboards, faces, and a few other releases. Please see below for all the download links!

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Spalding All-Star Game 2015 Money Ball
2015 Phoenix Suns Uniforms

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Justise Winslow Face

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CBS Fantasy Scoreboard (Updated to v3.0)
Fantasy NBC Scoreboard (Updated to v2.1)
NLSC Scoreboard (Updated to v2.0)

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Crazy Serbs’s Hip Hop Playlist

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Carmelo Anthony and Joe Johnson HD Faces

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Italian Watemarks Pack

NBA 2K15 Free to Play on Steam, 50% Off Through Monday

2K Sports are celebrating the 2015 All-Star Weekend with a Free to Play weekend for NBA 2K15 PC on Steam. If you’re not sure whether or not your PC can run the game, or you’d just like to try before you buy, this is a perfect opportunity. Please note that it’s a large download (over 40 GB, including patches), so if you want to try it out, start installing it now!

If you’re looking to buy the game right now, or you feel like picking it up after trying it out with Free to Play over the weekend, it will also be available at a 50% discount through until Monday.