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NLSC Podcast – Episode #150

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Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I look to the future as we discuss a couple of recent Wishlist suggestions for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17, reflect on our past week of basketball gaming, and react to some recent news and rumours.

On this week’s show…

  • Tipping things off with some Wishlist talk, we ask ourselves: aside from improved gameplay, what’s the one enhancement that would keep us playing NBA Live 17?
  • We also discuss a couple of recent suggestions for NBA 2K17, regarding potential ratings and Badges.
  • Are we bothered by the NBA Live Development Team reaching out to NBA 2K gamers?
  • Rocket League is set to receive a basketball mode called Hoops, which we’re both looking forward to.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some time with Ultimate Team, Pro-Am, MyCAREER, and a few retro titles.
  • NBA referee Joey Crawford has retired effectively immediately, due to his knee injuries.
  • Speaking of knee injuries, Jahlil Okafor is set to miss the rest of his rookie season after tearing his meniscus.
  • Could Phil Jackson return to the sidelines, only coaching the New York Knicks during home games? It seems Carmelo Anthony isn’t a fan of the idea.
  • Ben Simmons has been dethroned in the mock draft over at Draft Express. He’s also been hit with a couple of unflattering comparisons.
  • We wrap up Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, in which Arcane is back at .500, and Andrew is still seeking his first point. Of course…

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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.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include some more player faces, updated 2016 season rosters, a fictional Tracy McGrady-themed outdoor court, and some custom icons. Check them all out at the links below!

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LeBron James HD Face (2 Versions)

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Bradley Beal HD Face With Mask
Nick Young HD Face
DeMar DeRozan HD Face

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NBA 2K14/16 Cover Athlete Icons

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Fictional T-Mac Outdoor Court

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Tarik Black Face

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

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Wayback Wednesday: Rappers in NBA Live 2003

Unlocking Busta Rhymes in NBA Live 2003

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, digging into the archives to indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, reflections on big announcements from years gone by, and other flashback content.

Basketball video games have had their fair share of hidden players over the years, from the secret characters in NBA Jam to the dummied out and unlockable players in NBA Live and NBA 2K. In the case of NBA Live 2003, there were six players who were unlockable via codes, all of whom were rappers.

Granted, they weren’t as useful as the hidden rookies in NBA Live 2004, or the dummied out historical players in NBA Live 08. Nevertheless, the rappers in NBA Live 2003 were kind of a cool bonus, and could still be put to good use in special roster patches, such as the NBA Live Street mod. To unlock them, users simply had to input specific codes as the last name in Create-a-Player.

Do you remember which rappers were included in NBA Live 2003? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #150 Mailbag Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag questions for Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast. Barring any unforeseen circumstances getting in the way, Arcane and I will be recording this week’s show and posting it at the usual time tomorrow.

As always, the past week has provided us with some news and events to discuss, and we’ve also received a couple of topic suggestions already. However, we want to make sure that we’re talking about the things that basketball gamers are interested in hearing about, so hit us up with your suggestions!

Just a reminder: while we will consider any and all suggestions, we do ask that you keep them related to our core content of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball video gaming. We also talk about the real NBA, so any suggestions in that regard are also most welcome, as well as any topics related to our community, be it modding, site history, and so forth.

Got a suggestion? Let us know in the comments section below, or post it in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also drop us a line on social media and post suggestions via our Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already!

A huge thanks as always to everyone who continues to send in topic suggestions, tune in every week, and respond to the shows. We have a lot of fun recording them, and it’s great to know that our fellow basketball gamers are enjoying what we’re doing with the NLSC Podcast. If you haven’t tuned in to Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast yet, catch it here. You can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Finally, we’ve been uploading some clips of the NLSC Podcast to our YouTube channel; check out a playlist here, and be sure to subscribe for more video content, coming your way very soon.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

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We have some new file additions today, as magiciangirl06 has uploaded a couple of custom practice courts, as well as a player indicator update. Check out all three releases at the links below!

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Colorful Indicators
NBA Live 15 Adidas Practice Gym
Melo Terminal 23 Practice Court

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Monday Tip-Off: What Is Constructive Feedback?

We’re at midcourt, and 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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

In case you’re unaware, we’re currently in the midst of compiling our Wishlists for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17. As always, our goal is to put together comprehensive lists of constructive feedback for the development teams at EA Tiburon and Visual Concepts, spotlighting the additions we want to see, issues that need to be addressed, and improvements that would make the things we like even better. If you take a look at the two threads, you’ll see that some great suggestions and feedback have already been posted.

The fact that we’re aiming to be constructive in our feedback is something that I make a point of mentioning whenever we tip-off our annual Wishlist threads. It’s also a reminder that I like to put out there for everyone involved in our modding community. After all, whether you’re talking about the people developing basketball video games, or the people who are making unofficial add-ons and modifications for them, it’s important to give them the kind of feedback that they can put to good use.

So, what do we really mean when we say “constructive feedback”?

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File Additions for NBA Live 2005

NBA Live 2005 Cover Art

We’re wrapping things up this week with a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 2005 PC. Kelly_E is back with two new jersey updates for this classic game, namely the Lunar New Year jersey for the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Pride jersey. Download them both at the links below!

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Golden State Warriors Lunar New Year Jersey Patch
Cleveland Cavaliers Pride Jersey Patch

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Planning on playing some NBA 2K14 PC this weekend? Then enhance your basketball gaming experience with the latest file additions, including a new beta version of NBA Jam 2K14: All-Star Edition, updated 2016 season rosters, a new PBA roster, and a handful of HD player faces. Check them all out at the links below!

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NBA Jam 2K14: All-Star Edition (.iff files) (Updated to Beta 1.2)
NBA Jam 2K14: All-Star Edition Roster & Settings (Updated to Beta 1.2)

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Andre Igoudala HD Face
Jamal Crawford HD Face
Giannis Antetokounmpo HD Face

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Derrick Rose HD Face

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Russell Westbrook 2016 Face [SUPERSUB47]

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2K14 U R Basketball V42 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 09/03/16] (Updated)

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2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.6)

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PBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v10.0)

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The Friday Five: My 5 Favourite Patches That I’ve Made

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 this week’s Monday Tip-Off, I discussed our fondness for continuing to make patches for older basketball video games. As I said in that article, there’s a lot of nostalgia in going back and updating an old game, and it can also be a very rewarding experience, especially when there’s still a contingent of basketball gamers playing older releases. I certainly know a thing or two about that, as I was still releasing multiple roster patches for the last four PC versions of NBA Live up until a few years ago. As you may have noticed, I’ve also released a couple of smaller patches in recent weeks.

Since I’m still in the mood to talk about patches, I thought that for this week’s Friday Five, I’d take a look at five of my favourite patches that I’ve made for the NBA Live series. I’d talk about my work on NBA 2K, but I only have one release for that series: an open source roster with some minor edits and additions. Needless to say, when it comes to patching, I have a much longer history with NBA Live, and a much bigger catalogue of releases. So, without any further ado, here are my five favourite patches that I’ve made over the years.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #149

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Looking for your weekly fix of basketball video game discussion? Tune in to Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast, in which Arcane and I discuss the latest news and updates for NBA Live and NBA 2K, what we’ve been up to in basketball gaming, the past week in NBA action, and more, including your mailbag submissions!

On this week’s show…

  • Over 100+ new items have been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. Unfortunately, the issue with standing dunks remains unresolved.
  • A new playbook and gameplan update has been pushed through for NBA 2K16. Are we expecting any more major updates for either game?
  • Does NBA Live need to focus less on NBA 2K, and concentrate on being itself?
  • We reminisce about the days when there were more than two basketball games on the market, and discuss the kind of releases we’d like to see.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off old favourites, and getting them to work in 64-bit Windows.
  • If the opportunity presented itself, would we join the NBA Live Development Team?
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we chat about Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Russell Westbrook’s big triple double, dysfunction in Cleveland, a new home for Dwight Howard, and a couple of surprising teams.
  • What do we think of Ben Simmons’ potential $100 million shoe deal? What will he mean for Australian basketball?
  • We wrap up Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. Is Andrew on the board yet? (Come on, what do you think?!?)

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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.

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, featuring a couple of player faces, and an arena update for the Washington Wizards. Download them all at the links below.

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Aron Baynes Face

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D’Angelo Russell Face

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Washington Wizards Verizon Center HD Court

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Wayback Wednesday: The Expansion Draft in NBA Live 96 SNES

Expansion Draft in NBA Live 96 SNES

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! This is a feature where we look back on yesteryear, digging into the archives to indulge in some nostalgia, and in some cases, wonder just what we were thinking. Check in every Wednesday for features and retrospectives on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, reflections on big announcements from years gone by, and other flashback content.

As I discussed in a previous edition of Wayback Wednesday, league expansion can lead to some unique features being added to NBA video games. Such was the case with NBA Live 96, with the league’s expansion across the border into Canada and the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors. When the Grizzlies and Raptors joined the league twenty years ago, an Expansion Draft was held to help them fill out their rosters, as is the norm. The twenty-seven other teams were able to protect eight players, which needless to say limited the pool of available talent outside of the deeper squads.

In most versions of NBA Live 96, the rosters were updated for the 1996 season with Class of 1995 rookies and offseason transactions. This wasn’t the case with the Super Nintendo version of NBA Live 96, which was missing the rookies (though there were codes to unlock them, along with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and some bonus Legends), and also did not account for major moves like the Chicago Bulls’ acquisition of Dennis Rodman, nor the results of the Expansion Draft. What the SNES version of NBA Live 96 did have was the unique feature of the Expansion Draft itself.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #149 Mailbag Call

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Arcane and I will be recording and releasing Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, barring any unforeseen circumstances. To that end, we’re opening up the floor to any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions for this week’s show.

We’ve already got some topics on the docket, including the past week in basketball gaming and NBA news, as well as a couple of suggestions that were posted following Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast. However, we want to make sure that we’re talking about the subjects that interest you, so by all means let us know what you want to hear about.

As always, we ask that you keep your suggestions related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming in general, the real NBA, or our community here at the NLSC. We’ll give consideration to any and all suggestions, but we would prefer to keep the Podcast centred around topics that are related to our core content.

Got a suggestion or mailbag question? Post it in the comments section below, or in this thread in the Forum. You can also drop us a line on social media, via our Facebook or Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us there yet, Like and Follow us today!

If you haven’t caught Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can tune in here. If you’d like to subscribe to the NLSC Podcast, you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who continues to tune into the show every week, submit topic suggestions, and post feedback. We greatly appreciate the support!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, which include a couple of new face updates, and current season rosters. Check them all out at the links below!

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P.J. Hairston Face

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Deron Williams Face 2016 [SUPERSUB47]

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.8b)

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2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v6.5)

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Monday Tip-Off: Modding Old Basketball Video Games

We’re at midcourt, and 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 NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

A couple of months ago, I talked about why we enjoy going back and playing old basketball video games. Dusting off an old favourite is almost always an enjoyably nostalgic experience; however, the further back you go, the more aware you’ll be of how much basketball games have improved over the years. Some games are fun to revisit, but you can’t always spend too much time with them as they’re just too outdated, too primitive compared to what we’re used to now. While that may mean a simpler experience with an appealing “pick up and play” factor, it can also feel a bit shallow after a while.

Of course, there are some gamers who still prefer playing older titles to newer ones, for various reasons. Whether you’re still actively playing an older basketball game, or you’re going back and playing an old favourite for a change of pace, the experience can be greatly enhanced by mods and patches. We still have quite a few people making updates for older titles, as we even had some uploads for NBA Live 2000 as recently as August last year. In terms of newer games, there’s still a thriving modding community for NBA 2K14 PC, even though a lot of gamers moved on to NBA 2K15, and subsequently NBA 2K16.

So, why do we still enjoy modding older basketball games, long after their popularity has started to fade?

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