Wayback Wednesday: NBA Jam Tournament Edition PC Retrospective

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.

In this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I’m taking a look back at the PC version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition, with some unscripted commentary on a game I played a few years ago. Building on the success of the original game, NBA Jam Tournament Edition – often called NBA Jam TE for short – brought updated rosters and a few new features to the table, all in all proving to be a worthy follow-up to an all-time classic. As I’ve been sitting on this footage for a while and I’ve wanted to do more video content here at the NLSC, it seemed like a good way of providing a retrospective of one of my all-time favourite basketball video games. I hope you enjoy it!

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. You can expect to see more video content, including game retrospectives, in the not too distant future!

File Additions for NBA 2K13

I’ve overlooked a couple of versions that have been released, so I wanted to make sure that I mentioned that PatTheHead is still updating his retro season roster pack for NBA 2K13 PC. You can pick up the latest version (v3.1) in today’s file additions; please see below for the download link.

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 NBA Seasons (Updated to v3.1)

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC from our talented modding community. Today’s new and updated files include rosters, jerseys, courts, faces and more. Check them all out at the links below!

TGsoGood
Michael Carter-Williams Face (Facial Progression Compatible)

Kid 2K
Kid 2K Graphics V3 + 2K16 ENBGooey By Kid 2K

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2016 Golden State Warriors Classic Court
2016 Denver Nuggets Court

THEUNTAMEDBEAST
David West HD Face

Pepis
2016 Los Angeles Lakers Uniforms

Mythbuster
TD Garden 2015

Tha2KProphet
2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v4.8)

Monday Tip-Off: The Gaming Rotation

Michael Jordan Menu in NBA 2K16

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.

As a gamer, I tend to stick with the genres and video game series that I’m interested in, and familiar with. I don’t buy a lot of brand new releases every year, so my gaming rotation is usually comprised of the latest version of NBA Live and NBA 2K, the latest WWE game, a favourite that may be at least a few years old, and the occasional big release if it’s one that I’m interested in (such as Grand Theft Auto V, a couple of years back). If I happen to pick up something cheap in a Steam/Green Man Gaming/GOG sale, it’ll probably work its way into the rotation at some point, too.

To that end, 2015 has actually been a bigger year than normal for me, in terms of gaming purchases. In addition to NBA Live 16, NBA 2K16, and WWE 2K16 – the series I pick up annually – there’s also been Mortal Kombat X and Fallout 4. On top of that, I picked up the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, to give me something else to play on my new gaming rig. While MK X came out earlier this year, everything else was released (or in the case of GTA V PC, picked up) around the same time. The result is a handful of AAA games that you can potentially spend a lot of time with, all vying for time in my gaming rotation.

First world problems, right? I’m not complaining about it though, just stating a fact: I’m spoiled for choice at the moment. I’m obviously going to be spending time with the basketball games, given that I’m running a website dedicated to basketball gaming and am passionate about them, but beyond that, how do I fit everything in alongside producing content for the NLSC, working a day job, and socialising? Well, I do have a system…sort of…

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC, including faces, jerseys, shoes, and more. Download them all at the links below!

Manni Live
Cleveland Cavaliers Local Ads Update
New Orleans Pelicans Local Ad Update

TBM
Kyle Lowry Face
Dirk Nowitzki Face
Carmelo Anthony Face (Updated to v2.0)

©roke
Nike KD8

Kevin
George Hill Face
E SweetFX

pinoy21
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey

NBA 2K16 Patch V3 Out Now on PlayStation 4

Stephen Curry in NBA 2K16

Patch V3 is now available for the PlayStation 4 of NBA 2K16, and will begin downloading automatically as long as your console is connected to the Internet. As per the official NBA 2K Twitter, the Xbox One patch is “coming soon”, as is the PC patch, presumably.

2K has released a full list of patch notes, which you can check out below. In a nutshell, the latest NBA 2K16 patch updates and corrects some jerseys, improves the results of face scanning, addresses a disconnection issue, fixes some gameplay issues such as player stamina being recovered too quickly and the hitch in certain dribble animations, and much more. A variety of fixes for MyPARK, MyLEAGUE, MyGM, and MyCAREER have also been included.

Once again, please see below for the full list of patch notes. We’ll be sure to post further bulletins when the patch is pushed through for the Xbox One and PC versions of NBA 2K16, but in the meantime, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA 2K16 Forum.

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The Friday Five: 5 Unlucky Moments in Basketball Video 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 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.

Another Friday the 13th is upon us! For those of us who aren’t superstitious, it’s just a day like any other, perhaps even a day of good fortune since the weekend is right around the corner. For those who suffer paraskevidekatriaphobia, however, it’s a day of bad omens and misfortune, and we’ve had three of them in 2015. And yes, despite what my spell checker claims, that is in fact a real word that describes a fear of Friday the 13th. I Googled it.

In previous editions of the Five that have fallen on a Friday the 13th, I’ve discussed unlucky moments in NBA history, and some of my favourite players to have worn the number thirteen. This time, I’m going back to the theme of bad luck, as I examine some of the unluckiest things can happen to us when playing basketball video games. Of course, these things don’t require a supposedly cursed day to occur; unfortunately, they can strike at any time, on any given day.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #134

NLSC Podcast Logo

Tune in to Episode #134 of the NLSC Podcast, hosted by Arcane and myself! This week we’re talking updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, some historically remarkable numbers for Andre Drummond, and a couple of other news items from the past week.

On this week’s show…

  • NBA Live 16 is in need of a major patch and content update. When do we think we might see it?
  • We look ahead to NBA Live 17 once again, and speculate on whether major updates for 16 might be shelved in favour of ensuring a much better game next year.
  • The third patch for NBA 2K16 should be coming soon. Mike Wang has posted some tidbits on what to expect over at Operation Sports.
  • Some gamers have discovered a couple of defensive settings (and possible oversight) in NBA 2K16 that make a huge difference to the way the CPU plays defense.
  • Moving on to the NBA discussion, Andre Drummond is doing something that hasn’t been done in almost 50 years. We know that Leftos has to be pleased.
  • LeBron James supports our campaign to put an end to sleeved jerseys! OK, not really, but it’s clear The King doesn’t care for them either.
  • Derrick Rose is slowly regaining his form, which one of us is particularly pleased to see. We discuss the recent rumours surrounding Rose, and whether he’s actually on the way out of Chicago.
  • The Miami Heat have made the first trade of the regular season, sending Mario Chalmers to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • We end Episode #134 of the NLSC Podcast with a dubious statistic involving Nick Young and Kobe Bryant.

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.

Wayback Wednesday: Wade One of NBA Live’s Most Successful Cover Players

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 feature articles and editorials published as-is with added commentary, and other flashback content.

This week, we’re tipping off the new Wayback Wednesday feature with an article from ten seasons ago, when Dwyane Wade was a rising star on the way to his first NBA championship. Wade’s heroics in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals had punched the Miami Heat’s ticket to their first NBA Finals appearance, and in doing so, he became the third player to reach the championship round the same year as gracing the main cover of NBA Live. Before the Finals tipped off, I wrote an article noting the distinction, and wondering whether he would indeed become the first main NBA Live cover player to win a title in the same year.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K16 PC include faces for John Wall and Carmelo Anthony, and updated Nike Hyperdunk 2015s. Download them all at the links below!

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John Wall Face
Carmelo Anthony Face

©roke
Nike Hyperdunk 2015

Kevin
John Wall Face

Monday Tip-Off: Ego & The Modding Community

MJ and Pip in the He's on Fire 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC

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.

As you’re no doubt aware from our regular file additions bulletins, we have a very talented and enthusiastic modding community here at the NLSC. We’ve been able to do some great things throughout the years, not only keeping games up to date, but creating new experiences, and even fixing some annoying problems. We can be proud of what we’ve accomplished in our community in terms of modding, and I’m sure we can look forward to many more fantastic releases in the future.

However, while I’ll gladly sing the praises of our community, and I truly believe that we have a good thing going here, there is a darker, more unpleasant side to modding culture. There’s a lot of talent and creativity in our community, which is great, but unfortunately where there’s talent and creativity, there’s often ego. While there’s nothing wrong with having a healthy ego, there are some people who take it too far. That’s when it becomes a problem, and people become difficult to deal with.

Sometimes, the problem simply lies with the individual. Some people are arrogant, rude, and difficult. There’s not a whole lot that you can do about that. However, there are also ingrained aspects of the modding culture we’ve cultivated which contribute to the problem. Difficult individuals are unlikely to change their ways, but as a community, we can work together to develop new attitudes and fresh approaches that benefit the modding community. That’s what I’d like to talk about today.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, namely two packs: one a set of fictional courts, the other a collection of 2015 shoe updates. Download them both at the links below!

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NBA Fictional Courts

Extremity
Extremity Shoe Rack 2

Remember, whether you’re making updates for NBA Live 08, NBA 2K16, or any other basketball game, we encourage you to make use of the upload facilities in our Downloads section! All you need is an active Forum account. For more information on how to use our upload facilities, please see this video tutorial. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

We’ve got a bunch of new and updated files for NBA 2K16 PC today, including player faces, shoes, SweetFX tweaks, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

TBM
LeBron James Face
Stephen Curry Face
Chris Paul Face
Blake Griffin Face

rena23
SweetFX Like Real Broadcast

©roke
Rose 773 IV
Kobe X

pinoy21
Chicago Bulls Jersey

Manni Live
TD Garden Court Update (Updated to v1.5)

Kevin
K SweetFX (Updated to v1.1)

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77’s Reshade for NBA 2K16 (and 3 NBA 2K15 Versions) (Updated to v2.0)

Have you picked up the External File Plugin for NBA 2K16 yet? If not, be sure to do so: it makes installing and uninstalling mods much easier.

The Friday Five: 5 Questions after Week 1 of the 2016 NBA Season

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.

While there’s still much to discuss on the NBA Live and NBA 2K front, I wanted to talk about some real basketball in this edition of The Friday Five, as we’re just over a week into the 2016 NBA season. There are some interesting stories developing through the first four to six games of the new season, and as a result, a few questions spring to mind. Since a few of them relate back to the predictions I made before the season tipped off, I thought I’d throw them out there, and perhaps make a few more predictions.

Now, it should be acknowledged that it’s still early days, with teams having between 76 and 78 games left to play in the regular season. What happens in November doesn’t always matter come April, or indeed, June. All the same, it’s interesting to take a look at the early trends and noteworthy statistics, and wonder about what’s going to happen next. As such, here are five questions I’d like to put out there after the first week (and a bit) of the 2016 NBA season.

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NBA Live 16 Week 2 Roster Update

NBA Live 16: Kevin Durant

The Week 2 roster update for NBA Live 16 is now available, and will download automatically upon firing up the game. The latest roster features updated team lineups, though at a glance, there are still players missing throughout the league, and there are no new faces as yet. It doesn’t appear that any ratings have been updated either, although a few new accessories have been assigned. A full list of the changes in the latest roster has been posted here over on the official NBA Live 16 website.

Notably, five new jerseys have also been added to NBA Live 16 in the latest roster update:

  • San Antonio Spurs Stretch
  • Houston Rockets Home Alternate
  • Phoenix Suns Road Alternate
  • Golden State Warrior Championship
  • Miami Heat Home Alternate

As always, if you have any feedback on the roster updates for NBA Live 16, be sure to post it in this thread in the Forum. You can check out a screenshot of the newly added jerseys for the Spurs, Rockets, Suns, Warriors, and Heat below.

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