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NBA Live 17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback!

Dwyane Wade with the basketball in NBA Live 16

Wishlist season is tipping off, and it’s time to start putting together our feedback for the NBA Live Development Team. As such, I’ve created our official NBA Live 17 Wishlist thread, which you can find here in the NLSC Forum. That’s the place to post suggestions as to what you want to see improve in NBA Live 17, as well as features that you want to see added to the game. Lists of bugs that ultimately weren’t resolved in the NBA Live 16 title updates are also most welcome.

While no one should feel they have to sugar-coat, suck up, or otherwise be less than honest in their feedback, we also ask that everyone remains civil and constructive. Being abusive, needlessly nasty or snarky, or otherwise childish isn’t helpful, and those sorts of posts aren’t welcome in the NBA Live 17 Wishlist thread. If you want to vent about the game, the NBA Live series, or whatever, please find or create another thread. We want to keep the Wishlist threads constructive and on-topic.

Apart from that, be sure to give details where necessary. Saying things like “make the gameplay better” or “better Dynasty Mode” isn’t useful, as it doesn’t tell the developers how gameplay needs to get better, or what you want to see in Dynasty Mode. The same goes for any other aspect of the game that you want to provide feedback on.

In case you missed the link above, you can find the NBA Live 17 Wishlist here in the Forum. I’ve also included a few notes in the first post about the best way to provide feedback. As mentioned, we’ll most likely compile a “Top Wishes” list once the Wishlist really gets rolling, and we have an idea of the most desired improvements and additions. That’s about it, so start posting your feedback ASAP! If you need some inspiration, I’d recommend checking out this excellent article by cdj over on The Gaming Tailgate.

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NBA 2K17 Wishlist Thread Open; Submit Your Feedback!

Stephen Curry with the three-pointer in NBA 2K16

The time has come for us to start compiling an official Wishlist for NBA 2K17, so I’ve set up a thread in the NLSC Forum to do just that. If you’ve got any constructive feedback that you’d like to submit to the NBA 2K Development Team, be sure to start posting it ASAP. Whether it’s reports of bugs that weren’t resolved in the NBA 2K16 title updates, suggestions for gameplay enhancements, or features that you’d like to see added or improved, it’s all useful and welcome in the Wishlist.

As always, we ask that you remain constructive when posting your feedback. That doesn’t mean sugar-coating negative feedback or sucking up; it just means not being abusive, needlessly snarky, or otherwise childish. The NBA 2K17 Wishlist thread is for constructive feedback only, so if you want to vent about NBA 2K16, please find (or create) another thread in the Forum to do so.

To provide the best possible feedback, it’s also highly recommended that elaborate on points as necessary, and avoiding simply saying things like “better gameplay”. “Better gameplay” doesn’t really tell the developers anything, whereas explaining what you don’t like about the gameplay, and how you feel it needs to improve, is much more useful. The same goes for game modes, online functionality, and so on.

Check out the NBA 2K17 Wishlist thread here! There you’ll find more information on the best way to post your feedback. As I mentioned in the thread, we’ll likely be compiling a “Top Wishes” list once the Wishlist starts to take shape, and we have something resembling a consensus for the most desired Wishes. With that said, feel free to start contributing!

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 08’s Hidden Historical Teams

Michael Jordan vs. Joe Dumars in the Ultimate Jordan Roster for NBA Live 08

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.

Throughout the history of video games, most titles have had a secret or two to discover. Of course, for as long as gamers have been searching for hidden secrets and extra content, urban legends and hoaxes have also been making the rounds, leading to many wasted hours looking for something that isn’t there. Basketball games are no exception, and the fact that some games have featured hidden and unlockable content has naturally led to rumours of all sorts of secret players, teams, and other features, none of which were actually true.

Outside of a supposed hidden and unlockable dunk contest, one of the most popular rumours in NBA Live over the years was that by completing certain objectives, you could unlock historical teams. Of course, to include historical teams in the first place, EA Sports would need to secure the likeness rights for a lot of players. As such, retro teams didn’t become a reality until 2K Sports finally added them in NBA 2K11 via the Jordan Challenge, and they’ve managed to keep a bulk of their historical content in the game up until today. However, it appears that EA Sports was actually trying to do something similar, back in the days of NBA Live 08.

It’s arguably one of the most interesting Easter Eggs we’ve ever discovered, while poking through the files of a basketball video game. So let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #145 Mailbag Call

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This is a last call for any and all topic submissions and mailbag submissions for Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast. Unfortunately we were delayed again last week, but we’re aiming to record this week’s show and get it out at the usual time tomorrow.

We’ll naturally be discussing recent news and events, including the upcoming 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, but there’s room on the docket to add more topics that you’re interested in hearing us talk about. As always, we’ll consider all suggestions, but we do ask that you try to keep them related to our core content – NBA Live, NBA 2K, NBA Jam, and basketball gaming in general – as well as the real NBA, or our community.

Got a suggestion? Then hit us up in the comments section below, or post it in this thread in the Forum. You can also let us know via our Facebook or Twitter.

If you haven’t caught Episode #145 of the NLSC Podcast yet, be sure to tune in here, and check out more episodes here. Thanks to everyone who continues to tune in every week, as well as send in topic suggestions and feedback on the shows. We greatly appreciate the support!

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art

Here is the latest batch of file additions for NBA 2K16 PC. Today’s new and updated files include player faces, shoes, courts, and a graphics tweak. Check them all out at the links below!

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Kyrie Irving Face
Iman Shumpert Face

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Jordan 29
Adidas D-Rose 6 Boost
Jordan XX9 Elephant

Manni Live
Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Court V2

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Chicago Bulls United Center

R4zoR
All-In-One Face Pack

goldenstate77
Goldenstate77’s Reshade for NBA 2K16 (Updated to v3.0)

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Monday Tip-Off: Sportsmanship & Online Basketball Gaming

Kevin Durant dunking in NBA Live 16

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 basketball video games.

If you caught Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast, you’ll know that I went on a bit of a rant about a recent experience I had while playing NBA Live 16 online. In a nutshell, I had an opponent who was losing quit with a couple of seconds left in the fourth quarter, to avoid the loss and rob me of the win. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly pleased by that turn of events. The word I used on the Podcast was “scumbag”, and I stand by that description. It was not the sporting thing to do, plain and simple.

The matter of sportsmanship in online basketball gaming is an important one, and since podcasts aren’t everyone’s favourite medium, I’ve decided to write about it in this week’s Monday Tip-Off. Of course, the issue isn’t exclusive to basketball games, but when it comes to both major hoops titles, unfortunately there aren’t really any measures in place to prevent or at least discourage it. Don’t like the way things are going? Want to avoid picking up a loss? Then just quit, or cause a disconnection. Or preferably, don’t. To put it bluntly, it’s incredibly poor form, and shouldn’t be allowed.

You may feel that it isn’t a big deal, that it’s just the way it goes with online play. I would strongly disagree with that assertion, however. This is something that both EA Sports and 2K Sports need to find a way to address, and behaviour that certain basketball gamers need to cut out.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with some new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC. I’ve updated my pack of converted coach faces with a face for the recently hired Earl Watson, and Freddie has released a portrait pack for the Philadelphia 76ers. Check them both out at the links below!

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Converted Coach Face Pack 2016 (Updated to v1.2)

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2015/2016 Philadelphia 76ers Portraits Pack

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #144

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We’re a little late again this week, but our streak is alive as Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I discuss recent news and events in basketball gaming, bring back a couple of segments, and talk about a few NBA topics including the upcoming 2016 All-Star Weekend.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 16 rosters have been updated, but do not include this year’s All-Star teams, jerseys, or court. We also touch on the continued lack of updates to BIG Moments and NBA Rewind.
  • Following our speculation last week, the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament has tipped off with pre-season play. Unfortunately for PC gamers, it appears to be console only.
  • Take Two is being sued over the unauthorised use of certain players’ tattoos in NBA 2K16. Fair or foul?
  • Returning in this week’s NLSC Podcast, Our Week in Basketball Gaming! This week, it’s all about Ultimate Team, MyCAREER, and a rant about sore losers online.
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes we’ve made in franchise modes over the years?
  • Do we have any plans to get into some NBA 2K16 modding?
  • Jeff Hornacek has been fired by the Phoenix Suns, and replaced by Earl Watson. Not altogether surprising.
  • With the trade deadline looming, we look at some rumours making the rounds, and consider who might be changing teams. Will any big names be wearing new jerseys after the deadline?
  • We give our thoughts on the suggestion that Kobe Bryant will shut it down after All-Star Weekend.
  • The participants for the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout have been announced, so we throw out some early predictions.
  • Could Kevin Durant end up with the Golden State Warriors next season?
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions…more of the same. The slump has to end sometime, right?
  • We wrap up Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast with the return of Trivia Question, featuring a tidbit from beyond the arc.

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.

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The Friday Five: 5 Annoying Basketball Gaming Moments That Are Realistic

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.

When it comes to basketball video games, it’s fair to say that most of us tend to be after a realistic experience…at least when it comes to the five-on-five games. The level of commitment to the sim style varies from gamer to gamer, but unless you’re playing a game like NBA Jam or NBA Street, you probably want to see at least some amount of realism in your virtual hoops. When NBA Live or NBA 2K fall short of our expectations in that regard, you can be certain that there’ll be loud cries of “That’s not sim!” Our desires can be succinctly summed up with Da_Czar’s catchy creed: Don’t play video games, play basketball!

As I’ve discussed before, however, while most of us have a good understanding of the elements that make a basketball video game realistic, we don’t always appreciate what realism truly means. In the real world, there are mistakes and imperfections, annoyances and disappointments, risks that don’t yield rewards. Whether we like it or not, negative outcomes are a part of basketball – at least for one team on every play, and ultimately, the game – and when it comes to video games, it’s important that those unpleasant realities are represented. They’re frustrating of course, but it’s important to remember that the five annoyances I’m discussing today are, in fact, realistic.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new and updated files include three current roster updates (including the latest version of skoadam’s U R Basketball, featuring 32 complete season mods), and a couple of retro jersey packs. Download them all at the links below!

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1990/1991 Utah Jazz Uniforms
1990s Los Angeles Lakers Uniforms

skoadam
U R Basketball V40 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 15-16 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 27/1/16]

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v3.6)

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2KShiftLeader’s (Tha2KProphet) 2016 Roster (Updated to v5.8)

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 2001 Easter Egg – Sub in The Clown

Clown Placeholder Face Texture from NBA Live 2001

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.

Beyond bugs and glitches in the programming itself, a common cause of video game crashes is the absence of required files, or the presence of damaged or corrupted ones. Delete a file, or try to modify it in a way that renders it unusable (or unstable), and you’re bound to see a crash. If you’ve ever tried some more advanced modding for NBA Live or NBA 2K, then chances are you’re very familiar with how trial and error, missing a step in the procedure, or simply tinkering with a sensitive game file can swiftly send you back to the desktop.

However, not all errors will cause lock-ups and crashes. When certain textures or model files are missing, some games will simply load a placeholder instead. In NBA Live, this has usually taken the form of pink, white, multi-coloured, and even basketball textures being loaded in place of missing faces and shoes, as well as a generic headshape if one can’t be found. In NBA 2K, it’s tended to be a blank, white texture. Way back in NBA Live 2001 though, EA Sports had a rather novel take on a stand-in texture: a clown face.

It’s one of the more amusing Easter Eggs that has been included in NBA Live, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #144 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Arcane and I should be recording and releasing Episode #144 of the NLSC Podcast at the regular time tomorrow. As such, this is a final call for any and all topic suggestions and mailbag questions, to be added to the docket for this week’s show.

Needless to say, we’ll be talking about the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament, recent NBA news and results, and other noteworthy events from the past week. However, if there’s a specific topic you’d like to hear us talk about, related to our core content of basketball video games (primarily NBA Live, NBA 2K, and NBA Jam), our community, or the real NBA, be sure to hit us up ASAP! We’ll consider any and all suggestions you send our way, and you can certainly send in more than one suggestion. If we end up with too many, we’ll simply hold some over for next week’s show.

To submit your topic ideas or mailbag questions, post them in the comments section below, or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also hit us up on our Facebook and Twitter pages; be sure to connect with us there if you haven’t already!

As always, a huge thanks to everyone who continues to send in topic suggestions, and tune in to the NLSC Podcast every week. We really enjoy doing the shows and providing you with some weekly discussion in audio format, and greatly appreciate all the support. If you haven’t caught Episode #143 of the NLSC Podcast yet, you can tune in here. Don’t forget that you can subscribe to us on iTunes, and you can also find us on Stitcher if you’d like to tune in on the go.

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

We have a new file addition for NBA 2K13 PC today, as skoadam has added the latest version of the URB Roster. Download it to get up to date 2016 season rosters into your game, along with 31 other complete season mods!

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URB Roster V34 [32 Complete Seasons Mods] WHERE SIM HAPPENS (Updated to v34.0)

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Monday Tip-Off: The Hall of Fame Ratings Scale in NBA 2K16

Michael Jordan vs. Shawn Kemp in NBA 2K16

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 basketball video games.

In last week’s Monday Tip-Off, I discussed how ratings have improved in NBA Live 16, with each week’s roster update. I mentioned that I hoped to see that trend continue, and made note of NBA 2K16’s Hall of Fame ratings scale as a concept that EA Sports should also consider adopting. This week, I’d like to talk a little bit more about that revised approach to player ratings in NBA 2K16, as it’s also something that 2K Sports should definitely stick with.

From the moment that the Hall of Fame ratings scale was mentioned during the preview season for NBA 2K16, it struck me as an excellent idea. There will never be universal agreement about player ratings, and supposedly “perfect” ratings won’t overcome gameplay quirks, but we obviously want ratings to be as accurate as possible. In devising the Hall of Fame concept, I believe that 2K has enhanced their ratings system with a fair and logical approach.

So, what is the Hall of Fame ratings scale, and why was I so pleased to see it adopted in NBA 2K16?

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NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pre-Season Tips Off

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The NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Pro-Am tournament is tipping off today, beginning with some pre-season play. This preliminary stage will determine which squads qualify for the tournament, and a shot at the grand prize. Details on how the pre-season works are as follows:

  • Play as many games as you like during the event.
  • Earn points for each win based on score, teammate grade and game stats.
  • Your combined point total of your top four wins will be used to determine your ranking.
  • The top team from each event will earn a slot in the Road to the Finals tournament.
  • Team forfeits will disqualify you from further play.

In addition to winning a trip to the 2016 NBA Finals, 2K Sports has confirmed that the “big cash prize” that was previously mentioned is actually $250,000.

In anticipation of the tournament tipping off, the fifth patch was recently pushed through for NBA 2K16. It addresses some stability issues, and includes a fix for a gameplay quirk that potentially could’ve been used as an exploit in the tournament.

Will you be taking part in the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals Tournament? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion in the NBA 2K16 section of the NLSC Forum! For more information on the tournament, check out the game’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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