Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live Championship Celebrations

NBA Live 96 Championship Video featuring the Chicago Bulls

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.

A little while back, a visitor requested that we upload the championship celebration videos for NBA Live 95 through NBA Live 2000 to our YouTube channel. I finally got around to doing that last week, capturing the videos from the PC versions of those games while using the correct champions for each season. If you’ve subscribed to our channel then you may have already seen them, but I thought I’d also talk about them a little bit for this week’s Wayback Wednesday.

When CD-ROM became the popular format for video games back in the 90s, replacing floppy discs and cartridges, titles of all genres began making use of bigger and better quality media files, especially full motion video. In the PC and PlayStation versions of NBA Live, real NBA footage was used in both the introduction and championship celebration sequences. These days, it’s preferable to have elaborate cutscenes that utilise in-game assets, but back in the day, these videos were both a novelty and a fitting way to cap off a virtual championship.

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Then let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast Episode #151 Mailbag Call

NLSC Podcast

We’re coming up on this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast, which barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be recorded and released tomorrow. This is the weekly last call for any topic suggestions and mailbag questions you may have, so that we can talk about them on Episode #151. We already have some topics lined up in terms of basketball gaming news and the past week in NBA action, but there’s still room for a few more on the docket.

As always, we’ll consider any and all suggestions that you send in. However, we do ask that you keep them related to our core content of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming, as well as the real NBA, and community related topics such as modding and site history. We’ll occasionally mention other topics on the NLSC Podcast, but we figure that’s the content you come to the NLSC for, so that’s what we’re going to focus on talking about!

If there is anything you’d like us to talk about in Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast, let us know in the comments section below, or feel free to post in this thread in the NLSC Forum. You can also get in touch with us via social media, specifically our Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t connected with us there yet, be sure to do so.

I mention it every week, but a huge thanks goes out to everyone who regularly tunes in to the NLSC Podcast, and sends in feedback and topic suggestions. We really appreciate the support for the Podcast, as it’s something that we enjoy doing each week. If you haven’t caught Episode #150 yet, tune in here. Don’t forget that you can find us on iTunes, as well as Stitcher if you’d like to listen to us on the go. Otherwise, keep tuning in right here on the NLSC!

20th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 98 Retrospective

NBA Live 98 20th Anniversary of NBA Live Retrospective

To mark the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re posting content for every game in the series, including retrospectives, patches, countdowns, and more. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with the NBA Live series and would like to take a drip down memory lane, or you’ve only recently started playing basketball games and would like to learn a little about what they used to be like, we hope that you enjoy the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content here on the NLSC!

In one of my Friday Five columns a couple of years ago, I discussed the five biggest leaps in basketball video games, within the span of one production cycle. While I stand by the choices I made when compiling that countdown, I have to admit that it was a mistake not to at least include NBA Live 98 as an honourable mention. When I went back and played NBA Live 98 for this retrospective, I not only recalled a lot of the improvements that were made over NBA Live 97, but also discovered that it was a better game than I remembered. I actually found myself wondering, how could I have underrated this game for so long?

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File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Check out the latest releases from our NBA 2K16 modding community! Today’s file additions include face updates for Danilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Gary Harris, and arena updates for the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs. Download them all at the links below.

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Danilo Gallinari Face
Emmanuel Mudiay Face
Gary Harris Face

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Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center V2

Monday Tip-Off: No Such Thing as Too Much Content

Dwyane Wade with the basketball in NBA Live 16

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week 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.

Ask most basketball gamers, and they’ll likely agree that there’s no way that you can have too many options, or too much content, in the games they play. However, there is a vocal contingent of fans who seem to grumble about being presented with too much customisation, or game modes that they aren’t interested in. Words like “overkill” may be used, as well as more self-centred declarations like “I don’t care about that”, and its even more presumptuous cousin, “Nobody cares about that”.

The fact of the matter is, when it comes to basketball games like NBA Live and NBA 2K, you really can’t have too many options. There’s really no such thing as having too much content. After all, if you’re happy with the default settings, there’s no need to worry about changing them. Likewise, if you’re satisfied with one or two of the modes that a game offers, you can simply ignore the ones that you have no interest in playing.

So why do some basketball gamers get up in arms about having too many options made available to them, or content that they’re not interested in?

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

We’re wrapping up the weekend with some file additions for NBA 2K14 PC. Today’s new and updated files include a new version of FIBA 2K14, a roster containing NLSC Forum members, and a couple of HD faces. Check them all out at the links below.

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NLSC Members Roster

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Kyle Lowry HD Face
Terrence Ross HD Face

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FIBA 2K14 Appdata Files (Updated to v4.2)

File Additions for NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

Tip off your weekend of basketball gaming with the latest file additions for NBA 2K16 PC! Today’s new files include jersey updates for the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons, a new face for Nikola Jokic, and an arena update for the Phoenix Suns. Download them all the links below.

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Golden State Warriors Jersey
Detroit Pistons Jerseys
Detroit Pistons Alternate

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Nikola Jokic Face

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Phoenix Suns Talking Stick HD Court

The Friday Five: 5 Unpopular NBA Jerseys (I Actually Like)

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.

The 2016 NBA regular season is winding down, and we’re still a couple of months away from getting a steady stream of concrete information about NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17. In recent weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about what I’d like to see in the upcoming games, both on the NLSC Podcast and in the Friday Five, and I will continue to do that. However, I thought I’d change things up in today’s Five, and talk a little about fashion. Well, on-court fashion in the NBA, at any rate.

This week, I’m talking about NBA jerseys that tend to be unpopular, or make a lot of “worst NBA jerseys” lists, that I actually happen to like. I can’t defend them all as outstanding or timeless designs, as some of them are definitely products of their era, but I still like them all the same. I know that I’m definitely not alone in liking some of these jerseys, but some fans might declare it to be a sign of bad taste. Nevertheless, here are five unpopular NBA jerseys that I don’t dislike the same way a lot of people do.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have fourteen new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC today, featuring some great updates for the 2016 season. S_Brat has released two new face packs, while The Real Badger has converted several jersey updates and created the 2016 All-Star court. Download them all at the links below!

S_Brat
2015/2016 New Orleans Pelicans Team Update
2015/2016 Minnesota Timberwolves Team Update

The Real Badger
All-Star 2016 Jerseys
All-Star 2016 Court
Atlanta Hawks 2016 Jerseys
Milwaukee Bucks 2016 Jerseys
Denver Nuggets 2016 Jerseys
Los Angeles Clippers 2016 Jerseys
Sacramento Kings 2016 Jerseys
2016 ESPN Scoreboard
2015/2016 Alternate Jerseys Part 1
Toronto Raptors 2016 Jerseys
2015/2016 Alternate Jerseys Part 2
Philadelphia 76ers 2016 Jerseys

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…

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.

File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

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)

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

NLSC Podcast

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.

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

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

Monday Tip-Off: What Is Constructive Feedback?

NBA Live 14: Patch - Basketball at the Rim

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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