The Tuesday Triple: Annoying Community Trends

A beautiful Blacktop Mode shot, showing the power of PC modding, by seanjohn1414.

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

I am very happy with our patching community, I just want to make that clear before starting this article. We are a generally helpful and kind bunch of individuals who are commonly connected through basketball video games. Add the fact that we an international community that spans all types of cultures, and we have something truly special. Now, there are some common trends that will pop up every once in a while that annoys me to my core. These are minor pet peeves and not something I want to try and force to change around here. That said, here are my biggest annoyances with our patching community.

I shall call my uniform updates, velvet bliss.

Free Throw – “Catchy” Patch Names

Yes, the writer of Dumb Fact Monday and The Tuesday Triple is annoyed by patchers having some fun naming their work. This is generally a minor annoyance, but we get to the point where these patch names are completely ridiculous. I am not saying that everything has to be boring like me, with ‘Reflection Update’, ‘NBA Street’, and ‘Blacktop Revitalization’. It is just that there is a line that gets crossed, where the patch names can have little to do with the actual modification. This isn’t too prevalent, currently, thankfully.


It’s HD because of the technique.

Hook Shot – HD, Even When It Isn’t

This is something that popped up more this year and it just really got to me. It seemed like after one or two patchers started calling their default resolution patches “HD”, a lot of other patchers jumped on that train right after them. With the upcoming update for RED MC, where we will actually be able to HD (meaning increase texture resolutions) faces, uniforms, and other textures, this could get confusing very quickly. Again, like the “catchy” names, this has died down recently, and will undoubtedly flair up again after that RED MC update, but at least then it should be legitimate.


Ease over reliability, sorry people 2 years from now!

Three Point Buzzer Beater – Hosting

Right now, you can upload your patch to the NLSC Download Database. Can’t figure out our upload form? YouTube Tutorial. Now, I don’t think the NLSC should be the only option for hosting files, but for anyone wanting to play an old NBA Live or NBA 2K game and wants to install some of the fantastic patches from the old days, simply can’t. I am guilty of using unreliable hosting services too, as nearly all of my old NBA Live patches have been deleted off GameFront’s (FileFront) servers due to download inactivity. Still, I see nearly everyone using MediaFire to release patches (which is very easy to use), yet if I try and download an NBA 2K13 patch, some of them have already been removed. It just sucks seeing how many great patches are lost because of this.

So there are some of my annoyances with the patching community. Fair? Foul? Let me know in the comments below.

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April 15, 2014 4:09 pm

I’d take away the catchy patch names and replace it with patch-stealing though.

Not just defending that crappy mod they call JUMP, but I think the names are there to catch your attention.

April 15, 2014 11:52 pm

The third point is definitely one of my biggest gripes at the moment, since I’m the one that’s ultimately overseeing the Downloads section and all the file additions. I can appreciate that it’s much quicker to select a file to upload to a site like Mediafire, and then copy and paste the link in the Forum, but our upload form isn’t that complex and with your tutorial, everyone should be able to get the hang of it quite quickly.

I’ve also noticed a few people adding files to our database with an external Mediafire link, which isn’t against our policy or anything, but when the file is well under the 100 MB limit, frankly it’s unnecessary. If you have no issues using our upload form and the file is under 100 MB, then I certainly encourage you to upload the file to our server instead of doing that. To reiterate the point that the article made, we’ve lost too many great patches over the years due to unreliable external hosts. However, we’ve now got upload facilities to avoid all that, so please feel free to make use of that functionality! 🙂