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.
Yesterday I spent time updating some of the NBA 2K14 resources and tutorials instead of writing my weekly Dumb Fact Monday. To follow up, I wanted to feature the resources we all have available to us at the NLSC for patching; not just for NBA 2K games, but for the NBA Live series on PC as well. Like I said in yesterday’s article, I take pride in the detailed nature of the tutorials and resources available here in our community. So click to read more to learn more about the resources anyone can use to customize their NBA game of choice.
Free Throw – Tutorial Subforums
A fairly obvious choice to lead off with, but that is the purpose of having a ‘free throw’ entry. If you are looking to modify a specific basketball game, one of the best places to get started is in our Forums. Check out the main forum for that game, then check the tutorials subforum within it. Every game from NBA Live 2003 to NBA 2K14 has its own tutorials subforum.
One thing to takeaway from our annual basketball games is the, sometimes, lack of major changes from year-to-year. On PC this usually means tutorials can remain relevant for years after they are written. Most of these are case-by-case, but I can state the 2K10 method of recoloring paint on courts still works for NBA 2K14. Further, some of the DBF and FSH editing tools work for all of the NBA Live PC games. Since these are a part of the forums, you can always reply and ask about specific tutorials applying to different versions of the game to be sure. Yet, as long as you backup your original files, there is nothing wrong with experimenting with an old tutorial and reporting the results yourself.
Circus Shot – Resource Downloads & Others’ Patches
Sometimes the easiest way to learn how to do something is by looking at someone else’s released patch. A recent example of this is how I became curious of the gameplay changes bigh0rt was able to accomplish in the March Madness 2K14 mod. While I also contacted him asking about it, I loaded up his roster to see what he had changed, and noticed drastic changes to the coaching profiles. After some experimentation, I was able to get faster-paced and isolation based gameplay into my recent Street mods.
I want to remind you that we do have pretty strict rules against patch stealing (i.e. slightly modifying someone else’s work and re-releasing it), but no one can claim ownership of a technique as long as you do the work. Referencing the modified files of a released mod may be the easiest way to learn new techniques. On top of that, we do have a Resources Download Section specifically for headshots or other resources to help all patchers.
Three Pointer – The NLSC Wiki
Currently the NLSC Wiki is more useful for those patching NBA Live PC games than NBA 2K games, but it still provides a very useful resource for information on past, and current NBA 2K games. I have personally used it many times to reference the retro challenges in NBA 2K12 and NBA 2K11, while also brushing up on some DBF editing if I need to do something in a Live PC game.
The beauty of the Wiki is that, well, it is a Wiki and can be easily updated or improved upon. Andrew has done an exemplary job keeping information in the Wiki updated while constantly adding new information to it, and I will again promise to add my own knowledge to the Wiki as I encourage others to as well.
I hope you find these resources as useful as I do. If you feel I missed something, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!