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Monday Tip-Off: The In-Universe Value of VC (NBA 2K19 Edition)

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with a look at the in-universe value of VC in NBA 2K19’s Neighborhood.

Last year, I calculated the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K18’s new open world, The Neighborhood. I noted that most consumables and clothing cost as much as a single game’s base salary for your MyPLAYER (if not more), which was already stretching reality. Converting VC to real dollars via the salary that’s listed on our MyPLAYER’s bio card determined that 1 VC was equivalent to around $29. This meant that in-universe, a basic t-shirt cost over $17,000, while a headband would set you back a whopping $29,000. That’s some serious sales tax!

In NBA 2K19, VC rewards were increased slightly. It’s possible to negotiate a higher first year salary upon completing The Prelude, incentive-based bonuses come along quite early in your career, and there are other ways of earning some extra VC. The catch is that upgrades are still quite expensive, as are clothing items. In other words, it’s been more of a case of inflation rather than parity. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to make the same conversions and determine the in-universe value of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K19 as well. Are the prices just as ridiculous when you put a real dollar value on them this year?

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Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14 Released

Ultimate Base Roster V42 for NBA 2K14

It’s been a while, but HAWK23 is back with a brand new version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC! V42 features a 2019 season roster that has been updated as of November 18th, including tweaked ratings. A breakdown of the key features is as follows:

  • Added Ult Base Roster V42 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18)
  • Add UBR V42 Association 2018 Roster (current rosters as of 11/18/18 best in association mode)
  • Updated all transactions/signings through November 18, 2018 (many new players created)
  • Updated/tweaked some player ratings in the 2018 rosters and did a lot of work on depth charts
  • Added accurate salaries/contracts to the 2018-2019 Rosters – courtesy Spider
  • No new art files (Part 11 files) were added

You can download the latest version of the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC here. Be sure to check out the release topic here in the Forum for further information and previews.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #266

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Episode #266 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we give our thoughts on Patch 1.14 for NBA Live 19, discuss a promising development in the fight against online cheaters, and catch up with some recent NBA news. Also, it’s the return of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!

On this week’s show…

  • Patch 1.14 has come through for NBA Live 19. It’s a significant update, but does it address all of our most pressing concerns regarding gameplay and content?
  • Sony has patented technology intended to detect cheaters who are using lag switches. Needless to say, this could be very good news for online basketball gaming.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming is back! This week, we enjoyed Court Battles, LIVE Events, LIVE Run, and The League in NBA Live 19. Meanwhile, the grind is on in NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER.
  • We wrap up Episode #266 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s NBA discussion. Topics include Kemba Walker’s 60 point game, the latest development in the Carmelo Anthony saga, and Donovan Mitchell’s dubiously historical performance.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Our community has been working on an assortment of updates for NBA 2K19 PC lately, which are compiled below in today’s batch of file additions. New releases include tattoo, face, dorna, transition, crowd, and jersey updates. Check them all out at the links below!

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James Johnson Leg Tattoo
Tyson Chandler Leg Tattoo
Delon Wright Tattoo
Patrick McCaw Tattoo
D.J. Augustin Tattoo
Kyle Kuzma Leg Tattoo

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John Wall Face

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Tyson Chandler Face

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NBC Transition Wipe
TNT Transition Wipes
ESPN Transition Wipes (Updated to v2.0)
Crowd Update – Northwest Division (Updated to v3.0)
Los Angeles Clippers Dornas (TwisT) (Updated to v2.0)

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Miami Heat Jersey
Fictional Miami Heat Jersey

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The Friday Five: 5 Games That Felt Like Backwards Steps

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. This week’s Five is a list of five basketball games that felt like backwards steps following their predecessors.

Ideally, each release in an annual basketball game series should improve upon the title that came before it (and indeed, all previous games in its lineage). That’s not always feasible, and missteps will happen from time to time when new ideas and technology don’t pan out as intended, so it’s always welcome when a new release is able to build upon the success of its predecessor or bounce back after a disappointing game. I feel that this is a good year for basketball games, with NBA Live 19 continuing a steady improvement for NBA Live, and NBA 2K19 addressing many of NBA 2K18’s issues.

We’re not always so lucky. As much as sports games are often criticised for seemingly releasing the same game every year with new art and rosters, there are times when a new title leaves us wishing that that was indeed the case. It’s impossible to live up to everyone’s expectations, and whether or not certain changes are for better or worse is often subjective, but there have been basketball games that were definite backwards steps for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at five prominent examples and the ways in which they can be considered backwards steps when compared to the games that came before them.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.14 Released; New Content, Gameplay Fixes

Jimmy Butler on the Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Live 19

A significant patch (1.14) has come through for NBA Live 19 today. As always, it will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is online. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually.

The latest patch includes the usual roster updates and corrections, as well as new content for The One Store. It also prepares the game for solo LIVE Events and LIVE Events with custom rules from Court Battles, both of which are coming soon.

Gameplay has also be tuned, while matchmaking and desync issues have been addressed. Passing animation logic has also been adjusted, various patches have been added to uniforms, spacing has been fixed on #11 jerseys, and a few clipping issues have been resolved. New commentary, LIVE Events players, and player hairstyles have also been added.

Please see below for the full patch notes. You can also find that information in the NBA Live 19 update history in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 19 section of the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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Today’s new file additions for NBA 2K19 PC include dorna, transition, face, and court updates. Check them all out at the links below.

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Generic Team Dornas (TwisT)
ESPN Transition Wipes

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LeBron James Face

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Miami Heat American Airlines Arena + Miami Vice 4K

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Wayback Wednesday: Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14

NBA Live Ultimate Team Logo (NBA Live 14)

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14.

The concept of Ultimate Team actually originated in EA Sports’ UEFA Champions League 2006-2007, released for the Xbox 360. It didn’t debut in the FIFA series until FIFA 09, launching in March 2009 as paid downloadable content. Other games in the EA Sports lineup began adopting their own versions of Ultimate Team, with Madden adding the mode as free DLC for Madden 10 in January 2010, and NHL 11 including it at launch. It has since become a staple game mode in EA Sports games, alongside the various franchise and career experiences.

However, with the NBA Live series being derailed by the attempted revamping and rebranding with NBA Elite 11, it wouldn’t be until the release of NBA Live 14 that we finally saw Live Ultimate Team. It was reasonably solid upon its debut, and while it hasn’t been greatly expanded upon in subsequent games, it remains a mode with a lot of potential. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 include custom presentation, and the latest face updates. Please see below for all the download links.

Wipe Animations (ESPN | FOX | NBC)

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Billy Preston Face
J.P. Macura Face

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Quentin Grimes Face

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Draymond Green Face

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Monday Tip-Off: Juggling Multiple Basketball Games

2018 Basketball Games

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. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few thoughts on juggling time between multiple basketball games.

Compared to other sports, we’re in an enviable position when it comes to basketball games. There are two developers working on sim-oriented titles, and while one game is in the lead, the other is steadily improving and becoming a viable option. We’ve also seen the resurrection of the arcade basketball genre, providing us with a brand new alternative to the sim experience. Throw in a wonderful retro concept in the form of Basketball Classics, and we’ve got quite a few options these days as far as the virtual hardwood is concerned.

That does present a certain problem, of course. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so many of them that we can commit to video games. With so much to do in modern basketball games, it can be difficult to spend ample time with each of them if you do decide to buy more than one. As far as problems go, this is admittedly very low stakes, and indeed a desirable one to have, but those tougher issues in life are beyond the scope of a website dedicated to basketball gaming! In any event, if you’ve invested in more than one basketball game this year and you’re trying to get the most out of each, know that you’re not alone.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #265

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Episode #265 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the official updates for NBA Live 19, online play in NBA 2K19, and recent NBA news.

On this week’s show…

  • EA Sports has been pushing through patches for NBA Live 19 on a weekly basis, but the community is growing a little frustrated with the lack of adjustments to gameplay and game modes. Could the updates for NBA Live 19 stand to be more substantial?
  • The NLSC crew had more fun playing The Playground than the Jordan Rec Center in NBA 2K19 this week. We were glad to have some fun hooping together online, but we’re still disappointed in the new approach to NBA 2K’s Pro-Am modes.
  • Speaking of online play, could NBA Live and NBA 2K be doing more to reward good teamwork and punish bad sportsmanship?
  • We wrap up Episode #265 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s NBA discussion. Topics include Kyrie Irving’s post-game outburst, a trade for Jimmy Butler, and Carmelo Anthony’s future.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

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Let’s catch up on the latest file additions for NBA 2K19 PC! Today’s new and updated releases include dornas, faces, courts, and rosters. Check them all out at the links below!

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Los Angeles Clippers Dornas (TwisT)

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Milwaukee Bucks Fiserv Forum

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Ben McLemore Full Player Update
Kelly Oubre Jr. Face

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2010-2011 Shaquille O’Neal Face
No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams) (Updated to v1.3)

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Developer Cameos in Basketball 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 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. This week’s Five is a countdown of the Top 5 developer cameos in basketball games.

The first video game Easter egg dates back to 1979, when Warren Robinett added a means of accessing a hidden screen in Adventure for Atari 2600, which displayed the message “Created by Warren Robinett”. At the time, Atari did not give credit to any of their developers for fear of having to negotiate expensive salaries for well-known and highly regarded designers, and Robinett’s Easter egg was his response to that policy. Since then, video games have come to credit their design teams, and these days, key developers are well-known to gamers, and often interact with us.

Of course, the credits screen isn’t the only place that developers have had a presence in their own games. Several basketball games have included secret unlockable bonus teams featuring members of the development team, though the practice has largely been phased out in recent years. We still see developer cameos in other areas of the games though, as they lend their names (and sometimes faces) to fictional coaches, NPCs, and generated rookies. They’ll also pop up in a few other places outside of the credits. Playable or not, developer cameos have provided some amusing moments in basketball games, and this week, I’m counting down my picks for the top five.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.13 Released; Likeness Updates, New Items

Anthony Davis Likeness Update (NBA Live 19 Patch 1.13)

Patch 1.13 has been released for NBA Live 19. It will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is online, but if you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console or checking for the update manually.

This time around, we do have some release notes:

  • New Art
  • Player head updates
  • Live Event data
  • Desync detection info and Desync fixes

A full breakdown of the new player likeness updates, roster moves, and additions to The One Store can be found here over on Reddit. I’ve also updated our own patch history for NBA Live 19 in our Wiki. As always, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Download the latest prospect faces from Blang, and the latest jersey updates from Pep, in today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC!

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2 Prospect Faces by Blang (October 2018)
Kevin Porter Jr. Face

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NBA Nike Classic Uniforms 18/19
NBA Nike 2018/2019 Sponsors Update (Updated)

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