Menu
Home | Andrew

Author Archives: Andrew

Monday Tip-Off: The Haunting Atmosphere of Empty Servers

Monday Tip-Off: The Haunting Atmosphere of Empty Servers

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with some reflections on how haunting it feels to traverse empty servers in The City and The Neighborhood.

Last year, I bid vale to the NBA 2K20 servers and its online features. In that article, I mostly focused on the increasing amount of content that we lose when servers are shut down. That’s an important topic, and obviously it’s happened again in the wake of the NBA 2K21 servers being switched off. Although 27 months amounts to supporting an annual title through two and a half seasons, it always seems to go by so quickly. If you do have any unfinished business in MyCAREER or MyTEAM, you may spend the last days of December scrambling to complete it before it’s too late.

I’ve absolutely been in that boat myself. Furthermore, as a content creator, I’ve made it a point to get as many screenshots and clips as possible for potential future articles and video features. This means having at least one more session where I go through as much of the online content and connected modes as I can, adding to my media library. Indeed, after my New Year’s Eve plans fell through at the last minute, I spent the evening of December 31st 2022 taking one last look at MyTEAM and MyCAREER in NBA 2K21. With The City and The Neighborhood in MyCAREER in particular, it was impossible not to notice the haunting atmosphere that comes with empty servers.

Read More »

NLSC Podcast #460: The Community Compares NBA 2K14 & NBA 2K23

NLSC Podcast Logo

From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #460 of the NLSC Podcast!

Comparisons of NBA 2K14 and NBA 2K23 have been gaining traction on social media as of late. We discuss the observations that the community has been making,  and why more people are (rightfully) beginning to look back on NBA 2K14 so fondly. Speaking of NBA 2K23, we share our thoughts on MyNBA Eras rosters being available in Play Now once again, albeit with limitations. We also catch up on some recent modding developments, including a forthcoming Fantasy Draft roster for NBA 2K19, Murat’s MyNBA Eras project for NBA Live 06, and new resources for NBA 2K16. After circling back to a couple of responses to last week’s mailbag that came in after we ‘d finished recording, we quiz the community on the top-rated classic players in NBA 2K11.

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

NBA 2K14 MyCAREER 2018 All-Star Game Highlights

NBA 2K14 MyCAREER 2018 All-Star Game Highlights

Very little has changed since last November when it comes to NBA 2K14 MyCAREER; I still can’t put it aside! I’m officially into the second half of my fifth regular season, having just played through the 2018 All-Star Game. It wasn’t the closest clash between the East and West, but it was still a lot of fun making memorable plays, and producing a highlight reel.

You’ll notice some discrepancies compared to the real 2018 All-Star Game, particularly when it comes to the participants. While you’ll recognise names such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant, a number of fictional players are joining them as the faces of the league. Apart from my MyPLAYER and Jackson Ellis, you’ll also see rising stars Mark Everett, Dedric Bonner, Kurt Sherman, and Malik Garrett putting on a show. Spectacular dunks, breathtaking alley-oops, acrobatic layups, effortless threes…they’re all on display in this depiction of the NBA’s midseason classic!

Further recaps of the game and All-Star Weekend can be found in my story topic in the Forum. Don’t forget that you can watch plenty more great basketball gaming highlights over on the NLSC YouTube channel! From Dee’s journey through NBA 2K23 MyTEAM Domination and the weekly NLSC Top 10 Plays, to my NBA 2K14 Retro Series and our Parsec sessions, there’s tons of virtual hardwood action to enjoy. To that end, subscribe, enable notifications, and stay tuned for more fun!

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: January 14th, 2023

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Get ready for more fantastic highlights from the basketball gaming community in the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, curated by Dee4Three! New and old games alike are featured in this celebration of spectacular moments on the virtual hardwood. To submit your clips, post them in this topic, or hit up Dee on Twitter.

A great variety of titles are represented in this week’s NLSC Top 10 Plays, with highlights coming from six NBA 2K games, and two NBA Live games released almost twenty years apart! We’ve got 90s highlights thanks to mods and MyNBA Eras alike, an appearance from a prime Antonio McDyess, and my NBA 2K14 MyPLAYER pulling off yet another move that I certainly never could in reality. As you prepare for another weekend of basketball gaming, allow the community to inspire you to create some more fun virtual hardwood memories!

What was your favourite highlight this week? Sound off in the comments below, and once again, get in on the fun by sending us your best plays! Remember, as long as it’s a basketball game, it’s eligible for the countdown. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more basketball gaming videos.

The Friday Five: 5 Things I Randomly Discovered Years Later

The Friday Five: 5 Things I Randomly Discovered Years Later

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! Every Friday I cover a topic related to basketball gaming, either as a list of five items, or a Top 5 countdown. The topics for these lists and countdowns include everything from fun facts and recollections to commentary and critique. This week’s Five is a list of five things that I quite randomly discovered in basketball games, several years after they were released.

The internet has made it difficult to keep secrets and spoilers hidden, though it does also facilitate the quick spread of misinformation. When it comes to video game secrets, it’s all too easy for someone to post a fake code, Photoshop a hoax, or try to pass off a mod as original content. At the same time, it’s easy for others to debunk hoaxes and urban legends, as well as keep others informed about factual aspects of various games. From strategies and functionality to hidden content and modding tutorials, a plethora of information is out there.

Obviously, someone has to discover secrets and techniques, and it’s always fun when you’re the one to stumble on them. Back in the day, I remember accidentally finding the Cheats menu in Donkey Kong Country 2, and actually looking forward to going to school on Monday so that I could tell my friends about it! No doubt that information was already out there somewhere, but my friends and I didn’t know about it until then. Over the years, I’ve randomly discovered things in basketball games, completely by accident or chance, and long after they were released. Indeed, it’s one of the reasons that I enjoy revisiting old games, because you never know what you’ve overlooked.

Read More »

NBA 2K20 Mod Releases: Four New Faces

NBA 2K20 Cover Art

Server shutdowns needn’t mean the end of modding, as today’s NBA 2K20 mod releases demonstrate! Pick up four new face updates from mastamage at the links below!

mastamage
2023 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Face
2023 Jordan Clarkson Face
2023 Ja Morant Face
2022 Patrick Beverley Face

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16

Wayback Wednesday: 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! From retrospectives of basketball games and their interesting features, to republished articles and looking at NBA history through the lens of the virtual hardwood, Wednesdays at the NLSC are for going back in time. This week, I’m taking a look back at 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16, as well as how the mode has changed since then.

There was a time when I was very reluctant to play online. Technically that refers to the present day as well, as I no longer find the scene appealing in NBA 2K. To that point though, for a while I was far more enthusiastic about online play. I’d dabbled with it in the past, but was generally content to play franchise modes, or stick to the NBA side of MyCAREER. However, when Kenny invited Arcane and I to play 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16 along with community members The X, Valor, and zzcoolj21, we were hooked. NLSC THRILLHO was born!

Although some improvements were made to 2K Pro-Am following its introduction in NBA 2K16, I’d still say that the original incarnation of the mode is one of the best. The novelty of it being a fresh new experience certainly contributes to my nostalgia for it, but many of the changes to MyCAREER and the online scene since then have taken it in a disappointing direction. Once again though, that first version of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K16 was a blast, and that also carried over into NBA 2K17. Let’s take a look back…way back…

Read More »

NBA 2K23 Patch 4.0 Now Available

NBA 2K23 Patch 4.0 Now Available

Patch 4.0 has come through for NBA 2K23 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, with the PC patch set to arrive on Friday morning. As always, it should come through automatically as long as you’re online. If it doesn’t, try restarting your console/Steam client, or checking for updates manually.

With Season 4 set to tip off in MyCAREER and MyTEAM, Patch 4.0 prepares NBA 2K23 for the forthcoming content. It also includes a number of player likeness updates, nerfs on-ball steals, and addresses an issue with the camera in Triple Threat Online, among other gameplay tweaks and technical fixes.

You can find the full release notes below, as well as in our update history for NBA 2K23 Current Gen and Next Gen over in the Wiki. As always, feel free to share your impressions in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in our NBA 2K23 Forum.

Read More »

NBA 2K23 Mod Releases: Jersey & Face Updates

NBA 2K23 Cover Art

Today’s NBA 2K23 mod releases include jersey updates for the Thunder and Timberwolves, and a new face for Daishen Nix. Pick them up at the links below!

Pinoy21
Oklahoma City Thunder Jersey (Pinoy21)
Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey (pinoy21)

Shuajota
Daishen Nix Face

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Monday Tip-Off: Getting Into Basketball Game Collecting

Monday Tip-Off: Getting Into Basketball Game Collecting

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with some tips on how to get into basketball game collecting.

So, you say you want to get into collecting basketball video games? I’ve seen some people express interest in the hobby, especially with how often that Dee and I have talked about our collections on the NLSC Podcast! We’re admittedly at the crazier end of the hobby, doubling up on different platforms, picking up spare copies if we see them for ridiculously low prices, and seeking out some more expensive titles. One doesn’t have to be a completionist to collect though, especially when it comes to video games. It’s fine to just amass a collection of favourites that you want to have on hand.

We’ve received a couple of strange YouTube comments in regards to our collections, which seem to imply that we’re somehow doing something nefarious, or that we’re in some exclusive hobby that requires great wealth. To put it bluntly, neither is true! I believe the former comment mistook our discussion of shared experiences using Parsec as somehow hoarding games, while the latter is assuming that collecting needs to be an expensive hobby. We did respond to those comments and provided some tips on basketball game collecting way back in Episode #436 of the Podcast, but I’d like to offer some further advice, including a summary of key tips at the end of this article.

Read More »

NLSC Podcast #459: What Basketball Gamers Played in 2022

NLSC Podcast Logo

From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #459 of the NLSC Podcast!

As we tip off a new year of basketball gaming, we’re taking a look back at the titles that we and our fellow hoops gamers played and enjoyed the most throughout 2022. We discover that we’re definitely not alone in keeping the classics in our rotations, and from the sounds of things, a number of people will continue to enjoy a variety of games all year long in 2023! However, while we’ll support revisiting classics and enjoying all kinds of basketball games both new and old, there is one management title that we’d advise you to stay away from. If its greedy microtransactions aren’t enough, the way it treated someone with valid criticism certainly will be!

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: January 7th, 2023

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Get ready for more fantastic highlights from the basketball gaming community in the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, curated by Dee4Three! New and old games alike are featured in this celebration of spectacular moments on the virtual hardwood. To submit your clips, post them in this topic, or hit up Dee on Twitter.

It’s a new year, but the first NLSC Top 10 Plays of 2023 is tipping things off in familiar fashion: a countdown of exciting plays from seven different basketball video games, both recent and classic. There are poster dunks galore, breathtaking moves in the paint, and an entry that would rightfully score 50 in any Dunk Contest. The NBA 2K2 soundtrack provides the music on this occasion, and appropriately, cover player Allen Iverson makes an appearance in the countdown. Keep those highlights coming, and strap in for another spectacular year of the Top 10!

What was your favourite highlight this week? Sound off in the comments below, and once again, get in on the fun by sending us your best plays! Remember, as long as it’s a basketball game, it’s eligible for the countdown. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more basketball gaming videos.

The Friday Five: 5 Activities to Freshen Up Your Gaming

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! Every Friday I cover a topic related to basketball gaming, either as a list of five items, or a Top 5 countdown. The topics for these lists and countdowns include everything from fun facts and recollections to commentary and critique. This week’s Five suggests five activities to help you freshen up your basketball gaming experiences.

I’m the last person who’ll scold you about stubbornly sticking with what you like. I’m absolutely a creature of habit, prone to returning to my old favourites rather than try something new. And hey, as long as you’re having fun, that’s the most important part of all recreational activities! There’s a reason I go on those long kicks such as playing through multiple seasons in NBA 2K14 MyCAREER, assembling makeshift retro teams in NBA Live 10, or going back to my NBA Live 06 Dynasty if I’m not feeling the latest game. Indeed, it’s why I’ve stuck with franchise and career modes for years.

Of course, it’s nice to change things up when you’re weary of what you’re playing. This is why I advocate for a variety of deep modes in basketball games, and if they’re there, giving them a look whenever you’re getting bored. However, if you’re looking for a change of pace without diving into a whole new mode, there are many activities that you can do in basketball games that are, at the very least, fun palate cleansers. If you enjoy them, then you may want to make them a regular part of your basketball gaming, combining them with a mode if possible. Otherwise, these activities are ideas to keep in mind if you’re in a rut, and want to mess around on the virtual hardwood.

Read More »

NBA 2K14 Mod Releases: City Jerseys & Scoreboards

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s mod releases for NBA 2K14 feature Pep’s pack of City jerseys for the 2023 season, and a new version of the Ultimate Retro Scoreboards pack. Download them at the links below!

Pep
NBA Nike City Uniforms 22/23

HAWK23/Hades/ReeTwoKay/StickyFingers
Ultimate Retro Scoreboards (CBS, NBC, TNT, ESPN, ABC) & Full TV Network Presentations Pack V8 (UBR-Compatible) (Updated to V8)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and Mod Releases bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: The First Friday Five

Wayback Wednesday: The First Friday Five

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! From retrospectives of basketball games and their interesting features, to republished articles and looking at NBA history through the lens of the virtual hardwood, Wednesdays at the NLSC are for going back in time. This week, I’m taking a look back at my very first Friday Five, published ten years ago today.

As I always note in my introduction for Wayback Wednesday, one of the intended purposes of this weekly feature is to republish old articles, usually with some added commentary. Funnily enough, that was actually the subject of the very first Wayback Wednesday, as I posted an article that was no longer available on the site due to us switching content management systems. However, much like Jerry West winning the first NBA Finals MVP despite losing the series, this didn’t set a precedent! I’ve mostly opted for retrospectives and other game-oriented features over republishing articles.

Honestly, I do think that’s the right call, as it’s the optimal use of a weekly feature such as Wayback Wednesday. It’s handy to leave the door open to republishing lost articles and generally digging into our own archives, but I believe that basketball video games should always be the star of the show, so to speak. With that being said, since it is ten years to the day that I posted my first edition of The Friday Five, I’m reflecting on the beginning of my longest-running NLSC feature, as well as the topic that it covered. Let’s take a look back…way back…

Read More »