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Wayback Wednesday: The Tandy Rec Center in NBA Live 06 PC

Dwyane Wade in the Tandy Rec Center (NBA Live 06 PC)

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 the Tandy Rec Center in NBA Live 06.

In addition to the commendable job that EA Sports has done with the team arenas in NBA Live, the series has boasted some interesting and well-designed venues beyond the NBA hardwood. From the street courts in NBA Live 2003 to The Temple in the Xbox 360 versions of NBA Live 06 and 07, to The Hangar and the global courts we’re set to experience in NBA Live 19, NBA Live’s art team has done some great things with real and fictional venues alike. One practice venue that doesn’t get mentioned very often however is the Tandy Rec Center in the PC version of NBA Live 06.

A little out of the norm for a sim-oriented NBA video game, it nevertheless stands out as one of the more unique venues featured in the NBA Live series. Since I’ve already taken a look back at several of the old practice and 1-on-1 courts in NBA Live, I felt it would only be fitting to profile this distinctive gym from one of my all-time favourite games. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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March Modness: NBA Live 18 Title Screen for 2005-08

NBA Live 18 Title Screen

I’m tipping off my own contributions to March Modness with my first mod release of the month: an NBA Live 18 Title Screen for NBA Live 2005-08!

Taken from the PlayStation 4 version of NBA Live 18, this will replace the final title screen you see before the main menu comes up. Although it’s hosted in the NBA Live 08 section of our Downloads database, it’s also compatible with NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, and NBA Live 07 PC. Unfortunately I’ve had to resize and crop it a little to fit the art file, but most of the screen is still visible. It should hopefully make a fine addition to any other 2018 season releases from our community.

You can download the mod here. Be sure to stay tuned for more March Modness releases!

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Wayback Wednesday: Kobe Bryant’s 81 Points in NBA Live 06

Kobe Bryant shoots in NBA Live 06

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 aiming to replicate Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game in NBA Live 06.

Monday marked the twelfth anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s career high 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors. The Los Angeles Lakers legend’s torching of Toronto put him in second place behind Wilt Chamberlain for the most points scored in a single NBA game. It was a spectacular feat, and I remember my jaw actually dropping when I checked the scores that day. Between Shaquille O’Neal’s departure and the arrival of Pau Gasol, the Lakers languished in relative mediocrity in terms of the standings, but Kobe was putting up some numbers for the ages.

After his legendary 81 point game, NBA.com threw down a challenge for basketball gamers to try and replicate Kobe Bryant’s performance in either NBA Live 06 or NBA 2K6. For this week’s Wayback Wednesday, I decided that I’d dust off NBA Live 06 PC – one of my all-time favourite basketball games – and give it a shot myself, over a decade later. 81 points seems like something out of a video game, but just how easily can it be done on the virtual hardwood? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We’ve reached our final batch of long-lost releases, and we’re wrapping things up with some mods for one of my all-time favourite games, NBA Live 06 PC. The files I found in my archives include JaoSming’s NBA Street 06 and lighting mods, and an NCAA mod for the 2007 season. They’re in our Downloads section for safekeeping, so if you feel like dusting off NBA Live 06, check them out at the links below!

JaoSming
NBA Street 06
JaoSming’s Lighting Update

NCAA 06 Mod Team
NCAA 2006-2007 Rosters

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 File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

A couple of new files have recently been uploaded for one of my all-time favourite games: NBA Live 06 PC. Today’s additions include a jersey update for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a mod that adds the NBA Live 18 logo to the menus. Check them out at the links below!

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2016/2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey

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NBA Live 18 Logo

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Wayback Wednesday: Freestyle Superstars in NBA Live 06

Kevin Garnett with the Freestyle Superstars shot in NBA Live 06

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 Freestyle Superstars in NBA Live 06.

As basketball video games have improved along with gaming technology in general, our expectations have also grown. When it comes to aspects such as realism, advanced or flashy moves, signature styles, and player differentiation, the bar has been raised higher and higher. Signature moves were present in EA Sports’ NBA Playoffs series, and skill levels were more defined beginning with the implementation of player ratings in NBA Live 95. However, star players still didn’t quite stand out from the pack. Freestyle Superstars was arguably EA’s first major effort to incorporate individual playing styles, and properly represent differing skill levels.

It was a concept that had its drawbacks, but I also believe that it was innovative and reasonably successful. Although the criticisms of Freestyle Superstars are fair, it’s a little underrated in terms of being an important stepping stone in the progression of basketball video games. How so? Well, let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 95 in NBA Live 06

NBA Live 95 in NBA Live 06 PS2

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 the presence of NBA Live 95 in the PlayStation 2 version of NBA Live 06.

Generally speaking, sim-oriented sports titles aren’t what most people think of, or indeed reach for, when it comes to retro gaming. They don’t always age well, mostly because they appeal to a demographic that wants to see more and more realism, as well as play with current season rosters. As such, they’re not as popular among retro gamers, to play or collect. That being said, there is a contingent of basketball gamers who do enjoy playing and modding older titles, so it’s certainly not unheard of. Finding a way to keep playing old favourites, or at least fire them up every once in a while, is something that people in our community do have an interest in.

When it came to the PlayStation 2 version of NBA Live 06, EA Sports made that a little easier by including an emulated version of NBA Live 95. It was a rather unusual example of bonus content, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We have another new file addition for NBA Live 06 PC today, as magiciangirl06 has uploaded a new 2017 court update for the Washington Wizards. Check it out at the link below!

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2016/2017 Washington Wizards Court

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 06 PC is a new version of magiciangirl06’s Boston Celtics court update for the 2017 season. Check it out below!

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2016/2017 Boston Celtics Court (Updated to v2.0)

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 06 PC is a new and final version of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2017 court. Download it at the link below!

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2016/2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Court (Final Version)

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 06 is the latest version of Victor M. Flores’ 2017 season roster update. Download it at the link below!

2016-2017 Rosters
Victor M. Flores (Updated to v1.4)

As usual, please note that I’m not the one maintaining this roster update, so please direct any and all questions or feedback to Victor directly.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 06 PC include new courts for the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans, and updated 2017 season rosters. Download them all at the links below!

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 Miami Heat Court
2016/2017 New Orleans Pelicans Court

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters (Updated to v1.3)

Once again, please note that I am not maintaining this roster patch, so I am not the person to contact regarding any issues with it. Please direct any and all feedback or questions to Victor.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’ve got a backlog of file additions from our community to post, so let’s begin with some recent uploads for NBA Live 06 PC. They include a new roster update and updated courts for the Trail Blazers and Magic, accurate as of the 2017 season. Check them out at the links below!

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters (Updated to v1.2)

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 Portland Trail Blazers Court
2016/2017 Orlando Magic Court

As I’ve previously noted, I’m not the one maintaining this roster update, so if you have any feedback on it, please direct it to Victor.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’m a little behind in posting these, but we’ve recently had three uploads for NBA Live 06 PC. Victor M. Flores has uploaded a 2017 season roster update, as well as a 1990 season roster, and magiciangirl06 has released a new 2017 court update for the San Antonio Spurs. Check out all of the latest file additions at the links below!

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters
1989-1990 Rosters

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 San Antonio Spurs

As with the other recently released NBA Live roster updates, please note that I am not involved in their creation. If you have any issues or feedback, please contact the individuals who made them.

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Next Gen Title Screens for NBA Live 06-08

Next Gen Title Screen for NBA Live 08 PC

You may have noticed that I’ve been using a few more screenshots from the Xbox 360 versions of NBA Live in some of my recent articles. That’s because I picked up an Elgato capture card not too long ago, and I’ve been keen to put it to use to grab some media for both written articles and video features.

The thought occurred that I could take screenshots of the title screens from the Xbox 360 releases, and create some custom title screens for their PC equivalents. It’s taken some careful and creative cropping, and in the case of NBA Live 07, I’ve had to use the pre-boot screen as the main title screen didn’t really suit the 512×512 file that the PC version uses. In any case, I’ve come up with some “next gen” title screens – well, next generation for the time the games came out, anyway – for NBA Live 06-08. Download them here:

A few previews:

As I’ve said before, I don’t have as much time to mod these days, especially when it comes to committing to creating any current roster updates. However, I do still like to dabble here and there when an idea comes to mind, so whenever I can set aside the time, I’ll be sure to upload the occasional release every now and again.

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