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The Friday Five: My 5 Favourite Basketball Video Game Commercials

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

I’m going with a lighter topic for The Friday Five this week, as I list my top five favourite basketball video game commercials. No doubt I’ll be back to covering topics with a little more substance sooner rather than later, but I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some memorable advertisements for NBA Live, NBA 2K and NBA Jam that got us talking about the games, or at the very least were entertaining to watch.

Just to clarify before I begin the countdown, I’m picking commercials and promotional spots here, as opposed to pure gameplay trailers. Including both in the one countdown would make for a long list and some very difficult choices, so picking my five favourite gameplay trailers is a topic for another day. With that said, here are my 5 Favourite Basketball Video Game Commercials!

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Guide to Installing Patches (NBA Live 2005-08)

As I previously mentioned, we’re currently on the lookout for people who are willing and able to help us expand and enhance our library of Wiki articles, as we endeavour to create the definitive resource for basketball video games. Once again, I’d like to encourage anyone with a good knowledge of basketball video games to help us out with that by getting involved, whether it’s adding information on patching, or expanding our articles on game modes and gameplay elements.

To help get the ball rolling, I’ve added a long overdue guide to installing patches in NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07, and NBA Live 08. Those of us who have been patching those games for a long time often take the process for granted, but up until now we haven’t had a comprehensive resource explaining just where to place patched files, or even the basic process of how the sgsm folder works. My hope is that this guide will be a handy reference that we can point to whenever there are questions on how to install patches, be they rosters, courts, jerseys, or whatever.

When I get a moment, I’ll also be adding a guide for NBA Live 2003 and NBA Live 2004, which use the slightly more complex CustomArt method. Until then, I hope you find the guide useful, and look forward to seeing a few more people lending a hand with the Wiki!

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The Tuesday Triple: Awesome Old Mixes

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.

Just like the wishlists, mix articles go best in groups of 3. So accompanying articles on my favorite MomentousCeltic mixes and my favorite mixes that I made, I am going to list three of my favorite “old” mixes. “Old” is a weird way of classifying these videos because I know Shady00018 has older ones, but I do feel like there is this subjective line about three to four years ago before the big YouTubers got popular. It will work well enough for this article’s purposes at least, so enough writing, let’s watch some mixes.

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The Tuesday Triple: My Three Best Mixes

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.

Before I start the very small countdown of my favorite mixes that I made, I want to remind new readers that I did a Tuesday Triple on MomentousCeltic’s Mixes. While my mixes are no where near as well done as MC’s, or any of the current mix making elite seen on YouTube, they still hold a lot of sentimental value to me. I actually underestimated how many mixes I have made over the years, and some of the favorites I had in mind for this article have aged terribly since I last watched them. Nevertheless, here are my three favorite basketball video game mixes that I made as of today.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Playable Jay-Z

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

It seems like only recently that we were all complaining about the gold swirls and menu equalizers in NBA 2K13, probably because it was only last year. Executively produced by Jay-Z, NBA 2K13 gained criticism for the presentation elements that were supposedly designed by the man himself. 2K themselves claimed that Jay-Z had his fingerprints all over the game, and articles came out about Jay-Z using his star power to get Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley in last year’s game for the Team USA vs Dream Team hype. Aside from the presentation elements and his name on the box, Jay-Z was not included in the game’s celebrity team and was only shown in videogame form in the crowd of Net games.

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

BAYAG has released a minor update to his SUPERSTAR ’07 AIACT, correcting a few issues from the previous version. Check it out at the link below.

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SUPERSTAR ’07 AIACT (Updated to v7.1)

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

It’s been a little while since we’ve had any new additions for NBA Live 07, but BAYAG has released another update to his custom SUPERSTAR AIACT file. If you’re still playing NBA Live 07, check it out at the link below!

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SUPERSTAR ’07 AIACT (Updated to v7.0)

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

We’ve just got the one new file addition for NBA Live 07 PC today, a New Orleans Pelicans logo update by nba player bullet. Check it out at the link below!

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New Orleans Pelicans Logo Update

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Jason Kidd Coach Face for NBA Live 2005-08 Released

In anticipation of the 2013/2014 season, I’ve converted Jason Kidd’s player face for use as a coach face in NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08. It also includes a batch file that will allow you to automatically assign him to the Brooklyn Nets in any roster or Dynasty game.

Download it here! More information on 2013/2014 updates will be coming soon but in the meantime, I invite you to go back and check out Episode #36 of the NLSC Podcast for the latest details.

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File Additions for NBA Live 07

Still playing NBA Live 07? BAYAG has released a new version of his SUPERSTAR AIACT update, with new animations and other modifications for an improved gameplay experience. He’s also added it to the AIACT and Movies pack for his International Classic Teams mod. Pick up the updated files at the links below!

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SUPERSTAR ’07 AIACT (Updated to v6.0)
ICT Mod AIACT and Movies (Updated to v2.0)

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ESPN Game Intro Logos for NBA Live 06-08 Updated

A post on our Facebook page reminded me that I never got around to updating the ESPN Game Intro Logo patches for NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08 with the current NBA on ESPN logos, so I’ve gone ahead and whipped up new versions of all three releases. Download them at the links below!

ESPN Game Intro Logo Patch 08
ESPN Game Intro Logo Patch 07
ESPN Game Intro Logo Patch 06

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2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Released

Yes, the long wait is finally over! My 2012/2013 roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08 are out now and can be downloaded at the links below. Please note that the rosters are accurate as of March 31st, 2013 and thus do not include a couple of minor transactions that have occurred in the past couple of days. There will be a follow-up release within the next couple of weeks or so and possibly a couple during the Playoffs. As for continuing the rosters beyond this season, I’m still undecided for the moment, but I’ll keep everyone informed of my decision and future arrangements.

For now, you can pick up the new rosters at the links below:

NBA Live 08: Full Package | Roster Only | Support Thread
NBA Live 07: Full Package | Roster Only | Support Thread
NBA Live 06: Full Package | Roster Only | Support Thread
NBA Live 2005: Full Package | Roster Only | Support Thread

I’ll need to repack the 06 update as it’s missing Mike Krzyzewski’s face. For now, simply download this pack and extract the files to your sgsm folder. A huge thanks once again to everyone for your patience, as well as the talented patchers who have helped out by contributing  so many fantastic art updates. Please enjoy the rosters!

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2012/2013 Rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 Just A Few Days Away

We’re well and truly in the final countdown to the release of the current roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08. It will be a few more days until they are out but I’m basically down to polishing up some final details, making sure that everything is in place, finishing up the conversions and compiling all of the updates.

To put it in perspective, the NBA Live 08 roster is basically in a state where it could be released, but for the sake of quality control I’d like to spend a little more time updating some ratings and double-checking for errors. Depending on whether I run into any delays finishing up the conversions, I may stagger the releases with the update for NBA Live 08 coming out first and rest a day or so later, but at this time I’m looking at releasing all the updates at once sometime within the next few days.

Thanks again to everyone for their patience and support; we’re almost there!

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Lindsey Hunter Coach Face & New Real Staff Updates Released

As I get closer to being able to release the new roster updates for NBA Live 2005-08, I’ve created a couple of small updates that I’m making available as standalone releases. The first is a coach face update for Lindsey Hunter, interim coach of the Phoenix Suns, converted from his default player face for NBA Live 08. I’ve also created new versions of the Real Staff updates for NBA Live 06-08, which add the names and attributes of real NBA assistants, trainers and scouts to a Dynasty game. Download them all at the links below!

Lindsey Hunter Coach Face Patch (can be used with NBA Live 2005-08)
Real Staff 13 for NBA Live 08
Real Staff 13 for NBA Live 07
Real Staff 13 for NBA Live 06

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Status Report for the 2012/2013 Roster Updates (NBA Live 2005-08)

As we’re getting to the end of March, I thought I’d give everyone another status report on the 2012/2013 roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08. Right now, everything is on track and things are looking good for a release by the end of this week. Yes, at long last!

Right now, everyone who needs to be in the roster is in the roster, all teams including the All-Stars and Rising Stars Challenge squads have been updated and it’s just a matter of updating the lineups for all 30 NBA teams to be as recent as possible when the roster is finalised, compiled and released. Right now I’m updating ratings and salaries, placing art files and polishing a few things up to complete the update for NBA Live 08. After that, I’ll complete the conversions for NBA Live 2005-07 and everything will be ready to go.

Thank you again to everyone for your patience. These rosters are coming out much later than I anticipated and would’ve liked, but your support and the fantastic work of the art patchers in our community has encouraged me to get them done. A huge thanks once again to everyone who has contributed art for the new rosters, it is very much appreciated. As I mentioned in my previous status report, I don’t know whether I’ll be continuing the rosters next season but I’m hoping that this release will be worth the wait. For those who missed the previous post, the new rosters will contain a bonus in the form of updated Team USA, Dream Team and Dream Team III rosters, all with correct jerseys.

Once again, look out for the new rosters to be available by the end of the week. In the meantime, I’ll probably release a couple of smaller updates including new versions of Real Staff 13.

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