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NLSC Podcast – Episode #155

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Episode #155 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and I as we overcome a couple of annoying technical issues to discuss some issues facing PC basketball gaming, the quality of content updates for NBA Live, the first week of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We open Episode #155 with a look at some of the challenges that face PC basketball gaming. Of course, we’d still like to see NBA Live return to the PC, and a more modder-friendly NBA 2K.
  • For some reason, NBA 2K16 on Steam has been tagged as a “Psychological Horror” title. Go figure.
  • Is it currently too much of a grind to level up players in NBA Live and NBA 2K?
  • There hasn’t been much in the way of gear, shoe, and accessory updates in LIVE Pro-Am. Do we expect the content updates to improve in NBA Live 17?
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Ultimate Team, MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and one annoying crash.
  • Week 1 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs is in the books, and we have to admit, we’re not as excited for the postseason as we’d like to be.
  • Tom Thibodeau has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their new coach and president. Also, a fantastic old school photo of him has emerged.
  • The first NBA award winners for 2016 have been announced. No arguments so far.
  • We manage to mention the NBL, but only because it looks like Anthony Bennett is headed Down Under.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions feature a very bold prediction indeed.
  • We wrap up Episode #155 with a chilling tale of deception. And by chilling, we actually mean kind of amusing.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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Details on the April 15th Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kobe Bryant

The final roster update of the 2016 regular season has come through for NBA Live 16. It remains to be seen whether the roster updates will continue during the 2016 NBA Playoffs, but in any event, here are the top five players in NBA Live 16 as of now:

  1. Stephen Curry (97 Overall, +1)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall, No Change)
  3. LeBron James (94 Overall, +2)
  4. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall, No Change)
  5. Chris Paul (93 Overall, +1)

DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Damian Lillard sit right behind the top five, as all are rated 92 overall. Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are both rated 91 overall, while John Wall and Draymond Green are 90 overall, for a total of thirteen players rated 90+ overall in the latest update.

Recent player movement and subsequent jersey number changes are also accounted for, as well as gear and accessory updates for 44 players. For a full breakdown of the changes in the latest NBA Live 16 roster, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

As always, feel free to post any thoughts on the latest roster update in the comments section below, as well as this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #154

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Welcome to Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast! Arcane and I certainly have a bit to talk about this week with the end of the 2016 regular season, the Playoffs looming, and both Kobe Bryant and the Golden State Warriors making history. Also, some very early news about the NBA 2K17 cover and pre-order bonuses.

On this week’s show…

  • 2K have announced that Kobe Bryant will appear on the cover of a special Legend Edition of NBA 2K17. Have they also hinted at another possible cover player for this year?
  • We discuss a reel of NBA Live 16 player faces that a graphic designer posted on YouTube.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Arcane’s MyPLAYER gets onto 2K TV in MyCAREER, while Andrew wonders what to play next.
  • Kobe Bryant has gone out in style, scoring 60 points in his final game. We reflect a little on the Black Mamba’s legendary career.
  • The Golden State Warriors become the first team to win 73 games, beating the Chicago Bulls’ twenty year old record. We congratulate them, but grumble a little about some vocal (and hypocritical) fanboys.
  • With the 2016 regular season in the books, we look ahead to the Playoffs and make our first round predictions.
  • Speaking of which, we end Episode #154 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. After getting our picks right last week, can we both get a streak going as we head into the postseason?

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NBA Live 16 April 8th Roster Update Details

NBA Live 16: Kawhi Leonard

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 16, featuring updated lineups and adjusted player ratings. Eleven recent transactions have been accounted for, and four new players have been added to the game: Alan Williams, Andrew Goudelock, Axel Toupane, and Sean Kilpatrick.

The top five players in NBA Live 16 as of the latest roster are as follows:

  1. Stephen Curry (96 Overall)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall)
  3. DeMarcus Cousins (94 Overall)
  4. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall)
  5. LeBron James (92 Overall)

At present, there are still thirteen players in the roster that are rated 90+ overall. J.J. Barea was the most improved player in the latest update, with the Western Conference Player of the Week’s performance over the past ten games leading to a two point jump to 79 overall.

The April 8th roster also includes seventeen gear and accessory updates. For a full overview of the latest NBA Live 16 roster, check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts or feedback on the roster, post them in the comments section below, or join in the discussion in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #153

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Episode #153 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as Kenny was unavailable to join us, but hopefully we’ll have him back on the show soon. In the meantime, we have a variety of topics to talk about this week, including what we’ve been playing, recent content updates for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K17, and the latest news and results as the 2016 NBA season winds down.

On this week’s show…

  • A new roster came through for NBA Live 16 last week. We recap some of the recent ratings changes, including the top five players in the game as of the latest roster.
  • After a breakdown of some forthcoming Throwback Thursday content in NBA 2K16’s MyTEAM, we give some more thoughts on the mode, and compare it to NBA Live 16’s Ultimate Team.
  • Do we expect face scanning to be available in NBA Live 17?
  • Following on from this week’s Monday Tip-Off column, we discuss whether or not basketball video games should have downloadable content, outside of the regular roster/art updates.
  • If you’re looking for a new basketball game to try out, Dr B has released a beta version of his Slam Dunk Contest game exclusively at the NLSC.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: More retro gaming, and a few games of MyCAREER.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, Sam Hinkie appears to have grown weary of the Process, as he’s stepping down from the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office.
  • Jerry Sloan has announced that he has Parkinson’s Disease. We wish him good health, and all the best.
  • As the 2016 NBA season draws to a close, so too does Kobe Bryant’s career. We offer up some further thoughts on the Black Mamba’s farewell tour, as his final game looms.
  • Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, and Yao Ming are heading to Springfield, but at least one former player doesn’t believe Yao is a deserving Hall of Famer.
  • Tim Duncan is now the third player to amass 1000 career wins in the regular season.
  • The Golden State Warriors need four straight wins to top 72-10. As comparisons continue, a recent article about Michael Jordan has one of us a tad riled up.
  • Episode #153 of the NLSC Podcast ends with this week’s Bold Predictions, featuring predictions that are lofty enough to truly justify the reverb effect.

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Details on Latest NBA Live 16 Roster Update (April 1st)

NBA Live 16: Stephen Curry

Last week, a new roster came through for NBA Live 16, featuring lineups that have been updated through April 1st. I missed posting the details from the roster update blog over the weekend, so for those who are after details on the latest update, here they are.

As of the latest roster update, the top five players in NBA Live 16 are as follows:

  1. Stephen Curry (97 Overall, No Change)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (95 Overall, No Change)
  3. DeMarcus Cousins (94 Overall, +1)
  4. Russell Westbrook (93 Overall, No Change)
  5. LeBron James (93 Overall, No Change)

There are currently thirteen players rated 90+ overall in the game. Meanwhile, the most improved player in the latest roster is Josh Richardson, who now sits at 77 overall thanks in no small part to his hot shooting from the outside since the All-Star break.

The April 1st roster also accounts for recent player movement, and contains sixteen gear and accessory changes. For more information, check out this spreadsheet. If you have any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 roster, feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #152

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It’s April 1st, but no fooling: we have a new episode of the NLSC Podcast out today! Episode #152 sees us return to a three man booth for the first time in a long while, as Kenny joins Arcane and I to discuss NBA Live, NBA 2K, and recent events in the real NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We open the show with another reminder about our NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 Wishlists. Get your feedback in ASAP!
  • Since it’s Kenny’s first time on the NLSC Podcast, he provides some thoughts on what he’d like to see get better in NBA 2K, what he’s been enjoying in NBA 2K16, and what would draw him back to NBA Live.
  • When should NBA Live 17 be released? Should it be before, after, or at the same time as NBA 2K17?
  • Recently, there’s been talk of cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We discuss what that would mean for basketball gaming, should it ever come to fruition.
  • Rocket League’s basketball-themed add-on Hoops is set to arrive some time in April, free of charge.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: modding, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and 2K Pro-Am.
  • Turning our attention to real basketball, we chat about the Golden State Warriors closing in on the Chicago Bulls’ record, the drama with D’Angelo Russell, and the retirement of one of Australia’s best players.
  • We wrap up Episode #152 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, as Andrew seeks a second point, Arcane seeks to stay above .500, and Kenny seeks to get on the board out of the gate.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #151

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Here is Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast, right on schedule! In this week’s show, Arcane and I discuss some new content in Ultimate Team, reflect on the NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 Wishlists so far, talk about some controversy with NBA 2K on Twitter, and look back on the past week in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • As the 2016 season winds down, new Playoff Push content has been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16.
  • NBA 2K reached a million followers on Twitter and celebrated with a Locker Code. Unfortunately, the random giveaways left something to be desired.
  • How have the Wishlists for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17 been shaping up so far?
  • Pro-Am has been well-received by some NBA Live 16 gamers. What would we like to see done with the mode in NBA Live 17?
  • In the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming, Andrew talks a little about his recent NBA Live modding projects.
  • The San Antonio Spurs handed the Golden State Warriors their seventh loss last week, but the defending champions are otherwise still going strong.
  • Speaking of the Spurs, they now hold an impressive distinction over the rest of the NBA.
  • LeBron James has unfollowed the Cleveland Cavaliers on social media. Is everyone reading too much into it, or is it indeed newsworthy? Would we see the same thing from previous generations?
  • In sad news, NBA on TNT’s Craig Sager has announced his cancer is no longer in remission.
  • We talk about the 2016 Playoff race, and pick the teams we think will beat out their closest competitors for the eighth seed in both Conferences.
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions…Andrew is finally on the board! Will this be the beginning of a new streak?
  • We wrap up Episode #151 of the NLSC Podcast with a trivia note comparing LeBron James and Andre Miller.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #150

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Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I look to the future as we discuss a couple of recent Wishlist suggestions for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17, reflect on our past week of basketball gaming, and react to some recent news and rumours.

On this week’s show…

  • Tipping things off with some Wishlist talk, we ask ourselves: aside from improved gameplay, what’s the one enhancement that would keep us playing NBA Live 17?
  • We also discuss a couple of recent suggestions for NBA 2K17, regarding potential ratings and Badges.
  • Are we bothered by the NBA Live Development Team reaching out to NBA 2K gamers?
  • Rocket League is set to receive a basketball mode called Hoops, which we’re both looking forward to.
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming has included some time with Ultimate Team, Pro-Am, MyCAREER, and a few retro titles.
  • NBA referee Joey Crawford has retired effectively immediately, due to his knee injuries.
  • Speaking of knee injuries, Jahlil Okafor is set to miss the rest of his rookie season after tearing his meniscus.
  • Could Phil Jackson return to the sidelines, only coaching the New York Knicks during home games? It seems Carmelo Anthony isn’t a fan of the idea.
  • Ben Simmons has been dethroned in the mock draft over at Draft Express. He’s also been hit with a couple of unflattering comparisons.
  • We wrap up Episode #150 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions, in which Arcane is back at .500, and Andrew is still seeking his first point. Of course…

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #149

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Looking for your weekly fix of basketball video game discussion? Tune in to Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast, in which Arcane and I discuss the latest news and updates for NBA Live and NBA 2K, what we’ve been up to in basketball gaming, the past week in NBA action, and more, including your mailbag submissions!

On this week’s show…

  • Over 100+ new items have been added to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 16. Unfortunately, the issue with standing dunks remains unresolved.
  • A new playbook and gameplan update has been pushed through for NBA 2K16. Are we expecting any more major updates for either game?
  • Does NBA Live need to focus less on NBA 2K, and concentrate on being itself?
  • We reminisce about the days when there were more than two basketball games on the market, and discuss the kind of releases we’d like to see.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: Dusting off old favourites, and getting them to work in 64-bit Windows.
  • If the opportunity presented itself, would we join the NBA Live Development Team?
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we chat about Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Russell Westbrook’s big triple double, dysfunction in Cleveland, a new home for Dwight Howard, and a couple of surprising teams.
  • What do we think of Ben Simmons’ potential $100 million shoe deal? What will he mean for Australian basketball?
  • We wrap up Episode #149 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions. Is Andrew on the board yet? (Come on, what do you think?!?)

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NBA Live 16 Week 13 Roster Details

Stephen Curry in NBA Live 16

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 16, accompanied by the usual blog post over on the official website detailing all of the changes and updates. The new roster accounts for recent player movement, and adds a couple of missing players to the game. Earl Watson, Ray Allen, and Benjamin Anthony have also been removed from the active rosters, a couple of jersey numbers have been updated, and new gear has been assigned for 31 players.

As of the latest roster update, the top five players in NBA Live 16 are as follows:

  1. Stephen Curry (96, +1)
  2. Kawhi Leonard (94, No Change)
  3. Russell Westbrook (93, +1)
  4. LeBron James (92, -2)
  5. Chris Paul (91, No Change)

Kevin Durant, James Harden, and DeMarcus Cousins are also currently rated 91 overall. Draymond Green is sitting at 90 overall in the latest roster, for a total of nine players rated 90+ overall. As previously noted, this is less than half the number of players rated 90 or more in the default rosters of NBA Live 16, which in my opinion is a good change.

If you have any feedback on the latest roster, feel free to post it in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum. Once again, we’ve also tipped off our Wishlist for NBA Live 17, so be sure to get involved here.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #148

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Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! In our first show for March 2016, Arcane and I discuss an important fix in last week’s roster update for NBA Live 16, cheaters in the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament, Stephen Curry’s big week, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • We tip things off with a reminder about our Wishlist threads for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17.
  • We’re pleased to say that the issue with dunk packages that we discussed last week has been resolved in the latest roster update for NBA Live 16.
  • A lot of NBA 2K streamers have been showing NBA Live 16 some love, and the response from their viewers has been quite favourable as well.
  • The Week 3 winners of the NBA 2K16 Road To The Finals tournament on Xbox One have been disqualified for game fixing. We don’t feel sorry for them.
  • Once again, we touch on the on-going discussion of how Stephen Curry can be accurately represented in basketball video games.
  • A recent incident leads to another reminder about rudeness and constructive criticism in the modding community.
  • What have we been doing on the virtual hardwood as of late? Find out in the latest edition of Our Week in Basketball Gaming!
  • Stephen Curry had a huge week and proved a couple of NBA Legends wrong, but is everyone really a hater?
  • “Buyout season” has a few players changing teams ahead of the Playoffs push.
  • We recap the Miami Heat’s impressive performance against the Chicago Bulls, in which Hassan Whiteside continued his strong play off the bench.
  • Who are our favourite active NBA players?
  • Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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NBA Live 16 Week 12 Roster Update Details

NBA Live 16: Aaron Gordon

The Week 12 roster update for NBA Live 16 has come through, featuring all of the deals from the 2016 trade deadline. Jersey numbers and the accessories for 33 players have also been updated in the latest roster. For a complete breakdown, check out this spreadsheet.

A handful of All-Star Weekend participants have also received some ratings boosts in the latest roster:

  • Paul George (OVR 89): +6 3-Point Shot (89), +2 Mid-Range Shot (80), +1 Shot Off Dribble (80)
  • John Wall (OVR 89): +12 Layup (97), +10 Pass Accuracy (80), +8 Dunk (95)
  • Steph Curry (OVR 95): +6 Contested Shot (96), +5 Shot Off Dribble (94), +4 Mid-Range Shot (90)
  • Russell Westbrook (OVR 93): +10 Inside Shot (90), +7 Dribbling (95), +3 Dunk (93)
  • Anthony Davis (OVR 88): +10 Inside Shot (88), +10 Shot Off Dribble (79), +5 Mid-Range Shot (85)
  • Chris Paul (OVR 93): +9 Mid-Range Shot (80), +6 Shot Off Dribble (92), +4 Court Vision (99)
  • James Harden (OVR 91): +8 3-Point Shot (93), +7 Mid-Range Shot (79), +7 Shot Off Dribble (93)

Slam Dunk Contest participants Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine, and Will Barton have also received boosts to their dunking ratings. Runner-up Gordon and winner LaVine are now sitting at 99, while Barton’s dunk rating is now 90. Additionally, all three players have been given enhanced dunk packages.

Speaking of dunks, as we discussed in Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast, there has been an issue with this year’s rookie crop not being able to dunk in NBA Live 16. The latest roster includes fixes for some of those players (including Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingas, and Bobby Portis), ensuring that players with dunk ratings of 60 or higher will be able to dunk in appropriate situations.

Any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 16 rosters? Feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. While you’re in the mood for posting feedback, don’t forget that we’re also compiling our NBA Live 17 Wishlist, so be sure to get your suggestions in ASAP!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #147

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It’s time for this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #147, Arcane and I discuss another NBA Live 17 tidbit, reflect on our past week in basketball gaming, react to the 2016 NBA trade deadline, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • Basketball skill development coach and former Harlem Globetrotter Derick Grant revealed that he has been participating in some motion capture sessions for NBA Live 17.
  • Unfortunately we can’t play it ourselves, but NBA Live Mobile has been receiving some positive reactions from gamers.
  • We discuss an unfortunate bug in the NBA Live 16 rosters that is affecting this year’s rookie crop.
  • The NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15 servers are still up and running. As you’d expect though, there’s not a lot of activity.
  • Mike Wang’s comments on Stephen Curry causing problems in the development of NBA 2K leads to some thoughts on realism in basketball video games.
  • More MyCAREER and Ultimate Team tales as we discuss our week in basketball gaming.
  • We talk about the reasons people go back and patch older games like NBA Live 08, and our enthusiasm for getting involved every once in a while.
  • The trade deadline did not exactly live up to our expectations…or for that matter, our predictions. We recap all the recent player movement.
  • Shockingly, the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Golden State Warriors a 32 point loss. They’re still on track to challenge 72-10, though.
  • It’s not looking promising for Chris Bosh, as he’s on the verge of being shut down for the second straight season due to health problems.
  • Sean Marks has become the first Kiwi to get an NBA GM gig. As Aussies, we ponder how we can piggyback on the achievement.
  • We wrap up Episode #147 of the NLSC Podcast with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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Monday Tip-Off: Support for Basketball Games, Then & Now

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

When you’ve been playing video games for a long time, you can’t help but marvel when you look back at the games you used to play, and realise just how far gaming has come since then. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to genres that tend to see annual releases, as is the case with basketball games and other spots titles. Sometimes, it’s difficult to notice the changes and truly appreciate the improvements that basketball games make, until you go back and play an old release, or make side by side comparisons. While there’s still room for improvement and innovation, basketball games have undoubtedly come a long way.

Most of the improvements are obvious once you make a comparison, and they have been frequently spotlighted and discussed over the years. However, one improvement that arguably remains a little underappreciated is post-release support, specifically bug fix updates and new content. That’s not to say that there aren’t still problems and controversial practices, and I will touch on them as well. But looking back, you can see a steady improvement in this aspect of basketball games, which is encouraging as we look ahead to future releases.

So, what has the support for basketball video games been like, then and now?

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