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New Poll: Returning Game Modes

It’s been a while, but we’ve posted a new site poll: “Which mode would you most like to see return to NBA Live or NBA 2K?” Cast your vote now, and feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in The Virtual Hardwood section of the Forum.

Our previous poll asked “How do you rate the 2013/2014 NBA season?” It seems that most people quite enjoyed last season, with 38% proclaiming it to be “Good”, while a further 37% went so far as to call it “Excellent”. 16% believed it was just alright, 5% felt it wasn’t great, and a final 4% didn’t enjoy the 2014 campaign at all, deeming it to be terrible. Be sure to join in the discussion of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the upcoming 2015 NBA season, and more in our NBA & Basketball Talk section.

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General File Additions – More Headshot Packs

Looking to make some retro face updates for NBA Live or NBA 2K? Then check out these headshot packs from the 2009 and 2010 seasons!

S_Brat & R4zor
2008/2009 Headshots Pack
2009/2010 Headshots Pack

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Beat Jao #7: Shut ’em Down

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

Big thanks to NLSCer franmansr for suggesting this week’s challenge a few weeks ago. He wanted to see how long we could keep a shutout going…well thanks to the techniques of a few I thought we could step it up a little bit. This week’s challenge is to see how long you can shut out the pre-draft uninjured ’13-’14 Miami Heat, Hall of Fame difficulty, Simulation sliders.

I used the Spurs, and only lasted 1:41 before I got Bosh’d. For a full breakdown of the rules, and a look into the future of the series, check out the video below. Remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

Wow is a great way to sum up last week’s overtime challenge. Reaperwolverine posted a 20 overtime game, good for 200 points. So much for a close race for #1 overall! Check out the full results and overall leaderboard below by hitting Read More.

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Beat Jao #6: Free Basketball

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

Superstitions and sports go hand in hand. I know I am the reason the Celtics won in 2008 because I never watched a Boston field go hit the net, but I’ve noticed a weird happening with the games my wife watches. Pretty much every NBA or NCAA game she sees the end of, real or virtual, will end up going into overtime.

So this week I am challenging you to get as many overtime periods as possible in a single game. Unfortunately I couldn’t get her to watch me film a Beat Jao challenge, so I was only able to get 1 Overtime, so hopefully this should be another easy week for you. No restrictions on settings, teams, or rosters. Just don’t use trainers or cheat. You can view highlights of my attempt, get more details, and learn how to properly say our current leader’s username in the video below. Remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

And yes! stockalone1232 is our new overall leader, by 1 point! Congratulations to him and it will be interesting to see if he can hold on to that slim lead for next week. Check out the full leaderboards for last week and overall by hitting Read More.

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Beat Jao #5: One Man Takeover

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

We are going back to the roots of Beat Jao, well at least in terms of being terrible for those who are lactose intolerant. This week I want you to go out and score as many points with one player in a 2 minute quarter game. No overtime, you must win, and no one else on your team may score any points. So if you get into a late game situation, you must miss those free throws with other players. Difficulty and other settings are up to you.

After a few issues with NBA Live 14 and the PlayStation 4’s recording ‘feature’ (read: headache), I ended up going back to the cheesiest of cheese for PC mods, NBA Jam 2K14: He’s On Fire. In 8 minutes of gameplay I scored 40 points with Steve Francis from the ’02-’03 Rockets. I chose them because there are no restrictions on playing defense, so Yao Ming plus no goaltending was helpful for getting me extra possessions, fast. For all the details on the challenge check the video below, and remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

Congratulations to cool1324 who claimed to shut out LeBron James with his MyCAREER player last week. Hit Read More to see the rest of the leaderboard for last week and the overall standings.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things That Make Dynasty Mode So Much Fun

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.

Seeing as how it’s my favourite game mode, I’ve naturally written a couple of Friday Five articles about Dynasty Mode in the past. I’ve talked about some of the improvements that were made in NBA Live 14, as well as what I want to see added in the future. This week however, I thought I’d talk a little about some of the things that have made the mode so much fun for me over the years.

In a nutshell, the key to making a mode like Dynasty fun and enjoyable is for it to be both deep and immersive. While there is obviously still room for improvement in that regard, I find that a lot of enjoyment actually comes from the basics, not to mention the right approach. Without any further ado, here are five things that I believe greatly contribute to the fun of Dynasty Mode.

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Beat Jao #3: Implosion

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

You guys are good, proving that you are much better than me at basketball video games these base two weeks. So, can lose as awesomely as I can? This week I want you to load up an 82 game Association or Dynasty, keep default settings, and win as little as possible. Dump players, make trades, fire coaches, do whatever you want in-game other than edit player ratings.

I was able to tie the late Bobcats’ terrible honor of least amount of wins in a single season with the amazing Lakers. 7 wins in an 82 game season is what you have to ‘beat’ this week. Get under that win total and net yourself some sweet Jao points on the overall leaderboard. You can watch me lose with style and get the full breakdown on the rules in the video below. Let me know how you do in this Forum Thread or in the comments of this post, or the YouTube video.

Congratulations to both NST Typhoon from YouTube and ReaperWolverine here on the NLSC forums. These guys beat the Blacktop Jordan Challenge by 15 points on Hall of Fame difficulty, well done. ReaperWolverine is our current leader after 2 weeks. Check out the full standings and results from last week by hitting the Read More button.

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The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts You Have When Playing Old Basketball Games

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.

As much as I like to play new and recent video games, I also have a fondness for retro gaming. This extends to my basketball gaming habits as well, as every so often I’ll dust off an older basketball game and spend a little time with it. In fact, through writing The Friday Five and creating content for our upcoming celebration of the 20th Anniversary of NBA Live, I’ve been going back to some old basketball games fairly regularly to grab screenshots, or simply to refresh my memory.

And of course, once I’ve fired them up to do that, I find that I have to indulge my nostalgia by playing an exhibition game or two. Upon doing so, plenty of memories come rushing back, and I can’t help but make a few comparisons and observations. You can probably see where this is going, so without any further ado, here are five thoughts that come to mind when playing old basketball video games.

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Dumb Mondays: We Need a Generic Basketball Game

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb rant and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

It is never too late to publish a wishlist article and this is something I have been meaning to get off my chest. We, the basketball video game playing community, need a gameplay-focused alternative to the yearly NBA games. It can be from some other company, an indie game, or from EA or 2K themselves using their NBA engine, but we need some kind of customizable sandbox based around this sport. All that we do with the PC versions of the NBA games is great, but we need something designed to be customized, rather than something simply made more customizable than intended.

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Beat Jao #1: Score 100 Points Quickly in Any Game

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

So for week one I am challenging you to score 100 points with any player, in any game, using any settings, as quickly as you can. With 12 minute quarters, I completed this challenge in the 2nd quarter with 2:53 remaining in the half. Meaning I scored 100 points in 19 minutes 7 seconds.

I used Antoine Walker from the 2002 Celtics with the NBA Jam: He’s On Fire mod created by bigh0rt for NBA 2K14 PC with rookie difficulty and casual sliders. In the Podcast Andrew suggested NBA Live 2003 might be a good game to complete this challenge, and really any arcade game or mod would give you the best chance at beating my time. You can get additional information on the mod and see sped up footage of my attempt in the video below.

If you want to share your time please comment below, reply to this Forum Thread, or comment on the YouTube video above. If we end up doing a contest or prizes for the winners, please provide some kind of proof with your time, like my image below. Remember this is just for fun, so I hope you enjoy this week’s Beat Jao challenge, good luck!

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Dumb Mondays: Dumb Mod Ideas from the Past

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb pet peeve of mine and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

If you have watched any of my modding tutorial videos on YouTube, you may have noticed some txt files on my desktop that never seem to ever get deleted. In a desperate move to try and stay organized, I decided txt files would be the method of choice for me to keep track of things I needed to get done. I also keep a few for different mod ideas for the PC NBA games that we all play and enjoy for hours on end. So allow me to share with you the many many mods that never got made (and remember, everything I do is ‘open source’ so if you see an idea you like, by all means make it).

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The Tuesday Triple x3: More NBA Video Game Commercials

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.

Andrew featured his favorite non-gameplay NBA video game commercials in his latest Friday Five, I was a bit disappointed. I liked three of the seven he linked in his article, specifically the 2K14 next gen commercial with LeBron, and 2K11’s MJ’s Greatest Moments and Signature Moves. The rest, including Jordan showing off his many rings, just, I don’t know, didn’t resonate with me. So in response, I am going to triple the content of this Tuesday Triple with the following 9 great NBA video game commercials.

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The Friday Five: 5 Non-Sim Elements in Sim Basketball Games

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.

After offering up a few opinions on the real NBA in last week’s edition of the Friday Five, this week I’m back to talking about basketball video games. Being a basketball gamer that prefers to see a healthy amount of realism in the annual titles, I thought I’d reflect on some of the non-sim elements that have found their way into sim basketball games over the years.

For the sim-oriented gamer, these elements can range from pet peeves and minor irritations to major distractions and issues that can severely affect one’s enjoyment of a game. However, as you’ll find out, at least one of the items on this list isn’t such an unwelcome idea. Without any further ado, here are 5 Non-Sim Elements in Sim Basketball Games.

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Dumb Mondays: NBA Video Games Are Unlucky

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

The biggest video game convention of the year is just around the corner with E3 beginning in about three weeks. We might get a trailer, maybe an off-screen sneak peak, but usually the NBA video games at E3 get nothing more than some marketing buzzwords for features and a general idea of which direction this year’s game will be headed. Going into the second year of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases for NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 I am again hoping for more than basic information, but I’m not expecting anything special. It did give me a dumb idea though, maybe NBA video games are a bit unlucky in comparison to other video games.

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New Poll: Historical Content in Basketball Video Games

It’s been a while since we updated our site poll, so today we’re posing a new question: How important is it to you that basketball video games feature historical content? Cast your vote now and feel free to post your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

Our previous poll asked Are you getting a next gen console? Perhaps not surprisingly given our history as a PC modding community, 55% of voters indicated that they’d be sticking with the PC, at least for now. As far as the consoles are concerned, it seems that the PlayStation 4 is the most popular choice in our community as it garnered 26% of the vote, compared to only 8% for Xbox One. A further 3% of voters indicated that they would be getting both consoles, while a final 8% were undecided.

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