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The Friday Five: My Top 5 Favourite Basketball Video Games

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and as such, a new edition of The Friday Five! If you haven’t checked out The Friday Five before, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest, either as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

This week, I’m picking my Top 5 Favourite Basketball Video Games. Please note that this is not intended to be an objective list of the five best basketball video games that we’ve ever seen; that’s another list entirely and a topic for another day. While I do feel that all of these games are quality titles (at least for the time they were released) this is definitely a subjective list, featuring the games that I’ve enjoyed the most and/or spent the most time with over the years.

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The Friday Five: 5 Tips to Enjoy Dynasty & Association

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC, and another edition of The Friday Five! What is The Friday Five, you ask? It’s a weekly feature that I post on Fridays, containing my thoughts on a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, presented as either a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

For this week’s Friday Five, I’ve decided to share five tips for getting the most enjoyment out of Dynasty and Association. There’s a lot of fun to be had in these modes, but you’ll find that your enthusiasm can ebb very quickly if you take the wrong approach with them. Here are five suggestions to keep in mind when starting a new Dynasty or Association, so that you can get the most out of the experience.

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Lakers vs. Celtics Retrospective (RetrowareTV)

Mr. Retro Sports has posted a retrospective of the MS-DOS version of Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs, EA’s precursor to the NBA Live series, over at RetrowareTV. The article notes the game’s importance as the first NBA game to feature real teams and players, along with distinct player likenesses (at least by the standards of graphics at the time) and signature player moves.

It also observes that the game featured some considerably deep simulation elements for its era and offers some personal recollections of playing the game for the first time, all those years ago. If you grew up with Lakers vs. Celtics or are interested in learning a little about the history of basketball video games, it’s definitely worth checking out. You can also find more retrospectives and old school sports game content from Mr. Retro Sports over at Retro Sports Gamer World.

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The Friday Five: 5 Basketball Video Game Myths

Another Friday is upon us, so it’s time for a new edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, it’s a feature that I post every Friday in which I talk about a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest, providing my thoughts as either a list of five items or presenting them in Top 5 countdown format.

Last week I posted a countdown of the Top 5 Easter Eggs in basketball video games, so for this week’s Friday Five I’m taking a look at five basketball video game myths. Rumours and video games go hand in hand thanks to the presence of actual hidden content, the tendency for gaming publications to indulge in April Fools’ gags, trolls intentionally spreading misinformation and simple misunderstandings. Basketball games are no different, so let’s separate fact from fiction and debunk five basketball video games myths.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Easter Eggs in Basketball Video Games

Welcome everyone to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Friday Five, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I talk about a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest, providing my thoughts as either a list of five items or presenting them in Top 5 countdown format.

Although basketball video games keep our community entertained with the features advertised on the back of the box, throughout the years several Easter Eggs have served to enhance the gaming experience, facilitate modding or simply give us a bit of a laugh when we discover them. As such, these are my picks for the Top 5 Easter Eggs in Basketball Video Games.

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NLSC Podcast on iTunes & Blubrry; Update on Next Episode

In case you missed the update on our Twitter, Facebook or Google+ pages, the weekly NLSC Podcast is now available through iTunes and is also listed on Blubrry, so be sure to subscribe! You can also continue to stream or download each episode right here on the NLSC and check out a complete listing of all our episodes here in our Wiki.

Quite a lot of you are listening to the podcast, so we thank you for your support! We’re definitely interested to hear your feedback on the show though, so in addition to responding to any of our comments on the subjects we discuss, we’d also like to know how you feel about the length of the episodes, the range of topics we discuss, whether you’re bothered by occasional profanity or anything else we can take on board to make the NLSC Podcast enjoyable to listen to.

We’ll also be recording a new episode within the next couple of days and we’re interested in your thoughts on how future NBA Live and NBA 2K games could improve as far as enhancing the Dynasty, Association and MyCAREER experience, especially when it comes to our story threads. We invite you to have your say here in the pre-podcast discussion!

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Basketball Video Game Intros

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! This is a weekly feature appearing every Friday, in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other subjects of interest to our community, either by listing five items or counting them down in Top 5 format.

As video game technology has improved, we’ve come to expect high quality cinematic intros that immediately draw us into a game and make us want to spend hours playing it. Basketball games are no exception, with their intros ideally getting us pumped for some virtual hoops action by highlighting just how exciting the sport can be. This week, I present my picks for the five best basketball video game intros…at least so far.

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General File Additions – Find That Hex & Dorna References

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We have a couple of general file additions for you today. The first is a new tool by Leftos, Find That Hex, which allows you to find non byte-aligned hex data in a file. This is particularly useful for finding the offsets for data in NBA 2K13’s roster files, which in turn allows Leftos to add more features to the NBA 2K13 Roster Editor. For more info on that, see this thread. The second file is a pack of dorna reference shots from 1990-2000, which is particularly useful if you’re making retro arena updates. You can pick them both up at the links below.

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Find That Hex

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Dornas Reference Shots Compilation (1990-2000)

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Clutch Sim League Update

The Clutch Sim League, now in its third season, currently has five vacancies including some teams that are division leaders or at least in contention for the Playoffs. As its name implies, it is a sim league and is presently using NBA Live 08 to simulate its games. If you’re interested in joining the league, check out this thread over on the CSL website for a listing of the currently available teams and register ASAP to claim one.

If you’ve got a league or community announcement, don’t forget that you can post it in the NLSC Hub section of our Forum, which serves as a community noticeboard in addition to hosting discussion related to our Podcast, site bulletins and other NLSC features and issues.

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New Poll: Simming Habits

A new poll is now up, which asks “Do you mostly play or simulate games in modes like Dynasty, Association & MyCAREER?”. What are your simming habits when it comes to basketball video games? Do you only play important games while simming in between? Do you play most games but simulate the occasional matchup you find unappealing or believe you can win easily? Cast your vote now and feel free to tell us more in the comments below.

Our previous poll asked “How often do you play basketball video games?”. Not surprisingly, 38% of you indicated that you play them every day, while 29% of you are hitting the virtual hardwood on most days of the week. 19% are playing basketball video games two or three days a week, 9% set aside time for a weekly session of basketball gaming and a final 5% aren’t playing quite as often these days.

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New Poll: How often do you play basketball video games?

How often do you play basketball video games? Do you play every day, or do you save your virtual hoops action for the weekend? Do you mix up your basketball gaming with other genres, or do you play basketball games exclusively for a while after you pick them up? Are basketball games all you play these days? Cast your vote in our new poll and tell us about your basketball gaming habits in the comments below!

Our last poll asked “How do you rate NBA 2K13 so far?” and the results indicated a mostly positive reaction to this year’s game, with 39% deeming it excellent and a further 33% calling it good. 16% weren’t too impressed, opining that NBA 2K13 is just alright, 7% were even less enthused as they voted for “not great” and a final 5% indicated that they were completely disappointed in this year’s offering, giving their vote to “Terrible!”. Be sure to join in all of the NBA 2K13 discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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General File Additions – Headshots Packs

Dc311 has put together some packs of high quality headshots of NBA players, accurate as of the 2012 NBA Media Day. The files are in PNG format and are perfect for anyone creating face and portrait updates for both NBA Live and NBA 2K. You can download these resources, available in seven separate packs, at the links below.

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2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 1
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 2
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 3
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 4
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 5
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 6
2012/2013 Player Headshots Pack 7

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Openings at the Clutch Sim League

We’ve received word that the Clutch Sim League currently has a few vacancies that they’re looking to fill before the new season begins. The league has been running for three seasons and is presently using NBA Live 08 to simulate games. If you’re interested in joining CSL, check out the list of currently available teams here and register to claim one ASAP.

Remember, if you’ve got a league announcement that you’d like to promote to the community, be sure to post in the NLSC Hub section of the NLSC Forum.

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General File Additions

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If you’re creating face patches for NBA Live 08 and NBA Live 07, you’ll probably want to pick up today’s file addition, which is a more up to date version (v1.1d) of FSHLine. This is not a recent release but if you’ve been encountering any issues with the older version (1.0a) that’s previously been made available in our Downloads section, give this one a try.

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v1.0a of FSHLine is also still available here. For those who are unaware, the most common use for FSHLine is adding alpha layers to faces so that they do not appear shiny when lighting is enabled. For more information on that process, please see this tutorial in our Wiki.

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General File Additions

Here’s a utility that a few people may be interested in: the Electronic Arts Graphics Tools (v0.1.0) by Mr.Mouse of XeNTaX.com. EAGT allows you to open and export from .ssh files, the art files used in PlayStation 2 versions of Electronic Arts titles including the NBA Live series.

Pick it up here in our Downloads database. We’re always on the lookout for new tools for our patching community, so if you have any tools to share by all means please post them in the Forum and upload them to our Downloads section!

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