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NLSC Podcast #316: Interview with Darren Schueller

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Episode #316 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week’s episode is part of our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live content. Join me as I chat with Darren Schueller, former NBA Live programmer and the man behind implementing DBF files in the PC version.

Our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations continue with another developer interview! Former NBA Live programmer Darren Schueller joins the show to chat about his time working on the game from NBA Live 97-2001. As the man behind implementing DBF files in the PC version of NBA Live, Darren explains how that development came about, and the details may surprise you! We also talk about his work on the user interface throughout the years, as well as the hidden developer teams and other Easter eggs. Darren also shares anecdotes about how he got into the industry, pranks and other amusing moments during his tenure at EA Canada (including his Need for Speed cameos), and some of his favourite games.

Tune in below!

I hope you enjoy the interview! Do you have any fond memories of NBA Live 97 through 2001? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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rodreddekopp
rodreddekopp
March 30, 2020 10:02 am

Darren left off a very important part of the story abut his head getting photoshopped onto the body of the, er, performing artist. He was a DJ, and would sometimes be the guy who actually played the music at those shows. When Cindy put that picture up, he said, “Oh I recognize him! I’ve played music for him!” None of us knew that he had that particular side job, so you can imagine that poor Darren got a lot of jokes about that. One of those jokes was Cindy photoshopping Darren’s head onto the picture, re-printing it out and replacing the original. It took a while before Darren noticed. 🙂

brianchan
brianchan
March 31, 2020 3:53 am
Reply to  Andrew

I remember the idea of making a “behind the scenes” credits video was actually suggested one year, it sadly got cut due to lack of time.