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NBA 2K17 Online Support Ending December 31st

Cover Player Paul George in NBA 2K17

As you may or may not already know, online support for NBA 2K17 is ending on December 31st, 2018. Once the servers are shut down, we’ll no longer have access to shared rosters and Draft Classes, MyLEAGUE Online, MyTEAM, Play Now Online, or any other online components. Virtual Currency purchases will also be unavailable, though MyCAREER will still be playable using an offline currency and more limited functionality.

Given that the NBA 2K17 server shutdown will be taking place within a week or so, it would be a wise idea to download any and all community content as soon as possible. To that end, if you have any recommendations for rosters, Draft Classes, or other shared content for NBA 2K17, feel free to post them in the comments section below, or in this topic in the NLSC Forum.

Following the controversy when the NBA 2K14 servers were shut down, 2K Sports extended support for all of their titles to 27 months. This has ensured that every NBA 2K game will receive online support for two full seasons, plus an additional three months. Barring a further change in policy, online support for NBA 2K18 will cease on December 31st, 2019.

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NLSC Podcast Returns in 2019; Feedback Wanted!

NLSC Podcast

As we haven’t posted a new episode of the NLSC Podcast since December 9th and will be taking a further break over the holiday season, I wanted to post a bulletin letting our listeners know that the show will return in 2019. We should be back on the air with Episode #269 either the first or second week or January. I’ll be sure to post a further bulletin closer to the date.

It’s been a bit of a rough year for the NLSC Podcast, compared to our other original content. We’ve ended up missing far more weeks than we’d like, due to a combination of scheduling issues, illness, technical problems, and burnout. That last issue in particular is one that we’re hoping to address moving forward, not only by taking a break over the holidays, but also in potentially changing our approach to the show.

2019 will mark the eighth year of the NLSC Podcast. We’ve made a few changes to the format and our approach over the years, but we’d like to make sure that we’re keeping things fresh and putting out an entertaining product. To that end, we’re interested in feedback from our listeners, specifically:

  • Ideal show length.
  • Ideal release day.
  • Whether you like multiple topics/segments, or would prefer us to focus on just one or two topics.
  • Whether or not you like the news and reactions segments as-is, or would prefer a quick recap with select focus on the most important topics (or no news at all).
  • Your interest in content regarding our modding community.
  • Your interest in other segments and potential new segments (Our Week in Basketball gaming, Mailbag/Q&A, Fact of the Week, games with the hosts, tips and tricks, etc).
  • Whether you like the NBA discussion or would prefer us to just stick to video games.
  • Any other feedback you have about the NLSC Podcast.

We greatly appreciate any input moving forward! Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below, as well as here in the NLSC Forum.

A huge thanks for your support of the NLSC Podcast throughout 2018. We’re looking forward to coming back with a refreshed (and possibly revamped) podcast about basketball video games and our community in 2019!

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 PC include player faces, custom rosters, and a pack of court updates for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check them all out at the links below!

Torogi
Jonas Valanciunas Face & Model
D.J. Augustin Face
RKJ No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams) (Updated to v1.8)

MJ23LB
Minnesota Timberwolves Courts Pack

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

In today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC, Blang and BBTxJoKer have some new face updates for you, just in time for Christmas! Check out all of their latest releases at the links below.

Blang
Luguentz Dort Face

BBTxJoKer
OG Anunoby Face
Derrick Rose Face
Kemba Walker Face
Justise Winslow Face

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Weird Trades in My NBA 2K19 MyCAREER

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week’s Five lists five weird trades that have gone down in my NBA 2K19 MyCAREER.

One of the things I love about franchise modes in basketball games is the ability to control everything. You get to assume control of every player on the team, call the shots as the coach, and make roster moves as the GM. At the same time, I’ve also enjoyed not having as much control in the career experiences. I’ve come to like the challenge of only focusing on what I can control – developing my player and playing the role that’s required of me – and trusting the AI to take care of the rest. Obviously, that includes making the right moves to build a winning roster.

I would make a joke here about how that’s unlikely since I’m playing for the Chicago Bulls, but I need to save my shots at GarPax for later in the article. Besides, it seems that quite a few of the virtual GMs in my NBA 2K19 MyCAREER have seen fit to pull the trigger on some eyebrow-raising trades. Being a seasoned franchise gamer, I’m no stranger to the CPU making unusual trades, but the career modes do add a further element of surprise when your own team makes deals that are beyond your control. As the All-Star Weekend and trade deadline loom, several such swaps have already occurred in my game. Here are five of the weirdest trades to date.

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U R Basketball V62 Released for NBA 2K13 & NBA 2K14

U R Basketball V62 for NBA 2K14 Preview

I’m a little behind in posting this, but V62 of U R Basketball by skoadam and slimm44 is now available for both NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K14 PC! The NBA 2K14 mod contains 2019 season rosters accurate as of December 17th, while the NBA 2K13 update is accurate as of December 14th.

Other updates in V62 include new coach faces (Atlanta and Phoenix), fixed player contracts, and the latest rotations. The recently unveiled City and Earned uniforms have also been added, courtesy of Pepis. The Elite roster is still in the pipeline, and updates to the current season roster will continue in the new year.

NBA 2K14 gamers can download U R Basketball here, and find the mod’s release topic here. If you’re playing NBA 2K13, download that version of URB here, and check out its release topic here. Make sure that you download the correct version for the game that you’re playing, as roster files are not compatible between the two titles.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

If you’ve been around our community for a while, you’ll probably recognise the username Jeffx. For those who are still playing the prior gen version of NBA 2K18, Jeffx has released a roster update for the PlayStation 3 release, accurate as of December 18th, 2018. Check it out at the link below!

Jeffx
2019 Season Roster Update for PS3 (NBA2K19jeffx)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Wayback Wednesday: Dev Console in NBA Live 2003 PC

Dev Console in NBA Live 2003

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content. This week, I’m taking a look back at the dev console that was featured in NBA Live 2003.

During what I’m unofficially dubbing the Golden Age of NBA Live, the PC release was often the definitive version of the game. If nothing else, there was so much that our modding community could do with it. Even when certain games fell short of our expectations, we’d do all we could to enhance them with mods. In the process, we discovered a lot of hidden content and features. One interesting feature that we found but didn’t really utilise all that often was the dev console in NBA Live 2003.

While the presence of a developer/debug console isn’t unusual in other types of video games, they don’t appear all that often in basketball titles. One might argue that there’s less use for the functionality when it comes to the virtual hardwood, but there are still a couple of nifty things that were possible with the dev console in NBA Live 2003. I had some fun with it in a Dumb Mondays feature around four years ago, but I feel that it deserves a Wayback Wednesday profile as well. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Roster, face, and court updates make up today’s file additions for NBA 2K19 PC. Catch up on all of the latest mod releases at the links below!

MonkeymanJSV
Romeo Langford Face
Nassir Little Face

Manni Live
Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center 4K
Detroit Pistons Little Caesars Arena 4K

TwistedLogic
Jaylen Adams Face

Torogi
2010-2011 Shaquille O’Neal Face (Updated to v2.0)
RKJ No Injuries Roster (With New Retro Teams) (Updated to v1.6)
Jarrett Allen Face (Updated to v2.0)
Jeff Green Face & Model (Updated to v3.0)
LeBron James Face (Updated to v2.0)
Tyson Chandler Face & Model (Updated to v2.0)

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.7)
Official Roster Update (Updated)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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Monday Tip-Off: The Joy of Dunking Once Again

Dunking on Lonzo Ball (NBA 2K19 MyCAREER)

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with a few reflections on how fun it is to be dunking once again in MyCAREER.

It’s funny how things work out. A few months ago, I mentioned that I was burned out on career modes and looking to take a break. While I have indeed set up a game in MyLEAGUE with the Chicago Bulls, I have actually found myself primarily playing MyCAREER so far in NBA 2K19. The experience has been a lot better than in NBA 2K18, from the story to the gameplay. I’ve also been determined to grind my Badges and increase my ratings without paying for any Virtual Currency, so that when we finally get to play some squad games of 2K Pro-Am in the new year, I’ll be ready.

Something that’s made MyCAREER a lot more enjoyable in NBA 2K19 is that I’m actually dunking again. I’ve ended up going with the same Archetype as last year – Sharpshooting Playmaker – and while inside scoring obviously isn’t the forte of that build, my dunking rating is high enough to throw down a few slams every now and again. It seemed that should’ve been the case in NBA 2K18 as well, but as I noted around this time last year, I was left with a serious case of dunk envy. I’m pleased to report that the issue seems to have been resolved this year, which has made racking up points a much more fun and diverse experience.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.17 Now Available

Russell Westbrook wearing an Earned jersey in NBA Live 19

On the heels of Patch 1.16, another update has come through for NBA Live 19. As with all other title updates, Patch 1.17 should download automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any difficulties, try restarting your console.

No patch notes have been released as yet, and checking the update history through the PS4 dashboard only yields the generic message about “minor bug fixes”. For the moment, we can assume it’s likely that Patch 1.17 is a hotfix for issues caused by the previous update. There was apparently an issue with the announcer audio not being played during intros when the Earned jerseys were selected, which does appear to have been resolved.

If any further information is provided, I’ll be sure to update this post, as well as the patch history for NBA Live 19 in our Wiki. For now, feel free to share any observations in the comments below, as well as in this topic in the Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

We have a couple more updates for a classic today, specifically NBA 2K11 PC. Check out DaCrispy’s 2019 season court and arena updates for the Los Angeles Clippers at the links below!

DaCrispy
Los Angeles Clippers 2018-19 Court
Los Angeles Clippers 2018-19 Arena

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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The Friday Five: 5 Worst Parts of Playing With Randoms

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown. This week, I’m breaking down what I feel are the five worst parts of playing with randoms online.

One of the best parts of modern basketball games is that we’re able to meet up with a bunch of other people we don’t know to play online. Likewise, one of the worst parts of modern basketball games is that we’re able to meet up with a bunch of other people we don’t know to play online. Snarky echoes aside, online gaming will always be a mixed bag, no matter what the genre. Not everyone is about playing fair, or being cooperative. The experience is usually better if you’re teaming up with people that you know, but that isn’t always feasible.

That’s when you end up teaming with randoms. Again, this isn’t unique to basketball games, but hoops games present some unique drawbacks. Since there’s only one ball, not everyone can take an active role at all times as they might in other genres, such as a shooter. Everyone is used to being Player One, and is therefore unwilling to defer to teammates they don’t know. In all fairness it isn’t always a nightmare, and it’s better than not being able to play at all, especially with the new restrictions on team Pro-Am. Nevertheless, it’s often a less than ideal basketball gaming experience. Here are, in my opinion, the five worst parts of being in that situation.

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NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16 Now Available; New Jerseys, Adjustments

Earned Jerseys in NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16

NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16 is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As always, it will come through automatically as long as your console has an active Internet connection. If you encounter any issues, try restarting your console, or checking for the update manually.

The latest update adds the newly unveiled Earned jerseys to all 5v5 modes. 3v3 now has 15 points as the win condition, and hitting Level 100 will allow you to start a new player at Level 50. Reward tiers for Court Battles have also been adjusted (with a new fourth tier added), new rosters and audio have been pushed through, and some gameplay tweaks have been made.

Please see below for the full release notes for NBA Live 19 Patch 1.16. You can also find a complete update history for NBA Live 19 over in our Wiki. Feel free to share your impressions of the patch in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K19

NBA 2K19 Cover Art

Let’s get caught up on the latest mods for NBA 2K19 PC! Today’s new and updated files include player faces and current rosters. Check them out at the links below!

MonkeymanJSV
Zach LaVine Face
Josh Smith Face
Dedric Lawson Face
Cam Reddish Face

Torogi
Jarrett Allen Face

Shuajota
Shuajota’s Realistic Roster (Updated to v6.6)

Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to our Downloads database! If you need help uploading files, be sure to check out this video tutorial. For more information about downloads, the modding community, and File Additions bulletins, please see this FAQ in our Wiki.

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