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NBA 2K22 Mod Releases: Custom Courts

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Today’s NBA 2K22 mod releases come courtesy of TGsoGood, who has created a selection of custom courts, generally intended for use in Blacktop mode. Download them at the links below!

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Ante-Up Stage Arena Fix V1 by TGsoGood
TGsoGood’s Rooftop Court 0 (Fictional)
Mo-Cap (Motion Capture) Set Fix by TGsoGood

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Monday Tip-Off: Choose Your Own Adventure

Monday Tip-Off: Choose Your Own Adventure

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with my thoughts on how basketball video game modes can sometimes limit your ability to choose your own adventure.

When I discussed playing through a second season in NBA 2K14’s MyCAREER and my enthusiasm for embarking on a third campaign, I mentioned that I would have some decisions to eventually make. Right now, I’m enjoying being a member of the virtual Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 season, coming off back-to-back titles and a triumphant rise to superstardom. However, I can never rule out the possibility of playing for another team, with the Chicago Bulls being a prime candidate. If nothing else, I’d appreciate seeing some new uniforms from game to game!

However, moving on in NBA 2K14’s MyCAREER isn’t as easy as it is in later games. Glancing at my rookie contract, it may be a while before I’m able to pursue any other career opportunities outside of the City of Brotherly Love. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it’s based on reality. At the same time, it gets in the way of that “choose your own adventure” aspect of role-playing in basketball video games. It’s not the only mode that’s placed restrictions on how it can be played, and how much freedom you have to seek out desirable scenarios. This can be frustrating, yet also an interesting and challenging part of the single player career and franchise experiences alike.

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NLSC Podcast #423: Heighten The Basketball Gaming Parabola

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #423 of the NLSC Podcast!

International Basketball 2009 may be one of the top three worst hoops games we’ve ever played, but on the bright side, it’s given us a new catchphrase! We also threw it way back this week by revisiting NBA Basketball for Intellivision, while having some more fun with NBA Live 2001 and NBA Hangtime over Parsec. In this week’s NBA 2K14 MyCAREER update, a two-time champion is traded, and Terry Hanson continues to impress. As for NBA 2K19 MyLEAGUE with the 1995 season mod, it continues to be a blast, with plenty of trash talk! The mailbag also returns this week as we discuss your suggestions for future content, as well as our Holy Grails of basketball video game collecting.

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: April 16th, 2022

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Get ready for more fantastic highlights from the basketball gaming community in the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, curated by Dee4Three! New and old games alike are featured in this celebration of spectacular moments on the virtual hardwood. To submit your clips, post them in this topic, or hit up Dee on Twitter.

I’ll be honest: although it would be seasonally apt, there aren’t any Easter eggs spotlighted in this week’s NLSC Top 10 Plays. However, you will see ridiculous lobs, crazy circus shots, and some of the best dunks that you’ll find on the virtual hardwood! The 1995 season mod for NBA 2K19 is also on display, along with NBA Fastbreak ’98 (aka NBA Action 98), the forerunner to NBA 2K. A total of nine different games are featured in this week’s countdown, once again demonstrating that revisiting old favourites produces great highlights, and a lot of fun.

What was your favourite highlight this week? Sound off in the comments below, and once again, get in on the fun by sending us your best plays! Remember, as long as it’s a basketball game, it’s eligible for the countdown. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more basketball gaming videos.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.9.7

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

A new version (V2.9.7) of agent_michael_scarn’s Current & Legendary Edition Mod is now available for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2! Following on from the previous release, this update includes a minor change to the Washington Wizards’ jerseys:

  • Replaced Wizards Home Jerseys with Cherry Blossom Edition

As previously noted, the rosters in the mod are updated as of the 2022 trade deadline. It also includes a template for anyone who’d like to make their own custom jerseys.

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition here in our Downloads database! For more information on how to install it, as well as previews, further support, or if you just want to say thanks, check out this topic in the Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Presentation Options NBA 2K Should Have

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! Every Friday I cover a topic related to basketball gaming, either as a list of five items, or a Top 5 countdown. The topics for these lists and countdowns include everything from fun facts and recollections to commentary and critique. This week’s Five is a list of five presentation options that I’d like to see added to NBA 2K.

Since the early days of the genre, sim basketball games have made it a point to have presentation that resembles a real broadcast. From getting real commentators to call the action on the virtual hardwood, to studio shows and stats overlays, there’s been a constant push to include as much authenticity as the current technology will allow. Some of those presentation elements can be adjusted in the game options, such as the frequency of instant replays, muting the commentary, or toggling fun features such as slow motion dunks in the oldest NBA Live titles.

Indeed, NBA Live has had some great presentation features and options that NBA 2K should implement, but for whatever reason, has yet to do so. On top of that, there are several other ideas that would enhance presentation and provide customisation options that neither NBA Live nor NBA 2K has featured to date, and have rarely appeared (if at all) in other NBA titles in years gone by. These features may not be vital, but could nevertheless have an impact on our basketball gaming experience through adding more immersion, quality of life customisation, or just plain fun. Whatever the case, adopting these presentation options would be beneficial in future NBA 2K releases.

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NBA 2K14 Mod Releases: Wilson Money Ball

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The latest NBA 2K14 mod releases feature more great Wilson basketball updates from Pep, including the 2022 All-Star money ball. Download the pack at the link below!

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Wilson 2022 NBA ASG Money Ball and ABA Ball

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NBA 2K16 Mod Releases: 2022 All-Star Court

NBA 2K16 Cover Art - Stephen Curry

We still have a few people making updates for NBA 2K16, as you can see from today’s mod releases. Pick up a new 2022 All-Star Court by Kriztian2k11_alt at the link below!

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2022 All-Star Court

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Wayback Wednesday: Glitched NBA Live 97 SNES Cartridge

Wayback Wednesday: Glitched NBA Live 97 SNES Cartridge

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! From retrospectives of basketball games and their interesting features, to republished articles and looking at NBA history through the lens of the virtual hardwood, Wednesdays at the NLSC are for going back in time. This week, I’m taking a look back at my glitched NBA Live 97 SNES cartridge, which features an extremely unusual roster bug.

It’s been a while since I produced a video for Wayback Wednesday, and this is a prime topic to dive back into that medium. Simply put, to do it justice, you need to see the game in action. That game is the SNES version of NBA Live 97, specifically my original copy that somehow developed one of the weirdest roster glitches I’ve ever seen. My replacement copy of NBA Live 97 SNES is working just fine, but it appears that there’s no way to fix the original glitched cartridge. It may not be so bad if you’re a big Christian Laettner fan, but even then you’d probably want the game to work properly, with the correct 1997 season rosters. Let’s take a look back…way back…

A truly bizarre glitch! If I can ever get that cartridge working properly again, I’ll be sure to produce a follow-up feature. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this look at an incredibly strange error! I do like to branch out from my written retrospectives and other Wayback Wednesday articles from time to time, and again, this felt like an ideal topic to cover with a video. There’ll be more Wayback Wednesday video features in the future, and we’re also posting many other videos from the weekly Top 10 Plays to gameplay highlights, so be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube if you haven’t already. Also keep it locked to the NLSC every Wednesday for weekly Wayback content!

NBA Live 07 Mod Releases: Fictional Rosters

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Although it was a controversial game in its day, it’s always cool to see some new mod releases for NBA Live 07. Today’s addition to our database is a fictional roster by Cpt(K), ideal for Dynasty mode. Pick it up at the link below!

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NBA Live 07 Fictional Rosters

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NBA Live 2005 Mod Releases: 2022 Season Rosters, Crowd Update

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As I’ve said before, NBA Live 2005 is a true classic, so it’s always nice to see new mod releases for the game. [KiDD] has uploaded a new 2022 season roster, based on Swishnet’s update. Speaking of Swishnet, he’s also added a new version of the Colourful Crowd Update. Download all of the latest NBA Live 2005 mod releases at the link below!

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KiDD’s NBA 2021/2022 Roster Update

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NBA Colorful Crowd Update (Updated to v1.1)

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Monday Tip-Off: Fantasy Concepts In Sim Games

Monday Tip-Off: Fantasy Concepts In Sim Games

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Join me as I begin the week here at the NLSC with my opinions and commentary on basketball gaming topics, as well as tales of the fun I’ve been having on the virtual hardwood. This week, I’m tipping things off with my thoughts on sim basketball games adopting fantasy concepts.

The concept of “sim” in basketball and sports gaming raises many questions. Just how much realism should a game strive for? For that matter, what is “sim”? Obviously it implies realism, but just how closely should it resemble reality? Does it mean accurate down to the last detail, or can it take some liberties for the sake of accessibility and enjoyment? It’s a balancing act that sim games have been attempting for decades now. From a gamer’s perspective, we can sometimes tailor the experience through the use of gameplay sliders, but they aren’t available in all modes.

Of course, when it comes to fantasy concepts in sim games, the issue goes beyond the action between the lines. Franchise modes are based on real aspects of the NBA, but they invite us to create our own reality with fictional results and player movement. When we place ourselves into the games to play out a career and participate in the connected online modes, it’s indulging a fantasy. Realism also goes out the window with the card collecting modes, where we can assemble fantasy lineups with players from different decades. Even the All-Time and All-Decade teams count as fantasy concepts in sim games! The question is: can we, or indeed should we, draw a line?

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NBA 2K18 Mod Releases: Story Topic Rosters by jubba910

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With jubba910 entering a new season in his ongoing NBA 2K story topic, he’s made the roster that he’s using available to everyone in today’s NBA 2K18 mod releases. Pick it up below, and check out the story here in the Forum!

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NBA 2K10 & Beyond Project: 17-18 Opening Day Roster

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NLSC Podcast #422: NBA Live 2000 Is Still Shak’n the Floor

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #422 of the NLSC Podcast!

Thanks to DOSBox, Lakers vs. Celtics is still playable on a Windows 10 PC in 2022! We reflect on the game that tipped off what became the NBA Live series, and some of the incredible features it had for a title released in 1989. Speaking of classic basketball games from EA Sports, we also revisited NBA Live 2000. Suffice to say that we were blown away by how well it held up, not to mention the quality of the faces. Our College Hoops 2K8 Tournament drew to a close with an epic game that had some entertaining real life parallels, and the finale has us looking forward to future tournaments. We also recap another fun week in basketball gaming, which included playing the 1995 season in NBA 2K19, Year 3 of NBA 2K14 MyCAREER rolling on, and firing up Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball, a literal interactive almanac.

To get involved with the mailbag or to provide any feedback on the show, hit us up in the comments, reach out on social media, or post here in the NLSC Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. You can also find the show on our YouTube channel, along with the rest of our video content. As always, thanks for tuning in, and go get buckets!

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: April 9th, 2022

NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week

Get ready for more fantastic highlights from the basketball gaming community in the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, curated by Dee4Three! New and old games alike are featured in this celebration of spectacular moments on the virtual hardwood. To submit your clips, post them in this topic, or hit up Dee on Twitter.

Seven different virtual hardwood favourites are featured in this week’s NLSC Top 10 Plays, spanning NBA Showdown all the way up to NBA 2K22! You’ll find highlights from the conclusion of our College Hoops 2K8 Tournament, another fun moment from my NBA 2K14 MyCAREER, and eight other great plays including rim-rattling dunks, ambitious lobs, fancy moves, and cold-blooded daggers in the clutch. Check out what the basketball gaming community has been playing this week! I’m confident that it’ll get you in the mood to play, and start sending in some highlights of your own.

What was your favourite highlight this week? Sound off in the comments below, and once again, get in on the fun by sending us your best plays! Remember, as long as it’s a basketball game, it’s eligible for the countdown. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube for more basketball gaming videos.