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NLSC Podcast #529: Classic Seasons, Legendary Challenges, & Struggling Stars

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #529 of the NLSC Podcast!

Which stars, past or present, have been harder to use in basketball video games than they should’ve been? This week, we join the community in recalling our most memorable examples of struggling stars on the virtual hardwood, and what made them so difficult to dominate with. We also recap a fun Parsec session of NBA 2K19, in which we used the 1986 roster from the Classic Seasons project. On a less positive note, there’s the dismaying news that NBA 2K24 has been extremely profitable for Take-Two despite the game receiving significant backlash and criticism from the community. Along with some damning remarks from someone who has been involved with the NextMaker program, it doesn’t fill us with hope for future releases.

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!

Monday Tip-Off: Padding & Politics in Player Ratings

Monday Tip-Off: Padding & Politics in Player Ratings

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 some thoughts on the padding and politics involved with player ratings.

Although the discussion has seemingly turned to MyPLAYER builds and figuring out the meta, I’d suggest that real player ratings will always be a point of interest. They’re still vital in accurately representing the players’ abilities and skill levels, and if you play franchise modes or with retro teams, you’ll notice mistakes and inconsistencies. There’s also still an interest in which players are top-rated in key categories such as dunking and three-point shooting, as well as where everyone ranks with their Overall Ratings. Again, it may not be as much of a focus now, but there’s still a discussion.

To that point, it’s clear that personal opinions and politics do play a role in both our view of the ratings, as well as how they’re assigned in the first place. Lest I sound like a grumpy old head grumbling about modern games, let’s make it clear that this has been going on for many, many years! Indeed, I’d suggest that as long as basketball video games have had visible ratings – and in some cases, where there have been some sneaky hidden mechanics – player abilities have been subject to padding and politics. There are times when it’s been fairly benign or even enhanced the experience, but it can certainly be problematic and damaging when it leads to widespread inaccuracies.

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NBA 2K13 Mod Releases: Updated Roster Pack

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Today’s NBA 2K13 mod releases feature the latest version of PatTheHead’s comprehensive roster pack, which includes 2024 season rosters along with retro season mods dating back to the 1947 season. It also includes ABA, BAA, and NBL rosters. Be sure to check it out at the link below!

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1946/47 to 2023/24 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v5.8)

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: May 18th, 2024

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.

We’re tipping off Year 4 of the NLSC Top 10 Plays, and Dee has marked the occasion with some new music, specifically the menu track from NBA Fastbreak ’98! The community was also clearly keen to start a new “season” of virtual hardwood highlights with a bang, as this week’s countdown brings it once again with spectacular slams, jaw-dropping moves, and plays that will – as always – get you fired up for another weekend of basketball gaming. Six games are featured this time around, ranging from NBA 2K14 to NBA 2K24. Let’s get to the action!

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.

The Friday Five: 5 Single-Season Detroit Pistons

The Friday Five: 5 Single-Season Detroit Pistons

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 players who had single-season stints with the Detroit Pistons

So, this might seem like a weird topic for me to cover in The Friday Five! The Detroit Pistons are hardly the only NBA team whose all-time roster includes a number of players who only stuck around for a year. I’m also generally not inclined to focus my content on the Pistons; indeed, as a Chicago Bulls fan, it would be rather unusual for me to celebrate the team from the Motor City! However, I do love basketball and basketball gaming trivia, and it’s fun when real hoops reminds me of something from a video game, or revisiting an old title brings to mind some tidbit about the NBA.

While writing about my Minnesota Timberwolves Franchise in NBA Live 2003 for Wayback Wednesday, I noted that Joe Smith was on the roster, also mentioning his brief time with the Pistons. In the weird way that a mind that enjoys trivia works, I began trying to recall other players who only spent a single season of their career with Detroit, resulting in an often overlooked stint. Some of these players are bigger names than others, but they all have one thing in common, that being multi-year careers in the NBA with only one in Detroit. With apologies to fans of Korleone Young, that disqualifies him from this particular list, but here are five other single-season Pistons!

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NBA Live 2005 Mod Releases: Latest 2024 Updates

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Today’s NBA Live 2005 mod releases feature not one but two 2024 season roster updates, accurate as of the Playoffs, and a new face for Luka Doncic. Check them out at the links below!

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2024 Playoff Roster

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Luka Doncic Face By Modders27

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Nelson’s 2024 Roster (Updated to v3.0)

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Wayback Wednesday: 2024 in NBA Live 10

Wayback Wednesday: 2024 in NBA Live 10

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 revisiting NBA Live 10 once again, and placing the players who are still active in 2024 on their current teams.

Even though the game will soon turn fifteen, I still love firing up NBA Live 10. It’s not always my first choice as it was during my big retro kick with it back in 2021, but it remains a favourite. Indeed, I’ve enjoyed it far more in recent years than I did when it was new! My obsession with NBA Live 10 a few years back – and I use that word in a positive way – inspired several Wayback Wednesday features. From celebrating the retro jerseys to exploring some famous “What If” scenarios, I was indulging nostalgia on multiple levels; something that I always love to do with basketball video games.

In June 2021, I profiled the players in NBA Live 10 who were still active, taking screenshots of them on their contemporary teams. Three years later, some of those players have retired, while others are still in the NBA but have moved on to a new team. As I mentioned in my previous article, there’s not a lot to work with as far as creating a current roster – though there are intriguing possibilities with emulation and the PlayStation 3 version – but it’s still fun to bring the present day to an old favourite, if only in a limited way. So, which players in NBA Live 10 are still active as of 2024? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NLSC Podcast #528: Best Three-Point Shooters in Video Game History

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From courtside of the virtual hardwood, it’s Episode #528 of the NLSC Podcast!

A recent interview with EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson bleakly hints at a future where games are riddled with intrusive ads. We’ve already seen attempts at this before, but as you can imagine, we’re not thrilled at the possibility of it becoming commonplace! However, most of this week’s show is dedicated to the deadeyes from downtown on the virtual hardwood, as we join the community in reminiscing about the best three-point shooters in the history of basketball video games. We also recall the players that we preferred to overwrite when customising the rosters in classic titles, whether we were making current roster updates or putting ourselves and our friends into the NBA.

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!

NBA Live MyEra Project V0.1 Released

NBA Live MyEra Project V0.1 Released

In recent mod release bulletins for NBA Live 2005 and NBA Live 06, I’ve noted that Murat and other members of the community have been working on retro projects for those two games. There’s more than a taste of that work available now, as Murat and company have released V0.1 of the NBA Live MyEra project!

This initial release, which obviously takes inspiration from MyNBA Eras in NBA 2K23 and NBA 2K24, includes rosters for the 1984-85 and 1995-96 seasons. The project is still a work in progress, so you can expect to see more player faces added in the future. In the meantime though, all of the team logos, jerseys, and courts are accurate for both seasons. The rosters have also been converted from the URB 2K14 mod by skoadam and slimm44.

Download the NBA Live MyEra project here! For more information and previews, check out Murat’s topics in the NBA Live 2005 and NBA Live 06 sections of the Forum. It’s great to see a couple of classics receiving new mods, especially a larger project like this one. As I’ve said in articles and on the NLSC Podcast, I’m all for seeing a revival of the modding scene for old favourites, so I’m definitely looking forward to more releases. If I can find the time, I may even get in on the action myself! In the meantime though, congratulations to Murat et al on tipping off this excellent project!

Monday Tip-Off: Defining “Retro” in Retro Gaming

Monday Tip-Off: Defining Retro in Retro Gaming

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 some thoughts on the accuracy of the word “retro” when it comes to retro gaming, basketball or otherwise.

For a few years now, I’ve preferred playing old favourites and discovering new retro kicks to spending time with the latest NBA 2K. I do always want to give the newest release a chance, but beginning with NBA 2K21 – both versions, in fact – I’ve found more joy in revisiting older titles. It’s something that Dee enjoys as well, and we’ve often advocated for retro gaming on the NLSC Podcast, as well as through our other content. “Retro gaming” is the term that we often use, but considering the recency of some of the titles, it leads one to wonder: is “retro” really the right word?

Indeed, this is a question that goes beyond basketball gaming: how old does a game need to be to truly qualify as “retro”? Is there a generational cut-off? Is there a term that’s more appropriate, or less misleading? After all, “retro” means different things to different people. Depending on how old you are and when you started gaming, the primitive titles of your youth will seem like truly ancient history to some, while others remember them as landmark jumps and technological feats. While I’m generally fine with using “retro gaming” as a blanket term for the hobby and practice of playing older video games, there’s ambiguity to the term that invites a thoughtful discussion.

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NBA Live 2003 Mod Releases: Latest Player Face Pack

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NBA Live 2003 came out during the heyday of NBA Live modding in our community, so it’s always great to see new mod releases for the game all these years later! To that end, avurto19 has uploaded another player face pack, which you can pick up at the link below.

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Player Face Pack 2

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week: May 11th, 2024

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’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I don’t care what analytics and the box score watchers claim: give me breathtaking and downright vicious poster dunks over three-pointers any day of the week! It’s clear that I’m not alone in that philosophy, as this week’s NLSC Top 10 Plays is another celebration of the most exciting moment in basketball, real or virtual. A combination of tough defense, pinpoint passing, and ankle-breaking moves set up these spectacular slams across four different games, from NBA Live 09 through to NBA 2K24. Let’s get to the action!

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 2K19 Classic Seasons Project Now Includes 1998

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As you may have seen in the Forum, the NBA 2K19 Classic Seasons project by Stildo33 and company continues to expand into the early 80s and late 90s. To that end, following on from the full release of the 1997 season mod last October, the 1998 season roster is now available!

For those who are unaware, the NBA 2K19 Classic Seasons project features comprehensive retro season total conversions. As such, the newest mod features complete rosters for all 29 NBA teams from 1998 along with the necessary jerseys, courts, faces, and so on. The rosters themselves are accurate as of the end of the 1998 campaign. Note that since NBA 2K19’s in-game file sharing has been shut down for years at this point, both the roster and the art assets are distributed the old fashioned way.

With that being said, you can pick up the project here in the NBA 2K19 Modding section of the Forum! Be sure to check out the project’s release topic for support and further previews. As per Stildo33, the 1999 season mod is approaching completion, and other enhancements are also in the works, including more year-specific faces and other updates/corrections. Congratulations once again to Stildo33 and company on another fantastic release, and a project that continues to inject fun into a modern classic!

The Friday Five: 5 Players Whose Careers Should Inspire MyCAREER Stories

The Friday Five: 5 Players Whose Careers Should Inspire MyCAREER Stories

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 players whose NBA careers could (and indeed, should) inspire future MyCAREER stories.

As I’ve previously discussed, there are some real players whose careers bear some entertaining similarities to a few of the stories we’ve had in MyCAREER. I’ll admit that making those comparisons made me see those tales differently, especially the saga of the NBA 2K15 MyPLAYER! I also still really enjoy how “The Way Back” in NBA 2K19 resembled Andre Ingram’s road to the NBA, including a debut towards the end of the regular season. Obviously that was coincidental, but it does make you wonder which other players have stories that would be suitable for MyCAREER.

Now, you might be inclined to say that just about every player who makes it to the NBA had an interesting journey that would be viable as a MyCAREER story. That’s true to an extent, but many of them – while impressive and compelling in their own way – are very similar and straightforward. They don’t necessarily set up a unique scenario from a narrative or gameplay standpoint. We’ve already seen a variety of MyCAREER stories from triumphant tales of highly-touted prospects to underdogs scrapping for opportunities. Again, we’ve even seen a DJ become an NBA star! So, could any real players provide a template for future stories? I believe I can name five.

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NBA 2K24 Mod Releases: Timberwolves Classic Playoff Court

NBA 2K24 Kobe Bryant Edition Cover Art

We’ve had some great mod releases for NBA 2K24 from bratnajbolji recently and there’s a new one to check out today, namely a Minnesota Timberwolves classic 2024 Playoffs court update. Pick it up at the link below!

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Minnesota Timberwolves Classic Playoff Court

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