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Wayback Wednesday: NBA 2K13, Executive Produced by Jay-Z

Wayback Wednesday: NBA 2K13, Executive Produced by Jay-Z

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 role Jay-Z played as an executive producer on NBA 2K13.

Back in December, I wrote an article about Jay-Z’s forgotten cameo in NBA Live 07. I received some nice compliments from people who enjoyed learning about that for the first time, as well as some suggestions to look back at Jay-Z’s involvement as an executive producer on NBA 2K13. That topic was actually already on my list of ideas for Wayback Wednesday features, but since it’s been requested, I figure there’s no point delaying it any further. After all, it’s even better if I can cover these topics when there’s interest, and to that end, I’m open to suggestions!

For now though, let’s focus on Jay-Z and his role with NBA 2K13. Obviously, the rapper wasn’t actually spending hours coding at Visual Concepts’ studio in Novato, but as it turned out, he had a significant impact on the game. His title also briefly inspired a trend in our modding community. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: Scottie Pippen in Basketball Games

Wayback Wednesday: Scottie Pippen in Basketball Games

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 Scottie Pippen and his legacy in basketball video games.

Chicago Bulls legend and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen turns 54 today. Incidentally, September 25th is a birthday that he shares with Mark Hamill, Will Smith, and my friend Courtney (Happy 30th Birthday, Courtney!). As you may know, my all-time favourite player is Michael Jordan, but Scottie Pippen is a close second, being MJ’s teammate on six Bulls championship squads in the 90s. I have many fond memories of that dynamic duo – dubbed “The Dobermans” by Johnny Bach due to their tenacity at both ends of the court – which could fill several Wayback Wednesday articles.

However, we obviously focus on basketball video games here at the NLSC. To that end, as it’s Pip’s birthday and he’s one of my all-time favourite players – as well as one of the greatest players in the history of basketball – it seems only appropriate that I take a look back at his legacy on the virtual hardwood. In my opinion, he has a rather interesting history in that regard, given how basketball video games were developed during his prime, and considering his standing among the NBA greats. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: The Dream Team in NBA 2K13

Michael Jordan on the Dream Team in NBA 2K13

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 Dream Team in NBA 2K13.

There have been several interesting (and heated) debates on the subject over the years, but for my money, the greatest squad of basketball players ever assembled was the 1992 United States men’s Olympic team, better known as the Dream Team. Featuring some of the greatest players to ever play the sport, the Dream Team breezed through the tournament, putting on a show as they won each game convincingly, never once calling a timeout. Their scrimmages are the stuff of legend, and it’s no surprise that they were enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2010.

With 2012 marking the 20th Anniversary of the Dream Team’s dominant showing in Barcelona, and Visual Concepts looking to expand the amount of historical content in NBA 2K13, adding the Dream Team was a no-brainer. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K17 Screenshot, IGN Preview & Gamescom Videos

NBA 2K17: Andre Drummond

2K has released another new NBA 2K17 screenshot today, featuring Team 2K member Andre Drummond. Check it out below, as well as over in our screenshots gallery. If a couple more screenshots are heading our way in the near future, it seems a safe bet that they’ll feature the remaining members of Team 2K, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

IGN has also posted a preview of NBA 2K17, discussing the developers’ aim to improve authenticity in this year’s title. In additional to visual enhancements, it provides us with a few tidbits on gameplay. This year, we’ll reportedly have more control over the action, with less reliance on probability from stats. Fatigue has also been revamped to have a larger effect on player performance, while rebounding will involve more physicality and tipped balls.

The IGN preview also notes that due to the changes in the way Euroleague teams are selected, this year’s teams are all up to date, rather than being a year behind with their rosters. On top of that, we have confirmation that the 1992 Dream Team will be available as paid DLC, in addition to being a pre-order bonus. While that still may not sit well with a lot of basketball gamers, it is good news for anyone who plans on picking up the game later, and doesn’t mind shelling out a few bucks for the Dream Team. No word as yet on how much that DLC will cost.

Finally, a few gameplay videos have been coming out of Gamescom, which a couple of our members have been diligently sourcing and posting in the Forum. You can check them out below; thanks to Manni Live and PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

What are your thoughts on the latest developments with NBA 2K17? Have your say below in the comments, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K17 Trailer: “The Dream Lives On”

NBA 2K17: 1992 Dream Team

The first official teaser trailer for NBA 2K17 has finally been released. Titled “The Dream Lives On”, it spotlights Team USA 2016, as well as the pre-order exclusive 1992 Dream Team. The Star Spangled Banner accompanies clips of both teams during pre-game introductions and prior to tip-off, along with a few cinematic gameplay clips and celebration animations.

Notably, while Mike Krzyzewski is featured in the trailer, the late Chuck Daly is not shown on the sidelines for the Dream Team. Daly was also absent from the first official screenshots that were released whereas Coach K was included along with Team USA 2016. That would seem to confirm that Daly will not appear in NBA 2K17. Aside from that, all twelve members of the original Dream Team are accounted for.

The Australian Boomers will also be joining Team USA and the original Dream Team in NBA 2K17, along with other international squads that are yet to be announced. Check out the trailer below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

What are your thoughts on the teaser trailer? Will you be pre-ordering NBA 2K17 to play with the 1992 Dream Team? Have your say in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

Wayback Wednesday: Team USA Basketball (SEGA Genesis)

Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis

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 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.

Whenever I’m deciding on what I want to talk about for Wayback Wednesday, it’s generally either a game I’ve been meaning to review or discuss for some time, or a topic that’s somehow related to the date or a current event. With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro underway, and Team USA seeking another gold medal in basketball, it seems like as good a time as any to talk about Team USA Basketball for the SEGA Genesis.

For those who have never heard of it, Team USA Basketball is actually a spinoff of the NBA Playoffs series – EA’s forerunner to NBA Live – and was the first game to feature the legendary Dream Team, long before NBA 2K13. Released exclusively for the SEGA Genesis in 1992, it’s obviously very primitive compared to its successors, but what was it like, and how does it hold up today? I offer up my thoughts on this arguably lesser known EA basketball game, in a new video retrospective.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

Check it out here on our YouTube channel if you can’t see the embedded video. As I’ve said before, while I can’t always find the time to work on them, I do enjoy making video retrospectives, so hopefully you enjoyed watching it as well! Be sure to check in each and every Wednesday for more videos, articles, and other retro basketball video gaming content!

Monday Tip-Off: Pre-Order Bonuses & Basketball Video Games

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

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.

By now, you’re probably aware that the 1992 Dream Team will be among the pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17. While a lot of the pre-order bonuses are more or less cosmetic, adding the Dream Team for the first time since NBA 2K13 is offering users an enticing expansion to the game’s historical content. For at least some basketball gamers who might have been on the fence about pre-ordering the game, it’s a genuine incentive to put their money down. To that end, it’s certainly a smart business decision on the part of Visual Concepts.

However, from the point of view of the consumer, it’s also a disheartening practice that is all too common with video games these days. Whenever content is restricted to being a pre-order bonus – particularly content that feels like it should be included out of the box, and especially if it’s been featured in a previous title – there’s going to be controversy, and goodwill is going to be tested. It does lead me to ask the question: should content like the 1992 Dream Team be pre-order exclusive? For that matter, should basketball video games have pre-order exclusive content at all?

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NBA 2K17 Screenshots: Team USA & ’92 Dream Team

NBA 2K17: Team USA 2016

Although the first NBA 2K17 screenshot featuring Team USA 2016 was quickly pulled, two new screenshots have now been officially released. The first is an updated shot of the current Team USA squad, featuring the full team, coach Mike Krzyzewski, and better lighting.

The second screenshot features the 1992 Dream Team, which has been confirmed as a pre-order bonus for NBA 2K17. As noted here, Both screenshots are re-creations of the team photos for both squads, with only coach Chuck Daly missing from the Dream Team screenshot. This would seem to suggest that Chuck Daly will not appear on the sidelines as the Dream Team’s coach, though as you’ll note from looking at the screenshot, all twelve players are accounted for as they were in NBA 2K13.

You can check out both screenshots below, as well as here in our NBA 2K17 screenshot gallery. What are your thoughts on the new screens? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum. Thanks once again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up.

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Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Final NBA 2K17 Pre-Order Bonuses

The final two pre-order bonuses for NBA 2K17 have now been revealed. It appears as though the leak was accurate, as the bonuses are the 1992 Dream Team, and a USA Basketball jersey for your MyPLAYER. The standard edition of NBA 2K17 will include a Paul George USA jersey as its pre-order bonus, whereas the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will instead feature Kobe Bryant’s USA jersey.

It has been confirmed that the entire Dream Team will be included, which means Charles Barkley has agreed to appear in another basketball video game. Sir Charles did appear in NBA 2K13 as a member of the Dream Team, but was notably absent from the 1985 Philadelphia 76ers squad. It remains to be seen whether his inclusion in NBA 2K17 will allow for any other retro teams featuring him, such as the 1993 Phoenix Suns, or perhaps the 1997 Houston Rockets.

Further details on the MyTEAM pre-order packs have also been revealed. The Free Agent Paul George card is rated 90 Overall, and is available as a pre-order bonus for the standard edition. A 99 Overall Free Agent Kobe Bryant card is available with the Legend Edition, while the Legend Edition Gold includes a 99 Overall Free Agent Michael Jordan card in addition to the Kobe card.

Finally, Visual Concepts have officially confirmed the presence of national teams – news first broken by Fox Sports Australia – as they have Tweeted out a photo of Mike Krzyzewski being scanned for this year’s game. Apart from the Australian Boomers, there’s no confirmation of which other national teams will appear in the game at this time.

Your thoughts on the latest news? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion in our NBA 2K17 Forum! For a full breakdown of the pre-order bonuses, check out the NLSC Wiki, or take a look at the image below.

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