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Wayback Wednesday: Marking NBA Milestones in Video Games

Wayback Wednesday: Marking NBA Milestones in Video 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 reflecting on how video games mark different NBA milestones, and how it dates them.

On several occasions, I’ve mentioned that video games serve as wonderful time capsules for the NBA. They’re a snapshot of the league at the time they’re released, preserving the rosters, team branding, and the rules and formats of the era. When you revisit an old NBA video game, you’re often reminded of players’ brief and forgotten tenures with certain teams, “What If” scenarios and lineups that never lived up to the hype, and the jerseys and logos that you both loved and hated. In a way, old games can act as interactive almanacs, and are a fun way to revisit NBA history.

With that in mind, basketball video games preserve different eras and milestones in the real NBA as much as they’re a timeline of gaming and technology. In many of my Wayback Wednesday features, as well as my 25th Anniversary of NBA Live articles, I’ve reflected on how various titles have represented an evolution in the genre, and the improvements that are noticeable from year to year. On this occasion, I’m looking at how they represent NBA milestones and significant changes in the league, as well as the way those events make them dated. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Our community is already working on modding NBA 2K17, but in the meantime, we have a new batch of file additions for NBA 2K14. Today’s new and updated files include player faces, Memphis Grizzlies jerseys, new cheerleaders, NBA 2K17-style presentation, and more. Download all of the latest releases¬†at the links below!

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Manu Ginobili Face [Bald Edition]
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v13.3)
NBA 2K17 Presentation for NBA 2K14 (Updated to v1.0)

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Tyson Chandler Face

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Memphis Grizzlies MLK50 Pride Uniform

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Real Cheerleaders 2016