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The Friday Five: 5 Pointless Options in Basketball Games

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 is a list of five options found in basketball games that are rather (or indeed, completely) pointless.

Generally speaking, it doesn’t hurt to have as many options as possible in basketball video games. When it comes to the selection of modes, we want options. When it comes to the controls, we want options. When it comes to gameplay sliders and game settings, we want options. When it comes to customising the game in any way…well, you get the idea. While it may seem intimidating to have too many options, I’d much rather that and simply ignore anything I don’t want to tinker with, rather than wish I had the ability to change something.

With that being said, there have been options and tasks in basketball video games that have felt pointless. In the best case scenario they can just be ignored, but they can still be annoying, if only because you can’t help but feel that they could (and should) be more useful. They leave you wondering why the developers bothered to have those options in the first place, or why something wasn’t done more efficiently. Others may simply be left over from previous games where they had more of a purpose, and some benefit the publishers more than gamers. Whatever the case may be, some options are quite pointless, and these are five that come to mind.

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways to Improve MyCAREER in NBA 2K20

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 is a list of five ways to improve MyCAREER in NBA 2K20.

MyCAREER remains the most popular mode in NBA 2K, both for the ability to live the life of an NBA player, and participate in online multiplayer gaming through the connected experiences of 2K Pro-Am and The Playground. It has achieved popularity through being a deep and robust mode, and innovations such as detailed stories. While its implementation of VC has at times been controversial due to the way it encourages microtransactions, it’s contributed greatly to the recurrent revenue model despite some vocal grumbling from gamers. Overall, it’s been a huge success for NBA 2K.

Nevertheless, both the offline and online aspects of MyCAREER still have room for improvement. I’ve enjoyed the experiences they offer despite traditionally being a franchise gamer, and found myself getting drawn back into MyCAREER in NBA 2K19 despite feeling that this may be the year to take a break. Having played the mode extensively over the past few years, I have a few thoughts on how it could provide an even better experience for basketball gamers. From the handling of the story and goodwill, to game balance and better functionality, here are five ways that NBA 2K20 could make an already great mode even better.

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Monday Tip-Off: What Actually Ruins Basketball Video Games?

Victor Oladipo in NBA 2K19

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 thoughts on the matter of what actually ruins basketball video games, and what are really more minor gripes.

Having been a part of the online basketball gaming community for over twenty years and admin of the NLSC for going on eighteen, I’ve both seen and taken part in some spirited discussions about the hobby. Our conversations about basketball video games have run the gamut from excitedly positive to furiously negative, depending on the issue and the quality of any given title. Given that we all have different tastes and expectations of basketball video games, our opinions will differ when it comes what will ruin our experience on the virtual hardwood. That’s fine, and to be encouraged!

Of course, it’s easy to exaggerate, especially when a pet peeve is involved. I recall one Forum member fuming over the use of the word “City” on the team statistics menu in NBA Live 2001. As they correctly pointed out, teams such as the Warriors, Jazz, and Pacers all take their names from their state rather than their city, making that label inaccurate. It’s a valid point, but a minor detail that was correct for most of the teams, and a criticism that paled in comparison with other issues in NBA Live 2001. Such issues are worth pointing out, but as we compile our Wishlists, it’s important that we prioritise problems that can ruin basketball video games, ahead of minor annoyances.

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’re tipping off another week here at the NLSC with the latest file additions for NBA 2K18 PC! Today’s new releases include player and coach faces, court updates, custom menu art, and fixed jerseys for the 2004 Los Angeles Lakers. Download them all at the links below.

Torogi
Jerami Grant Face

Rockmonts
Steve Kerr Coach Face

Team Rakker 2K MODS
Allen Iverson Menu Art (2K18-2K19)
Philadelphia 76ers Fictional Court
Summer League Court and Stadium
Studio Interview Logo (2K18 to 2K19)

PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Lakers Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

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

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s new releases include retro player faces, a few rookie faces, new menu art, and the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers court. Check them all out at the links below!

IceCr
Shaquille O’Neal Face
Anthony Mason Face
Anfernee Hardaway Face
Grant Hill Face
Nicolas Batum Face

Rockmonts
NBA 2K19 Presentation
Kobe Bryant NBA 2K19 Title Screen

Ronin2K
Trey Burke 2018 Face
Dennis Smith Jr Face
Billy Preston Face

Blang
Josh Okogie Face
Isaac Bonga Face
DeAndre Ayton Face

Sastre Matulin
2018 Philippine Arena Court (2019 World Cup Qualifiers)

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 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

Before there’s too much of a backlog, let’s get caught up on all the latest NBA 2K18 PC file additions. The latest releases include faces, retro jerseys, custom menus, and more. Check them all out at the links below!

Rockmonts
Kryie Irving Face (with Crowd Big Head)
2003-2004 Kobe Bryant Face
Stephen Curry Face (Finals)
Jaremi Grant Face

TeamRakker 2K MODS
Kobe Bryant Menu Art (2K18 to 2K19)
Stephen Curry Bootup & Menu Art (2K18 to 2K19)

Torogi
Joe Ingles Face
LeBron James Lakers Portrait
Josh Richardson Face
LeBron James Bootup & Menu Art (Updated to v2.0)

PeacemanNOT
2004-2005 Suns Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2004-2005 Spurs Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Timberwolves Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2003-2004 Pistons Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

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 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

The latest file additions for NBA 2K18 PC include faces, the 2018 Draft Class, presentation and menu updates, and more. Download them all at the links below!

Rockmonts
Fictional NBA 2K19 Bootup Screen
NBA 2K19 Presentation
LeBron James Face (2018 NBA Finals)

Torogi
P.J. Brown Face
Terrance Ferguson Face & Model
Karl-Anthony Towns Face

Vincent of TeamRakker
Dew NBA 3x Replay Wipe
Smart Araneta Court
Prelude Spalding Basketball

Team Rakker 2K MODS
LeBron James Main Menu & Pause Screen

bluejaybrandon
Real 2018 Draft Class – Mod Pack

MonkeymanJSV
Brandon Paul 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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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’ve had a lot of file additions for NBA 2K18 PC over the past couple of days, including faces, courts, menu art, and more. Check out all of the latest releases at the links below!

Team Rakker 2K MODS
Black and White Spalding Ball
Rakker Court
LeBron James Main Menu & Pause Screen
Stephen Curry Main Menu & Pause Screen
Kyrie Irving Main Menu & Pause Screen

Torogi
DeMarcus Cousins Face & Body
Stephen Jackson Face
1962 Wilt Chamberlain Face
Alonzo Mourning Face
Enes Kanter Face
Jason Richardson Face
LeBron James Bootup & Menu Art (Updated to v2.0)

Eilrahc Drib
Elton Brand Chicago Bulls 2000 DNA
Glenn Robinson Milwaukee Bucks 2000 DNA
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards DNA

Manni Live
Phoenix Suns 50th Anniversary Court

big-shot-ROB
James Wiseman Face

Rockmonts
Custom Blacktop
Kevin Love Face (NBA Finals Look)

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 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

We’ve got a bunch of NBA 2K18 mod releases to catch up on today. The latest file additions include face and body updates, ESPN scoreboards, and more. Please see below for all the download links.

Torogi
Jeremy Lin Face & Body
Jeremy Lin 2011-2012 Face
Klay Thompson Face
LeBron James Menu Art
Zach LaVine Face
Bradley Beal Face (Updated to v2.0)
Salah Mejri Face & Body (Updated to v2.0)
Stephen Curry Face & Body Model (NBA Finals Look) (Updated to v4.0)

Rockmonts
LeBron James Face (2018 NBA Finals)
Kevin Love Face (2018 NBA Finals)

MonkeymanJSV
Torrey Craig Face (With Tattoos)

Eilrahc Drib
Stephen Silas Assistant Coach Face
Monty Williams Assistant Coach Face
Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) Face
Phil Jackson Coach Face (Young Version)

TwisT
Crowd Update (Updated to v2.0)

SexCurryBeats
New Chains for Playground (Updated to v2.0)

dirtydraw
ESPN Scoreboard (Regular Season/Playoffs/NBA Finals) (Updated to v2.6)

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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The Friday Five: 5 Most Useless Features in Basketball Games

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 is a list of some of the most useless features and functions that we’ve seen in basketball games.

We’ve come to expect a significant amount of depth in basketball video games, not only in terms of the modes and gameplay, but also features and functionality. Be they big or small, glamorous or mundane, frequently used or just handy to have when we need them, there are numerous features and functions that go a long way in providing a well-rounded basketball gaming experience. And then, there are the features that aren’t so useful. Of course, usefulness can be subjective. If you enjoy outfitting your player in different clothing, for example, you’ll find that feature a lot more useful than someone who has no interest in that aspect of the career modes.

Taking a look at features of questionable usefulness, some are good ideas that just haven’t been executed well, while others are pointless at best. Certain features have seen their usefulness decline over time, either due to neglect or redundancy. Whatever the case may be, sometimes you’ll see a feature or function in a basketball video game, and wonder why the developers spent any time implementing it. Other times, you may wish that they spent a little more time on a feature, in order to make it more worthwhile. Without any further ado, here are five features that we’ve seen in basketball games – past and present – that I would rank among the most useless.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Continuing to catch up on some recent additions of long-lost files, the latest batch features a bunch of mods for NBA Live 2004. From rosters to faces, to jerseys and front end artwork, enjoy these recovered patches at the links below!

EA Sports
PlayStation 2 Manual
Gamecube Manual

Jowe
2008 Atlantic Division Jerseys
2008 Central Division Jerseys
2008 Midwest Division Jerseys
2008 Pacific Division Jerseys

Karpo
And 1 Army Jersey

Tcrock
Utah Jazz 2004/2005 Jersey Patch

Lotto
Lotto’s Roster Update

Mikki
Dwyane Wade Face Patch
Udonis Haslem Face Patch
Draft Class Jerseys
Millenium All-Stars Add-On
2004 Rookie Challenge Roster
2004 All-Star Jersey Patch
Chicago Bulls Fictional Jersey Patch
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #1
Denver Nuggets Fictional Jersey Patch #2
Detroit Pistons Fictional Jersey Patch
Miami Heat 2004 Face Pack
Denver Nuggets 2004 Face Pack
Cartoon Front End Art

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File Additions for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

It’s been a few days since our last batch of File Additions for NBA 2K18 PC, and in that time, our community has been quite busy. The latest releases include court and jersey updates, new Cheat Engine tables for roster editing, a roster with unlocked hidden teams, custom frontend artwork, and a pack of new basketballs. Check them all out at the links below!

TBM
Cleveland Cavaliers Away Jersey

Manni Live
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena
San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center

Issy
Brooklyn Nets Court

SexCurryBeats
Main Menu Mods 2K18
Pack of 91 Different Balls

PeacemanNOT
1995-2000 Vancouver Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT
2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys – PeacemanNOT

pinoy21
Los Angeles Clippers Jersey (pinoy21)

TGsoGood
Unlocked Hidden Teams

CarolusXCI
Cheat Table – Edit Arenas and Teams (Updated to v2.0)
Cheat Table – Edit Player Screen (Updated to v2.1)

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

A couple of new files have recently been uploaded for one of my all-time favourite games: NBA Live 06 PC. Today’s additions include a jersey update for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a mod that adds the NBA Live 18 logo to the menus. Check them out at the links below!

yunicorn
2016/2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey

magiciangirl06
NBA Live 18 Logo

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

We have one new file addition for NBA Live 06 PC to tip off a new week here at the NLSC. It’s a nifty customised pause menu screen by magiciangirl06, and you can download it at the link below.

magiciangirl06
New NBA Live 06 Pause Screen

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