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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Jam vs NBA Street

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Jam vs NBA Street

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 comparing the NBA Jam series to the NBA Street series.

It’s been over a year since I posted my first “Versus” feature, which compared The Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest. My intention was for it to become a recurring feature, similar to my Familiar Faces in Strange Places/Familiar Places series. To that end, I’ve been sitting on a few ideas for other comparisons. Since I compared two modes in back-to-back releases in the same series for the first instalment, it only makes sense to go bigger for the second article. As such, today I’m comparing the two heavyweights of the arcade basketball scene: NBA Jam, and NBA Street.

There are many factors to consider here. There have been more NBA Jam games than NBA Street games, as well as a number of releases that were spiritual successors to NBA Jam under different titles, after Acclaim acquired the name from Midway. To that point, three different developers have released games under the NBA Jam brand, while every NBA Street game has come from EA Sports BIG. Nevertheless, I believe that all of the evidence must be considered, as we compare, contrast, and ultimately pick the winner out of these classic arcade hoops series. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live Street 2003 Retrospective

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live Street 2003 Retrospective

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 NBA Live Street 2003.

Yes, you read that correctly: NBA Live Street 2003. No, this isn’t some spin-off game of both the NBA Live and NBA Street series that you’ve forgotten all about! NBA Live Street 2003 was a mod for NBA Live 2003 PC, inspired by the NBA Street series. It was one of the first major total conversion mods in the community, one that went on to inspire several other street mods and big projects. It demonstrated what a team of modders could accomplish when they worked together, as well as many of the possibilities with player-specific custom textures.

NBA Live Street 2003 is still available to download. With a little bit of work, you can run NBA Live 2003 on a modern PC, and check it out for yourself. Before you jump into that though, how about a preview of what you can expect to find in this classic mod? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.4

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

It hasn’t been long since the last update for the Current & Legendary Edition Mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2, but agent_michael_scarn has recently released a new version. The new release, V2.4, includes the following updates:

  • Updated Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis Home Jerseys with era specific Yellow versions
  • Updated Cavs Home/Away Jerseys for Love, Drummond and Sexton
  • Updated Brooklyn Nets Away Jerseys for Drazen Petrovic and Derrick Coleman to early 90s version
  • Added Shaq to Lakers
  • Added Steve Francis to Magic

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

NBA Street Vol. 2 Current & Legendary Edition Mod V2.3.1

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

Further updates have been made to the (now-renamed) Current & Legendary Edition mod for NBA Street Vol. 2, created by agent_michael_scarn. As the name change implies, the mod has been updated for the forthcoming 2021 season. Key features of V2.3.1 are as follows:

  • Updated Rosters and Jerseys including Lakers, Pistons, Clippers, Raptors, Heat, Bulls, Magic, Spurs, Trailblazers and Wizards
  • Fixed James Wiseman Height
  • Fixed Donovan Mitchell Jersey (Home/Away swapped)
  • Fixed LaMelo Ball/Brandon Ingram Jersey Swap
  • Updated LaMelo Ball Jersey to avoid confusion with Larry Johnson jersey (same jersey/number)

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.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod V1.5.8 Released

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

The Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2, created by agent_michael_scarn, has received another small update! v1.5.8 includes the following changes:

  • Added Select Dream Team Jerseys for Michael Jordan (Home), Scottie Pippen (Home), Charles Barkley (Away), Patrick Ewing (Away), and David Robinson (Home)
  • Replaced Current Nets Away Jersey with recently announced retro jerseys (Irving, Durant, Allen)

Other key features of the mod include updated NBA rosters, new logos and jerseys, and era-specific jerseys for several Legends. For more information on previous releases, check out the bulletin for v1.5.7.

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 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.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod V1.5.7 Released

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

The Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2, created by agent_michael_scarn, has been updated once again! The new version (1.5.7) adds updated Mamba Edition jerseys for the Los Angeles Lakers, with a Gianna Bryant heart patch. A full breakdown of the key updates in the most recent releases is as follows:

  • Update incorporates Mazzochi’s updated logo and icon artwork, along with Team Giannis & Team LeBron
  • Added Dream Team Logos and Composition
  • Fixed Tim Hardaway Home Jersey Misspelling
  • Added Era Specific Jerseys for several players including: Doc Rivers, Ron Harper, Larry Nance, Kareem Abdul Jabber, Ray Allen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Gilbert Arenas, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Grant Hill, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Yao Ming, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Mike Bibby, Amare Staudemire, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, and Allen Iverson, among others.
  • Replaced Eastern Conference All-Star Team with Generic NBA Star Team Logo
  • Fixed Donovan Mitchell’s name
  • Updated Heights for specific players, including Giannis and Ray Allen
  • Updated Jerseys for Lakers and Utah Jazz
  • Lakers Have Mamba Away Jerseys (Updated in v1.5.7)
  • Jazz home/away jerseys were swapped, so purple jerseys are home (avoid confusion when playing home Suns)
  • Replaced/swapped Kings Jersey for same reason

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 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.

Legendary Edition Mod for NBA Street Vol. 2 Updated

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

The Legendary Edition mod for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2 has been updated! Creator agent_michael_scarn has followed up the initial release with v1.5.5, which includes these updates and enhancements:

  • Update incorporates Mazzochi’s updated logo and icon artwork, along with Team Giannis & Team LeBron
  • Added Dream Team Logos and Composition
  • Fixed Tim Hardaway Home Jersey Misspelling
  • Added Era Specific Jerseys for several players including: Doc Rivers, Ron Harper, Larry Nance, Kareem Abdul Jabber, Ray Allen, Lamar Odom, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Gilbert Arenas, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Grant Hill, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Yao Ming, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Mike Bibby, Amare Staudemire, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, and Allen Iverson, among others.
  • Replaced Eastern Conference All-Star Team with Generic NBA Star Team Logo
  • Fixed Donovan Mitchell’s name
  • Updated Heights for specific players, including Giannis and Ray Allen
  • Updated Jerseys for Lakers and Utah Jazz
  • Lakers Have Mamba Away Jerseys
  • Jazz home/away jerseys were swapped, so purple jerseys are home (avoid confusion when playing home Suns)
  • Replaced/swapped Kings Jersey for same reason

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 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.

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod Released

NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition Mod

Some of you may recall the updates for the GameCube version of NBA Street Vol. 2 that were released some years back. Building upon those modding projects, agent_michael_scarn has just released a new update for the game titled “NBA Street Vol. 2 Legendary Edition”.

The mod is definitely worthy of Barney Stinson’s favourite catchphrase, as this comprehensive update for a beloved classic is indeed legen…wait for it…dary! It features 2020 season rosters updated as of the NBA Bubble restart, along with legendary players for each squad. All team logos and jerseys have also been updated for the current season, and player ratings are based on NBA 2K20 attributes wherever possible. A few elements from the older mods also remain.

You can pick up NBA Street Vol. 2 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. You can also go back and check out some of the older updates by JaoSming, johnz1, and Mazzochi, which can be found in the Other Basketball Games section of our Downloads database. Check out a complete roster listing for the mod here.

NLSC Podcast #325: Playground People, The Game & Its Sequel

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Episode #325 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Dee4Three and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

NBA Playgrounds and its sequel NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 have been quite successful, but thus far, the series hasn’t had the same staying power as NBA Jam or NBA Street. We take a deep-dive into the Playground games, discussing the parts that we like, and the parts that we believe could be better. Along the way, we compare and contrast Playgrounds with Jam and Street, discuss missed opportunities for the series, and consider its future. We also talk about NBA Starting Five 2005 – an overlooked Japanese exclusive from the mid 2000s with features that were ahead of their time – and the latest title update for Basketball Classics. A retro pick-up teased in last week’s show is also revealed.

What’s your take on this week’s topics? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

Wayback Wednesday: Throwback Jerseys in Video Games

Wayback Wednesday: Throwback Jerseys 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 taking a look back at throwback jerseys in basketball video games.

Yes, it’s a throwback article about throwback jerseys; the circle is complete! Just as the real NBA celebrates its history and recognises great teams and players from the past, so too does the virtual hardwood pay tribute to yesteryear. I’ve covered several examples in Wayback Wednesday, from the appearance of retired players as secret characters and the introduction of Legends, to modes such as The Jordan Challenge and NBA’s Greatest. I’ve also mentioned how I enjoy the retro content in Ultimate Team and MyTEAM in some of my other features.

Something that I haven’t touched upon yet is throwback jerseys. They’ve obviously become a big part of basketball culture, as Hardwood Classics jerseys and retro uniforms for current players are fashionable to wear. NBA teams themselves will also celebrate specific eras by wearing throwback jerseys on designated nights. This trend has been around for some time, and it’s come to be represented in NBA video games as well. What is the history of throwback uniforms on the virtual hardwood? Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Monday Tip-Off: Nostalgia in Basketball Gaming

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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 nostalgia in basketball gaming.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Deconstructing it as a concept is a little beyond a site dedicated to covering basketball video games but suffice to say, experts who know a lot more about psychology and sociology than I do have identified both positive and negative aspects of nostalgia. Nevertheless, I’d say that for most of us, it’s a healthy indulgence of our old favourites, whether it’s video games, television shows, films, music, sporting moments, or whatever. It’s often fun to reminisce, not to mention good fodder for discussion and debate.

Basketball games appeal to our nostalgia with retro content such as historical teams, but old hoops games themselves also hold a certain appeal. It’s fair to say that many of us are nostalgic for the titles we grew up playing; I know I am, which is why I enjoy producing my weekly Wayback Wednesday feature. We also hold up the best releases from yesteryear as a benchmark for new games, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, we do want to see basketball games continue to improve, especially when it comes to the annual releases. However, it is possible to get caught up in nostalgia, judging new games unfairly and exaggerating the quality of older titles.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #247

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Episode #247 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss DLC ideas for future NBA Live games, the tip-off of the NBA 2K League, NBA Street Vol. 2, and other news and events from the past week in both basketball gaming and the real NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • FIFA 18 will be receiving free downloadable content for the World Cup, which gives us ideas for future NBA Live games. In fact, there’s quite a few things NBA Live could borrow from its EA Sports brethren.
  • Play has begun in the NBA 2K League, with the inaugural tip-off tournament now complete. We offer up a few impressions of what we’ve seen so far.
  • In order to make the Wall of Fame in NBA 2K19, you’ll need to reach 99 Overall by May 31st. For some of us, that’s simply going to be too much grinding.
  • A recent GQ article took a look back at NBA Street Vol. 2, calling it the last truly great basketball game. Do we agree with that assessment?
  • Our Week in Basketball Gaming included more games of Ultimate Team, and a foray into MyTEAM.
  • We wrap up Episode #247 of the NLSC Podcast with a few NBA topics, including the latest action from the 2018 NBA Playoffs, and a head coaching opportunity for Becky Hammon.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Got a mailbag question or topic suggestion for the next show? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

The Friday Five: 5 Memorable Basketball Game Characters

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.

As revealed in the deep-dive developer blog and subsequent trailer, we’ll be introduced to a new cast of characters in NBA 2K17’s MyCAREER mode. Of course, the presence of fictional characters in basketball video games is nothing new, and goes back a long way before NBA 2K began taking a story-driven approach to MyCAREER. While we obviously remember and are familiar with the real players featured in basketball video games, new and old, those fictional players and other characters we encounter also have a tendency to stick in our minds.

For this week’s Friday Five, I’m compiling a list of some of the most memorable characters we’ve seen in basketball video games. Please note that I don’t necessarily mean memorable in a positive sense; just that we do remember them. Please also note that I’m excluding secret players in NBA Jam who are actors, politicians, or developers, as well as NBA mascots (who are obviously characters, but not ones created specifically for basketball video games). These are five fictional basketball video game characters that are all memorable for one reason or another.

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