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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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25th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 19 Retrospective

25th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 19 Retrospective

To mark the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re taking a look back at every game in the series with retrospectives and other fun content! This also includes re-running some features from our 20th Anniversary celebrations, with a few revisions. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with NBA Live and are keen on taking a trip down memory lane, or you’re new to the series and want to learn about its history, we hope that you enjoy celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live here at the NLSC! At long last, it’s a retrospective of NBA Live 19.

And so, we’ve come to the final game in the NBA Live series to date, and thus the final retrospective in our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live content! I have to say that it’s been a wild ride to experience the ups and downs again, revisiting every title in the series one by one. I hope that you’ve enjoyed it too, even as we’ve revisited some of the weaker games. On that note, unfortunately the most recent NBA Live game isn’t one of the better releases, at least in my book. Those of us who would prefer that NBA Live focus on the NBA experience were hoping against hope that NBA Live 19 would be a return to form, but sadly, it picked up where NBA Live 18 left off.

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25th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 16 Retrospective

25th Anniversary of NBA Live: NBA Live 16 Retrospective

To mark the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live, we’re taking a look back at every game in the series with retrospectives and other fun content! This also includes re-running some features from our 20th Anniversary celebrations, with a few revisions. Whether you’re a long-time basketball gamer who grew up with NBA Live and are keen on taking a trip down memory lane, or you’re new to the series and want to learn about its history, we hope that you enjoy celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live here at the NLSC! Next up is a retrospective of NBA Live 16.

I have mixed feelings when I look back at NBA Live 16. On one hand, it’s a very solid game that was an improvement on NBA Live 15. I also had the opportunity to play it early, and to date, that was the last community event that I attended. On the other hand, the game also introduced concepts that while fun, have since taken the series in the wrong direction upon becoming the main focus. That makes it a pivotal title in the series, and in hindsight, there were some red flags about what was to come. At the same time, the good things that it did were cause for optimism, and deserve credit. With that in mind, NBA Live 16 is a rather interesting release to reflect upon.

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NLSC Podcast #355: Hey, Mr Postman!

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Episode #355 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

As promised, we’re ending the year with a jumbo edition of the mailbag! First of all, we’re ranking NBA 2K on the last generation, and yes, our lists do differ. We also revisit the topic of NBA Live’s future, EA Sports’ silence on the game’s official social media channels, and how optimistic we feel. This segues into a discussion of franchises that EA has discontinued. Other topics include star athletes of yesteryear returning, our favourite mods, and what would take NBA 2K to the next level as far as features and content are concerned. A huge thanks to everyone who contributed topics and questions!

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? 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 mailbag questions and topic suggestions for future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

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.

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 09 & Fallout 3

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 09 & Fallout 3

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 looking back at how NBA Live 09 led me to discover Fallout 3, and the way that the games are linked in my nostalgia for them.

I’m sure that some of you are thinking this is quite an unusual topic for a Wayback Wednesday feature. Of course, if you’re a long-time listener of the NLSC Podcast or a member of our Forum, you may well be aware that I’m also an enthusiastic fan of the Fallout series. Along with Bart vs. The Space Mutants, mentioning it on the podcast is something of a running gag. At the same time, my love of Fallout 3 in particular has a connection to basketball gaming. More specifically, when I reflect on Fallout 3, I’ll often associate it with NBA Live 09.

That may seem quite esoteric, but there’s a reason why the two games are linked for me. No, NBA Live 09 doesn’t exactly have any post-apocalyptic themes, and apart from basketballs being present as a junk/miscellaneous item in Fallout 3, it doesn’t have much to do with the hardwood, virtual or otherwise. Nevertheless, the two games are linked in my memory, and today I’m reflecting upon that connection. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Monday Tip-Off: Do We Take Basketball Gaming Too Seriously?

Monday Tip-Off: Do We Take Basketball Gaming Too Seriously?

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 by reflecting on a rather pertinent question: do we take basketball gaming too seriously?

The Dark Knight may be twelve years old at this point, but Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker still resonates with many avid fans of Batman movies and comics. A number of lines from that film have penetrated pop culture, from Alfred’s speech about some men just wanting to watch the world burn – a favourite of so many edgelord trolls who fancy themselves Machiavellian puppet masters – to the Joker’s wry and sinister quips. One that comes up a lot, especially out of context when someone happens to utter the words, is “Why so serious?

As such, even all these years later, it’s difficult to pose a question about taking something too seriously without that scene coming to mind, or someone quoting it in response. It’s also admittedly an odd question to pose on a fansite that’s dedicated to a hobby. After all, we’re all about basketball gaming, so we obviously approach the matter with a certain amount of dedication and emphasis on its significance. “It’s only basketball gaming” feels like an out of place rationale and reprimand in a community of virtual hoops enthusiasts. Of course, it always pays to keep matters in perspective. To that point though, have we lost that perspective over the years?

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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 #334: NBA 2K21 News & NBA Live Woes

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Episode #334 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

With the Current Gen version of NBA 2K21 a little over a month away, we’re anticipating the floodgates opening on the preview season. For now, we have news on this year’s soundtrack, as well as a few tidbits about gameplay and MyTEAM. We break down what we know so far, including Mike Wang’s interesting comments about making the game as enjoyable as possible. Given the recent sentiments in the community – as well as a few remarks from NBA players – it seems like the right idea! Elsewhere, now that we know there won’t be an NBA Live 21, we once again discuss the future of the NBA Live series. Are we keeping our fingers crossed for next year? Also, we talk about when basketball games get cartoonish, and how that can be a welcome change of pace.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? 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. The show also comes out on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe for future episodes and other video content.

NLSC Podcast #331: Hit Me With Your Green Release

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Episode #331 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Derek (aka Dee4Three) and I are your hosts for this week’s show.

In a shocking development, one of us has a new perspective on a game we’ve openly criticised in the past. Find out what led to the change in heart, and stay tuned to hear if the new opinion sticks! We also tackle the issue of shot meters, Green Releases, and shooting mechanics in general. What do we think is the best approach, and could we ever go back to the old ways? Meanwhile, talking about the mods we’re working on leads us to workshop some ideas for other projects we’d love to create. With only one basketball game announced for Next Gen, we also discuss some other titles that we’d like to see return. Since the NBA’s resumption is also looming, we finish up with a discussion of asterisks, and how this year’s championship will likely be viewed.

What’s your take on this week’s conversation? 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.