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The Friday Five: 5 Mods I’d Like To Make This Year

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 mods that I’d like to make before 2017 is through.

Although I don’t get involved with the modding scene as much as I used to, I still like to whip something up and release new mods whenever I can. I really enjoyed going back and updating my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004, and with some of the great court and jersey mods that Murat has been working on, I’m looking forward to releasing another new version in the not too distant future. These days I’m primarily focusing on content such as articles, videos, and the NLSC Podcast, but I do have a list of ideas for mods that I’d like to make, and there are some in particular that I’d really like to find time for, some of which I’ve discussed in two previous columns.

Please note that this is not intended to be an announcement, a To Do list, or anything like that. There’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to make these mods this year, or ever for that matter. However, at least one has already seen a couple of beta/demo releases, and others are ideas that probably wouldn’t take too long to create, in between the other content that I’m working on (as well as other site updates, and of course, my day job and personal life). However, when the itch to get back into some modding starts to flare up, these are the mods that I’d be most interested in creating in the near future…time permitting, of course.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

A few new mods for NBA 2K14 PC have been added to our Downloads database recently. The latest additions include a face for Dennis Smith Jr, and the latest versions of Medevenx’s current NBA rosters and PBA mod. Check them all out at the links below!

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Dennis Smith Jr Face

Medevenx
Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.7)
PBA 2K Appdata Files (Updated to v16.0)

The Friday Five: 5 Biggest Developments in Modding

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 what I believe are the five biggest developments in modding.

I’ve said it many, many times before, but our modding community has done some great things over the years. Of course, creating all those amazing mods hasn’t always been easy, and in the case of some games, it’s taken a while after their release to develop all the necessary tools. Even today, there are obstacles that make modding difficult at times, and there are some things that we used to be able to do that we presently cannot. Obviously, the goal here is to do the best we can with the tools at our disposal, and keep trying to develop new methods and resources that will help us to tinker with basketball video games as desired.

With that in mind, we only need to look back at the major developments in modding to find inspiration. As a community, we’ve been able to overcome a lot of obstacles in being able to modify NBA Live and NBA 2K, and in one or two instances, the developers themselves have helped us along the way. In the spirit of recognising all the advancements in modding, and hopefully providing some inspiration to keep doing what we’re doing, I’d like to discuss five major milestones that I believe have marked some of the most important developments in the hobby. Without them, modding would certainly be far more limited, if not impossible.

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Wayback Wednesday: The Supreme Update Mod for NBA Live 07

Basketball in the Supreme Update Mod for NBA Live 07

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 Supreme Update Mod for NBA Live 07.

Over the years, several amazing mods have been released in our community for both NBA Live and NBA 2K. Certain mods stand out as landmark releases though, delighting the community and inspiring other modders to produce great work of their own. Since it’s the tenth anniversary of NBA Live 07, and today also marks the 38th birthday of cover player Tracy McGrady, I thought that I’d talk about one of the most significant mods made for the game: the Supreme Update Mod. Undoubtedly one of the best projects to come out of our community, it’s about time that I profile it in a Wayback Wednesday feature.

It was one of the most comprehensive updates for a PC version of NBA Live, and a great example of teamwork and cooperation in the modding community, as well as technical innovation. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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Wayback Wednesday: The Mysterious 2K Insider

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 infamous 2K Insider.

When I discussed some of the most memorable characters in basketball video games, it was pointed out to me that I’d forgotten about one of the most noteworthy individuals to appear in the NBA 2K series: the 2K Insider. A mysterious person behind the scenes and in the community, the 2K Insider – known only as “Sy” – was responsible for maintaining the rosters for NBA 2K. Within the games themselves, their avatar appeared as an advisor and mentor, providing basketball insights and offering up words of encouragement, as well as critique.

The 2K Insider hasn’t been a part of the more recent NBA 2K games, as he no longer fits the tone of MyCAREER. 2K has also taken the approach of recognising all the developers, ensuring that we know who is responsible for different aspects of the games, and opening up the channels of communication for constructive feedback. The Insider was a notable figure that led to a fair amount of speculation though, so let’s take a look back…way back…

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Ultimate Classic Teams Roster by Dee4Three Released

Ultimate Classic Teams Roster for NBA 2K17

Something I’d like to do moving forward is to shine more of a spotlight on some of the big modding projects in our community. I’d like to begin with a recent release by Dee4Three, namely the Ultimate Classic Teams Roster. The mod adds 18 new classic teams to NBA 2K17 PC, and is suitable for both MyLEAGUE mode and Play Now games.

A lot of work has gone into the project, which includes accurate rosters for all the new teams, as well as all the appropriate faces (with some lookalikes), portraits, jerseys, courts, and logos. You’ll even find the correct head and assistant coaches for every team. Painstaking attention has been paid to the ratings and tendencies for all the retro players, for the most authentic experience possible.

The Ultimate Classic Teams Roster can be downloaded through the in-game roster sharing function; you’ll find it under the name UCTRD43. You can download all the required art assets in this thread in the Forum. You’ll also find plenty of previews and more information about the mod there.

Congratulations again to Dee4Three on the release of such a comprehensive retro mod! If you like the Ultimate Classic Teams Roster, you might also want to check out his other releases: the Ultimate All Time Teams Roster, and Ultimate Fantasy Draft Roster. For more great work from our community, stay tuned for further bulletins, and keep it locked to the Releases & Previews sections in the Forum!

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA Live 06 is the latest version of Victor M. Flores’ 2017 season roster update. Download it at the link below!

2016-2017 Rosters
Victor M. Flores (Updated to v1.4)

As usual, please note that I’m not the one maintaining this roster update, so please direct any and all questions or feedback to Victor directly.

File Additions for NBA Live 2004

NBA Live 2004 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 2004 feature a re-upload of a classic release: Repole’s NBA Live Street mod! Download all the parts at the links below; a big thanks to ehlomint for uploading the files.

Repole
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 1)
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 2)
NBA Live Street Mod (Part 3)
NBA Live Street Mod (Jerseys)

NBA Playgrounds Roster Revealed

NBA Playgrounds

The official roster for NBA Playgrounds by Saber Interactive has been revealed. As previously noted, the game features over 200 current and former NBA players, taking part in two-on-two tournaments at locations around the world, with arcade-style gameplay in the vein of NBA Jam and NBA Street.

Glancing at the list, it would appear that all the biggest names from today are accounted for, along with a healthy amount of Hall of Famers and other noteworthy players from yesteryear. Michael Jordan obviously isn’t included as he is exclusive to NBA 2K, and Larry Bird is also absent, but Scottie Pippen is present along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Dominique Wilkins, Shaquille O’Neal, and many others.

It also sounds as though more players will be added at some point, so it remains to be seen whether additional Legends will make their way into the game, or if the rosters will simply be expanded with more current players.

Check out the full list below, leave your thoughts in the comments, and join in the discussion here in the Forum. NBA Playgrounds will be released digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in May.

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File Additions for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Cover Art - Michael Jordan

We don’t get a lot of file additions for NBA 2K12 PC anymore, but Luis recently updated his roster pack for the game. Download it at the link below!

Luis
Luis’s Roster Pack for NBA 2K12 (Updated to v2.0)

File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 06 PC include new courts for the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans, and updated 2017 season rosters. Download them all at the links below!

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 Miami Heat Court
2016/2017 New Orleans Pelicans Court

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters (Updated to v1.3)

Once again, please note that I am not maintaining this roster patch, so I am not the person to contact regarding any issues with it. Please direct any and all feedback or questions to Victor.

File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

I’m a bit late in posting this file addition for NBA 2K13 PC, but PatTheHead has recently uploaded a new version of his retro roster pack. Check it out at the link below!

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v4.2)

File Additions for NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11 Cover Art

Today’s lone file addition for NBA 2K11 PC is another team add-on, featuring a rather interesting squad of players. Check it out at the link below!

JuicyShaqMeat
Universal Legends

Monday Tip-Off: How Modding Has Changed

Andrew's 1997/1998 Roster Mod for NBA Live 96

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 look at how modding has changed over the years.

As of last August, the NLSC has been around for twenty years. I’ve had the privilege of running the site for fifteen of those twenty years, and suffice to say quite a few things have changed during that span. It’s been interesting to observe those changes, and of course, crucial to adapt to them. As you might expect, that’s sometimes been a challenging task. While we’ve expanded our content and commitment to covering basketball games during their development, a big part of what we do here in our community still revolves around modding. I expect that will always be the case, and as I’ve said before, we can be proud of the work we’ve done in that regard.

Of course, there have been changes to modding, too. For a start, instead of “modding” and “mods”, in years gone by we mostly used the words “patching” and “patches”. Once we started covering NBA 2K in greater depth and creating content for it, the word “modding” came to be used more frequently, either to distinguish it from NBA Live patching, or simply because the term was more common in other gaming communities. Whichever term you prefer, the changes to modding in our community extend well beyond the name for the hobby.

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File Additions for NBA Live 06

NBA Live 06 Cover Art

I’ve got a backlog of file additions from our community to post, so let’s begin with some recent uploads for NBA Live 06 PC. They include a new roster update and updated courts for the Trail Blazers and Magic, accurate as of the 2017 season. Check them out at the links below!

Victor M. Flores
2016-2017 Rosters (Updated to v1.2)

magiciangirl06
2016/2017 Portland Trail Blazers Court
2016/2017 Orlando Magic Court

As I’ve previously noted, I’m not the one maintaining this roster update, so if you have any feedback on it, please direct it to Victor.