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Wayback Wednesday: The Joy of Boot Disks

Wayback Wednesday: The Joy of Boot Disks

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 use of boot disks to play games on PC, in particular NBA Live 96.

Oh, I’m going wayback for this one! Way back to a time long before I worked in IT and could easily troubleshoot PC problems. Back to a time when my understanding of hardware and software was pretty decent for a ten or eleven year old, but certainly nowhere close to what it is today. We’re going back to a time when floppy disks were actually a thing, and not just an antiquated image used for the Save icon. It’s an era when computers were less powerful than the smartphones we now all carry around in our pockets, and weren’t always built for heavy duty gaming.

Today, we’re talking about boot disks. These days, boot media – generally in the form of a flash drive, as even optical discs are becoming outmoded – is still around, and is often used for installing and troubleshooting operating systems such as Windows. Back in the 90s, however, they were a way of getting games to run. Indeed, if your PC was getting a bit long in the tooth and the game was particularly demanding – at least by the standards of the time – boot disks were often the only way you’d get to play them. Let’s take a look back…way back…

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NBA 2K20 System Requirements Revealed

NBA 2K20: Donovan Mitchell

The system requirements for NBA 2K20 PC have been revealed by the game’s store page over on Steam. If you can run NBA 2K19 without any problems then you should have no issues, as both the minimum and recommended specs are almost identical this year. The NBA 2K20 system requirements are as follows:


  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz/AMD FX-4100 @ 3.60 GHz or better
  • 4 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB/ATI® Radeon™ HD 6450 1GB or better
  • DirectX 11
  • 80 GB available HDD space
  • DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
  • Dual-analog gamepad


  • Intel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz/AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB/AMD® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better

I’ve added that information to the NBA 2K20 article in our Wiki. If you’d like to check your system’s compatibility, you can run a test over at System Requirements Lab. With the game launching in just a couple of days, be sure to keep it locked to the NLSC, and join in the discussion taking place here in our Forum! No doubt our modding community will be hard at work soon, so stay tuned for mods and all the other content.

NBA 2K18 PC System Requirements Revealed

NBA 2K18: Damian Lillard

Steam’s store listing for the PC version of NBA 2K18 has revealed the system requirements for this year’s game. Not surprisingly, the required specs aren’t very different from last year, with the biggest change being a slightly better video card. The minimum and recommended requirements are as follows:


  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64 bit version)
  • CPU: Intel i3-530 or AMD Phenom II x4 805
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: nVidia GT 450 or AMD HD 6770 (both 1 GB of VRAM)
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70 GB
  • Additional: Gamepad recommended


  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64 bit version)
  • CPU: Intel i5-4430 or AMD FX-8370
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: nVidia GTX 770 or AMD R9 270 (both 2 GB of VRAM)
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70 GB

As you can see here, our community is already gearing up to do some great things with the PC version of NBA 2K18. Although the PC version misses out on content such as The Prelude, we do have the benefit of a talented and passionate modding community. Speaking of which, when the time comes, we encourage everyone to make good use of our upload facilities, to ensure that mods for NBA 2K18 don’t get lost as they unfortunately so often do on external hosts.

Thanks to Dommy73 for the heads up on the system requirements!