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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA All-Star Weekend in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:44 pm

February 15th, 2017: NBA All-Star Weekend in NBA Live

The 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend is almost upon us. While not everyone is a fan of the midseason classic, I've always enjoyed watching the pickup atmosphere of the Rising Stars game (in all its various formats), the drama of the Three-Point Shootout, the creativity of the Slam Dunk Contest, and the stars going head to head in the All-Star Game itself (though it's sadly no longer as competitive as it used to be). I know that I'm not alone in my enjoyment of the All-Star Weekend's main attractions, and for many years, a lot of us wished that those events were playable in basketball video games. Then, along came NBA Live 2005.

In featuring the All-Star Weekend, NBA Live 2005 boasted one of the most significant additions in the history of the series - not to mention basketball gaming in general - and the mode was a lot of fun to play back in the day. It's well worth reminiscing about, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Online Team Play in NBA Live 08

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:17 pm

February 22nd, 2017: Online Team Play in NBA Live 08

As the years have gone by, the online experience has become more and more significant in basketball video games. I personally didn't have a lot of interest in online modes for many years; a slower connection didn't help matters, and for the most part, I was simply more interested in the offline experience. That's changed somewhat over the past couple of years, as I've come to enjoy regular games of 2K Pro-Am. However, there was another online mode that caught my attention almost a decade ago, and appropriately enough, it was the forerunner to the Pro-Am concept: Online Team Play in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of NBA Live 08.

At the time, it was something of a groundbreaking addition for basketball video games, and a concept that both EA Sports and Visual Concepts should perhaps think about implementing once more. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Dynamic DNA in NBA Live 09

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:22 pm

March 1st, 2017: Dynamic DNA in NBA Live 09

Generally speaking, most of us want five-on-five basketball games to be realistic; "sim", as we usually put it. One of the key elements of delivering realism in NBA Live and NBA 2K is to ensure that the players resemble their real life counterparts, not just in appearance, but in the way that they play and perform. As the years have gone by, both games have introduced new ratings, tendencies, and other attributes that are intended to make the action on the virtual hardwood more closely resemble what we see during an NBA broadcast. While there's still room for improvement, basketball video games have also come a long way in that regard.

EA Sports took a big step towards making NBA Live more realistic with the implementation of Dynamic DNA in NBA Live 09. Not only was it an improvement in player AI and differentiation, it was also a step forward in terms of the official roster updates. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 99's 1998 Rosters

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:15 pm

March 8th, 2017: NBA Live 99's 1998 Rosters

The 1999 NBA season isn't considered a classic year for the league, but it's certainly interesting and significant in its own right. It was the first season in which games were cancelled due to a lockout, and indeed, the first time it appeared as though an entire season may be lost due to a labour dispute. It was also something of a transitional season following Michael Jordan's second retirement, with the defending champion Chicago Bulls being broken up, a lot of key players around the league moving on to new teams, and early signs of a new era beginning in the NBA.

In the midst of the turbulent offseason and prolonged labour dispute of 1998-99, EA Sports released NBA Live 99. Because of the lockout, the game couldn't ship with the Class of 1998 rookies, but out of the box, it did actually feature updated 1998 season rosters. It's an interesting and unusual situation, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The Dream Team in NBA 2K13

Postby Andrew on Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:17 am

March 15th, 2017: The Dream Team in NBA 2K13

There have been several interesting (and heated) debates on the subject over the years, but for my money, the greatest squad of basketball players ever assembled was the 1992 United States men’s Olympic team, better known as the Dream Team. Featuring some of the greatest players to ever play the sport, the Dream Team breezed through the tournament, putting on a show as they won each game convincingly, never once calling a timeout. Their scrimmages are the stuff of legend, and it’s no surprise that they were enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2010.

With 2012 marking the 20th Anniversary of the Dream Team’s dominant showing in Barcelona, and Visual Concepts looking to expand the amount of historical content in NBA 2K13, adding the Dream Team was a no-brainer. Let’s take a look back…way back…
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:41 pm

March 22nd, 2017: Path to Greatness in NBA 2K14

Being a launch title, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K14 was obviously the priority for Visual Concepts back in 2013. However, 2K did try to keep the prior gen version of the game relevant, by way of some new bonus content. Since adding features celebrating the cover player was in vogue, in NBA 2K14 we received LeBron: Path to Greatness, a story-driven challenge mode starring LeBron James. With two distinct storylines to follow and creative challenges along the way, it was certainly an interesting concept.

In fact, LeBron: Path to Greatness was arguably one of the most creative things that NBA 2K had done, prior to the implementation of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER on the current generation. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Hidden Content in NBA Live 2004

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:39 pm

March 29th, 2017: Hidden Content in NBA Live 2004

Dummied out content and unused assets are hardly uncommon in all genres of video games. It usually takes the form of levels, animations, gameplay functions, and other features that were scrapped due to time constraints, dissatisfaction, or a myriad of other reasons. While such content can often be restored or otherwise put to use by modders, it's not unusual for it to be in a mostly unfinished state. I've covered an example of this in a previous Wayback Wednesday article, specifically the hidden historical teams in NBA Live 08. Only the player data remained in players.dbf, and even then it was clear that it was a rough draft of a feature that was axed early on.

While I was working on an update for my 1996 season mod for NBA Live 2004, I was reminded that it was game that had a fair amount of usable hidden content. There are some interesting Easter eggs among that data, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: FIBA Teams in NBA Live 08

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:17 pm

April 5th, 2017: FIBA Teams in NBA Live 08

Bonus teams and content are something that we arguably take for granted in basketball video games these days. Both NBA Live and NBA 2K used to feature Decade All-Star teams, and of course, 2K has boasted an impressive selection of historical teams in recent years. Euroleague teams have also been featured in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, as well as the past few NBA 2K titles. However, the interest in bonus teams really picked up after a selection of national squads was added in NBA Live 08, along with a mode representing the FIBA World Championship (now the FIBA World Cup).

The FIBA teams were a popular choice for bonus content in a few NBA Live titles, and I'm sure that many gamers would like to see them return. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live's Classic Custom Teams

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:22 pm

April 12th, 2017: NBA Live's Classic Custom Teams

If you asked me to name a popular Wishlist item regarding roster management in the past decade or so, custom teams would have to be at the top of the list. When it comes to NBA Live, we haven't had an in-built Create-a-Team function since NBA Live 2000. The option has also been absent from NBA 2K on the current generation, making it a more recent addition to the Wishlists sent in to Visual Concepts. Although you could argue that there are more pressing issues with both NBA Live and NBA 2K, it's something that still bugs basketball gamers as it's a feature that's fallen by the wayside, and one that could be found in very old titles.

Of course, the custom teams that could be found in the first few iterations of NBA Live were a little different to the functionality that we want to see return. They do have their own nostalgic charm of course, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live's Classic Custom Teams

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:13 am

I remember using slammers and jammers for Vancouver and Toronto players and then stealers and blockers for new east and west all star teams
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live's Classic Custom Teams

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:44 am

That's the old school spirit. (Y)
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The '91 Warriors & '02 Kings in NBA 2K12

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:19 pm

April 19th, 2017: The '91 Warriors & '02 Kings in NBA 2K12

As I discussed in a previous Wayback Wednesday retrospective, the success of the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11 and the looming lockout in 2011 gave Visual Concepts plenty of incentive to expand upon the historical content in the game. The result of course was NBA's Greatest, which cut down on the specifics of the challenges (just win the games), but provided us with a larger roster of historical teams and NBA Legends. Deciding to take things one step further, 2K also provided basketball gamers with a couple of other historical teams to play with: the 1991 Golden State Warriors, and the 2002 Sacramento Kings.

Given the popularity and reputation of those two teams, the announcement of their inclusion was greeted with enthusiasm. However, their presence in the game wasn't without controversy. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The '91 Warriors & '02 Kings in NBA 2K12

Postby Dee4Three on Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:53 am

Chris Webber allowed 2K to put him in the game as a commentator this year, was hoping they would also include the 00-01 or 01-02 Kings... I have them in my roster, but it would have nice for them to be in there as a base team, and I am sure the console losers would thoroughly enjoy them.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The '91 Warriors & '02 Kings in NBA 2K12

Postby Dee4Three on Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:02 am

And I just found this... legendary.

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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The '91 Warriors & '02 Kings in NBA 2K12

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:58 am

He does have a MyTEAM card, and Bibby is in the game via the college DLC, so it's a shame they didn't bring back the '02 Kings as well.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The Referee in NBA Live 2000

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:59 pm

April 26th, 2017: The Referee in NBA Live 2000

On this day in 1988, the NBA decided to add a third referee to officiating crews, a change that went into effect the following season. Referees are often unpopular figures in any sport, and the NBA has seen its fair share of officiating controversies over the years. Whether it's some of Joey Crawford's antics, free throw discrepancies, or other bewildering calls, I'm sure we can all name an incident involving a referee that makes our blood boil. The officiating in basketball video games tends to be more consistent - that's how it's programmed, after all - but until NBA Live 2000, EA's games lacked an actual referee on the sidelines.

It probably doesn't sound like a big deal now, as we obviously expect to see more than one referee on the sidelines of contemporary basketball video games. At the time however, it was a significant addition to the presentation in NBA Live. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The Referee in NBA Live 2000

Postby Dee4Three on Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:59 am

The way the playoffs have gone, I'd like to see a 4th referee... or... no referees at all...

Call your own fouls, that would be entertaining.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: My NBA 2K13 MyCAREER

Postby Andrew on Wed May 03, 2017 11:03 pm

May 3rd, 2017: My NBA 2K13 MyCAREER

I've been playing basketball video games for more than two decades now. There are two main reasons that I remain a fan of the genre: I'm passionate about the sport, and I've had so many fun experiences with both sim and arcade basketball games over the years. I've previously compiled a list of some of my favourite experiences, one of them being my MyCAREER game in NBA 2K13 PC, in which I played for the Denver Nuggets. An enjoyably successful rookie season with some interesting twists and turns set the bar high for future games, and indeed, it hasn't been until this past year with NBA 2K17 that I've had a similarly great experience with MyCAREER.

It was the first time that I played MyCAREER almost exclusively, so NBA 2K13 stands as the game that really got me hooked on the mode, while developing a genuine interest in the single player career experience. Join me as I take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The Mysterious 2K Insider

Postby Andrew on Wed May 10, 2017 6:36 pm

May 10th, 2017: The Mysterious 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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Re: Wayback Wednesday: ESPN Integration in NBA Live 07

Postby Andrew on Wed May 17, 2017 11:22 pm

May 17th, 2017: ESPN Integration in NBA Live 07

If I'm being completely honest, then I'll have to admit that for a variety of reasons, I'm not the biggest fan of ESPN's coverage of the NBA these days. They are obviously one of the league's biggest partners though, and through ABC, their presenters have the call for the NBA Finals. Their branding is instantly recognisable to basketball fans, and it makes sense that EA Sports would also want to partner with them to bring authentic television presentation to NBA Live. It's a relationship that began over a decade ago, with the implementation of ESPN Integration in NBA Live 07.

Although ESPN branding is now very prominent in NBA Live, it was a few games before it truly took over. It was a gradual transition in some respects, but as the original fifteen year agreement between the companies demonstrated, they were both in it for the long haul. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: The Supreme Update Mod for NBA Live 07

Postby Andrew on Wed May 24, 2017 10:11 pm

May 24th, 2017: 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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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Be a Pro in NBA Live 09

Postby Andrew on Wed May 31, 2017 6:39 pm

May 31st, 2017: Be a Pro in NBA Live 09

When you think of early incarnations of single player career modes in basketball games, which titles come to mind? The Life in Sony's NBA series, or the debut of My Player in NBA 2K10, are probably the first two that you think of. However, right around the same time, NBA Live was starting to make some inroads on adding a single player mode of its own. Before Rising Star in NBA Live 14, before Become Legendary in the ill-fated NBA Elite 11, EA Sports were experimenting with career mode concepts in the form of Be a Pro, which only appeared in NBA Live 09.

Aside from being noteworthy as NBA Live's first attempt at implementing a single player career mode, Be a Pro is interesting to reflect upon as it differed greatly between the new gen and old gen versions of NBA Live 09, and not in the way you might expect. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Be a Pro in NBA Live 09

Postby [Q] on Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:45 am

So it was essentially a glorified player lock mode?
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Be a Pro in NBA Live 09

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:26 am

Couldn't we say that of all single player career modes? :P

But yeah, on PS3/360 in particular, it was basically more of a concept/practice for Online Team Play. The PS2 version had tasks, XP, levelling up, and single season play. I guess it was inbuilt functionality for what a lot of gamers had been doing with player lock and Dynasty before that, but it was kind of the start of a single player career mode, an early take on it.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Shaquille O'Neal in NBA Live 2002

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:04 pm

June 7th, 2017: Shaquille O'Neal in NBA Live 2002

If you grew up watching him play or you're at least familiar with your NBA history, you'll know that Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant players in league history. Although he was a force to be reckoned with for over a decade, the most dominant stretch of his career came between 2000 and 2002, when he led the Los Angeles Lakers to three straight championships. Putting up huge numbers in the NBA Finals became a trend for Shaq, beginning on this day in 2000 when he scored 43 points in Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers, after scoring 46 points, 37 points, and 41 points in the opening games of the first three rounds.

As you might expect, Shaq was generally also a beast in NBA video games. He was particularly unstoppable in NBA Live 2002, especially in the hands of the unforgiving AI on higher difficulty levels. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Freestyle Challenge in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:03 pm

June 14th, 2017: Freestyle Challenge in NBA Live

EA Play 2017 introduced us to The One, the new single player career mode that is set to debut in NBA Live 18. The depth of game modes has been a problem for the NBA Live series since its reboot in 2013, but as I've discussed in various 20th Anniversary of NBA Live retrospectives and Wayback Wednesday articles, there was a time when EA were consistently doing some very innovative things with their basketball games. I've already talked about the much-missed All-Star Weekend mode that was introduced in NBA Live 2005, but the addition of the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout also led to the inclusion of another mode: Freestyle Challenge.

A spinoff of the All-Star Weekend, Freestyle Challenge provided basketball gamers with something else to play in between the deeper game modes. It's a mode that doesn't get mentioned very often, but it was definitely an interesting concept, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Generated Rookie Names in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:49 pm

June 21st, 2017: Generated Rookie Names in NBA Live

Now that the 2017 NBA Finals are in the books, everyone's attention has turned to free agency and this year's Draft. In a couple of days we'll find out where all the top prospects will end up, but with custom Draft Classes, basketball gamers have already been creating their own scenarios in NBA 2K17. Of course, without a custom Draft Class in place, the new rookie crop will be completely fictional, with generated names, ratings, and attributes. In the early days of franchise modes, fictional rookies with generated names were the only option, barring any editing of the DBF files for NBA Live on PC.

As a result, there were some very weird and wonderful results with the randomly generated rookie names in NBA Live, as well as a few Easter Eggs here and there. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 95 in NBA Live 06

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:28 pm

June 28th, 2017: NBA Live 95 in NBA Live 06

Generally speaking, sim-oriented sports titles aren't what most people think of, or indeed reach for, when it comes to retro gaming. They don't always age well, mostly because they appeal to a demographic that wants to see more and more realism, as well as play with current season rosters. As such, they're not as popular among retro gamers, to play or collect. That being said, there is a contingent of basketball gamers who do enjoy playing and modding older titles, so it's certainly not unheard of. Finding a way to keep playing old favourites, or at least fire them up every once in a while, is something that people in our community do have an interest in.

When it came to the PlayStation 2 version of NBA Live 06, EA Sports made that a little easier by including an emulated version of NBA Live 95. It was a rather unusual example of bonus content, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 95 in NBA Live 06

Postby [Q] on Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:21 am

I had forgotten about this. I remember playing it once or twice, but it was hard to play without the actual names of the players on the teams.
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