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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Basketball Gaming on Nintendo 64

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:35 pm

Wayback Wednesday: Basketball Gaming on Nintendo 64

For basketball gamers who are at the tail end of Generation X, or Millennials/Gen Y folks like me, we're starting to experience milestones that remind us that we're getting older. Realising we're coming up on the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Bulls' first championship - an event that was just a few years old when I really got into basketball - is a good example. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live over the past two years is another. We're also starting to see a lot of classic consoles that I recall being one of the systems to own back in the day, now reaching significant anniversaries.

To that end, the Nintendo 64 turns twenty five this week, being released in Japan on June 24th 1996 and North America on September 29th. It wouldn't be released in Europe or Australia until March 1997, and I didn't actually own the console until I received it for my 13th birthday in October that year. Nevertheless, it's the 25th Anniversary of the debut of the Nintendo 64, so it only seems appropriate to reflect on the history of basketball gaming on the console. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Creating Retro Teams in NBA Live 10

Postby Andrew on Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:23 pm

Wayback Wednesday: Creating Retro Teams in NBA Live 10

I've been having a great time with NBA Live 10 in recent weeks. From my gaming sessions with Dee4Three over Parsec and revisiting the game by myself on Xbox 360, to placing veterans in their rookie throwbacks, active players on their current teams, and portraying What If scenarios, I've immensely enjoyed playing a game that I wish I'd spent more time with when it was new. Of course, it's also been something of a bittersweet experience, as I'm left thinking - and I'm sure many long-time NBA Live fans can relate to this - "Why didn't EA just keep building off this fantastic game?"

Of course, the beauty of retro basketball gaming is that we can give games a second look, and if we enjoy them, make up for skipping them back in the day. Combing through the rosters of NBA Live 10 to put together the aforementioned articles, I've noticed how many veterans from earlier in the decade were still active, as well as the number of recently retired players present in the game's Free Agents Pool. In fact, there are enough of them to create some makeshift retro teams using the Fantasy Teams mode present in NBA Live 10. Here are some examples of retro teams you can make in NBA Live 10 if you feel like going back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: A New Appreciation for NBA Live 10

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:36 pm

Wayback Wednesday: A New Appreciation for NBA Live 10

If you've been following along with my recent Wayback Wednesday features, you won't be surprised to hear that I've developed a new appreciation for NBA Live 10 as of late. Despite a few gripes that I have with certain aspects of the game, my overall opinion of it has always been generally positive. I'm sure that came across when I covered the game with a retrospective for our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations. For the most part, I still stand by what I wrote in that article and my appraisal of NBA Live 10 as a fine game, but not the best release in the series.

To that end, this isn't a revision of the impressions I shared in my retrospective, as was the case when I revisited NBA Live 06 on Xbox 360. Again, I'm not inclined to disagree with my previous comments on the quality, depth, and ranking of NBA Live 10 compared to other strong releases in the NBA Live series. However, I can now say that I've been able to make some new memories with the game upon it becoming my retro kick, and that has undoubtedly given me a new appreciation for the experience on offer in NBA Live 10. Before I move on to covering other games, I'm reflecting on why NBA Live 10 has inspired me to go back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 07; Worst Game or Not?

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 14, 2021 2:27 pm

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 07; Worst Game or Not?

Since I followed up with further impressions of NBA Live 06 on Xbox 360 after my retrospective for our 25th Anniversary of NBA Live celebrations, I've decided to take another look back at NBA Live 07. As with the aforementioned article, I'd originally planned to do this as part of some "overtime" 25th Anniversary content, but at this point, I feel it would be more appropriate to repurpose those ideas for my Wayback Wednesday features. After all, we're now significantly past the dates marking the 25th Anniversary of NBA Live on both console (1994) and PC (March 1995).

Although I do stand by what I said in my previous retrospective, sometimes games are worth a second or third look with fresher eyes and different perspectives. I found that I liked the Xbox 360 version of NBA Live 06 much better after giving it another chance and adjusting to its style of play. I've also developed a greater appreciation for NBA Live 10. It admittedly seems a very unlikely prospect with NBA Live 07, as it has a well-earned reputation as one of the worst games in the series, if not the worst NBA Live release. Nevertheless, I'm interested in giving it one more chance, and drawing some comparisons to other flawed titles. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Familiar Faces in Strange Places (Part 5)

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:29 pm

Wayback Wednesday: Familiar Faces in Strange Places (Part 5)

Yes, it's time for a fifth instalment in my ongoing series profiling familiar faces that ended up in strange places! In case you missed the previous articles, or the title is a bit too esoteric, this series looks back at well-known players that are generally associated with a particular team, and their stints wearing unfamiliar jerseys that looked strange at the time as well as in hindsight. Because video games capture these unusual stints, I'm also looking at them through the lens of the virtual hardwood. As I've said before, I love the "interactive almanac" aspect of old video games!

The ten familiar faces in strange places that I'm profiling this time around feature a mix of several big names, as well as some prominent role players from back in the day. Although it's more jarring to see All-Stars and future Hall of Fame inductees wearing unfamiliar uniforms, we can still come to associate long-tenured role players with a certain team as well. As such, it's similarly strange when they move on to a new club, both in real life and in video games. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Familiar Faces Back in Familiar Places (Part 4)

Postby Andrew on Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:06 pm

Wayback Wednesday: Familiar Faces Back in Familiar Places (Part 4)

Just as I'm continuing my series on familiar faces in strange places, I have another instalment of its counterpart today. As the name would imply, the familiar faces back in familiar places series takes a look at players that returned to the team that they're often closely associated with, after leaving to play elsewhere. In some ways, it's an even more interesting phenomenon, particularly with star players as many of them have only moved on to new teams after leaving their original club. Over the years, we've seen more players return to their old teams for second runs and farewell tours.

As always, I'm looking at these familiar faces back in familiar places through the lens of basketball video games. I do that in part because it ties in to our coverage of the virtual hardwood, and because I enjoy the "interactive almanac" aspect of revisiting older titles. With that being said, let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 10 Retro Rookie Jerseys Redux

Postby Andrew on Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:23 pm

Wayback Wednesday: NBA Live 10 Retro Rookie Jerseys Redux

With NBA Live 10 becoming my retro kick of 2021, it's inspired several Wayback Wednesday features. The first feature, posted back in May, spotlighted the retro jerseys that had actually been worn by players in NBA Live 10's rosters, during their rookie seasons. It was a fun exercise that allowed me to comb through the rosters and set up some screenshots. I was pleased with how the feature turned out, and that I was able to find so many players that could be matched to retro jerseys. The problem is that the list wasn't as comprehensive as it could've been.

There were a couple of players that I completely forgot about when matching rookie seasons to the retro jerseys, while ironically including more obscure examples. The 1985-86 Celtics retro jerseys are also the design that they wore from 1972 through to 1999, which means there are players in NBA Live 10 that sported them in their rookie seasons. As far as the 2000s are concerned, I completely neglected the SuperSonics retros, which are absolutely worth a mention. I thought about simply updating and then re-sharing my previous article, but I decided it was worth a do-over, complete with new screenshots. Let's fix things by taking another look back...way back...
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