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Re: Wayback Wednesday: All-Time College DLC for NBA 2K17

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:38 pm

October 3rd, 2018: All-Time College DLC for NBA 2K17

Downloadable content hasn't been too common for basketball video games over the years. Compared to RPGs with their expansion packs and fighting games with their myriad of DLC characters, NBA Live and NBA 2K have generally stuck with the "recurrent revenue" model to earn additional income from their annual releases. There has been some DLC for hoops titles though, from the free Oklahoma City logo update for NBA Live 09 to NBA 2K12's Legends Showcase that cost $10 (or 800 Microsoft Points).

The NBA 2K series has featured some DLC as recently as NBA 2K17, however. In addition to offering up the 1992 Dream Team as a pre-order bonus, 2K also released an All-Time College DLC pack. The pack, which was available around launch and exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, expanded the roster of bonus teams with some college content; a rarity in the wake of the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. I realise that NBA 2K17 is still a fairly recent game, but let's take a look back...a little way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: BIG Moments in NBA Live 14

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:20 pm

October 10th, 2018: BIG Moments in NBA Live 14

Since I covered NBA 2K17's College DLC last week, I'd say it isn't too soon to go back to the beginning of the current generation of NBA Live this time. It's been a long time since EA Sports' game was the premiere NBA sim, and this generation has once again seen the game rebuilding over the course of a few years, as it's fought to regain its share of the market. The process has had its up and downs and it seems to be paying off with NBA Live 19, but even when the series was in rough shape, there were flashes of brilliance and good concepts. One of those ideas was BIG Moments.

A fresh mode that brought dynamic content to the game, BIG Moments is an idea that EA Sports could stand to revisit in future releases, even as NBA Live explores new modes of play such as LIVE Events and Court Battles. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Decade All-Stars in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:35 pm

October 17th, 2018: Decade All-Stars in NBA Live

I've mentioned the Decade All-Stars in several previous articles, including my first look back at Legends in Wayback Wednesday, my NBA Live 2000 retrospective, and as an example of content that I'd like to see return. However, apart from a profile of the 50s All-Stars on the anniversary of the BAA-NBL merger to form the NBA in 1949, I haven't yet dedicated an entire feature to talking about those squads. Given how popular they were, and how much I personally enjoyed having them, it's time to rectify that with a long overdue retrospective.

A lot of older basketball gamers who played NBA Live back in the day no doubt remember the Decade All-Stars quite fondly. It's interesting that many of us do feel nostalgic for them now, considering how they were the original attempt to capitalise on nostalgia in basketball video games. For those who remember them, and for those who don't know what all the fuss is about, let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Bonus Teams in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:54 pm

October 24th, 2018: Bonus Teams in NBA Live

In the years following Lakers vs Celtics, it was a big deal when NBA games finally included the entire league. Once that became standard, we eventually reached a point where some sort of additional content was expected. NBA 2K has set the bar here with its historical teams, but there was a time when EA's series was also going above and beyond simply featuring the current NBA rosters. These efforts include the Decade All-Star teams, which I talked about last week, as well as the FIBA squads that would be added in later NBA Live games.

Those weren't the only playable squads outside of the NBA teams, though. I discussed the unlockable developer teams in a previous Wayback Wednesday, but in the years that followed that era, NBA Live featured a number of other bonus teams. While they weren't necessarily as unique as the developer teams, or as exciting as the Decade All-Stars and FIBA squads, they were still noteworthy additions to NBA Live's rosters. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: NBA Jam TE PC No Points Challenge

Postby Andrew on Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:37 pm

October 31st, 2018: NBA Jam TE PC No Points Challenge

It's been far too long since I made a video feature, despite my intention to produce more video content this year. Better late than never though, as I had a fun idea for this week's Wayback Wednesday. Whenever I played NBA Jam Tournament Edition solo back in the day, I tended to play with Tag Mode off, and scored most of the team's points with the player I was controlling. However, playing point guard for our Pro-Am squad in NBA 2K has given me a taste for racking up assists, which left me to wonder: can I win a game of NBA Jam TE with my CPU teammate scoring all of our points?

I fired up my old favourite, and gave the No Points Challenge a shot. Let's take a look back...way back...


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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Bonus Teams in NBA 2K

Postby Andrew on Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:26 pm

November 7th, 2018: Bonus Teams in NBA 2K

A couple of weeks ago, I took a look back at the bonus teams that were featured in older NBA Live games. While NBA 2K has become better known for providing basketball gamers with a wide selection of historical squads, it has also featured a variety of bonus teams from Decade All-Stars and developer teams to sports brand and Draft Class squads. While some of them certainly were not essential, they did inject a little extra fun into the game. As with the bonus teams in NBA Live, they provided a means of shaking things up with an enjoyable change of pace.

These bonus teams may now be overshadowed by a bevy of historical content in the form of retro and All-Time squads, but they're still an important part of NBA 2K's history of going above and beyond the bare minimum of including all the current NBA teams. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14

Postby Andrew on Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:13 pm

November 14th, 2018: Ultimate Team in NBA Live 14

The concept of Ultimate Team actually originated in EA Sports' UEFA Champions League 2006-2007, released for the Xbox 360. It didn't debut in the FIFA series until FIFA 09, launching in March 2009 as paid downloadable content. Other games in the EA Sports lineup began adopting their own versions of Ultimate Team, with Madden adding the mode as free DLC for Madden 10 in January 2010, and NHL 11 including it at launch. It has since become a staple game mode in EA Sports games, alongside the various franchise and career experiences.

However, with the NBA Live series being derailed by the attempted revamping and rebranding with NBA Elite 11, it wouldn't be until the release of NBA Live 14 that we finally saw Live Ultimate Team. It was reasonably solid upon its debut, and while it hasn't been greatly expanded upon in subsequent games, it remains a mode with a lot of potential. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Trivia in Basketball Games

Postby Andrew on Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:02 pm

November 21st, 2018: Trivia in Basketball Games

Wait a minute, I hear you saying. Don't most of my Wayback Wednesday features concern trivia about basketball games, specifically titles that are at least a few years old? Well, yes, but this time, I'm talking about the way that basketball games have literally indulged in trivia, presenting gamers with questions that they can answer as well as listing interesting NBA facts. So yes, I am getting a little meta here, presenting some trivia about trivia in basketball games! After all, it's something that has been featured in various titles over the years, dating way back to the mid 90s.

It may seem like an unusual feature to focus upon, but I do believe that it's part of the nostalgia for some beloved favourites. It's also a concept that has evolved over time, and come to be used for more practical and tangible purposes. With that being said, let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Trivia in Basketball Games

Postby JaoSming on Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:36 am

On an "Interactive Special" week for 2KTV too, tisk tisk. (since 2K16)

And not mentioning the Streetball trivia loading into Blacktop the past few years, tisk tisk tisk tisk tisk!
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Trivia in Basketball Games

Postby Andrew on Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:40 pm

I did actually mean to mention the interactive specials, having touched upon them in Monday Tip-Off. I'll admit to not playing enough Blacktop to know that. I know, I know. :P
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: My NBA Live 06 Dynasty

Postby Andrew on Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:17 am

November 28th, 2018: My NBA Live 06 Dynasty

Even as the years have gone by and technology has allowed basketball video games to get better and better, we still have our all-time favourites from yesteryear. As I've said in previous Wayback Wednesday features, it can be a lot of fun to revisit old games - it's one of the main reasons I do flashback content every week - but some of them do show their age, making it difficult to spend a lot of time with them. On the other hand, some games are easier to stick with or revisit time and time again, with their overall experience being just as satisfying years later.

For me, an example of such a game would be NBA Live 06 PC. The reason I've been able to dust it off time and time again is because I've kept the save file of one of my all-time favourite basketball gaming experiences, namely my Dynasty game with the Chicago Bulls. It's a game that spawned not one but two Dynasty story topics, so I felt that it would only be appropriate to reminisce about it in a Wayback Wednesday article. Let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: DBF Files in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:08 am

December 5th, 2018: DBF Files in NBA Live

Our community has produced several amazing mods over the years. We've been able to go from fairly basic roster updates to comprehensive total conversions, and a wide variety of tweaks and enhancements. Of course, some games have been easier to mod than others. The feasibility of modding a game generally comes down to the format and structure of the files; the easier they are to decode and manipulate, the easier it's been to develop tools to edit them. At times, developers have gone out of their way to make this task easier. CustomArt is one such example, while DBF files are another.

In short, the adoption of DBF files greatly expanded what we were able to accomplish with roster editing in NBA Live. It's easily one of the most important developments in the history of our modding community, so let's take a look back...way back...
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: DBF Files in NBA Live

Postby [Q] on Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:26 am

DBF editing was one of the easiest mods to make (with the NBA Live Toolkit for MS Access)

It was awesome when I found out about that, as I used it to update names of arenas, update names of rookies I added (due to the 8 character limit), update the Roster Player, and playoff seedings
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: DBF Files in NBA Live

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:50 am

Ah NBA Live DBF file editing, thr only reason I have MS Access back then. Good times.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: DBF Files in NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:04 am

It was fantastic. As I said, even when the Toolkits ended, we still had DB Commander and Excel.
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Re: Wayback Wednesday: Mentors in NBA 2K15's MyCAREER

Postby Andrew on Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:33 am

December 12th, 2018: Mentors in NBA 2K15's MyCAREER

NBA 2K15 stands out as quite a noteworthy game in the NBA 2K series. It was the first time that the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version was ported to PC, and the first PC release to be available exclusively through Steam with no disc-based physical copies. The game also continued the story-driven MyCAREER concept, becoming the first game in which you didn't start your rookie season on opening night. The story of how you make it to the league featured cameos from NBA players who acted as mentors, with the real players voicing their virtual counterparts in cutscenes.

On one hand, this was an improvement over similar cutscenes in NBA 2K14, in which the MyPLAYER character was voiced while the NBA players' dialogue was just text. On the other hand, many of their performances were notoriously and hilariously bad, as discussed in an article over on Cracked a couple of years ago. Nevertheless, it was an idea that had merit, influencing presentation and features in subsequent games. At the very least, there's some humour to be found with the mentors in NBA 2K15, so let's take a look back...way back...
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