#MedSpeaks Revamping PBA 2K

Today, we discuss the current status and future of the PBA 2K updates that will be arriving in 2017!


(Bobby Ray Parks Jr. playing for Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League)

The Negligence of UAAP & NCAA Updates

For the past two seasons, we've intentionally avoided updating the UAAP & NCAA college teams simply because they were too difficult to update. The designs for their jerseys have become more and more outlandish over the years, with sponsors that were difficult to recognize and find logos for. While player cyberfaces were also one of the most difficult to create for both of these leagues, the Playoff bracket of having UAAP & NCAA teams participate in the overall league's Playoffs mode against PBA teams were found to be completely inappropriate. Also, reports of players being signed by or traded to UAAP & NCAA teams were a huge sight for sore eyes as it makes it look like PBA players in their adult age suddenly come back to their college years for that fountain of youth. Stats were also not updated for the NCAA teams, making it hard to update the players' ratings, tendencies, etc. With all of that, we've completely avoided updating the UAAP & NCAA teams for two whole seasons, while thinking of a way to replace them with more compatible leagues during those years.

The Entrance of the ABL


(The Home & Away jerseys for Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League)

One league we've always considered adding to the PBA 2K family is the ASEAN Basketball League. This season, they are comprised of 6 teams such as the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, Kaohsiung Truth, Saigon Heat, Singapore Slingers, Westports Malaysia Dragons and the Alab Pilipinas. This year in 2017, we hope to make it a reality as the overall

The Re-Emergence of the PBA D-League


(Screenshots of the PBA D-League in the 2013-2014 PBA 2K season)

The PBA D-League has already made an appearance in PBA 2K in the past, being added as additional teams in our inaugural PBA 2K season (2013-2014). However, this year in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirant's Cup, the PBA D-League is comprised of 10 teams. Namely the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, Cafe France Bakers - Centro Escolar University, Racal Tile Masters, AMA Online Education Titans, Victoria Sports - MLQU Stallions, Blustar Malaysia, Wang's Basketball Couriers, Cignal - San Beda College, JRU Heavy Bombers, and Team Batangas. This makes the combination of the PBA (12), ABL (6), PBA D-League (10) a total of 28 teams with only 2 slots remaining to complete the 30 team requirement for NBA 2K14.

The Cameo of the Boomers & Tall Blacks


(Screenshots of the Australian Boomers & New Zealand Tall Blacks in an early version of FIBA 2K)

Remember, NBA 2K14 requires 30 teams to be in functional in PBA 2K, this was the difficult decision of having to find exactly two teams that would fit well with the feel of the revamped PBA 2K we are going for. Fortunately, with the appearance of both Oceanic teams in future FIBA tournaments as well as the Tall Blacks participation in the Jones Cup, we've decided to add the existing versions of the Boomers & Tall Blacks from FIBA 2K to PBA 2K.

Balance?

To create balance in the new PBA 2K, we will no longer support the Fictional Home Courts project for the 2016-2017 PBA season. Instead, we will create two versions, a "Real PBA" version and a "Fictional" version. The Real PBA version will make use of the real PBA schedule, while also having the other teams compete in their own leagues in their respective schedules. In this version, the PBA D-League, ABL and Oceanic teams will have significantly lower coach ratings in order for them to have less chances of making the playoffs (a technique we used for the UAAP & NCAA teams for PBA 2K over the years). The Fictional version will have all of the teams competing against each other in the schedule, similar to the NBA or current state of FIBA 2K & Kuroko V Slam Dunk. In this version, all of the teams are balanced in a way that the coach ratings are of the same tier, allowing all teams and players to have All-Stars or make the playoffs. All leagues will also be separated in half for balance to create a proper Playoff experience.

What do you think about the future of PBA 2K that we have re-designed? It's going to be a long time before we are going to be able to do this as the amount of work needed to be done is enormous. While it will definitely take months to do this, we might be able to see something come to PBA 2K much sooner, such as the appearance of the ABL & Oceanic teams in future versions of PBA 2K first before we proceed with the PBA D-League updates. We are considering a minor update before the end of the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup that adds Alab Pilipinas and both Oceanic teams, before completing the ABL teams right before the start of the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.

#MedSpeaks The MyCareer Discussion

The status of MyCareer in NBA 2K14 has been a love/hate relationship for many of us and here we discuss the past, current, and future state of MyCareer.



MyCareer in the Past

It starts with the default NBA 2K14 roster which was released from September 2013 to June 2014. A stable version of NBA 2K14 official rosters have always worked in MyCareer. In fact, even Med's NBA Rosters for the 2013-2014 NBA season had absolutely no crashing.

MyCareer in the Present


(Reports of MyCareer crashing in the 6th game for NBA 2K15 on PS3)

We are currently in the 2016-2017 NBA season, THREE seasons later after the original 2013-2014 NBA season and there have been reports of NBA 2K14 crashing in the 6th game of the NBA season. While we've tested the current version of Med's NBA Roster and established that it does work in MyCareer. We need to acknowledge that even OFFICIAL unmodified NBA 2K rosters for NBA 2K15, 2K16, etc. on PS3 have experienced crashing in the exact same situation. Reports of NBA 2K15 crashing have been posted on Reddit, 2K Support Forums, NLSC, etc. Some experience crashing with the current version of Med's NBA Roster, while some actually don't experience crashing. A lot of people comment on both sides (those that experience crashing and those that do not) so it is quite different for each situation.

MyCareer in the Future

NBA 2K15, 2K16, and 2K17 on PS3/XBox 360 have been experiencing crashing in MyCareer mode, specifically the same situation we have which is after the 6th game of the season. While the NBA 2K15, 2K16 and 2K17 on PS3/XBox 360 versions are obviously just based on the NBA 2K14 engine without being heavily updated by 2K Sports themselves, it may be a sign that NBA 2K14's engine was not meant to support MyCareer mode in future seasons, seeing as how even official console versions of the game experience the exact same crash that the modified PC versions do. It is worth noting that the future of NBA 2K14's MyCareer holds the same fate as it does now. The more we go, the more mods we add and implement, and the more we jeopardize the status of a stable, working MyCareer mode. If MyCareer is the sole reason for you to play NBA 2K14, your best bet is to play the last official NBA 2K14 roster that was released in June 2014 in order to be able to play multiple seasons with no crashes.

MyCareer's Issues, Possible Fixes

MyCareer's most common issue is being played with a heavily modified NBA 2K14 which has mods that were released untested. A lot of mods have been released over the years that legitimately cause crashing because they were released without being tested for all game modes by the developer. While we here test our rosters for MyCareer before we release to make sure that they are working, a heavily modified NBA 2K14 has a high chance of crashing if the mods installed were not tested properly. Here are some common tips on how to able to have a stable, working MyCareer. Please note that these tips are only recommended solutions and does not guarantee that it will fix MyCareer mode for you.

Avoid using a modified scoreboard. A modified scoreboard has a high chance of crashing MyCareer mode after the games have been finished.
Avoid using "HD" content. "HD" cyberfaces, jerseys, stadiums, dornas, globals, etc. that have been released untested can cause crashing after the 1st or 3rd quarter of MyCareer, Association, Season, Playoffs modes. Please read this blog post for more information.
Avoid using heavily modified graphics mods. Heavily modified globals, title screens, and other graphics mods also have a chance of crashing MyCareer mode.
Avoid using heavily modified tunedata. Heavily modified tunedata and other gameplay mods also have a chance of crashing MyCareer mode, usually before the start of the game.
Do not save your MyCareer right away. When it asks you to create a save file for MyCareer mode, don't (Press "1" on your keyboard or "Circle" for PlayStation/"B" for XBox controllers). Save your MyCarer file later.
Delete all MyCareer save files and create a completely new MyCareer save file. In most cases, if you want to start a new MyCareer mode, it has to be a new save file. It is recommended that you do not replace an existing save file and save a completely new MyCareer save file.
Delete all other MyCareer save files, then duplicate and rename your existing MyCareer save file. Sometimes, you can proceed with your existing MyCareer save file if you copy and paste your existing save file then rename it to something else, preferably a short MyCareer file name such as MYCAREER1. • Perform a fresh install of NBA 2K14. If your NBA 2K14 is too heavily modified that you can no longer trace the cause of error for MyCareer mode and it is that important to you, it is recommended that you do a fresh install of NBA 2K14.

Consider upgrading your computer. There is a rare situation where the game crashes because your computer is not compatible with it. Forcefully running the game on 32-bit computers are an example of this. Using processors or graphics cards that are not optimized for NBA 2K14 may also be the cause.

Oddly, MyCareer mode does not have any errors in FIBA 2K, PBA 2K, and Kuroko V Slam Dunk and Association mode does not have any errors in NBA 2K14. It should be acknowledged that even the unmodified console versions of NBA 2K's games have also had trouble in MyCareer mode in the past and until today. 2K Support has confirmed that a corrupted MyCareer file can no longer be restored and you have to start over. Sometimes, MyCareer works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes we know why it crashes while sometimes it's a complete mystery. My only recommendation is try to lower your expectations when playing MyCareer mode.