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Modders Keep College Basketball Alive with 'March Madness 2K14' on PC

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College basketball as a video game died long before the lawsuits that killed NCAA Football could do the job. A little more than a year ago, 2K Sports finally pulled the plug on the servers for College Hoops 2K8, the means through which most folks shared rosters reflecting the current year. But there still are ways to play.

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NLSC, as dedicated a group of basketball gamers as you'll ever find, has published an extremely detailed mod for NBA 2K14's PC version. It features just 30 (of more than 300) Division I NCAA basketball teams, but the lineup includes most of the college game's noteworthy programs (and, interestingly, Albany, currently 11-11 in the Atlantic East. Maybe it was the alma mater of one of the modders.)

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But the project team didn't stop with authentic uniforms, colors and logos; they put in a CBS Sports broadcast package, marching band fight songs, "authentic courts & arenas for all teams" (which is a a huge feat, to me) and more than 400 unique faces for the players. The full version also features a fully functional season mode riding on top of NBA 2K14's usual Association.

That's one hell of a mod and speaks highly of the team's commitment to keeping college hoops going as a video game. Nearly 30 guys worked on it to bring it to life. Instructions for downloading and installing the mod are available at the link below.

March Madness 2K14 Lite & Full Release v1 (30 Teams) [NLSC via Operation Sports]

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I'm really glad we live in the time we do where we have passionate skilled people who do this kind of thing for fun. I'm not super into sports games but I can understand how big companies can screw over a niche demographic because it's unprofitable for them to give a shit (hey, I own a Wii U!).

Bad jokes aside, I'm grateful the PC remains a viable gaming platform because without projects like these, people passionate about certain kinds of games would have zero recourse thanks to the current game industry profit formula (and the messiness of licensing in general).