I have been a fan of Philippine Basketball since my elementary days. When I shoot the ball I always imagined myself to be like Rony Magsanoc or when I drive to the basket I glide like Samboy Lim or Mr. Excitement Bong Alvarez. NBA games at that time are very rare to find. I remember together with my Dad we had to travel 4 kilometers just to rent a betamax tape of the 1985 NBA all star game. (Just the thought of it, it already exhausts me…) so PBA back then was the only outlet for all basketball die hard fans.
It is the game of the Gods as players are treated with high respect that’s why players back then have more illegitimate children kidding aside.
EA sports invented the NBA live for all basketball gamers. And for me I vent my frustrations in being a player by playing the game religiously. I even have to starve myself to death just to save money so that I could play the NBA live in Robinsons where after a game I started to save money by walking home… (That explains why my friends calls me a walking stick like the funny comedian “Palito”).
Ahh reminiscing those days…. But during 2003 a MOD for PC gamers was built by Mr.Panelo and some talented patchers making the first ever PBA live game for PC. It was a blast and its nicer because it has a touched of belongingness I mean we can root for Detroit Pistons or Chicago Bulls but Ginebra and San Miguel sounds much better because we always feel we know this players more rather than those NBA millionaires.
Remember the defunct MBA? It almost got PBA a run for their money as it was much appreciated by fans because of the sense of urgency as each team represents the different Cities in the Philippines. I would always go to the Cebu gems home team to watch and support them. And that’s why PBA live got an award for their hard work and passion in bringing PBA games right in our PC.
The release of PBA live 2007 in which a volume of visitors downloaded the free MOD got a good review from some basketball critics. I came to be very excited as it releases the FIBA asia within this month. But sad to say because it is a free site and the downloads are free it has to earn itself to survive. It knocks me off my head thinking the dream of playing those PBA idols would come to an end. And I just have to write this article in order to get more donations for people who are also living the dream.
Downloads are still available at this site http://pbalive.yebaweb.com just send the administrator for details. Hope we all continue to support PBA live and all the Pinoy patchers making this dream a reality.