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JaoSming’s Predictions #5: Custom & Special Teams

This is the second to last prediction video, I hope you all have enjoyed the series so far. This was by far the most difficult video for me to do, since I have never played the MyTEAM mode or any of EA Sport’s Ultimate Team modes. Other than that, the continued FIBA talk for NBA Live 14 and my feelings on retro teams in NBA 2K14 was simple in comparison, even if my predictions may seem a bit exuberant.

Remember to respond and share your own predictions in the comments below, and check out the Forum Thread as well.

JaoSming’s Predictions #4: Graphics & Presentation

With only two more days until Microsoft reveals its next generation console, and possibly the first information and footage for the next generation of basketball video games, let’s cover graphics and presentation today. While gameplay should still be the core of any basketball game, these aspects make it easier to get lost and enjoy even subpar games more than we normally would.

So, if you want to share your own predictions or respond to mine, you can do so in the comments below or in this Forum Thread.

JaoSming’s Predictions #3: Career & Franchise Modes

Continuing right along with my prediction series for features I think we’ll see and play in NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14, today the focus is on the Career and Franchise modes. While last year we saw the social media shift from My Player to MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, and with EA teasing and previewing Become Legendary for NBA Elite 11, I see a vast difference between the two modes. For franchise modes, well, I’m not sure that with the next generation of consoles coming out that these modes will get the attention they surely deserve.

What are you thoughts on these single player modes? Share them in the comments section below and in the updated Forum Thread.

JaoSming’s Predictions #2: Online & Gameplay Improvements

For the second prediction video I take a look at what improvements I think we’ll see in both gameplay and online features for the upcoming basketball games. Trying to figure out whether EA or 2K will go conservative or innovative in these categories has always been difficult to predict in the past for me, but I have no issue being wrong for the sake of a better game.

After watching, please share your thoughts on my predictions, or better yet share your own predictions on what we will see with the gameplay and online features in NBA 2K14 or NBA Live 14 in the comments below or in the Forum Thread.

The Friday Five: Enjoying the Playoffs (When Your Team Is Out)

It’s Friday, already? It is indeed, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! For anyone who’s checking out The Friday Five for the first time, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

If you’ve been keeping up with the results of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, you’re no doubt aware that my favourite team, the Chicago Bulls, have been eliminated in the second round in five games at the hands of the defending champion Miami Heat. As such, I’ll be looking for other ways to enjoy and maintain my interest in the rest of the postseason. If you’re in a similar position, here are five suggestions for you to consider.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #1: Cover Athletes

For the third year in the row, I’ve decided to embarrass myself by publicly sharing my predictions for the upcoming basketball video games. You can take a look at the recap threads for my predictions for NBA 2K12 and NBA 2K13/NBA Live 13 to get an idea at how far off I am each year.

This year I hope to do the prediction series differently, with commentary videos rather than short articles. I will do a wrap up post at the end, but let’s start this all off with a throwaway prediction, the cover athletes for NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14. Please share your better predictions in the comments below, on the video, or in the Forum Thread. Enjoy!

Soapbox: The Legendary Kwame Brown

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is Kenny, formerly known as badreligionau in the NLSC Forum.

The Washington Wizards had the first pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. They had some players with great potential to choose from, including Tyson Chandler, Shane Battier and Eddy Curry. But instead, they chose Kwame Brown; the first player ever to be selected with the first overall pick directly out of high school.

He seemed like a solid pick. He won the Mr Georgia Basketball award, was Glynn Academy’s all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker, and was selected for the McDonalds All-American team in 2001. But as six teams in eleven seasons would find out, the expectations placed on Kwame far exceeded his talent. Indiscretions both on and off the court have marred his career and contributed to his label as one of the biggest draft busts the NBA has seen.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Underrated Features in Basketball Games

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! For the uninitiated, The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

It’s been fun counting down my top five best and worst songs in basketball video games over the past couple of weeks, but this week I felt like talking about something with a little more substance. As such, I’m counting down my Top 5 Underrated Features in Basketball Games. These are elements of gameplay, game modes and other aspects of basketball games that I feel are overlooked, underappreciated or in some cases, simply get a bad rap.

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The Friday Five: 5 Worst Songs in Basketball Video Games

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading The Friday Five, it’s a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Last week I offered my picks for the five best songs in basketball video games, so this week I’m going in the other direction and counting down my five worst songs. These are the tracks that I feel were either unsuitable for a basketball game or just didn’t appeal to me for one reason or another.

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Songs in Basketball Video Games

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and another edition of The Friday Five! If you’re new to the site or simply haven’t come across the Five before, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays in which I give my thoughts on a variety of topics that are related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

We’re back to the world of virtual hoops this week, as I take a look at what I feel are the five best songs in basketball video games. Good soundtracks in basketball titles feature songs that are a good fit with the sport itself, get you hyped to play the game or at the very least are enjoyable to listen to while you’re navigating the menus and setting things up. I don’t exactly fancy myself a music critic or expert but when it comes to basketball games, these songs have stood out to me.

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How to Use NBA Stats Tracker for YouTube & Stories

If you don’t know, Leftos’ NBA Stats Tracker tool is quite possibly the most impressive tool created for NBA games. Attempting to sum it up in a sentence is impossible. It extrapolates player, team and league statistics from exported CSV files (via the REDitor) and turns them into detailed scouting reports, league and team leaders and processed metric statistics that can be customized to your liking.

You can export this information to text editors which can then be utilized in Association or MyCAREER story threads, or even YouTube series for overlays or simply talking points during the video. Below is a tutorial on how to use the tool in its most basic form for a YouTube series or text story.

Now, this is a very basic look into what this tool is capable of. You can watch my more Detailed Overview if you’d like, but I would recommend checking out Leftos’ Official Forum Thread for the most accurately explained feature tours and information.

The Friday Five: 5 Ways the NBA Is More Enjoyable Now

We’ve come to another Friday here at the NLSC, so it’s time for a new edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Five, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays, containing my thoughts on a variety of topics that are related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, presented as either a list of five items or a Top 5 countdown.

Last week, I threw on my nostalgia goggles and talked about some aspects of the NBA in the 90s that I miss and how I feel they made the league more enjoyable during that era. As I said though, I’m still very much an NBA fan and certainly do enjoy the current product, so this week I’m going in the other direction and taking a look at five ways the league is more enjoyable now.

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways the NBA Was More Enjoyable in the 90s

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and a new edition of The Friday Five! For the uninitiated, The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, presented as either a list of five items or a Top 5 countdown.

This week, I’m getting nostalgic and playing the cranky “Things were better in my day!” card as I take a look at five ways the NBA was more enjoyable in the 90s. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the NBA today because I absolutely do, but these are five things that I miss or feel were done better during the era I grew up watching. Since I’m aiming to compile a list that I feel most fans from that era can agree with, I’ll try to get through the Five without listing “The Chicago Bulls winning championship after championship”. No guarantees.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Things Holding Back Basketball Games

Friday is upon us once again, so here is this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five, it is a feature that I post every Friday in which I talk about a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, presenting my thoughts either as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

Being that we are a community of basketball video game enthusiasts, the way in which basketball video games can improve is naturally one of our favourite topics of discussion. While it’s important that we keep posting quality feedback on the games we play and innovative ideas for future titles, there are certain factors that unfortunately stand in the way of certain features being implemented, or at least make it difficult for developers to implement them exactly as envisioned. These are the Top 5 things that I feel are holding back basketball video games and posing a challenge to their developers.

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The Friday Five: 5 Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games

We’ve arrived at another Friday here at the NLSC, so here’s another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time, this is feature that I post every Friday in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or counting down a Top 5.

This week’s topic is Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games. I’m taking some liberties with those terms as these games aren’t necessarily that obscure and I’m sure that plenty of people do remember them, but they don’t seem to be talked about all that much and they’re games that I feel are worth reflecting upon. So, without any further ado, here are five basketball games that you may or may not remember, but hopefully will enjoy reading about.

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