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Dumb Fact Monday: Playable Jay-Z

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

It seems like only recently that we were all complaining about the gold swirls and menu equalizers in NBA 2K13, probably because it was only last year. Executively produced by Jay-Z, NBA 2K13 gained criticism for the presentation elements that were supposedly designed by the man himself. 2K themselves claimed that Jay-Z had his fingerprints all over the game, and articles came out about Jay-Z using his star power to get Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley in last year’s game for the Team USA vs Dream Team hype. Aside from the presentation elements and his name on the box, Jay-Z was not included in the game’s celebrity team and was only shown in videogame form in the crowd of Net games.

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The Friday Five: 5 Dunks From NBA Live the Real Dunk Contest Needs

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

Since the 2014 All-Star Weekend in New Orleans is upon us, I feel it’s only right that this week’s Friday Five covers a topic related to the NBA’s midseason classic. Since I talked about the things that I believe the dunk contest needs as well as my five favourite All-Star Weekends in the lead up to last year’s All-Star Weekend, this year I thought I’d mix things up a bit with a topic that combines video games and real life.

The addition of the All-Star Weekend in NBA Live 2005 was a definite highlight in the NBA Live series, finally bringing an often requested and long awaited mode to the game. The dunk contest that was featured from NBA Live 2005 through NBA Live 09 included some crazy slams; a few of them were a little out there, but others could feasibly be pulled off in real life. This week, I’m listing five dunks from NBA Live’s Slam Dunk Contest that I’d like to see broken out in the real competition.

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week – February 12th

Welcome to the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week for February 12th, 2014! This is a weekly feature where the community submits their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, with Arcane selecting the ten best videos for a Top 10 countdown.

This week’s Top 10 not only shows off some spectacular dunks, crafty passes and great defensive plays, but also some of the great mods for NBA 2K14 PC including March Madness 2K14. Watch the countdown below or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Thanks to everyone who continues to submit their highlights for the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week! If you’d like to get involved, be sure to check out this thread.

The Tuesday Triple: Tips for PC Patchers

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

It is amazing for me to look back on my almost 9 years of being active here in the NLSC community and see how much, and how little, has changed. When I first found the NLSC, I was looking for updates for my friend’s PC copy of NBA Live 2000. When I was forced to make an account that I never used in 2003, it was to learn more about the recently released NBA Live 2004. Finally, in 2005 I posted for the first time, sharing a mod I created for NBA Live 2005. While the technology, tools and games have changed over the years, I am genuinely surprised how the patching culture has evolved, but still deals with the same issues. Here are some tips I have for patchers releasing patches for the current or past NBA games.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Alcatraz in NBA 2K14

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

When poking around the NBA 2K14 files on PC, you might come across references that only apply to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, and of course the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version which the PC port is based upon. While many of these are expected, there has been one specific reference that I have yet to understand or fully explain within the files of NBA 2K14.

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The Friday Five: 5 Great Things David Stern Did For The NBA

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

After 30 years, David Stern’s tenure as the commissioner of the NBA came to an end last Saturday, February 1st. For those of us who grew up watching the NBA in the 80s and 90s, he’s the only NBA commissioner we’ve ever known, so it feels a little strange to see someone else in the role. For the first year or so, I’m guessing it’ll be a bit weird to see Adam Silver presenting trophies, not to mention his signature on the basketball.

Last week, Yahoo! NBA posted a slideshow spotlighting five of David Stern’s missteps, a well-chosen selection of some of his most noteworthy blunders on the job. It’s certainly fair to acknowledge failure along with success, but with Stern bashing being such a popular pastime for NBA fans, it’s easy to forget all of the good things that he’s done for the league. Therefore, this week I’m taking a look at five great things that David Stern did during his time as commissioner of the NBA.

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week – February 5th

Welcome to the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week for February 5th, 2014! This is a weekly feature where the community submits their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, with Arcane selecting the ten best videos for a Top 10 countdown.

We’ve had another enthusiastic response from the community this week and an assortment of highlight plays including ankle breaking crossovers, rim rattling dunks and spectacular defensive plays. Check out this week’s Top 10 Plays below or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. Be sure to keep the submissions coming! For more details, check out this thread in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

The Tuesday Triple: 3 Things NBA Live 14 Needs

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

Since its release, NBA Live 14 has been both deservedly and undeservedly trashed for its gameplay and graphics. While the game is undoubtedly lacking in many areas when compared to NBA 2K14’s next-gen effort, it has provided myself and others with hours of mostly fun gameplay and a strange attraction to keep coming back for more. Even though it can be fun, there are still at least three major areas that need improvement that I can only wish will be included in the mythical yet-to-be-released patch by EA Sports.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Moving Hair

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

For the first entry, I’m taking a look at dynamic hair physics in basketball video games. While I was certain this was a recent breakthrough for the genre, I was surprised to find out that I completely missed the first game to feature player hair that wasn’t cemented in place.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Want A New Free Throw Shooting Method

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

In previous Friday Fives, I’ve mentioned that I’m not a big fan of the “hold Shoot” method of shooting free throws that is currently used by both NBA Live and NBA 2K. While I’m still partial to the old T-Meter approach, it’s admittedly outdated and probably a little too old school at this point, so I’d be in favour of both games implementing a new method altogether.

Don’t get me wrong. The current method is serviceable, straightforward and provides the user with enough on-screen feedback to become reasonably proficient from the foul line (at least in NBA 2K). However, it does have its drawbacks and I believe that it’s time for some innovation in this area of the game. So, without any further ado, here are five reasons why I want to see a new method of shooting free throws in NBA Live and NBA 2K.

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week – January 29th

Welcome to the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week! This is a new feature in which we invite you to submit your best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K games, new or old, for a chance to have them featured in a top ten countdown put together by Arcane. A new countdown will be posted every Wednesday, so make sure you get your submissions in by Monday.

Week 1 of the Top 10 Plays saw some great submissions from NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 on the PlayStation 4, as well as the PC version of NBA 2K14. There’s dunks, alley-oops and nifty plays throughout the countdown, so check it out below or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

For more information on the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week and to get your submissions in for Week 2, head on over to this thread in the Forum!

The Friday Five: Top 5 Picks for the 2014 NBA MVP (So Far)

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

For a while now, I’ve been meaning to do another Top 5 countdown for the Friday Five, as well as share some thoughts on a topic that’s related to the real NBA. Therefore, this week I’m killing two birds with one stone. Since we’re at the halfway mark of the 2013/2014 NBA season and the topic came up during Episode #63 of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve decided to rank the Top 5 candidates for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award…at least so far.

The MVP award can be a controversial subject. After all, not everyone agrees on the criteria for selecting the winner, or even what the honour actually means. To me, it’s an award that gives recognition to a standout player for their performance during the season; a player who, one could argue, had the best overall season when factors such as individual brilliance, noteworthy games and their impact on their team’s success are all taken into account. I don’t think that many of these picks will shock anyone, but here is the MVP race as I see it, halfway through the 2014 campaign.

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Introducing the NLSC Top 10 Plays by Arcane

Introducing a new feature here at the NLSC: a Top 10 Plays of the Week countdown! Arcane, who you may know from his days patching NBA Live as well as the NLSC Podcast, is inviting the community to submit videos of their best plays from NBA Live and NBA 2K, across all platforms. His picks for the Top 10 will be posted every Wednesday, beginning next week.

If you’d like to take part, check out this thread in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum for more details and then start posting your videos!

The Friday Five: 5 Best Things in NBA 2K14

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

Last week, I listed what I feel are the five best things in NBA Live 14. I’m continuing the trend of focusing on the positive in this week’s Friday Five, as I take a look at the next gen version of NBA 2K14 and some of my favourite elements of the game so far.

To be honest, I still have mixed feelings about NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 4. It’s by no means a terrible game, yet I’ve had trouble really getting into it as I don’t feel myself drawn into any of the game modes as in years past. Having said that, there’s certainly greatness in the game that stands out and deserves to be acknowledged. So, without any further ado, here are my picks for the five best things in NBA 2K14 next gen.

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Things in NBA Live 14

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! 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.

In last week’s Friday Five, I mentioned that I’d like to talk a little more about the positive things in NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, so that’s exactly what I’m doing starting this week. I was originally going to compile a list that covered both games, but I found that I couldn’t narrow my selections down to five. Therefore, this week I’ll be covering NBA Live 14, to be followed by a list for NBA 2K14 next Friday.

It’s been said many times before, but it’s been a rough comeback so far for NBA Live, with NBA Live 14 receiving some scathing reviews from the gaming media and basketball gamers alike. However, the game has also shown potential and some minor improvements following the first title update, with more fixes on the way. While there’s still a long road ahead, I’ve recently been enjoying spending some time with the game and as such, I’ve compiled a list of what I feel are the five best things in NBA Live 14.

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