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The Friday Five: 5 Things that NBA 2K14 Must Do or Have

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Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC, which brings us to another edition of The Friday Five! If you’re unfamiliar with The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my take on the matter in five points or countdown a Top 5.

In last week’s Friday Five, I took a look at five things that I feel NBA Live 14 must do or have to make a strong comeback and be successful, so this week I’m shifting my attention to NBA 2K14. The NBA 2K series has obviously been faring a lot better than NBA Live lately, but if it’s to maintain its momentum and continue to improve as we find ourselves entering the next generation of consoles, there are some important things that the development team at 2K Sports need to keep in mind.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things that NBA Live 14 Must Do or Have

It’s Friday once again here at the NLSC, so it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the matter as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

Last week, I talked about the reasons why I want to see the NBA Live series succeed and make a strong return with NBA Live 14. This week, I’m taking a look at five things that I feel NBA Live 14 needs to do or have to make that happen. Please note that this is intended to be an overview, not a Wishlist, so I won’t be going into every nuance in detail. Having said that, I’ll of course be touching upon some of the key features and improvements that we want to see in the game.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Want NBA Live To Succeed

It’s Friday once again here at the NLSC, so welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading The Friday Five and are wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the matter as a list of five items or count down a Top 5.

It’s been a rough few years for NBA Live to say the least, but its appearance at E3 2013 seems to have renewed interest and optimism in the series, with several of the hands-on impressions being quite positive and suggesting a lot of promise. I for one am certainly interested in seeing the series make a strong comeback, so this week I’ve decided to talk about the five reasons why I want to see NBA Live succeed.

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The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts on MJ & LeBron Comparisons

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who may be unfamiliar with The Friday Five, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then give my thoughts on the matter as either a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

I had originally intended to return to talking about basketball video games this week, but with E3 2013 right around the corner, a couple of the topics I have in mind should probably wait until we’ve caught another glimpse or two of this year’s titles. Additionally, with LeBron James and the Miami Heat back in the NBA Finals, another topic has piqued my interest, namely the inevitable comparisons to Michael Jordan. Having caught a couple of interesting comments on Twitter and from various sportswriters, I felt compelled to offer five thoughts on the comparisons between the greatest player in the league right now and the player that many consider to be the greatest of all-time.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Least Favourite NBA Finals Series

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are 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.

Last week, I listed my Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series, limiting myself to just two of the Bulls’ six championships and saving the other four for my honourable mentions. Having covered my five favourites, this week I’ll be counting down my Top 5 Least Favourite NBA Finals Series. These are the NBA Finals series that I felt were lacklustre, anti-climactic or for one reason or another, just not as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out 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 Top 5 countdown format.

The Conference Finals are now underway, which means we’re getting closer and closer to crowning this year’s NBA Champion. With the start of the 2013 NBA Finals just a couple of weeks away, I’ve decided to count down my five favourite and five least favourite NBA Finals series over the next two editions of The Friday Five. This week, I’m tipping things off with the positive list, my Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #6: Next Gen Features & X-Factors

The final prediction video in this year’s series has been uploaded. With Microsoft revealing its competitor to Sony’s Playstation 4 in a few hours, I look at next generation predictions and some x-factors for both games to find success.

Thank you for following the series of videos, I hope you enjoyed watching them as much as I have reading and responding to the feedback. Remember to share your predictions in the comments, and for a recap of all my predictions check out the Forum Thread. I’ll be back in a few days to recap the experience and directly respond to some feedback.

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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