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NLSC Podcast – Episode #135

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We’re a little late this week, but Arcane and I weren’t about to let our digital broadcasting streak end so easily. As such, Episode #135 of the NLSC Podcast is out now; tune in for the latest discussion on NBA Live 16, NBA 2K16, the past week in the NBA, and a couple of other topics!

On this week’s show…

  • A new roster has come through for NBA Live 16, but the latest update still leaves something to be desired.
  • On the other hand, a huge patch has come through for NBA 2K16 on PS4. The PC and X1 patches are still on the way.
  • Speaking of the Xbox One, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is on the newly announced list of backwards compatible games. We discuss the possibility of the game coming to PlayStation 4 as well.
  • If nothing else, forthcoming backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2 might allow us to play NBA Street 1-3 on Sony’s latest console.
  • We’ve got a listener question this week: Would we consider buying a Steam machine?
  • Stephen Curry has passed his father in career threes, as he and the Golden State Warriors continue to have a fantastic start to the season. We discuss their success so far, and consider the comparisons to great teams and players from the past.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, continue to lose. When will the tanking end?
  • Kevin McHale has been fired following the Houston Rockets’ slow start. We consider whether the move was fair, or made too early.
  • Speaking of coaches in the hot seat, George Karl is butting heads with DeMarcus Cousins and GM Vlade Divac. Do we think he’ll last the season?
  • We wrap up Episode #135 of the NLSC Podcast with some more interesting stats.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

Beat Jao #6: Free Basketball

Dante Exum NBA 2K14 Funny Face

Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

Superstitions and sports go hand in hand. I know I am the reason the Celtics won in 2008 because I never watched a Boston field go hit the net, but I’ve noticed a weird happening with the games my wife watches. Pretty much every NBA or NCAA game she sees the end of, real or virtual, will end up going into overtime.

So this week I am challenging you to get as many overtime periods as possible in a single game. Unfortunately I couldn’t get her to watch me film a Beat Jao challenge, so I was only able to get 1 Overtime, so hopefully this should be another easy week for you. No restrictions on settings, teams, or rosters. Just don’t use trainers or cheat. You can view highlights of my attempt, get more details, and learn how to properly say our current leader’s username in the video below. Remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

And yes! stockalone1232 is our new overall leader, by 1 point! Congratulations to him and it will be interesting to see if he can hold on to that slim lead for next week. Check out the full leaderboards for last week and overall by hitting Read More.

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Beat Jao #5: One Man Takeover

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Do you think you can beat me? Each week I am going to challenge the community to do something that I have already done. It could be taking a better screenshot, getting a better play, doing something with a specific player or team, or even make a better mod. I have no plan for this series, but I am going to try and make sure that these challenges shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete.

We are going back to the roots of Beat Jao, well at least in terms of being terrible for those who are lactose intolerant. This week I want you to go out and score as many points with one player in a 2 minute quarter game. No overtime, you must win, and no one else on your team may score any points. So if you get into a late game situation, you must miss those free throws with other players. Difficulty and other settings are up to you.

After a few issues with NBA Live 14 and the PlayStation 4’s recording ‘feature’ (read: headache), I ended up going back to the cheesiest of cheese for PC mods, NBA Jam 2K14: He’s On Fire. In 8 minutes of gameplay I scored 40 points with Steve Francis from the ’02-’03 Rockets. I chose them because there are no restrictions on playing defense, so Yao Ming plus no goaltending was helpful for getting me extra possessions, fast. For all the details on the challenge check the video below, and remember to submit your scores in this Forum Thread, in the comments of this post, or on the YouTube video.

Congratulations to cool1324 who claimed to shut out LeBron James with his MyCAREER player last week. Hit Read More to see the rest of the leaderboard for last week and the overall standings.

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The Friday Five: 5 Biggest Leaps in Basketball Video Game Sequels

The Friday Five

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.

Like any enthusiastic gaming community, we sink a considerable amount of time into the basketball video games that we play, to the point where we know them inside and out. We know what we like, we know what we don’t like, and we ultimately know what kind of experience we want to get out of them. As consumers, we understandably want to see constant improvement, as well as get value for our money.

Of course, while it’s important that we maintain a critical eye, at times we can be too cynical to see some of the genuine improvements in basketball video games. Despite the challenge that all annual sports games face in the form of a compressed development cycle, we’ve seen basketball titles that have shown considerable improvement over their immediate predecessors. To that end, I’m counting down what I feel are some of the biggest year-to-year leaps in basketball gaming. Let’s get started with number five.

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The Friday Five: My 5 Favourite Basketball Video Game Commercials

The Friday Five

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.

I’m going with a lighter topic for The Friday Five this week, as I list my top five favourite basketball video game commercials. No doubt I’ll be back to covering topics with a little more substance sooner rather than later, but I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some memorable advertisements for NBA Live, NBA 2K and NBA Jam that got us talking about the games, or at the very least were entertaining to watch.

Just to clarify before I begin the countdown, I’m picking commercials and promotional spots here, as opposed to pure gameplay trailers. Including both in the one countdown would make for a long list and some very difficult choices, so picking my five favourite gameplay trailers is a topic for another day. With that said, here are my 5 Favourite Basketball Video Game Commercials!

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Want Another NBA Jam Game

Blake Griffin in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

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.

As JaoSming noted in the Tuesday Triple, it’s been a while since an arcade basketball title was released. A little while ago, we were teased by the prospect of a new NBA Jam on the game’s official Twitter page, by way of an “unauthorised” Tweet that has since been deleted. While EA Sports currently has no announcements regarding the future of the NBA Jam series, I’m hoping that we will indeed see a new NBA Jam game sooner rather than later.

The overarching reason of course is that I’m a big fan of NBA Jam from way back in the day and as long as I’m gaming, I’m interested in seeing new releases from my favourite series (incidentally, I’m still waiting on that Fallout 4 announcement, Bethesda). I do have a few specific thoughts on the matter though, so without any further ado, here are five reasons why I want another NBA Jam game.

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No New NBA Jam Game On The Horizon After All

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Following up on our post a couple of days ago about a Tweet possibly hinting at a new NBA Jam coming out at some point in the near future, it appears as though we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet. GameSpot reached out to EA Sports and was told that the Tweet in question was “unauthorised”, with EA further stating that they “do not have any announcements to make about NBA Jam at this time”. The Tweet has since been deleted.

While EA’s description of the Tweet as “unauthorised” does invite the suggestion that the developer is perhaps conducting internal discussions about releasing another NBA Jam and will ultimately be gauging fan interest in a new game, that is merely speculation at this point. While it wouldn’t be surprising if another Jam game was released at some point due to the series’ popularity and EA owning the rights to the name, nothing appears to be imminent. Should that change, we’ll of course post any details as they emerge.

New NBA Jam Game Possibly In the Works?

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If you follow NBA Jam on Twitter, you may have seen a Tweet asking gamers for a Re-Tweet if they are ready for a new NBA Jam, seemingly hinting at the possibility of another game coming out at some point in the not too distant future. With a new generation of consoles out, it certainly wouldn’t be too surprising if EA Sports is looking to continue the popular series started by Midway back in 1993.

The most recent game in the series is the well-received NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, released digitally through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Android version of NBA Jam also recently received a roster update, which included audio and artwork for the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans.

No further details are available at this time, but we’ll be sure to post them as soon as they come our way.

Rosters Updated for NBA Jam on Android

Updated Rosters in NBA Jam for Android

The Android version of NBA Jam has rather unexpectedly received an update for the 2013/2014 season. The update adds a few rookies from this season including Anthony Bennett, reflects recent trades with Luol Deng appearing on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster and even more surprisingly, includes logo and audio updates for the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans (though the replacement audio was not provided by Tim Kitzrow, longtime voice of NBA Jam).

It doesn’t appear as though the iOS version has been updated as yet and as of this post, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition has not received any new updates either. As such, it remains to be seen whether or not the other mobile versions of NBA Jam or On Fire Edition for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will receive the update that’s come through for Android. We’ll be sure to post further details if and when they’re available.

For those of you with Android devices who may be considering picking up NBA Jam for some arcade hoops on the go, feel free to check out my review of the game here.

The Friday Five: 5 Criticisms of EA’s NBA Games I Disagree With

Kyrie Irving directs traffic in NBA Live 14

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

When it comes to basketball video games, we scrutinise them as only a dedicated gaming community can. With so much to prove and several missteps over the years, the NBA Live series has certainly attracted its fair share of criticism. Most of the time, I would suggest that the criticism has been fair-handed, constructive and warranted. However, I do feel that some of the criticisms that have been directed at NBA Live and some of EA’s other NBA offerings over the years have been wide of the mark.

It’s admittedly difficult to tackle this subject without sounding like an NBA Live or EA apologist, but it’s not my intention to make excuses or dismiss all criticism. I’m also not trying to downplay the success and brilliance of the NBA 2K series, which is the yardstick for NBA sims and has produced some of my all-time favourite basketball games. With that said, here are five criticisms of EA’s NBA games that I disagree with.

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EA Canada Playtesting for “New NBA Concept”

NBA Live 13 - Amare vs Pau

EA Canada is apparently holding playtesting sessions on April 11th and 12th for a “New NBA Concept” and are inviting anyone in the Vancouver area to fill out a survey if they are interested in getting involved. There’s no further information on the concept at this time and anyone who participates will certainly be under a non-disclosure agreement, but if you live in the area and are interested in doing some playtesting and getting a glimpse behind the scenes, I’d encourage you to fill out the survey.

It will be interesting to see what this new concept turns out to be. It’s unlikely to be NBA Live, which is currently being developed at EA Tiburon, but could be something related to NBA Jam or NBA Street if not a new game entirely. Feel free to speculate in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Currently On Sale

Kyrie Irving in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is currently on sale for 600 Microsoft Points in the Xbox Live Marketplace, 50% off the usual price tag of 1200 Microsoft Points. It’s also currently free through the PlayStation Network Store for all PlayStation Plus members, while non-PlayStation Plus members can purchase it for $14.99.

The game recently received a new roster update, with this year’s transactions and a handful of rookies added. The “Time is Money” downloadable content, which allows you to get a head start on unlocking content in the game, is also still available. Finally, you can check out my review of the Xbox 360 version of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition here, our interview with producer Cody Sawatsky here and discuss the game in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #15

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It’s that time of the week again: a new NLSC Podcast is coming your way, hosted by Leftos, Ben and myself. As always, we talk about the latest basketball video game and NBA news, before moving on to some other areas of interest and even getting a little nostalgic. If you’re looking for a quick overview of this week’s episode, here you go:

  • We open with some chatter that includes the weather and in the process, get a great idea for a new theme park…patent pending.
  • The conversation turns a little dark, so we move on to a recap of the week in news.
  • NBA 2K13 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition received roster updates last week, the latter prompting a little more discussion than the former.
  • A couple of potentially interesting notes about NBA Live are touched upon very briefly.
  • The Hornets will officially become the Pelicans effective as of next season and we know what their logo will look like. Has it changed our minds about the new name?
  • The reserves for the 2013 All-Star game have been announced. We react and talk about a couple of noteworthy snubs.
  • Leftos has no interest in discussing the Bulls/Pistons game, but I do get to express some enthusiasm for Jimmy Butler’s recent play.
  • Changing things up, we talk about some of our favourite web series, including the returning Nostalgia Critic.
  • Mention of the Critic leads us to reminisce about a few things we’re nostalgic for.

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A fair warning, at times the language in this week’s podcast is coarser than usual and not what you’ll see in news posts and feature articles here on the NLSC. It’s something we can tone down (or simply bleep) if it becomes a problem for you, our listeners, so let us know your feelings on that as well as your thoughts on this week’s topics and the show overall, either in the comments below or here in the Forum.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Receives New Roster Update

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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition has unexpectedly received a new roster update for the 2012/2013 season, reflecting the latest transactions and adding some of this year’s rookies. The new rosters come as a welcome surprise, as my previous inquiries into the possibility of getting new rosters for the game indicated that no updates were planned.

Newly added rookies include Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, though as with the players added in last year’s updates, their names aren’t called by Tim Kitzrow. There are also a few errors in the update as Jason Kidd is still on the Dallas Mavericks’ roster and a couple of the unlockable legends are one of the two default players for their respective teams.

To download the new rosters, simply go to the Online Arena from the main menu; obviously, your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 must be connected to the Internet to do this. The game will then automatically check for and download the new update, along with all the required art assets. Feel free to post your thoughts on the update in the comments below and discuss NBA Jam: On Fire Edition in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition On Special April 24th-May 1st (Xbox Live)

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From April 24th through May 1st, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will be available on Xbox Live at a reduced price of 800 Microsoft Points. If you’ve been thinking of picking up the game, be sure to take advantage of the sale as soon as possible.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition recently received its second roster update, which included player movement accurate as of the trade deadline and added several new players to the game. For those who aren’t too sure about the game, you may want to check out my review from last year; while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our producer interview here. Finally, feel free to discuss the game in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.

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