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Monday Tip-Off: NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team Reel

Shawn Kemp dunks in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Begin your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and basketball gaming.

As you may have seen, in the past few months I’ve been making some videos for Wayback Wednesday. I’ve really enjoyed creating some video content for the NLSC, and I’ve been working on sharpening my video editing skills as I’d like to keep making them. To that end, I’ve made use of some NBA Live 15 clips that I’ve had saved, and put together a highlight reel of my exploits in Ultimate Team.

Since my NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team – the Breeze, named after Chicago’s team in World League Basketball – featured a healthy amount of NBA Legends from the 90s, I’ve used songs from the NBA Live 99 soundtrack as the score. Despite the fact I’m traditionally more interested in the franchise modes, I’ve become quite fond of Ultimate Team these past few years. I had a lot of fun assembling and playing with my 90s squad, but sadly, I wasn’t able to acquire Scottie Pippen. Perhaps I’ll have better luck in NBA Live 16. In any event, check out the reel below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

There are some rough animations in NBA Live 15, but hopefully, you still enjoyed the reel; I certainly enjoyed checking out some old highlights and putting it all together! More videos will be on the way soon, including commentary, excerpts from the NLSC Podcast, tips videos, and more. In the meantime, I invite you to check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel; I’d like to think we’re finally making good use of it! Have a great week, and be sure to check in later for Wayback Wednesday, Episode #148 of the NLSC Podcast, and The Friday Five.

Monday Tip-Off: Head in the Cloud – Basketball Video Games & Always-On

Gaming in NBA 2K14's MyCAREER

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

Always-on remains a controversial issue in video gaming, right up there with downloadable content, microtransactions, and third party developers producing platform exclusives. So strong is the backlash against it, Microsoft even had to change its approach with the Xbox One, and is arguably still feeling the effects of its initial stance as the console continues to be out-sold by the PlayStation 4. The message is clear: gamers do not like always-on.

As the online component of basketball video games has become a bigger part of the experience, our community has started to feel the sting of always-on and cloud saves. Key game modes require a constant connection to the Internet, and while a couple of them can also be played offline, issues can arise when there are temporary connection or server issues. But what happens when the server is shut down for good?

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Monday Tip-Off: Lost Forever – The Missing Trophies & Achievements

Steve Nash in NBA Live 07 - Achievement Unlocked

We’re at midcourt, the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Get your week started here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to basketball video games.

For some gamers, Trophies and Achievements in video games are of great importance. For the gamer who strives for 100% completion, there are few things as satisfying as the sight and sound of a notification informing them that a Trophy or Achievement has just been unlocked. It’s a concise representation that yes, you did indeed do just about everything you could with a game, and then some. And, if you’re the kind of gamer who likes to brag about such things, it’s right there in your public profile, for everyone to see.

For other gamers, Trophies and Achievements are nothing but a nuisance, a meaningless aspect of modern games that are only useful to people who want to brag about ultimately useless accomplishments. You play the games because you’re interested in them, not to get some virtual pat on the back for performing some mundane task. Simply put, Trophies and Achievements aren’t something that everyone is interested in, or obsesses over.

Personally, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I’m not obsessed with collecting every single Trophy or Achievement in every game I play, but I also find them to be fun goals to shoot for, when I’m looking to extend my gaming experience. Basketball video games have had some fun and interesting challenges in the form of their Trophies and Achievements, but in some cases, shooting for 100% completion becomes impossible sooner than you might expect. Servers are inevitably shut down at some point, at which point Achievements involving online play or timed content become lost forever.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #128

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It’s back to our regularly scheduled programming this week, as Arcane and I host Episode #128 of the NLSC Podcast! An overview of this week’s show is as follows:

  • In case you missed it, last week was a big episode for the NLSC Podcast, as we welcomed Leftos and JaoSming back to the show to talk about NBA 2K16.
  • Our 20th Anniversary of NBA Live content has tipped off, and we have a couple of other housekeeping announcements to make.
  • Catching up on all the NBA Live 16 news, we give our thoughts on the soundtrack, latest ratings reveals, and screenshots. Are we hyped for NBA Live 16?
  • We recap a huge amount of NBA 2K16 news, including a new trailer, and several in-depth developer blogs. Has it moved the needle on our excitement for NBA 2K16?
  • New content for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 is slowing to a halt, and we’re finding that we’re just about ready to move on. Still, we have been spending some time with last year’s games as of late.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are retiring Dikembe Mutombo’s #55, so we reflect on some of our favourite Mutombo Moments.
  • J.R. Smith has officially re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers; Tristan Thompson has not. Once again, we reflect on the Cavs’ chances this year.
  • What do we think of Mickey Arison’s proposed Miami Vice/South Beach alternates for the Miami Heat?
  • We end Episode #128 of the NLSC Podcast with an All-Time Lineup game.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Basketball Video Game Surprises

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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.

If you’re relatively new to basketball video games, or at least the basketball gaming community, you may not have much of an idea of how things used to be when it came to previews and interactions with the developers. With all the tidbits on social media, developer blogs, in-depth interviews here at the NLSC and around the web, live streams, and so on these days, we get to learn a lot about the upcoming editions of NBA Live and NBA 2K before they come out. This allows us to be well-informed, and in turn, savvy consumers.

Of course, the downside of such in-depth coverage is that some of the mystery is taken out of basketball gaming. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – with games coming out every year, we want to know whether the latest iteration is worth spending money on – but it also means that we don’t often get to be surprised by something really cool in basketball video games. Every so often though, EA Sports or 2K Sports will announce something that catches us off guard, and that’s what I’m talking about today: five times that I was surprised by basketball video games. Let’s get to the Five!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #124

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This past week delivered a little bit of everything: new NBA Live 16 screenshots, confirmed details on NBA 2K16, leaked details on NBA 2K16, and a couple of noteworthy NBA tidbits. Join Arcane and I as we give our thoughts on it all in Episode #124 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • We open with a reminder about our upcoming NBA Live 16 development team interviews. Get your questions in ASAP!
  • NBA Live 16 has also been on display at a Jordan Brand event, and EA Sports are inviting gamers in the Orlando area to join in some playtesting sessions.
  • We have our first official details on MyTEAM in NBA 2K16. The game’s soundtrack has also been released on Spotify.
  • Details on game modes have also been leaked. We comment on the latest leaks and rumours, as it appears that where there’s smoke, there is indeed fire.
  • We reflect on the differences in the previews for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 so far.
  • Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15 has been celebrating Christmas in July, and delivered one of us a nice present.
  • Will LeBron James star in Space Jam 2? It’s likely just speculation and joking around, but…should he?
  • Baron Davis is talking about a comeback attempt, while Stephen Jackson is calling it a day.
  • In free agency news, Seth Curry gets his big break, while Richard Jefferson changes his mind…somewhat less controversially than DeAndre Jordan.
  • The Indiana Pacers will wear jerseys celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Most Annoying Basketball Video Game Bugs

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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.

We care a great deal about our basketball games in this community, and likewise have high expectations for our basketball gaming experiences. If the controls feel off, or the animations are funky, we notice. It bothers us when the wrong players are scoring most of the points, or when superstars aren’t playing like superstars. If the simulated stats aren’t true to life, it detracts from our enjoyment. In a nutshell, if the gameplay doesn’t feel right, and an acceptable level of realism isn’t present, we’re going to grumble.

However, as with video games of any genre, what really impedes our enjoyment of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball titles is the presence of bugs. Now, some bugs are small, while other bugs render games almost completely unplayable. For the purposes of this list, I’m focusing on smaller bugs that can be worked around, or only occasionally occur, but are nevertheless annoying. There’s nothing completely gamebreaking here, but still plenty of irritation to be found. With that said, here are five of the most annoying basketball video game bugs that I have experienced.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #123

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The 2015 NBA offseason is slowing down a little, but news about this year’s NBA video games is just starting to heat up. Arcane and I are your hosts for Episode #123 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we react to the latest NBA Live 16 news, discuss some NBA 2K16 leaks and rumours, and find a few other things to talk about, too.

  • This past week has brought us some new NBA Live 16 screenshots, and a healthy info drop by way of a developer blog. What do we make of the latest details?
  • We also received some interesting tidbits by way of DualShockers’ video interview with NBA Live 16 designer Ryan Santos.
  • We’ll have the opportunity to conduct some interviews of our own with the NBA Live 16 development team in the near future, so we invite everyone to get their suggestions for questions in ASAP!
  • The NBA 2K16 achievements list has revealed some pleasing details about this year’s game, and also provided some minor spoilers about the MyCAREER story.
  • Rumours about the presence of college basketball in NBA 2K16 remain unconfirmed, but they’re too juicy not to report on and discuss. Do we think it will be a reality?
  • What have we been doing with basketball games this past week? We may have a couple of surprises here.
  • Player movement is slowing down, but there’s still some interesting signings worth talking about, including Josh Smith joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Will Becky Hammon become the first female head coach in the history of the NBA?
  • We end Episode #123 of the NLSC Podcast with a mention of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Goals I’ve Had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15

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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 I’ve mentioned in recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast and in last week’s Friday Five, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15. Although I’m traditionally more interested in modes like Dynasty, Ultimate Team definitely piqued my interest last year, and this year I’ve been hooked on building my team and playing through various Fantasy Challenges. As I also said last week, while I’m hoping to play a lot of Dynasty in NBA Live 16, I expect that I’ll continue to spend a lot of time with Ultimate Team, too.

In the meantime, Ultimate Team has definitely become my mode of choice in NBA Live 15. To that end, there are a few goals that I’ve set for myself as I continue to play the game up until the release of NBA Live 16 in September. I’ve managed to achieve a couple of them during this past week, but a couple of others…well, I still have a ways to go. For your reading pleasure this Friday, I present five goals that I’ve had for Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #122

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After scheduling conflicts and illness caused us another undesirable delay, we’re back with Episode #122 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane and myself as we chat about the latest NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news, give our thoughts on the wild start to the 2015 NBA offseason, and talk about a couple of other things that are on our minds.

  • We catch up on the latest NBA Live 16 news, including the developer blog on visuals, new screenshots, and details on the early version of the game that was on display at E3 2015.
  • We’re sold on the Special Edition of NBA 2K16, and we’re liking the tidbits we’ve heard so far, but we want to hear more about this year’s game from Visual Concepts.
  • What are we playing at the moment? Andrew shares some recent NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team stories.
  • We both added some classic titles to our basketball video game collections recently, but unfortunately, one of us was a little unlucky with our purchase.
  • The 2015 NBA Draft saw a couple of surprise picks. We give our thoughts on how our favourite teams fared.
  • Is Joel Embiid the next Greg Oden?
  • Once again, we play fashion critics, as we discuss the new jerseys for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
  • We discuss the 2015 NBA offseason, from the feud between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl to DeAndre Jordan’s controversial (in)decision, Luke Ridnour’s wild ride, and the major player movement so far.

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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.

The Friday Five: 5 Modes I Enjoyed More Than I Thought I Would

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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.

Well! It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting – and somewhat controversial – offseason so far. Some big names are staying put, a few significant players are moving on, and at least one key free agent has completely changed his mind. I was considering writing about a topic related to the offseason for this week’s Friday Five, with the DeAndre Jordan situation being an obvious frontrunner. However, I can pretty much sum up my thoughts on that in ten words: it was a situation that was handled very, very badly.

Besides, as I mentioned in last week’s Five, I want to concentrate on putting out some articles about basketball video games, since that is the focus of the NLSC after all. The Finals and Playoffs offered an incentive to talk about real basketball, but as we find ourselves in the offseason and waiting for more news on both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, I feel some game related topics are in order. To that end, this week I’m talking about five game modes in basketball video games that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would. Let’s tip things off with a mode from NBA 2K!

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Latest NBA Live 15 Synergy Update Activates All Players

Cleveland Cavaliers Uninjured Roster in NBA Live 15

The latest Synergy update for NBA Live 15 has activated all players for Tip Off mode. All 30 teams now feature their best possible lineup, meaning that complete, uninjured rosters are now available for exhibition play as well as Dynasty Mode.

At this point, it remains to be seen whether or not any further ratings or accessory adjustments will be pushed through, given that the 2015 season has come to an end. It’s possible that further end-of-season tweaks may be made, and that the 2015 NBA Draft has postponed one final update for NBA Live 15. For what it’s worth, there was no specific mention of the June 18th roster for NBA Live 15 being the final update for the game in its release notes.

It also remains to be seen whether or not NBA Live 15 will receive an offseason roster update. Last year, NBA Live 14 received an additional roster update following the conclusion of the 2014 season and before the 2015 season commenced, adding offseason movement such as LeBron James’ return to Cleveland. However, the update did not add any of the Class of 2014 rookies, nor did it update player data such as jersey numbers. If NBA Live 15 does receive a bonus roster update reflecting offseason player movement, I imagine it would be a similar situation.

The practice of restricting the Tip Off rosters to the most current active lineups based on Synergy data that was employed in NBA Live 14 and NBA Live 15 was certainly a controversial one. While it was done in the name of realism and keeping the game fresh and up to date, it wasn’t always desirable, especially with the lack of custom rosters in both games. With custom rosters returning in NBA Live 16, hopefully it will no longer be an issue.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum!

Details on June 18th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

June 18th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

New rosters have come through for NBA Live 15, containing updated line-ups and ratings, though the latest update does not reflect Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals. The June 18th NBA Live 15 roster contains over 150 ratings changes and six player accessory updates, including a sleeve for LeBron James, and KD7s for Kevin Durant. For a full breakdown of the changes in the latest roster, check out this spreadsheet.

Not surprisingly, NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is one of the players in the spotlight this week, receiving nine points in ratings boosts and currently sitting at 84 overall. On the other side of the ledger, J.R. Smith’s struggles shooting the ball in the championship round have seen his ratings drop, resulting in an overall rating of 82.

It remains to be seen whether NBA Live 15 will receive any more roster updates, including an offseason roster update as NBA Live 14 did last year. If you’ve got any thoughts on the latest NBA Live 15 roster that you’d care to share, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, as well as here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

Details on June 11th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

June 11th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

A new roster has come through for NBA Live 15, featuring line-ups that have been updated through June 11th, 2015. Although the 2015 season is almost at an end, a significant amount of changes are still being made in these final updates for NBA Live 15, as the latest roster contains over 290 ratings adjustments; for a full breakdown, please see this spreadsheet.

Not surprisingly, Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers is one of the players in the spotlight this week, as is Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. Delly’s play thus far in the NBA Finals has earned him a significant boost in several areas, and he now sits at 76 overall. Klay Thompson’s overall is also up one point, sitting at 85 overall.

If you’ve got any thoughts on the June 11th roster for NBA Live 15, feel free to post them in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in our NBA Live 15 Forum.

Details on June 4th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

Draymond Green in NBA Live 15

The 2015 NBA Finals are upon us, which means the 2014-2015 season is almost at its end. Nevertheless, EA Sports continues to push through roster updates for NBA Live 15, with the latest one containing lineups accurate as of June 4th, 2015. It also includes more than 240 ratings changes; for a full breakdown, be sure to check out this spreadsheet.

Two players who will be seeing a lot of action in the NBA Finals are spotlighted in the latest NBA Live 15 roster: Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, and Timofey Mozgov of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Green’s continued brilliance at the defensive end has earned him a two point increase to his Blocks rating, and a one point improvement to his Post Defense rating. Mozgov meanwhile has received a one point increase to both his Blocks and Help Defense ratings, as he continues to be a valuable contributor for the Cavs.

Any thoughts on the latest roster? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum!

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