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NLSC Podcast – Episode #43

The past week has brought us more in the way of news and previews for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, so JaoSming, Arcane and I are back to recap and react to all the latest information in Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast. We also talk about basketball video game development and community attitudes in this week’s featured discussion.

  • Rising Star mode has been announced for NBA Live 14. We talk about what we think so far and what we’re hoping to see.
  • We also recap a couple of other NBA Live 14 news items, including a Q&A with Damian Lillard and another playtesting session.
  • Unfortunately, we wrapped up recording before the NBA 2K14 current gen trailer came out, but we recap some other tidbits including hands-on impressions and legends screenshots.
  • Some more gameplay videos have come out of Gamescom, while Ronnie provided some other quick clips. We talk about whether we’re hyped for NBA 2K14 current gen.
  • A few more details have also emerged on Path to Greatness. Spoiler: thumbs in the middle.
  • Moving on to our featured discussion…are developers lazy? Or is that just another snarky buzzword that we should abolish?
  • JaoSming is done with NBA 2K13 on PlayStation 3. The lure of modding the PC version is just too strong!
  • Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady are the latest former All-Stars to hang it up, following Grant Hill and Jason Kidd. We consider each of their chances of getting into the Hall of Fame.
  • We finish up with a few mailbag questions.

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As always, we hope that you enjoy this week’s episode and invite you to share your feedback, along with your thoughts on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum.

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Mailbag for Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, so once again we’re inviting you to make a submission to our mailbag. Send in your questions about basketball video games or basketball that you’d like us to answer or give our opinions on, respond to our comments in a previous podcast, have your say on a recent news item or throw out a topic you’d like to hear us discuss.

Post your submissions in this thread in the NLSC Forum or the comments section below, or feel free to hit us up on our Facebook page or Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #42

We’ve reached Episode #42 of the NLSC Podcast, so it only seems right that we pay tribute to Douglas Adams and James Posey alike the only way we know how: talking about basketball and basketball video games. Join us as we recap and comment on the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news from the past week, plus touch on a few other topics.

  • Another NBA Live 14 playtesting session is taking place this week. We also got another glimpse behind the scenes as Damian Lillard took part in a mo-cap session.
  • Now that the release dates for the PlayStation 4 have been announced, does that mean significant NBA Live 14 news is right around the corner?
  • We break down the official features list for NBA 2K14 current gen and give our thoughts on the new Pro Stick.
  • The first official trailer is out, featuring Euroleague teams. Oh yeah, classic teams are back, too.
  • As we compile information on the upcoming games, we want to ensure that our Wiki is a comprehensive resource. Good writers who are keeping tabs on the news are invited to click that Edit link!
  • JaoSming talks about his experiences with NBA 2K13 on PlayStation 3. Will he leave the PC platform behind?
  • The Phoenix Suns’ new jerseys are discussed. None of us love them, one of us kind of hates them.
  • We finish up with some next gen talk, a couple of community questions and some late breaking news.

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Please note that when we recorded this week’s episode, Rising Star mode for NBA Live 14 had not yet been announced, so we’ll be sure to give our thoughts on that next week. In the meantime, please let us know what you think about this week’s show and have your say on anything we talked about in the comments below, as well as in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #41

It’s a four man panel in the NLSC Podcast this week. JaoSming, Arcane and I are joined by Lean for the first time as we discuss the latest NBA 2K14 news and notes, some great work that’s taking place around the community and answer questions in our very first mailbag segment!

  • There’s been no NBA Live 14 news this week, but through cryptic teasers and the reveal of Xbox Live Achievements for the game, we do have some interesting NBA 2K14 news to talk about.
  • Crew Mode is back! It’s good news for the basketball video gaming community as a whole, but are we personally excited? What about some of the other modes and features that have been revealed?
  • We talk a little about some of our biggest pet peeves in basketball games, from annoying features in the frontend to commentary that breaks the fourth wall.
  • JaoSming recaps some outstanding work that’s taking place in our NBA 2K13 modding community, which leads to a quick discussion on bonus content in basketball games.
  • Lean recaps the FIBA Asia Tournament and the success of the Philippine national team.
  • It’s a quiet NBA offseason right now, but we find a few things to talk about. Tristan Thompson gets a mention.
  • We answer listener questions in our very first mailbag segment!
  • The show wraps up with a few news and notes on the upcoming consoles, including the final Microsoft 180.

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Thanks again to everyone who submitted questions. Please keep them coming as we’re looking to have a mailbag/listener response segment as a regular feature on the podcast. As always, please feel free to give us your thoughts on the latest episode, as well as anything we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast Questions & Topic Suggestions

We’ll be recording Episode #41 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow and we’re looking to take some of your questions, as well as any suggestions you may have regarding what you’d like to hear us talk about. We’d like to engage with our listeners more through some sort of “mailbag” feature, while also giving our thoughts on some of the topics that most interest all of you.

Post your questions and suggestions in the comments below, as well as this stickied thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #40

It’s that time of the week again! Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #40 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we discuss the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news and notes, new NBA jerseys and the motivation behind modding basketball video games.

  • We quickly recap the lone piece of NBA Live 14 news this week, an interview with executive producer Sean O’Brien.
  • The NBA 2K14 Community Team-Up event took place last week. Not too many impressions as yet, but early Twitter thoughts are positive.
  • It’s been revealed that blocked dunks will be back in NBA 2K14. Great news, obviously, but should it even be an announcement?
  • A behind the scenes glimpse of Steve Kerr’s recording sessions for NBA 2K lead to some discussion on presentation and possible TNT integration.
  • The Pelicans’ jerseys have been revealed, while the Suns’ new jerseys have been teased. Naturally, we opt to play fashion critic.
  • What’s the deal with modding? We take you through the highs, the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of one of our favourite pastimes.

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We hope that you enjoy Episode #40 and as always, we’re eager to hear your thoughts on the episode as well as anything we talked about. Have your say in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #39

Episode #39 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for this week’s show, in which we discuss the NBA Live 14 cover announcement, the NBA 2K14 soundtrack reveal, the Community Team-Up and other news and notes from around the community. There’s even some NBA offseason movement to discuss this week!

  • Kyrie Irving has officially been revealed as NBA Live 14’s cover player. We’re not exactly shocked, but what do we think of the selection?
  • We also give our impressions of the trailer’s brief glimpse of actual in-game footage of NBA Live 14. Naturally, we have to touch on Double Dribble-gate.
  • The NBA 2K14 Community Team-Up members have been announced. Sadly JaoSming is not among them, as the power of the hashtag has let us down.
  • LeBron’s picks for the NBA 2K14 soundtrack have been revealed. Our reactions lead us to reminisce about some of the songs in previous games.
  • Hacked 99 overall MyPLAYERs are back in NBA 2K13. Shame on everyone, we say.
  • We can’t go past talking about another Xbox “180” and some rumours regarding the PlayStation 4’s RAM.
  • There have been a couple of noteworthy offseason moves this past week. We comment on Brandon Jennings to the Pistons and Dejuan Blair to the Mavericks.
  • JaoSming has some further updates on the NBA Street Vol. 2 HD remake mod.

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Enjoyed the show? Have some suggestions? Want to give your thoughts on the topics that we discussed? By all means have your say, either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #38

A new big three comes together in Episode #38 of the NLSC Podcast! Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we sit down to discuss the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, mention a few exciting goings-on around the modding community and of course, talk about how much we love Leftos.

  • A new NBA Live 14 developer blog, The Science of bounceTek, was posted on the official site last week. We give our reactions to what we read and saw in the three demonstration videos.
  • What do we think they’re going to talk about next? For that matter, what are we hoping they’re going to talk about next?
  • We cover a couple of other recent NBA Live 14 news items, such as the behind-the-scenes video featuring Clippers players and another playtesting session.
  • Speaking of playtesting, 2K Sports are bringing back the Community Team-Up for NBA 2K14. We reaffirm our commitment to #JaoSming4TeamUp.
  • We talk a little about community events, their effectiveness and the responsibilities that go along with them.
  • Moving on to modding news, JaoSming takes us through an exciting new project involving NBA Street Vol. 2.
  • A recent upload prompts us to discuss modding culture, as there’s a certain release practice that’s not quite on the level and we’d prefer to discourage it.
  • We wrap things up with a discussion of last week’s Friday Five. What kind of gamers do we all see ourselves as?

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As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on the show and your thoughts on anything we discussed, so have your say in the comments below as well as in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #37

Episode #37 of the NLSC Podcast, aka the Farewell Leftos Edition, is out now. Join Ben, JaoSming and myself as we welcome Leftos back to the podcast, only to say goodbye to him as he officially leaves for his new gig as part of the NBA 2K development team at Visual Concepts. As is our custom, we also talk a little bit about basketball.

  • After a few weeks of the dynamic duo, we have a quality quartet handling this week’s digital broadcasting duties.
  • For a change of pace, we start off with the NBA discussion this week and talk about some recent offseason news.
  • JaoSming mourns the departure of Paul Pierce from the Celtics, but he has something else to look forward to this season.
  • It’s been far too long since Leftos talked at length about the Pistons. Unfortunately, he’s not too impressed with what Joe D is doing right now.
  • We move on to the farewell party. Leftos talks about his new career and the community he’s come from.
  • Leftos also finally gets to tell some stories he’s been holding onto since April.

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Feedback on this week’s episode, as well as your thoughts on any of the topics we discussed, are most definitely welcome either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #36

Episode #36 of the NLSC Podcast is coming your way, as we give our thoughts on the latest news surrounding basketball video games and the NBA. Join Ben and myself as we go over a few NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 tidbits, recap and react to a flurry of free agent signings and touch on some other gaming news.

  • The official NBA Live Twitter has given us a couple of things to talk about and look forward to, including future Q&As and possibly some good news regarding game modes.
  • Operation Sports’ Q&A with 2K Sports revealed some more information about the Euroleague teams in NBA 2K14.
  • An announcement is made about future roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08.
  • How does one go about joining the NLSC Team?
  • We get a prediction right as Dwight Howard goes to the Rockets, putting an end to Indecision 2.0.
  • What do we think of all the other offseason moves so far?
  • As usual, we finish up with some other video game news and notes.

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As always, your feedback on the show and your thoughts on everything we discussed are most welcome, so have your say in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #35

It’s episode #35 of the NLSC Podcast! Leftos couldn’t join us again this week, so once again Ben and I pull a LeBron and Wade to get the job done. The last week has seen some interesting news for both basketball games, the 2013 NBA Draft and the beginning of another offseason, so there’s plenty for us to talk about in this week’s show.

  • Gameplay designer Scott O’Gallagher hosted a Q&A on the official NBA Live Twitter account last Thursday. We had questions about NBA Live 14 and got some pretty interesting answers, which we break down.
  • On the other side of things, we’ve seen our first glimpse of NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 3 and discovered that 14 Euroleague teams will be in the game. Are we excited for that?
  • The 2013 NBA Draft brought a few surprises. How awesome was David Stern’s trolling of the Brooklyn crowd?
  • Indecision 2.0 is in full swing. Since we can’t get enough of predictions, we consider where Dwight Howard might be headed, before taking a look at some other noteworthy moves.
  • Don Mattrick’s move, another gem from Microsoft, Leisure Suit Larry and of course The Last of Us all get a mention as we finish up with some talk about other video games.

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Feedback on the show? Thoughts on anything that we discussed? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, as well as this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #34

Internet troubles ended up knocking out one of our panelists this week, but two of us press on to talk about some of our favourite subjects…well, mostly basketball and video games. With Leftos on the sideline, Ben and I hold down the fort as we give our thoughts on the latest video game news, the conclusion of the 2013 NBA Finals and the upcoming offseason.

  • Things are a little quiet post-E3 2013, but there are a couple of NBA Live 14 previews still being posted and some other interesting news.
  • There hasn’t been much on NBA 2K14 since Sony’s press conference, but NBA 2K13 has received one last official roster update.
  • We react to Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. The subject of “haters” is addressed, along with the future of the Spurs.
  • Various rumours are already swirling as we look ahead to the 2013 NBA Draft. Are we excited?
  • Naturally, we have a thing or two to say about Microsoft’s change of direction, announced just after we finished recording last week’s episode.
  • We wrap up the show with our thoughts on some other video game news and notes.

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As always, we’re interested to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode and everything we discussed. Have your say in the comments below or take the discussion to this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #33

We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming this week with Episode #33 of the NLSC Podcast! In the wake of E3 and our four part series of special episodes, we talk about a couple of other news items that have since emerged, a couple of topics we’ve overlooked in recent weeks and of course, the 2013 NBA Finals.

  • With E3 in the books, we’re now awaiting the next step in the NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 preview seasons, but we do have a couple of tidbits to mention.
  • EA Sports are doing away with their online passes. We’re cautiously optimistic about that.
  • We discuss the candid post from a Microsoft engineer regarding the Xbox One, as well as a funny moment from the E3 demonstrations.
  • Talking about current basketball games for a moment, Leftos gives us a rundown of the latest exciting breakthrough in the modding community for NBA 2K13.
  • The NBA Finals is tied at three games apiece, heading for a Game 7 in Miami. We give our thoughts on the last two games and our predictions for the grand finale.
  • Joey Crawford may or may not get a mention or two during the course of our NBA Finals discussion. One of us may get carried away with a rant.
  • Ben offers a few spoiler-free impressions of The Last of Us.

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Like what you heard? Disagree with our opinions? As always, we invite you to give us your take on this week’s episode, either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 4)

It’s the fourth and final part of our series of special episodes of the NLSC Podcast, covering E3 2013. With this year’s event in the books, we talk about a couple of final news items and sum up our thoughts on the past few days, from the basketball games to the new consoles. Once again, we also sneak in a little real NBA talk.

  • We recap a couple of final tidbits of interest regarding NBA Live 14.
  • On the whole, we saw and heard some promising things for both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 over the course of E3. How do we feel about the immediate future of basketball video games?
  • Reviews of the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers lead to some discussion on which one we think we’d prefer.
  • Who are the biggest winners and losers of E3 2013?
  • What was our favourite aspect of E3? What was our biggest disappointment?
  • The 2013 NBA Finals are all tied up. How does the rest of the series play out?

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A big thanks once again to everyone who has been listening to our E3 specials. As always, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show and everything that we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread. Regular episodes of the NLSC Podcast will resume next week.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 3)

As the end of E3 2013 draws nearer, we’re continuing our series of special editions of the NLSC Podcast. Today we touch on a couple of news and notes surrounding NBA Live 14, talk about community reactions to both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, react to some other news and even get to talk a little about the 2013 NBA Finals.

  • GameTrailers posted a new video interview with NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien, which is worth a look.
  • Impressions of NBA Live 14 from the floor of E3 continue to be reasonably positive and promising.
  • The basketball gaming community at large seems to be fairly intrigued, hopeful and more positive when it comes to both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14.
  • Microsoft has more news at E3 that makes Leftos ask: SERIOUSLY?!?
  • We get a little real NBA talk in before wrapping up. The Spurs are up 2-1 in the NBA Finals, while Jason Kidd has made a quick jump to the coaching ranks. We give our thoughts and predictions.

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Thanks to everyone who has been tuning in to our E3 2013 podcasts so far! Our coverage wraps up tomorrow with Part 4 but in the meantime, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show as well as everything we discussed, in the comments below or in this thread.

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