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NLSC Podcast – Episode #108

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It’s a little later than usual this week as we wanted to wait until the All-Star reserves had been announced before we recorded, but Episode #108 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we chat about the latest news in NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 gaming, All-Star snubs, and more. Also featuring Fallout and Back to the Future references, along with a guest appearance by some bats.

  • Congratulations to mp3, winner of our NBA Live 15 PS4 giveaway!
  • We recap the week in NBA Live 15 content updates, from new rosters to the latest Ultimate Team Legends.
  • Hassan Whiteside is now 77 overall in NBA 2K15, but his emergence needs a fancy name to truly be the next Linsanity.
  • We give our thoughts on this year’s All-Star jerseys, which along with this year’s All-Star court, are now available in NBA 2K15.
  • More users have been uploading their work for NBA 2K15 PC. Please keep it coming!
  • The NBA All-Star starters and reserves have now been announced. Who are the biggest snubs?
  • We celebrate the fact that the traditional dunk contest is back. Now, about those props…
  • Will we see some records broken by this year’s field of three-point shootout contestants?
  • We’re coming around to the USA vs. The World format for the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • The Atlanta Hawks continue to pick up Ws, on the court and in their Twitter name. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also on a roll.
  • We wrap up Episode #108 with a few other stories from around the league, including the up and down play of the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat’s fortunes, Kobe Bryant’s surgery, and NBA team Twitter wars.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #107

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Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as we catch up on the latest news, start our Wishlists for this year’s games, and discuss the past week in the NBA.

  • We recap the latest content updates for NBA Live 15, which include new rosters and Ultimate Team Legends.
  • Da_Czar has posted another NBA 2K15 play improvements video, this time focusing on handoff plays.
  • In a bizarre turn of events, we’ve both released updates for NBA Live 08!
  • Since it’s a while before NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 news starts coming out, we begin our Wishlists.
  • Which features would we take from NBA 2K, and put into NBA Live? Which NBA Live features would we add to NBA 2K?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, both of our favourite teams are struggling. Clearly, we jinxed them.
  • The Rising Stars Challenge is adopting a USA vs The World concept. Do we like that change?
  • Potential participants for this year’s dunk contest have been revealed…but does it matter, if the format is the same as last year?
  • Brandon Jennings has registered the first 20+ point, 20+ assist game since Steve Nash in 2009. Meanwhile, the Playoffs are actually looking like a realistic goal for the Pistons.
  • The Knicks have finally won again. In fact, they have a winning streak going!
  • Shawn Marion has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Will Kobe Bryant join him?
  • Will Ferrell films a movie at a Pelicans game, and Not Bill Walton provides us with another gem to end the episode.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

Mailbag & Topic Submissions for Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast

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We’ll be recording Episode #107 of the NLSC Podcast within the next couple of days, so I wanted to put out one last call for any mailbag submissions or topic suggestions before we do so.

It’s been a bit of a slow week as far as basketball gaming news goes, as we’re in that period where we’re a few months past the release of the latest games and have covered them in-depth, but still a few months out from having news and details on the upcoming games to discuss and speculate upon.

As such, if you have any topics you’d like us to discuss, or questions you’d like us to answer – be they about NBA Live, NBA 2K, the real NBA, or something else to do with basketball or basketball gaming – feel free to hit us up in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #106

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We’re back! A new season of the NLSC Podcast tips off with Episode #106, hosted by Arcane and myself. In this episode, we recap the news since the final show of 2014, and discuss some topics suggested by members of the community.

  • We open the show with a rundown of all the NBA Live 15 news since Episode #105, including the latest roster updates, the second title update, Ultimate Team content, and our giveaway.
  • The Android version of NBA Jam has received another roster update, along with new audio provided by Tim Kitzrow. Boom-shaka-laka!
  • NBA 2K15 news items include the third title update (now available everywhere), Arcane’s shoe glitch workaround, a new video from Da_Czar, and a complete guide to earning Badges.
  • Have we gotten into some NBA 2K15 modding yet?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we discuss Kobe Bryant’s future, and whether he’ll accept a smaller role.
  • As we approach the halfway point of the NBA season, who are our top contenders? Can the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors stay on top?
  • Is LeBron James in decline, and can the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back? We make our predictions.
  • We discuss the rumoured sale of the Atlanta Hawks, and the possibility that they could end up being the new Seattle Supersonics.
  • Cutting Josh Smith has worked out quite well for the Detroit Pistons (and not too bad for the Houston Rockets). The New York Knicks’ trade of J.R. Smith hasn’t had quite the same effect.
  • Mo Williams becomes the latest unexpected player to tally a 50+ point game.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast Returns Next Week

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We’ll be recording a new episode of the NLSC Podcast next week, for our first show of 2015. We originally intended to return this week, but I’ve been feeling a little under the weather with a cough and a sore throat, so we had to give it a miss. I’m on the mend however, and expect to be healthy (or healthy enough!) by the time we’re ready to record next week.

In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to submit any mailbag questions or topic suggestions for the next episode. We’d love to have more interaction with our listeners, and we want to make sure that we’re putting out a show that you enjoy listening to, and that we’re talking about stuff you’re interested in, so hit us up in this thread, or in the comments section below.

If you missed our most recent episode, you can tune in here. For those who are unaware, you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes. A big thanks as always to everyone who regularly listens to the Podcast; we really do enjoy recording the show for you every week, so stay tuned for more fun!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #105

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Episode #105 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, hosted by Arcane and myself. This week, we talk about the patches for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, once again reflect on realism in basketball video games, and give our thoughts on the latest NBA news and results. This will likely be our final episode for 2014, so a huge thank you to everyone has tuned in this year. Please join us again in 2015!

  • The second title update for NBA Live 15 is out now, and it’s quite a substantial patch. What are our impressions?
  • Unfortunately, the third patch for NBA 2K15 hasn’t yet arrived on Xbox One. PlayStation 4 users in PAL regions are also still waiting for it.
  • We tip our hats to 2K Sports for their very classy gesture of adding Isaiah Austin to NBA 2K15.
  • NBA 2K15 modding continues to pick up steam.
  • Following on from this week’s Tuesday Triple, we once again discuss realism in basketball video games. What are our expectations, and are we altering our approach as the games change?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we chat about the latest results. Is there a true top championship contender right now?
  • Jabari Parker is the latest rising star to go down with a serious knee injury.
  • Kobe Bryant has passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time scoring charts. We reflect on the milestone.
  • Is Rajon Rondo heading to the Dallas Mavericks?
  • The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs offered up an early candidate for Game of the Year.
  • We’re looking to bring back the Question of the Week, starting…now. Post your answers in the comments!
  • We close Episode #105 with a great suggestion for a last minute gift idea, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #104

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Following a two week hiatus, the NLSC Podcast is back with Episode #104! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as we discuss the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, what we’ve been playing lately, and the latest happenings around the NBA.

  • We’re back! We tip things off with some NBA Live 15 news, including the latest roster updates and a touching gesture.
  • Patch #3 is out for NBA 2K15 on PC and PlayStation 4. A lot of work has certainly gone into it.
  • Modding is beginning to pick up for NBA 2K15 PC, thanks to the hard work of gregkwaste.
  • We talk about our recent gaming experiences. Obviously, NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 have been in the rotation.
  • NBA 2K15 face scanning follies are discussed, along with some tips on how to get a good looking scan.
  • NBA Live 06 is still getting some love, almost ten years after its release.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers have finally won a game! Two games, in fact.
  • Golden State is red hot at the moment. How far can the Warriors go?
  • A Tweet from the NBA Meme Team provides us with some interesting fantasy lineup choices.
  • We briefly touch on MJ vs. Kobe, Part Infinity.
  • Ending as always on a lighter note, LeBron James recently violated royal protocol. We aren’t exactly mortified at the faux pas.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #103

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Episode #103 of the NLSC Podcast is available now! Arcane, Pdub, Qballer, and myself are your hosts for this episode, as we discuss the past week in basketball gaming, as well as some recent NBA topics.

  • As we open the show, it appears as though Arcane won’t be able to join us…or will he?
  • We quickly rundown some recent NBA Live 15 news, including the latest Ultimate Team content.
  • A couple of new tools have been released for NBA 2K15 PC, so modding should hopefully be underway very soon!
  • We congratulate Vlad, who in addition to releasing the new version of RED MC, also appears to have landed a job with 2K Sports.
  • Pdub and Qballer provide their impressions of NBA Live 15, and we discuss our recent experiences with the game.
  • Arcane joins the show, surprising everyone except Andrew, who added him to the Skype chat.
  • Pdub gives his thoughts on NBA 2K15, and we discuss some possible enhancements for MyCAREER.
  • Turning our attention to the real NBA, we reflect on the Malice at the Palace, on its tenth anniversary.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers are still losing. We throw some new predictions out there.
  • Kobe Bryant’s latest milestone, the Los Angeles Lakers’ fortunes, and the surging Memphis Grizzlies are also discussed.
  • We finish with some Tweets about Derrick Rose, who once again is in and out of the Chicago Bulls’ lineup.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #102

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Episode #102 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I both have new microphones, and we’ve actually recorded the show at the proper quality! Join us as we chat about the past week in NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, as well as a few NBA topics.

  • NBA Live 15 has been receiving new content, from current rosters to Legends and Challenges in Ultimate Team.
  • Once again, Fernando is keeping tabs on our roster feedback thread in the NLSC Forum.
  • A new interview and blog have also provided us with some further insight into the development of NBA Live 15.
  • NBA 2K15 has also been receiving new MyTEAM content, along with the daily roster updates.
  • Our talented community has made some significant strides in developing tools to mod NBA 2K15.
  • We wrap up the news segment with some housekeeping notes on the Wiki and Downloads section.
  • Arcane talks about his recent experiences in NBA 2K15’s MyCAREER, while Andrew reflects on playing with JaoSming in The Park.
  • Some observations about offline multiplayer in NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 lead us to wonder…are we gaming dinosaurs?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we give our thoughts on broken records (dubious and otherwise), and the current league standings.
  • Cleveland has won a few games, but LeBron James lost his triple double, and a bizarre handshake has been unveiled.
  • When will the Philadelphia 76ers win their first game of the 2014/2015 season? We make our predictions.
  • We close the show by admiring Robin Lopez’s latest artistic masterpiece.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #101

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Episode #101 is out now, hosted by Arcane and myself! Despite my obsession with the Fallout series, I resisted the temptation to make a Fallout 3 reference. We did, however, provide our initial impressions of NBA Live 15, our latest thoughts on NBA 2K15, and our reflections on the first week of the 2014/2015 NBA season.

  • We briefly reflect on last week’s 100th Episode of the NLSC Podcast.
  • NBA Live 15 is out now! We’ve had the game for a week now, and have some initial impressions to share.
  • Day one updates added some new content to NBA Live 15. It’ll be interesting to see how the game can evolve over the next few months.
  • NBA 2K15’s daily updates are a huge improvement on previous years. A checklist of what’s in the updates has also been made available.
  • The PC version of NBA 2K15 was free to play on Steam last weekend. We provide a quick update on the situation with modding.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, we chat about the first week of the 2014/2015 season.
  • Injuries are plaguing Derrick Rose – again – but also the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, the Cavs and Lakers are off to sluggish starts.
  • We wrap up the show with a few thoughts on Lauren Hill’s story.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #100

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Well, we made it: one hundred episodes of the NLSC Podcast! We’ve lined up some special guests to mark the occasion, in addition to our usual chatter about NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the real NBA. It’s a longer show than usual this week, but we hope that you enjoy it!

  • NBA Live 15 is out this week. Don’t forget to check out our latest interview with Sean O’Brien in Episode #99!
  • The past week has brought us some more details on Ultimate Team, as well as a video on defensive improvements.
  • Xbox One users have been able to preview NBA Live 15 via EA Access, and there have been some positive and promising impressions so far.
  • We chat about some other NBA Live 15 content, including the Tips & Tricks videos, some screenshots we received from EA, and the raw gameplay footage that has been posted.
  • The first patch for NBA 2K15 is out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The PC has also received a second patch, addressing some technical issues. More updates are in the pipeline.
  • Leftos has been going above and beyond with support in the NLSC Forum, as 2K have been working hard on addressing issues with the PC version. We certainly appreciate the efforts!
  • We cover the latest modding developments for NBA 2K15 PC, as a couple of people in our community have been making great progress.
  • Arcane provides his initial impressions of NBA 2K15 on PlayStation 4.
  • In our first pre-recorded interview, we welcome JaoSming and Leftos back to the show. We discuss the Podcast, give JaoSming a proper send-off, and naturally, rib one another.
  • Andrew chats to NLSC co-founder Tim Tschirner, who reflects on the early days of the site, and talks about his time as a developer on NBA Live.
  • There’s an obligatory NBL reference, as we discuss the Josh Childress incident.
  • The NBA season is about to tip off! We discuss Kawhi Leonard’s future with the San Antonio Spurs, injury woes for Steve Nash and Jason Richardson, and a couple of Aussies who have been waived.
  • We end the show with some reflections on 100 episodes, and this week’s Cool Fact.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread. Thanks for your support through the first one hundred episodes!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #99 (Sean O’Brien Interview #2)

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We’re excited to present you with another special episode of the NLSC Podcast this week, featuring our highly anticipated second interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien! Our community submitted lots of questions for Sean and we did our best to ask as many of them as possible, as once again he was very open and candid in his responses. Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • The decision to push back NBA Live 15’s release, and the work that’s been done in the additional weeks of development time.
  • The demo/early access dates, and what those trial versions will entail.
  • Key improvements in this year’s game, at both ends of the court.
  • What features are on the cards for next year, and why certain features couldn’t be included this year (such as sliders).
  • Some of the community’s most commonly asked questions about NBA Live 15.
  • And much more!

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As we mentioned on the show, Sean will be answering some questions that we didn’t have time to ask “on-air” in written format, so stay tuned for that follow-up. A big thanks to Sean once again for joining us for another interview! As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, either in the comments below, or here in the Forum. We also invite you to join in the discussion taking place in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #98

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Episode #98 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, hosted by Arcane and myself. In this week’s show, we discuss the latest NBA Live 15 news and previews, and I share some initial impressions of NBA 2K15 PC. Please note that the details on NBA Live 15’s game modes were released after we finished recording, so we’ll be chatting about that in a future episode.

  • NBA Live 15 ratings drops continue, with Fernando providing a few extra details in the Forum.
  • The latest hands-on impressions of NBA Live 15 are quite promising and positive…even IGN’s take!
  • Our interview with Sean and Connor is set for next week, so stay tuned for more NBA Live 15 info.
  • NBA 2K15 is out now! We talk about the pre-order bonuses, and a few other launch-related topics.
  • Arcane’s copy is still on the way, but Andrew is able to provide his initial impressions of NBA 2K15 PC.
  • We still have much to figure out before NBA 2K15 modding can take off, but our community is working on it.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA chat, we talk about Kenneth Faried’s extension, Chris Bosh’s remarks about LeBron James, and a few other recent topics.
  • We end the show on a fantastic Kevin Garnett quote.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #97

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Tune in to Episode #97 of the NLSC Podcast, hosted by Arcane and myself! With a new gameplay video for NBA Live 15, the impending release of NBA 2K15, and plenty of news on both games, we have plenty to talk about this week.

  • A new video and developer blog has given us further insight into the improvements to offensive gameplay in NBA Live 15. Are we impressed?
  • The daily ratings reveals continue, and NBA Live 15 associate producer Fernando Rodriguez has provided some additional information in the Forum.
  • All player overall ratings have now been revealed in NBA 2K15. Naturally, there was controversy!
  • What did we think of the Momentus Trailer for NBA 2K15?
  • We loved Da_Czar’s insight into the evolution of freelance offense in this year’s game, but which part made us geek out the most?
  • MyPARK and The Stage have finally been unveiled. We only wish JaoSming were here to gush over it!
  • Knowing our luck with predictions, are we even going to bother speculating on the unannounced feature?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we discuss the addition of more sleeved jerseys, a potential change to free throws, Paul George’s eventual comeback, and Tim Duncan.
  • We close this week’s episode by getting a bit technical with DeMarcus Cousins.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #96

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With a steady stream of NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news coming our way, we had a lot to talk about in Episode #96 of the NLSC Podcast. Join Arcane and myself as we chat about the latest developments, fully aware that there would be even more stuff to talk about not long after we finished recording.

  • The Return of Leftos in Episode #95 was a success, as we enjoyed talking to our good friend and getting some great info on MyGM and MyLEAGUE for the community.
  • We bid JaoSming a fond farewell from the NLSC Team and Podcast, and wish him all the best in his new gig at Visual Concepts.
  • Moving on to gaming news, we tip things off with the ratings reveals for NBA Live 15. Were we surprised by any of the initial ratings?
  • We discuss the latest NBA Live 15 screenshots, which have featured all 30 NBA arenas, several players, and a collection of shoes.
  • As we consider the future of NBA Live and what the game needs to do to continue to improve this year and beyond, we briefly segue into the topic of fanboys and haters.
  • NBA Live 14 has continued to receive some patches and content updates. Have they made a difference?
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users will be able to scan their faces into NBA 2K15. Will it persuade us to invest in a PlayStation Camera?
  • 2KTV, which will deliver content geared towards NBA 2K gamers, has been announced. Personally, we’re looking forward to JaoSming’s contributions.
  • Details on MyCAREER are beginning to come through. We discuss what we know so far, and whether our attitude towards the mode has changed at all.
  • We also know a little more about Badges in NBA 2K15, and we’re liking what we hear.
  • Discussion of real basketball this week includes Rajon Rondo’s coachability, a couple of players taking their talents to China, and an obligatory NBL mention.
  • We close the show on a story that leaves us feeling rather flushed.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below, or here in the Forum! Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome, so feel free to hit us up in this thread.