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NLSC Podcast – Episode #95 (Leftos Interview)

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For the first time since Episode #37, Leftos is making an appearance on the NLSC Podcast! In his triumphant return to digital broadcasting, Leftos talks a little about what it’s like to be a developer on NBA 2K15, his first year at Visual Concepts, and offers some advice on how to break into the industry.

Leftos was also able to give us a great deal of information on MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K15, expanding on some recent blogs and interviews, and letting us know about a few things that haven’t been talked about too much. In addition to explaining the basic features and differences between the two modes, Leftos gives us some in-depth insight into player progression and regression, the injury system, customisation options, and much, much more.

We were also able to get a lot of the community’s questions about MyGM and MyLEAGUE answered, so if you’re looking forward to those two modes in NBA 2K15, be sure to tune in to Episode #95!

A huge thanks to Leftos once again for coming on the Podcast, as it was great to chat to him again! As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, either in the comments below, or here in the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #94

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Tune in to Episode #94 of the NLSC Podcast, hosted by Arcane and myself! This week, we chat about NBA Live 15 being pushed back to October 28th, details on MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K15, and some other news and previews for both games. Unfortunately, we did have a couple of audio issues this week, so please bear with us.

  • The release of NBA Live 15 has been pushed back until October 28th. Are we concerned, or are we still optimistic?
  • We also got our first gameplay developer blog, and some raw work-in-progress gameplay footage of NBA Live 15.
  • Executive Producer Sean O’Brien took to Twitter for a Q&A with the fans. We recap and react to the latest details on the game.
  • NBA 2K15 Senior Producer Rob Jones recently appeared on the Press Row Podcast, providing an in-depth insight into the development of this year’s game.
  • Thanks to Leftos and Dave Zdyrko, we have some further information on MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Frankly, we really like what we’re hearing about both modes.
  • We let everyone know about some upcoming interviews that we’ll be conducting on the Podcast. We’re also hoping to do something special for Episode #100, if we can arrange it.
  • Did Australia tank in the FIBA Basketball World Cup? If they did, it didn’t help them much.
  • We offer a few thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Shawn Marion receives a classy send-off from the Mavericks, and Chauncey Billups calls it a career after 17 years.
  • We wrap up the show with a word from J.R. Smith on his shoelace shenanigans.

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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.

NBA Live 15 Developers on upcoming NLSC Podcast; Submit Your Questions!

Stay tuned, because we’ve got some more special guests coming up in future episodes of the NLSC Podcast! I’m pleased to announce that we’re currently arranging to have another chat with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, as well as Gameplay Producer Connor Dougan, in an upcoming show.

Needless to say, we already have a lot of topics and questions in mind, but if there’s anything specific that you’d like us to ask about, we’re certainly welcoming your submissions. We’ll be recording the interview towards the end of the month, so be sure to submit your questions ASAP! Hit us up in here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum, as well as in the comments below, or via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

In our previous interview with Sean O’Brien, we got a lot of great info on this year’s game, so we’re looking forward to getting a deeper insight into NBA Live 15 in our upcoming chat. If you haven’t yet tuned into Episode #90, be sure to give it a listen!

Leftos Appearing On The NLSC Podcast; Submit Your Questions!

We’re excited to announce that our good friend, former NLSC staff member and current NBA 2K15 Developer Leftos has been given the approval to join us for an upcoming episode of the NLSC Podcast! We’ll be chatting to Leftos about his first year at Visual Concepts, as well as getting some insight into MyGM and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K15.

We know that you all have a lot of questions about those modes, and we’d like to get as many of them answered as possible. To that end, be sure to submit any questions you have ASAP! Feel free to post them in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum. You can also hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.

Look out for the episode to be released in the next week!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #93

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Episode #93 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, as we discuss the NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 trailers, screenshots and previews for both games, and chat a little about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Please note that the latest news on MyGM broke after we recorded, so we’ll be talking about that in next week’s episode.

  • Arcane is welcomed back to the show, following a five week absence.
  • We had our first glimpse of NBA Live 15 in action in the form of the Visuals Trailer. What did we think of it?
  • NBA Live 15’s official Features List was also revealed. We break down the points of emphasis in this year’s game.
  • Since Arcane has missed a few shows, he provides his thoughts on the Yakkem Trailer and MyLEAGUE in NBA 2K15.
  • We discuss the NBA 2K15 tidbits that came out of this week’s live stream, as well as the latest screenshots and preview snippets.
  • We talk a little about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, providing some live reactions (well, live at the time of recording) to the Australia vs. Angola game.
  • Andre Iguodala and Steven Adams provide some Tweets for us to close the show on.

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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 #92

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Episode #92 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join JaoSming and myself as we talk about the week in basketball gaming news, including the NBA Live 15 cover reveal, and the NBA 2K15 Yakkem Trailer.

  • At long last, we know the cover player for NBA Live 15: Damian Lillard. Was he a good choice?
  • We also comment on the latest NBA Live 15 screenshots, and a brief in-game clip of Lillard in what appears to be the practice gym.
  • The system requirements for NBA 2K15 PC have been revealed. Will our rigs handle it?
  • What did we think of the NBA 2K15 Yakkem Trailer? Was it a worthy sequel to last year’s OMG Trailer?
  • We make a public service announcement, in light of a few of our Forum members getting a little rowdy over the course of the preview season.
  • Folks are still having fun Beating Jao. Last week’s effort by reaperwolverine was quite impressive!
  • Some recent developments and a Downloads database milestone are discussed in this week’s modding update.
  • August 26th marked Andrew’s 13th year as NLSC Webmaster. Following on from last week’s Friday Five, we reminisce.
  • We close the show with a bit of NBA discussion.

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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 #91

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We’re back to our regular show this week, with Episode #91 of the NLSC Podcast! JaoSming and I catch up on all the latest NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, and chat about a few other topics.

  • We reflect on last week’s interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, recapping some of the highlights.
  • New NBA Live 15 screenshots are being released, showing off the arenas. They’re nice, but we’re holding out for more player close-ups and gameplay footage.
  • It happened! NBA 2K15 PC will be a port of the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version! So…what does that mean for us?
  • Speaking of NBA 2K15, MyLEAGUE sounds awesome, even if a few cynical people don’t think so. A rant ensues.
  • JaoSming provides us with this week’s update on the latest modding developments.
  • In NBA news, Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland, as is Shawn Marion. Apart from that, we’re at a very slow point of the offseason, but we find a couple of other interesting topics to chat about.
  • We close this week’s show with a great quote from Swaggy P.

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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 #90 (Sean O’Brien Interview)

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We’re pleased to present a special episode of the NLSC Podcast this week, as JaoSming and I had the opportunity to chat with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien. Sean very kindly gave us a little over two hours of his time, in which he spoke very honestly about the return of the series with NBA Live 14, the team’s goals with future releases, and of course, some of the things that we can expect in NBA Live 15.

On that note, Sean gave us a lot of great info on this year’s game, including details on controls and responsiveness, physics, locomotion and animation quality, AI improvements, and enhancements to the shooting mechanics. Sean also clarified a few points about the future of game modes such as Dynasty and Rising Star, while also answering our questions about this year’s practice facilities, content updates, and even the possibility of NBA Live 14 getting further roster updates before NBA Live 15 comes out.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so don’t delay any longer: click Play to listen to the show!

A huge thanks to Sean once again for coming on the Podcast! 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 #89

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It’s that time of the week again, so I invite you to join JaoSming and myself for Episode #89 of the NLSC Podcast! Tune in for discussion of the latest NBA Live 15 screenshot, the return of Crew Mode in NBA 2K15, a few new modding developments, and some NBA offseason tidbits.

  • We got a glimpse of the new official NBA basketball in NBA Live 15. Does JaoSming like it more than NBA Live 14’s rock?
  • The actual Crew Mode that gamers loved and missed will be returning in NBA 2K15 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Are we excited about that?
  • Footage of NBA 2K15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One might be coming by the end of the week. With it being an Instagram video, we’re trying to keep our expectations low.
  • In modding news this week: JaoSming’s latest project, a new development by TGsoGood, and more good stuff with the Ultimate Base Roster.
  • We reflect on the latest Beat Jao challenge and last week’s Friday Five.
  • Former WNBA star Becky Hammon has been hired by the San Antonio Spurs as a full-time assistant coach, breaking down another barrier in the NBA.
  • Derrick Rose has had a fine showing in the Team USA scrimmages. The big news coming out last week however is Paul George’s gruesome injury…yikes.
  • We discuss the possibility of stars no longer competing in non-NBA events, and get nostalgic for days gone by.
  • It seems that Kevin Love is heading to Cleveland, which is making interviews for Andrew Wiggins somewhat awkward.
  • Free agent talk, the retirement of Dick Bavetta, and a few other offseason topics are covered.
  • We close with a short discussion of Brian Scalabrine’s essay. Admittedly, our words cannot do it justice.

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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 #88

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It’s a brand new dynamic duo this week, as JaoSming and I host Episode #88 of the NLSC Podcast! Tune in for all the latest NBA Live, NBA 2K, NBA and modding chatter.

  • EA Access memberships will give Xbox One gamers the opportunity to play an early trial of NBA Live 15. As PlayStation 4 users, do we feel left out?
  • Big NBA 2K15 news is apparently coming next week. Surely, not another announcement of an announcement?
  • NBA 2K15 will also be playable at Gamescom this year. We can only imagine that several people will break the “no video” rule, giving us a glimpse of the game in action.
  • We comment on the latest rumours of NBA 2K15 PC being a next gen port. Our fingers are still crossed as tightly as possible.
  • One of us scored big with the latest NBA 2K14 Random Locker Code; the other, not so much.
  • As this year’s hype train prepares to pull out of the station, we discuss whether or not we’re excited to be along for the ride.
  • Catching up on some community news, we talk about recent modding developments, as well as our weekly features.
  • LeBron James is going back to #23. Another famous #23 is OK with that, and so are we.
  • There’s a lot of optimism with Derrick Rose at the moment…but weren’t we saying that last year?
  • James Harden and Dwight Howard get our sarcastic nod for Teammates of the Year.
  • Proposed changes to the Draft Lottery, a new head of the NBPA, and Steve Nash round out our NBA discussion.

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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 #87

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Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #87 of the NLSC Podcast! We’re coming at you a little later than usual this week, but the delay has allowed us to cover a few additional news items.

  • We give our thoughts on the info that came out of FanSided’s interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien.
  • The cover design of NBA 2K15 has been revealed, along with the curator of its soundtrack. Does that make us Happy?
  • JaoSming’s “Beat Jao” challenges have received a great response so far. Not to be left out, The Friday Five gets a shameless plug.
  • We provide a quick round-up of some recent news and developments in the modding community, for both NBA Live and NBA 2K.
  • It’s time once again for us to play fashion critics! Gold championship tabs on jersey collars: yea or nay?
  • The NBA offseason is grinding to a standstill with the big names off the market, but we find a few things to discuss, including the latest speculation surrounding Kevin Love.
  • We wrap up Episode #87 with another fun 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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #86

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Episode #86 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, as Arcane, JaoSming and I return to the virtual booth after taking last week off. As a result, we have far more signings to talk about, and far fewer predictions to potentially embarrass ourselves with.

  • We still find ourselves in the calm before the storm as far as NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news is concerned, but we do have a couple of tidbits to mention, including a giveaway, more player face scans, and a couple of rumours that have been making the rounds.
  • JaoSming will be debuting a new Tuesday feature, which should be fun for us all as we wait for the new games to come out…or indeed, news on them to come along.
  • In this week’s modding discussion, we talk about the speedy updates to the Ultimate Base Roster for NBA 2K14 PC, R4zoR’s outstanding cyberface tutorial, upcoming projects by JaoSming, and some RED MC notes.
  • We tip off the NBA discussion with the biggest story of the offseason: LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. What do we make of the situation, and how good will the Cavaliers be this season?
  • Can Chris Bosh now be The Man in Miami? Will Dwyane Wade stick around?
  • Carmelo Anthony has re-signed with the New York Knicks, leading JaoSming to make a bold prediction.
  • As we discuss the other player movement that’s taken place so far, we question the criticism of bandwagoning, and wonder whether it’s acceptable to follow players rather than teams.
  • Several noteworthy role players are still free agents, so yes, we go ahead and make some predictions.
  • We wrap up the show on another amusing Tweet, thanks to Skip Bayless.

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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.

Mailbag Call for Episode #86 of the NLSC Podcast

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With NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news being very slow at the moment, and a flurry of free agent signings likely to become official as soon as we wrap up recording, we’ve decided to eighty-six Episode #86 of the NLSC Podcast this week. We’ll instead be recording and releasing Episode #86 next week, hopefully with some gaming news to discuss, but if nothing else, we’ll have the NBA offseason to chat about.

We’d also like to run another listener mailbag in the next episode, so I’m inviting everyone to submit their questions, comments, and topic suggestions, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. In the meantime, be sure to catch up on Episode #85 if you missed it last week!

NLSC Podcast – Episode #85

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Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for another installment of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #85, we discuss the lack of NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 news, some false information that’s making the rounds, and the beginning of the 2014 NBA free agent frenzy.

  • No NBA Live 15 or NBA 2K15 news this week, but we reflect on the letdown that was last week’s NBA 2K15 hashtag campaign.
  • For all the retro gamers in the audience, a new update has been released for NBA Live 96 on Genesis. We’re impressed with the amount of work that’s gone into it.
  • JaoSming outlines his plans for a new series on his YouTube channel this Summer, featuring NBA 2K14 PC. He promises not to mislabel it for additional views.
  • Do we anticipate playing much of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 during the offseason?
  • Speaking of NBA Live 14, the winners of our giveaway have been selected.
  • In light of recent comments by Peter Moore, we revisit the dreaded business models of “free to play” and “free to wait”.
  • We give our reactions to the 2014 NBA Draft. Not surprisingly, one of us had a prediction that was way off.
  • The Chicago Bulls have made a strong pitch to Carmelo Anthony, but will he end up in the Windy City? We ponder that question, and discuss some deals that have already been agreed to.
  • While discussing Jason Kidd’s jump from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks, a new euphemism is coined.
  • We wrap up the episode with an entertaining Tweet from Muggsy Bogues.

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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 #84

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Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #84 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we discuss the latest NBA Live 15 news, a rumour that’s making the rounds, RED MC news, the 2014 NBA Draft, and a few other topics we felt like chatting about this week.

  • We open this week’s episode with the latest details on RED MC. The .iff editing functionality has some teething problems, but awesome stuff is on the way.
  • Before we started recording, some new screenshots of NBA Live 15 were released, once again spotlighting the graphical improvements in this year’s game.
  • We’ll be hearing more about NBA Live 15’s gameplay come August, but in the meantime, we talk about a rumour that began circulating earlier in the day.
  • Arcane finally has the full version of NBA Live 14! As such, he provides some initial impressions of the complete game.
  • A reminder that if you want to get your hands on a free copy of NBA Live 14, be sure to enter our giveaway before July 1st!
  • Some NBA 2K15 news will be coming this Friday. We certainly hope that it will be substantial, and not an announcement of an announcement, nor more NBA 2K14 footage.
  • Will we ever see college basketball and football games from EA again? EA is definitely interested in developing them, should all legal barriers be cleared.
  • We give our thoughts on the Charlotte Hornets’ new uniforms. Hooray for no sleeved alternates!
  • LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have opted out of their contracts, while Tim Duncan will return for one more year. We react and speculate.
  • Trade talks that would have sent Kevin Love to Golden State have fallen apart. Where do we currently think that he, and other big names, will ultimately end up?
  • We make some final predictions before the 2014 NBA Draft, and JaoSming provides a fun piece of trivia to close the show on.

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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.