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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.

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.