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.

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Guide to Earning Badges in NBA 2K15 (Operation Sports)

For those of you who may be wondering how to earn Badges in NBA 2K15’s MyCAREER mode, producer Zach Timmerman has posted a comprehensive guide here over on Operation Sports. The guide covers every Badge in the game, and lays out all of the requirements for earning each one.

It also mentions that certain Badges can be lost as the situation changes (such as Alpha Dog and Beta Dog), and that while Badges that have been earned can carry over to the next year, you must fulfil the requirements to earn them within the same season. In other words, the necessary stats or games played to earn a Badge cannot span two different seasons.

It’s definitely worth checking out, so give it a look if you’re having trouble earning some of those Badges. If you’d like to share your own tips on how to earn any Badges, feel free to post them in the NBA 2K15 section of the NLSC Forum.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC feature courts for the National Basketball League of Canada. Pick them all up at the links below!

2014-2015 NBL-CA Budweiser Gardens Court in London, Ontario
2014-2015 NBL-CA Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
2014-2015 NBL-CA Harbour Station in Saint John New Brunswick
2014-2015 NBL-CA Hershey Centre in Mississauga Ontario
2014-2015 NBL-CA Moncton Coliseum in Moncton New Brunswick
2014-2015 NBL-CA Powerade Centre in Brampton Ontario
2014-2015 NBL-CA Scotiabank Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia
2014-2015 NBL-CA WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario

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NBA 2K15 Play Improvements, Part 1 (Da_Czar)

Da_Czar has posted a new video, spotlighting the various play improvements in NBA 2K15. It makes comparisons to NBA 2K14, in particular demonstrating a lack of movement in the previous game which made it too easy to disrupt a structured offense.

Czar also demonstrates how play stability has been improved in NBA 2K15, with player movement such as back door cuts not breaking the play, but instead allowing multiple options and play branching to occur.

As always, it’s a great insight into the playcalling system, so I’d recommend checking it out. Watch it below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

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File Additions for NBA Live 2004

Murat has uploaded another new update for NBA Live 2004 PC, namely the New Orleans Pelicans’ 2014/2015 Smoothie King Center. Check it out at the link below!

2014/2015 Smoothie King Center (New Orleans Pelicans)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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There are a couple of new file additions for NBA 2K14 today, as retroman has added 2014 Summer League court, and Medevenx has uploaded the latest version of his roster. Download the latest releases at the links below!

2014 NBA Summer League Court

Med’s Ultimate Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v1.2)

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Details on January 9th Roster Update for NBA Live 15

I’m a little late in posting this as I was out of town all weekend, but a new roster has been pushed through for NBA Live 15. It features all of the trades and signings that had taken place through January 9th, 2015, placing Josh Smith in Houston, J.R. Smith in Cleveland, and so on. It would appear that all of the players have their correct numbers, as well.

As always, the new roster will be downloaded automatically as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. For a complete list of changes that have been made in the latest roster, including player ratings and accessories, you can check out this spreadsheet. If you have any feedback on the rosters, be sure to post it in this thread in the NBA Live 15 section of our Forum.

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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!

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NBA 2K15 PC Steam Code Giveaway

We’ve got a Steam Key for NBA 2K15 PC to give away, to the first person who can solve these clues and claim the key. Each clue corresponds to a character in the key, so once you’ve figured it out, enter them with dashes in between each set of five characters (eg 12345-12345-12345). Be the first one to enter the key correctly on Steam, and the game is yours!

Allen Iverson’s Number =
The first letter in Leftos’ first name =
Fourth letter of Jon’s favorite NBA team =
Andrew’s NBA hopes and dreams rely on _. Rose
KG’s number when he was the cover of NBA 2K9 =

The last letter of Jon’s WWE 2K15 MyCAREER wrestler =
Yo. _ao!
Hustle plays get you _ommy Points
An abbreviation of pdub’s favorite NBA team is LA_
Jon’s favorite MomentousCeltic mix was his tribute to NBA 2K_

In the Summer of 2016, the NLSC will be _0 years old.
The 7th letter in Giannis “The Alphabet” last name =
The shape of a basketball rim is _
The most customizable mode in NBA 2K15 can be abbreviated M_
JaoSming’s third post in the NLSC Forum started with this letter =

Good luck, and be sure to let us know if you’re the one to claim the prize!

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Win a copy of NBA Live 15 (PlayStation 4)

If you have a PlayStation 4 and haven’t picked up NBA Live 15 yet, we’re giving you a chance to get your hands on the game. We have one copy of the game on PS4 to give away, so if you’d like to pick up NBA Live 15 absolutely free, just enter our latest giveaway!

To enter, all you need to do is correctly answer three easy questions about the NBA Live series. Post your answers in the comments below, and we’ll draw a winner at random!

  1. What is the first game in the NBA Live series?
  2. In which NBA Live did All-Star Weekend mode make its debut?
  3. Which NBA Live was the first to feature Ultimate Team?

Please see below for the full terms and conditions. The giveaway ends January 24th at 12:01 US EST, so get your entries in ASAP. My apologies to Xbox One users, we’ll see if we can get some more copies of the game to give away in the near future, so please stay tuned!

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Rarely Play Online

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! This is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

In years gone by, a few people have been upset that our Wishlists for NBA Live haven’t really paid much attention to online features. There are a couple of reasons for that: first of all, a lot of improvements to the online experience also fall under the category of gameplay fixes, and thus don’t bear repeating in another section of the Wishlist. Secondly, I have to admit that improvements related to online play don’t spring immediately to my mind, because I’m still mainly an offline player. As such, I encourage anyone who is primarily an online gamer to post their feedback, as it’s an area of the game that I’m prone to overlook.

Given the popularity of online play, the strong desire to see proper online leagues implemented, and the outcry when there was dissatisfaction over Crew Mode, I’m guessing the preference that I and many others still have for single player/offline play may be puzzling to a lot of online gamers. So, in this week’s Friday Five, I’m listing the five reasons that I rarely play online.

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New Poll: Your Pick for MVP So Far

We’ve posted a new poll today, which asks “Who is your pick for MVP so far?” Cast your vote now, and join in the discussion that’s taking place in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum!

Our last poll asked “Which Modes Are You Playing Right Now?”. It seems that MyCAREER is far and away the most popular mode at the moment, as 60% of users who voted in the poll indicated that it’s one of their modes of choice. Dynasty, Association, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE are still being played, but it’s interesting to see that interest has quite firmly shifted to single player career modes. Ultimate Team and MyTEAM are also drawing a little interest around these parts.

Remember, if you’re playing one of the depth modes and would like to tell us all about it, feel free to create a thread in our Basketball Video Game Stories section.

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Upcoming Legends in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team: Talls & Smalls

Three more Legends are coming to Ultimate Team in NBA Live 15. Dubbed the “Talls and Smalls”, the upcoming Legends are Manute Bol (7’7″, 84 overall), Muggsy Bogues (5’3″, 84 overall), and Rik Smits (7’4″, 88 overall).

The Dunkin’ Dutchman played all of his 12 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, making an All-Star Game in 1998 and helping the Pacers reach the 2000 NBA Finals. The 7’4 Smits averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 1.2 BPG in his career.

Standing just 5’3, Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. That didn’t stop him from averaging 7.7 PPG, 7.6 APG, 1.5 SPG over his 14-year career.

A stark contrast from Bogues, the 7’7 Bol is one of the tallest players to ever lace them up in the NBA. Bol ranks second in NBA history with 3.3 BPG.

Remember you can discuss Ultimate Team here in the NBA Live 15 section of the Forum.

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NLSC Forum Story Thread Interviews: Thierry

We certainly love our basketball games here at the NLSC, so when it comes to modes like Dynasty, Association, and MyCAREER, some of us like to share the experience with our fellow gamers. In the Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum, several gamers maintain story threads chronicling their adventures and achievements in the virtual NBA. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of interviews with some of our most prominent storytellers, to get an insight into their experiences and discover why they enjoy maintaining story threads.

We’re tipping off a new year of Story Thread Interviews as we chat to Ezio Auditore, formerly known as Thierry. Ezio/Thierry has created a fair few story threads over the years – infamously so! – and definitely has some interesting things to say about his experiences. Read on for some insight and advice!

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

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We have a small assortment of new file additions for NBA 2K14 PC today, including a pack of NBA at 50 courts, the 2015 All-Star uniforms, and a new face for Joe Johnson. Please see below for all the download links.

1996-1997 NBA at 50 Tribute Season Courts

2015 All-Star Game Uniforms

Joe Johnson Face

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