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E3 2013, Day 0: Microsoft Press Conference Recap

Microsoft (New Logo)

E3 is here. Almost. Well, just a day before E3, we have 4 big press conferences. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony are going to present games and technologies to take us into the next generation of gaming. SpikeTV is the exclusive broadcasting partner of E3, with streams on GameTrailers as well. The internet is abuzz as all eyes are on E3, with live-blogs on most major tech news outlets. Speaking of major tech news outlets, the staff here at The NLSC is keeping a close eye on things. Discussion on Day 0 of E3 2013 has begun in the Forum, and we’ll be doing a series of daily hour-long podcasts with our reactions to each day and all news that come out of them. With EA promoting its upcoming showcase of NBA Live 14 and tweets from 2K Sports about more information about NBA 2K14 coming during E3, the whole community should be on the look-out.

First to hold a Press Conference was Microsoft. A packed hall was matched by a huge viewership on the live-stream. Microsoft hasn’t won a lot of people over with a lot of its choices around the Xbox One, and there’s certain matters that are still unclear around the console. However, its press conference today was not about the controversy around used games or the requirement to connect once a day; it was all about the games.

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First Look at NBA 2K14 Next-Gen during tonight’s Sony Press Conference

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

As noted by 2K Sports’ social media accounts, a first glimpse of the next-generation version of NBA 2K14 will be shown during tonight’s Sony Press Conference, which is scheduled for 6PM PDT, 1AM GMT. We will, of course, have the scoop for you during and after the Sony Press Conference. We will add links for the live stream of the Sony Press Conference as they become available.

UPDATE: Sony has posted a link for the live-stream.

What do you expect in today’s reveal of the next-gen version? What would you like to see the most out of the next-generation of NBA 2K as we move forward? Give us your opinion in the comment section below, or in this thread in the Forum. You can also discuss all the happenings of Day 0 of E3 2013 in this thread in the Forum. Keep in mind we will be discussing this first look as well as all other news that come out today and your reactions in the first of a series of daily podcasts during E3 recorded tomorrow.

2K is seeking Bay Area fans for playtesting sessions

Ronnie 2K has Tweeted that 2K is looking for people from the Bay Area to playtest upcoming and existing games and give their opinions. This could be a great chance for you to not only get to play some of 2K’s upcoming games early, but also to influence them with your feedback and get to meet a lot of cool people in the process.

As noted by the signup page, which requires a survey to be completed in order for the candidate to be matched with an upcoming playtest:

2K is looking for Console/PC/Mobile game players to playtest upcoming and existing games. Tests range from taking simple surveys to actual in-house live game play sessions. Gamers who participate in testing will be rewarded for their time and help.


Please, fill out the following survey and tell us about your gaming likes and dislikes. Information collected is used only to match you with an appropriate game test, and will not be distributed outside of 2K.

Based on your responses we will try to match you with an upcoming play test.

When we find a play test for you we will follow up with an additional survey and invitation to our office in Novato, CA to play one of our upcoming titles and then tell us what you think.

If you are selected and you participate in one of our play tests, we’ll gladly thank you with a 2K or Rockstar game of your choice or visa gift card (to be confirmed in a follow up email after selection).

So, if you’re from the Bay Area, you don’t want to miss out! Which game would you be most looking forward to playtesting if you were picked? What would you be most looking for if you got the chance to playtest? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below or in this thread in the Forum.

NBA 2K13 PS3 Loading Issue is being looked into by Dev Team

There’s currently an issue with the PS3 version of NBA 2K13 which causes the game to hang while loading, before or just as it has reached the main menu. Unofficially, indications point to a faulty Online Data update, as users that start the game while logged out of the PlayStation Network service or completely offline do not encounter the loading issue.

Ronnie 2K has already verified that the development team is looking to fix the issue as soon as possible. Until then, stay offline and avoid any online game modes, and you should avoid the issue. Do not delete your save data unless specifically asked to by a member of the 2K team.


Per LD2k:

The #NBA2K13 dev team tells us booting up issues have been resolved. Everything should be back to normal.


Seems like the issue isn’t limited to PS3 users, but affects X360 users as well. Per LD2k:

Team monitoring the #NBA2K13 issues. Please continue to provide real-time feedback. Thanks for your patience.

Once again, try staying offline for now.


The issues should now be resolved. Per LD2k:

We’ve been informed all the #NBA2K13 should be fixed now. Please log in and tweet back at me.

NBA 2K13 All-Star Weekend to be released as DLC

The All-Star Weekend add-on content for NBA 2K13 that was a pre-order bonus will be released as DLC tomorrow for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft Points. Available for the Xbox 360 via Xbox LIVE and PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network, it includes events such as the Dunk Contest and the 3-Point Shootout, which will also be playable in MyCAREER and Association.

We’re all really excited about this. At least I know I am.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #6

The NBA 2K13 demo is out, so stop playing right now, and listen to our new podcast instead! This week JaoSming and Leftos go through:

  • JaoSming’s and the community’s impressions on the 2K13 demo so far
  • Why the demo may get boring quickly
  • Your and our answers on last week’s Question of the Week; the ’92 vs. ’12 matchup, and the first thing to do when firing up 2K13 for the first time
  • Whether MyTEAM is in the PC version of the game or not

Click the Play button to listen to the show!

We’ll be back next week of course, with our first impressions on the full version of NBA 2K13. Until then, join the podcast discussion in the NLSC Hub or the comment section below, and have your say on this week’s Question of the Week about the NBA 2K13 demo, and whether it has got you any more excited about the release of the game.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #5

The NLSC Podcast is back again this week to discuss all that’s been going on. Pdub, JaoSming and Leftos go through:

  • The official NBA Live 13 trailer
  • The news that NBA Live 13 won’t be released early October
  • What Live 13 can do to become a viable alternative
  • NBA 2K13 adding just one retro team to the roster compared to last year
  • Its (lack of?) updates in Offline Association
  • EA’s recent job listings and what that could mean for the future of the Live franchise
  • The possibility of 2K having hired a new Senior Online Producer, and whether that could lead into a proper online experience
  • Being able to earn 2K13’s Virtual Currency in any mode, and whether that would lead to “cheating” in MyCAREER
  • The official and olympic NBA 2K 13 trailers, and whether 2K will ever be able to fully simulate the style of basketball of the good ol’ days
  • The second Question of the Week, and it’s a two-fold one!

Click the Play button to listen to the show!

Just FYI, the podcast was recorded yesterday, before the 2K13 demo announcement and the confirmation of Crew not being in this year. Don’t forget to give us your comments on this week’s episode, as well as your answer to the Question of the Week, in the comment section below, and the Podcast thread in the Forum. Remember, the Question of the Week is your chance to get fame and lots of money! Well, okay, maybe not.

A second podcast, a very special one actually, will be coming out this week, so keep on the look-out. And of course, we’ll be back next week as well with all the news.

NBA 2K13 Developer Insight #4: MyCAREER

In one of the most information-packed Developer Insight videos yet, 2K Sports reveals all the new features and improvements in the revamped MyPLAYER, which as a mode is now rebranded as MyCAREER. The video confirms that NBA 2K12’s Rookie Showcase is back as the only pre-Draft game, but for the first time you can be drafted at #1. It also showcases how you’ll be able to select your own clothing for Blacktop games and the “GM sitdowns”, during which the conversation can take certain tones depending on how you present your request, and what your GM thinks of you. The press conferences will feature 600 different topics of Q&As, and whatever you do off the court will also affect how you’re perceived by the fans, as well as the commentary team, which will make relevant comments during the game. You’ll also be able to sign with either Nike or Air Jordan for endorsements. The in-game currency, VC, is seamlessly integrated into MyCAREER to allow you to purchase anything from attributes, signature skills and animations (such as pre-game rituals), to additional clothing for your player.

Watch the video here, and make sure to continue reading for the full scoop on all the information revealed in it.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #3

Week 3 of the NLSC Podcast! We said we’d be here, didn’t we? JaoSming and Leftos are your hosts for this episode, in which they:

  • Praise the community’s dedication to NBA 2K12
  • Discuss the concept of NBA 2K13’s Signature Skills, and their favorite ones
  • And fight over whether NBA Live 13 will turn out to be any good

Click the Play button to listen to the show!

This one is so long one of us barely made it through, but how can you get enough of our podcast?

Just so you know, starting this week, we’ll try to give you a list of links to the stuff we talk about in the podcast, so check it out! Don’t forget to give us your comments on this week’s episode in the comment section below, and the Podcast thread in the Forum. We’ll be back next week with the scoop on NBA 2K13’s MyCareer, and much more!

NBA 2K13 Developer Insight #3 – Animations

Motion-captured animation being put into NBA 2K13

2K Sports have released the third Developer Insight video for NBA 2K13, which gives us an overview of the work that was put into animations for this installment. Over 4,000 new animations were shot using full motion capture. The video actually lets you see the work that is put into getting a new animation in the game, stage-by-stage, by showcasing a warm-up stunt acted out by the Team Flight Brothers.

The video also talks about the work that was put in the transition (or “in-between”) animations that are the reason the main animations blend so nicely this year as we saw in the Gamescom videos. The animations team also worked on making sure the distance between a player’s hands and the ball is minimized, so the players will seem to actually hold the ball, rather than have it levitate between their hands. The same work was put on the hands-and-rim interaction, so now you’ll actually see the fingers wrap tightly around the rim, rather than surround it from a distance. Wrinkle maps have also been used to enhance the facial expressions.

As an extra, the 2K Insider makes a surprise appearance, although he’s completely covered by a black color mask and his voice’s pitch has been lowered, to keep his identity a secret. For the few seconds he’s on-screen, he mentions his favorite animations in 2K13, which we won’t spoil for you.

Watch here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

Tell us your impressions in the comments below, or join the discussion in the NBA 2K13 section of the Forum.

Pippen joins ’92 Dream Team in NBA 2K13 after all

A major point of disappointment that followed the announcement of the ’92 Dream Team’s inclusion in NBA 2K13 was Scottie Pippen’s absence. 2K had, indirectly, hinted at money being the issue that prevented them from getting him in the game. In a sudden announcement (that is, without an announcement announcing the announcement), 2K posted that Scottie Pippen will be joining the rest of the team after all. An image of the full roster, all 12 players of that Dream Team, accompanied the announcement.

The first USA Olympic team to feature active NBA players, and one of the best ones yet, is in NBA 2K13 in full. See a screenshot of the team below.

Does the inclusion of Scottie make you even more excited to play with or against the Dream Team? Share your thoughts on the comment section below, or join the discussion in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #2

The weekly NLSC Podcast is back! JaoSmingPdub and Leftos are your hosts for this episode, in which they touch upon:

  • All the mods being released for games ranging from NBA Live 99 to NBA 2K12
  • JaoSming being only good at NBA Live 2004 anymore, while getting his ass kicked playing his own mods
  • The NBA 2K13 achievements, and whether MyTEAM could be Crew
  • What has us the most excited for NBA 2K13 so far
  • The NBA Live 13 footage, and whether we’d buy a more polished version of the game we saw
  • What teams we’re most looking forward to playing with and against in this year’s games
  • …and more!

Click the Play button to listen to the show!

Starting today, we’re extending an invitation to the community to create your own intros and outros for the Podcast! Put your creative sides to work, use anything that isn’t going to get us into trouble (nothing copyrighted), even abuse soundbites from the podcasts so far if that’s your cup of tea. Upload your creations and give us a link at the Podcast thread in the forums. Don’t forget that you can use the same thread, as well as the comment section below, to give us your opinion about the podcast. Tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you’d like to hear us talking about in a next podcast.

First NBA 2K13 Developer Insight this Friday, August 10?

The hype machine is on. Again.

Aw, yeah! RT @Ronnie2K: HUGE next 3 weeks ahead. About to blow all #NBA2K13 fans minds like never before.#turnonhypemachine #yeahIsaidit

Main difference is that this time, we’re approaching last year’s date for the first developer insight. NBA 2K12’s first developer insight was August 12, the second Friday of August. And this year, second Friday of August is August 10, which is just 3 days away.

So, this is my guess on what the Tweet means! What about you? Are you excited? Do you believe that we’re actually going to have our minds blown, or is this Ronnie (and 2K) going over the top with the hype, once again? Join the discussion in the comments section below and in the Forum.

Create a great 2012/2013 roster using Roster Merge & REDitor

We’re all excited for the new season of the NBA coming up, and we’re all following the progress of our teams and sharing the excitement of the new arrivals. And we also can’t wait. That’s why HAWK23’s Ultimate Base Roster hit a big spike when it became the first roster with complete 2012-2013 rookies in their proper teams. Only problem with that is that UBR only works in 82-games Associations and Seasons. Shorter schedules and MyPlayer don’t work at all. Also, Albys is renowned for his current roster, and he just brought us his final 2011-2012 roster, v6.  And as if that wasn’t enough, Nick completed v3 of his 2012 Draft Class, giving us the most complete and detailed rookies up to this point.

So, obviously, you’d love to have all that in one roster that works in every mode, right? Well, you can!

Visit our Forum to read my new guide on how to combine UBR, Albys’ roster and Nick’s draft class into a great 2012/2013 roster.

How to use NBA Stats Tracker with NBA 2K12

After quite some time, I decided to finally put up a video tutorial on how to use NBA Stats Tracker along with REditor and NBA 2K12 in order to not only fix your Team Stats, but also use all of NST’s analysis features on your career and keep track of how your team’s doing, scout your opponents, and get all the statistics and analytics that NBA 2K12 doesn’t give you.

During this video, you’ll see the exact steps you need to follow to setup your NST database, and what to do for each game of your career. You’ll also see all the features of NST at work, such as Metric Stats for the Box Score, Best Performers, as well as all the information of your team’s players you’ll be able to keep track of.

Remember to visit the tool’s thread if you have any questions, and to find out more.

On a final note, I really think NBA Stats Tracker, besides everything else, is also a really great tool for Dynasty story-telling, due to the automated detection of box scores and all the manual stat writing it will help you avoid. Also, you’ll be able to limit the stats features to a specific timeframe and check out how your players, team and opponents were doing between any two dates. I think that if you watch the two videos I’ve put up in my channel, the feature tour and this tutorial, you’ll think of even more ways to use NBA Stats Tracker to enhance your dynasty story.