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NLSC Podcast – Episode #111

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Episode #111 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss a wild NBA trade deadline, some devastating news for our favourite teams, and a few basketball video game topics.

  • Post-trade deadline rosters have been pushed through for NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, but unfortunately the current NBA Live 15 roster contains a few errors.
  • All-Star and Chinese New Year content is currently available in NBA Live 15 Ultimate Team.
  • We’ve been collecting some great feedback for our NBA Live 16 Wishlist. We ask the community to please keep it coming!
  • Could another developer feasibly throw their hat into the ring with an NBA game? We discuss who could possibly do it, and consider the challenges they’d likely face.
  • A record 37 players were traded at this year’s deadline. We run down all of the deals, and give our thoughts on each.
  • Chris Bosh is out for the season, as is Derrick Rose…again. As you may have guessed, we’re not thrilled.
  • Daniel Orton finds a creative way to get kicked out of the PBA.

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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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The Friday Five: 5 Ways Basketball Games Have Improved

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.

Sports games with annual releases are an interesting beast. For developers, it’s a lot of pressure: a shorter development cycle than most video games, with a goal of putting out a release that doesn’t just seem like an expansion pack. For us gamers, especially those of us who do buy those games every year, we want to see significant progress, and not feel like we haven’t gotten value for our money. No release is perfect however, and disappointment often leads to a cynical belief that the games just aren’t showing any improvement.

The fact of the matter is, basketball video games have come a long way, and shown a great deal of improvement over the years. That’s not to say that EA Sports or Visual Concepts can rest on their laurels, or that either game is currently as close to perfection as we’d like, but the improvement over the years is certainly evident. So, in this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look at five ways that basketball games have improved.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Frustrating Moments in Basketball Video Games

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.

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you love basketball video games. If you don’t, then the NLSC probably isn’t the website for you, because that’s pretty much what we’re all about. However, no matter how much you love getting into some virtual hoops, there will be times when you find yourself getting really frustrated with basketball video games.

These are the moments where you have to fight the urge to toss the controller across the room. These are the moments where you shut down the game and don’t touch it again until the next day. These are the moments where you switch to a first person shooter or a button mashing beat ’em up to blow off some steam. These are the Top 5 Frustrating Moments in Basketball Video Games.

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The Friday Five: 5 More Basketball Games You May Have Forgotten

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.

The NLSC was founded as a fansite for NBA Live, a series that we still cover to this day. In recent years, we’ve also expanded our coverage to the NBA 2K series, as well as NBA Jam (primarily the recent releases from EA Sports). However, there have been several other NBA and basketball video games released over the years, some of which I covered in a previous Friday Five.

This week, I’m taking a look at five more basketball video games that you may have forgotten, or indeed never knew about. If nothing else, they haven’t been talked about in a while, so let’s go back through basketball gaming history and reflect on some titles that aren’t quite as well-known or popular as NBA Live, NBA 2K, or NBA Jam, but are interesting to look back on nevertheless.

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Dumb Fact Monday: March Madness 2003

This is Dumb Fact Monday, serving up random facts about basketball video games that you may or may not find interesting.

Aside from having the best worst cover of any basketball video game, NCAA March Madness 2003 was one of the most innovative and groundbreaking games for EA Sports. This is a game that I have talked up in the past, at nauseum, to anyone who was unfortunate enough to let me talk about the game, and I probably put a few people to sleep with a Podcast ramble that I have forgotten. Next to NBA Live 2003, it was one of the first simulation basketball video games I really got into, but this goes far beyond nostalgic exaggeration. Find out why by clicking to Read More, there are GFYs, too.

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The Friday Five: 5 Best Power-ups in Basketball Video Games

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.

Since I’ve previously looked at some of the most unstoppable moves in basketball video games, this week I thought I’d take a look at some of the best power-ups that we’ve seen in virtual hoops. Generally speaking, power-ups are probably not a concept that most people associate with basketball video games. However, they do have a presence in the genre, mostly in arcade-oriented titles but also in more subdued forms in certain sim releases.

As I’ve mentioned before, while I want to get a sim experience out of the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, I also enjoy arcade style basketball games for a change of pace. Having some fun and crazy power-ups certainly adds to the arcade experience, and special abilities in general make games more interesting and varied. So, without any further ado, here are my picks for the five best power-ups in basketball video games.

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The Friday Five: 5 Unstoppable Moves in Basketball Video Games

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.

As basketball video games have evolved and become more advanced, we basketball gamers have had to hone our skills and develop new strategies to enjoy continued success on the virtual hardwood. What worked so well in early basketball games usually isn’t as effective now that developers have more sophisticated technology in terms of artificial intelligence, player physics, and so on.

However, one constant throughout the years is that there’s usually a move or two in every basketball game that is very difficult to guard against and can usually be readily exploited when you absolutely need to score. This week, I’m taking a look at what I feel are five of the most unstoppable moves in basketball video games.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I’d Like An Unlicensed Basketball Game

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Five, I’ve been spending my gaming time occupying myself with this and that as I wait for the Australian release of the PlayStation 4, along with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14. In addition to the five things I listed in last week’s column, I’ve also had another glance at International Basketball 2009, a title you may remember from the Friday Five a couple of weeks ago when I listed five basketball games that were bad, yet still entertaining. My opinion of the game hasn’t changed much since then, though I still find the idea of an unlicensed basketball game very intriguing.

While I’m still more interested in playing NBA sims and the occasional arcade title, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a market for a quality unlicensed basketball game. Given how much I used to enjoy World League Basketball on the Super Nintendo back in the day, it’d be something that I’d at least have to check out. Therefore, this week I’m listing the five reasons I’d like to see an unlicensed basketball video game, preferably one that plays better than International Basketball 2009.

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Basketball Video Game Story of the Year 2013 – Voting Now Open

Martti. is once again coordinating the efforts to pick a Story of the Year in our recently renamed Basketball Video Game Stories section of the NLSC Forum. Voting for the 2013 award is now open and has been simplified from last year, as you need only vote for your top five story threads.

You can find a list of the most active threads from the past year in this post, though you can vote for other stories as long as they have been updated within the past six months. Please note that you can’t vote for your own story thread. Be sure to get your votes in to Martti. via private messaging before November 20th!

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The Friday Five: 5 Bad (Yet Entertaining) Basketball Games

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five 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.

All genres of video games have their bad releases. Basketball games, be they arcade or simulation oriented, are definitely not exempt from that. However, just as some bad films or television shows are guilty pleasures, so too are certain subpar video games. This week, I’m taking a look at some basketball games that are far from classics, yet are still interesting and even enjoyable in their own way.

I’d like to stress that while I’m calling these games “bad” due to their various shortcomings or the fact that they’re inferior imitations of better basketball titles, most of them do have some redeeming factors, which is what makes them entertaining. These are certainly subjective opinions, so you may not share my view on all of the games and indeed some of them have received positive reviews here and there. With that said, this is my list of five basketball games that are bad, yet still entertaining.

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The Friday Five: 5 Features Basketball Games Don’t Need

It seems another week has gone by, so it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time and are wondering what it’s all about, 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.

We’re often talking about the things that we want to see added to basketball video games in terms of game modes and features. As with any gaming community, there are a lot of good ideas being thrown out there that developers would be wise to keep in mind. It should also be said that basketball game developers certainly come up with some fine ideas themselves. However, every so often a suggestion is made or a feature is introduced that just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but these are five features that I just don’t believe are needed in basketball video games.

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The Friday Five: 5 Old School Basketball Video Game Oddities

It’s Friday once again, so welcome one and all to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If you’re not familiar with The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, 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.

Many of us have been playing basketball video games for a long time and we’ve seen them come a long way over the years. Although those old games may appear to be quite primitive now, the best of them were actually quite good for their day. Should you go back and play them today, you’ll be reminded why you spent so much time with them all those years ago. However, you’ll also be reminded of a lot of odd, quirky things that you wouldn’t expect to see in one of today’s basketball games. So, this week I’m getting nostalgic once again and taking a look back at some oddities that I remember from old school basketball titles.

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General File Additions: College Hoops 2K8 2012/2013 Roster (Xbox 360)

If you’re one of the many people still enjoying College Hoops 2K8 on the Xbox 360, then you’ll be pleased to learn that VTCRB has been working on a 2012/2013 roster for the game, which he has uploaded to our Downloads section. The current demo version of the roster includes 84 teams from the 2013 season and can be downloaded at the link below.

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College Hoops 2K8 2012/2013 Roster (Xbox 360)

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The Friday Five: 5 Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games

We’ve arrived at another Friday here at the NLSC, so here’s another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time, this is feature that I post every Friday in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or counting down a Top 5.

This week’s topic is Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games. I’m taking some liberties with those terms as these games aren’t necessarily that obscure and I’m sure that plenty of people do remember them, but they don’t seem to be talked about all that much and they’re games that I feel are worth reflecting upon. So, without any further ado, here are five basketball games that you may or may not remember, but hopefully will enjoy reading about.

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General File Additions – More Demos

In the interest of expanding our file archives to cover basketball games beyond the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, and to ensure that they don’t get lost over time, I’ve added some more demos for various basketball games to our Downloads section. Please note that we will not be providing the full versions of any of these games to download, except in the unlikely event that they are re-released as freeware.

NBA Full Court Press Demo by Microsoft
NBA Action 98 Demo by Sega
NBA Jam Extreme Demo by Acclaim Entertainment
Backyard Basketball 2007 Demo by Humongous Entertainment
Fast Break College Basketball 2003 Demo by Grey Dog Software
Fast Break College Basketball 2010 Demo by Grey Dog Software
Fast Break Basketball by HeavyReign Software

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