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The Soapbox: Is the 2014 MVP Race Over?

The Soapbox is a feature where NLSC community members can let their voices be heard on a range of topics related to basketball and basketball video games, through feature articles here on the main site. Today’s guest contributor is HoopsGaming23.

With all of the NBA teams well past the 70-game mark and the Playoffs a couple of weeks away, the time and the world-wide hype couldn’t be more appropriate for a discussion about who deserves the NBA Most Valuable Player award. Although according to the NBA MVP ladder, there are officially ten active candidates for the highest single player accolade, the real battle is fought between two major forces in today’s NBA world: Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

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The Tuesday Triple: Silly NBA 2K14 Follies

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

I am never going to expect a ‘perfect’ video game from EA or 2K when it comes to the annual NBA games. Looking beyond the relied upon Day 1 patches for all modern video games, and the implied expectation that a game should be bug free across at least 5 different platforms, the real cause of the many issues us early adopters run into year after year is a side effect of the annual release schedule for these games. NBA 2K14 has its fair share of expected minor bugs on current gen and growing pains on next gen, but there are 3 major follies in this year’s game that leave me absolutely dumbfounded.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Extra Year of Roster Updates

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

I think we can all agree that the biggest downfall of not only basketball video games, but all sport video games, is that they become obsolete after only one year of relevance. Usually the game’s users will get one final roster update after the NBA Finals are finished to remove any injuries in the roster, but if you want to play with the newest rookies a community created roster is normally your only choice. However, there were two simulation basketball video games that did receive official roster updates one full year after their release year.

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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 Tuesday Triple: Wishlist from Other Games

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

After reading Andrew’s Friday Five last week on why we do wishlists, I couldn’t help but think more about what other features are missing from our yearly NBA basketball video games. So rather than look at past games and features that have been missing in action for years like yesterday’s Dumb Fact Monday, I thought I would look at other sports video games and steal some ideas from them. So here are 3 features I would like to see in NBA Live 15 or NBA 2K15 that are from other sports video games.

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Dunk Fact Monday: Blacktop Mode’s Glory Days

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

I will admit that I am a bit of a Blacktop Mode fan. Like I have said in previous articles and weekly in the NLSC Podcast, I enjoy simple pickup and play fun when I don’t have the time or interest to dedicate to a full game with NBA teams. Unfortunately my favorite mode is but a shadow of it’s former glory, so what made it so good in the first place?

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons We Compile Wishlists

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.

It’s Wishlist Season again here at the NLSC! As you may have already seen, we’ve started compiling our Wishlist for NBA Live 15 and in this week’s Tuesday Triple, JaoSming outlined some of the things that he wants to see in NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 alike.

Of course, the concept of the Wishlist does invite some scepticism, as a contingent of basketball gamers are unsure that it’s worth all the effort, or that it will make any difference to the upcoming games. I take a far more optimistic point of view however and see the Wishlists as an important undertaking for our community, to help improve the games that we’re so passionate about. As such, this week’s Friday Five highlights the importance of our Wishlists, as I take a look at five reasons why we compile them.

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The Tuesday Triple: A Wishlist for Next Year

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

This is the best time for basketball video game communities to put out their wishlists for NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15. You can see in our Forums that the EA developers are looking for your wishlist items for next year’s game. This is one of my favorite times of year when it comes to our basketball video games. We get to wonder what next year will bring, get excited as we near our first teasers just a couple months away, while also enjoying the best of college and professional hoops. So rather than highlight my three most wanted specific features for next year’s games, I want to put out my three wishlist overarching features that affect the game as a whole rather than a specific tweak or mode addition.

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Dumb Fact Monday: Exporting Draft Classes

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

For most Association and MyGM players, an accurate draft class for the upcoming year is required to get the most of out the mode. While EA and 2K’s player generator can create some special characters, I feel that the ability to export a draft class from 2K’s College Hoops series is sorely missed in comparison. The best way to care about these generated draftees is by playing with or against them during their non-professional career. PC mods can help alleviate this missed feature, but no matter how much work goes into the accuracy of those mods they simply can not touch College Hoops 2K8. The ability to export and import draft classes from the college game into the NBA game was pretty well known for 2K basketball games, but do you know which EA basketball games supported this feature?

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The Friday Five: 5 Tips for Patchers

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.

Earlier in the week, JaoSming spent some time updating and spotlighting our many patching resources. Given an opportunity to keep a theme running through our features this week – the latest Top 10 Plays and Podcast also exhibit and discuss patching respectively – I thought that for this week’s Friday Five, I’d offer a few general tips on patching, mostly for people who are looking to get started.

For as long as the NLSC has been around, our community has been making patches for NBA Live and in more recent years, NBA 2K as well. We have a talented and resourceful patching community that helps one another through detailed tutorials and general advice, but for those just getting into patching, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Hopefully, these five tips will give you an idea of what’s required and how to start out on the right foot.

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NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week – March 12th

Welcome to the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week for March 12th, 2014! This is a weekly feature where the community submits their best highlight videos from NBA Live and NBA 2K, with Arcane selecting the ten best videos for a Top 10 countdown.

Following a brief hiatus, the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week is back! This week’s countdown delivers ten more spectacular plays from our community, from slick moves to big dunks. Watch it below or check it out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. For your chance to be featured in the next installment of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week, please see this thread for more information and start posting your videos ASAP!

The Tuesday Triple: NLSC Patching Resources

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

Yesterday I spent time updating some of the NBA 2K14 resources and tutorials instead of writing my weekly Dumb Fact Monday. To follow up, I wanted to feature the resources we all have available to us at the NLSC for patching; not just for NBA 2K games, but for the NBA Live series on PC as well. Like I said in yesterday’s article, I take pride in the detailed nature of the tutorials and resources available here in our community. So click to read more to learn more about the resources anyone can use to customize their NBA game of choice.

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Dumb Fact Monday: NBA 2K14 Patching

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

I take pride in how our yearly tutorials forum takes shape each year, but this year I feel I have slacked off by not updating many resources for NBA 2K14. Instead of writing a Dumb Fact Monday article, I spent the time I set aside for this article updating the File Structure Resource; which is key for understanding what each file’s purpose is within NBA 2K14. Grouped with my extensive Video Tutorial Thread and the other great Tutorials we have in our forums, I think anyone should be able to jump into NBA 2K14 modding with a decent knowledge base to reference. If you have any basic or advanced patching questions, please make a new thread in our Patching Help & Requests Forum after checking out these resources.

If you are not looking to get into NBA 2K14 patching and just wanted a dumb fact for the week, I apologize. Check back next week for a proper entry for this series.

The Friday Five: My Top 5 BIG Moments in NBA Live 14 (So Far)

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.

One of my favourite features in NBA Live 14 is LIVE Season’s BIG Moments. For the uninitiated, BIG Moments allows you to replay significant moments from the 2013/2014 NBA season, ranging from just a few seconds to an entire half of gameplay. As gamewinning shots and memorable performances occur in real life, we see them appear as challenges in NBA Live 14.

As I noted on the NLSC’s Facebook and Twitter, Gerald Green’s career game in the Phoenix Suns’ big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday seems like a good candidate to appear as a BIG Moment in NBA Live 14. That got me thinking about some of my favourite BIG Moments thus far, which ultimately resulted in a countdown for this week’s Friday Five. So, without any further ado, here are my Top 5 BIG Moments in NBA Live 14…at least to this point.

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The Tuesday Triple: How 2K and Live Switched Places

This is The Tuesday Triple, where I attempt to break down random topics into three points, and maybe an “and one” if I need it. Similar to the established Friday Five by Andrew, the topics will be related to basketball video games and their communities as a whole.

With the return of competitive releases in the simulation basketball video game genre, we can once again take part in the age-old tradition of comparing and contrasting the main two NBA games against each other. While NBA Live 14 still plays like an NBA Live game, and NBA 2K14 is still very much a stereotypical NBA 2K game, I have noticed some old complaints from years ago that have seemingly swapped sides. While there are certainly more important compliments and criticisms that can be given to each game, lets take a look at some that have been traded between the competing franchises.

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