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JaoSming’s Predictions #6: Next Gen Features & X-Factors

The final prediction video in this year’s series has been uploaded. With Microsoft revealing its competitor to Sony’s Playstation 4 in a few hours, I look at next generation predictions and some x-factors for both games to find success.

Thank you for following the series of videos, I hope you enjoyed watching them as much as I have reading and responding to the feedback. Remember to share your predictions in the comments, and for a recap of all my predictions check out the Forum Thread. I’ll be back in a few days to recap the experience and directly respond to some feedback.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #5: Custom & Special Teams

This is the second to last prediction video, I hope you all have enjoyed the series so far. This was by far the most difficult video for me to do, since I have never played the MyTEAM mode or any of EA Sport’s Ultimate Team modes. Other than that, the continued FIBA talk for NBA Live 14 and my feelings on retro teams in NBA 2K14 was simple in comparison, even if my predictions may seem a bit exuberant.

Remember to respond and share your own predictions in the comments below, and check out the Forum Thread as well.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #4: Graphics & Presentation

With only two more days until Microsoft reveals its next generation console, and possibly the first information and footage for the next generation of basketball video games, let’s cover graphics and presentation today. While gameplay should still be the core of any basketball game, these aspects make it easier to get lost and enjoy even subpar games more than we normally would.

So, if you want to share your own predictions or respond to mine, you can do so in the comments below or in this Forum Thread.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #3: Career & Franchise Modes

Continuing right along with my prediction series for features I think we’ll see and play in NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14, today the focus is on the Career and Franchise modes. While last year we saw the social media shift from My Player to MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, and with EA teasing and previewing Become Legendary for NBA Elite 11, I see a vast difference between the two modes. For franchise modes, well, I’m not sure that with the next generation of consoles coming out that these modes will get the attention they surely deserve.

What are you thoughts on these single player modes? Share them in the comments section below and in the updated Forum Thread.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #2: Online & Gameplay Improvements

For the second prediction video I take a look at what improvements I think we’ll see in both gameplay and online features for the upcoming basketball games. Trying to figure out whether EA or 2K will go conservative or innovative in these categories has always been difficult to predict in the past for me, but I have no issue being wrong for the sake of a better game.

After watching, please share your thoughts on my predictions, or better yet share your own predictions on what we will see with the gameplay and online features in NBA 2K14 or NBA Live 14 in the comments below or in the Forum Thread.

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JaoSming’s Predictions #1: Cover Athletes

For the third year in the row, I’ve decided to embarrass myself by publicly sharing my predictions for the upcoming basketball video games. You can take a look at the recap threads for my predictions for NBA 2K12 and NBA 2K13/NBA Live 13 to get an idea at how far off I am each year.

This year I hope to do the prediction series differently, with commentary videos rather than short articles. I will do a wrap up post at the end, but let’s start this all off with a throwaway prediction, the cover athletes for NBA 2K14 and NBA Live 14. Please share your better predictions in the comments below, on the video, or in the Forum Thread. Enjoy!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #29

It’s our biggest panel in our biggest podcast to date, as six of us get together with a special guest for an in-depth discussion on basketball video games. Join Leftos, Arcane, JaoSming, Pdub, Qballer and myself as we’re joined by special guest Da_Czar in Episode #29 of the NLSC Podcast! On the show this week:

  • We welcome a couple of people back to the Podcast and keep our fingers crossed that everything will work out fine with a larger panel.
  • Before we get to the main topic of discussion, we run down a few noteworthy news items, beginning with an exciting new discovery in court modding for NBA 2K.
  • Also in the news this week: NBA Live 14 has unofficially been announced, the Kings are staying put and 2K are seeking playtesters in the Bay Area.
  • With the news out of the way, we launch into our main discussion: realism in basketball video games compared to what we see on TV.
  • We’re joined by Da_Czar, President of the Sim Nation, who certainly has a few thoughts on the matter at hand.
  • Following a discussion on what constitutes cheese, Czar makes a believer out of arcade enthusiast JaoSming.
  • After tossing around ideas for how basketball games can become more realistic, we reflect on the current product and speculate on what the near future holds.

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We hope you enjoy listening to this week’s episode as much as we enjoyed recording it; as always, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show and everything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread. A huge thanks once again to Da_Czar for joining us, don’t forget to check out SimNation Radio every Friday, follow Czar on Twitter @Da_Czar and read more of his insights on the Sim Citi blog. Also be sure to check out our interview with Czar here.

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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.

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NBA 2K14 Release Date Revealed, Platforms TBA

As reported by Operation Sports, Take-Two have published a fiscal report that lists their upcoming titles in 2013. NBA 2K14’s listing mentions a release date of October 1st 2013, in line with the usual early October release that we see for NBA video games. The listed platforms are currently To Be Advised, hinting at a next gen release and hopefully leaving the door open for the PC releases to continue.

With EA’s fiscal report previously providing strong hints that the NBA Live series will return this year with NBA Live 14, it’s likely that its targeted release date is also October 1st, since the NBA has traditionally mandated that both titles come out on the same day (cancellations of EA’s games aside). As mentioned in the previous bulletin, it’s also been strongly hinted that NBA Live 14 will be a next gen title. Add your thoughts in the comments below and as always, feel free to take the discussion to the Forum.

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Podcast Discussion: Realism of Video Games vs What We See on TV

The main topic of discussion in next week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast is going to be the level of realism that we see in basketball video games compared to what we actually see when watching the NBA on TV. We’re hoping to have a larger panel than usual and are looking forward to putting out an interesting show for you all.

We’re also interested in getting your thoughts on the matter, so that we can read them out during our discussion in Episode #29. How would you rate the realism we’ve seen in basketball games, when making a comparison to what we see on TV? How close is it to representing the real sport? How much realism do you want to see, or believe there needs to be in basketball games? Sound off in the comments below or have your say here in the Forum!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #28

It’s a four man panel once again this week as Leftos, Arcane, JaoSming and I get together to talk about some of our favourite topics in Episode #28 of the NLSC Podcast. Join us as we chat about the latest happenings in the community, news and results from the 2013 NBA Playoffs and of course, basketball video games. A brief overview of the show is as follows:

  • After the introductions, Leftos tips off the show with a piece of trivia that caught his eye, courtesy of the NBA Stats Tracker.
  • JaoSming provides us with a rundown of the NBA Stats Tracker, as well as the recently released RED Modding Center for NBA 2K13.
  • We talk about some of the mods that have already been created with the new REDitor, as well as a few upcoming projects.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, Arcane provides a rundown of the latest news and results.
  • We give our thoughts on LeBron James winning the MVP, Damian Lillard winning Rookie of the Year and the first round of the Playoffs.
  • In another round of predictions, we go all the way through to the 2013 NBA Finals.
  • We go over a couple of tidbits concerning NBA Live 14, speculating a little on last week’s developments.
  • As the show draws to a close, JaoSming brings up a topic that we’re eager to discuss on next week’s episode.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on the show and all of the topics that we discussed, so by all means leave a comment below or in this thread. Feel free to weigh in on next week’s topic and we’ll read out some of your thoughts after we’ve provided our own perspective.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #27

The usual trio becomes a quartet this week as JaoSming joins Leftos, Arcane and myself to talk basketball and basketball video games on Episode #27 of the NLSC Podcast. As always, we cover a multitude of matters related to basketball and gaming in this week’s episode, so tune in and enjoy our discussion of the following topics:

  • It’s been over a week since we recorded a podcast and even longer since we had JaoSming on the show, so we warm up with a little joking, banter and talk of astronomical discoveries in Vermont.
  • We talk about some recent modding controversies and potential changes to modding culture, as it pertains to permission and credits.
  • Corey Andress of Under the Code has posted a couple of great articles on how NBA Live can make a comeback, prompting discussion on the points he raised and how they not only apply to NBA Live, but also NBA 2K.
  • I follow up on Qballer’s response to last week’s Friday Five, the 5 Best Songs in Basketball Video Games.
  • Moving on to the NBA Playoffs, we congratulate the Spurs and ponder what’s next for the Lakers.
  • We run down the rest of the results so far and make a few predictions for the remainder of the first round.
  • I give Leftos an opportunity to talk about the Pistons, who aren’t in the Playoffs.
  • We give our thoughts on Jason Collins and some of the reactions to the news.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode and invite you to post your feedback, including any of your thoughts on the topics that we discussed. We also invite you to give us your suggestions for topics you’d like to hear us talk about in future podcasts, so have your say in the comments below as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #26

Episode #26 of the NLSC Podcast features big career news, NBA Playoffs discussion and even some games! Join Leftos, Ben and myself as we talk about Leftos’ big news, make our predictions for the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and play a game using the NBA Stats Tracker. A quick synopsis of this week’s show is as follows:

  • We congratulate Leftos on his new gig with 2K Sports and talk a little about what it means for the community.
  • Ben reveals some exciting new developments including possible merch and a light return to patching. We also talk about feeling older.
  • REDitor for NBA 2K13 is almost out, so we’re getting ready to see some great mods being developed.
  • We still don’t know what happened at EA Canada’s play-testing session as everyone is under NDA, but ChrisCP3Paul seemed impressed.
  • Turning to NBA news, we talk about Kobe Bryant’s injury, the Lakers making the Playoffs and the ongoing conspiracy theories.
  • Because we don’t mind being proven wrong (apparently), we make our predictions for the first round of the Playoffs.
  • We finish up with a game involving the NBA Stats Tracker.

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While listening to this week’s episode, we invite you to pause during the game to make your own picks, then listen on to find out if you are correct. We hope that you enjoy the show and as always, invite you to share your feedback as well as your thoughts on everything we discussed in the comments below as well as here in the NLSC Forum. Don’t forget to check out our NBA & Basketball Talk section for all the latest discussion of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

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The NLSC’s Leftos Joins 2K Sports, NBA 2K Team

We’re immensely proud to announce that our very own Leftos has accepted a position with Visual Concepts/2K Sports and will be joining the NBA 2K Development Team in the near future! Leftos has been doing some fantastic work with his tools for the NBA 2K series over the past couple of years, not to mention his other work around the NLSC including our Podcast, and will undoubtedly be an asset to the NBA 2K team moving forward.

Leftos is the second member of our community to be offered a job on the development team of a basketball game, following NLSC co-founder Tim Tschirner who took a job with EA Sports back in 2001. On behalf of the entire NLSC Team and community, I’d like to congratulate Leftos on his new gig! While we’ll be sorry to lose him, we’re excited about what he’ll be able to do for the game in his new role and are eager to welcome him back whenever he is able to drop by and interact with the community.

Join us in wishing him the best of luck either in the Comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Things Holding Back Basketball Games

Friday is upon us once again, so here is this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five, it is a feature that I post every Friday in which I talk about a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, presenting my thoughts either as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

Being that we are a community of basketball video game enthusiasts, the way in which basketball video games can improve is naturally one of our favourite topics of discussion. While it’s important that we keep posting quality feedback on the games we play and innovative ideas for future titles, there are certain factors that unfortunately stand in the way of certain features being implemented, or at least make it difficult for developers to implement them exactly as envisioned. These are the Top 5 things that I feel are holding back basketball video games and posing a challenge to their developers.

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