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Latest NBA Live 14 Playoffs Content

As the 2014 NBA Playoffs roll on with the Conference Finals, new content continues to be added to NBA Live 14. New Playoff Performer and Award Winner player cards are still being added to Ultimate Team, including the newly announced All-Rookie team players, sharp shooting San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, and ’94 Dikembe Mutombo.

Noteworthy performances are also still being added to LIVE Season’s BIG Moments, with the most recent being LeBron James’ strong performance in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, in which his Miami Heat tied up their series with the Indiana Pacers at a game apiece.

Unfortunately, the rosters for exhibition and Dynasty Mode play still have not been updated for some weeks, though according to this post in the NLSC Forum by NBA Live 14 developer Fernando, once a few technical issues with the update system are sorted out, a new current roster should be coming through.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #79

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The 2014 NBA Playoffs roll on, NBA 2K14 has received a new patch, and the latest Draft Lottery has inspired more talk of conspiracies. Join Arcane and I as we discuss all that and more in Episode #79 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • There isn’t much in the way of NBA Live news at the moment, though voting for the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year has reached the second round. New challenges also continue to be added to Ultimate Team.
  • The fifth patch is out now for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of NBA 2K14. We have to admit, it’s more substantial than we expected.
  • 11 new Euroleague Teams will be added in NBA 2K15. Do we think they’ll get their own mode, and/or integration with the current game modes?
  • In some housekeeping notes, we remind everyone that we’re looking for knowledgeable basketball gamers to help us expand our Wiki resources.
  • JaoSming’s NBA Street mod for NBA 2K14 PC has been released, and we encourage you to check it out!
  • It’s down to the final four as the 2014 NBA Playoffs have reached the Conference Finals. We talk about the first couple of games, and give our predictions for the rest of the series.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the Draft Lottery for the third time in four years. Are we buying into the conspiracy talk?
  • Kevin Love’s days in Minnesota appear to be numbered. Will we be seeing a repeat of the “Dwightmare”, and will we all be calling it “Lovesickness”?
  • The Charlotte Hornets are officially back, with their new logos and the original team’s history and records. We have to say, it’s been a lot better handled than the Melbourne Tigers’ re-branding.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed. Have your say 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.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #78

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It’s that time of the week again! Tune in to Episode #78 of the NLSC Podcast featuring Arcane and myself, as we talk about the past week in NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, some recent modding updates, and the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

  • EA Sports are selecting the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year. Unfortunately, we’re not in the running.
  • Speaking of contests, we’ve drawn a winner in our latest NBA 2K14 PC giveaway. More giveaways will be coming soon!
  • The fifth patch for NBA 2K14 on PS4/X1 should be dropping any day now. Still no release notes as yet.
  • bigh0rt continues to do some great work with NBA JAM 2K14 for NBA 2K14 PC. The newest addition? The Meme Team!
  • Vlad has provided a quick update on the next big release for RED MC. JaoSming should have more details for us when he’s back on the show.
  • NBA Jam on Android received another update. Unfortunately, the rosters weren’t touched this time around.
  • Servers are being shut down for a bunch of EA games. We discuss server shutdowns and what it could mean for games like NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, which rely heavily on online components.
  • Moving on to the NBA Playoffs, we talk about the chances of the Brooklyn Nets and Portland Trail Blazers, who are facing 3-1 deficits to the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs respectively.
  • The Indiana Pacers were terrible in Game 5 of their series against the Washington Wizards. Will there be an upset after all?
  • Back in the West, the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers continues to be exciting, but not without controversy.
  • We finish up this week’s episode with a quick mention of some recent coaching changes.

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Feel free to give us your thoughts on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Mailbag submissions and topic suggestions are also welcome in this thread.

NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year Contest

EA Sports are holding a contest to select the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year. The community is invited to cast their votes in brackets pitting the top NBA Live gamers and brand ambassadors against one another, with the winner receiving two tickets to the 2014 NBA Finals, with airfare and accommodation included.

Voting is underway for the quarter-final round, which will run until May 18th. Voting for the semi-final round will be held from May 20th-25th, with the vote for the winner running from May 27th-June 1st. The contestants have begun campaigning for your votes, with posts and videos that you can check out over on the official NBA Live Twitter.

Dumb Mondays: Fantasy Modes Are Ruining NBA Games

This is Dumb Mondays, starting the workweek off with silly facts or some of my opinions and predictions that you may or may not find interesting. This week I am sharing a dumb opinion and will be looking for and responding to your comments throughout the week.

I honestly do not know if Fantasy Mode is the correct classification for EA Sports’ Ultimate Team and NBA 2K’s MyTEAM, but that is what I am going with. Technically any mode that has user input beyond the current rosters can be considered a fantasy mode but I think that these card collecting (damn, that is a good way to describe it too) modes are ruining our yearly basketball video games.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #77

We may be at least a few weeks away from the NBA video game preview season, but we do actually have some news on this year’s games to discuss in Episode #77 of the NLSC Podcast. Join Arcane, JaoSming, and myself as we talk NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15, NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, modding developments, and of course, the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

  • NBA Live 15 has been confirmed, but unfortunately, it’s console only. We briefly mourn that fact, but pledge to campaign on behalf of the PC platform if the opportunity arises.
  • Similarly, NBA 2K15 is already available to pre-order, on the same platforms as last year. The price of the PC version leads us to speculate on a next gen port.
  • Kevin Durant has been confirmed as the cover player for NBA 2K15, the same day he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. With NBA Live 15’s cover player still yet to be announced, we throw out a couple of suggestions.
  • Speaking of this year’s games, we also talk about some of the predictions that JaoSming made in his most recent Dumb Mondays feature.
  • A second Steam key for NBA 2K14 PC is up for grabs. Get your entries in before next week’s show!
  • In a quick modding round-up, JaoSming has some news on RED MC, and bigh0rt gets some more love for the NBA JAM 2K14 mod.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we give our thoughts on the latest award winners to be announced.
  • We’re coming off one of the most exciting first rounds in NBA Playoffs history. Will the second round be just as entertaining?
  • A couple of other recent stories are discussed, including a possible return to Toronto for Vince Carter, and the firing of Mark Jackson.
  • We wrap up the show with a couple of quick mailbag questions.

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As always, feel free to give us your opinion on this week’s show, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. If you’ve got a mailbag submission, be sure to hit us up here.

Update on Playoffs Content for NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team

As promised in a previous bulletin, NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team continues to receive updates with new content throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The official NBA Live Twitter noted that a couple of new Fantasy Showdowns have been added now that we’re on to Round 2 of the Playoffs, and an article over on the official website provides a rundown of some of the items that you can expect to find in Ultimate Team packs.

Currently, special Playoff Performers cards are randomly inserted into packs, featuring players such as newly crowned MVP Kevin Durant, Paul George, and DeAndre Jordan. Special cards for other noteworthy players, such as Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, are also available.

Speaking of online content for NBA Live 14, LIVE Season’s BIG Moments continue to be updated throughout the Playoffs as well, as memorable performances such as Damian Lillard’s epic gamewinning three against the Rockets and Russell Westbrook’s triple double in Game 7 against the Grizzlies are available to be replayed. You can check out a couple of examples over on the NLSC YouTube channel.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #76

We’re back! After sitting out last week, Arcane, JaoSming and I are back in the “booth” with Episode #76 of the NLSC Podcast. We’ve got a lot to talk about this week, from NBA Live 14 content and another NBA 2K14 patch to the 2014 NBA Playoffs and the Donald Sterling controversy.

  • We open the show with some talk about an upcoming feature and the return of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week.
  • Speaking of the Top 10 Plays, sharing videos from the PlayStation 4 version of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 just got a whole lot easier.
  • NBA 2K14 next gen will be receiving a fifth official patch and a shoe update. No patch notes until release, though. Hmm…
  • JaoSming provides an update on all the work that’s going into bigh0rt’s NBA JAM 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC.
  • NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team is receiving new content throughout the Playoffs. We also have an update on the NBA Live 14 rosters, and a reminder about our NBA Live 15 Wishlist.
  • We get to our feature discussion for basketball gaming this week: What does it mean to be dedicated to a series?
  • The 2014 NBA Playoffs are well underway, and a couple of teams have already gone home. We give our thoughts on all the first round series.
  • You may have heard a thing or two about Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling during this past week. We have a couple of things to say about the matter as well.
  • A couple of the NBA’s regular season award winners have been named. No complaints so far!
  • We wrap up this week’s episode with a couple of questions in the return of the Mailbag segment.

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As always, we’re keen to hear your thoughts on this week’s show and any of the topics that we discussed, so feel free to have your say in the comments below or here in the Forum. You can also hit us up with any mailbag questions, comments or topic suggestions in this thread.

Update on NBA Live 14’s Rosters; Feedback Wanted

A couple of weeks ago, I went through NBA Live 14’s rosters and updated our checklist of missing players and incorrect jersey numbers, as of April 15th. Since then, we’ve been joined in the NLSC Forum by NBA Live associate producer Fernando, who is in charge of the rosters for NBA Live 14. Fernando has indicated that he has taken care of the discrepancies that I listed, along with a few others that he’s been keeping tabs on.

Fernando also indicated that some unfortunate technical issues have delayed the rosters by a few weeks, but as soon as those are resolved, new rosters will be coming through with all of the necessary corrections. In the meantime, we’ve been invited to give further feedback on any roster errors that we encounter, so if you come across any missing transactions, lineup errors, incorrect jersey numbers or accessories in need of an update, be sure to post about it in this thread.

The Tuesday Triple: Popular Modes I Barely Played

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.

Blacktop mode this, Blacktop mode that. I talk a lot about my favorite mode and rarely talk about the many other modes that NBA 2K and NBA Live games feature. For the most part, if I don’t know enough about a topic, I will shy away from discussing it. In the same way you will probably never see me get into cyberface or shoe patching, I try to stay away from the many discussions about simulation gameplay, accessory accuracy, or the other parts of these games that I don’t feel confident enough giving my opinion on. So, for today’s Tuesday Triple, I am going to take a look at some popular game modes that I have either skipped completely, or only played once or twice.

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NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team Playoffs Update

A bulletin has been posted over on the official NBA Live website, providing details on the forthcoming content for the 2014 NBA Playoffs in NBA Live 14 Ultimate Team. A new pack is now available, containing a mix of players from the 16 Playoff teams and four Playoff Player Items. In addition to that, users will receive a guaranteed Gold pack just for logging in to Ultimate Team.

New content will also be regularly posted throughout the Playoffs, including post-season themed Fantasy Showdowns and challenges. Are you enjoying Ultimate Team? What do you think of the new content, including the alternate and classic jerseys that were recently added? Sound off in the comments below and as always, feel free to take the discussion to the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #75

If you’re looking for some NBA and basketball video game discussion this Easter Weekend, tune in to Episode #75 of the NLSC Podcast! Arcane, JaoSming and I get together again this week to discuss the upcoming 2014 NBA Playoffs, speculate on the direction that NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 will take, and reminisce fondly about our exploits on the virtual hardwood.

  • We tip things off with some housekeeping notes, including the full launch of our mobile design and the impending return of the NLSC Top 10 Plays of the Week.
  • The official site of the Boston Celtics provided us with a very cool glimpse behind the scenes of the team’s face scans for NBA Live 15. Looks like we could be seeing a huge jump in the game’s aesthetics.
  • Another Coach’s Corner has been posted, as usual giving us a few more tidbits on the further development of the NBA Live series.
  • What direction do we see NBA Live 15 and NBA 2K15 taking? We talk about our expectations for the immediate future of both series.
  • Basketball video game modding is getting more attention in the mainstream gaming media, as Polygon posted a piece on MGX’s Space Jam mod.
  • JaoSming talks a little about his latest projects and recent modding developments. We also announce a new project by bigh0rt.
  • We reminisce about our earliest experiences with basketball video games, and some of the fond memories we have of playing them over the years.
  • Turning our attention to the NBA Playoffs, the sixteen participants have been set but the seeding isn’t finalised. Nevertheless, let the predictions begin!
  • Should the format of the Playoffs be changed, as Adam Silver has hinted?
  • We make some early predictions for the later rounds of the Playoffs. Will the Heat threepeat?
  • The episode closes with some reflections on the 2013/2014 regular season.

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What did you think of this week’s show? What are some of your earliest and/or favourite basketball video gaming memories? Do you share our take on the Playoff format? Let us know what you think, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. We’ll also be looking to bring back the mailbag feature in future episodes, so feel free to hit us up with your submissions and topic suggestions here.

NBA Live 14 Official Roster Analysis (April 15th, 2014)

It’s been a couple of months since I went through the NBA Live 14 rosters in detail, so with the end of the season almost upon us, I decided to spend a little time checking to see which players have been added, and which players and transactions are still missing.

Following the release of the title update for NBA Live 14, the development team has been spending some more time on the roster updates and quite a few players have now had their ratings updated. The rosters are fairly complete compared to earlier in the season as well; 19 teams are completely accurate while the remaining 11 have at least one transaction or player unaccounted for, generally someone who has recently been signed to a 10 day contract, or for the remainder of the 2014 season.

The oldest transactions that are unaccounted for date back to late March, with one being an overlooked 10 day contract that wasn’t renewed and the other being a player who is currently assigned to the D-League and has only seen seven minutes of action with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Finally, a couple of jersey numbers for players added since the last check are incorrect. Please see below for more details and feel free to add your constructive feedback on the official rosters in this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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Boston Celtics Face Scanning Video for NBA Live 15

As JaoSming noted in the NLSC Forum over the weekend, the official website of the Boston Celtics posted a behind the scenes video of the team getting their face scans done for NBA Live 15. As expected for this early in the year, we don’t get a glimpse of NBA Live 15 itself as all in-game footage is from NBA Live 14, but as with the Coach’s Corner features over on the official NBA Live website, it provides an interesting look at the technology that is being used to develop the game.

Producer Ryan Santos interestingly notes that face scans aren’t mandatory for NBA players, but most of the Celtics players did indeed take part, reflecting the turnout of the rest of the league’s face scanning sessions for NBA Live in recent months. Art Director Paul Kashuk also demonstrates how a face is created, and talks a little about the different body models that are used in the game.

It’s worth checking out, so give it a look and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

Coach’s Corner 3: Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Live

A new installment of the Coach’s Corner feature has been posted over on the official NBA Live website, detailing the Los Angeles Lakers’ face scanning session for NBA Live 15. In addition to showing some behind the scenes photographs of the session, the article also talks about the developers’ meeting with Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni, in which they gained an insight into his offensive strategies with an eye towards improving the depth and realism of NBA Live’s strategy and playcalling AI.

The developers also met with assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who not only provided his basketball insights for the development of NBA Live, but also spent some time reminiscing with lifelong Lakers fan and gameplay designer Scott O’Gallagher about the Showtime era and the rivalry with Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics, as well as the brilliance of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. More details on the enhancements to NBA Live’s AI will be revealed in the coming months, once the NBA Live 15 preview season has tipped off.

As always, it’s an interesting read on how the producers are picking the brains of NBA coaches to help them develop NBA Live, so check it out here and have your say in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.