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Dumb Fact Monday: Playing Under the Moon

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

While I am talking about playing underneath the Moon in a basketball videogame, for once I am not talking about anything Street related. This may or may not have affected me, because this week’s Dumb Fact Monday has completely confused me. I have no idea why this is in the game or if it is even on purpose. After researching it, I don’t believe this is grounded in any sort of reality or included for accuracy purposes. So please share in my confusion.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things I Want To See In NBA Live 15

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 you may have heard in our chat with NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher, the NBA Live development team at EA Tiburon is eager to get our feedback on the current game and the official patch, as well as our ideas and suggestions for NBA Live 15. As such, we’ll be compiling our NBA Live 15 Wishlist very soon.

I’ll be going into more detail when I create our official NBA Live 15 Wishlist thread in the NLSC Forum, but since Scott and the rest of the developers are interested in hearing each of our top five to ten suggestions for the game, I thought I’d use this week’s Friday Five to get the ball rolling and briefly talk about some improvements for the next NBA Live. Without any further ado, here are five things I want to see in NBA Live 15.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #67

The 67th episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now, featuring Arcane, JaoSming and myself in the booth. Join us as we talk about our latest Ultimate Team experiences in NBA Live 14, new dunks in NBA 2K14, the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend and more, including some brilliant segues.

  • The Ultra Premium Gold Pack in NBA Live 14’s Ultimate Team offers an opportunity to build a ridiculous team, but does such a shortcut have its disadvantages?
  • Andrew and JaoSming discuss their respective thoughts on Dynasty Mode in NBA Live 14, as well as their patch impressions.
  • Once again, we talk about the new tech in NBA Live 14, what needs to happen starting in NBA Live 15 and how we feel about the future of the franchise.
  • We also follow up on a few of JaoSming’s comments on NBA 2K14 from his mini-review in this week’s Tuesday Triple.
  • A new Locker Code unlocks a couple of Harrison’s Barnes dunks in NBA 2K14’s Slam Dunk Contest…well, kind of. We react.
  • After a Tweet got us excited about the possibility of a new NBA Jam game, it seems we’re not getting one…yet, anyway. We speculate.
  • We discuss a few recent events in the modding community, including a new breakthrough.
  • The 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend is recapped, the format of the dunk contest is criticised and a couple of our predictions escape mockery.
  • We wrap up the show with some trade deadline discussion. Will it be as boring as last year’s quiet deadline?

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We’re always eager to hear your feedback, so let us know what you thought of this week’s show along with your take on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions/comments are also welcome in this thread.

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The Tuesday Triple: 2014 Basketball Game Reviews

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.

Even though Andrew does a great job reviewing basketball games for the NLSC, I have never felt that any review of a basketball videogame would ever truly apply to me. At the same time, I’ve always felt my opinions on these games are so skewed that any recommendations I could make on my experiences with a game wouldn’t apply to anyone else. So, now that I have this lovely weekly feature to write, I figured I’d give it a shot and write quick reviews for my main 3 basketball games this year. NBA 2K14 on PC, NBA Live 14 on PS4, and NBA 2K14 on PS4.

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NBA Live 14 Defensive Positioning Tutorial

EA Sports continues to provide hints and tips for NBA Live 14 as they’ve posted another tutorial video over on the game’s official Facebook page, this time focusing on defensive positioning. The video provides an overview of the on-ball defensive controls and also offers a few tips on how to effectively steal the ball and double team opponents.

Watch the defensive positioning tutorial below or check it out here on the official NBA Live Facebook page if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’d like to share any defensive tips or impressions of the game, feel free to have your say in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14 Roster Analysis; Checklist & Feedback Thread

The roster updates for NBA Live 14 have received considerable scrutiny and criticism since the game’s release, with a delay in transactions being added to the game, missing players and errors such as incorrect jersey numbers. As of the latest roster update however, the situation appears to be a little better.

In the latest roster, all players have their correct jersey numbers, which wasn’t the case as recently as earlier this week. A couple of players have also been added and no one is on a team’s roster they shouldn’t be on. Having said that, nine players are still missing from the game in the latest roster, across eight teams. A couple of those players are admittedly on 10 day contracts, but a couple of others have been on their team’s roster since September. You can check out a full list of the missing players below.

Finally, it doesn’t look as though the All-Star teams have been updated as yet, though the 2014 All-Star court and jerseys were of course added by the title update that was pushed through earlier this week. I’ve started a thread here in the NBA Live 14 section of the Forum to keep a checklist of issues with the game’s rosters, as well as collect any other feedback that we can pass along to the NBA Live development team. Feel free to post your observations, error reports, corrections and suggestions in there.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #66

Get your kicks with the NLSC Podcast, Episode #66! Join Arcane and myself as we talk NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, mention some upcoming modding projects and prepare to embarrass ourselves with some predictions for the 2014 All-Star Weekend.

  • The big patch is out for NBA Live 14. We’ll have some more detailed impressions in the coming weeks, but for now we encourage everyone to check out our interview with Scott O’Gallagher.
  • Unfortunately, the NBA Live 14 demo doesn’t appear to be receiving the patch. It’s a missed opportunity, but we consider the possibility it might be technically unfeasible.
  • Once again, we reflect upon the depth and accuracy of professional reviews of basketball video games.
  • Both Andrew and Arcane have some ideas for new mods that will hopefully come to fruition in the not too distant future.
  • We encourage everyone to check out JaoSming’s latest Tuesday Triple, containing some excellent advice for new and experienced modders alike.
  • The 2014 All-Star Weekend is almost upon us! We give our thoughts on the changes to this year’s events, along with our picks for all the winners.
  • We wrap up the show with a couple of other NBA related topics.

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As always, feel free to hit us up with 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. Topic suggestions and mailbag questions/comments are also welcome in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Post-Patch Chat with NBA Live 14 Dev Scott O’Gallagher

NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher returns in another special edition of the NLSC Podcast, in which he chats to Arcane and myself about the new title update that’s just come out for NBA Live 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We talk about the various fixes and enhancements included in the patch, the reactions to NBA Live 14 so far, the face scans for NBA Live 15 and much more.

Click the Play button below to listen to the episode! As always, feel free to share your thoughts on this special edition of the NLSC Podcast in the comments below, as well as here in the NLSC Forum. For those who may have missed it the first time around, you can check out our pre-release interview with Scott here.

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NBA Live 14 Patch Out Now; Details

The big patch for NBA Live 14 is out now on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It addresses a variety of issues from the lighting and textures to animations, control responsiveness and passing speeds. It also adds a new Shootaround mode, additional Hardwood Classics jerseys and the 2014 All-Star jerseys and court.

You can check out the full patch notes and some screenshots over on the official NBA Live 14 website, as well as below or after the jump. Feel free to share your impressions of the new title update in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14 Patch Notes

EA Sports has published another open letter from NBA Live 14 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien, discussing the upcoming patch for the game which is expected to be pushed through next week. The letter goes into detail about some of the additions and enhancements that we can expect to see in the patch, including:

  • New Shootaround mode, as seen in the recent tutorial videos.
  • Visual upgrades including tuned lighting, with enhancements to players and uniforms.
  • Gameplay improvements including improved responsiveness, ball and passing physics, momentum and animations.
  • The 2014 All-Star court and jerseys.
  • Additional Hardwood Classics jerseys
  • The new basketball with Adam Silver’s signature.
  • Some changes and fixes for the camera in LIVE Season games; the default camera is now the broadcast view, rather than the player lock camera.
  • Various bug fixes in LIVE Season and Ultimate Team.

Sean also mentions that the game has seen over 13,000 updates from Synergy Sports, while confirming that the recent player face scans that have been mentioned on the game’s official Twitter are actually being done for NBA Live 15. On that note, Sean stresses that the work the team has been doing on the update for NBA Live 14 has not been at the expense of NBA Live 15, as all of their efforts are geared towards building for the future, while also providing some fixes for the current product.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the upcoming patch in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14 Offensive Playcalling Tutorial

As they’ve been doing for the past few weeks, EA Sports have posted another quick tutorial video for NBA Live 14, this time covering offensive playcalling. Similar to the defensive playcalling tutorial that was posted last week, the video provides an overview of the playcalling controls and a succinct rundown of how to call the advanced team specific plays, as well as run the four different types of quick motion plays.

You can watch the latest tutorial below, or check it out here over on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’ve got any tips for offensive playcalling and strategies in NBA Live 14, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 14’s Big Patch Coming Next Week

EA Sports’ Marketer Ty Stover has Tweeted out some details regarding the oft-mentioned patch for NBA Live 14. He mentions that the patch, and a video explaining it, will be coming as early as Monday. The patch will include updates to lighting and gameplay, as well as add the practice mode we’ve been seeing in recent official NBA Live videos. No other details have been provided regarding the contents of the patch, or any other specific changes outside of adding the practice mode.

You can tell us your hype level for the upcoming update in the comments below or in the NBA Live 14 Forum. Thanks to TOMBA over at Operation Sports for the Tweet that brought the information out, and reporting on it.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #65

Episode #65 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, featuring a three man panel of Arcane, JaoSming and myself. Join us as we discuss the latest community projects, a couple of new features here on the NLSC, our latest thoughts on and experiences with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, David Stern’s retirement and more.

  • JaoSming has launched a couple of new weekly features, Dumb Fact Monday and The Tuesday Triple. We talk a little about the first week’s topics.
  • bigh0rt and company have released the initial full version of the March Madness 2K14 mod for NBA 2K14 PC, a tremendous project that even garnered some attention from Kotaku.
  • Millertime2325’s NBA Jam 2K14 project for the Super Nintendo version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition is shaping up quite nicely. Bring on MJ!
  • We’re still having fun with NBA Live 14, but server issues with Ultimate Team raise some concerns about the new generation of gaming.
  • Andrew received a ’92-’93 Michael Jordan card in NBA 2K14’s MyTEAM mode and was instantly transported back to his youth.
  • JaoSming shares some further impressions of MyGM in NBA 2K14, along with a few tips on how to best utilise Virtual Currency.
  • We follow up on a couple of topics from last week including 2K’s official roster updates and Locker Codes.
  • The Saga of Andrew’s NBA 2K13 CD Key finally has a resolution, bringing about a happy ending to a tumultuous journey.
  • We offer a few thoughts on David Stern, who has retired his post as NBA commissioner after 30 years.
  • This week’s episode wraps up with a discussion of the All-Star reserves and a couple of other NBA topics.

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We’re always keen to hear your thoughts on the Podcast as well as any of the topics that we discussed, so feel free to have your say in the comments below or here in the Forum. If you’ve got any topic suggestions or mailbag questions, be sure to post them in this thread.

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The Tuesday Triple: 3 Things NBA Live 14 Needs

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.

Since its release, NBA Live 14 has been both deservedly and undeservedly trashed for its gameplay and graphics. While the game is undoubtedly lacking in many areas when compared to NBA 2K14’s next-gen effort, it has provided myself and others with hours of mostly fun gameplay and a strange attraction to keep coming back for more. Even though it can be fun, there are still at least three major areas that need improvement that I can only wish will be included in the mythical yet-to-be-released patch by EA Sports.

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NBA Live 14 Defensive Playcalling Tutorial Video

EA Sports has posted a new NBA Live 14 tutorial video over on the official NBA Live Facebook page. The latest video covers the basics of defensive playcalling in NBA Live 14, providing a succinct rundown of the four defensive quick plays that can be called on the fly: Man to Man, 3-2 Zone, 2-3 Zone and Full Court Press.

Check out the tutorial below after the jump, or watch it here on Facebook if you can’t see the embedded video. If you’ve got any tips about defending in NBA Live 14 or the game in general, feel free to share them in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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