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NLSC Podcast – Episode #142

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It’s Thursday once again, so a new episode of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are fulfilling our digital broadcasting duties this week with Episode #142, featuring more topics related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and the past week of action in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • We discuss the most recent NBA Live 16 roster update, including the addition of Elton Brand and the latest ratings adjustments.
  • A rumour regarding the expansion of the NBA Live development team has been brought to our attention. We don’t have any inside information, but we have a few thoughts on the possibility all the same.
  • The good news: face scanning has come to NBA 2K16 PC. The bad news: a lot of gamers probably won’t be able to take advantage of it, at least not yet.
  • We reflect on the issue of content creators getting burned out, talking about our own experiences and offering some advice.
  • Jimmy Butler became the fourth Chicago Bulls player to score 50+ points. On a less positive note, it looks like Joakim Noah is out for the season.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw some wild games in the NBA, including a career high 52 points by Kemba Walker.
  • A couple of players from the Class of 1999 are looking to make a comeback in the NBA.
  • Matthew Dellavedova has been voted the dirtiest player in the league. Will we still defend our fellow Aussie?
  • Andre Drummond set a new record for free throws missed in a single game. We take the opportunity to discuss the Hack-a-Whoever strategy.
  • We offer up some suggestions of players who may be traded before or at the deadline.
  • The NBA might appeal to international fans – like us – by scheduling some morning games in the future. Yes, we’re all for it.
  • This week’s Bold Predictions see…well, more bold predictions. Last week wasn’t kind to us.
  • We end Episode #142 of the NLSC Podcast with an interesting trivia note coming out of the Chicago Bulls/Golden State Warriors game.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 NBA Live Features I Want To See Return

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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.

In recent episodes of the NLSC Podcast, Arcane and I have been discussing the future of NBA Live, particularly how it’s a case of “now or never” when it comes to certain features and improvements. Likewise, back in October of last year, I engaged in a little early Wishlist talk in The Friday Five, with a piece titled 5 Things NBA Live 17 Absolutely Has To Do. Suffice to say, we have some strong feelings about what we feel the series has to achieve with this year’s iteration, as do other members of the basketball gaming community.

Since it is just about time to start creating our official Wishlist threads, I thought I’d use this week’s Five to revisit the topic of what needs to be done with NBA Live. There’s obviously going to be some overlap with the previous discussions, as I haven’t changed my mind about what I believe are the most important areas that Live needs to improve in. That said, on this occasion, I’m focusing on five features that I’d like to see return, and prioritising them in the form of a Top 5 countdown. Without any further ado, let’s tip things off with number five.

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Week 7 Roster Update for NBA Live 16

NBA Live 16: Kyle Lowry

A new roster update has come through for NBA Live 16, featuring ratings adjustments and lineups that have been updated as of this week. This includes the addition of Elton Brand to the Philadelphia 76ers, and a few recently released players being moved to the free agent pool. Brand is the only newly added player in the Week 7 roster, but 78 updates to player accessories have been included.

As a result of their strong play as of late, five players on the way up in this week’s roster are Kyle Lowry (+3 to 89), Patrick Beverley (+2 to 81), Kawhi Leonard (+2 to 92), Jimmy Butler (+2 to 91), and Draymond Green (+2 to 90). Five players on the way down are Tim Duncan (-2 to 84), LeBron James (-1 to 91), Marc Gasol (-1 to 84) Kobe Bryant (-1 to 80), and Zach Randolph (-1 to 79). Kobe and Randolph had been two of the highest rated players at their position upon the release of NBA Live 16, with ratings of 89 and 90 respectively.

Stephen Curry remains the highest rated player in the active rosters, at 95 overall. Cover player Russell Westbrook is right behind him at 94 overall, with Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul tied for third at 92 overall. Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, and DeAndre Jordan are rated 91 overall, while Draymond Green and Tony Parker currently sit at 90 overall. The number of 90+ overall players has essentially been cut in half since the release of NBA Live 16, which in most cases has brought players’ ratings back to a more reasonable and less overpowered level.

For a full breakdown of all the updates in the latest roster, check out this spreadsheet. If you have any thoughts on the NBA Live 16 rosters, or feedback that you’d like to share with the development team, feel free to join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #141

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It’s Thursday, so it’s time for another episode of the NLSC Podcast! In Episode #141, Arcane and I discuss the future of NBA Live and NBA 2K, NBA Jam trivia, and the latest NBA news and results as we find ourselves at the midway point of the 2016 season.

On this week’s show…

  • Has EA Sports done enough to create interest in NBA Live 17, or will the plug be pulled? Do they need to be doing more with NBA Live 16 to drum up interest for this year’s game?
  • What’s holding EA back from releasing a game that can compete with 2K?
  • We discuss some of the issues with animations in both NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16.
  • With the NBA All-Star festivities not too far away, we reminisce about All-Star Weekend in NBA Live. Do we want EA to bring it back? You can probably guess our answer to that one!
  • Fox Sports Australia recently posted some NBA Jam trivia, which we quickly recap and reflect upon.
  • Which mode do we prefer in NBA 2K: MyLEAGUE, or MyGM?
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, we mention a couple of notes from the past week, and run through a few midseason surprises and disappointments.
  • The second returns for this year’s All-Star balloting have been released. The likely starters are becoming clearer, so we talk about some candidates for the reserves.
  • Which Chicago Bulls player is most likely to be traded: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, or Jimmy Butler?
  • We revisit the question of which number the Los Angeles Lakers should retire for Kobe Bryant.
  • Should Kevin Garnett receive a similar send-off to Kobe?
  • In this week’s Bold Predictions for Next Week: Andrew still isn’t on the scoreboard. Will his latest prediction break the drought?
  • We wrap up Episode #141 of the NLSC Podcast by naming the team we’d buy if we won this week’s big Powerball jackpot.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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First NBA Live 16 Roster Update for 2016

NBA Live 16: Jimmy Butler

EA Sports has pushed through the first roster update of 2016 for NBA Live 16, accounting for the latest player movement, and updating various players’ ratings according to their recent performance. As mentioned in Episode #140 of the NLSC Podcast, the rosters for NBA Live 16 hadn’t been updated since mid December.

Five players on the way up this week are Draymond Green (+5 to 88), C.J. McCollum (+3 to 80), Jimmy Butler (+2 to 89), Rajon Rondo (+2 to 84) and Larry Nance Jr. (+2 to 73). Conversely, five players on the way down in the latest roster are Zach Randolph (-2 to 80), Al Jefferson (-2 to 83), Chandler Parsons (-1 to 81), Damian Lillard (-1 to 87) and Steph Curry (-1 to 95).

Stephen Curry remains the highest rated player in the active rosters, with his overall rating of 95. Cover player Russell Westbrook is right behind him at 94 overall, while LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul are tied for third with an overall rating of 92. Incidentally, the lowest rated player in the game is Joffrey Lauvergne  of the Denver Nuggets, at 56 overall.

There doesn’t appear to be any other fixes or gear updates included in the latest roster. For a full overview of the player movement and ratings changes, check out this spreadsheet. If you’ve got any thoughts or feedback on the latest roster, feel free to have your say in this thread over in the NBA Live 16 section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #140

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It’s the first Thursday of 2016, so we’re tipping off another year of digital broadcasting with Episode #140 of the NLSC Podcast! This week we’re catching up on all the news and events that took place over the holiday break, and discussing some topics submitted by our listeners. Seeing as how we’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks, Episode #140 is a bit longer than usual, but the show should be back to its normal length starting next week.

On this week’s show…

  • There wasn’t a whole lot of news over the break, but 2K did announce that eSports are coming to NBA 2K16 in early 2016.
  • NBA Live 16 hasn’t received any significant content updates over the past couple of weeks. Should there be more content coming through for the game?
  • Wishlist season is looming. What are some of our main wishes for NBA Live 17 and NBA 2K17?
  • What does NBA Live need to do to gain momentum and start catching up to NBA 2K?
  • We give our thoughts on the direction of Ultimate Team and MyTEAM. How interested are we in the card collecting modes?
  • Joey Crawford is finally hanging up his whistle. Spoiler: We’re not exactly heartbroken.
  • The Golden State Warriors are still on pace to challenge the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record. Draymond Green is turning into a triple double machine.
  • We discuss the controversy with Markieff Morris in Phoenix, and defend our generation.
  • Arcane is doing well with our weekly Bold Predictions. Andrew is yet to get on the board.
  • This week’s trivia question is about Michael Jordan. Can you get the answer before Arcane?
  • Twitter is looking to expand its character limit. Are we in favour of the change, and how many characters would we prefer?
  • We wrap up Episode #140 of the NLSC Podcast with some New Year’s Resolutions, and an unfortunate clerical error involving C.J. McCollum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #139

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We’re coming at you a little later this week, but Episode #139 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! It’s our last episode for 2015, so in addition to discussing all the news from the past week, we also take a look back on the year that was, and look ahead to 2016. Episodes will resume in early January; as always, thanks for tuning in and supporting the NLSC Podcast throughout the year!

On this week’s show…

  • Some new roster and content updates have come through for NBA Live 16, including this year’s Christmas jerseys, Stance socks, and a few new bug fixes.
  • NBA 2K16 has also received a new patch on all the major platforms, which resolves a few issues in gameplay and various game modes.
  • We reflect on last week’s big event for NBA 2K16, which turned out to be a digital launch party for Kyrie Irving’s new shoes. Were we expecting something better?
  • gregkwaste has released his 3D Importer/Exporter tool for NBA 2K16, opening up 3D editing for this year’s game. Needless to say, it’s another big development for the modding community.
  • We quickly recap this week’s featured content on the NLSC.
  • The Streak is over! We react to the Milwaukee Bucks becoming the first team to defeat the Golden State Warriors this season.
  • Elsewhere, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to struggle, but Brett Brown has agreed to a contract extension through 2019.
  • Could Dwight Howard be heading to the Miami Heat? One of us isn’t so thrilled about that possibility.
  • Nick Young has made history…by dishing out his first ever assist to Kobe Bryant. Apparently, it was the shoes.
  • We have new Bold Predictions for Next Week – or the next couple of weeks, actually. We also look back on last week’s predictions, as one of us managed to get on the board.
  • Episode #139 of the NLSC Podcast ends with a Year in Review segment, where we look back on the best and worst of 2015, and look ahead to 2016.

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NBA Live 16 Update v1.05 Released

NBA Live 16: Russell Westbrook Christmas Jersey

A new content update (v1.05) has come through for NBA Live 16 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new patch adds 120 new Stance socks to NBA Live 16, along with this year’s Christmas jerseys. You can check out some screenshots of the jerseys and a few of the new socks below.

The latest patch is a 2.6 GB download on Xbox One, and a 4 GB download on PlayStation 4. The release notes in the Update History on PS4 also mention that it includes stability and bug fixes, though there are no detailed notes on those updates at this time.

For those who are looking to get into Live Ultimate Team, an article explaining the ins and outs of the mode has also been posted today. You can check that out here over on the official website.

As always, feel free to post your impressions of the latest patch in the comments section below, as well as in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: 2015 Year In Review

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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.

Since next Friday is Christmas Day, and then we’re out of Fridays for the year 2015, I thought I’d write my year in review column this week. Scary as it may be to think about, I’d say we’re close enough to the end of the year for a retrospective. It’s been another fun and successful year here at the NLSC, and I’m intending to do my best to ensure that trend continues into 2016. For now though, I’d like to take a look back at the year that was.

For this retrospective, I’ll be listing some of my favourite editions of The Friday Five and episodes of the NLSC Podcast from 2015, and reminiscing about some of the other big moments we’ve had here at the NLSC during the past 12 months. I hope you’ll find it an appropriate way to cap off the year – even if we do still have a little less than two weeks left of it – and that you’ll enjoy my editor’s picks as far as the Five and Podcast are concerned. With that said, here’s my 2015 Year In Review!

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The Friday Five: 5 Mistakes We Make in Basketball Video Games

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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.

In this community, we know basketball, and we know basketball video games. When it comes to virtual hoops, I think it’s fair to suggest that we have some people in our community who are pretty good on the sticks. Nevertheless, as much as we know about basketball – the real thing, and its virtual equivalent, be it NBA Live or NBA 2K – there are some mistakes that we’re prone to making. As those mistakes add up, so too do our losses, whether it’s to the CPU in one of the franchise modes, or to other users online.

So, in this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d list some of the mistakes that we’re prone to making, and offer up some advice on how to avoid them. These are the things that I try to keep in mind when I’m playing NBA Live or NBA 2K; both the pitfalls I’d prefer to avoid, and the strategies I employ to try and do so. Without any further ado, here are five mistakes that we make when we play basketball video games…and a few ways that we can avoid them.

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Week 5 NBA Live 16 Roster Update Details

The Week 5 Roster Update for NBA Live 16 is now available, and will be downloaded as long as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is connected to the Internet. The latest update includes player movement, adjusted ratings, and updated accessories. Larry Nance Jr.’s name is also now displayed properly on the back of his jersey.

Five players on the way up this week are Hassan Whiteside, Rajon Rondo, Stephen Curry (now the top rated player in the game at 96 Overall), Tony Parker, and Reggie Jackson. Kobe Bryant and LaMarcus Aldridge are on the way down for the second week in a row; they’re joined by Zach Randolph, Roy Hibbert, and Nick Young. Among this year’s rookie crop, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and Emmanuel Mudiay have all received slight increases in the latest NBA Live 16 roster.

Bryce Cotton and Ryan Hollins have also been added to the roster, and there are a total of 37 accessory updates. For a full break down of the latest NBA Live 16 roster update, check out this spreadsheet. As always, if you have any constructive feedback on the roster updates that you’d like to share with the development team, be sure to post it here in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #138

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Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! In this week’s show, Arcane and I discuss ideas for the NBA Live 16 roster updates, speculate on an upcoming event involving NBA 2K16, talk about the past week in the NBA, and more.

On this week’s show…

  • The NBA Live 16 rosters are gradually getting better and more complete, but there’s still work to be done. We reflect on NBA Live 09’s commitment to being “made fresh daily”.
  • 2K has teased a “major event” that will be tipping off on December 12th, involving NBA 2K16. We speculate as to what it might be.
  • Are there any mods or other projects that we’d really like to undertake in the future?
  • We briefly recap this week’s Wednesday Wayback, and provide a teaser for the next video retrospective.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion…who’s the best player in the NBA right now? Stephen Curry, or LeBron James?
  • Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith are reportedly on the trading block. We consider whether or not the Los Angeles Clippers will have any luck moving them.
  • On its eleventh anniversary, we reminisce about Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 35 seconds. (Note: We incorrectly refer to it being the tenth anniversary on the show; whoops!)
  • The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Jerry Colangelo, after the league strongly suggested doing so. Was that an appropriate move by the NBA, and what does it mean for the Sixers?
  • We throw out new Bold Predictions for Next Week, and reflect on last week’s predictions.
  • Episode #138 of the NLSC Podcast wraps up with some more interesting statistics.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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NBA Live 16 Week 4 Roster Update

NBA Live 16: Karl-Anthony Towns

This week’s roster update has come through for NBA Live 16, adjusting lineups and player ratings. As always, the update will come through automatically when you fire up the game, as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Five players on the way up this week are Kristaps Porzingis, Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, and CJ McCollum. On the other side of the coin, the recent play of Kobe Bryant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson, Marc Gasol, DeMar DeRozan and Ty Lawson has seen those players take a hit in their ratings.

Additionally, eighteen players have new shoes in the latest NBA Live 16 roster, and recent player movement has been accounted for. T.J. McConnell has also been added to the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster, and Rasual Butler is now with the San Antonio Spurs. A few incorrect jersey numbers have also been updated, and Joe Ingles now shoots left handed, as in real life.

For a complete listing of all the updates and ratings, check out this spreadsheet. If you’d like to provide any feedback on the roster updates, feel free to do so in this thread in the NBA Live 16 section of the NLSC Forum. The developers are keeping tabs on the thread, so if you’ve got some constructive feedback to share, don’t let it go to waste!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #137

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It’s that time of the week once again, so tune in to Episode #137 of the NLSC Podcast! This week, Arcane and I make plans for NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16, discuss Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement, and make some bold predictions that we might have to answer for in Episode #138.

On this week’s show…

  • Aside from 2K’s new partnership with Marvel leading to some new in-game content, there isn’t a lot of basketball gaming news this week. Nevertheless, we have a few more thoughts about NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 to share, including some more issues we’d like to see addressed.
  • With the new games obviously a long way away, we outline some plans for what we’d like to do in NBA Live 16 and NBA 2K16 in the coming weeks and months.
  • Some recent NLSC features are also quickly recapped.
  • Moving on to this week’s NBA discussion, the Golden State Warriors are still winning, and it’s earned Luke Walton Coach of the Month honours. It’s just a shame that he’s technically winless!
  • Kobe Bryant has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, officially making the year a farewell tour. Obviously, that means his number will be retired in the not too distant future…but which one?
  • One streak is over as the Philadelphia 76ers have finally won a game! The Los Angeles Lakers were the unlucky opponent, though it doesn’t sound like Byron Scott is on the chopping block just yet.
  • A new segment makes its debut: Bold Predictions for Next Week. Will we both be eating crow in the next episode?
  • We wrap up Episode #137 of the NLSC Podcast with some good news for anyone betting on the Warriors.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #136

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We’re back to our regular schedule this week, with Episode #136 of the NLSC Podcast recorded on time and available to listen to right now! Tune in to hear our discussion of the newly released patch for NBA Live 16, an exciting development in NBA 2K16 modding, and all the latest action from the past week in the NBA.

On this week’s show…

  • The big patch and content update for NBA Live 16 has finally come through. We offer up some early impressions, with more to come next week after further hands-on time.
  • More exciting news on the NBA 2K16 PC modding front, as it appears as though we’ll be able to edit models in Blender in the not too distant future.
  • We recap some of the weekly features here at the NLSC, including the revival of the NBA Live Domain.
  • Moving on to our NBA discussion, the Golden State Warriors continue their hot start, and Stephen Curry is still on fire. We wonder which happens first: the Warriors losing, or the Philadelphia 76ers winning.
  • LeBron James and Dwyane Wade continue to ascend the all-time leaderboards. Where would we rank the two future Hall of Famers and former teammates on the list of all-time greats?
  • Kobe Bryant’s struggles may have just hit a new low. We’re broached the subject before, but could we see the Black Mamba hang it up before the season is over?
  • We wrap up Episode #136 of the NLSC Podcast with a very classy tribute in NBA Live 16.

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