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The Friday Five: 5 Best Songs in Basketball Video Games

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and another edition of The Friday Five! If you’re new to the site or simply haven’t come across the Five before, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays in which I give my thoughts on a variety of topics that are 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.

We’re back to the world of virtual hoops this week, as I take a look at what I feel are the five best songs in basketball video games. Good soundtracks in basketball titles feature songs that are a good fit with the sport itself, get you hyped to play the game or at the very least are enjoyable to listen to while you’re navigating the menus and setting things up. I don’t exactly fancy myself a music critic or expert but when it comes to basketball games, these songs have stood out to me.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #25

This week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast begins with a duo and ends with a trio as Leftos makes a triumphant return following his absence last week, joining Ben and I as we discuss the latest NBA and video game news. The three of us talk about a multitude of topics in “Silver” Episode #25, including:

  • Ben and I open with a very brief update on the NCAA tournament and a roundup of community news.
  • Moving straight into this week’s NBA discussion, we talk about the Lakers’ fortunes and the latest gem from Metta World Peace.
  • The Heat continue to win even with their stars sitting out a few games, setting a franchise record for wins. We also touch on some other news and notes from around the league.
  • A couple of college recruits claim they could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one, in his prime. We’re not so sure about that.
  • Jay-Z is selling his shares in the Brooklyn Nets and looking to become an agent. We speculate on how that might turn out.
  • Leftos joins the show, teases us with hints of stories to come and gives his thoughts on some of the topics discussed so far, as well as a couple from last week.
  • The PC is dying…or is it? We talk about recent OEM sales figures and what it might mean for PC gaming.
  • As has become the norm, we finish up with some next gen console news, including a follow-up on last week’s controversy.

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This week’s episode was recorded on Thursday and is up later than originally intended, hence why we don’t mention a couple of news items such as Kobe Bryant’s season ending injury. That’s something we’ll no doubt talk about on next week’s episode but in the meantime we hope you enjoy this week’s show and invite you to give us your feedback and thoughts on everything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum.

NLSC Podcast – Episode #24

Our big three is down to a dynamic duo in this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast but Ben and I aren’t taking the week off as we talk about the latest community news, speculate on some news coming out of EA Canada, discuss the latest happenings in the NBA and more. A more detailed overview of Episode #24 is as follows:

  • The 2012/2013 roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08 are finally out, and I couldn’t be more relieved.
  • REDitor is getting closer to release and JaoSming has already been preparing video tutorials for all the basics.
  • EA Canada are inviting gamers to playtest a “New NBA Concept”. We speculate on what it might be.
  • We discuss some different approaches to Association and Dynasty games.
  • Turning to the last week or so in the NBA, I struggle to stop mentioning the Bulls’ victory that ended the Heat’s winning streak at 27.
  • There have been some…interesting calls involving the Lakers as of late. Do we believe the conspiracy theories?
  • Following Mark Cuban’s Tweet, do we see Brittney Griner making it to the NBA?
  • We revisit the Heat and their shorthanded upset win over the Spurs, before wrapping up the NBA discussion.
  • We discuss the shocking incident involving former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, Kevin Ware’s gruesome injury and the NCAA tournament.
  • We close with some general gaming news including the closure of LucasArts and the latest next gen news.

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As always, please feel free to give us your feedback on this week’s episode and your thoughts on everything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

EA Canada Playtesting for “New NBA Concept”

EA Canada is apparently holding playtesting sessions on April 11th and 12th for a “New NBA Concept” and are inviting anyone in the Vancouver area to fill out a survey if they are interested in getting involved. There’s no further information on the concept at this time and anyone who participates will certainly be under a non-disclosure agreement, but if you live in the area and are interested in doing some playtesting and getting a glimpse behind the scenes, I’d encourage you to fill out the survey.

It will be interesting to see what this new concept turns out to be. It’s unlikely to be NBA Live, which is currently being developed at EA Tiburon, but could be something related to NBA Jam or NBA Street if not a new game entirely. Feel free to speculate in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

The Friday Five: 5 Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games

We’ve arrived at another Friday here at the NLSC, so here’s another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time, this is feature that I post every Friday in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest to our community, either as a list of five items or counting down a Top 5.

This week’s topic is Forgotten & Overlooked Basketball Games. I’m taking some liberties with those terms as these games aren’t necessarily that obscure and I’m sure that plenty of people do remember them, but they don’t seem to be talked about all that much and they’re games that I feel are worth reflecting upon. So, without any further ado, here are five basketball games that you may or may not remember, but hopefully will enjoy reading about.

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The Friday Five: My Top 5 Favourite Basketball Video Games

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and as such, a new edition of The Friday Five! If you haven’t checked out The Friday Five before, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other areas of interest, either as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

This week, I’m picking my Top 5 Favourite Basketball Video Games. Please note that this is not intended to be an objective list of the five best basketball video games that we’ve ever seen; that’s another list entirely and a topic for another day. While I do feel that all of these games are quality titles (at least for the time they were released) this is definitely a subjective list, featuring the games that I’ve enjoyed the most and/or spent the most time with over the years.

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Lakers vs. Celtics Retrospective (RetrowareTV)

Mr. Retro Sports has posted a retrospective of the MS-DOS version of Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs, EA’s precursor to the NBA Live series, over at RetrowareTV. The article notes the game’s importance as the first NBA game to feature real teams and players, along with distinct player likenesses (at least by the standards of graphics at the time) and signature player moves.

It also observes that the game featured some considerably deep simulation elements for its era and offers some personal recollections of playing the game for the first time, all those years ago. If you grew up with Lakers vs. Celtics or are interested in learning a little about the history of basketball video games, it’s definitely worth checking out. You can also find more retrospectives and old school sports game content from Mr. Retro Sports over at Retro Sports Gamer World.

NLSC Podcast – Leftos & JaoSming Impromptu-cast

Late Thursday night in Athens, early in the evening in Vermont, Leftos and JaoSming get together seemingly just to play some Trials Evolution Gold Edition and chat. One hour in, just as Jon is finishing every single track in the single player “campaign”, they realise they are talking about some interesting stuff. So, Leftos hits record and an impromptu podcast happens.

  • JaoSming shows off his mad skills in Trials, but admits he can screw up pretty much everything else.
  • They go through what stuff your favorite duo has done together since that Episode #6 when they were last together on the NLSC Podcast.
  • JaoSming makes some bold claims about NBA 2K13, and they both go over the ways they enjoy the game.
  • They introduce the upcoming Roster Workshop tool for NBA 2K13.
  • Leftos reminisces about how his NBA Stats Tracker tool started, how far it’s gone, and how it can help both real-life coaches and NBA 2K gamers enhance their experience and gain an advantage over their opponents.
  • They discuss how Brad Pitt stole a Cavaliers’ stats guy in Moneyball. Wait, what?
  • They go back to how their strong friendship began. Spoiler: It was yet another tool that brought them together.
  • The troubles of decoding the roster are brought up; both have immense respect for Vlad and what he does every year.
  • JaoSming tries to persaude everyone he’s still a good husband and father.
  • An interesting question is brought up: When doing an Association, do you treat your players as real people, or do you ignore them completely and do your thing knowing its just a videogame? What’s more engaging when you introduce your Association to an audience?
  • NBA Inside 09 is brought up, which apparently was a terrible basketball game, but had a good storyline, something that’s missing from all other basketbal games.
  • Suddenly, magic happens, as they decide they’re going to start the biggest (and most interesting, possibly) project they’ve ever undertaken, and change the way basketball games are played. We’re not kidding.

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We hope you enjoy this impromptu bonus episode of the NLSC Podcast! Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below or here in the Forum, and don’t forget to check out Episode #19 featuring Leftos, Ben and myself, released earlier this week.

The Friday Five: 5 Best Basketball Video Game Intros

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! This is a weekly feature appearing every Friday, in which I discuss a variety of topics related to basketball video games, the real NBA and other subjects of interest to our community, either by listing five items or counting them down in Top 5 format.

As video game technology has improved, we’ve come to expect high quality cinematic intros that immediately draw us into a game and make us want to spend hours playing it. Basketball games are no exception, with their intros ideally getting us pumped for some virtual hoops action by highlighting just how exciting the sport can be. This week, I present my picks for the five best basketball video game intros…at least so far.

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