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New Poll: 2013 NBA Finals

With the 2013 NBA Finals beginning in just a couple of days, our new poll asks the obvious question: “Who will be the 2013 NBA Champions?” Will the Miami Heat defend their crown, or will the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth title in as many Finals appearances? Cast your vote now and be sure to join in all of the discussion that’s taking place here in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum.

Our last poll asked “Which mode have you been playing most in NBA 2K13?” As it turns out, MyCAREER has been the most popular mode this year, garnering 50% of the vote. Association was the second most popular mode of choice with 25% of the vote, with a further 1% of voters preferring Online Association. 5% are mostly playing other online modes such as MyTEAM, 7% are sticking with NBA Today games and 3% favour Blacktop. A final 9% indicated that they aren’t playing NBA 2K13 at all.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Least Favourite NBA Finals Series

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time, 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.

Last week, I listed my Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series, limiting myself to just two of the Bulls’ six championships and saving the other four for my honourable mentions. Having covered my five favourites, this week I’ll be counting down my Top 5 Least Favourite NBA Finals Series. These are the NBA Finals series that I felt were lacklustre, anti-climactic or for one reason or another, just not as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #31

Leftos returns to make it a trio once more as we talk about the latest news and events in the basketball gaming community in Episode #31 of the NLSC Podcast. Join us this week as we recap a few news and notes from the community, talk about the 2013 Conference Finals and offer more thoughts on the next generation of consoles. On tap this week:

  • Leftos is back, as not even wild sandstorms can suppress his passion for his digital broadcasting duties!
  • We remind everyone to show off their creativity by creating some custom NBA Live 14 covers, thanks to hiteshom’s template. The possibility of Kyrie Irving being the NBA Live 14 cover player is also discussed.
  • Some fun ideas for upcoming podcasts are brought up, as we invite the community to let us know if they’re interested.
  • Taking a look at the latest news and releases from our modding community, we recognise some big releases while once again bringing up the idea of an open source approach.
  • TGsoGood’s work adding female players and WNBA jerseys to NBA 2K13 leads to a discussion about video games based on women’s sports.
  • This week’s NBA discussion focuses on the Conference Finals. The Grizzlies are out, the Spurs are in the Finals and the Heat and Pacers are still battling it out.
  • How do we see the Eastern Conference Finals and potential NBA Finals matchups playing out?
  • At the risk of sounding unoriginal, we don’t care for the job the referees are doing, or the way certain players are flopping.
  • The discussion moves to the latest news and info surrounding the next gen consoles. Leftos offers his reactions to the announcement of the Xbox One.
  • We close with some additional NBA Live and NBA 2K news.

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As always, we invite your feedback on this week’s episode in the comments below, as well as in this thread. We’re also interested to hear whether you like some of the ideas we threw out for some of our upcoming episodes, so let us know what you think.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out 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 Top 5 countdown format.

The Conference Finals are now underway, which means we’re getting closer and closer to crowning this year’s NBA Champion. With the start of the 2013 NBA Finals just a couple of weeks away, I’ve decided to count down my five favourite and five least favourite NBA Finals series over the next two editions of The Friday Five. This week, I’m tipping things off with the positive list, my Top 5 Favourite NBA Finals Series.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #30

After featuring our biggest panel last week in our longest episode to date, we’re down to a duo this week as illness and personal matters rule out a couple of regulars. Nevertheless, please join Ben and myself as we discuss the latest NBA Live 14 news, talk next gen consoles and get caught up on the latest NBA news and results.

  • Without much in the way of community news this week, we dive straight into this week’s headlines.
  • We give our thoughts on EA Sports’ pre-rendered trailers, how much we can take from them and what we want to see in further previews of NBA Live 14.
  • I have a thing or two to say on the use of the words “cartoonish” and “cartoony” when critiquing basketball video games.
  • Microsoft has revealed their next gen console, the Xbox One. We rundown the specs and offer our reactions.
  • Moving on to the NBA discussion, we’ve arrived at the Conference Finals. Who’s making it through to the championship round?
  • A few other recent items of NBA news are discussed.
  • We finish up by reading some of your thoughts on last week’s topic, realism in basketball games compared to what we see on TV. Thanks for your input!

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As always, feel free to give us your feedback on the show, as well as your thoughts on everything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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The Friday Five: Enjoying the Playoffs (When Your Team Is Out)

It’s Friday, already? It is indeed, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! For anyone who’s checking out The Friday Five for the first time, 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.

If you’ve been keeping up with the results of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, you’re no doubt aware that my favourite team, the Chicago Bulls, have been eliminated in the second round in five games at the hands of the defending champion Miami Heat. As such, I’ll be looking for other ways to enjoy and maintain my interest in the rest of the postseason. If you’re in a similar position, here are five suggestions for you to consider.

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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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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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The Friday Five: 5 Ways the NBA Is More Enjoyable Now

We’ve come to another Friday here at the NLSC, so it’s time for a new edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Five, this is a weekly feature that I post on Fridays, containing 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, presented as either a list of five items or a Top 5 countdown.

Last week, I threw on my nostalgia goggles and talked about some aspects of the NBA in the 90s that I miss and how I feel they made the league more enjoyable during that era. As I said though, I’m still very much an NBA fan and certainly do enjoy the current product, so this week I’m going in the other direction and taking a look at five ways the league is more enjoyable now.

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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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2013 NBA Playoffs Ready to Tip Off

The NBA’s 2012/2013 regular season has drawn to a close and the 2013 Playoffs are just a couple of days away, tipping off with the Celtics and Knicks on Saturday at 3 PM ET on ESPN. With a couple of seeds decided on the very last day of the season, we should be in for some interesting first round match-ups in this year’s postseason.

Are you excited for the 2013 NBA Playoffs? Let us know in the comments below. We also invite you to join in the discussion in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the NLSC Forum, where you can post your predictions and reactions to the games as they are being played.

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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.

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The Friday Five: 5 Ways the NBA Was More Enjoyable in the 90s

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and a new edition of The Friday Five! For the uninitiated, 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, presented as either a list of five items or a Top 5 countdown.

This week, I’m getting nostalgic and playing the cranky “Things were better in my day!” card as I take a look at five ways the NBA was more enjoyable in the 90s. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the NBA today because I absolutely do, but these are five things that I miss or feel were done better during the era I grew up watching. Since I’m aiming to compile a list that I feel most fans from that era can agree with, I’ll try to get through the Five without listing “The Chicago Bulls winning championship after championship”. No guarantees.

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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.

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