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NLSC Podcast – Episode #63

Episode #63 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and myself as we talk about the upcoming NBA Live 14 patch, our experiences with NBA 2K14 next gen over the past week, some unexpected NBA Jam news and the latest news from the real NBA.

  • The big patch for NBA Live 14 is looming on the horizon. What do we expect to see? What are some of the improvements that we’re hoping to see?
  • We continue to compile some quality feedback for NBA Live 14. Hopefully, it’ll have a positive impact moving forward.
  • Gear in NBA 2K14 came in handy this past week, as Ben was able to use it to disprove a rumoured concept for the new Charlotte Hornets jerseys.
  • We’ve been playing NBA 2K14 lately, but Virtual Currency and some nasty comeback logic are still sapping the fun out of the game.
  • NBA Jam on Android surprisingly received a roster update yesterday. Will updates also be coming for other NBA Jam releases?
  • The 2014 All-Star jerseys have been revealed, and they have sleeves. Guess what? We’re not fans.
  • Joel Anthony has been traded; memes ensue.
  • Speaking of trades, should the Chicago Bulls part with Derrick Rose, as suggested by a contributor over on Yahoo! NBA?
  • Kevin Durant is tearing up the league at the moment and may be the frontrunner for the MVP. Who else is in the discussion?
  • In search of an emphatic finish, we go with Paul George’s impressive 360 windmill.

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We’re always keen to hear your feedback, so feel free to hit us up with your thoughts on this week’s episode, as well as any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Suggestions for discussion topics as well as mailbag questions and comments are also welcome in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #62

Episode #62 of the NLSC Podcast is out now, featuring Arcane, JaoSming and myself. Join us for another fun show in which we offer our latest impressions of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, recap our latest experiences with both games and give our thoughts on some other current events from the past week.

  • We’ve been collecting some great, constructive feedback for the NBA Live 14 development team, who are very receptive to our ideas and suggestions.
  • An update for NBA Live 14 added last Friday’s Nickname Night jerseys to the game. It was fun, but the novelty has since worn off.
  • Even though there’s work to be done, we’re still quite enjoying NBA Live 14. We provide our latest impressions of gameplay, Ultimate Team and Dynasty Mode.
  • More and more gamers seem to be warming up to NBA Live 14 and posting constructive ideas and feedback for the developers. Is the future bright for the series?
  • Moving on to NBA 2K14, we compare the cost of packs in MyTEAM to NBA Live 14’s Ultimate Team. Suffice to say, we’re being gouged.
  • Virtual Currency continues to be a problem in general, dampening our enthusiasm for the game modes in NBA 2K14 next gen.
  • Shaq Fu may be seeing a sequel. Aren’t you excited?
  • We mention some news and notes from around our modding community.
  • This week’s real NBA discussion inclues Shoelace-gate, the rise of the Nets and the Knicks, Blake Griffin’s latest poster and the league’s apologies for blown calls.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s episode! Please feel free to let us know what you thought of the show, as well as your opinions on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum. If you’ve got any questions you’d like us to answer in future installments of the listener mailbag or suggestions for topics you’d like to hear us talk about, hit us up in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #61

Episode #61 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! JaoSming is busy this week, so Arcane and I are your hosts for the latest episode.

  • As usual, we recap our experiences with NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 over the past week.
  • We ponder what kind of RPG elements could be added to career modes in basketball games. Would developers ever touch on social issues through an expanded off-court experience?
  • The Chicago Bulls have traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and picks. The resident Bulls fan on the panel is not particularly impressed.
  • Chris Paul’s injury, the Golden State Warriors’ winning streak and a few other recent NBA news stories are touched upon.
  • Arcane recaps Sony’s presentation at CES 2014.

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As always, we’d like to hear your feedback on the episode, as well as your thoughts on anything that we discussed. Hit us up in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Also, don’t forget to send in any questions or topic suggestions for our listener mailbag, as we’ll be looking to do more installments in upcoming episodes.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #60

We’re not wasting any time getting back into our digital broadcasting duties, as Episode #60 of the NLSC Podcast is out now. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we discuss the latest events in the community, our recent basketball gaming experiences and more.

  • Issues with Virtual Currency and server downtime have been causing quite a bit of outrage for NBA 2K14 gamers. We weigh in on the situation.
  • Online issues aside, have we been enjoying NBA 2K14 next gen as of late?
  • Recent updates and more hands-on time with the game have served to make NBA Live 14 more enjoyable for JaoSming. It seems he’s not alone there.
  • The community has an opportunity to provide quality, constructive feedback to the NBA Live 14 development team. We intend to take advantage of it.
  • We provide a rundown of some our recent modding projects and plans for the near future.
  • 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the NBA Live series. We’ll be doing a thing or two to celebrate the occasion as the year goes on.
  • Our NBA discussion for the week includes struggling teams, a rash of injuries and an idea that would make for the most exciting trade deadline in league history.

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If you’ve got any feedback on this week’s show or opinions about any of the topics that we discussed, we’d love to hear from you. Sound off in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. We’ll also be looking to do some more listener mailbags throughout the year, so hit us up with any submissions, be they questions you’d like us to answer or topics you’d like to hear us discuss.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #59

Episode #59 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! We’re taking a break for Christmas next week, so this is our final episode for 2013. Join Arcane and myself as we look back on the year that was and indulge in all of the usual end-of-year topics.

  • The Xbox One version of NBA 2K14 has received the third official patch, with the PS4 patch coming as soon as Sony gives the thumbs up.
  • Ultimate Base Roster is coming to NBA 2K14 PC! We’re certainly looking forward to it, along with all the other projects that are now possible with the release of RED MC.
  • We run down some of the highlights and big news stories of 2013. Naturally, we talk NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, while our beloved Leftos gets a mention.
  • What were some of our favourite basketball gaming experiences in the past year?
  • We each name our Game(s) of the Year. You’ll never guess what Arcane picked!
  • Optimists that we are, we’re looking forward to 2014. What are we looking forward to, and what are some of our plans for the community?
  • There’s no way we can pass up the opportunity to embarrass ourselves with some predictions, so we make a few for the NBA in 2014.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed another year of the NLSC Podcast; thank you again for all your support! If you have any thoughts on this week’s episode or any of the topics that we discussed, let us know in the comments below or in this thread. As always, feel free to hit us up with any submissions for future installments of the listener mailbag.

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The Friday Five: 5 NLSC Podcast Episodes You Should Check Out

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.

My apologies if this week’s topic comes off as a little cheap, but I really do enjoy doing the NLSC Podcast every week and it’s only natural that we plug our original content from time to time. Quite a few of you are tuning in to the show every week and have sent in questions for our mailbag segments, which definitely encourages us to keep getting together to talk about some of our favourite subjects and recording the conversation so that you can all listen to it. We certainly appreciate the support!

Needless to say, we’re always keen to expand our audience, so for this week’s Friday Five I’m picking five episodes of the NLSC Podcast that I recommend listening to, if you’re wondering what it’s all about and are looking to get into the show. Consider them my “editor’s picks” from the first year and a bit of the NLSC Podcast.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #58

With JaoSming battling some temporary issues with his Internet connection, Episode #58 of the NLSC Podcast features the dynamic duo of Arcane and myself. Join us as we talk about the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, our recent experiences with both games and the recent happenings in the NBA.

  • We begin with some housekeeping matters and community news. With any luck, forthcoming server upgrades will prevent some of the downtime that we’ve been experiencing lately.
  • The new version of RED MC with support for NBA 2K14 is out now! We should be seeing some excellent mods from our community in the near future.
  • Millertime2325 is working on an update for the SNES version of NBA Jam Tournament Edition, which should be fun.
  • A couple of issues have been plaguing NBA 2K14 next gen recently, including lengthy load times when playing offline and controversy surrounding VC. We weigh in on the situation.
  • We talk about our latest experiences with NBA 2K14. Andrew wants your gaming tips!
  • Ben’s still waiting on his copy of NBA Live 14, but he has some more impressions based on the demo.
  • We discuss the most recent roster updates for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14. Is Synergy’s automated system ultimately hindering NBA Live’s roster updates?
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we offer a couple of thoughts on the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings.
  • We also talk about Kobe’s return, Stephen Jackson’s signing with the Clippers and a couple of other recent news items from around the league.
  • The NBL gets brief, obligatory mention.
  • We wrap up this week’s episode with some talk about other PlayStation 4 games that we’re currently playing.

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Let us know what you thought of this week’s show and give us your take on any of the topics that we discussed (including those tips for NBA 2K14) in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Also feel free to hit us up with any submissions for future installments of the listener mailbag.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #57

Episode #57 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane, JaoSming and I are your hosts this week as we’re joined by special guest Vl@d Zola Jr., creator of the fantastic RED MC and REDitor tools for the NBA 2K series.

  • We welcome Vl@d to the Podcast and talk a little about what RED MC means for the modding community.
  • What are some of the cool things we can expect from RED MC this year? When can we expect to see it?
  • Andrew and Ben are finally on PlayStation 4 and can offer hands-on impressions of NBA 2K14 next gen. The results may surprise you.
  • Ben is waiting for his copy of NBA Live 14 to arrive, but Andrew has the game and a few initial impressions to share.
  • JaoSming also offers his latest thoughts on both games, including the troubles with NBA Live 14’s updates.
  • Do we expect our impressions of both games to change as we continue to play them, especially with the forthcoming patches?
  • We wrap up with some NBA talk and a cliffhanger (of sorts).

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Let us know what you thought of this week’s episode, as well as your opinion on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. If you’d like to submit a question, comment or topic suggestions for a future episode of the NLSC Podcast, hit us up in the comments or the mailbag thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #56

Episode #56 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, JaoSming, Pdub and myself as we discuss the upcoming patches for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, offer more impressions of both games and talk about the latest news and events from around the NBA.

  • NBA Live 14 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien has posted an open letter promising improvements to the game. Do we think the biggest issues can be fixed?
  • JaoSming and Pdub offer some more thoughts on NBA Live 14 after another week of playing the game.
  • NBA 2K14 next gen will also be receiving a patch to correct a couple of issues with saves and connectivity.
  • The Park has been ruined for JaoSming, but apart from that, NBA 2K14 next gen is still generally awesome.
  • We wrap up the video game discussion with some news from the modding community.
  • Moving on to the NBA discussion, Derrick Rose is out of action…again. Is it time to blow up the Bulls?
  • Kobe Bryant’s big extension and the fans’ subsequent reactions are discussed. Where do the Lakers go from here?
  • We offer some very early predictions for the 2014 All-Star game. Picking players for the East is no easy task.
  • The lacklustre Eastern Conference and early season surprises round out this week’s NBA discussion.
  • We wrap up Episode #56 with a couple of mailbag questions.

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If you’ve got any thoughts on this week’s episode or any of the topics that we discussed, we’d love to hear them. Have your say in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the Forum. Please also feel free to hit us up with mailbag submissions for future episodes here.

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Mailbag Call for Episode #56 of the NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #56 of the NLSC Podcast within the next couple of days, so I’m putting out a call for any and all mailbag submissions. As always, we invite you to hit us up with your comments, questions and topic suggestions, so that we can discuss the things that you’re interested in hearing about.

Post your submissions in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum, or in the comments below. You can also get in touch with us via our Facebook page and Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #55

The PlayStation 4 has launched and we have two new basketball games to play…well, two of us do, at any rate. Join Arcane, JaoSming, Pdub and myself as we discuss early impressions of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, as well as some of the reactions from the community and gaming media.

  • Before we get to JaoSming and Pdub’s impressions, Andrew once again plugs our interview with Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher, recorded earlier this week.
  • NBA Live 14 is out, which means the NBA Live series has finally officially returned. JaoSming and Pdub run down the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Is there a solid foundation to NBA Live 14? With a game finally released, can EA build upon what they’ve got?
  • More features may be added through the year, a concept that we’d certainly welcome and encourage.
  • JaoSming declares NBA 2K14 next gen a game that will sell the new consoles, from its aesthetics to the gameplay experience to its features.
  • While the news is mostly good when it comes to NBA 2K14 next gen, there are a few signature 2K quirks that bear mentioning. However, the good far outweighs the bad.
  • Were our concerns regarding MyGM and the revamped MyCAREER mode justified?
  • As you might expect, The Park gets a mention or two.
  • Neither game features Create-a-Player. We hope that philosophy is done away with before we get too far into this generation.

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As always, we welcome your feedback and reactions to this week’s episode, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. Please also feel free to share your impressions of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, so that we may read some of them out in a future episode.

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Mailbag Call for Episode #55 of the NLSC Podcast

I hope that everyone has had a chance to listen to this week’s special edition of the NLSC Podcast, featuring an interview with NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher. We’ll be recording a regular episode within the next couple of days and as such, we’d like to interact with you through a new installment of our listener mailbag.

JaoSming will have had a chance to get his hands on both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, so we’re inviting you to send in any questions you’d like to ask him. If there’s anything else on your mind, be it a question, topic suggestion or a prediction you’d like us to make, by all means send that in as well. You can post your submissions in this thread or in the comments below, as well as hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Interview with NBA Live 14 Developer Scott O’Gallagher

We have a special edition of the NLSC Podcast for you today, featuring an interview with NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher. I talk to Scott about this year’s game and the return of NBA Live, getting some information on the controls, AI, game modes, their design philosophy and more.

Some key points of interest include the depth of CourtQ, what bounceTEK means for the game both offensively and defensively, the number of signature jumpshots and signature dribbling packages, new animations and updated animation packages as the season progresses, the logic in Dynasty Mode, BIG Moments and playcalling.

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Thanks to Scott once again for the interview, I hope you all enjoy it and find it interesting and informative. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as here in the NBA Live 14 section of the NLSC Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #54

It’s our last show before we get our hands on the PlayStation 4! Well, for one of us, anyway. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #54 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we cover the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, chat about the NBA and more.

  • As we get closer to the release of NBA Live 14, we’re getting some encouraging news by way of various hands-on previews. We react to the latest information.
  • A demo has also been confirmed, but it’s coming out the same day that the game is launched. Can that still work in EA Sports’ favour?
  • The latest developer blog gives us more information on LIVE Season and BIG Moments. JaoSming makes a startling confession.
  • JaoSming and Arcane provide a few thoughts on the latest screenshots.
  • The past week has delivered a lot of details on MyGM in NBA 2K14 next gen. Do we still have any reservations about the mode?
  • Next gen MyCAREER tidbits have also been coming our way. Jackson Ellis awaits us all.
  • Over 600 player and coach interviews are included in NBA 2K14 next gen, with real voices. We can’t wait to hear what virtual Gregg Popovich has to say.
  • You may be surprised to learn that JaoSming is excited for The Park. We also have a few creative ideas for the mode.
  • We give our thoughts on some other NBA 2K14 next gen news including IGN’s review, the PS4 trophies and the latest videos.
  • Larry Sanders’ blunder, the Celtics’ winning streak and other early season surprises make up this week’s NBA discussion.
  • We wrap up the show with our thoughts on some recent PlayStation 4 news.

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As always, we welcome your thoughts on the latest episode, as well as anything we discussed. Have your say in the comments below or in the Podcast discussion thread! We also invite you to send in your listener mailbag questions and topic suggestions for future episodes.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #53

As we find ourselves less than two weeks away from the release of NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, we’re getting more and more information on this year’s games. The 2014 season, although just a couple of weeks old, has also provided us with a few talking points. Join Arcane, Pdub and myself as we give our thoughts on the latest previews, news and real life NBA happenings in Episode #53 of the NLSC Podcast.

  • A new developer blog has given us more insight into the controls, signature styles and defensive strategy in NBA Live 14. Do we like what we saw?
  • We also got a couple of new tidbits from VSN Radio’s interview with developers Scott O’Gallagher and Ryan Ferwerda, leading to some speculation on a few features.
  • NBA Live 14’s soundtrack has been revealed and unfortunately for Arcane, there’s no J. Cole…yet, anyway.
  • Moving on to NBA 2K14, we give our thoughts on some MyTEAM snippets that have been mentioned on the official Facebook page during the past week.
  • MyGM is shaping up to be a deep and interesting mode in NBA 2K14 next gen, but might there be too much depth to the mode?
  • The PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K14 will be getting some exclusive content. Fortunately, everyone on our panel will benefit.
  • We answer a mailbag question regarding NBA 2K14’s chances at winning Game of the Year.
  • Episode #53 wraps up with some talk about the real NBA. The Clippers’ fortunes, Bulls’ struggles, rookie performances and tanking are all discussed.

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As has been the case recently, some really juicy news on both games broke a few hours after we finished recording this week’s episode. We’ll be sure to talk about all that good stuff next week but in the meantime, let us know what you think of Episode #53 and your opinion on the topics that we discussed. Sound off in the comments below or in this thread and don’t forget to post any mailbag submissions here.

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