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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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NLSC Podcast Episode #53 Mailbag Call

We’ll be recording Episode #53 of the NLSC Podcast in about 24 hours, so I’m putting out a last call for submissions for this week’s listener mailbag. If you’ve got a question you’d like us to answer, a prediction you’d like us to make or a topic you’d like to hear us discuss, please post it in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Hub.

You can also hit us up via our Facebook page and Twitter. We’re always keen to hear from our listeners and talk about what you want to hear, whether it’s NBA Live, NBA 2K, the real NBA, patching or something else related to the community. Let us know what’s on your mind and if you haven’t caught it yet, you can listen to last week’s episode here.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #52

Episode #52 of the NLSC Podcast is out now and for once, we were able to record a show without some big news breaking within an hour of us finishing up. Nevertheless, there was still plenty to talk about this week, so please join Arcane, JaoSming and myself as we recap and react to the latest NBA Live 14, NBA 2K14 and NBA news.

  • Last week’s NBA Live 14 Developer Blog delivered some insight into Signature Styles and dribbling controls. Was it what we were hoping to hear?
  • The PlayStation 4 Trophies have been revealed, giving us a few snippets on NBA Live 14’s game modes. Dynasty Mode is back!
  • A few more details on Ultimate Team have also been made available, leading us to ponder: Ultimate Team or MyTEAM?
  • We react to the latest soundtrack reveals, as well as the newest screenshots.
  • Last week’s press conference delivered a HUGE amount of information on NBA 2K14 next gen. We recap the highlights and give our thoughts on each.
  • The same event provided us with some raw next gen gameplay footage. Does it live up to the OMG Trailer?
  • NBA 2K14 next gen will reflect the change back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format in the NBA Finals. No word on current gen yet.
  • We also have some new screenshots, NBA Today news and a sneak peek at the Momentus Trailer to talk about.
  • Elsewhere, NBA 2K14 current gen has been receiving a few official roster updates. The Doctor is back in the house!
  • The 2013/2014 NBA season is underway. We offer a few thoughts from the first couple of days of the regular season.
  • We wrap up with some next gen console news.

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If you’ve got any feedback on Episode #52 or thoughts on any of the topics we discussed, we’d like to hear from you! Sound off in the comments below or here in the new central discussion thread for the podcast in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. Mailbag submissions for future episodes are also most welcome.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #51

As the preview season for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 heats up, we have plenty to talk about including two gameplay trailers. Join Arcane, JaoSming, Lean and myself as we talk NBA Live, NBA 2K and the real NBA in Episode #51 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • As we begin recording, we’re anticipating news on both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen within the next few hours. Against our better judgement, we speculate.
  • We react to the gameplay trailers for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, taking a look at where both games are at.
  • What’s next for both games as the information and previews begin to flow?
  • We recap and comment on the latest details on NBA Live 14 including Ultimate Team tidbits, the return of NBA Rewind and another Twitter chat.
  • JaoSming provides us with a rundown of the Blacktop Revitalization mod for NBA 2K14 PC.
  • The 2013/2014 NBA season is almost upon us. We talk about a couple of the stories that are making the rounds leading up to opening night and offer some predictions.
  • Once again, we finish up with another installment of the listener mailbag.

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Aside from our speculation at the top of the show, we don’t touch on some of the big news stories from the past 24 hours, as we had wrapped up recording by the time they broke. We’ll be sure to give our thoughts on those topics in next week’s episode. In the meantime, we invite you to give us your feedback on this week’s show, along with your thoughts on anything we discussed. Hit us up in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Hub. Submissions for future installments of the listener mailbag are welcome here.

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Last Call For NLSC Podcast Episode #51 Listener Mailbag Submissions

I’m putting out a last call for listener mailbag submissions for Episode #51 of the NLSC Podcast, which we’ll be recording in about 24 hours. Last week, we invited you to send in your reactions to NBA 2K14 current gen, in addition to any other comments or questions you had. This week, we’re looking to read out some of your reactions to the trailers for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen, as well as your suggestions for any other topics you’d like to hear us talk about, questions you’d like us to answer or predictions you’d like us to make.

Post your submissions in this thread in the NLSC Hub or in the comments below. You can also hit us up via our Facebook page and Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #50

We’ve hit another milestone as the NLSC Podcast has reached its 50th episode! Join Arcane, JaoSming, Lean and myself as we celebrate my birthday with our discussion of the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen news, more impressions of NBA 2K14 current gen and a few NBA related odds and ends.

  • Before we begin, we take a moment to reflect on the NLSC Podcast, 50 episodes on. As you might expect, JaoSming misses Leftos.
  • Ultimate Team has been confirmed for NBA Live 14, with pre-order bonus packs. We expect we’ll give it a look.
  • The soundtrack for NBA Live 14 is being revealed, one song at a time. What do we think of the tracks that have been unveiled so far?
  • The athlete lineup for NBA Live 14 has been announced and some new screenshots have been posted, so naturally we have to analyse them in minute detail.
  • Speaking of screenshots, the first proper screenshot for NBA 2K14 next gen has come out. Is the ball texture as impressive as NBA Live 14?
  • The big social media feature of NBA 2K14 has been announced: Locker Codes. The panel goes mild.
  • Andrew finally has NBA 2K14 on PC, so he can offer some initial impressions. We also finally have closure on the Saga of the Pre-Order & NBA 2K13 CD Key (sort of).
  • A few NBA topics are discussed including the Celtics’ new gameplan and some other preseason impressions.
  • We wrap up with a listener mailbag, in which you give us your thoughts on NBA 2K14 so far.

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As always, we hope that you enjoy the latest episode and invite you to give us your feedback, as well as your thoughts on anything that we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. Please also keep the mailbag submissions coming!

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New Poll: What Is Your Opinion Of NBA 2K14 So Far?

It’s been a while since we added a new poll, so I’m remedying that today by asking an obvious question: “What is your opinion of NBA 2K14 so far?” Cast your vote now and don’t forget to give us your impressions so that we can read some of them out during this week’s NLSC Podcast. If you have any other questions or comments for this week’s listener mailbag segment, be sure to send them in as well and as always, feel free to join in the discussion of NBA 2K14 here in the Forum.

Our last poll asked “How do you rate the 2012/2013 NBA season?” It seems that a majority of fans did enjoy last season as 36% rated it as excellent, while a further 33% rated it as being good. 17% of voters weren’t all that impressed deeming the 2013 season just alright, “not great” garnered 7% of the vote and a further 7% didn’t enjoy it at all, opining that it was terrible. As we find ourselves a couple of weeks out from a new season, don’t forget that you can discuss the real NBA (as well as other professional and amateur basketball leagues) in the NBA & Basketball Talk section of the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #49

NBA Live 14 news, NBA 2K14 impressions, modding talk, the NBA preseason and some other fun stuff. It’s Episode #49 of the NLSC Podcast featuring Arcane, JaoSming and myself, available to listen to now!

  • One of our eagle-eyed Forum members discovered an NBA Live 14 article that leaked via EA Sports’ UK website, providing info on on player motion. It’s since been taken down, but we react to it anyway.
  • An interview with GamingBolt has revealed that FIBA teams will not be making an appearance in NBA Live 14. Are we upset?
  • Why is Andrew still playing NBA 2K13 PC? Why did he buy it again off Steam when he already has the disc version?
  • JaoSming, on the other hand, does have NBA 2K14 PC. After a week with the game, he has more impressions to share.
  • A whole lot of modding plans are discussed, with JaoSming outlining the projects he’s got lined up.
  • The NBA preseason is getting us excited for another year of basketball. There’s been quite a few highlight plays so far, plus the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose.
  • We wrap up the show with some other NBA thoughts, including the supposed end of Lob City for Doc Rivers’ Los Angeles Clippers.

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As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on this week’s episode, along with your thoughts on everything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread. Once again, we didn’t have a listener mailbag segment this week but we invite you to send in your questions, comments and NBA 2K14 impressions for next week’s show.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #48

NBA Live 14 news has been slow over the past week, but NBA 2K14 current gen is in stores now and we also got another glimpse at NBA 2K14 next gen, so there’s a bit to talk about this week. Join Arcane, JaoSming, Lean and myself as we talk 2K in Episode #48 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • NBA 2K14 current gen is out now. Two of us have the game already and thus have some early impressions to share.
  • Good news for the modding community as it appears art files from last year are 100% compatible! We discuss the work already being undertaken.
  • Has 2K Sports done a good job of marketing NBA 2K14 so far?
  • We react to the NBA 2K14 next gen TV spot and touch upon some of the community reactions as well.
  • What’s next in the preview season for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen?
  • Our panel members with NBA 2K14 have been playing as we’ve been recording, providing a few more impressions to close out the episode.

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As always, we invite you to give us your feedback on this week’s episode, along with your thoughts on anything that we discussed. Have your say in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum. We didn’t have a listener mailbag segment this week but by all means hit us up with your questions and NBA 2K14 impressions for next week’s show.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #47

Pdub joins Arcane and myself for Episode #47 of the NLSC Podcast, in which we discuss the latest news and previews for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, cover a few NBA related topics and even provide everyone with a public service announcement.

  • Last week’s First Look trailer for NBA Live 14 provided us with our first proper glimpse of the game in action. We give our thoughts on what we saw and what we want to see.
  • We also have a second NBA Live 14 screenshot to scrutinise. We’re satisfied with the shoes, but what about some other important details?
  • Two NBA 2K14 Developer Diary videos were released last week, detailing gameplay and MyTEAM. We have a few thoughts on what we saw.
  • Reviews for NBA 2K14 current gen are beginning to come out. We give our reactions and talk about some of the things that still concern us.
  • The lack of certain features in NBA 2K14 and the absence of a demo have been unpleasant surprises for the community. Is communication an issue for 2K?
  • We discuss some NBA topics including another sleeved jersey, future All-Star Weekends, Nickname Nights, “Shaqramento”, Paul George and some social media barbs.
  • A couple more listener questions are answered in this week’s mailbag.

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Please give us your thoughts on this week’s episode, as well as anything we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum. As always, please keep those mailbag submissions coming, as we’ll be looking to answer more questions in Episode #48 next week.

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Mailbag Submissions for Episode #47 of the NLSC Podcast

Since the second trailer for NBA Live 14 is scheduled to come out today, we’ve decided to postpone recording this week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast until tomorrow so that we can discuss it along with the First Look Trailer which was released not long after we wrapped up last week’s show. As such, there’s some extra time to send in your submissions for the listener mailbag segment in Episode #47.

As always, we’ll be discussing the latest news and previews for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 but if there are any other topics you’d like us to comment on, questions you’d like us to answer, predictions you’d like us to make or anything else you’re interested in hearing us talking about, let us know in the comments below or this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also hit us up on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #46

With the release of Grand Theft Auto V, Arcane and I are doing the unthinkable: talking about basketball video games. Having said that, there’s plenty to discuss this week with the release of the first NBA Live 14 screenshot, news on a couple of game modes in NBA 2K14 current gen and even a few topics related to the real NBA.

  • We’ve received a glimpse of NBA Live 14 with the release of the first in-game screenshot. We offer our critique of what’s on display.
  • After some speculation following the use of the term “launch window”, NBA Live 14’s release date has been confirmed as November 19th, 2013.
  • Executive producer Sean O’Brien provided some tidbits about the game via the official Twitter account. We’re looking forward to more news and previews coming soon.
  • 2K Sports are releasing the overall ratings for several players in NBA 2K14, but are they getting too much attention?
  • Details on Crew Mode have been revealed and the reaction has been…passionate, to say the least. We react to the news and the community’s reactions.
  • Turns out Path to Greatness isn’t just Creating a Legend with a new coat of paint. What do we think of the concept?
  • It continues to be a slow offseason, but we find a few NBA news and notes worth talking about.
  • There are a couple of news items regarding the next gen consoles worth mentioning. We list a few other games that we’re looking forward to playing.
  • We finish up with some excellent questions in this week’s listener mailbag.

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We recorded this episode before the release of the First Look Trailer for NBA Live 14 and the new gameplay Developer Diary for NBA 2K14, so we’ll be giving our thoughts on them in next week’s episode. In the meantime, please let us know what you thought of this week’s show and give us your thoughts on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum. Please also keep the mailbag submissions coming!

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NLSC Podcast Episode #46 Mailbag Submissions

I’m putting out a last call for any and all mailbag submissions for Episode #46 of the NLSC Podcast, which we’ll be recording in about 12 hours. If you’d like to get our opinions on a topic related to basketball video games or real basketball, hear us make a prediction or you just have something to say about a recent news item, send it in for our listener mailbag segment!

Just a reminder when you’re submitting questions or topic suggestions: we are currently discussing the latest news and previews for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 at the top of every show, so there’s no need to double up on that discussion in the mailbag. With that said, please hit us up with your suggestions in the comments below, this thread in the Forum, Facebook or Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #45

With the release of NBA 2K14 current gen less than three weeks away and more details on NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 next gen right around the corner, we’ve got plenty to talk about. Join Arcane, JaoSming and myself for Episode #45 of the NLSC Podcast!

  • NBA Live 14’s executive producer Sean O’Brien has published another open letter, revealing that information and preview media is coming soon. Naturally, we speculate.
  • CBS Sports went behind the scenes of ratings development in NBA Live 14. We agree that more objective ratings are a good thing and discuss some of the possibilities with the official updates.
  • We cover a couple of other NBA Live 14 news and notes, including the Kyrie Irving face texture that was shown in a recent post.
  • Several NBA 2K14 previews have come out in the past week or so, highlighting some of the key facts about the game.
  • A couple of Leftos’ ideas were mentioned in one of the previews, so we take a stab at figuring out which ones were his.
  • MyCAREER sounds like it’s received some improvements in the form of fine tuning, but we still have a few questions.
  • The live game between Ronnie and Chris is recapped, along with a few other NBA 2K14 tidbits from the past week.
  • JaoSming provides an update on the NBA Street Vol. 2 mod, while we also look ahead to modding NBA 2K14 in a little under three weeks.
  • We answer more of your questions in the latest listener mailbag.

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As always, we hope that you enjoy this week’s episode and invite you to give us your feedback, as well as your thoughts on anything and everything that we discussed. Sound off in the comments below or post your thoughts here in the Forum. Please keep the mailbag submissions coming!

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