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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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Mailbag Submissions for Episode #45 of the NLSC Podcast

This is a last call for any and all submissions for the listener mailbag segment in Episode #45 of the NLSC Podcast, which we’ll be recording in about 12 hours. As always, we invite you to hit us up about basketball video games or real life basketball; ask our opinion on a certain game feature or concept, get us to embarrass ourselves with a prediction or throw out a topic for us to comment upon!

We also want to know what you’d like to hear us talk about, so feel free to make topic suggestions for our featured discussions. Post your mailbag submissions in the comments below, as well as in this thread in the NLSC Hub section of the Forum. You can also drop us a line on our Facebook page or via Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #44

Episode #44 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, JaoSming, Pdub and myself as we recap and react to the last week in NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news, talk about some ideas for future games and ponder patching culture once again.

  • Another article on motion capture in NBA Live 14 which mentions the quick turnaround for getting animations into the game prompts an interesting thought about a next gen possibility.
  • We discuss a Wishlist idea that JaoSming put forward in one of his recent videos.
  • The NBA 2K14 current gen trailer dropped shortly after we finished recording last week, so this week we give some belated opinions on it.
  • New Signature Skills have been revealed for NBA 2K14, which is all well and good…but why is one of them a pre-order bonus?
  • We try to get excited for Dynamic Living Rosters. We try.
  • A couple of other interesting rumours about NBA 2K14 are coming out of PAX Prime 2013. One in particular we’re not believing until we see it.
  • We talk about the idea of patching more often than playing when it comes to basketball video games.
  • The Xbox One finally has an official release date. Three of us have already confirmed our choice of next gen console, but can Pdub make it unanimous?
  • We wrap up with a couple of mailbag questions.

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As always, feel free to give us your feedback on this week’s episode, along with your thoughts on anything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread in the NLSC Forum.

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Mailbag for Episode #44 of the NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #44 of the NLSC Podcast in about 24 hours, so I wanted to put out a call for any mailbag submissions for this week’s show. If you’ve got questions or comments about the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news or basketball video games in general, want to hear our opinions on a certain subject or would just like us to embarrass ourselves with an NBA prediction, please let us know!

We’re also open to suggestions for discussion topics, as we generally like to go around the table and give our thoughts on a featured topic after recapping and reacting to the news each week. Feel free to post any and all mailbag submissions in the comments below as well as in this thread. You can also drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #43

The past week has brought us more in the way of news and previews for NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, so JaoSming, Arcane and I are back to recap and react to all the latest information in Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast. We also talk about basketball video game development and community attitudes in this week’s featured discussion.

  • Rising Star mode has been announced for NBA Live 14. We talk about what we think so far and what we’re hoping to see.
  • We also recap a couple of other NBA Live 14 news items, including a Q&A with Damian Lillard and another playtesting session.
  • Unfortunately, we wrapped up recording before the NBA 2K14 current gen trailer came out, but we recap some other tidbits including hands-on impressions and legends screenshots.
  • Some more gameplay videos have come out of Gamescom, while Ronnie provided some other quick clips. We talk about whether we’re hyped for NBA 2K14 current gen.
  • A few more details have also emerged on Path to Greatness. Spoiler: thumbs in the middle.
  • Moving on to our featured discussion…are developers lazy? Or is that just another snarky buzzword that we should abolish?
  • JaoSming is done with NBA 2K13 on PlayStation 3. The lure of modding the PC version is just too strong!
  • Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady are the latest former All-Stars to hang it up, following Grant Hill and Jason Kidd. We consider each of their chances of getting into the Hall of Fame.
  • We finish up with a few mailbag questions.

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As always, we hope that you enjoy this week’s episode and invite you to share your feedback, along with your thoughts on any of the topics that we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the Forum.

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Mailbag for Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast

We’ll be recording Episode #43 of the NLSC Podcast tomorrow, so once again we’re inviting you to make a submission to our mailbag. Send in your questions about basketball video games or basketball that you’d like us to answer or give our opinions on, respond to our comments in a previous podcast, have your say on a recent news item or throw out a topic you’d like to hear us discuss.

Post your submissions in this thread in the NLSC Forum or the comments section below, or feel free to hit us up on our Facebook page or Twitter.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #42

We’ve reached Episode #42 of the NLSC Podcast, so it only seems right that we pay tribute to Douglas Adams and James Posey alike the only way we know how: talking about basketball and basketball video games. Join us as we recap and comment on the latest NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news from the past week, plus touch on a few other topics.

  • Another NBA Live 14 playtesting session is taking place this week. We also got another glimpse behind the scenes as Damian Lillard took part in a mo-cap session.
  • Now that the release dates for the PlayStation 4 have been announced, does that mean significant NBA Live 14 news is right around the corner?
  • We break down the official features list for NBA 2K14 current gen and give our thoughts on the new Pro Stick.
  • The first official trailer is out, featuring Euroleague teams. Oh yeah, classic teams are back, too.
  • As we compile information on the upcoming games, we want to ensure that our Wiki is a comprehensive resource. Good writers who are keeping tabs on the news are invited to click that Edit link!
  • JaoSming talks about his experiences with NBA 2K13 on PlayStation 3. Will he leave the PC platform behind?
  • The Phoenix Suns’ new jerseys are discussed. None of us love them, one of us kind of hates them.
  • We finish up with some next gen talk, a couple of community questions and some late breaking news.

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Please note that when we recorded this week’s episode, Rising Star mode for NBA Live 14 had not yet been announced, so we’ll be sure to give our thoughts on that next week. In the meantime, please let us know what you think about this week’s show and have your say on anything we talked about in the comments below, as well as in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #41

It’s a four man panel in the NLSC Podcast this week. JaoSming, Arcane and I are joined by Lean for the first time as we discuss the latest NBA 2K14 news and notes, some great work that’s taking place around the community and answer questions in our very first mailbag segment!

  • There’s been no NBA Live 14 news this week, but through cryptic teasers and the reveal of Xbox Live Achievements for the game, we do have some interesting NBA 2K14 news to talk about.
  • Crew Mode is back! It’s good news for the basketball video gaming community as a whole, but are we personally excited? What about some of the other modes and features that have been revealed?
  • We talk a little about some of our biggest pet peeves in basketball games, from annoying features in the frontend to commentary that breaks the fourth wall.
  • JaoSming recaps some outstanding work that’s taking place in our NBA 2K13 modding community, which leads to a quick discussion on bonus content in basketball games.
  • Lean recaps the FIBA Asia Tournament and the success of the Philippine national team.
  • It’s a quiet NBA offseason right now, but we find a few things to talk about. Tristan Thompson gets a mention.
  • We answer listener questions in our very first mailbag segment!
  • The show wraps up with a few news and notes on the upcoming consoles, including the final Microsoft 180.

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Thanks again to everyone who submitted questions. Please keep them coming as we’re looking to have a mailbag/listener response segment as a regular feature on the podcast. As always, please feel free to give us your thoughts on the latest episode, as well as anything we discussed, either in the comments below or here in the NLSC Forum.

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