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NLSC Podcast – Episode #33

We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming this week with Episode #33 of the NLSC Podcast! In the wake of E3 and our four part series of special episodes, we talk about a couple of other news items that have since emerged, a couple of topics we’ve overlooked in recent weeks and of course, the 2013 NBA Finals.

  • With E3 in the books, we’re now awaiting the next step in the NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 preview seasons, but we do have a couple of tidbits to mention.
  • EA Sports are doing away with their online passes. We’re cautiously optimistic about that.
  • We discuss the candid post from a Microsoft engineer regarding the Xbox One, as well as a funny moment from the E3 demonstrations.
  • Talking about current basketball games for a moment, Leftos gives us a rundown of the latest exciting breakthrough in the modding community for NBA 2K13.
  • The NBA Finals is tied at three games apiece, heading for a Game 7 in Miami. We give our thoughts on the last two games and our predictions for the grand finale.
  • Joey Crawford may or may not get a mention or two during the course of our NBA Finals discussion. One of us may get carried away with a rant.
  • Ben offers a few spoiler-free impressions of The Last of Us.

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Like what you heard? Disagree with our opinions? As always, we invite you to give us your take on this week’s episode, either in the comments below or in this thread in the Forum.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 4)

It’s the fourth and final part of our series of special episodes of the NLSC Podcast, covering E3 2013. With this year’s event in the books, we talk about a couple of final news items and sum up our thoughts on the past few days, from the basketball games to the new consoles. Once again, we also sneak in a little real NBA talk.

  • We recap a couple of final tidbits of interest regarding NBA Live 14.
  • On the whole, we saw and heard some promising things for both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 over the course of E3. How do we feel about the immediate future of basketball video games?
  • Reviews of the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers lead to some discussion on which one we think we’d prefer.
  • Who are the biggest winners and losers of E3 2013?
  • What was our favourite aspect of E3? What was our biggest disappointment?
  • The 2013 NBA Finals are all tied up. How does the rest of the series play out?

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A big thanks once again to everyone who has been listening to our E3 specials. As always, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show and everything that we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread. Regular episodes of the NLSC Podcast will resume next week.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 3)

As the end of E3 2013 draws nearer, we’re continuing our series of special editions of the NLSC Podcast. Today we touch on a couple of news and notes surrounding NBA Live 14, talk about community reactions to both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14, react to some other news and even get to talk a little about the 2013 NBA Finals.

  • GameTrailers posted a new video interview with NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien, which is worth a look.
  • Impressions of NBA Live 14 from the floor of E3 continue to be reasonably positive and promising.
  • The basketball gaming community at large seems to be fairly intrigued, hopeful and more positive when it comes to both NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14.
  • Microsoft has more news at E3 that makes Leftos ask: SERIOUSLY?!?
  • We get a little real NBA talk in before wrapping up. The Spurs are up 2-1 in the NBA Finals, while Jason Kidd has made a quick jump to the coaching ranks. We give our thoughts and predictions.

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Thanks to everyone who has been tuning in to our E3 2013 podcasts so far! Our coverage wraps up tomorrow with Part 4 but in the meantime, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show as well as everything we discussed, in the comments below or in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 2)

Day 1 of E3 2013 is in the books, so we’ve recorded our thoughts and reactions to the latest news and information in Part 2 of our series of special E3 editions of the NLSC Podcast. In a short episode – well, relatively short for us – we go over some snippets related to the upcoming basketball games, talk about a few other titles and react to the latest details on the consoles.

  • Kyrie Irving has been confirmed as the cover player for NBA Live 14, by everyone except EA Sports.
  • Early impressions of NBA Live 14 from the floor of E3 are somewhat positive and encouraging.
  • After a good night’s sleep, Ben follows up on some of his thoughts about NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 in Part 1.
  • Microsoft has explained their approach with the Xbox One…sort of. Do any of us buy it?
  • Sony continues to impress and win fans with some good news.
  • Have any other games captured our interest?

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Coverage continues with Part 3 tomorrow. Once again, we invite you to give us your thoughts on the latest episode and everything we discussed, either in the comments below or in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – E3 2013 Special (Part 1)

E3 2013 is upon us, so we’re coming at you with a series of special editions of the NLSC Podcast this week. Join Leftos, Ben and myself for Part 1, in which we recap a couple of news items from last week before discussing all the information and previews coming out of the four press conferences at Day 0 of E3.

  • The cover player for NBA 2K14 has been revealed and it’s LeBron James.
  • On the other side of things, a new NBA Live 14 producer interview was posted and another teaser was added to the official website.
  • We tip off the E3 discussion with our thoughts on the NBA 2K14 Next Gen Reveal Trailer, featuring pre-alpha gameplay footage.
  • We also contrast, compare and react to the NBA Live 14 trailer, which featured CGI and in-game assets rather than gameplay clips.
  • The Microsoft and Sony press conferences are recapped and discussed. Bet you’ll never guess which console we’re leaning towards.
  • We mention a couple of other games that captured our interest during the press conferences.

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We’ll be continuing our coverage of E3 in Part 2 tomorrow. Part 1 ran a little longer than we anticipated, but we had quite a few things to talk about, including some news items from last week. We are expecting the following shows to be shorter episodes but nevertheless, we hope you enjoy Part 1 and as always, invite you to give us your feedback on the show and everything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #32

The 2012/2013 NBA season is drawing to a close while the basketball video game preview season is just beginning, which gives us plenty to talk about in Episode #32 of the NLSC Podcast. Join Leftos, Ben and myself as we run down the latest news, look ahead to the 2013 NBA Finals and even drop a literary quote.

  • 2K Sports are set to do something with NBA 2K14 on June 6th, coinciding with Game 1 of the NBA Finals. NBA Live 14 meanwhile has been confirmed for E3.
  • Leftos provides an update on the latest additions to NBA Stats Tracker.
  • A couple of us are hitting digital broadcasting milestones, which leads to a bit of reminiscing.
  • Getting back to business, we reflect on the Eastern Conference Finals, talk about sportsmanship and consider what’s next for the Pacers.
  • The Spurs and Heat will be meeting in the NBA Finals. Two of us give our predictions, with one of us throwing caution to the wind.
  • We have a word or two to say about the careers of 1995 co-Rookies of the Year Grant Hill and Jason Kidd, both of whom announced their retirement this week.
  • As usual, we talk about the latest next gen console news, before wrapping up the show with talk of games we’re playing at the moment and ones we’re looking forward to seeing at E3.

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As always, feel free to give us your thoughts on the show and anything we discussed in the comments below, as well as in this thread.

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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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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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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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Podcast Discussion: Realism of Video Games vs What We See on TV

The main topic of discussion in next week’s episode of the NLSC Podcast is going to be the level of realism that we see in basketball video games compared to what we actually see when watching the NBA on TV. We’re hoping to have a larger panel than usual and are looking forward to putting out an interesting show for you all.

We’re also interested in getting your thoughts on the matter, so that we can read them out during our discussion in Episode #29. How would you rate the realism we’ve seen in basketball games, when making a comparison to what we see on TV? How close is it to representing the real sport? How much realism do you want to see, or believe there needs to be in basketball games? Sound off in the comments below or have your say here in the Forum!

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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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NLSC Podcast Returns with Episode #27 Next Week

Unfortunately, Leftos, Ben and I couldn’t arrange a time to record an episode of the NLSC Podcast this week, but we’ll be returning early next week with Episode #27. We’ll be discussing what’s happening in the community, the first round of the NBA Playoffs and the latest next gen console news, but we’re also keen to hear your suggestions for some other topics. If there’s something you’d like to hear us discuss and give our opinions on, let us know in the comments below!

Thank you to everyone who has been tuning in to the Podcast every week. We’re always eager to hear your feedback on the show as well as your thoughts on the things that we discuss, so by all means post your opinion after listening to an episode. Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to the NLSC Podcast on iTunes and Blubrry.

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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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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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