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The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts on Modding Culture

We’ve come to another Friday here at the NLSC, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! In case this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, 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.

NBA 2K13 modding is slowing down somewhat as we anticipate the release of NBA 2K14 on October 1st. As we prepare to mod a brand new game, as well as continue making updates for other recent NBA 2K titles and the last few PC releases of NBA Live, there are some aspects of our modding community and culture that I feel we need to examine and in some cases, consider making a few changes. This week, I’m offering five thoughts on modding culture here at the NLSC and looking at some ways that we can make our talented modding community even better.

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The Friday Five: 5 Hopes for NBA Live 14’s Rising Star Mode

It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for this week’s edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Friday Five and are wondering what it’s all about, 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.

A few weeks ago, EA Sports revealed that NBA Live 14 will feature a single player career mode called Rising Star. While I’ve traditionally been more interested in modes like Dynasty and Association, I spent a lot of time with MyCAREER in NBA 2K13 and enjoyed it immensely, so I’ll definitely be giving Rising Star a try in the hopes that it will be a similarly engaging experience. Since I listed the things that I want to see in Dynasty Mode in a previous Friday Five, this week I’m taking a look at the five things I’m hoping to see in Rising Star as it makes it debut.

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The Friday Five: 5 Teams To Play With In This Year’s Games

Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC and another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, 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.

The current gen version of NBA 2K14 will be on store shelves in a little under a month, while the next gen version of the game and NBA Live 14 will be launch titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come November. With the release of the games and a new NBA season right around the corner, this week I thought I’d take a look at five teams that will be fun and interesting to play with in this year’s games. Note that I’m not suggesting that these are the best teams to win with and they likely won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but they are five teams that I think are worth considering if you’re after a challenge or looking for an interesting scenario.

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The Friday Five: 5 Old School Basketball Video Game Oddities

It’s Friday once again, so welcome one and all to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If you’re not familiar with The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, 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.

Many of us have been playing basketball video games for a long time and we’ve seen them come a long way over the years. Although those old games may appear to be quite primitive now, the best of them were actually quite good for their day. Should you go back and play them today, you’ll be reminded why you spent so much time with them all those years ago. However, you’ll also be reminded of a lot of odd, quirky things that you wouldn’t expect to see in one of today’s basketball games. So, this week I’m getting nostalgic once again and taking a look back at some oddities that I remember from old school basketball titles.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things NBA Live 14’s Dynasty Mode Needs

Welcome everyone to another Friday here at the NLSC and another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, 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.

The announcement of Rising Star mode in NBA Live 14 came as very welcome news as single player career modes have become extremely popular in sports games, to the point where they’re basically a must for any title. Given how much I’ve enjoyed MyCAREER in NBA 2K13, I’ll certainly be giving it a look. However, I’m still very much a Dynasty Mode fan, so I’m hoping that it has also received adequate attention as NBA Live looks to make a strong comeback. As such, this week I’m taking a look at the five things that I believe Dynasty Mode needs to do or have to provide a deep and enjoyable experience in NBA Live 14.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Failed Basketball Game Endeavours

We’ve arrived at another Friday here at the NLSC, which means there’s another Friday Five coming your way! If you’re checking out The Friday Five for the first time and are wondering what it’s all about, 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 talked about some of my favourite experiences in basketball gaming, including my most memorable Dynasty games and MyCAREER in NBA 2K13. This week, I’m going in the opposite direction and taking a look at some of my basketball video game experiences that didn’t go so well, such as seasons that ended part of the way through and ideas for Franchise games that just didn’t work out. These are my Top 5 Failed Basketball Game Endeavours.

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The Friday Five: Top 5 Basketball Game Experiences

It’s Friday, already? It is indeed, so the time has come for another Friday Five! For those of you who are checking out The Friday Five for the first time and are wondering what it’s all about, 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.

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done a Top 5 for The Friday Five, so this week I thought I’d give the lists a rest and compile a countdown instead. If you’ve been reading the Friday Fives for a while or have seen some of my other previous editorials, you’ll know that I’m big on game modes that offer an immersive experience and significant replay value. Today I’m taking a look back at some of the good times I’ve had in those modes, as I count down my Top 5 Basketball Game Experiences.

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The Friday Five: 5 Fun Things To Do in Basketball Games

It’s Friday once again, so it’s time for a new edition of The Friday Five! For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Friday Five and are wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the topic in five points or compile a Top 5 countdown.

As basketball fans and basketball gamers, we’re in a somewhat uneventful part of the year. The big names in free agency have signed on the dotted line and there aren’t too many exciting rumours making the rounds as we currently sit a couple of months out from the start of the 2014 season. NBA Live 14 and NBA 2K14 news is still at a trickle, so the conversation right now is more about speculation than analysis of any in-depth previews. Therefore, today I present five fun things to do in basketball games, to pass the time until more news starts to come in and the new season begins.

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The Friday Five: 5 Old School Features I Want To See Return

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the topic in five points or compile a Top 5 countdown.

Basketball games have come a long way, as have pretty much all video games as technology has improved through the years. As such, we’ve seen some outstanding basketball titles in recent years, with gameplay and features that allow us to easily sink many hours into them. That said, earlier basketball games still had their fair share of great features and concepts, some of which unfortunately haven’t been utilised in quite some time. Therefore, in this week’s Friday Five, I’m taking a look back at some of the features from the older NBA Live games and picking five things that I’d like to see return in future releases.

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The Friday Five: The 5 Types of Basketball Video Gamers

We’ve arrived at another Friday here at the NLSC, so it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the topic in five points or compile a Top 5 countdown.

There’s no one “correct” way to play and enjoy basketball video games, though many basketball gamers have strong opinions on the subject. As with any video game community, there are different groups who all have their own expectations of each release and their own gaming philosophy. In this week’s Friday Five, I’m sorting the basketball video gaming community into five groups or categories; the five types of basketball video gamers, if you will.

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The Friday Five: 5 Problems with Overall Ratings

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the topic in five points or compile a Top 5 countdown.

Whether you’re simply playing basketball video games or creating roster updates for them, chances are that overall ratings have caused you some grief at one point or another. Since they are meant to represent a player’s overall value, skill level and to a certain extent their rank in the league, there is obviously a lot of interest in them being “correct”. However, that isn’t always a simple task and the significance of “perfect” overall ratings is often overblown. Therefore, today I’m drawing upon my experience as a roster maker and taking a look at five problems with overall ratings in basketball video games.

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The Friday Five: 5 Thoughts As We Farewell Leftos

It’s Friday at the NLSC, which means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If you’re checking out The Friday Five for the first time and are wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the topic in five points or countdown a Top 5.

I’d like to do something a little different in this week’s Friday Five. As you may have seen on Twitter, Leftos is very close to officially joining 2K Sports as a member of the NBA 2K development team. We’ll hopefully be able to get him on the NLSC Podcast one last time before he begins his new duties but just to tip off the farewell party, I’d like to offer five thoughts as we bid Leftos goodbye from the team and good luck at 2K.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things that NBA 2K14 Must Do or Have

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Welcome to another Friday here at the NLSC, which brings us to another edition of The Friday Five! If you’re unfamiliar with The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my take on the matter in five points or countdown a Top 5.

In last week’s Friday Five, I took a look at five things that I feel NBA Live 14 must do or have to make a strong comeback and be successful, so this week I’m shifting my attention to NBA 2K14. The NBA 2K series has obviously been faring a lot better than NBA Live lately, but if it’s to maintain its momentum and continue to improve as we find ourselves entering the next generation of consoles, there are some important things that the development team at 2K Sports need to keep in mind.

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The Friday Five: 5 Things that NBA Live 14 Must Do or Have

It’s Friday once again here at the NLSC, so it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time checking out The Friday Five and you’re wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the matter as a list of five items or in Top 5 countdown format.

Last week, I talked about the reasons why I want to see the NBA Live series succeed and make a strong return with NBA Live 14. This week, I’m taking a look at five things that I feel NBA Live 14 needs to do or have to make that happen. Please note that this is intended to be an overview, not a Wishlist, so I won’t be going into every nuance in detail. Having said that, I’ll of course be touching upon some of the key features and improvements that we want to see in the game.

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Want NBA Live To Succeed

It’s Friday once again here at the NLSC, so welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! If this is your first time reading The Friday Five and are wondering what it’s all about, this is a feature that I post every Friday in which I pick a topic that’s related to basketball video games, the real NBA or another area of interest to our community, then either give my thoughts on the matter as a list of five items or count down a Top 5.

It’s been a rough few years for NBA Live to say the least, but its appearance at E3 2013 seems to have renewed interest and optimism in the series, with several of the hands-on impressions being quite positive and suggesting a lot of promise. I for one am certainly interested in seeing the series make a strong comeback, so this week I’ve decided to talk about the five reasons why I want to see NBA Live succeed.

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