NLSC Podcast Episodes (2013)

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This is an episode guide for the NLSC Podcast, featuring all episodes released during 2013.

Episode Guide[edit]

Episode Hosts Synopsis Release Date
Episode #12 Leftos & Andrew
  • We're back! We both had a nice holiday break, we hope you did too.
  • Arcane has stepped down from the NLSC Team and his post as a moderator on the official forums; we thank him for his contributions and wish him well.
  • Leftos provides an update on his latest tools for NBA 2K13 and the Stats Tracker for NBA 2K12.
  • NBA 2K13 received two new rosters last week, opinion is still generally lukewarm at best.
  • EA Sports are ending online support for NBA Live 10 and the 2010 reboot of NBA Jam. We ponder whether it means anything for NBA Live 14 and once again speculate a little on the next game.
  • We move on to this week's feature discussion, the Royce White saga in Houston.
  • A few other NBA related topics are discussed.
  • Andrew closes the show by forgetting our Twitter handle. (Hey, it's not like he maintains it or anything...)
January 8th, 2013
Episode #13 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • Ben is welcomed back to the NLSC Team after never actually stepping down, so we spend some time getting to know him.
  • NBA 2K13's All-Star Weekend content is now available as DLC for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users. We offer a few thoughts on that.
  • We briefly recap a couple of news items from the past week, which include a new official roster for NBA 2K13 and the shutdown of online services for NBA Live 10 and NBA Jam.
  • The Sacramento Kings may be moving to Seattle to become the new Supersonics, tipping off our NBA discussion for the week.
  • The Lakers broke their six game losing streak and we ponder how far they can actually go this season.
  • Rookie of the Year talk prompts us to mention Damian Lillard and of course, Andre Drummond.
  • Dunks and the Dunk Contest are discussed. With no JaoSming around, Andrew rails against throw-ins, at least in the Contest.
  • Leftos tells us about the joys of running from zombies.
  • Andrew manages to remember all our social media addresses in closing the show, a marked improvement from last week.
January 15th, 2013
Episode #14 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • In honour of the Manti Te'o saga, we welcome everyone and their fake girlfriends to this week's show!
  • It's been a slow news week, but we give a quick rundown of some stories of note.
  • Leftos has a message for Lance Armstrong.
  • The NBA All-Star starters have been announced. True to form, Andrew momentarily forgets who was voted in on the East.
  • We talk a little about fan voting, All-Star games in years gone by and the Rising Stars Challenge.
  • Which reserves do we think should be selected by the coaches for the All-Star game?
  • Some gaming rumours are briefly discussed.
  • Which TV shows have we all been enjoying (or at least watching) as of late?
January 22nd, 2013
Episode #15 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • We open with some chatter that includes the weather and in the process, get a great idea for a new theme park...patent pending.
  • The conversation turns a little dark, so we move on to a recap of the week in news.
  • NBA 2K13 and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition received roster updates last week, the latter prompting a little more discussion than the former.
  • A couple of potentially interesting notes about NBA Live are touched upon very briefly.
  • The Hornets will officially become the Pelicans effective as of next season and we know what their logo will look like. Has it changed our minds about the new name?
  • The reserves for the 2013 All-Star game have been announced. We react and talk about a couple of noteworthy snubs.
  • Leftos has no interest in discussing the Bulls/Pistons game, but Andrew does get to express some enthusiasm for Jimmy Butler's recent play.
  • Changing things up, we talk about some of our favourite web series, including the returning Nostalgia Critic.
  • Mention of the Critic leads us to reminisce about a few things we're nostalgic for.
January 29th, 2013
Episode #16 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • There isn't a lot of noteworthy basketball video game news this week, but our modding community has continued to do excellent work, so once again we feel compelled to give some well earned recognition.
  • We offer our thoughts on the Rudy Gay trade and whether or not he's a franchise player.
  • As Leftos is a Pistons fan, we make a point of noting that the last player from the 2004 championship team is now gone.
  • Talk about dependable franchise players leads to a conversation about players with attitude problems and whether or not longer stints in college would make a difference, as we touch on the subject of the NBA's age restriction.
  • We discuss other recent NBA news and rumours including the announcement of the Rising Stars rosters, Brook Lopez being named a replacement for Rajon Rondo in the All-Star Game, rumoured trades and the return of Andrew Bogut.
  • As the conversation turns back to basketball video games, we talk about the things we want to see improved in Dynasty, Association and MyCAREER mode, and read out some of the community's thoughts on the matter.
  • What else do we think is important for the future of basketball video games, especially as we approach the next generation of consoles?
February 6th, 2013
Episode #17 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • Leftos takes us through the trials and tribulations of making an international PhD application for US colleges.
  • Where will Leftos end up? You're going to have to wait for the ESPN special to find out.
  • Touching on Andrew's day job in computer repairs, the discussion turns to viruses and online scams.
  • Ben joins us after getting back from playing basketball and gives us an update on how the game went.
  • We find some of the most ridiculous things you can spend a lot of money on, if you've got piles of it to burn.
  • At long last, we get to our picks for the 2013 All-Star Weekend. We pick as a team and we'll be wrong as a team.
  • We're not huge fans of the Golden State Warriors' new alternate jersey.
  • We wrap up with our thoughts on some other recent NBA news, including more injury woes for the Boston Celtics.
February 15th, 2013
Episode #18 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • One of us has sustained an injury, but it's not an ACL tear. What a faux pas!
  • A little bit of movie talk leads us to research the flicks with the most profanity and dish out a little innuendo.
  • We move on to basketball video game news, which has been slow. Still no news on the PC patch for NBA 2K13; we're not jumping for joy.
  • NBA 2K13 and MLB 2K13 will be available together as a combo pack. Andrew talks about it with all the enthusiasm he can muster.
  • As the discussion turns to All-Star Weekend 2013, we reflect on our not-so-wonderful predictions.
  • We offer our reactions to the Weekend and read out some comments from the community.
  • The latest trade rumours are discussed as the trade deadline looms. More bold predictions are made, ready to be laughed at next week.
  • We close with some chatter on Sony's big announcement.
February 21st, 2013
Episode #19 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • As we are still a few months away from the preview season, news is still slow. However, there were a couple of tidbits of note from the past week.
  • Since the preview season is a little ways off, we note the need to be wary of fake news and speculation being mistaken for facts.
  • Following our weekly community update, we discuss Forum etiquette, particularly in regards to modders and mod users.
  • Leftos provides us with some exciting news about his tools, especially NBA Stats Tracker.
  • We talk about our recent experiences with basketball video games, as well as some other games that we're playing at the moment. Ben has a couple of questions for the community.
  • The trade deadline turned out to be a very quiet one, shooting down our predictions (especially Andrew's).
  • Not inclined to learn from our mistakes, we offer some more predictions for the remainder of the regular season.
  • We recap and react to Sony's announcement of the PlayStation 4.
February 27th, 2013
Episode #20 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • Stranded somewhere between the review and preview seasons, we instead talk about the exciting new project devised during last week's Impromptu-cast by Leftos and JaoSming.
  • We go over some of the great ideas posted so far and how the community can help out. We also mention a couple of things we'd rather not see in the project.
  • We wander off topic for a moment to talk about movies, quality acting and support systems for young actors and athletes alike.
  • In this week's community round-up, Leftos has some more good news about tools and we approach a new milestone in our Downloads section.
  • Andrew offers some reflections on his NBA 2K13 MyCAREER game, following an NBA championship in the first season.
  • Will NBA 2K13 PC ever receive the official patch? Should we be worried about the likelihood of future PC releases?
  • We move on to this week's NBA discussion which includes angry Tweets, a big game by Stephen Curry and the impressive play of the Miami Heat.
  • Will LeBron James enter the dunk contest? Would the other participants get Magic's $1 million if they end up winning instead?
  • We salute Dennis Rodman, diplomat extraordinaire!
  • After some talk about other video games that have come out recently, Ben has a few more questions for the community.
March 7th, 2013
Episode #21 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • We called the big two-oh a landmark last week, but due to cultural significance we're trotting out the phrase again for the 21st episode.
  • Ben throws down a dunking challenge to JaoSming, so Andrew pulls a LeBron James.
  • For a change of pace, we dive straight into the NBA discussion this week, beginning with DeAndre Jordan's dunk and the reactions it's received.
  • We recognise the Heat's winning streak, with Ben being the most excited about it.
  • The Mavericks are signing the first player in league history with multiple sclerosis. We wish Chris Wright well and applaud what we hope will be a feel-good story, while reflecting on some similar sporting stories (one of them admittedly fictional).
  • Moving on to community news, we once again touch upon the subject of sharing resources when it comes to patching/modding.
  • The Ultimate Base Roster has hit a significant milestone, so we take some time to recognise the outstanding efforts of everyone involved.
  • Ben has a few gripes about NBA 2K13 and isn't a fan of Dunk Contest Hero.
  • We finish up with some talk about SimCity 5 and the messy situation upon launch. Andrew sneaks in a reference to LucasArts' Afterlife, a SimCity clone from 1996 and an old favourite.
March 14th, 2013
Episode #22 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • There was some controversy at the end of the overtime clash between the Bulls and Nuggets. We discuss the trend of blaming officials and the instant replay rules.
  • The Heat narrowly escaped Cleveland with their winning streak intact at 24, already the second best in league history. We give our thoughts and as usual, ill-fated predictions.
  • The injuries to former teammates Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are discussed. Is Kobe rushing back? Is anyone going to give Bynum a max contract?
  • We wrap up the NBA discussion with the latest chapter in the Royce White saga and LeBron James' "Knighting" of Jason Terry.
  • Leftos brings up an incident at PyCon, leading us to talk about inappropriate behaviour and the appropriate way to deal with it.
  • As the discussion moves to basketball video games, we briefly touch upon what is "sim" and what constitutes "realism".
  • Are we PC users jealous of features that are console exclusive?
  • We speculate a little more about next gen basketball games and reflect on whether NBA Live and NBA 2K met their CGI benchmarks from 2005.
March 22nd, 2013
Episode #23 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • We talk a little about YouTube's copyright policies and how companies are missing out on some opportunities for free publicity.
  • The Heat just keep on winning. When will the streak end? Who can possibly end it?
  • The Lakers find themselves struggling once again, possibly leaving the door open for the Mavericks and Jazz.
  • George Karl believes there should be a major change to Playoff seedings. Do we agree?
  • Moving on to community news, REDitor is getting closer to release, which should mean even more great mods.
  • The rosters for NBA Live 2005-08 are also close to being released. Andrew takes a moment to recognise the efforts and support of the community in getting them done.
  • We finish up with some discussion of the latest next gen console news.
March 28th, 2013
Episode #24 Andrew & Arcane
  • The 2012/2013 roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08 are finally out, and Andrew couldn't be more relieved.
  • REDitor is getting closer to release and JaoSming has already been preparing video tutorials for all the basics.
  • EA Canada are inviting gamers to playtest a "New NBA Concept". We speculate on what it might be.
  • We discuss some different approaches to Association and Dynasty games.
  • Turning to the last week or so in the NBA, Andrew struggles to stop mentioning the Bulls' victory that ended the Heat's winning streak at 27.
  • There have been some...interesting calls involving the Lakers as of late. Do we believe the conspiracy theories?
  • Following Mark Cuban's Tweet, do we see Brittney Griner making it to the NBA?
  • We revisit the Heat and their shorthanded upset win over the Spurs, before wrapping up the NBA discussion.
  • We discuss the shocking incident involving former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, Kevin Ware's gruesome injury and the NCAA tournament.
  • We close with some general gaming news including the closure of LucasArts and the latest next gen news.
April 7th, 2013
Episode #25 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • Ben and Andrew 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.
April 14th, 2013
Episode #26 Leftos, Andrew & Arcane
  • 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.
April 19th, 2013
Episode #27 Leftos, Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
  • Andrew follows 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.
  • Andrew gives 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.
May 1st, 2013
Episode #28 Leftos, Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
May 7th, 2013
Episode #29 Andrew, Leftos, Arcane, JaoSming, Pdub & Qballer

Special Guest: Da_Czar

  • 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.
May 16th, 2013
Episode #30 Andrew & Arcane
  • 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.
  • Andrew has 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!
May 23rd, 2013
Episode #31 Andrew, Arcane & Leftos
  • 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.
May 30th, 2013
Episode #32 Andrew, Arcane & Leftos
  • 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.
June 5th, 2013
E3 2013 Special (Part 1) Andrew, Leftos & Arcane
  • 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.
June 11th, 2013
E3 2013 Special (Part 2) Andrew, Leftos & Arcane
  • 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?
June 12th, 2013
E3 2013 Special (Part 3) Andrew, Leftos & Arcane
  • 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.
June 14th, 2013
E3 2013 Special (Part 4) Andrew, Leftos & Arcane
  • 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?
June 15th, 2013
Episode #33 Andrew, Arcane & Leftos
  • 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.
June 20th, 2013
Episode #34 Andrew & Arcane
  • Things are a little quiet post-E3 2013, but there are a couple of NBA Live 14 previews still being posted and some other interesting news.
  • There hasn’t been much on NBA 2K14 since Sony’s press conference, but NBA 2K13 has received one last official roster update.
  • We react to Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. The subject of "haters" is addressed, along with the future of the Spurs.
  • Various rumours are already swirling as we look ahead to the 2013 NBA Draft. Are we excited?
  • Naturally, we have a thing or two to say about Microsoft's change of direction, announced just after we finished recording last week's episode.
  • We wrap up the show with our thoughts on some other video game news and notes.
June 27th, 2013
Episode #35 Andrew & Arcane
  • Gameplay designer Scott O'Gallagher hosted a Q&A on the official NBA Live Twitter account last Thursday. We had questions about NBA Live 14 and got some pretty interesting answers, which we break down.
  • On the other side of things, we've seen our first glimpse of NBA 2K14 on PlayStation 3 and discovered that 14 Euroleague teams will be in the game. Are we excited for that?
  • The 2013 NBA Draft brought a few surprises. How awesome was David Stern's trolling of the Brooklyn crowd?
  • Indecision 2.0 is in full swing. Since we can't get enough of predictions, we consider where Dwight Howard might be headed, before taking a look at some other noteworthy moves.
  • Don Mattrick's move, another gem from Microsoft, Leisure Suit Larry and of course The Last of Us all get a mention as we finish up with some talk about other video games.
July 5th, 2013
Episode #36 Andrew & Arcane
  • The official NBA Live Twitter has given us a couple of things to talk about and look forward to, including future Q&As and possibly some good news regarding game modes.
  • Operation Sports' Q&A with 2K Sports revealed some more information about the Euroleague teams in NBA 2K14.
  • An announcement is made about future roster updates for NBA Live 2005, NBA Live 06, NBA Live 07 and NBA Live 08.
  • How does one go about joining the NLSC Team?
  • We get a prediction right as Dwight Howard goes to the Rockets, putting an end to Indecision 2.0.
  • What do we think of all the other offseason moves so far?
  • As usual, we finish up with some other video game news and notes.
July 12th, 2013
Episode #37 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Leftos
  • After a few weeks of the dynamic duo, we have a quality quartet handling this week's digital broadcasting duties.
  • For a change of pace, we start off with the NBA discussion this week and talk about some recent offseason news.
  • JaoSming mourns the departure of Paul Pierce from the Celtics, but he has something else to look forward to this season.
  • It's been far too long since Leftos talked at length about the Pistons. Unfortunately, he's not too impressed with what Joe D is doing right now.
  • We move on to the farewell party. Leftos talks about his new career and the community he's come from.
  • Leftos also finally gets to tell some stories he's been holding onto since April.
July 19th, 2013
Episode #38 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • A new NBA Live 14 developer blog, The Science of bounceTek, was posted on the official site last week. We give our reactions to what we read and saw in the three demonstration videos.
  • What do we think they’re going to talk about next? For that matter, what are we hoping they’re going to talk about next?
  • We cover a couple of other recent NBA Live 14 news items, such as the behind-the-scenes video featuring Clippers players and another playtesting session.
  • Speaking of playtesting, 2K Sports are bringing back the Community Team-Up for NBA 2K14. We reaffirm our commitment to #JaoSming4TeamUp.
  • We talk a little about community events, their effectiveness and the responsibilities that go along with them.
  • Moving on to modding news, JaoSming takes us through an exciting new project involving NBA Street Vol. 2.
  • A recent upload prompts us to discuss modding culture, as there’s a certain release practice that’s not quite on the level and we’d prefer to discourage it.
  • We wrap things up with a discussion of last week’s Friday Five. What kind of gamers do we all see ourselves as?
July 25th, 2013
Episode #39 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • Kyrie Irving has officially been revealed as NBA Live 14's cover player. We're not exactly shocked, but what do we think of the selection?
  • We also give our impressions of the trailer's brief glimpse of actual in-game footage of NBA Live 14. Naturally, we have to touch on Double Dribble-gate.
  • The NBA 2K14 Community Team-Up members have been announced. Sadly JaoSming is not among them, as the power of the hashtag has let us down.
  • LeBron's picks for the NBA 2K14 soundtrack have been revealed. Our reactions lead us to reminisce about some of the songs in previous games.
  • Hacked 99 overall MyPLAYERs are back in NBA 2K13. Shame on everyone, we say.
  • We can't go past talking about another Xbox "180" and some rumours regarding the PlayStation 4's RAM.
  • There have been a couple of noteworthy offseason moves this past week. We comment on Brandon Jennings to the Pistons and Dejuan Blair to the Mavericks.
  • JaoSming has some further updates on the NBA Street Vol. 2 HD remake mod.
August 1st, 2013
Episode #40 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • We quickly recap the lone piece of NBA Live 14 news this week, an interview with executive producer Sean O'Brien.
  • The NBA 2K14 Community Team-Up event took place last week. Not too many impressions as yet, but early Twitter thoughts are positive.
  • It's been revealed that blocked dunks will be back in NBA 2K14. Great news, obviously, but should it even be an announcement?
  • A behind the scenes glimpse of Steve Kerr's recording sessions for NBA 2K lead to some discussion on presentation and possible TNT integration.
  • The Pelicans' jerseys have been revealed, while the Suns' new jerseys have been teased. Naturally, we opt to play fashion critic.
  • What's the deal with modding? We take you through the highs, the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of one of our favourite pastimes.
August 8th, 2013
Episode #41 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Lean
  • 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.
August 15th, 2013
Episode #42 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
August 22nd, 2013
Episode #43 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
August 29th, 2013
Episode #44 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Pdub
  • 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.
September 5th, 2013
Episode #45 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
September 12th, 2013
Episode #46 Andrew & Arcane
  • 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.
September 19th, 2013
Episode #47 Andrew, Arcane & Pdub
  • 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.
September 27th, 2013
Episode #48 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Lean
  • 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.
October 3rd, 2013
Episode #49 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
October 10th, 2013
Episode #50 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Lean
  • 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.
October 17th, 2013
Episode #51 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Lean
  • 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.
October 24th, 2013
Episode #52 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
November 1st, 2013
Episode #53 Andrew, Arcane & Pdub
  • 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.
November 7th, 2013
Episode #54 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming
  • 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.
November 14th, 2013
Scott O'Gallagher Interview Andrew

Special Guest: Scott O'Gallagher

  • Our interview with NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O'Gallagher, conducted by Andrew prior to the game's release.
November 18th, 2013
Episode #55 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Pdub
  • 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.
November 21st, 2013
Episode #56 Andrew, Arcane, JaoSming & Pdub
  • 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.
November 28th, 2013
Episode #57 Andrew, Arcane & JaoSming

Special Guest: Vl@d Zola Jr.

  • 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).
December 5th, 2013
Episode #58 Andrew & Arcane
  • 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.
December 12th, 2013
Episode #59 Andrew & Arcane
  • 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.
December 20th, 2013