NLSC Podcast #304: Talkin’ ‘Bout Next Generation

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Episode #304 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! With 2019 and the decade drawing to a close, not to mention a new generation of gaming looming on the horizon, Dee4Three and I discuss the past ten years in basketball gaming, the current generation, and our thoughts as we look ahead to next gen.

After a quick rundown of Patch 1.09 for NBA 2K20, we get right into this week’s featured discussion. The end of the decade and announcement of the Xbox Series X has prompted us to reflect on the past ten years of basketball gaming, in particular the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One generation. We compare it to previous generations, noting the positives and negatives. As we look ahead to next gen, we discuss what we’re hoping to see, and what not to see. From troubling trends to imaginative innovations, it’s a discussion of where the hobby is at, and where it should be. Along the way, we’re even able to draw some parallels to the real NBA.

Tune in below!

What are your thoughts on basketball gaming over the past ten years, and two gaming generations? What are your expectations of next gen? Sound off in the comments section below, or join in the discussion here in the Forum! Additionally, feel free to hit us up with any feedback on the episode, as well as suggestions for topics that you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes. For more information on the NLSC Podcast including episode guides, check out this page in our Wiki.

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December 16, 2019 4:38 am

I’m one of the kids who don’t know too much about retro teams & players but 2k really done a bad job on this.
I never played Drexler in the game before using Dee’s 2K17 classic roster. Thanks to Dee, I had a chance to get to know Drexler and experienced how explosive and athletic he is in the game.
But a few days ago when I tried to know how he is in 2K20, I was completely shocked and disappointed.

Except that, the gameplay is even worse after patches and patches. I remember how the dribbling and collision feels like back in 2K20 first released, it was not good but at least better than what it is now.

December 16, 2019 12:39 pm
Reply to  Simonn-Lee

I appreciate the support and I am glad you enjoyed the podcast!

The fact that you are taking the necessary steps to do research and educate yourself on the past NBA, even though you were either not alive for it or were a bit young to understand it, means you are ahead of the curve. The majority of the young crowd who comment about NBA history (and insult it and take jabs at it) do not take the time to research, and just parrot what other people are saying.

Happy to hear the roster was also sort of a learning tool, honestly. Accuracy was really important to us, and we really wanted to honor the teams that we put into the roster properly. I remember when I was real young, we would watch players more intently just because we were using them and seeing them in video games, followed by us trying to play like those players on the virtual hardwood (I know Andrew will like that I used that term).

Again, thanks for tuning in!