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Latest NBA Live 19 Details & Cover Reveal Trailer

NBA Live 19: Joel Embiid in The Streets

GameStop’s pre-order listing for NBA Live 19 has revealed some new details about the game. There will be a new commentary team of Ed Cohen and Jay Williams, with new dialogue being added throughout the season. The story in The One will apparently begin in high school, and Big Moments return as part of The League.

There will also be a handful of in-game pre-order bonuses, based around cover player Joel Embiid. These include signature shoes, a jersey, a custom court, and more. See below for all the info that’s been revealed by GameStop’s store listing.

Speaking of Joel Embiid, a cover reveal trailer has also been released. ThaLiveKing posted several high resolution screenshots from the trailer in our Forum. You can watch the trailer below, as well as check out all of the screenshots.

Finally, Gaming Trend recently spoke with NBA Live 19 Creative Director Connor Dougan. Connor discussed some of the key improvements and new features in this year’s game, from Real Player Motion technology and dynamic AI to clothing and the player progression system in The One.

As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below, as well as join in the discussion in the NBA Live 19 section of the NLSC Forum!

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Joel Embiid Revealed as NBA Live 19 Cover Player

NBA Live 19 Cover Art

During the 2018 NBA Awards show on TNT, Joel Embiid was officially revealed as the cover player for NBA Live 19. Embiid was considered a likely candidate after gamers noted that he was prominently featured in the reveal trailer that was released a couple of weeks ago.

The official NBA Live website has posted an interview with Embiid, in which he discusses his journey to the NBA, the players who inspired him as a basketball player, and the challenges he’s faced since arriving in the league. An avid gamer, he also expresses his excitement at landing the cover of NBA Live 19.

Notably, Joel Embiid is the first Philadelphia 76ers player to appear on the NBA Live cover. Glancing at the official website, he’s also been unveiled as a member of the NBA Live Squad on a promotional image that also features the silhouettes of four other players. Much like Team 2K, the Squad is most likely a collection of players who have signed on as ambassadors for the brand, and will likely be featured in LIVE Events and other aspects of The One. Further details will no doubt be revealed when the rest of the Squad is unveiled.

Embiid certainly seems like a solid choice for the cover of this year’s game from EA Sports. In addition to establishing himself as an All-Star in the NBA, the “Trust the Process” mantra that has been adopted by the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers can also apply to the NBA Live series. It’s been a slow comeback for the once-dominant brand in basketball gaming, but from all accounts, it sounds like EA’s own version of The Process is finally starting to pay dividends.

NBA Live 19 will be released on September 7th, 2018. A demo will be released on August 24th, and Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription can check out a trial of the full game on September 3rd. Check out the NBA Live 19 cover art below, and feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section. You can also join in the discussion taking place here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K19 LeBron James Cover Revealed; Prelude, Pre-Order Info

NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Cover Art

2K Sports has officially revealed LeBron James as the cover player for the 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19. A couple of teaser images hinted at a forthcoming announcement, while promotional materials seen at GameStop let the cat out of the bag in regards to LeBron gracing the cover. As noted yesterday, this is his second NBA 2K cover following NBA 2K14.

The game is already available to pre-order, and the pre-order bonuses have also been revealed. There will apparently be only two editions this year: the Standard Edition, and the aforementioned 20th Anniversary Edition. The Standard Edition retails at $59.99 USD, and will be released on September 11th, 2018. The 20th Anniversary Edition, which offers more pre-order bonuses including some physical collectables, retails for $99.99 USD and comes out September 7th. At this time, it appears that pre-ordering the 20th Anniversary Edition will be the only way to play NBA 2K19 four days early, in contrast to the Early Tip-Off Weekend promotion across all editions in years past.

A trailer has been released to celebrate the announcement. It features clips of LeBron James in previous NBA 2K games, though not surprisingly, doesn’t feature any NBA 2K19 footage. The trailer is accompanied by the song “How Could They Have Known?” featuring 2 Chainz, Rapsody, and Jerreau, tying into the game’s tagline of “They Will Know Your Name”. Check out the trailer here, or watch it below.

Additionally, The Prelude has been confirmed for release on August 31st. As in previous years, it will allow gamers to get a head start on MyCAREER. The Prelude will once again only be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers, meaning PC and Switch gamers will have to wait until the game drops to jump into the mode. Speaking of MyCAREER, pre-order information also confirms that The Neighborhood will return in NBA 2K19.

Please see below for the full cover art for the 20th Anniversary Edition – which notably features LeBron James in a generic black jersey – and a list of all the pre-order bonuses. The cover player and artwork for the Standard Edition of NBA 2K19 will be revealed at a later date, with a placeholder image currently being used on the pre-order page. We’ll post more information as it becomes available, but in the meantime feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA Live 19 at EA Play; Teaser Image Revealed

NBA Live 19 Teaser

Influencers signing up for this year’s EA Play event have received and subsequently shared a teaser image for NBA Live 19. The teaser appears to hint at this year’s cover player, and possibly the design as well. Keep in mind, however, that it may also just be a generic placeholder.

The teaser obviously also confirms that NBA Live 19 will indeed be coming out later this year. While there was never any serious doubt about that, the series’ struggles and the year off between NBA Live 16 and NBA Live 18 had led to some idle speculation here and there.

Furthermore, the mention of “The One Edition” would seem to confirm that NBA Live’s career mode will retain the same branding as in NBA Live 18. It remains to be seen what enhancements it will receive, and what other improvements are in store, but it seems a safe bet that we’ll be getting some details coming out of EA Play.

You can check out the full teaser image below; thanks to DBOYGAMEZ for sharing it on Twitter. Who do you think will be on the cover of NBA Live 19? What news are you hoping to hear at EA Play? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum.

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Monday Tip-Off: Recreating Game Covers in NBA 2K18

NBA Live 06 Cover in NBA 2K18

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games. This week, I’m tipping things off with some recreations of past video game covers in NBA 2K18.

I’d like to tip this week off with something fun. It’s not that I don’t enjoy tackling more serious topics related to basketball gaming, as last week’s feature demonstrates. After all, it’s important that we critique, and share constructive ideas about our hobby. At the same time, we should also celebrate our passion for basketball gaming, and there’s always room for some levity. Although I have my criticisms, I’ve been having fun with both NBA Live 18 and NBA 2K18 so far. As I mentioned in Episode #224 of the NLSC Podcast, I’ve enjoyed playing some games with the classic teams in NBA 2K18.

While I was messing around with the retro squads, an idea came to mind. The huge amount of historical content in NBA 2K18 means that the game includes many former basketball video game cover players, spanning as far back as the mid 90s. With that in mind, I thought that it might be fun to try to recreate some of those old covers, using NBA 2K18’s classic teams. The results are a little mixed as some were definitely easier to recreate than others, but hopefully you’ll enjoy seeing what I’ve managed to put together. Let’s tip things off with a classic.

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Updated NBA 2K18 Cover Available To Download & Print

Kyrie Irving on the Boston Celtics in NBA 2K18

After Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics, 2K announced that they would be issuing an updated cover for NBA 2K18. Although the title screen and digital covers for the game were already updated at launch, the initial run of copies featured the original cover with Irving wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. Once this stock has been depleted, new copies of NBA 2K18 will feature the revised cover.

However, if you’ve got a physical copy of NBA 2K18 and you’d like to replace the cover in the meantime, 2K has released downloadable versions of the new artwork which you can print out and slide right into the case. Interestingly, they’ve also released downloadable versions of the original cover, presumably for anyone who’d like to replace the Celtics cover when it’s in circulation, or perhaps the Legend Edition cover featuring Shaquille O’Neal, if you’re a big Kyrie Irving and Cavs fan.

If you’d like to print out an updated cover, please see below for links to all the different regional files.

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New NBA 2K18 Cover Unveiled; Prelude Out Soon

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2K Sports have revealed the new cover art for NBA 2K18, featuring Kyrie Irving in a Boston Celtics jersey. Following the trade between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, 2K indicated that they would be issuing a new cover “at a later date”. While the digital cover art and icon for the game will be updated upon launch, physical copies won’t feature the new cover art until the initial stock is depleted.

Although it isn’t unprecedented in sports games, cover players changing teams before the game is even released is a rare occurrence. Several players have been traded the year after appearing on the cover of a basketball video game, and Ray Allen was traded halfway through the 2003 season, during which he was the cover player for NBA ShootOut 2002.

The ShootOut series also features the only other cover player for a basketball game to be traded before the game’s release, as the 2002 version featured Stephon Marbury in his New Jersey Nets uniform despite his offseason trade to the Phoenix Suns. Similar to NBA 2K18, an updated cover was later issued.

You can check out the full cover art below. We’re a week away from the release of NBA 2K18, but only a couple of hours away from the release of The Prelude! If you’re on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and would like to get a head start on MyCAREER, be sure to check it out when it launches at 12:01 AM EST. The MyNBA2K18 app is also now available for Android and iOS devices, so pick it up to scan your face into the game, and earn extra VC through various mini-games.

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NBA 2K18 AI Improvements Blog; MyNBA2K18 Cover Announced

NBA 2K18: System Proficiency

A new developer blog for NBA 2K18 has been posted exclusively over at Operation Sports. The latest insight is from Scott O’Gallagher, with OG breaking down the improvements to artificial intelligence in this year’s game. It’s a lengthy read with some great news and detailed information, and as such, it’s hard to do it justice with a quick summary. However, here are some of the key points that Scott touches upon:

  • The Adaptive Coaching Engine has received a lot of attention, in order to weed out flaws from previous games.
  • Positioning is improved, with players being more aware of the situation. Players will also recognise sets and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Elite defenders have much better awareness. However, if an AI player can’t see the ball (i.e. has their back to the play), they will make errors and be slower to react with help defense.
  • More team specific defensive schemes have been added, there are new animations for double teams, rotations and help angles are improved, and there are better mismatch adjustments.
  • Zone defense is feasible in 2K Pro-Am without taking a hit to your teammate grade.
  • Authenticity is optimised for Superstar and Hall of Fame difficulty levels.
  • There is a Defensive Communication setting that when enabled, instructs you on what you’re supposed to do defensively.
  • System Proficiency, which will affect all modes in NBA 2K18, emphasises the importance of matching the right players with the right coach and sets. This affects team building strategies in MyLEAGUE/MyGM and MyTEAM, as well as the on-court experience.

Scott has also included a bunch of brief gameplay clips that demonstrate exactly what he’s talking about. Be sure to check out the blog on OS for the full scoop!

2K have also revealed the cover player for MyNBA2K18, the companion app for NBA 2K18. This year’s cover player is Kristaps Porzingas of the New York Knicks; see below for the cover art. MyNBA2K18 is set for release on September 7th, just in time for this year’s Prelude on September 8th.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum!

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NBA 2K18 News Round-Up: New Cover, ’07 Warriors & More

NBA 2K18: Baron Davis

There’s been a flurry of NBA 2K18 news today, so let’s get caught up on all the latest details!

Easily the biggest story in the NBA this week is the trade that has sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick in 2018. Irving is of course the cover player for NBA 2K18, and in the wake of the deal, the cover art is now oudated. Jason Argent, senior vice president of basketball operations for 2K, released a statement indicating that there will be a version of NBA 2K18 featuring Irving in a Celtics jersey, coming “at a later date”.

After revealing the final two classic teams in this year’s game, it seems that 2K have managed to squeeze in one more. The 2007 Golden State Warriors will be featured in NBA 2K18, suggesting that LD2K’s hint in the 2K TV season finale wasn’t just a red herring. The addition of the ’07 Warriors brings the total number of new classic teams to seventeen; please see below for the full updated list. You can also check out a screenshot of Baron Davis on that memorable underdog squad, along with some other new screens including Kobe Bryant on the All-Time Los Angeles Lakers. Find them below, as well as here in our NBA 2K18 Screenshots gallery.

Finally, during today’s live stream, 2K also announced a global broadcast on the official NBA 2K Facebook page on August 31st. Further details about NBA 2K18 will be revealed during the event, including information on MyCAREER. Notably, the event is titled “Run the Neighborhood”, and a #RunTheNeighborhood hashtag is being promoted. This may offer some clues as to the story in this year’s MyCAREER mode.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion taking place in our NBA 2K18 Forum.

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NBA Live 18 Cover Player is James Harden; Demo Out Today

James Harden in NBA Live 18

The speculation is over! Houston Rockets All-Star guard James Harden has been officially announced as the cover player for NBA Live 18. Originally, the news was inadvertently leaked in a since-deleted video by YouTuber iMav3riq, but we now have official confirmation. Harden was previously one of four different cover players for NBA 2K16, along with Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and Michael Jordan (Special Edition only). Check out the cover art below!

Notably, Harden was among the players who appeared in the first reveal screenshots, as well as the early gameplay trailers for NBA Live 18. While this obviously seems like a strong hint in retrospect, it’s also worth noting that a couple of screenshots of DeMar DeRozan were also released at the same time, despite him being signed to appear on the Canadian cover of NBA 2K18.

EA Sports has released a trailer to coincide with the official announcement. As you would expect, it focuses on James Harden himself, playing in both The League and The Streets. Check it out below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

The NBA Live 18 demo is also out today. Depending on your timezone – or indeed, the timezone of the account you’re currently using – it’s already available to download. The game’s release date has been confirmed for September 15th, which sees it going head to head with NBA 2K18’s Early Tip-Off Weekend. EA Sports are also offering a 33% discount for pre-orders. No further word on the Deluxe edition as yet.

We’ll have demo impressions and further thoughts to share in this week’s NLSC Podcast, but in the meantime, what’s your take on the choice of James Harden for NBA Live 18’s cover? Are you trying out the demo? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. You can also share your impressions of the demo in this topic.

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Kyrie Irving Announced As Cover Player for NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Cover Art

With the third straight NBA Finals clash between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers set to tip off today, 2K Sports has revealed that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving of the defending champion Cavs will grace the cover of NBA 2K18. As previously announced, Shaquille O’Neal will appear on the covers of the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold.

Kyrie Irving previously appeared on the cover of NBA Live 14, making him the third player to appear on both the cover of NBA Live and NBA 2K, following Shaquille O’Neal (NBA Live 96, NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, NBA 2K18) and Kevin Garnett (NBA Live 2001, NBA 2K9). Kevin Durant, whom Kyrie Irving and the Cavs will face in this year’s NBA Finals, was the cover player for the ultimately cancelled NBA Elite 11. He would later go on to appear on the cover of NBA 2K13 along with Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, and was also the lone cover player for NBA 2K15.

Although no specific details have been revealed at this time, it’s likely that pre-order customers will receive some sort of Kyrie Irving-themed gear for their MyPLAYER, as was the case with Paul George’s Team USA apparel in NBA 2K17. As previously noted, the Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will provide a selection of Shaquille O’Neal-themed bonus content, including physical collectables in the Gold edition. As soon as any further details are made available, we’ll be sure to post them.

You can check out a larger image of the cover below. Any thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s selection as the cover player for NBA 2K18? Have your say in the comments, and join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum! For a history of NBA 2K cover players, check out this article in our Wiki.

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #204

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Episode #204 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane and I as we discuss the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition cover reveal, give our initial impressions of NBA Playgrounds, and talk about the burnout and cynicism we sometimes feel when it comes to giving constructive feedback.

On this week’s show…

  • Shaquille O’Neal has been revealed as the cover player for the Legend Edition of NBA 2K18. We also know the release date and the pre-order bonuses. Does all that VC suggest another tough grind this year?
  • Charles Barkley has revealed what it will take for him to appear in NBA 2K18.
  • NBA Playgrounds has been released, and we have some initial impressions to share. One of us is a little more positive than the other.
  • Referring back to a Monday Tip-Off article from a few weeks ago, we discuss the burnout and cynicism that can arise after years of talking about improvements to basketball video games, and compiling feedback for developers.
  • It pains us to say it as long-time NBA fans, but we’re just not feeling this year’s Playoffs.
  • We wrap up Episode #204 of the NLSC Podcast with Our Week in Basketball Gaming, which included another brief but enjoyable session of 2K Pro-Am in NBA 2K17.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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Shaquille O’Neal Announced for Legend Edition of NBA 2K18

Shaquille O'Neal on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Gold Cover

2K Sports has announced that Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will grace the cover of the Legend Edition of NBA 2K18. Shaq previously appeared on the covers of NBA 2K6 and NBA 2K7, and has remained in the game as a playable Legend following his retirement in 2011. He’s also had a presence in recent games as part of the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows, alongside his NBA on TNT colleagues Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.

Just as they did with Kobe Bryant’s special editions of NBA 2K17, there will be a Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold for NBA 2K18. Interestingly, the cover of the standard Legend Edition will feature Shaquille O’Neal on the Miami Heat, while the cover of the Legend Edition Gold (appropriately enough) features him on the Los Angeles Lakers. The cover player for the standard edition of NBA 2K18 is yet to be announced. You can check out shots of both Legend Edition covers below.

The release date and pre-order bonuses for all three editions have also been revealed. The Early Tip-Off Weekend is in effect again, giving gamers the opportunity to play the game on September 15th (four days ahead of the September 19th street date). Pre-order bonuses for the standard edition include 5,000 VC, 10 weekly MyTEAM packs, and MyPLAYER apparel. The Legend Edition includes 100,000 VC, Shaq Attaq shoes and other Shaq-themed apparel, 20 weekly MyTEAM packs, and some collectables. The Legend Edition Gold includes an additional 150,000 VC, more in-game apparel, another 20 weekly MyTEAM packs, and additional collectables. See below for the full breakdown.

Gamers can expect to pay $99.99 for the Legend Edition, and $149.99 for the Legend Edition Gold. A brief announcement trailer has been released, featuring Shaquille O’Neal at a press conference that gets hijacked by Kobe Bryant. Watch it below, or check it out here if you can’t see the embedded video.

We’ll continue to cover NBA 2K18 throughout the preview season, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to leave your reactions and speculation in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

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NBA 2K17 News Round-Up: National Teams, Italian Cover, More

NBA 2K17 Cover Art

In the wake of the developer blog on MyGM and MyLEAGUE, we have some more NBA 2K17 news this week. Fox Sports has confirmed that the Australian Boomers will be in this year’s game, in the process confirming the presence of national teams in general. The inclusion of national teams was heavily rumoured after gamers noticed an image of Paul George wearing a Team USA jersey in the background of his cover, and it would appear that the speculation was well-founded.

Team USA is obviously a lock to be included, but as of this time, no other national teams have been officially confirmed. However, GameStop UK seems to have leaked a couple of as yet unannounced pre-order bonuses, namely the 1992 Dream Team, and a Paul George USA Basketball jersey. Since PeacemanNOT first pointed this out in the Forum, it appears as though the leaked info has since been removed from the listing. It remains to be seen whether the entire Dream Team will be included, as was the case in NBA 2K13. With the exception of NBA 2K13, Charles Barkley in particular is a notorious holdout when it comes to basketball video games.

Speaking of international teams and players, Danilo Gallinari revealed that he will appear on the Italian NBA 2K17 cover, Tweeting out an image of the cover art. You can also check out the cover artwork below. As of writing, no other international covers have been confirmed.

With any luck, we’ll be getting a more consistent stream of news and previews leading up to NBA 2K17’s release in September. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the latest tidbits? Have your say in the comments section below, and be sure to join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum. Thanks again to PeacemanNOT for the heads up!

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NLSC Podcast – Episode #161

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Episode #161 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Join Arcane, Kenny, and myself as we discuss the reveal of the NBA 2K17 cover, a promising tidbit regarding NBA Live 17, the upcoming 2016 NBA Finals, and our week in basketball gaming.

On this week’s show…

  • Paul George has been officially revealed as the cover player for NBA 2K17. A good choice, but was he our pick? We also discuss the pre-order bonuses.
  • It seems that former NBA player Jamario Moon is providing motion capture for NBA Live 17, suggesting that a fully featured console release is definitely still in development.
  • Speaking of NBA Live 17, a recent report by GameInformer has revealed that all EA Sports titles will apparently be making the transition from the Ignite engine to the Frostbite engine. We discuss what this might mean for the NBA Live series moving forward.
  • We remind PlayStation Plus subscribers to pick up the PlayStation 4 version of NBA 2K16 via June’s Instant Game Collection, if they don’t already own it, or would like to double-dip.
  • In Our Week in Basketball Gaming: 2K Pro-Am frustration, Stephen Curry in NBA Live 95, and more MyLEAGUE plans.
  • Moving on to the real NBA, we recap the end of the Golden State Warriors/Oklahoma City Thunder clash, and look ahead to the NBA Finals.
  • Do we think that Kevin Durant will be moving on from the Thunder, following their collapse and disappointing elimination in the Western Conference Finals?
  • We briefly touch on the fatal shooting of Bryce Dejean-Jones.
  • Episode #161 of the NLSC Podcast ends with this week’s Bold Predictions.

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Have some thoughts on the latest episode? Sound off in the comments below, or here in the Forum. Also, if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss on the next episode of the NLSC Podcast, feel free to hit us up in this thread.

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