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Re: NLSC Podcast - Episode #278 (March 10th, 2019)

Postby mp3 on Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:11 pm

Hey Andrew, Ben and Kenny!

When can we expect the new and improved podcast?
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Re: NLSC Podcast - Episode #278 (March 10th, 2019)

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:57 pm

Hopefully we're back on the air this weekend. The topic should be a good one to tip things off with!
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Re: NLSC Podcast - Episode #278 (March 10th, 2019)

Postby mp3 on Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:25 am

No spoilers lol

Look forward to it mate, playing franchise mode without my usual dose of the podcast just doesn't feel right
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Re: NLSC Podcast - Episode #278 (March 10th, 2019)

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:41 am

We'll definitely have to get back to business and change that. :)
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Re: NLSC Podcast #279: Fixing 2K Pro-Am & The Online Experience

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:12 pm

Episode #279: Fixing 2K Pro-Am & The Online Experience

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Episode #279 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Arcane and I are your hosts this week, and we're debuting a revamped format. As I previously noted, we're looking to focus on one main discussion topic per episode, following a brief round-up of any news and community announcements. We're hoping that this will also allow us to conduct more interviews, and produce other special features.

We're tipping off the revamped NLSC Podcast with a quick recap of Patch 1.23 for NBA Live 19 and Patch 1.09 for NBA 2K19, before getting into this week's topic: the problems with 2K Pro-Am, and how we'd fix them. 2K Pro-Am is a mode that we've played a lot these past few years, and frequently talked about on the show. We've had a lot of fun with it, but we've also endured several frustrating sessions, due in large part to changes that have not always been for the better. After identifying the most pressing issues with 2K Pro-Am, we suggest a few possible solutions that we'd like to see implemented in NBA 2K20 and beyond.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #279: Fixing 2K Pro-Am & The Online Experience

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:15 pm

Our discussion of NBA Live's comeback and future will have to wait until next weekend, as this week's show will feature an interview with the voice of NBA Jam himself, Tim Kitzrow!
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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:18 pm

NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

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Episode #280 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! Dare I say it, this week’s episode is ON FIRE, as I had an opportunity to chat with the legendary voice of NBA Jam himself, Tim Kitzrow! It was a lot of fun talking to Tim, who was very generous with his time and stories. Be sure to follow Tim on Twitter, and hit up Who Said What Now to order your own custom audio messages from the Baron of Boomshakalaka!

The voice of NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow, joins the NLSC Podcast this week for an extended interview. Tim provides an insight into how he went from classically trained actor and improv artist with The Second City in Chicago, to being the voice of one of basketball gaming’s most iconic series. From the origins of the word Boomshakalaka and fascinating tidbits about NBA Jam and other games Tim has worked on, to Tim’s recent projects and a bunch of other fun stories, this week’s show is a must-listen for all NBA Jam enthusiasts!

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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby [Q] on Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:49 pm

It was cool to hear about him talking about people's reasoning for picking teams in Jam. The Lakers team was very underwhelming with Vlade and Peeler and Van Exel, so I always went with Charlotte or Orlando or Seattle

I remember trying out Arch Rivals on NES at a video game store as a kid so that definitely sparked my interest for Jam

Interesting to see him talk about limitations due to memory but then to see him get brought back for the EA reboot and see what he could really do.
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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:10 pm

I think it may explain some of the ratings as well, since a few of them have seemed a bit off over the years. These days we've got a lot of resources to devise accurate ratings in sim and arcade games alike, but that wasn't the case in the early 90s.

Yeah they really had to make the most of the hardware back then. It's why Mortal Kombat had so many palette swaps with their ninjas; there wasn't room for any more unique designs until better hardware came along.
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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby [Q] on Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:49 pm

That was a really cool interview. I hope he finds out what was up with the rookie/all-star team announcement and lets us know. I'm assuming there was only one sound file for both teams so they couldn't specifically say one team name or the other but it' still a really random thing to have in there.
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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:00 pm

Glad you enjoyed it!

I'd definitely like to hear more about it if anyone else involved with TE remembers what the deal was with that scream. I'm still glad I asked Tim though, made for a fun moment!
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Re: NLSC Podcast #280: Tim Kitzrow, Voice of NBA Jam

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:13 pm

Here are a couple of excerpts:

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Re: NLSC Podcast #281: Trusting the Process with NBA Live

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:57 pm

NLSC Podcast #281: Trusting the Process with NBA Live

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Episode #281 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are discussing the matter of trusting the process as far as NBA Live is concerned.

The discussion tips off with reflections on how the once-dominant brand in sim basketball games fell on hard times, from the shaky transition to the sixth generation consoles with NBA Live 06, to the disaster that was NBA Elite 11. We consider missed opportunities as far as rebooting the series by going back and building upon NBA Live 10, and note the difficulties that occurred with the cancellation of NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13, before the eventual comeback with NBA Live 14. From there, we discuss how the series has fared during its continued comeback, touching on all of the positives and negatives along the way. After going into detail about what we want to see out of the series moving forward, we wrap up with our hopes and expectations for NBA Live 20.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #282: A Tale of Six MyCAREER Stories

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:06 am

NLSC Podcast #282: A Tale of Six MyCAREER Stories

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Episode #282 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are discussing the story-driven approach to MyCAREER that was introduced back in NBA 2K14.

After a quick round-up of the news, including an upcoming NBA Street event in NBA Live 19 and the latest patch for NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, we dive into this week’s main topic: MyCAREER stories. We begin with our overall impressions of the story-driven approach to MyCAREER over the past six games, and then move on to discuss each game’s story in detail. Along the way, we identify what we’ve liked and disliked the most about each tale and MyCAREER stories in general, and suggest ways that the approach could improve as a new generation looms.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #283: A Chat With Izzy Snow

Postby Andrew on Sun May 05, 2019 9:41 pm

NLSC Podcast #283: A Chat With Izzy Snow

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Episode #283 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, my guest co-host is Izzy Snow, long-time community member, content creator, and the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year!

Izzy Snow joins the show to discuss his recent experiences with the full version of NBA Elite 11. This leads to a discussion of whether it was better for EA Sports to cancel the game outright, or if it would've been less damaging to release it and weather the bad reviews. We also talk about the current state of NBA Live and offer up some further thoughts on the issues with game modes, particularly Ultimate Team. In addition to revisiting NBA Live 06 on Xbox 360 and the question of where NBA Live needs to go from here, we also talk changes in the community, the need for competition, gaming habits as we get older, PC gaming and modding, NBA Playgrounds, and how Izzy became the NBA Live 14 Gamer of the Year back in 2014.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #284: The Long and Winding Road to 99

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NLSC Podcast #284: The Long and Winding Road to 99

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Episode #284 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Kenny and I are discussing the Road to 99 in MyCAREER, and the player progression systems in both NBA 2K and NBA Live.

We tip things off with a quick recap of some recent NBA Live 19 news, namely the return of LIVESTRIKE Events. Following the news round-up, we dive right into this week's discussion topic: the Road to 99. Our conversation includes an update on our own journeys on the Road to 99, the way Cap Breakers differ between Archetypes, and the rewards at each tier. This also leads to comparisons with NBA Live 19's progression system, as well as the progression systems from previous NBA Live and NBA 2K games. By the end of our discussion, we have a few thoughts on what we'd like to see in both career modes moving forward.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #285: A Decade of Dominance for NBA 2K

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NLSC Podcast #285: A Decade of Dominance for NBA 2K

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Episode #285 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are discussing how NBA 2K has now enjoyed a decade of dominance in the basketball gaming genre.

Since overtaking NBA Live in sales beginning with the 2009 season releases, NBA 2K has secured its place as the dominant brand in basketball gaming for over a decade. We reflect on how NBA 2K's journey has differed from that of NBA Live, and the way that journey has accounted for its continued quality, popularity, and financial success. At the same time, while NBA 2K's success has ultimately been great for basketball gaming, there have been downsides to its dominance. We discuss where the game is headed, and name our favourite NBA 2K titles from the past decade.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #286: Online, Casuals, & Simulation

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NLSC Podcast #286: Online, Casuals, & Simulation

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Episode #286 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are discussing the focus of online play in NBA Live and NBA 2K, and what that means for different types of basketball gamers.

We tip things off with a quick look ahead to the 2019 NBA Finals, as well as a few thoughts on the forthcoming gameplay patch for NBA Live 19. After catching up on the news, we dive into this week's discussion topic: online, casuals, and simulation. We reflect on some recent Jordan Rec Center games in NBA 2K19, and how they've been indicative of changing attitudes towards the importance of sim-style virtual basketball. This leads us to question whether the core demographic is as sim as it used to be, or whether we're now on the outer fringe. We also attempt to categorise the different types of hoops gamers, and throw out a few suggestions for improving the online experience by addressing various issues including matchmaking and gatekeeping.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #287: Renovating the Virtual Hardwood

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NLSC Podcast #287: Renovating the Virtual Hardwood

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Episode #287 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are discussing modding, including the history of our community and our own involvement with the hobby over the years.

After catching up on the results of Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals, we dive into this week's topic: modding, also known as patching (or indeed if we want to get really fancy, renovating the virtual hardwood). We discuss the beginnings of our modding community and how it's evolved over the years, as well as how we came to be a part of it. Our discussion also includes modding etiquette, and ways that we can improve as a community. We also talk about our favourite mods, both the ones that we've made and those that others have created. We wrap up with some tips for getting started, and touch upon what it might be like if NBA Live and NBA 2K could one day go head to head with modding on PC.

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Re: NLSC Podcast #288: NBA Live 19 Patch 1.25 Impressions

Postby Andrew on Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:31 pm

NLSC Podcast #288: NBA Live 19 Patch 1.25 Impressions

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Episode #288 of the NLSC Podcast is out now! This week, Arcane and I are sharing our thoughts on the big gameplay update in Patch 1.25 for NBA Live 19, and reacting to some other recent NBA Live news.

The show tips off with a few thoughts on the NBA Finals that we knew would be outdated by the time it went live; we apologise for the jinxes! We then turn our attention to the announcement that online support will be ending for NBA Live 14 later this year, noting our surprise at how long the servers have been kept up and running. After that, we dive into Patch 1.25 for NBA Live 19. Despite the best efforts and good intentions of the developers, the tweaks unfortunately haven't all been for the best. This leads us to once again glance ahead to NBA Live 20, and talk about what must be done for this year's release to deliver a great game of virtual basketball.

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