Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast

It’s unheard of! Developing, publishing, and supporting an independent sports games on next-generation console platforms? In 2014? The sports game landscape may have gotten smaller in the past few years, but the team at HB Studios saw an opportunity where others saw risk. The result is “The Golf Club”, a simulation golf experience that will soon hit the PS4 and the Xbox One (and is already available on Steam Early Access). The 94th edition of the Press Row Podcast features an extended 1-on-1 discussion between host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) and The Golf Club Executive Producer Peter Garcin (@rawktron); the two discuss a host of issues, including key game design decisions, how the team navigated and processed the Early Access feedback,  going through the console submission process, and the freedom and anxiety that comes from attempting to self-publish a sports game in today’s complex landscape. It’s an open, honest conversation that provides a unique look at how The Golf Club is coming together in its stretch run.

 

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Run Time:  58:38

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_94.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:51 PM

The 93rd edition of the Press Row Podcast takes a long, hard look at how Microtransactions are influencing the way developers design and consumers play big-time sports games. Spurred on by an interesting piece published on USGamer by our own Kat Bailey (http://www.usgamer.net/articles/pes-2015-microtransactions) the panel discusses the history of Ultimate Team and its offshoots, the way Microtransactions impacted the PS4/Xbox One launch, and where they are heading in the near- and long-term future. Are these modes and features ultimately positive or negative? We weigh in with our thoughts and experiences.

 

Joining us this week:

 

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

 

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

 

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

 

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

 

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

 

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

 

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:51

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_93_-_7_18_14_1.45_AM.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:49 PM

The 92nd edition of the Press Row Podcast sees host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) joined by Press Row regular T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) on a trip to New York City to get some hand-on time, presentations, and demonstrations of three key EA Sports fall releases. Rich gets a tour of some new features in Madden NFL 15 with producer Danny Doeberling, sits down with the head of NHL 15 Sean Ramjagsingh (Rammer34), and gets a demonstration of the key elements of FIFA 15 along with a 1-on-1 discussion of it with its lead designer Santiago Jaromillo (Santiagoj83). Then, Rich and T.J. are joined by fellow Press Row regular Samit Sarkar (@samitsarkar), who also attended the event, to summarize their feelings and compare notes.

 

It’s a fun episode that – like we love to do here at Press Row – gives you a bit of a peek inside press events to see what goes on at these kinds of sessions.    

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:11

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_92_2.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:30 PM

The 91st edition of the Press Row Podcast brings the full team together to discuss the loss of the NCAA Football franchise now that it’s the time of year when it would be released. We discuss what it means to each individual, what it means to EA Sports, and what the potential future may be for any kind of college football game in the future. Also, the crew discusses the critical reception of UFC a month after release and what the implications are to the game and the market with its less-then-stellar Metacritic number.

 

Joining us this week:

 

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports

 

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre

 

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer

 

Kat Bailey, USGamer

 

Samit Sarkar, Polygon

 

Owen Good, Polygon

 

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:31

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_91.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:40 PM

The 90th edition of the Press Row Podcast is combination of two in-depth sessions diving deeply into EA’s new UFC title. Up first, host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) discusses UFC with Operations Sports’ resident UFC expert Glenn Wigmore (@glennwigmore). After that lengthy chat, Rich is joined by PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) and ThatSportsGamer’s T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) in the audio pulled from last week’s live Press Row Hangout. You’ll have every perspective possible – hardcore UFC fan, casual observer, and in-between – on the good and not-so-good aspects of UFC.

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  2:24

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_90.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 2:44 PM

The 89th edition of the Press Row Podcast is an intimate setting, as two of our regular panelists are back from E3 2014 and ready to talk about their hands-on experiences with various EA Sports games. Joining host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) this week are US Gamer’s Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot) and Polygon’s Samit Sarkar (@samitsarkar). The two break down their brief but impactful time spent playing NHL 15, FIFA 15, and Madden 15.

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:20

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_89.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:43 PM

The 88th edition of the Press Row Podcast is a compilation of two sessions. Up first is a quick chat between host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) and EA Sports PGA Golf executive producer Brent Nielsen about their E3 presentation, what it’s like to have a couple of years to build a sports game, how competition in the golf space alters the landscape, and several other topics. Next is the audio from the crew’s reaction all of the press conferences on Monday, taken from a live Press Row Hangout that was hosted here on Operation Sports. Joining Rich Grisham on the Hangout that evening were Operation Sports’ Chris Sanner (@ChrisSnr), PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), ThatSportsGamer’s TJ Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer).  It’s all E3 all the time!

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

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Run Time:  2:09

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_88.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 5:44 PM

It’s E3 week! The 87th edition of the Press Row Podcast is a compilation of two interviews with key development members of the Madden NFL 15 team featuring all sorts of details that will be unveiled at E3 2014. The first part of the show focuses on gameplay, as host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) dives into the topic with Gameplay Creative Director Rex Dickson. Up next is Presentation, and new member of   the Madden team Brian Murray joins Rich to walk through what’s on tap this season. This is the only place you’ll get the opportunity to hear not only what the new features are this year, but why they exist and the process that went into making them happen.

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:35

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_87.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:04 PM

The 86th edition of the Press Row Podcast is a rebroadcast of a pre-E3 Hangout featuring a few of our standard panelists. The crew dives into the recently-released UFC demo, discusses the new FIFA 14 World Cup Ultimate Team mode, then touches on a broad number of E3-related topics.

 

Joining us this week:

 

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

 

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

 

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

 

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

 

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

 

1)     Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

 

2)     Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!

 

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Run Time:  1:30

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_86.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 7:59 PM

The 85th edition of the Press Row Podcast is features our biggest lineup of show regulars yet as we take a look back at the next-gen sports game launches as well as looking ahead to this year’s E3. What franchises came out strongest? What red flags have been raised for the next few years? What’s in store for sports game fans at E3?


Joining us this week:


Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)
Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)


Be sure to check out some of the work from the panelists as well, including:
Rich Grisham’s piece on how video games can connect a military father and his son.
Kat Bailey’s piece on whether sports games will mount a comeback at E3 this year.
Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:


    •    Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
    •    Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 


Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090, Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , and the Windows Store, so subscribe to it and rate it too!


Enjoy the show!


Run Time:  1:30

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_85.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 8:00 PM