Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

With Washington set to face Alabama in the College Football Playoff, Press Row Podcast host Bryan Wiedey is looking forward to a month of jousting with now-enemy Rich Grisham. After opening with some college football talk the two transition to an in-depth discussion on the just completed Madden Classic eSports event. Topics broached later in the episode include how Golf Club VR and NBA 2KVR have been received, the shaky debut of NBA 2K17's Park After Dark feature, MLB The Show 17's announcement of a Retro Mode, new DLC on the way for Forza Horizon 3, and the release of a free-to-play version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_199.mp3
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The world of video games is constantly evolving, and no phenomenon has impacted how companies market, how media covers, and how consumers discover them more than livestreaming. On this week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast, we gather streamers and content makers from three different angles – a publisher (Adam Burnett from Out of the Park Developments), an independent media outlet (Chris aka Millennium from Operation Sports), and a self-made popular streamer (Daniel Basel aka UberYouTuber). The three join host Rich Grisham to discuss how and why they do what they do and how it impacts their favorite sports video games. 

Joining us this week:

Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Daniel Baesel, UberYouTuber (@danielbaesel)

Chris Gunther aka Millennium, Operation Sports (@MillenniumOS)

Adam Burnett, Out of the Park Developments (@KnightAttack09)

Also! Out of the Park Baseball 17 – the top-rated PC game on Metacritic – is now on sale for just $19.99! Go to http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/ to pick it up.

Check out the brand-new Franchise Hockey Manager 3 - fully licensed by the NHL for the first time! Available today for just $39.99 at https://www.ootpdevelopments.com/franchise-hockey-manager/.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_198.mp3
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Press Row Podcast – Episode 196

From the streets of Brookago

2016 has been an astoundingly good year for video games in general and sports video games in particular. It’s been far too long since host Rich Grisham connected with good friend Cicero Holmes from Spawn on Me to chat about his take on the scene, so we righted that wrong this week to discuss exactly that. From the spate of new hardware to the entire slate of console simulation sports titles, Rich and Cicero discuss it all – agreeing on some topics and differing on others.

On the show this week:

Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Cicero Holmes, Spawn On Me (@stubbystan)

 Also! Out of the Park Baseball 17 – the top-rated PC game on Metacritic – is now on sale for just $19.99! Go to http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/ to pick it up.

Check out the brand-new Franchise Hockey Manager 3 - fully licensed by the NHL for the first time! Available today for just $39.99 at https://www.ootpdevelopments.com/franchise-hockey-manager/.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_197.mp3
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While it's uphill battle for sports games in the world of eSports the likes of EA Sports and 2K Sports are dedicated to carving out a place for their franchises in the lucrative competitive arena. The games are battling the actual real-life sporting broadcasts for interest from viewers, while also struggling to prove a compelling watch when they often fail to look like the sports they are supposed to represent due to the way they are being played.

Madden NFL 17's first competition of the year is underway and a major exploit is already being utilized. When money is on the line will the video games ever be able to present a fair playing field and will an audience ever follow? Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham discuss the potential for eSports to grow within the genre and the stumbles that have been encountered in the early days in the latest episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_195.mp3
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While it may not technically be winter yet, for all intents and purposes it is that now for the sports gaming genre. Outside of Steep, which will be out in early December, we're entering the darkest period of every year for sports games with the next major release not expected until the end of March with MLB The Show 17.

Despite that there's always news and developments to react to and some of those are tackled in the latest episode of the Press Row Podcast. Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham discuss the recently released snowboarding game Infinite Air, the selection of Ken Griffey Jr. for the cover of MLB 17, story modes driving the success of NBA 2K and now FIFA 17, troubled post-release support with NBA 2K17, and the impending release of the NES Classic Edition. That's followed by a segment dedicated to the NHL-licensed PC game Franchise Hockey Manager 3.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_194.mp3
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PlayStation VR has reached the market, PS4 Pro is only a matter of weeks away from release, and the Nintendo Switch was just officially announced and will arrive March 2017. As always sports are a big factor in determining how successful gaming systems are over the long term as they draw in consumers and keep them engaged with the platforms. What role will sports be playing in the early days of the new hardware and will consumers buy-in with the expectation of reliably-released and unique experiences from third parties?

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_193.mp3
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Press Row Podcast – Episode 192 – Visiting Old Friends

It’s been too long since we caught up with longtime Press Row friends Chris Sanner from Operation Sports and Jeremy Stein from SGN games – so we right that wrong this week! Chris and Jeremy join host Rich Grisham to chat about what sports games they’re spending time with this fall, including Madden 17, FIFA 17, PES 2017, and NBA 2K17. It’s a fun discussion about all the different options sports game fans have this season!

 

On the show this episode:

Chris Sanner (@chrissnr), Operation Sports
Jeremy Stein (@RealLifeStein), SGN Games
Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), Out of the Park Developments

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:
1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and @HitThePass and send us tweets
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@Gmail.com

Also! Out of the Park Baseball 17 – the top-rated PC game on Metacritic - can be had for 10% off using the promo code ‘PRESS17!’ Don’t wait – just go to http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/ to pick it up.

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 is coming this October – and it’s fully licensed by the NHL for the first time! Pre-order today to get $10 off and early access to the beta version on October 17th at https://www.ootpdevelopments.com/franchise-hockey-manager/.

Run time: 53 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_192.mp3
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It's a great time to be a racing game fan and we've brought together our two official Hit The Pass racing correspondents from across the globe - Canada and Australia, to be specific - to discuss the bumper crop of titles that fans are enjoying right now. Greg Sewart and Dr. Ken Parker join host Rich Grisham to dive into recent releases Forza Horizon 3, F1 2016, NASCAR Heat Evolution, and Asetto Corsa as well a look ahead to the upcoming PSVR Driveclub game.

On the show this week:
 
Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast and Generation-16 (@sewart)
Dr. Kenneth Parker, Hit The Pass (@chairman7)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments and Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)
Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_191.mp3
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An unprecedented number of sports game releases within a compressed window of just a few weeks has left both consumers and reviewers struggling to find the time and/or money for all of them. The panel in this episode of the Press Row Podcast discusses at length four of the latest games to arrive on the market - NHL 17, NBA 2K17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, and Forza Horizon 3.

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar), Polygon
Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), Out of the Park Developments
Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot), USgamer
Chris "Millennium" (@MillenniumOS), Operation Sports

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_190.mp3
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Now in the midst of the busiest time of the year in sports gaming, Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham reflect on recent releases and those right around the corner. With limited time what games rise to the top and which fall by the wayside? Between Madden NFL 17, PES 2017, NBA 2K17, NHL 17, FIFA 17, and several racers - Forza Horizon 3, Nascar Heat Evolution, F1 2016 - there's no choice but for a game to be great in order to compete in the current marketplace.

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), Out of the Park Developments

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_189.mp3
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