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Press Row Podcast - 2013 Christmas Spectacular

It’s Episode 64 of the Press Row Podcast, the second annual celebration of everything we love about sports video games with friends of the show! For the second straight year, we’ve gathered a who’s who of industry folks, media types, pundits, and fans all to tell us about their top three sports games of the year. Everyone has plenty of great reasons why they chose their particular three favorite titles, which reminds us all that these games strike very different chords with different types of players. It’s an epic three and a half hour show, built for those long hours of holiday travel (or to tune out those relatives you’re forced to spend time with). No matter how you listen to the show, enjoy!
Joining us this week:
Gus Ramsey, ESPN (@gusramsey)
Rex Dickson, EA Sports
Christian McLeod, EA Sports (@CMcLeod_EA)
Ben Haumiller, EA Sports (@benhaumiller)
Patrick Bellancia, EA Sports (@patrickbellanca)
Brad Hilderbrand, EA Sports (@aubradley84)
Mike Phillips, Player One Podcast (@mormonrage)
Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast (@sewart)
Pete Dodd, The Doddcast (@atPeteDodd)
Sean Ramjagsingh, EA Sports (@Rammer34)
Garreth Reeder, EA Sports (@iminurbase)
Garnett Lee, Weekend Confirmed (@GarnettLee)
Christian Spicer, Weekend Confirmed (@spicer)
Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)
Zach Farley, Maddentips.com (@maddenbible)
Steve Gibbons, Maddentips.com (@sgibs7)
TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer)
Scott Bins, ThatSportsGamer (@darthobvious)
Pete Skerritt, The Armchair Analyst (@peteskerritt)
And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER magazine (@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:
    •    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, so subscribe and rate it too!
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 3:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_64_-_Christmas_Spectacular.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Press Row Podcast: 2013 Sports Game of the Year

This is the big one! The 63rd episode of the Press Row Podcast has the full crew on hand for the countdown to and ultimate reveal of the 2013 Sports Game of the Year. For starters, each panelist makes a case for two nominees. Up next, Rich counts down the top three games based upon the lists that each panelist submitted to reveal the winner. Lastly, each panelist reviews their personal list so you can see how the actual selections came together. It’s one of the most eagerly-anticipated episodes ever, and we hope you have as much fun listening to it as much as we did making it.
Enjoy the show!
Joining us this week:
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Owen Good,Kotaku (@owengood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
And your host, Richard Grisham (@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:
    •    Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
    •    Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
    •    Respond to this post
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!
Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:47

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_63.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Press Row Podcast: The trouble with NBA 2K14 and VC

The 62nd episode of the Press Row Podcast is culled from a special Press Row Hangout dedicated to the discussion about the ever-growing controversy surrounding NBA 2K14 and its implementation of VC across many of the game modes of their next-gen versions. Host Rich Grisham is joined by PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey to break down the issue from top to bottom, what it means specifically for NBA 2K14, and what it may mean for sports games moving forward.  

Joining us this week:
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
And your host, Richard Grisham (@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:
    •    Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
    •    Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
    •    Respond to this post
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!
Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:29

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_62.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Biggest Sports Game Stories of the Year

The 61st episode of the Press Row Podcast features a discussion about the top sports game stories of the year – and what a year it’s been. From the launching of new consoles to the cancellations and suspensions of multiple popular titles, there’s no lack of subjects from which to choose.  

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Owen Good,Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Eventually Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@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 

3)     Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:33

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_61.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Press Row Podcast - Xbox One Launch Special

For the 60th episode of the Press Row Podcast, we combine parts of two Press Row Hangouts. The first (and longer) section is pulled from our Xbox One Launch Night Hangout, featuring host Rich Grisham along with PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey and Kotaku’s Owen Good as they discuss their first experiences. The second section is pulled from this past week’s Hangout with Rich and Bryan as they reflect on having the console for a full week.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Owen Good,Kotaku (@owengood)

And your host Richard Grisham (@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 

3)     Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:09

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_60.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: NBA Live 14 Critical Analysis

The 58th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a critical analysis of NBA Live 14, perhaps the most fascinating sports game story of 2013. The show is a combination of two events – a Press Row Hangout from the night that NBA Live officially launched as well as a follow-up conversation of the Xbox One Launch Press Row Hangout. The first (and longer) section features host Rich Grisham along with PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey, ThatSportsGamer.com’s TJ Lauerman, and The Gaming Tailgate’s Chris Jacobs. The second segment, which takes place after EA’s “apology” of sorts for the launch state of the game, features Owen Good and Chris Sanner along with Rich and Bryan.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer)

Chris Jacobs, The Gaming Tailgate (@cdj80)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Chris Sanner ,Operation Sports(@ChrisSnr)

And your host, Rich 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 

3)     Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:50

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_59.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: PS4 Launch Sports Games & More

The 58th episode of the Press Row Podcast features most of our standard crew – and a great special guest – and covers all of the PS4 launch sports games. We go into detail on NBA 2K14, NBA Live, Madden 25, and FIFA 14, and our overall experience launching into the next generation of sports games. In addition, the crew talks a bit about the non-sports games they’ve tried on PS4 as well as their plans for Xbox One.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@the_katbot)

Samit Sarkar,Polygon (@samitsarkar)

And your host, Rich 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 

3)     Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:38

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_58.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: PS4 Launch Night Hangout

On the evening of the PS4 launch on November 15th, several Press Row Podcast regulars and a couple of new friends got together for a special Press Row Hangout. We decided to put out the show in audio format for all of the standard show listeners. The crew describes getting their PS4 units, how the setup went well or horribly wrong, and initial thoughts on all of the sports games that came out with the system. It’s a rollicking episode full of all the day one surprises, delights, confusion, and disasters.

Joining us this week:
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Owen Good,Kotaku (@owengood)
TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer.com(@thatsportsgamer)
Chris Jacobs, The Gaming Tailgate(@cdj80)
Jeremy Stein, GSN Gamers (@LosingMT)


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 
    •    Respond to this post


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!
Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!


Enjoy the show!


Run Time: 2:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_57.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: NBA Live 14 Hands-On

To gear up for the release of two next-generation consoles in the next two weeks – and the first release of an NBA Live title in four years - Episode 56 of the Press Row Podcast features a complete, unedited recording of host Rich Grisham’s (@richgrisham) sit-down with three NBA Live development team members for the first hands-on play time with the game. You’ll hear Executive Producer Sean O’Brien’s (@seanobs) take on the state of the franchise, producer Ryan Ferwerda (@ryanferwerda) go through all of the game’s features, and designer Scott O’Gallagher (@scottogallagher) take Rich through the controls and play a couple of games. It’s a fascinating peek into how the game is slowly breaking out of its mystery-shrouded shell as it prepares for release on November 19th.

Enjoy the show!

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 

3)      Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:18

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_56.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 55 - WWE 2K14, NBA Live 14, Madden 25 & More

Episode 55 of the Press Row Podcast is the last full panel show before the launch of the PS4, and it’s highlighted with spirited discussion on all sorts of subjects. Up first, the team discusses the new information about The Show for the PS4 juxtaposed with no baseball on the Xbox One. Next, Mike Suszek and Owen Good go deep on their reviews of WWE 2K14. Later on, Rich Grisham describes his hands-on experience with NBA Live, followed by a bit of NBA 2K14 PS4 exclusivity information and wrapped up by an examination of what we’ve seen and heard so far about Madden 25 on next-gen consoles. It’s a jam-packed show! Here’s the breakdown:

6:30 mark – Rich, Owen, Chris, Bryan, and Samit discuss all the next-gen baseball information

29:30 mark – Mike and Owen review WWE 2K14

52:00 mark – Rich describes his time hands-on with NBA Live 14

1:19:00 mark – The crew reacts to what they’ve seen from Madden 25 next-gen

1:30:00 mark – We go around the table to ask who’s buying the PS4 at launch and what games they’re buying as well

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Owen Good,Kotaku (@owengood)

Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)

Ian Cummings, Zynga (@iantcummings)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@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 

3)      Respond to this post

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!

Lastly, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:42

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_55.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:25am EDT