Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

This week Bryan and Rich discuss how the various sports games are faring in the ultra-competitive marketplace that now also includes different forms of distribution, the NFL and Fortnite partnership, more Forza Horizon 4 and FIFA 19.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_298.mp3
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As the Press Row Podcast approaches its 300th episode there's some reflection on its beginnings back in 2012. Discussion then turns to whether the sports games this year have proven to be boring or compelling, drilling into Forza Horizon 4 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, and whether the games are worth purchasing on day one given how quickly they are dropping in price. 

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On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
Daniel Baesel, UberYTwitch (@danielbaesel)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_297.mp3
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This week's episode features our great friend - and official Press Row Podcast Racing Correspondent - Greg Sewart joining us to dive deep into Forza Horizon 4 now that it's been out in the world for a few weeks. How does it compare to past gems? Is it officially better than the mainline Forza franchise? Or has it lost its way? After Greg, a special bonus section features friends Jeff Riddolls and Adam Burnett chatting about Franchise Hockey Manager 5, the all-new hockey strategy game from Out of the Park Developments.

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_296.mp3
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Bryan and Rich are back together to talk about the latest developments and stories from the sports gaming world, including why tattoos are part of a legal fight for Take Two and NBA 2K, what lies ahead for the season according to NBA 2K19, and Fight Night Champion being added to the EA Access Vault. 

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_295.mp3
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It's a full plate for everyone on the show this week! Host Rich Grisham is joined by T.J. Lauerman and Kris Jardine to talk about the wide variety of sports game they're playing. From NBA 2K19 to Madden 19, NHL 19 to PES 2019, and some Forza Horizon 4 as well, there are more great games to play than time to play them. But the crew gives it their best shot!

On the show this week:
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
T.J. Lauerman, Out of the Park Developments/ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer)
Kris Jardine, Out of the Park Developments/Snaggle Club (@snagglej)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_294.mp3
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This week Bryan and Rich catch up on all the different sports games on the scene right now and their two varying approaches to them. Also, they talk about the challenges that they do (or did) have as reviewers, and how the importance of reviews has changed as the gaming industry - and sports games in particular - have evolved. Plus! Our resident racing game expert Greg Sewart stops by in a bonus segment to dive into the new NASCAR Heat 3, and whether or not racing game fans should give it a shot.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast (@sewart)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_293.mp3
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It’s a special episode of the Press Row Podcast this week, featuring interviews with two influential and important people with similar tales of moving from the sports gaming community to the sports gaming development world.

Up first is Markus Frieske, who describes how he scouts for great creator talent, the reasons behind what he does, and how he moved from a contributor in the community to a highly influential creative supporter at EA.

Next is our great friend Nino Samuel, aka Da Czar, a producer of NBA 2K19. Czar dives deep into NBA 2K19 of course, and also talks about his journey from leading Sim Nation – advocating for the best sports gaming experience possible – to making it happen himself as part of the NBA 2K development team.

On the show this week:
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
Nino Samuel, 2K Sports (@da_czar)
Markus Frieske, EA Sports (@markusfrieske)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_292.mp3
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The wave of sports games that release within a very condensed window in late summer is now fully upon us with a few more still to come on their heels. Discussion this week centers on those games have stood out and captured the focus of the panelists. That leads to extensive discussion on FIFA 19, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, and NBA 2K19. Additionally some reaction to the latest news on the upcoming NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 which includes roster additions, release dates, and a higher price.

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_291.mp3
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This week features two great segments! Up first, we welcome NBA 2K19 Gameplay Producer Scott O'Gallagher back to the show to talk all about this year's game. We cover all the bases, from gameplay to online to history - and yes, Virtual Currency. That's followed by a deep dive into F1 2018 with our favorite racing expert Greg Sewart. Kick back and enjoy a double dip of sports game talk!

On the show this week:
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)
Scott O'Gallagher, 2K Sports (@ScottOGallagher)
Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast (@sewart)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_290.mp3
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After a whole week away Rich Grisham is reunited with Bryan Wiedey to discuss the many sports games of September, first impressions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and NBA 2K19, the current state of microtransactions, and what non-sports games are peaking interest in the near future.  

On the show this week:
Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_289.mp3
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