Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

This last Tuesday marked what would have been the release of NCAA Football 18 had the series not been cancelled in 2013. There also hasn't been a college basketball game since 2009. How did we get to where we are now that college sports is barely represented in gaming? What is the potential for college sports to make any sort of comeback in the future?

From the lawsuits that began eight years ago to why no developer would take on such a project right now given the circumstances, alternative development ideas, favorite memories of the games, and why there is still so much passion and emotion over the subject is discussed on this episode of the Press Row Podcast.

On the show this week:

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

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This episode of the Press Row Podcast looks back at the games that released and biggest stories to have developed through the mid-point of the year. MLB The Show 17, NBA Playgrounds, The Golf Club 2, ARMS, Rocket League and more are reassessed and news on eSports, digital subscription services, story modes, and new consoles are revisited.

On the show 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_228.mp3
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Nearly three years have passed since HB Studios debuted The Golf Club and now its sequel has just released. This episode of the Press Row Podcast examines The Golf Club 2 with discussion on its ultra-realistic gameplay, improvements to accessibility, new features, and unfortunate server problems.

Other topics covered during the show include patch restrictions on the Nintendo Switch discovered through NBA Playgrounds' struggles to get an update out that could threaten post-release support on the system, and whether selling special editions of games that release several days before the standard editions is an incentive to buy the former or a punishment for spending less on the latter.

On the show this week:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Having extensively discussed all the big news that came out of EA Play and E3 in the last two podcast episodes, Kat Bailey is now welcomed to the show to go over some hands-on impressions from the show floor for Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and Pro Evolution Soccer 18 before turning to a breakdown of all the news on NHL 18 which includes several confirmed features and an upcoming online beta.

On the show this week:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

After covering the reveals from the EA Play press briefing in the last show, this episode of the Press Row Podcast features discussion on the rest of the news to come out of E3 week. That includes the Sony and Microsoft presentations (with the finalized details on the Xbox One X), more details on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18 and what it means for its prospects for success, the announcement of an online beta for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, and the disaster that E3 created by welcoming in thousands more people to the show floor.

On the show 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_225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Sports games always take center stage at Electronic Arts' annual mid-June press briefing. Those previously linked with E3 instead now represent the kickoff to their own event EA Play. Given that the leading soccer, football, and basketball titles are always among the top selling games in both North America and worldwide every year their high-profile presence should come as no surprise.

Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and NBA Live 18 all were prominently featured in this weekend's EA Play press briefing. Madden had the full reveal of its new story mode to be known as "Long Shot" which has some colleges and big actors involved, FIFA had a look at its sequel to "The Journey" story mode along with some gameplay improvements, and NBA Live introduced a Career Mode called "The One" through its dual trailers.

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast host Bryan Wiedey is joined by Rich Grisham and T.J. Lauerman to go through the news and discuss what it all means for the respective franchises.

On the show this week:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

The video games industry continues to go through a transformation that few saw coming and many continue to struggle with. From the games media to developers and publishers, the traditional rules have changed so many degrees that it's more difficult than ever to determine your true audience and their priorities.
 
In this week's episode, Rich Grisham sits down with US Gamer Editor in Chief Kat Bailey and Polygon Weekend Editor Owen Good to chat about the impact of all these changes. How do sports games get covered in 2017? What is their relationship to publishers and developers? What does the audience want to hear and see? It's a fascinating, honest look at how all of us that love sports games are impacted by these changes - for good and otherwise.
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

Before the news storm that is E3 and EA Play arrive there's plenty to cover happening in the world of sports gaming. Impressions of the ARMS beta leads off the topics in this week's Press Row Podcast, along with the questionable decision made to release Super Mega Baseball 2 in September, a major patch for NBA Playgrounds, and the launch of another game subscription service on Xbox One.

On the show 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_222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

It's only May, but for games due out in late summer it's the time that their promotional cycles typically begin. E3 and EA Play are only a few weeks away and in advance of that EA Sports announced the first feature information for Madden NFL 18 and Konami has done the same for Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast all of the news on Madden NFL 18 is discussed, including the introduction of the Frostbite Engine and Story Mode, three different 'Play Styles' (with a debate over whether removing randomness from sports is really the right way to go for competitive gaming), the various gameplay improvements cited so far and more. Additionally the new features for PES 2018 are covered, plus a look ahead at the announcement of the first tennis game for consoles since 2012.

On the show this week:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Arcade-style sports games have been making a resurgence as of late thanks to independent developers, but now for the first time one of them even has the backing of a professional league. NBA Playgrounds released this last week for just $20 with full league licensing and a deep roster of current players and legends, and it comes from Saber Interactive, a studio that has never before worked on a sports game.

The panel for this episode of the Press Row Podcast discuss the the aspects of NBA Playgrounds that have been executed well, the flaws that have been identified in gameplay and design, and improvements that could be made in post-release support and for a potential sequel.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Hit the Pass/Sporting News (@pastapadre)
Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)
T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
Chris MillenniumOS, Operation Sports (@MillenniumOS)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT