Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

It's episode 200 of the Press Row Podcast! After reflecting on the milestone four years in the making, attention turns to awarding the 5th Annual Press Row Podcast Sports Game of the Year.

The top three games of 2016 are revealed, the panel reacts and discusses the reasoning behind them landing where they did, and later get to the games that didn't place while also bringing up a few unconventional sports games that received votes. It's a supersized episode covering just about everything to do with sports games in 2016!

Joining us 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)
T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)
MillenniumOS, Operation Sports (@MillenniumOS)

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_200.mp3
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EST

One mode in Madden NFL 17 has expanded so much in terms of both content and prominence that it couldn't even fit into the Review Roundtable episode. Bryan Wiedey and T.J. Lauerman examine the revenue-driving Ultimate Team by going through its intimidating feature set and assessing what is working well and what could be improved. Has it all gotten to be a little too much for the average gamer?

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_188.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

One of the most anticipated Press Row Podcast episodes on an annual basis is here with the Madden NFL 17 Review Roundtable! The panel discusses various themes of this year's game, examine where it excels, and identify the areas that need the most work going forward.

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), Out of the Park Developments
Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot), USgamer
Dustin Toms (@Dustin_Toms), IGN
Chris "Millennium" (@MillenniumOS), Operation Sports

Written Reviews: Sporting News, Polygon, USgamerOperation SportsIGN

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Madden NFL 17's release is imminent - or in the case of those with EA Access on Xbox One the season has already kicked off - and before getting to the big panel review roundtable podcast (that'll be next week) Bryan Wiedey, Owen Good, Rich Grisham, and T.J. Lauerman discuss early impressions and experiences with the game. Is this the year Madden finally returns to the upper-echelon of sports games?

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), Out of the Park Developments
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_186.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EST

NBA 2K17 is now just 27 days away from release. Very little is known about the game, and that's a departure from the norm this close to a product coming out - particularly one with the massive popularity of NBA 2K.

Naturally fans are seeking out info, but not only are they failing to find it on social media, they're being treated with a level of contempt by official reps for 2K Sports simply because they want to know about the game they're planning to spend $60 or more on next month.

Bryan Wiedey, Rich Grisham, and Owen Good discuss the situation and long-running antagonistic relationship between 2K Sports and their followers on social media.

On this episode:

Bryan Wiedey, @Pastapadre

Rich Grisham @RichGrisham

Owen Good @OwenGood

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_185.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

With four months of MLB The Show 16 now in the books it's time to evaluate just how developer Sony San Diego can improve on an all-around excellent game next year. From gameplay to the big modes (Diamond Dynasty, Franchise, Road to the Show) Press Row Podcast host Bryan Wiedey and panelists Owen Good and T.J. Lauerman go through a great number of personal suggestions and those contributed by the community. A bonus segment follows with Kat Bailey discussing NHL 17 online beta impressions and early observations of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer
Kat Bailey (@The_KatBot), USgamer

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am EST

With the release nearing of this year's main crop of sports games there's a great deal of news to catch up on. That includes the first real game info on NBA 2K17 and expected Olympics-related announcements to come soon, observations from the first Madden NFL 17 player ratings and what they mean, the potential of cross-network play for Rocket League, and impressions out of an NHL 17 press event. The show wraps up with a segment between Rich Grisham and NHL producer Sean Ramjagsingh discussing this year's game! 

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
Sean Ramjagsingh (@rammer34), EA Sports

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_183_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

It's the second annual Sports Game Power Rankings! Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham navigate the sports gaming landscape to determine which franchise stands atop the genre and how they compare to each other within. The assessment relies on criteria that includes sales, reviews, cultural impact and more, so can NBA 2K repeat or will a new series take the crown?

On the show this episode:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13pm EST

Two major controversies arose this week and they have raised questions regarding the rights of consumers who purchase video games and spend money on digital items within them.

With MLB The Show 16, developer Sony San Diego banned a relatively large number of player accounts but some users may have found themselves banished unjustly. In FIFA the integrity of Ultimate Team mode has been brought into question, with high-value player cards not having played up to the level at which they were advertised.

With those situations in mind it's fair to wonder just what is actually owned when a video game is bought, and how it's possible to determine whether you're actually getting what you're paying for with digital-based content when there's no oversight or regulation.

That's the focus this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass. What rights do consumers have or not have, given the terms of which that are required to be agreed upon in order to play the games, and what should change about the way publishers deal with consumers when they feel the need to take certain actions?

On the show this episode:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

One of the busiest weeks for gaming news every year has come to a close for 2016. E3 and EA Play offered up a prime opportunity for publishers to reveal trailers and new features for their upcoming suite of games. In the case of EA Sports that meant info on a story mode for FIFA 17 and Franchise improvements for Madden NFL 17.

A new mountain sports game called Steep was revealed, a sequel to The Golf Club was announced, and Forza Horizon 3 debuted a trailer along with details on its feature set. Beyond just games Microsoft made the biggest news with the announcement of a new console that'll be out late 2017.

Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham get together in this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass to talk over reactions to everything that happened, the state of E3 and its accompanying press briefings, and whether sports video games can ever become successful in the world of eSports.

On the show this episode:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_180.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39am EST

Feature announcements for upcoming sports games are an annual tradition out of E3. This year EA Sports has revealed a major new mode for FIFA 17 and a bevy of improvements and additions for Franchise mode in Madden NFL 17. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass those announcements are covered with guests from the development teams of both games.

Up first from FIFA 17 are Matthew Prior and Aaron McHardy to discuss the just announced story mode "The Journey" and what the new Frostbite engine will mean for the game. Then Madden NFL 17 designer John White joins the show to go through what's new for Franchise mode this year, which includes a new way to play through games faster and a real-time score ticker.

On the show this episode:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Hit The Pass/Sporting News
Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
Matthew Prior, EA Sports
Aaron McHardy, EA Sports
John White (@EA_White), EA Sports

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Take a look at wishlists for almost any annualized sports game and you'll see fans requesting changes to commentary. It's an area of the video games that is one of the most difficult to reproduce from actual televised broadcasts. Once a commentary team is in place developers hesitate to make major changes, as the audio libraries continue to build year-by-year and priorities inevitably are directed elsewhere. Scrapping and starting over is rare.

The Madden NFL series is one of the few that has done so however - and multiple times in the last decade. The latest is about to take place as Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis will be replacing Jim Nantz and Phil Simms with Madden NFL 17.

Rich Grisham interviews Gaudin and Davis, along with Madden producer Christian McLeod, in this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass. The group discusses everything from how the antiquated commentary system has been "blown up" for Madden 17, why Gaudin and Davis were selected for their respective positions in the booth, how commentary may differ from mode-to-mode, examples of some bizarre lines they've had to record, and the work that will be done regularly during the season to update commentary.

On the show this episode:

Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments/Hit The Pass
Charles Davis (@CFD22), Fox Sports/NFL Network
Brandon Gaudin (@BrandonGaudin), Georgia Tech/Westwood One/Turner
Christian McLeod (@CMcLeod_EA), EA Sports

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:
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2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@Gmail.com

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EST

While basketball fans may be excited that NBA 2K17 will be out earlier than ever before with its move up to mid-September, it only further compresses the window where the majority of the sports games for the year are released. Within a four week span, six major sports games will go out, and there may be even others still yet to be announced.

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit the Pass, the discussion centers on what has led to this situation coming about, how it affects publishers and consumers, whether it's unhealthy for the sports gaming genre going forward, and how it could possibly be fixed.

On the show this episode:

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

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32am EST

With EA Play and E3 nearing the promotional cycle for the next Madden has gotten underway. There's a lot to be excited about already for Madden NFL 17 including long-overdue work to Special Teams, a new defensive AI system, special moves for ball-carriers, and a "renewed focus on Franchise mode."

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast, Bryan Wiedey, Rich Grisham, and Kat Bailey discuss all the news, the concern over "Tackle Battles", and what is being hoped for with Franchise mode.

On the show this episode:

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

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_176_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EST

The current state of sports games - on console, PC, and mobile devices - is ever-changing and evolving at a rapid pace. Former creative director of the Madden NFL series Ian Cummings returns to the Press Row Podcast to join host Bryan Wiedey and friend of the show Rich Grisham to discuss his own mobile game as well as the "bigger picture."
 
For starters, Ian describes his mobile game Photo Finish Horse Racing that is gaining steam on iOS and Android, the evolution of it from a one-man side project to a full-blown experience, and the challenges he has faced since launching last year. As the conversation continues, the group then pivots to a breakdown of the first features announced for Madden NFL 17. Ian weighs in on his reaction to them, what he sees happening with the franchise, and then moves to evaluating the state of the sports gaming genre as a whole. It's a fascinating look into our current sports game landscape from someone who's been in it from multiple perspectives and has emerged successfully in 2016 as an industry leader and voice of the consumer at the same time.

On the show this episode:

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

Ian's game Photo Finish Horse Racing can be downloaded for iOS devices through iTunes and for Android devices through Google Play.

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

EA Sports has been unable to recover from the attempted reboot of NBA Live as NBA Elite while at the same time seeing their competition flourish to become a juggernaut. It's been six years but the company has yet to produce a quality and compelling product since that fiasco and in the process consumers have lost all confidence in the Live brand. The series simply can't escape its past.

Knowing that a shake-up was necessary EA yesterday confirmed the first report of Live being pushed back to 2017. Despite that acknowledgement uncertainty will continue to surround the series as there's no guarantee it will again see the light of day on consoles. If it makes it back as currently scheduled the form in which it does could be very different than what consumers have become accustomed to with traditional annualized sports games.

On the show this episode:

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

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06am EST

There's been a heavy focus with recent episodes of the Press RowPodcast on the two big games that released in March, but nowattention turns to some news relating to titles that are still offin the future and a favorite that has just been updated. The triothis week discuss the first features to have been revealed forNHL 17, how EA Sports is considering adding VirtualReality to the next UFC game and what that might mean forothers out before then, and how a basketball mode is the latestsuccess from Rocket League.

On the show this week:

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

In addition to all the other listening platforms the PressRow Podcast can now also be found on Google Play Music!

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EST

Team-building modes in sports games are intended to be played for months on end, if not year-round, making them initially tough to assess when in the early days following their respective releases. With over three weeks now having been spent playing Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 16 there's a lot more that has been evaluated following the coverage in the review roundtable episode, so host Bryan Wiedey and frequent guest T.J. Lauerman discuss everything there is to do with the popular mode in an all-new Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass.

Whether it's the new card types, Captains, Missions, Collections, Battle Royale, Conquest, and the Inside Edge daily ratings adjustments, everything that's new in Diamond Dynasty is covered. Additionally, server-related problems slowing down menu navigation and causing "Challenge Failed" errors require mentioning as the experience has been considerably hampered and necessitated multiple emergency patches. The duo also goes over their current lineups, the decisions that have been made in constructing their rosters, and sleeper picks to consider using on your own teams out there.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

In addition to all the other listening platforms the Press Row Podcast can now also be found on Google Play Music!

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

MLB The Show 16 represents another year forward for a series that knows its many strengths and continues to build on them but may not be doing enough to bolster its areas of weakness. All the while a new issue has emerged in recent days with crippling server drag being felt throughout all the menus severely hampering the experience for all consumers. This review roundtable panel discussion on MLB The Show 16 extensively covers gameplay, graphics, Road to the Show, Franchise, Diamond Dynasty, and much more!

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar), Polygon
Kat Bailey (@the_Katbot), USGamer
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

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 some tweets
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@Gmail.com

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28am EST

With the release of several sports games this month the start to the 2016 campaign is here! Former host Rich Grisham returns this episode for an early impressions discussion on MLB The Show 16 that covers new features in Diamond Dynasty, Road to the Show, Franchise and more! It's also the start of something potentially big with shipping of Virtual Reality headsets getting underway. The conversation transitions into thoughts on VR, whether sports games will play a role in its success, and what it could mean for the industry as a whole.

On the show this week:

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

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

EA Sports UFC 2 is undeniably a stronger product than the company's first two efforts at the sport of MMA that released in 2010 and 2014. From the Knockout Physics System and KO Mode to new controls for transitions and the introduction of Ultimate Team there's a lot there to be evaluated. While much of what has been done is positive there's also submissions proving to be a non-factor and a disappointing Career Mode to consider. How does the product stand on its own, and could this be the game that reverses the trend that has seen a decline in sales with every new UFC video game release?

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Chris Sanner (@ChrisSnr), Operation Sports
Dylan Favorite (@jerkfacefave), Hit The Pass

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Press Row Podcast: Legends of the Past and Present

The NBA 2K series has long celebrated the history of the league and its players. Now, however, its development team is faced with an interesting, and unenviable task: how to replicate the skills of an active legend-in-the-making doing things that have never been seen before. Another series, Out of the Park Baseball, is back with its 17th edition that expands upon the historical teams that trace back all the way to 1919 with real historical minor leagues and a new Historical Exhibition Mode.

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast, NBA 2K developers Mike Wang and Scott O'Gallagher join the show to discuss why the current shooting system in place can't support what Stephen Curry has been doing and possible solutions to present him with new capabilities in 2K16 and going forward in the franchise. After that, Rich Grisham and T.J. Lauerman come on to discuss everything to do with Out of the Park Baseball 17 which is out later this month. The pre-order discount of $5 is available through March 8 and entering the promotional code "PRESS17" at checkout will take another 10% off the price.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Mike Wang (@beluba), NBA 2K gameplay director
Scott O'Gallagher (@scottogallagher), NBA 2K gameplay producer
Rich Grisham (@richgrisham), Out of the Park Developments
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Out of the Park Developments

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_168.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

The release of MLB The Show 16 is now just around the corner and this episode of the Press Row Podcast features a rundown and reaction to all the latest features and improvements that have been detailed recently, covering gameplay, presentation, Sounds of the Show, and Diamond Dynasty. Other topics include the lawsuit over the alleged as unauthorized use of tattoos in NBA 2K16, the lackluster UEFA Euro 2016 content coming to Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, and impressions of the surprisingly good NBA Live Mobile.

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@OwenGood), Polygon
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Hit The Pass/Out of the Park Developments

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

There was a LOT to dig into with the one-week beta for EA Sports’ UFC 2, including updated gameplay and graphics and new Practice, Skills Challenges, and Ultimate Team modes. How has the sequel improved from the 2014 effort and what remains a concern? What new has been learned about UFC 2? Will it be more welcoming to novices given its inherent complicated nature? Host Bryan Wiedey is joined by Dylan Favorite and T.J. Lauerman in the 166th episode of the Press Row Podcast.   

On the show this week: 

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass

Dylan Favorite (@jerkfacefave), Hit The Pass

T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), Hit The Pass/Out of the Park Developments

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Run time: 46 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

After a lull of several months there are new sports game releases on the horizon. MLB The Show 16 will land in late March and news this week relates to Road to the Show and a new feature called ShowTime. Is that mode in particular getting too gimmicky? Meanwhile there's a lot going on for mid-March's EA Sports UFC 2 from a beta, to announcement of Mike Tyson, live streams of gameplay, and details on Ultimate Team. What stands out the most as the publisher hopes for the sequel to fare better than their first effort with the license? Additionally there was the announcement from EA that they'll be holding their own event rather than having a presence at E3. What does that mean for both EA and the future of E3? 

On the show this week:

Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), ThatSportsGamer

 Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:
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Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

It's the 164th episode of the Press Row Podcast, but the first since its inception without trusted host Rich Grisham. After catching up on what everyone has been playing over the last several weeks the crew transitions into a discussion on one of the subjects brought up most often by gaming fans, and that is in regard to the situation with college sports games. Why are they gone? What would it take to get any back? And what was with EA Sports' ill-advised social media post? 
 
On the show this week: 
 
Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre), Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit The Pass
Owen Good (@owengood), Polygon
Kat Bailey (@The_Katbot), US Gamer
T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), That Sports Gamer
 
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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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.
Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EST

Our annual holiday tradition podcast is back! We bring together all sorts of friends of the show from recent months as well as past years to each count down their top three sports games of the year. From game makers to game critics, a host of different viewpoints are represented, making it one of the most popular and talked-about shows we do each year.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_163.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EST

The most-anticipated, most-listened to Press Row Podcast episode of the year is here! The entire panel gets together to state their cases for each of the biggest and best titles to be named Press Row Podcast Sports Game of the Year for 2015. Will it be FIFA 16? Will it be Rocket League? Will it be MLB 15 The Show? Will it be NBA 2K16? Will it be Madden NFL 16? Will it be FIFA 16? 

Join longtime Press Row panelists Owen Good, Kat Bailey, Samit Sarkar, T.J. Lauerman, Chris Sanner, Bryan Wiedey, and host Rich Grisham as they break down all the candidates and ultimately unveil the winner. After the winner is named, stick around to hear each individual panelist’s personal top three list and how it impacted the overall winner.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

In the 161st episode of the Press Row Podcast, our two experts take us through the year in the racing games. In many ways, 2015 was an excellent year for fans of the genre, with a selection of simulation, arcade, niche, and non-traditional vehicle options. Greg Sewart and Dr. Ken Parker each join host Rich Grisham to talk about it all.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Greg Sewart (@sewart), Player One Podcast

Dr. Ken Parker, (@Chairman7), Hit The Pass

And your host, Rich Grisham (@richgrisham)

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Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

In the 160th episode of the Press Row Podcast, several of our longtime panelists get together to discuss the biggest, most important stories in the sports game world in 2015. From the unexpected success of Rocket League to the surprising influence of EA Access, the continuing shift to digital revenues in big time games to the overall strong quality of the majority of games, there were a lot of developments over the past year that strongly influence how we play the games we do. Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Bryan Wiedey join host Rich Grisham for a spirited debate.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

And your host, Rich Grisham (@richgrisham)

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Run time: 1 hour 11 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EST

In the 159th episode of the Press Row Podcast, Madden’s eSports Producer Matt Marcou joins host Rich Grisham to talk about all the details related to Madden’s brand new foray into the explosively popular world of eSports. Marcou discusses why eSports overall has gotten so big, where Madden hopes to fit into that equation, the elements that have led him and the Madden team to craft Draft Champions Ranked to fuel their eSports initiative, and much more.

Enjoy the show!

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Run time: 37 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EST

In the 158th episode of the Press Row Podcast, Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, and Owen Good chat about a number of topics as the current sports game year gets into high gear. Owen weighs in on last week's discussion about a wishlist for next year's MLB The Show, Bryan discusses the nifty new content for Rocket League, and then the entire crew breaks down the significance of the new, large patches for both Madden NFL 16 and NBA 2K16. What does the extensive support of these titles mean to consumers these days, and what does it mean when other titles are not supported as much?

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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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: 1:06

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

The 157th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a series of three discussions between Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, and our community. Up first is a chat about hopes and expectations for MLB 16 The Show as we near the time of year that we typically start to hear about new features for Sony's excellent baseball title. Next, the topic shifts to the concern about pro athletes, violent or illegal off-field behavior, and the responsibility of game publishers to keep or remove those players from their game. Last, Rich has a guilty pleasure in the new Need For Speed, and chats with Bryan about why he thinks that is.

Enjoy the show!

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Run time: 56 minutes

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Whether you’re a big fan or have zero interest, the explosive growth of money, coverage, and influence of eSports is undeniable. As major game publishers analyze the eSports landscape, what – if anything – does it mean for fans of “traditional” sports video games? What are the similarities and differences between mainstream sports and eSports? Why have eSports become so popular in the first place? Rich Grisham is joined by Kat Bailey to chat about all of these topics on Press Row for the first time.

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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Run time: 56 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am EST

A decade ago, the most monumental decision in sports gaming history took place. Electronic Arts secured the exclusive license to make NFL-branded console video games, and the industry has never been the same again. 10 years later, what does that mean? Is it possible, much less likely, that anyone will ever make a competitor to Madden? If so, what would it take to accomplish it? Join our panel of Owen Good, Kat Bailey, Bryan Wiedey, and Rich Grisham as they explore this issue.

Read Rich's Sporting News article right here, which launched the discussion: Will Madden ever have competition?

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Run time: 1:04

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

These are fascinating times in the sports game world, with no better illustration of changing consumer behaviors and new business models than the battle between NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16. The tales of these two games - the dizzying sales success of 2K versus the allegedly dismal failure of Live to capture attention - provide an interesting view into how sports games are now made, marketed, and distributed. Cicero Holmes, Kahlief Adams, and Bryan Wiedey join Rich Grisham to discuss these wildly varying situations.

Joining us this week:

Bryan WIedey, PastaPadre and Hit THe Pass (@pastapadre)

Cicero Holmes, Spawn On Me (@StubbyStan)

Kahlief Adams, Spawn On Me (@Kahjahkins)

Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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Run time: 1:13

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am EST

The 153rd episode of the Press Row Podcast gets a couple of our long-lost friends back on the show to chat all about the fall's sports game landscape. The crew chats about the new DLC plans for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Golf, the struggles of NBA Live 16 vs NBA 2K16, and answer listener questions about MLB The Show, FIFA, and Madden as well. 

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@RichGrisham)

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EST

The 152nd episode of the Press Row Podcast lets us catch our breath and look around the jammed sports game landscape now that all of the major titles have been released. Our panel revisits aspects of NBA 2K16, Madden 16, MLB 15 The Show, Forza Motorsport 6, FIFA 16, Rocket League, and others. Which games are in our current rotations and why? Which ones have fallen out? What do we expect to change or stay the same for the rest of the fall?

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer and Hit The Pass (@ThatSportsGamer)

Ryan Lewis, Hit The Pass (@RyanTheLou)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@RichGrisham)

Be sure to check out T.J.'s Extra Life charity event here to sign up and help out! http://www.extra-life.org/participant/ThatSportsGamer

Run Time: 1:19

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

The 151st episode of the Press Row Podcast gets all our hoops-loving friends together to chat all about NBA 2K16. The panel discusses the on-court gameplay, the (yet again) modified controls, the online play, the controversial Spike Lee story mode, and some of the interesting moments we’ve experienced in the launch window of one of the most ambitious sports games of all time. Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Chase Becotte, Operation Sports (@ChastBecotte)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Cicero Holmes, Spawn on Me and Hit The Pass (@StubbyStan)

Kahief Adams, Spawn on Me and Hit The Pass (@Kahjahkins)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1:22

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 150 – FIFA 16/Pro Evolution 2016 Review Roundtable

The 150th (!) episode of the Press Row Podcast gets all our international football-loving friends together to chat all about the brand-new FIFA 16 as well as quite a bit of Pro Evolution 2016. The panel discusses the on-pitch gameplay, new ways to experience Ultimate Team, the controversial FUT Draft mode, and why some people may be feeling a bit of a missing spark with a lack of significant new ways to play despite FIFA’s overall excellence. PES 2016 also gets some love, as the group compares and contrasts the two games and celebrates the fact that two great soccer games are available today – something we can’t say about most other sports.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Chase Becotte, Operation Sports (@ChaseBecotte)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Jeremy Stein (@losingMT)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1:45

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_150_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EST

The 149th episode of the Press Row Podcast gets the our hockey-loving friends together to dive into the brand-new NHL 16. The crew dives into everything NHL has to offer, including analysis of Be A Pro, Be A GM, the returning beauty of EASHL, the overall presentation and gameplay, and a little bit of Ultimate Team as well. It’s an ice-covered episode!

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Glenn Wigmore, Operation Sports (@GlennWigmore)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run time: 1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

With Madden NFL 16 and MLB 15 The Show as the currently-available big-time sports games (not for long, though, as hockey, soccer, and hoops games are coming out quickly!) a few of our regular Press Row panelists get together to debate the merits of the two against each other. Kat, Bryan, T.J, and Rich analyze how Madden is faring three weeks after release, and compare and contrast gameplay, modes, and Ultimate Team vs Diamond Dynasty between the two games.

In addition, Kat Bailey drops by (again) to chat about her hands-on time with NBA 2K16 at the development studio. She's very impressed with what was on display and has a lot of interesting perspectives on where the game stands.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

As we near the arrival of one of the most anticipated sports games ever - between a new Spike Lee-driven story, significantly upgraded franchise features offline and online, ambitious on-court gameplay additions, and new collaborative modes - host Rich Grisham sits down with two of the NBA 2K16 development team members to talk about what it all means. Scott O'Gallagher and Nino "Da Czar" Samuel join Rich for a wide-ranging discussion on what the NBA 2K franchise really means these days, why they think it's going to be the best basketball game ever made, and what's in store both now and the future.

Enjoy the show! 

Enjoy!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EST

The 146th episode of the Press Row Podcast is our official Madden 16 Review Roundtable. The show is actually another two-parter; up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Madden Creative Director Mike Young and Assistant Producer Jake Stein to talk about this year's opening cinematic. The three chat about how it came together, the thought process behind it, and the challenges experienced at launch. Up next, Rich is joined by Owen Good, Bryan Wiedey, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Gus Ramsey to explore Madden 16 in depth. It's one of our most popular episodes each year!

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Gus Ramsey, ESPN (@GusRamsey)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer  (@ThatSportsGamer)

Mike Young, EA Sports (@MySportsPhtog)

Jake Stein, EA Sports (@JStein2469)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run time: 2:11

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 145 – Madden 16 Initial Impressions

The 145th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a two-parter. Up first, Rich Grisham and Bryan Wiedey talk about their first couple of days playing the brand-new Madden NFL 16 courtesy of the EA Access program. The two go over general gameplay, the new Draft Champions mode, early online experience, and the implications of the new goal-oriented systems in the Franchise mode. Up next, our friend Ian Cummings drops by to chat about his new iOS game Derby King: Quest for the Triple Crown as well as his thoughts on the Madden franchise now that it’s been several years since he was at the helm as Creative Director.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Ian Cummings, Derby King (@iancummings)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run time: 1:45

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am EST

The 144th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a two-parter taking a look at this fall’s huge upcoming slate of sports games. Up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by NBA Live 16 Executive Producer Sean O’Brien and Senior Designer Ryan Santos to discuss the big announcements made by the team and the overall state of the franchise. Next, Rich chats with regular panelists Kat Bailey, T.J. Lauerman, and Owen Good about the overall sports game slate for the fall – who’s in the best position, where the challenges are, and how fans of these games are going to deal with a huge selection in a small window.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Sean O’Brien, EA Sports (@seanobs)

Ryan Santos, EA Sports (@ryansantos)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 Run time: 1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EST

The 143rd episode of the Press Row Podcast gets our panel back together for a fun summer conversation. The crew chat about what they’ve been playing, the joys of Rocket League, the jammed fall sports schedule, the EASHL beta, and a whole lot more. First-time guest Chase Becotte joins Bryan Wiedey, Owen Good, Samit Sarkar, and host Rich Grisham.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon(@OwenGood)

Chase Becotte, Operation Sports (@ChaseBecotte)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and HitThePass (@PastaPadre)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

 

Run time: 1:08

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am EST

The 142nd episode of the Press Row Podcast is a two parter. Up first, producer Ryan Ferwerda joins host Rich Grisham to describe the process of building Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Golf from the ground up, including how courses are constructed, the approach to mechanics, prioritization of features, online play, and why EA Sports isn’t able to currently discuss the game’s future content roadmap. After that, Rich and Bryan Wiedey get together to talk about their initial impressions of PGA Tour golf, how it compares to The Golf Club, and what they feel EA needs to do to support the game moving forward.

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

The 141st episode of the Press Row Podcast is a discussion between Owen Good, Samit Sarkar, and Rich Grisham all about the upcoming Rory McIlroy PGA Tour title. Does the limited number of courses and golfers – compared to previous versions – significantly hurt its chances at success? What is the approach that EA is taking with the game, now that it’s evidently not an annual release? Will PGA Tour evolve into a “golf as a service” model? How will it compare with The Golf Club? These and a number of other topics about PGA Tour are debated. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1:06

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

The 140th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a breezy, free-wheeling discussion with regulars Kat Bailey, Bryan Wiedey, and Rich Grisham on a whole range of topics. The panel remembers with fondness when July meant NCAA Football, discusses how online leagues impacted how they continued to play games longer than they had before, looks ahead to the upcoming Rocket League title hitting PlayStation 4 (for free!) next week, wonders if arcade sports games could make a comeback, and wraps with Kat and Rich getting into a rather heated argument about FIFA's shooting mechanics on console versus the Vita. Lastly, Bryan and Rich talk about the positive reaction to their new Hit The Pass site and what it has meant to them.

Enjoy the show, and Happy Fourth of July!

Run time: 1:23

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

This week’s mega-pod includes a number of discussions centered on this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Up first, Kat Bailey breaks down her hands-on experience with Madden NFL 16, NHL 16, FIFA 16, and Pro Evolution 2016 – lots of great details here. Next, Rich is joined by Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Chris Sanner review all of the press conferences. Lastly, Ryan Lewis hops on along with T.J., Bryan, and Rich to review the underwhelming reveal of Joe Montana Football.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Ryan Lewis, Hit The Pass (@RyanTheLou)

And your host, Richard Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 2:15

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EST

This week’s episode gets the entire Press Row gang together to talk about what E3 2015 may hold in store for sports games. From the basic messaging we’re expecting from core titles to far-flung future-state virtual reality, this year’s E3 conference is likely to throw a lot at fans of big-time sports. Will there be any major surprises? Will hyperbole be ramped up or tempered? Will we see anything from the new wave of VR machines like Oculus or Morpheus? Join the crew as we walk through what we expect and hope this year at E3.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham from HitThePass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 1:14

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 137 –The trouble(s) with FIFA

This week’s episode is a conversation with a full panel all about FIFA – namely, EA’s relationship to the embattled global organization and the reaction to the recent announcement of the inclusion of women into this fall’s FIFA 16. To what extent should EA evaluate its partnership with FIFA, considering the damning revelations of corruption and near-slave labor building World Cup stadiums? Should we be happy that a dozen women’s national teams have been added for FIFA 16, or should we be unhappy that there’s not more that can be done with them? It’s a spirited debate that goes in several unexpected directions.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre/Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham from HitThePass (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 1:03

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53am EST

This week’s episode is a deep dive into the modifications and improvements in this fall’s upcoming Madden NFL 16. Host Rich Grisham is joined by two of the leading designers of Madden’s Connected Franchise Mode, including Creative Director Kolbe Launchbaugh and Designer John White. The three discuss a host of additions and changes to CFM, including the updated goals framework, new scouting and draft options, updated commissioner tools, and a host of other items.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Koble Launchbaugh, EA Sports (@KolbeL)

John White, EA Sports (@EAWhite)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 54 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 135 – NHL 16 and Madden 16

This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, host  Rich Grisham is joined by Press Row regulars Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Samit Sarkar to discuss the NHL 16 feature set reveal. The team compares last season’s PR process to this year’s as well as the overall reaction by themselves and the fans. Up next, Madden 16’s Creative Director Kolbe Launchbaugh joins Rich to describe his approach to this fall’s Madden game as well as a preview of its theme.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chiris_Snr)

Koble Launchbaugh, EA Sports (@KolbeL)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 1:33

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 134 – Project CARS and Madden 16

This week’s episode is a two-parter. Up first, racing enthusiasts Greg Sewart and Pete Dodd join host Rich Grisham to deliver their initial impressions of the brand new racer Project CARS – what is impressive, what’s lacking, and the interesting approach to development and distribution that the game took. The second part is a brief discussion between Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Rich about the first bit of news that has been released about this fall’s Madden 16.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast (@sewart)

Pete Dodd, Dodd Scientifics (@AtPeteDodd)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 1:17

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

This week’s episode features Bryan Wiedey, Samit Sarkar, and T.J. Lauerman joining host Rich Grisham to discuss a number of topics, including the feedback from last week’s Joe Montana discussion, what each of the guests has been playing lately, the implications of EA Sports’ continued Ultimate Team money juggernaut, as well as how the various sports titles handle their social media outlets. It’s a fun show that touches on many of the games we love.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon  (@SamitSarkar)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run Time: 1:10

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

This week’s episode features Cicero Holmes and Ryan Lewis joining host Rich Grisham to talk about a host of subjects. The three chat about how they approach their favorite sports games, whether or not the “real world” influences their attitude with the virtual equivalent, what their go-to franchise is, what they would like to get into if only there were more time, and much more. In addition, Ryan takes Cicero and Rich down the bizarre Joe Montana Football rabbit hole, offering up several theories on what that operation may actually be doing. It’s a fun episode - our 132nd - that spans sports games in the present, the past, and the future.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Cicero Holmes, Spawn on Me (@stubbystan)

Ryan Lewis  (@RyanTheLou)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time: 1:32

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Between the games we’re playing right now and talk of the games coming down the line later this year, this week’s Press Row Podcast touches all the bases. Our panel hits on playing NHL during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, whether losing the Masters hurts EA Sports’ upcoming PGA Tour game, the impact of WWE coming to the PC, our latest stories playing The Show, and the leaked information about Spike Lee contributing to the next version of NBA 2K. There’s never a dull moment in the world of sports video games!

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Kat Bailey, USGamer (@The_Katbot)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

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 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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at 

https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run Time: 1:32

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

It’s been a few weeks – and before MLB The Show, Out of the Park Baseball, and RBI Baseball were released – since we last spoke with Operation Sports’ Chris Sanner, so we stopped him from chasing tornadoes for an hour to join Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and host Rich Grisham on this week’s Press Row Podcast. The crew chats about their latest experiences with The Show online and off, digs into Diamond Dynasty a bit more, discusses why the Metacritic number for The Show is relatively low (and why that doesn’t really matter), and much more about MLB 15 The Show. In addition, Chris talks about his wildly varying enjoyment of RBI Baseball and Out of the Park Baseball, and Bryan describes why Tap Sports Baseball is such a successful mobile hardball game. We hit all the bases this week in what has turned into a great spring for baseball video game fans.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

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:

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!

Lastly, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run Time: 1:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

This is it! One of the most anticipated episodes of the year is here, as we gather our crew for the annual MLB The Show Review Roundtable. We dive into most of what this year’s premier baseball game has to offer, including on-field gameplay, Road To The Show, Franchise, Diamond Dynasty, and more. Few games feature as varied of a sports experience than The Show, and panelists Kat Bailey, Owen Good, Samit Sarkar, and T.J. Lauerman pull no punches with host Rich Grisham as they break down everything they love and hate.  

Be sure to check out Rich Grisham’s review of MLB 15 The Show for GamesRadar right here: http://www.gamesradar.com/mlb-show-15-review/

Also check out Kat Bailey’s review of MLB 15 The Show for US Gamer right here: http://www.usgamer.net/articles/mlb-15-the-show-playstation-4-review-on-the-road-again

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Owen Good, Polygon (@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  

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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

One of the most important sports games of the year has finally been released, which means it’s time for the Press Row Podcast community to dive in! This week’s episode culls two segments together, the Day One and Day Two Press Row Hangout Impressions episodes that aired live earlier this week. The first segment features Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Samit Sarkar joining host Rich Grisham to discuss their first hands-on experiences, while in the second segment Owen Good hops in with the gang for his perspectives as well. It’s a fun episode that touches on a lot of what The Show has to offer out of the gate. 

Also, be sure to check out Rich Grisham’s review of MLB 15 The Show for GamesRadar right here: http://www.gamesradar.com/mlb-show-15-review/

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Owen Good, Polygon (@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  

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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run Time: 2:28

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 127 – Spring baseball and golf preview

Spring is technically here – although the weather may not agree with that – so our thoughts turn to baseball and golf. Episode 127 is a three-part show. Up first, Bryan Wiedey and T.J. Lauerman join host Rich Grisham to talk about what they’re looking forward to the most from MLB 15 The Show. Second, Rory McElroy PGA Tour Executive Producer Brent Nielsen joins Rich to chat about the recent news surrounding EA’s upcoming next-gen golf game. Lastly, Out of the Park Baseball’s Brad Cook drops by to discuss his just-released PC baseball sim, and why the new MLB license transforms the experience. 

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Brent Nielsen, EA Sports (@BrentNielsen71)

Brad Cook, Out of the Park Baseball (@bradcwriter)

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  

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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run Time:  1:22

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 126 – Rumors, Facts, and Innuendo

 

Sometimes, a week in the world of sports video games can take some interesting turns. The week of March 16th, 2015 was one of those. Multiple games were either rumored to exist or potentially be delayed for extended periods of time. Episode 126 of the Press Row Podcast encapsulates three separate discussions from Sunday through Thursday about these games and more. This three-part mega-pod contains the full audio from the latest Press Row Hangout with Bryan, T.J., and Rich, a one-on-one conversation with Owen Good, and a follow-up Hangout. Topics discussed include Joe Montana Football, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Golf, MLB 15 The Show, and much more.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

Joining us this week:

 

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

 

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

 

Owen Good, Polygon (@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 

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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

 

Run Time:  2:05

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

For the third straight year, the Press Row Podcast invaded PAX East for a panel on the state of sports games. This year’s session was titled ‘Sports Games at the Crossroads,’ which explored a number of topics. These include the continued expansion of Ultimate Team modes and their influence on overall sports game development, whether big-time sports games have gotten too difficult, and how the market could look to expand while continuing to serve its base. It was a spirited session, and we’re happy that we can deliver it to all of the listeners of the show.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Garnett Lee (@GarnettLee)

Kevin Larrabee, BackInMyPlay (@KevinLarrabee)

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 

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!

 

Run Time:  49:00

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm EST

With all the news coming out recently about new Virtual Reality devices from Sony, Valve, Oculus Rift, and others, we thought it would be a good time to examine the possibilities for VR in the sports games we love. Will it become mainstream? Will it be a flash in the pan? Are the big guys already working on something, or will they wait to see where the market goes? 

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

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  

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:  1:28

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EST

Several of us from the Press Row Podcast recently collaborated for The Sporting News to create a Sports Game Power Rankings list. In the 123rd episode of Press Row, host Rich Grisham is joined by PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey and Operation Sports’ Chris Sanner to discuss the list – why it was organized the way it was, reasons for the selections, and various ways that games can move up or down as we get nearer to the start of the 2015 sports video game season next month. 

Here is a link to the Sporting News article: http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2015-02-27/video-game-power-rankings-review-rating-nhl-madden-fifa-nba-live-2k15/

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

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  

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!

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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

It’s the 122nd episode of the Press Row Podcast, featuring a near-complete panel diving into two significant topics. Up first, the crew examines how Diamond Dynasty seems to (so far, at least) be a significant focus for MLB 15 The Show. Included in this segment, Samit Sarkar describes his initial impressions of The Show from a media event he attended. Up next, it’s the question that set off a raging debate this week – is NBA 2K bigger than Madden? Owen Good and Kat Bailey have written compelling pieces about it (spurred by an interview with Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick), and they, along with the rest of the team, have an intense discussion about whether or not this is the case.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Kat Bailey, USGamer (@The_Katbot)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

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:

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time:  1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 121 – Breaking down MLB 15’s approach

 

The first big sports game of the season is landing next month, and the crew making MLB 15 The Show has started to publicize certain aspects of their flagship PS4 title. Operation Sports’ Chris Sanner and PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey join host Rich Grisham to analyze the new approach for the development team – long-form live streams, detailed breakdowns of individual features – as well as discussing much of what has been revealed, from new visuals to Diamond Dynasty to licensed equipment.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

Joining us this week:

 

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

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 

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:  1:10

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 120 – 2015 Season Preview

 

For the first time since the 2014 Game of the Year show, we get the regular gang back together to look ahead to what 2015 may have to offer. Rather than lining up each game and wondering what it will be, the crew contemplates questions such as which sports game franchise has the most at stake, whether or not any major game will dramatically shift its approach, and how potential indie sport games may disrupt or influence licensed fare. It’s great to have most of our regular crew back to kick off a new season!

 

Enjoy the show!

 

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Kat Bailey, USGamer (@The_Katbot)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

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 

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:  1:33

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 119 – Footballs, Pucks, Cars, and Baseballs

It may be the end of January – a typically slow time in the sports game world – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t all sorts of interesting things happening. This week’s episode of the Press Row Podcast is a winter potpourri, featuring a number of special guests talking about their areas of expertise. Up first, PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey (a huge Seahawks fan) and MaddenTips’ Stephen Gibbons (a big Pats supporter) join host Rich Grisham to preview the Super Bowl. Next, Operation Sports’ own hockey expert Glenn Wigmore hops on to revisit NHL 15, checking in on its current state and how it has improved since launch. After that, our good friend Greg Sewart from Generation 16 and the Player One Podcast chats about the big shift in the NASCAR game license and what it means to racing fans. Lastly, Out of the Park Baseball’s Brad Cook discusses the huge positive implications for his game now that it has acquired the long-desired MLB license.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Stephen Gibbons, MaddenTips.com (@Sgibs7)

Glenn Wigmore, OperationSports (@glennwigmore)

Greg Sewart, Generation 16 and Player One Podcast (@sewart)

Brad Cook, Out of the Park Baseball (@ootpbaseball)

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 

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:  1:49

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_119.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 118 – Life and Basketball with Da Czar

Longtime Operation Sports community member, basketball video game critic, SimNation leader, and current NBA 2K development team member Nino Samuel – aka Da Czar – joins host Rich Grisham on the Press Row Podcast for the first time to talk life and basketball. The two break down NBA 2K15 in much detail, interspersed with stories of how Da Czar came to be and his journey from a game player to a game critic to a game maker. Da Czar’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious, making this an episode fans of any sport or video game will enjoy.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Nino Samuel, 2K Sports (@Da_Czar)

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 

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:  1:28

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_118.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 117 – The communities vote

You’ve heard the Press Row sports game of the year show – and just about everyone else’s too – so host Rich Grisham is joined by PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey and Operation Sports’s Chris Sanner to talk through each of their passionate communities’ thoughts about sports games in 2014. From the best features, online experiences, single player modes, multiplayer modes, and more, Rich, Bryan, and Chris discuss the pulse of sports games fans looking back on 2014 and ahead to this crucial upcoming year.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

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 

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!

 

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Press Row Podcast – Episode 116 – The best baseball games of the past

It’s bitterly cold across much of the USA, so what better time to reflect on some of the best baseball games of past eras? A brand new guest joins the show this episode, as Chris Baker looks back at his long history of playing baseball games ‘back in the day’ and joins host Rich Grisham to compare and contrast their personal old-school baseball games. In addition, the two discuss other interesting and honorable mentions as well as listing a bunch of listener-submitted nominations. Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Chris Baker (@cbake76)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Make sure you check out Chris’ brand new book, WRONG? Retro games, you messed up our comic book heroes! Awesomely nerdy nitpicks on nearly 80 games which is available right on Amazon.

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time:  1:28

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

Happy New Year! A holiday tradition around here at the Press Row Podcast returns for its third straight year - a gathering of a bunch of our friends to talk about their favorite sports game experiences of 2014! 

We’ve got Gus Ramsey from ESPN, producers of FIFA 15, NHL 15, and NBA 2K15, Christian Spicer from DLC, half of the Player One Podcast and the Doddcast, and the guys behind MaddenTips.com. There is a wide array of opinions, games, and platforms, highlighting just how many different experiences we all have playing sports games these days. Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Gus Ramsey, ESPN (@GusRamsey)

Christian Spicer, DLC (@spicer)

Zach Farley, MaddenTips.com (@MaddenBible)

Stephen Gibbons, MaddenTips.com (@SGibs7)

Gareth Reeder, EA Sports (@Gareth_Reeder)

Scott O’Gallagher, NBA 2K (@ScottOGallagher)

Andy Agostini, EA Sports 

Ben Ross, EA Sports 

Mike Phillips, Player One Podcast (@mik)

Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast (@sewart)

Pete Dodd, Dodd Scientifics (@atPeteDodd)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

A special thanks goes to Mike Phillips, who helped curate the soundtrack for this week’s episode, featuring some of the best songs and artists from 2014.

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time:  2:20

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_115.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 11:53pm EST

Here it is! The most anticipated show of the year – the 2014 Press Row Podcast Sports Game of the Year. The votes have been tallied and the winners are announced. As always, none of the panelists are aware of who wins coming into the show, and the discussions leading up to the unveiling and the reactions afterwards are the best part of it. This year we also add two new twists – we award our first-ever Rookie of the Year award and we “present” the Sports Game of the Year award to the development team for their reaction! It’s our best-ever Game of the Year episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did putting it all together. Happy Holidays! 

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Kat Bailey, USGamer (@The_Katbot)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@Polygon)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

2 members of the winning game’s development team

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  

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:  1:51


Press Row Podcast – Episode 113 – Old Friends and New

The 113th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a three-part holiday special. Up first is a mini 4th String reunion with Mike Suszek , Ryan Lewis, and Rich Grisham getting together to chat about what 2014 sports games meant to them. Next, Rich interviews Metalhead Software’s Scott Drader about his upcoming PS3/PS4 game Super Mega Baseball. Lastly, the full audio from this week’s Press Row Hangout closes the show, with Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Rich Grisham discussing the first batch of MLB 15 news along with reactions to a big NBA 2K15 update, Bo Jackson in Madden, and a few other items. Happy Holidays!

Joining us this week:

Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@MikeSuszek)

Ryan Lewis (@ryanthelou)

Scott Drader, Metalhead Software (@ScottDrader)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Be sure to check out Games 1-6 of Rich and T.J.'s MLB 15 The Show World Series right here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8Ipap6l0PPYJ0Zj1PFSTOp6RXYilO650

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

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Run Time: 2:19


Press Row Podcast – Episode 112 – 2014 Sports Gaming Year in Review

The 112th episode of the Press Row Podcast is our annual Year in Review show, featuring our full panel reflecting on the incredibly interesting year that was 2014. From busted launches to compelling experiences, surprising successes to shocking failures, 2014 had a little bit of everything – good and bad – for people who love the genre. 

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Be sure to check out Kat Bailey's article on US Gamer right here about her experience with FIFA 15 that she discusses on the show too!

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time:  1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_112.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Happy Thanksgiving! The 111th episode of the Press Row Podcast is pulled from our live Thanksgiving Press Row Hangout, as host Rich Grisham is joined by regular panelists Bryan Wiedey from PastaPadre and T.J. Lauerman from ThatSportsGamer as well as special guest Pete Dodd from Dodd Scientifics. The crew chats about a number of topics, including Bryan’s suggestion that NBA Live move to free-to-play, the post-release support of various sports titles since their release this year, and several others. There’s nothing quite like a long Thanksgiving weekend of food and football; enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Pete Dodd, Dodd Scientifics (@atPeteDodd)

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  

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:  1:15

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

The 110th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a special doubleheader, featuring two one-on-one interviews with key people in the sports game landscape. Up first, host Rich Grisham chats with Operation Sports’ Executive Editor Chris Sanner about his career at OS, its influence on the games we play, and how the industry has evolved since he began. There are some startling revelations. Next, our good friend and NBA 2K designer Scott O’Gallagher drops by for a fascinating conversation about his career evolution from collegiate and professional basketball player to community member to game maker. It’s chock full of interesting stories and insight into basketball video games and the ways they get made.

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

Scott O’Gallagher, 2K Sports (@ScottOGallagher)

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  

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:  2:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_110.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 109 – The age of broken launches

The 109th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a special episode, taking a look at how the mainstream and independent media have to change their approaches to covering games in the current market.  Polygon’s Owen Good and PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey join host Rich Grisham to reflect on the first year of the PS4 and Xbox One launches. It’s startling just how many titles – sports games and otherwise – have suffered crippling problems at launch and beyond. Should “Day 1” reviews exist anymore? Why do sites tolerate embargoes that lift after the retail release of a game? Should sites refuse post-launch embargoes over all? How can a game properly be covered after launch – and is there an audience for that coverage? Do sports games get a fair shake when compared to other AAA titles with much larger teams and longer development times?

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@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  

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:  1:18

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_109.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 108 – Madden 15 60 Days Later

The 108th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a full panel of Press Row regulars revisiting Madden NFL 15, 60 days after its release. We discuss what we enjoy and what nags at us, what makes Madden fun for us this season, and where the overall franchise is today and moving forward. Afterwards, some interesting nuggets came out of EA’s latest financial call, a lot of which directly impacts sports games. 

Lastly, some listener questions are answered.  

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

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  

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:  1:38

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_108.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:24am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 107 – Making NBA Live 15 and the end of online leagues

 

The 107th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a two-parter. Up first, host Rich Grisham speaks to NBA Live 15 executive producer Sean O’Brien and Producer Connor Dougan all about their approach to designing and building this year’s EA hoops game. It’s a wide-ranging conversation that looks at the just-released Live as well as the future, which is looking better today for the franchise than at any point in the past four years. The second part of the show brings all the regular Press Row panelists together to look more into a concerning trend in modern sports games – the phasing out of online leagues in favor of other modes. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Sean O’Brien, EA Sports (@seanobs)

Connor Dougan, EA Sports (@eadougie)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

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  

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:  1:32

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_107.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 106 – NBA 2K15 Afterthoughts and NBA Live 15 Initial Impressions

The 106th episode of the Press Row Podcast features a full panel of Press Row regulars diving deep into the two big fall NBA releases. Up first is an extended discussion of NBA 2K15 now that we’ve all had a few weeks to play – or choose not to play – NBA 2K15 in a full retail environment. Next is a chat about expectations for NBA Live 15, including how the game is being held up by EA as well as what the panel thinks its approach should be. Lastly, Rich spends a few minutes with PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey one-on-one to get his thoughts after spending six hours hands-on with NBA Live 15 via EA Access. It’s a hoops extravaganza. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here

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:  1:49

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_106.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 105 – Fall Racing Roundtable

 

The 105th episode of the Press Row Podcast welcomes two good friends back to the show as it pits this fall’s two big racing games against each other – Forza Horizon 2 vs DriveClub. Greg Sewart from the Player One Podcast and Pete Dodd from Dodd Scientifics join host Rich Grisham in an extended conversation that looks at what’s great and not-so-great about both titles. In addition, the community weighs in on their thoughts. Finally, the panelists examine the other next-gen racing games coming soon and the overall, ever-changing racing game landscape. Whether you’re a huge fan of the genre or just casually into racing games, chances are you’ll get a kick out of this episode.

Joining us this week:

Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast and Generation-16 (@Sewart)

Pete Dodd, Dodd Scientifics (@atPeteDodd)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Be sure to check out Greg Sewart’s great work at Extra Life right here and donate to his efforts. If not, be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here

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: 1:47

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_105.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 104 – NBA 2K15 Roundtable

The 104th episode of the Press Row Podcast focuses squarely on the just-launched NBA 2K15. The crew discusses their initial impressions, the new shot meter, moments that caught them by surprise positively and negatively, the infamous face-scanning process, concerns about the online stability and requirements, and much more. In addition, we get a brief hands-on report about NBA Live 15 as well as a few listener questions regarding Madden 15 and The Golf Club on the Xbox One.

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

And your host, Richard Grisham (@richgrisham)

Also! Be sure to help out our man T.J. Lauerman’s children’s hospital efforts at Extra Life right here

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_104.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

The 103rd episode of the Press Row Podcast is a direct result of community feedback! We’ve heard from hundreds of listeners that really enjoy a lot of aspects of FIFA 15 but don’t always understand the best ways to improve their game or enjoy it as much as they can. So, we reached out to a few of our friends to provide some background as well as direct instructions on how to get better – and we think the result is a really interesting show. Up first, host Rich Grisham chats with FIFA 15 producer Santiago Jaramillo, who discusses (among many other things) some of the differences between this year and last year and how players can approach it this season. Up next is a discussion between Rich and 2 FIFA experts - regular Press Row panelist Kat Bailey and GoodGameBro’s Corey Andress – who totally geek out on very specific ways to get better at every aspect of FIFA 15, including scoring, defense, tactics, substitutions, and roster management. Whether you’re a longtime FIFA player, a newcomer to the series, or just someone with a passing interest in the game, there’s something for you in our show today. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Santiago Jaramillo, EA Sports (@santiagoj83)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer(@The_KatBot)

Corey Andress, GoodGameBro (@coreySA)

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

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: 1:48

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_103.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 102 – FIFA 15 Review Roundtable

The 102nd episode of the Press Row Podcast dives into two main topics – the individual panelists’ impressions of FIFA 15 upon release as well as a lively discussion of the ongoing viability of annual sports game releases on the new generation of consoles. By the time the crew is done, they’ve touched on FIFA 15, Madden 15, MLB 14 The Show, The Golf Club, NHL 15, NBA 2K15, and NBA Live 15. With the huge gap in quality between the sports games at the top of the heap and those at the bottom, the challenges faces by everyone involved – consumers, developers, publishers – are more apparent than ever. 

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Owen Good, Polygon (@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:

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:41

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_102.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 101 – NHL 15 Fallout, Gus Ramsey, and Tap Sports Baseball 

The 101st episode of the Press Row Podcast run the gamut, from big-time AAA sports games to brand new mobile indie offerings. Up first, host Rich Grisham interviews NHL 15 producer Sean Ramjagsingh about the launch of EA’s pro hockey title – what went well, whether fan expectations were fair, reactions to the lack of modes that had been in previous generation versions of the game, and the future of the franchise. It’s an honest look at the extraordinary difficulties that surround making the leap from one generation to another. Up next, ESPN’s Gus Ramsey (and his new puppy Bronco!) joins Rich for his annual take on Madden 15. Lastly, Rich is joined by PastaPadre’s Bryan Wiedey to interview Mike Saperstein, the creative director of the new Tap Sports Baseball mobile game that many of our listeners have found to be a lot of fun. They discuss the ideas behind the game and how it came to life. 

Joining us this week:

Sean Ramjasingh, EA Sports (@Rammer34)

Gus Ramsey, ESPN(@GusRamsey)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

Michael Saperstein, Tap Sports Baseball

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 

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: 1:52

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

Press Row Podcast – Episode 100 – Reviews Roundup

The 100th episode of the Press Row Podcast features further analysis of the big sports titles that have recently landed, including further discussion of Madden 15, a spirited debate on the merits of The Golf Club, and a look into what happened with the PS4/Xbox One launch of NHL 15. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this great milestone, and we hope that we can be around for hundreds more episodes!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

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:

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!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:30