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Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 27 - E3 2013 Preview

It’s Episode 27 of the Press Row Podcast, as the full crew gets together to talk E3! We discuss memories of the past as well as predictions for how sports games in particular and the industry in general will fare at the show. Some of us are positive, some of us are, shall we say, a little grumpy, but all of us have a lot of opinions on how we feel E3 2013 will be perceived. Plus, listener questions!

Joining us on the panel:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Mike Suszek,Joystiq (@MikeSuszek)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

3)      Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:40:59

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_27.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 26 - One on One with Ben Haumiller

It’s Episode 26 of the Press Row Podcast, as we welcome back 4-time guest Ben Haumiller to talk all about the new features available in online and offline Dynasty mode in this year’s NCAA 14. Ben goes into detail about the significant updates to recruiting, coaching, and more. As always. Ben’s enthusiasm for the game comes through loud and clear, as it’s an informative and entertaining session. Is it what you were hoping for?

Joining us this week:

Ben Haumiller, EA Sports (@benhaumiller)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

3)      Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 40:15

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_26.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 25 - Xbox One Reveal Rapid Reaction

It’s Episode 25 of the Press Row Podcast, a nearly-full panel reaction to the Xbox One reveal! The crew alternates between hopeful, ornery, confused, and bleep-filled as they discuss the good, bad, and ugly about Microsoft’s press conference. From the name to the hardware to the EA Sports announcements and everything in between, there are no holds barred. It’s a must-listen!

Joining us on the panel:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Mike Suszek,Joystiq (@MikeSuszek)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/operation-sports-press-row/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/operation-sports/press-row-podcast) , so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:19:46

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_25.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 24 (Part 3) - Connected Franchise

In Part 3 of Episode 24 of the Press Row Podcast, host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) goes one-on-one with the “Godfather of Franchise Modes,” EA Sports’ Josh Looman to talk everything about Connected Franchise for Madden NFL 25. They discuss how what goes into putting such a mode into an established game in the first place, what went well and not so well last season, the decisions he and his team made for the upcoming year, and everything he can possibly discuss about this year’s improvements to Connected Franchise.

This is the last of a 3-part series of shows, so be sure the check out Parts 1 and 2; also, let us know what you think and send us some questions and thoughts you’d like us to ask developers and designers in the future.

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, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 53:43

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_24_Pt_3.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 24 (Part 2) - The Infinity Engine

Press Row Podcast – Episode 24 (Part 2)

In Part 2 of Episode 24 of the Press Row Podcast, host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) goes one-on-one with the man behind Madden and NCAA’s Infinity Engine, Victor Lugo. They discuss how the Infinity Engine came to be, why it’s important, what went well and not so well last year, the goals of the team for this season, and much more.

This is the second of a 3-part series of shows, so let us know what you think and send us some questions and thoughts you’d like us to ask developers and designers in the future.

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, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 47:59

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_24_Pt_2.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 24 (Part 1) - Making Sports Games

In Part 1 of Episode 24 of the Press Row Podcast, host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) goes one-on-one with Madden and NCAA Gameplay Creative Director Rex Dickson all about the philosophy of this year’s American Football games. If you’re expecting a boring, ‘by the numbers’ marketing conversation, though, prepare to be surprised. Rex candidly discusses the entire process of making sports games, why the team makes the choices it does, and the challenges and risks behind every corner. It’s the first of three fascinating glimpses into the makers of EA Sports games.

This is the first of a 3-part series of shows, so let us know what you think and send us some questions and thoughts you’d like us to ask developers and designers in the future.

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, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 54:51

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_24_Pt_1.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 23

Press Row Podcast – Episode 23

It’s Episode 23 of the Press Row Podcast! The almost-full crew discusses their most memorable sports video game losses (spurred by the incredible Boston Bruins comeback in their Game 7 match against the Toronto Maple Leafs), dives deep into their thoughts about the just-announced NCAA Ultimate Team mode, then takes a few listener questions.

Joining us on the panel:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:31:07

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_23.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 22 - NCAA Ultimate Team Mode Interview

It’s Episode 22 of the Press Row Podcast, a special Press Row One-on-One with NCAA Football 14 producer Ben Haumiller (@benhaumiller) and host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) dedicated to the all-new NCAA Ultimate Team Mode – also known as “the mode they said couldn’t be done.” We talk all about how Ultimate Team came about for a college game, the different ways that players are being incorporated into the mode, and all the details about how the game is structured and played. In other words, everything you ever wanted to know about Ultimate Team but were afraid to ask.
This is the secondof a series of shows we’ll do with Ben as NCAA Football 14 information comes out, so let us know what you think and send us some questions and thoughts you’d like us to ask Ben in the future.
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, so subscribe and rate it too.
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 53:01

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_22.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 8:53am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 21

It’s Episode 21 of the Press Row Podcast, back and featuring the full 6-man rotation! The crew goes deep on the future of the Tiger Woods franchise, rumblings of some sorts of EA-Microsoft exclusivity, breaks down everything we know about Madden NFL 25 so far, then answers some typically great listener questions.

Joining us on the panel:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Mike Suszek, Joystuq (@mikesuszek)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:31:04

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_21_1.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Operation Sports: Press Row Podcast - Episode 20

It’s Episode 20 of the Press Row Podcast, a few days later than we’d like – and down one man from the full crew – but we soldier on with a great show! The team dives into what they’ve been playing, how their MLB 13 The Show and Tiger Woods experiences are going lately, reactions from EA Sports’ 2013 Season Opener for FIFA 14, NHL 14, and NCAA Football 14, next-generation sports game speculation, the current situation with sports games on the Wii U and Vita, and finally a listener-inspired discussion about the late, great Pat Summerall.

Joining us on the panel:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Mike Suszek, Joystuq (@mikesuszek)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

2)      Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:28:28

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_20.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT