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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

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 19 with NCAA Football 14 Producer

Press Row Podcast – Episode 19

It’s Episode 19 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). We talk all about the new physics engine in the game, the newest gameplay updates coming this fall, as well as some of the cool things and challenges that come to designing football games for a staggering variety of gamer.

This is the first of 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: 59 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_19_One-on-One.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 18

Press Row Podcast – Episode 18

It’s Episode 18 of the Press Row Podcast, a “proper” show featuring the regular 6-man crew. There’s lots to talk about, including an in-depth review roundtable of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, a slew of NCAA Football 14 new info, and some terrific listener questions as well.

Joining us on the panel:

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

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: 1:32:51

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_18.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 17 - 2013 PAX East Panel

Press Row Podcast – Episode 17 – 2013 PAX East Panel

It’s Episode 17 of the Press Row Podcast – our 2013 PAX East panel! Featuring host Rich Grisham along with Polygon’s Samit Sarkar, Joystiq’s Mike Suszek, Iron Galaxy’s Kraig Kujawa, and Frontier Developments/Player One Podcast’s Greg Sewart, the panel covers the issues, challenges, and opportunities that face consumers, developers, and publishers as sports games move into the next generation.

Joining us on the panel:

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Mike Suszek, Joystuq (@mikesuszek)

Kraig Kujawa, Iron Galaxy Studios (@Kranged)

Greg Sewart, Frontier Developments/Player One Podcast (@sewart)

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: 1:08:38

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_17.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 16

It’s Episode 16 of the Press Row Podcast! The full crew is together again this episode as we discuss everything you want to hear about, including more MLB The Show 13 careers, the departure of EA’s CEO, a ton of listener questions, an in-depth preview of Tiger 14, and an analysis of the Madden cover vote. Plus, Skip Bayless* joins us to close out the show!
*not actually Skip Bayless

Joining us this week:
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
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:
Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:25:39

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_16.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

It’s Episode 15 of the Press Row Podcast, the first in a series of one-on-one long-form interviews with people in the sports gaming world. Over the course of this year, we’ll speak in-depth with movers and shakers, from executives to developers to media folks, all with the goal of gaining a better perspective on the games we love.

This week, it’s Brad Hilderbrand, a Communications Specialist from EA Sports. We talk to Brad about how he made the transition from industry outsider to studio insider, his perspective on the state of games PR these days, what his goals are, and how his relationship works with people in the Tiburon studio as well as the media types he supports. It’s a fascinating hour dedicated to peering inside an oft-misunderstood – and demonized – aspect of the games business. And don’t panic! We’ll be back with another full panel episode next week. In the meantime, enjoy!

Joining us this week:
Your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar (@richgrisham)
His guest, Brad Hilderbrand, EA Sports (@aubradley84)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:
Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:02:54

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_15.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 14

It’s Episode 14 of the Press Row Podcast, a Review Roundtable of MLB 13 The Show on PS3 and Vita and MLB 2K13 on the Xbox 360. While the first part of the show features a lot of positive reactions to The Show on both platforms, things get heated – quickly – as the crew analyzes the situation that MLB 2K13 thrusts upon Xbox 360 owners and the writers who cover the game.

Joining us this week:
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
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:

Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:35:23

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_14.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 13

It’s Episode 13 of the Press Row Podcast, and it’s (mostly) all about the PS4. We break down the announcement specifics, implications for sports games, and our excitement level for Sony’s new system. We also talk about what we’ve been playing, the big WWE-2K Sports news, and answer some listener questions.

Here’s the gameplan!

First Quarter – The crew discusses what they’ve been playing
Second Quarter – A massive PS4 discussion
Third Quarter – Listener questions
Fourth Quarter – The crew reacts to the WWE-2K Sports announcement

Joining us this week:
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
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:
Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.
Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:30:49

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_13.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 12

It’s Episode 12 of the Press Row Podcast, featuring our biggest and best crew yet. We break down the chances of MLB 2K13 being a winner, discuss the fortunes of the Wii U, answer some terrific listener questions, then spend some time on a long-awaited segment on mobile sports games. Plus, we wrap up our Child’s Play charity Super Bowl picks and our Four in February games.

Here’s the gameplan!

First Quarter – The crew discusses what they’ve been playing.

Second Quarter – Does MLB 2K13 have a chance?

Halftime – The Curious Case of the Missing Wii U titles

Third Quarter – Listener questions.

Fourth Quarter – The state of mobile sports games

Joining us this week:
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
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:

Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 

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

Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:30:49

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_12.mp3
Category:sports video games, sports videogames, videogames -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 11

It’s Episode 11 of the Press Row Podcast. While we’re down one man, we’ve still got a great crew. There’s a big announcement about a special upcoming event, plenty of talk about the breaking WWE news, some more MLB 13 The Show talk, lots of listener feedback, some Super Bowl predictions, and plenty more. Here’s the gameplan!

First Quarter – The crew discusses what they’ve been playing.
Second Quarter – An in-depth conversation about the unfolding WWE events, thanks to the untimely demise of THQ.
Halftime – The gang answers some user mail and feedback
Third Quarter – Some more MLB 13 The Show preview talk.
Fourth Quarter – The crew reviews (and revises?) their picks for the Press Row Podcast Child’s Play Charity NFL Playoff picks as well as some Super Bowl predictions.

Joining us this week:
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
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:

Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes, so subscribe and rate it too.

Enjoy the show!
Run Time: 1:08:20

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_11.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT