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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

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 10

It’s Episode 10 of the Press Row Podcast, featuring new panelist Bryan Wiedey from PastaPadre, a lot of baseball talk thanks to some shocking developments, some NFL playoff predictions for charity, and a dissertation on the disastrous results cell phone alarm clocks can cause. Here’s the gameplan!

First Quarter – It’s MLB 13 The Show preview time, as Samit describes his hands-on experience with the game.
Second Quarter – The crew reacts to the unexpected news of MLB 2K13’s unexpected rebirth.
Halftime – The gang answers some user mail and feedback
Third Quarter – We talk to Bryan about the history and philosophy of PastaPadre – where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s going.
Fourth Quarter – The crew reviews their picks for the Press Row Podcast Child’s Play Charity NFL Playoff picks.
The Final Gun – A late-to-the-party Owen Good, as always, leaves us wanting more.

Joining us this week:
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)
(eventually) 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: 1:33:15


Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 9 - 2012 Holiday Spectacular

Press Row Podcast – Episode 9 – 2012 Holiday Spectacular
It’s Episode 9 of the Press Row Podcast – a celebration of everything we loved about sports video games in 2012! We’ve gathered a who’s who of industry folks, media types, pundits, and fans all to tell us about their top three sports games of the year. It’s an epic holiday episode. Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

Gus Ramsey, ESPN
Ian Cummings, Row Sham Bow
Donny Moore, EA
Ben Haumiller, EA
Ryan Lewis, 4th String
Jon Robinson, ESPN
Mike Young, EA
Todd Zuniga, 4th String
Mike Phillips, Player One Podcast
Greg Sewart, Player One Podcast
Brad Hilderbrand, EA
Kat Bailey, Active Time Babble
Sean Ramjagsingh, EA
Zach Farley, Maddentips.com
Steve Gibbons, Maddentips.com
TJ Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer
Scott Bins, ThatSportsGamer
Pete Dodd, For Your FYI
Bill Montag, MyPlayerTracker
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: 2:48:29

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_9_-_Holiday_Spectacular.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 8 - 2012 Sports Game of the Year

It’s Episode 8 of the Press Row Podcast – the long-awaited 2012 Sports Game Of the Year show! Here’s the gameplan:

First Quarter – Each panelist makes a case for the six 2012 Sports Game of the Year nominees.

Second Quarter – We reveal the subcategory winners

Halftime – The gang answers some user mail and feedback

Third Quarter – Each panelist reveals their individual 2012 Sports Game of the Year rankings from third to first

Fourth Quarter – The 2012 Sports Game Of The Year Winner is announced!

The Final Gun – A big thank you to the fans and the panelists

Joining us this week:
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
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: 1:29:16

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_8_-_2012_Sports_Game_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

It’s Episode 7 of the Press Row Podcast! It’s Christmastime and we’re in full year-end reflection mode, talking about what we’ve played this year and what we’re already thinking about for 2013. Here’s the gameplan:

Kickoff - What the crew has been playing

First Quarter – Believe it or not, we’re starting to get initial information about the spring sports games MLB The Show and Tiger Woods. We chat about what would get us excited to play them.

Second Quarter – We reflect on the infamous Twitter meltdown of a former Madden NFL contributor and how it impacts what people think about the game

Halftime – The gang chats about some user mail and feedback

Third Quarter – Each panelist makes a sports game prediction for 2013.

Fourth Quarter – We announce the categories and nominees for the 2012 Press Row Podcast Awards!

2 Minute Warning – Parting shots from the gang

The Final Gun – Where to follow and read all of the Press Row Podcast panelists

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
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!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_7.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 6

It’s Episode 6 of the Press Row Podcast! We’ve got an excellent new segment and a new fifth chair – and a brand new console launch to talk about. Here’s the gameplan:

Kickoff - What the crew has been playing

First Quarter – The Wii U has hit the streets – along with three major sports games. Rich reviewed all three for GamesRadar, and Owen spent some quality time with a couple as well; the two chat about their experience and what the platform has to offer.

Second Quarter – Up next, Owen and crew discuss the abrupt end of 2K Sports’ online support for the majority of their sports games

Third Quarter – The gang chats about some user mail and feedback

Fourth Quarter – We welcome our first-ever guest – RowShamBow’s Creative Director Ian Cummings! Ian takes questions from the crew about a bunch of things, including Madden, the future of sports games, and what it’s like to go from console development to the mobile/social platform. He also chats about his team’s brand new free game, Letter to Letter (available on 12/1 in the Apple and Android stores).

2 Minute Warning – Parting shots from the gang

The Final Gun – Where to follow and read all of the Press Row Podcast panelists
Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)
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: 1:29:16

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_6.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 5

It’s Episode 5 of the Press Row Podcast, and we’re back to full strength! The crew goes in depth on all sorts of games, including wrestling, racing, basketball, and more. Here’s the gameplan:

Kickoff - What the crew has been playing

First Quarter – It’s WWE 13 review time, so Mike and Samit detail what they love and hate about the game and their Joystiq and Polygon reviews

Second Quarter – Up next, Need for Speed Most Wanted review talk, as Rich wrote a piece for GamesRadar

Third Quarter – The gang chats about some user mail and feedback

Fourth Quarter – It’s back to sports games and training modes – or lack thereof – based upon a few community comments

2 Minute Warning – Parting shots from the gang

The Final Gun – Where to follow and read all of the Press Row Podcast panelists

Joining us this week:
Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)
Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)
Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@mikesuszek)
Steve Noah, Operation Sports (@steve_os)
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: 1:33:31

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_5.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 4

Press Row Podcast – Episode 4

It’s Episode 4 of the Press Row Podcast, and while we’re down a man this week (get well soon Steve!) we’ve got a lot to talk about, from racing games to training modes and review scores. And that’s just for starters! Here’s the gameplan:

Kickoff - What the crew has been playing

First Quarter – It’s Forza Horizon review time, so Owen details why Forza is so appealing to so many people

Second Quarter – We talk about Downloadable Content’s good, bad, and ugly – and where it may lead in the future

Third Quarter – We go deep into the subject of training modes in sports games, spurred on by an email from an EA Game Changer listener

Fourth Quarter – The NPD sales numbers are half-full of sports games this month – is that great news, or perhaps something decidedly less so?

2 Minute Warning – Parting shots from the gang

The Final Gun – Where to follow and read all of the Press Row Podcast panelists

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@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: 1:27:21

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_4.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Press Row Podcast – Episode 3

It’s Episode 3 of the Press Row Podcast, and we’re all worked up over our full plates of sports games -some of us more than others. Our cast of some of the best sports video game writers in the business is back. Here’s the gameplan!

Kickoff - What the crew has been playing

First Quarter – It’s NBA 2K13 time, and we go in depth from several angles

Second Quarter – We look back at the long, slow, painful death of NBA Live 13

Halftime – Listener feedback

Third Quarter – We discuss the Rise of the Ultimate Team across the industry

Fourth Quarter – Patch Culture and its impact on sports games reviews well after release

2 Minute Warning – Parting shots from the gang – including an, um, interesting take from Owen about NBA 2K13’s replay camera

The Final Gun – Where to follow and read all of the Press Row Podcast panelists

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Steve Noah, Operation Sports (@steve_os)

Mike Suszek, Joystiq (@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: 1:40:24

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_3.mp3
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT