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Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 29

Press Row Podcast – Episode 29
It’s Episode 29 of the Press Row Podcast, as the full crew gets back together to talk all about the Microsoft Xbox One DRM reversal, the NCAA 14 Demo, and a final look at the good, bad, and ugly from E3 2013! It’s another jam-packed show as the industry continues to go through an unprecedented transition, with critical events happening at breakneck speed.
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:
Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there
Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com 
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: 1:57:01

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_29.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 28 – E3 2013 On-Site Special

It’s Episode 28 of the Press Row Podcast, a full report from the floor of E3 2013! A host of familiar faces and newcomers join host Rich Grisham in all sorts of ways. Here’s the breakdown of the action:
    •    Rich and Bryan Weidey from PastaPadre summarize everything they’ve seen on the show floor
    •    EA’s Director of Marketing Anthony Stevenson discusses E3, Madden, and NBA Live
    •    NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien joins Rich for a discussion about EA’s basketball franchise
    •    NBA Live gameplay designer Scott O’Gallagher joins Rich for a breakdown of the E3 floor demo
    •    NCAA 14 Producer Ben Haumiller discusses his E3 experience
    •    Madden gurus Zach Farley and Steve Gibbons go into detail about everything Madden 25, from current-gen to next-gen
    •    Madden NFL 25 Designer Vic Lugo goes through a detailed demonstration of next-generation physics
    •    Madden NFL 25 Designer Clint Oldenburg gives the crowd a detailed demonstration of next-generation blocking
    •    Operation Sports’ Steve Noah and Glen Wigmore close the show with an overview of everything they’ve seen at E3
It’s a very interesting episode, as some sections are straight-up interviews, while others are peeks behind the scenes of the demonstrations given in the EA Ignite Lab. The audio isn’t always optimal in the Lab but we did our best to give you as much as we can from the show floor. We hope you enjoy it!
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 
    •    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: 1:34:23

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_28_-_E3_2013_Special.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST