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Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 25 Next-Gen with Vic Lugo

The 50th (!) Episode of the Press Row Podcast is a one-on-one interview by host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) with Madden 25 NFL designer Vic Lugo, one of the core gameplay leaders as the Madden franchise moves into the PS4/Xbox One generation. The conversation hits a lot of the fundamental aspects of what happens on the field, including locomotion, physics, blocking, controls, and how players interact with each other. It’s the kind of conversation you’ll hear nowhere else but the Press Row Podcast on Operation Sports.

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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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Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 49:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_50.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: NBA Live 14 Gameplay with Scott O’Gallagher

Episode 49 of the Press Row Podcast features an in-depth interview by host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) with NBA Live 14 Gameplay Designer Scott O’Gallagher (ScottOGallagher). Scott talks at length about some of the challenges the team has experienced in bringing NBA Live 14 to life, all of the gameplay features and controls, and the ways that NBA Live will set itself apart from its own heritage and the competition. While there is much about the game that has yet to be announced – and therefore isn’t discussed here – it’s an interesting view into the game now that it’s almost time to be unveiled to a waiting community.

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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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 53:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_49.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Operation Sports: Press Row Podcast - Episode 48: CoachGlass, Next-Gen Madden and FIFA, UFC Lawsuit

Episode 48 of the Press Row Podcast features most of the regular gang along with a special guest. A wide-ranging discussion touches on a number of different games and topics. Here’s the breakdown:

7:00 mark – Rich, Bryan, and Chris break down the unbelievable finish of the first season of the Press Row Podcast NCAA 14 Online Dynasty

26:00 mark – Mike discusses the difficulties being experienced in the 4th String and Press Row Madden Connected Franchises

34:00 mark – Samit, Ian, and Rich veer into a lengthy GTA V discussion, including Mike’s inability to play the game despite repeated attempts (note: minor GTA V spoilers from 46:00 to 47:00)

47:00 mark – Rich professes his love for the NBA 2K14 Path to Greatness mode (note: minor spoilers of this mode during this entire segment) that leads to a discussion with Ian about commentary in sports games

52:00 mark – A wide-ranging discussion on CoachGlass and what the group has seen from the next-gen versions of Madden and FIFA 

1:43:00 mark – Samit leads the discussion of the bizarre UFC THQ-Electronic Arts lawsuit

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@chrisSnr)

Mike Suszek, Joystiq  (@mikesuszek)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Ian Cummings, Zynga (@iantcummings)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 2:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_48.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 47 - Xbox One Hands-On Madden 25, FIFA 14, UFC

Episode 47 of the Press Row Podcast centers in New York City, as host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) heads to a Microsoft event featuring the Xbox One and several EA Sports franchises. He’s joined by friend of the show TJ Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) as he interviews three leaders of key EA Sports franchises and plays several games. You’ll hear each of the presentations given to the group, followed by a one-on-one interview with each game’s lead developer. First up is FIFA 14 and Santiago Jaromillo (@santiagoj83), followed by Madden NFL 25’s Thomas Singleton, then UFC’s Brian Hayes. Lastly, Rich and TJ reflect on the afternoon, what they’ve seen, and what it all means. If you’ve ever wondered what one of these press events is like, here it is!

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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:35

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_47.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: NCAA Football Cancellation, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14

Press Row Podcast – Episode 46 – NCAA Football Cancellation, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14

Episode 46 of the Press Row Podcast gets the whole gang back together at the end of an extremely important – and unfortunate – day, as the crew reacts to the cancellation of NCAA Football 14. Afterwards, there’s plenty of FIFA 14 and NBA 2K14 review-type talk, as most of the panelists have had lots of hands on time with both.

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@chrisSnr)

Kat Bailey,Freelancer  (@The_Katbot)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

Owen Good, Kotaku (@owengood)

And your host, Richard Grisham, GamesRadar/OXM/@GAMER (@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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:37

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_46.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 45 - NBA 2K14 Deep Dive with Mike Wang

Episode 45 is all about NBA 2K14 – and by extension, the PS3-360 generation NBA 2K franchise - as host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) interviews Mike Wang (@beluba), the Lead Gameplay Designer for the game. The two have a wide-ranging conversation about the generational transformation of NBA 2K, the road to NBA 2K14, an in-depth gameplay discussion, the decision process to significantly modify the controls again, and much more. If you love the NBA 2K series as much as we do, it’s a fascinating discussion about how these kinds of games come together.

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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:02

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_45_-_NBA_2K14.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 44 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Interview

Episode 44 is all about Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, as host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) interviews Tim Blair, the Global Brand Manager for the game. The two have a fascinating conversation about the history of the title, the rivalry with FIFA, the global appeal the PES has, the improvements that have been made to this year’s game, and much more. It’s a must-listen for anyone who’s played – or is going to play – Konami’s terrific soccer game.

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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 53:10

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_44_-_Pro_Evolution_Soccer_2014.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 43

Press Row Podcast – Episode 43

We’ve got a special guest to join the almost-full crew this week, as friend of the show Kat Bailey makes her first appearance on the panel. We talk all about the looming FIFA-PES battle, the current-gen/next-gen trials and tribulations facing sports games this fall, and get into what we love and hate about NHL 14 – plus a lot of listener questions too!

Joining us this week:

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@chrisSnr)

Kat Bailey,Freelancer  (@The_Katbot)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@pastapadre)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@samitsarkar)

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:

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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:37

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_43.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

It’s the 42nd Episode of the Press Row Podcast, the second of two one-on-many developer interviews with key members of the NHL 14 development team. Host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) discusses the decision-making and design of the NHL ’94 mode, the new Live The Life updates to Be A Pro, improvements to GM Connected, and what to look forward to in Ultimate Team and EASHL. It’s Release Day of NHL 14, and there’s no better way to celebrate than taking another deep dive into the making of one of our favorite games. If you missed Part 1, make sure to check it out 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 

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, 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: 41:00

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_42_-_NHL_14_Launch_Day.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

Operation Sports - Press Row Podcast: Episode 41 - Madden NFL 25 "From the Outside" with Gus Ramsey and Ian Cummings

It’s another special episode of the Press Row Podcast, as we talk about Madden NFL 25 – and, by extension, life as a gaming father and working professional - with two of our favorite people. First up is ESPN’s Gus Ramsey, best known for his appearances on Bill Simmons’ BS Report to talk about his experiences with the game so far and how video games play a part in his family life as the Dad of three sons. Next up is Zynga’s Ian Cummings, a longtime designer of Madden who’s been away from the franchise for a few years. In a wide-ranging discussion, he reveals some fascinating insights into Madden 25 specifically and the franchise as a whole in the past, today, and moving into the next generation. It’s a must-listen for everyone that has ever loved Madden.

Joining us this week:

Gus Ramsey, ESPN (@gusramsey)

Ian Cummings, Zynga(@iantcummings)

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, 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, be sure to check out our friends at Weekend Confirmed right here: http://www.shacknews.com/tag/weekend-confirmed. If you’re not already a listener, give it a shot. We’re all big fans!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:45

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_41_-_Gus_Ramsey_and_Ian_Cummings.m4a
Category:sports video games -- posted at: 11:48am EDT