Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

In the 160th episode of the Press Row Podcast, several of our longtime panelists get together to discuss the biggest, most important stories in the sports game world in 2015. From the unexpected success of Rocket League to the surprising influence of EA Access, the continuing shift to digital revenues in big time games to the overall strong quality of the majority of games, there were a lot of developments over the past year that strongly influence how we play the games we do. Owen Good, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Bryan Wiedey join host Rich Grisham for a spirited debate.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@ThatSportsGamer)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

And your host, Rich Grisham (@richgrisham)

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Run time: 1 hour 11 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

In the 159th episode of the Press Row Podcast, Madden’s eSports Producer Matt Marcou joins host Rich Grisham to talk about all the details related to Madden’s brand new foray into the explosively popular world of eSports. Marcou discusses why eSports overall has gotten so big, where Madden hopes to fit into that equation, the elements that have led him and the Madden team to craft Draft Champions Ranked to fuel their eSports initiative, and much more.

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Run time: 37 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

In the 158th episode of the Press Row Podcast, Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, and Owen Good chat about a number of topics as the current sports game year gets into high gear. Owen weighs in on last week's discussion about a wishlist for next year's MLB The Show, Bryan discusses the nifty new content for Rocket League, and then the entire crew breaks down the significance of the new, large patches for both Madden NFL 16 and NBA 2K16. What does the extensive support of these titles mean to consumers these days, and what does it mean when other titles are not supported as much?

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre (@PastaPadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. 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, 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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1:06

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

The 157th episode of the Press Row Podcast is a series of three discussions between Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, and our community. Up first is a chat about hopes and expectations for MLB 16 The Show as we near the time of year that we typically start to hear about new features for Sony's excellent baseball title. Next, the topic shifts to the concern about pro athletes, violent or illegal off-field behavior, and the responsibility of game publishers to keep or remove those players from their game. Last, Rich has a guilty pleasure in the new Need For Speed, and chats with Bryan about why he thinks that is.

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Run time: 56 minutes

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

Whether you’re a big fan or have zero interest, the explosive growth of money, coverage, and influence of eSports is undeniable. As major game publishers analyze the eSports landscape, what – if anything – does it mean for fans of “traditional” sports video games? What are the similarities and differences between mainstream sports and eSports? Why have eSports become so popular in the first place? Rich Grisham is joined by Kat Bailey to chat about all of these topics on Press Row for the first time.

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. 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, 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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 56 minutes

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

A decade ago, the most monumental decision in sports gaming history took place. Electronic Arts secured the exclusive license to make NFL-branded console video games, and the industry has never been the same again. 10 years later, what does that mean? Is it possible, much less likely, that anyone will ever make a competitor to Madden? If so, what would it take to accomplish it? Join our panel of Owen Good, Kat Bailey, Bryan Wiedey, and Rich Grisham as they explore this issue.

Read Rich's Sporting News article right here, which launched the discussion: Will Madden ever have competition?

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Run time: 1:04

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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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Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

These are fascinating times in the sports game world, with no better illustration of changing consumer behaviors and new business models than the battle between NBA 2K16 and NBA Live 16. The tales of these two games - the dizzying sales success of 2K versus the allegedly dismal failure of Live to capture attention - provide an interesting view into how sports games are now made, marketed, and distributed. Cicero Holmes, Kahlief Adams, and Bryan Wiedey join Rich Grisham to discuss these wildly varying situations.

Joining us this week:

Bryan WIedey, PastaPadre and Hit THe Pass (@pastapadre)

Cicero Holmes, Spawn On Me (@StubbyStan)

Kahlief Adams, Spawn On Me (@Kahjahkins)

Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. Do it one of these ways:

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Run time: 1:13

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am EDT

The 153rd episode of the Press Row Podcast gets a couple of our long-lost friends back on the show to chat all about the fall's sports game landscape. The crew chats about the new DLC plans for Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Golf, the struggles of NBA Live 16 vs NBA 2K16, and answer listener questions about MLB The Show, FIFA, and Madden as well. 

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@Chris_Snr)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

And your host, Rich Grisham, Hit The Pass (@RichGrisham)

 

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

The 152nd episode of the Press Row Podcast lets us catch our breath and look around the jammed sports game landscape now that all of the major titles have been released. Our panel revisits aspects of NBA 2K16, Madden 16, MLB 15 The Show, Forza Motorsport 6, FIFA 16, Rocket League, and others. Which games are in our current rotations and why? Which ones have fallen out? What do we expect to change or stay the same for the rest of the fall?

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@PastaPadre)

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer and Hit The Pass (@ThatSportsGamer)

Ryan Lewis, Hit The Pass (@RyanTheLou)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@RichGrisham)

Be sure to check out T.J.'s Extra Life charity event here to sign up and help out! http://www.extra-life.org/participant/ThatSportsGamer

Run Time: 1:19

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

The 151st episode of the Press Row Podcast gets all our hoops-loving friends together to chat all about NBA 2K16. The panel discusses the on-court gameplay, the (yet again) modified controls, the online play, the controversial Spike Lee story mode, and some of the interesting moments we’ve experienced in the launch window of one of the most ambitious sports games of all time. Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Chase Becotte, Operation Sports (@ChastBecotte)

Bryan Wiedey, PastaPadre and Hit The Pass (@pastapadre)

Cicero Holmes, Spawn on Me and Hit The Pass (@StubbyStan)

Kahief Adams, Spawn on Me and Hit The Pass (@Kahjahkins)

And your host, Rich Grisham from Hit The Pass (@richgrisham)

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you. 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, 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, check out our brand new compilation page on Audioboom at https://audioboom.com/channel/press-row-podcast, where all of our shows are easy to access from one page.

Run time: 1:22

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT