Hit The Pass - Press Row Podcast

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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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:

1)      Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast  and send us some Tweets while you’re there

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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

Press Row Podcast – Episode 150 – FIFA 16/Pro Evolution 2016 Review Roundtable

The 150th (!) episode of the Press Row Podcast gets all our international football-loving friends together to chat all about the brand-new FIFA 16 as well as quite a bit of Pro Evolution 2016. The panel discusses the on-pitch gameplay, new ways to experience Ultimate Team, the controversial FUT Draft mode, and why some people may be feeling a bit of a missing spark with a lack of significant new ways to play despite FIFA’s overall excellence. PES 2016 also gets some love, as the group compares and contrasts the two games and celebrates the fact that two great soccer games are available today – something we can’t say about most other sports.

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Owen Good, Polygon (@OwenGood)

Chase Becotte, Operation Sports (@ChaseBecotte)

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

Jeremy Stein (@losingMT)

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:

  • 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 (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: 1:45

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_150_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

The 149th episode of the Press Row Podcast gets the our hockey-loving friends together to dive into the brand-new NHL 16. The crew dives into everything NHL has to offer, including analysis of Be A Pro, Be A GM, the returning beauty of EASHL, the overall presentation and gameplay, and a little bit of Ultimate Team as well. It’s an ice-covered episode!

Enjoy the show!

Joining us this week:

Kat Bailey, US Gamer (@The_Katbot)

Samit Sarkar, Polygon (@SamitSarkar)

Glenn Wigmore, Operation Sports (@GlennWigmore)

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: 1:25

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

With Madden NFL 16 and MLB 15 The Show as the currently-available big-time sports games (not for long, though, as hockey, soccer, and hoops games are coming out quickly!) a few of our regular Press Row panelists get together to debate the merits of the two against each other. Kat, Bryan, T.J, and Rich analyze how Madden is faring three weeks after release, and compare and contrast gameplay, modes, and Ultimate Team vs Diamond Dynasty between the two games.

In addition, Kat Bailey drops by (again) to chat about her hands-on time with NBA 2K16 at the development studio. She's very impressed with what was on display and has a lot of interesting perspectives on where the game stands.

Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

As we near the arrival of one of the most anticipated sports games ever - between a new Spike Lee-driven story, significantly upgraded franchise features offline and online, ambitious on-court gameplay additions, and new collaborative modes - host Rich Grisham sits down with two of the NBA 2K16 development team members to talk about what it all means. Scott O'Gallagher and Nino "Da Czar" Samuel join Rich for a wide-ranging discussion on what the NBA 2K franchise really means these days, why they think it's going to be the best basketball game ever made, and what's in store both now and the future.

Enjoy the show! 

Enjoy!

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EDT

The 146th episode of the Press Row Podcast is our official Madden 16 Review Roundtable. The show is actually another two-parter; up first, host Rich Grisham is joined by Madden Creative Director Mike Young and Assistant Producer Jake Stein to talk about this year's opening cinematic. The three chat about how it came together, the thought process behind it, and the challenges experienced at launch. Up next, Rich is joined by Owen Good, Bryan Wiedey, Chris Sanner, T.J. Lauerman, and Gus Ramsey to explore Madden 16 in depth. It's one of our most popular episodes each year!

Enjoy!

Joining us this week:

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

Owen Good, Polygon (@owengood)

Chris Sanner, Operation Sports (@ChrisSnr)

Gus Ramsey, ESPN (@GusRamsey)

T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer  (@ThatSportsGamer)

Mike Young, EA Sports (@MySportsPhtog)

Jake Stein, EA Sports (@JStein2469)

And your host, Richard 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: 2:11

Direct download: Press_Row_Podcast_Episode_146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51am EDT