Press Row Hangout: Pilot Episode

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 10:15 am


The Press Row Podcast has been rolling along for 11 episodes and now comes an attempted spin-off with the Press Row Hangout. Broadcasting live, and then archived to Youtube, this is something that could become a regular feature or end up more for special events or discussions.

In the premiere Richard Grisham from GamesRadar and I recap the awards season going game-by-game and then respond to some viewer mail regarding the pending lawsuit against the NCAA, CLC, and EA Sports and what that could mean to the future of the NCAA Football series.

  • Hann

    Good job. Hope to see more of these with more people involved too.

  • jake

    This was very cool.

  • Dalibor

    Not bad but hopefully the audio gets improved. Not sure if it was because Richard wasn’t using a proper mic or if something was wrong on Bryan’s end, but the constant feedback was a little disjointed. They’ll get it right but this works a lot better than the 5 man podcast that doesn’t have much chemistry.

    • The Google Hangouts on Air are far from perfect when it comes to connections (which relates to any video or audio issues you mentioned). We’re going to see what we can do to improve things going forward. This was basically an experiment to begin with.

  • Joe Blow

    Pasta, trust me, you’re much better “off” camera, and you should be
    aware by now that the sports videogaming side of your website…is just
    about dead. The more you go on camera defending Madden this year, and
    pushing the notion that Madden took some risks this year, the worse you
    start to look as a credible opinion on these sports video games, and
    then you kept referencing your community polling on Connected Careers.
    Are you friggin kidding me? This site was already dying a slow death,
    now you’re turning the turbo switch on in order to kill it faster.
    Apparently, you’re just another young impressionable Madden fan, sitting
    in his mancave doing write ups on whats left of the sports videogames
    genre, and trying to get hits on a website that slowly fading into
    obscurity, as all the sports games die off. One day, you’re gonna wake
    up and realize that the once lauded EA Sports franchise that they called
    Madden football…is dead, and you all by yourself, couldn’t keep it
    alive any longer. And here I was, thinking I was arguing with a man of
    my years, who ran a popular internet site that actually knew what a
    really good game of football was. What a whole lot of time wasted.

    • There’s no denying Madden 13 took risks and innovated…more so than any other sports game for sure this year. Like I said, whether one appreciated the end result or not is going to vary from person to person. Never have I said that someone should like the game if they didnt. It was not a perfect game by any means.

      It’s funny to me you make these arguments like I’m trying to support a game I have no stake in. A game that I criticized rightfully so in the past (along with others from the company) that EA blacklisted me. No one held them to the fire on Madden 11 like this site did if you want to talk just Madden. But when effort is made and the game improves it should be recognized and appreciated.

      And if over 1 million people visiting a month is “dead” I’m quite alright with that.

      • Keith.

        One thing I don’t understand, Pasta…you like to say on here that EA has “blacklisted” you, but then on Twitter today you’re referencing EA’s “internal sales numbers” for NHL. What gives?

        • Sources for information that are not the formal channels (PR).

          • Keith.

            So you’re on the outs with PR but have other internal sources? Sounds like a distinction without a difference to me.

          • I can’t imagine a more stark difference than that…but okay then.

          • Keith.

            Pretty tough to argue you’ve been “blacklisted” when you still have inside folks feeding you internal sales numbers and other information, but I guess we’ll just have to disagree.

          • Dalibor

            I think Pasta is incorrectly using the term “blacklisting” from EA. He’s still gets the PR letters (heck, anyone can, just go to Just because he decides not to go to press events doesn’t mean he’s been “blacklisted”. I like that Pasta doesn’t take free trips, but most of the professional gaming sites (GameSpot, IGN, GamesRadar) don’t either.

            To be honest, most sports publishers tend to keep their information close to the chest, so if Pasta says he’s been “blacklisted”, then so is just about any sports-game blog. Just look at OS, most of their stuff is simply copy and pasted from and then they add an additional paragraph to give their thought on the topic.

          • I see what you’re saying there and you’re not totally wrong. But outside of not being invited (I would turn down anyway) events they hardly ever send copies of games (I think I’ve only received 2 or 3 in the last 4-5 years) which is something they will do for practically anyone and – even beyond those things – don’t even respond to emails any longer requesting comment or clarifications. Again that’s something they’ll do for just about anyone. I’ve been told by people that work there who have actually referred to the situation as “blacklisted” so that’s how I consider it. Of course publicly they’ll skirt that definition.

            Essentially…I have no relationship with the PR for any of these companies. That is, in my opinion, a good thing.

            Meanwhile notice who is in New Orleans to cover things like the Madden Bowl on EA’s dime. The usual suspects.

          • Keith.

            Yep — the same guys who will be telling us how great the new Madden is in a few months, only to go into hiding after release. Those are the people who should be “blacklisted” from any legitimate sports game discussion.