Press Row Hangout on RBI Baseball’s Return Now in Podcast Form

Posted January 20th, 2014 at 1:45 pm


The most recent Press Row Hangout is now available as a Press Row Podcast! The show late last week focused on the announcement of R.B.I. Baseball – what kind of game it could be, what the presence of a second baseball game means, and whether leagues will consider doing what MLB is and develop their own products instead of relying on other companies.

Check out the 74 minute podcast through iTunes or for Android devices with the Stitcher app.

  • Keith.

    As for future press row topics, I’d be interested in hearing the panel’s take on the future of NBA Live. A new topic over at OS that has generated good discussion, “Should we be concerned for NBA Live 15,” had an interesting post by a guy named “King B Mack”::

    “To put those numbers into context
    Call of Duty: Ghosts global sales – 2,938,274

    Battlefield 4 global sales – 2,236,953

    Fifa 14 global sales – 1,937,586

    NBA 2K14 global sales – 915,577

    Madden NFL 25 global sales – 854,358

    Lego Marvel Superheroes global sales – 593,072

    NBA Live 14 global sales – 136,494

    These are all the global numbers from Xbox One and PS4 and all sales through the title’s first 8 weeks. One or two of them are 7 week numbers, I think Lego Marvel is one of them from the first 7.”

    Again, I don’t think there’s any chance in the world that we see an NBA Live 15. But for the sake of argument, I’d be interested in hearing the Panel’s take.

    • Rich Grisham

      We were teed up to chat a bit about the NBA Live issues on the new episode for Friday – lack of initial post-release roster support, sales woes, and how the patches have gone – but the last-minute announcement of the new golf game bumped that topic. We’ll certainly re-visit the state of NBA Live in the near future.

      Personally I am betting that we will see NBA Live 15. I think it’s the make-or-break title that needs to show significant improvement on the court and in sales to keep it going. I doubt it gets cancelled before at least one more shot.

  • Keith.

    Wow — just read this over at IGN. Another topic I’d be interested in hearing the Panel’s take on:

    “On the heels of the revelation that some YouTube channel producers were paid to present positive coverage of Xbox One, images have surfaced online allegedly showing Electronic Arts to be involved with a similar arrangement.

    A post on NeoGAF includes screenshots of an “assignment” from Electronic Arts which outlines the guidelines that YouTube channel owners would have to follow in order to be paid. These details include showing footage from specific versions of the game (in the case of Need for Speed Rivals, only PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 footage qualified), not highlighting “major bugs” in commentary (while still allowing “minor glitches in footage” to be shown from Rivals), and not focusing on glitches (in Battlefield 4). Among the other games to be promoted in this way, according to the post, are Madden 25, FIFA 14, NHL 14, and Planets vs. Zombies 2.

    Most distressing about these EA campaigns is the fact that YouTube channels involved with them were apparently not allowed to disclose any details regarding them. This was also believed to be the case with the Xbox One arrangement, something which would potentially violate FTC guidelines stipulating that such an arrangement be made public. (It also raises questions about what degree of journalistic integrity, if any, is to be expected from YouTube personalities.)

    IGN has reached out to EA and will report back with any comment we receive.”

    And here’s a couple of links as to why all of this may violate the law:

    • I actually thought about writing on this topic, but unless EA’s deals violated FTC regulations by requiring those involved to hide that they were being paid by the company – like Microsoft’s did – then it’s sleazy but EA isn’t in the wrong. It would be the people who accepted money and didn’t declare they were being paid for their opinion.

      • Keith.

        The image in the article seems to show EA did require them to keep it confidential. With the recent securities fraud charges out there, this mess is the last thing Andrew Wilson and co. need. Gonna be interesting to see how this shakes out.

        • Yeah I’m seeing that now. Though we had the full document outlining the Microsoft campaign terms, this looks pretty bad for EA too.