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  • 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals – Gaming and More
    Posted November 23rd, 2017 at 8:00 am 2 Comments
    Considering the proximity to their respective releases the point at which the majority of sports video games have reached their highest value may be when they are significantly discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Most are still in-season, relevant and strongly supported. Of course there’s a lot more than just the games to contemplate picking up, whether it be for yourself or others, so here’s a roundup of the most enticing deals from various retailers. The best deals on spor...
  • Lawmakers start to push back against predatory monetization practices in games
    Posted November 22nd, 2017 at 8:15 am 19 Comments
    The consumer backlash surrounding the implementation of loot boxes, card packs, digital currencies, and other aggressive monetization strategies has been the big story of the gaming industry for the past two months. With billions of dollars involved and mainstream news being made it was only a matter of time until the government would take notice and examine the practices and consider regulation. It appears that time is now.  (more…)...
  • 3v3 Live Run added to NBA Live 18
    Posted November 21st, 2017 at 8:00 am 1 Comment
    A patch released today for NBA Live 18 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has added a 3v3 variant to the online pick-up mode called Live Run. The 3v3 joins the standard 5v5 Live Run that has become a staple of the series. 3v3 can be played either with random teammates or together with friends. Live Run involves the user-created characters from Career mode in street games populated by all human teammates and opponents. The patch also includes a handful of random fixes and the rosters have ...
  • Madden NFL 18 gets gameplay-heavy patch
    Posted November 20th, 2017 at 12:30 pm 13 Comments
    The fifth patch of substance arrived today for Madden NFL 18 and will likely be welcomed by those who have been waiting for more in the way of improvements to the core of the game given it has primarily been focused on gameplay. Other areas such as  Franchise and Ultimate Team have also been affected by the update but undoubtedly the approach taken for this one was to deliver considerable improvements and fixes to gameplay.  (more…)...
  • Press Row Podcast: Evolution or Revolution
    Posted November 20th, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment
    It's an especially tumultuous time for the gaming industry as aggressive monetization tactics face intense pushback from media and consumers. Even as sports games consistently reside near the top of the sales charts and generate extraordinary digital revenue publishers are looking ahead for how to not only sustain that success but grow even further. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast the subject of microtransactions/loot boxes and their influence on game design is revisited with dis...
  • The Line Drive for November 19
    Posted November 19th, 2017 at 12:00 pm 4 Comments
    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings. ♦Identifying the biggest ratings movers so far this season in Madden NFL 18. ♦Amazon has Everybody's Golf for just $20 in a pre-Black Friday deal. ♦Digital sports game deals on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remain active. ♦Details on the latest big Ultimate Team program to roll out in Madden NFL 18. ♦EA Sports is teasing the addition of a 3-on-3 mode ...
  • Madden NFL 18 roster update details following week 10 of the season
    Posted November 18th, 2017 at 8:15 am 1 Comment
    The roster update reflecting performances through the tenth week of the season is now available to download in Madden NFL 18. The story of the week is the continued rise of Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard. With an increase of 3 points Byard is now at 88 Overall after finding himself as low as a 73 only 7 games ago. That's a bigger swing than even that of Micah Hyde who has gone up 12 points in a similar stretch of time. Other notable movers in the latest update include Calais Campbell...
  • Sony matches some early Black Friday deals on PS4 games
    Posted November 17th, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments
    Microsoft has come out out with some tempting deals on sports games in advance of Black Friday for games on Xbox One, and Sony has now followed in the hours since by offering a number of their own on PlayStation 4. These are deals worth considering particular for those who prefer to a digital library of games, but other retailers will have physical copies likely for slightly cheaper (and NBA 2K18 significantly cheaper) come the end of next week, and those have the additional bonus of those ...
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