Archive for the ‘Misc Sports Gaming’ Category
  • Press Row Hangout: Madden NFL 15 EA Access Early Play Limited to Six Hours
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    Posted August 19th, 2014 at 9:45 am 6 Comments »
    With the EA Access details for Madden NFL 15 finally being clarified yesterday a panel featuring myself (@Pastapadre), Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham), T.J. Lauerman (@ThatSportsGamer), and Pete Dodd (@atPeteDodd) got together for a discussion on the news. Madden will be limited to six hours in its early play period...something that was hidden until three days before it starts. EA however had no problem pushing consumers to subscribe for the three weeks beforehand. Is the six hour limitation...
  • Press Row Hangout: Troubling NHL 15 Rumors and Gamescom News
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    Posted August 14th, 2014 at 10:15 pm 11 Comments »
    A special Press Row Hangout came together Thursday night to discuss the news out of Gamescom before turning to the scorching hot topic of the moment. Despite mounting circumstantial evidence that paints a distressing picture EA Sports will neither confirm nor deny the presence of EA Sports Hockey League and GM Connected modes in the XB1/PS4 version NHL 15. The company has only now stated that news related to modes will be discussed next week. The audio from this show will also be featured ...
  • Sony Announces Share Play for PS4
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    Posted August 13th, 2014 at 1:00 pm 11 Comments »
    At Gamescom yesterday Sony announced some details on the PlayStation 4 v2.00 console update due out this fall. One new feature will be Share Play, which allows someone who owns a game to invite a friend to play along with them even if that friend doesn't own the game. The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. W...
  • EA Access Now Live to All on Xbox One
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    Posted August 11th, 2014 at 10:45 am 20 Comments »
    With timing that will raise even more eyebrows, Electronic Arts has announced that the EA Access program is now rolling out wide to everyone on the Xbox One. It had been in beta for dashboard preview participants since the end of July. EA Access is a subscription service for $30 a year or $5 a month that offers a library of older games to play, 10% off digital purchases, and the ability to play games in the days leading up to their release for a limited stretch of time. It's represents a ...
  • O’Bannon Wins Case Against NCAA
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    Posted August 8th, 2014 at 3:45 pm 18 Comments »
    The judge in O'Bannon v. NCAA has ruled that the NCAA violates anti-trust laws by preventing players from being paid for their name and likenesses. This does not appear to be a ruling however that threatens the core of the NCAA - one in which some surmised a more devastating ruling could bring down the organization entirely. It's certainly far from the worst case scenario for them. That could be a good thing for the future of college sports video games depending on how the NCAA attempts t...
  • Press Row Hangout Clips: Responding to More Viewer Questions
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    Posted July 31st, 2014 at 9:45 am No Comments »
    Four more viewer questions are discussed in the final two clips from the most recent Press Row Hangout. The topics include The Golf Club and whether there could be more unlicensed sports games in the future, when to expect the Madden NFL 15 demo, why publishers seem to be holding back information on games until later now, and what sports game release in the past generated the most anticipation for the panelists. (more…)...
  • Breaking Down the New EA Access Subscription Service
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    Posted July 30th, 2014 at 1:15 pm 20 Comments »
    EA Access was announced yesterday and based on the reaction there appears to be quite a lot of interest in the concept of a subscription service which provides a library of older games to play and pre-release play periods for new games. Many who were aware of EA Sports Season Ticket liked what that provided too, which EA Access appears to have improved upon in several areas and offers less in others, but that program was never actively advertised by the company so it never took off. They wil...
  • EA Access Announced for Xbox One; Exclusive Pre-Release Play Periods and Library of Games With Subscription
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    Posted July 29th, 2014 at 10:45 am 43 Comments »
    Electronic Arts today announced "EA Access" a new program that provides membership-style access to a back catalog of games plus the chance to play games up to five days prior to their release and get 10% off digital purchases. Both of those benefits are similar to the now discontinued Season Ticket. EA Access will go for $5 a month, or $30 for the full year, and is exclusive to the Xbox One. It's in beta right now and will open to all soon. ♦EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a col...
  • Press Row Hangout Clips: Importance of Commentary and Some Viewer Questions
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    Posted July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am 1 Comment »
    The next clips from the most recent Press Row Hangout involve a discussion over the importance of commentary in sports games and answering the first viewer questions. Even more of those will posted tomorrow. Commentary is a big factor in immersion and delivering authentic television-style presentation but many complain about it and go so far as to turn it off or listen to something else when it grows tired. Is commentary an area developers should focus on more? What consoles will lead ...
  • Press Row Hangout Clips: Are Patches Helping or Hurting Games and Publishers Fail to Provide Specifics on Last-Gen Editions
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    Posted July 28th, 2014 at 11:15 am 3 Comments »
    The latest Press Row Hangout tackled a number of topics and the first two are featured in the clips below. More will be posted throughout the week and the full show audio will be featured on Friday's Press Row Podcast. 1) Patches have allowed developers to continue working on games right up to and beyond release. But is that resulting in better games or simply ones that are left unfinished while relying on consumers to hope that fixes and improvements are made later? 2) It's the first ...
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