Archive for the ‘Podcasts and Hangouts’ Category
  • Press Row Podcast: Loot boxes and an industry at a crossroads
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    Posted October 20th, 2017 at 4:15 pm 2 Comments
    Whether it’s the VC in NBA 2K18 or the increased presence of “loot boxes” in other high-profile games, the influence on development directly related to monetization efforts is at the forefront of discussion right now amongst gaming press and consumers. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast the panel covers why it has taken until now for such immense backlash to formulate, the necessity of publishers/developers to find ways to generate digital revenue post-release, whether games f...
  • Press Row Podcast: The big business of sports video games
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    Posted October 13th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments
    Sports video games are enjoying – in many cases – their most profitable releases ever. In other areas, however, there are reasons for concern. We’re joined by Mat Piscatella from the NPD to explore all the angles around the big business – and big money – of sports video games. What does all of this mean to consumers? What about developers? Who are the big winners, and who stands to be left out of the party? It’s a fun and fascinating look at the business behind the games that we ...
  • Press Row Podcast: Game Informant
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    Posted October 6th, 2017 at 5:00 pm 3 Comments
    With the recent avalanche of releases how does a sports gaming fan choose where to spend their money and time? Matthew Kato of Game Informer is welcomed for this episode of the Press Row Podcast to help sort through all the games that have recently arrived. Discussion includes which of the soccer games is the one to get, how microtransactions are affecting series like NBA 2K and Forza, the best sports game for the unfamiliar or inexperienced, the biggest surprises and disappointments as of l...
  • Press Row Podcast: Microtransaction Mania
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    Posted September 29th, 2017 at 11:15 am 9 Comments
    2K Sports is facing criticism from all sides over the aggressive implementation of Virtual Currency within NBA 2K18. VC is nothing new to the popular basketball franchise however, so why has this become such a story now that mainstream gaming media, Youtube personalities, and consumers are all making their voices heard on the matter? We discuss the circumstances specific to the NBA 2K series that has allowed the situation to blow up, and the necessary pursuit of digital revenue for publisher...
  • Press Row Podcast: Roundball Review Roundtable
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    Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45 am 3 Comments
    NBA 2K18 and NBA Live 18 came upon their respective releases having traveled dramatically different paths to get there. NBA 2K has grown into the second biggest sports game in the world and is guaranteed to be a smash hit now annually. NBA Live is simply trying to recapture some credibility after eight years defined more by its cancellations than even its sub-par editions. In this episode of the Press Row Podcast both games are examined closely, with areas such as accessibility, gameplay,...
  • Press Row Podcast: Trial Period
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    Posted September 9th, 2017 at 9:15 pm No Comments
    With limited-time trials available to play for NBA Live 18, NHL 18, and NBA 2K18, this episode of the Press Row Podcast covers first impressions of the three games which all have drastically different circumstances surrounding their release. Live desperately needs to recapture some credibility, NHL is stable but looking to generate new sales to casual consumers, and 2K18 is guaranteed to be a smash hit but is getting fans started early on their careers. Check out the podcast through iTune...
  • Press Row Podcast: The long road for Longshot
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    Posted September 1st, 2017 at 4:30 pm No Comments
    With Longshot in Madden NFL 18 garnering high praise this episode of the Press Row Podcast features an interview with the architects behind the franchise's first-ever story mode. Mike Young (director, co-writer) and Adrian Todd Zuniga (co-writer) join the show to discuss the process behind crafting the story first as a movie and the evolution into a compelling interactive experience for the game that followed. Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher ap...
  • Press Row Podcast: Madden NFL 18 Review Roundtable
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    Posted August 25th, 2017 at 5:30 pm 7 Comments
    The sports-gaming season is now underway with the release of Madden NFL 18, and following the initial impressions show last week we're back with a panel to break down many aspects of the game in a supersized two hour episode! Longshot story mode, Franchise mode, gameplay, MUT Squads, and more are covered in-depth, with the discussion later ending on some thoughts regarding the way the Madden and sports titles in general are poorly covered by gaming media and the way marketing strategies a...
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