Archive for the ‘Podcasts and Hangouts’ Category
  • 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...
  • Press Row Podcast: Xbox One X and Sports Games
    Posted November 10th, 2017 at 12:00 pm No Comments
    What can more powerful hardware do to improve some already very good sports video games? We got the answer this week with the release of the Xbox One X and in this episode of the Press Row Podcast the benefits of the pricey new console are examined. The likes of Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, NBA 2K18, and Forza can now be played in native 4K with HDR (true also of the PS4 Pro) but the improvements go beyond the visuals on Xbox One X. Framerates can be better and loading times are significantly ...
  • Press Row Podcast: Team Builders
    Posted October 27th, 2017 at 4:30 pm 6 Comments
    The Ultimate Team style modes in sports games are more popular with consumers than ever before, and they're also leaned on more than ever by publishers for the revenues they provide. What is it about these team building, card collecting modes that have proven to be so compelling and successful? What challenges do they face right now and into the future? A panel of experts on the various modes throughout the genre discuss the phenomenon on this episode. Check out the podcast through iTunes...
  • Press Row Podcast: Loot boxes and an industry at a crossroads
    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
    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
    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
    Posted September 29th, 2017 at 11:15 am 10 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
    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,...
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