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  • PlayStation 4 System Update Today Includes Highly Anticipated Share Play Feature
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    Posted October 28th, 2014 at 8:45 am 6 Comments »

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    Sony released the big 2.00 software update for the PS4 earlier today. Among the new features and improvements is Share Play, which was announced first at the original system reveal nearly two years ago, and again highlighted at E3 over the summer. Share Play is naturally well-suited for use with sports games which makes it even more exciting.

    Share Play allows for someone to join a friend’s game even if they don’t own it for up to an hour at a time. The visitor can either take over the host’s controller and play it on their own or join in for local co-op multiplayer. So not only can a person play their friend’s game and possibly decide they want to buy it for themselves but it has potential to be an amazing teaching or assisting tool as far as sports games are concerned.

    Other items in the update include Youtube uploading, USB music player, home screen themes, and new live broadcasting features. Read more

  • Madden NFL 15 Week Eight Upcoming Roster Update Discussion
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    Posted October 28th, 2014 at 8:00 am 21 Comments »

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    It was a weekend of spectacular performances and topped by Ben Roethlisberger who threw for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns in a victory over the Colts. With about half the regular season in the books now what players do you think most need attention in regards to their current ratings vs actual performance level?

    Players to look for moving up this week include Tom Brady, Colt McCoy, Ronnie Hillman, Mark Ingram, Emmanuel Sanders, Martavis Bryant, Golden Tate, Rob Gronkowski, Anthony Barr, Justin Houston, Khalil Mack, Antonio Cromartie, and Bashaud Breeland. Among those that will probably fall are Geno Smith, Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Cam Newton, Eric Fisher, Paul Worrilow, AL Louis-Jean, Josh Gordy, and Mark Barron.

  • The Daily Dish for 10/27/14
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    Posted October 27th, 2014 at 6:00 pm No Comments »

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    Is enough being seeing in NBA Live 15 for EA Sports to stick with the series or will it succumb to cancellation after years of continued failure? That’s the focus of The Daily Dish today coming off the posted impressions as well as the discussion on the latest Press Row Podcast. In addition I look ahead to tomorrow when Sony will push out an update for the PlayStation 4 that includes the revolutionary “Share Play” feature among other system improvements.

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    ♦NBA Live 15 Impressions
    ♦Latest Press Row Podcast
    ♦Share Play Trailer

  • NBA Live 15 Is The Game That Should Have Rebooted The Series
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    Posted October 27th, 2014 at 10:30 am 32 Comments »

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    EA Sports isn’t treating NBA Live 15 like it’s a critical release for the series which desperately needs to establish itself on stable ground and show potential to achieve significant growth in the market within the next few years. In fact they’ve shown little urgency at all and even have basically admitted it’s not a stellar product. No one would have been fooled otherwise but it stands in stark contrast to the way the company promoted previous failed efforts where they instead presented a certain bravado and failed to back it up.

    After spending the six hours with Live 15 through EA Access the murky picture has cleared up somewhat. No, it doesn’t really deserve credit for being “better than Live 14″, but standing on its own it’s a decent effort. That comes maybe a year or several years too late but the progress being made is evident and some may even find fun to be had from the product.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for October 26
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    Posted October 26th, 2014 at 1:30 pm 2 Comments »

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    The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

    ♦Catch up on the week’s news with the YT Playlist for The Daily Dish.
    ♦I was a guest on this weekend’s “Doddcast” talking about more general gaming topics.
    ♦EA Sports UFC is back down to $30 for both PS4 and XB1 through Amazon.
    ♦Michael Chiesa will be added soon to the roster of EA Sports UFC.
    ♦The first patch (check out the details here) for NBA 2K15 went out on PS4/XB1.
    ♦Flip through the six new courts added to NBA 2K15 in the FB album.
    ♦EA Sports offering $30 bonus Ultimate Team content to those who buy NBA Live 15.
    ♦Sony doesn’t list a demo coming Tuesday for NBA Live 15 despite EA’s announcement.
    ♦Here are the details on the feature patch released for The Golf Club.
    ♦Operation Sports tears apart the weak excuse for Online Team Play added to NHL 15.
    ♦During the World Series Out of the Park Baseball 15 and iOOTP 2014 are on sale.
    ♦Check out this week’s edition of the Breaking Madden series.
    ♦Microsoft laid out what to expect from the November system update for Xbox One.
    ♦Check out the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include the Breaking Bad: Complete Series Barrel.

  • Press Row Podcast: State of NBA 2K15 and NBA Live 15 Impressions
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    Posted October 25th, 2014 at 11:15 am 5 Comments »

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    The latest Press Row Podcast features full panel discussion on how NBA 2K15 has settled in after a few weeks of release and then expectations for NBA Live 15. That is followed by a segment where I discuss at length complete impressions of NBA Live 15 following the six hours of the EA Access period.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS and the Stitcher app for Android – subscribe while there to help support the show! You can also listen in the streaming player below.

  • The Daily Dish for 10/24/14
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    Posted October 24th, 2014 at 6:15 pm No Comments »

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    First up in closing out the week in The Daily Dish is the new Press Row Podcast which will be posted on the site tomorrow but is out now through iTunes and Stitcher – it features more thoughts on NBA 2K15, expectations for NBA Live 15, and a full segment featuring my impressions of Live 15 having played through the EA Access period. Beyond that is the new Madden NFL 15 roster update, the release of NHL 2K on mobile, an art update with new courts for NBA 2K15, and a final reminder to donate to the Extra Life charity drive.

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    ♦Latest Madden NFL 15 Roster Update
    ♦NBA Live 15 Videos from Streams
    ♦NHL 2K Out on Mobile
    ♦Six New Courts for NBA 2K15
    ♦Extra Life Charity Drive
    ♦Press Row Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

  • Extra Life Charity Drive This Weekend
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    Posted October 24th, 2014 at 1:15 pm No Comments »

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    By T.J. Lauerman
    Saturday, October 25th, gamers across North America are joining forces once again to help sick kids. Extra Life is a marathon just like a walk or run, but you don’t even need to get out of your chair. For 24 hours gamers will be doing what they do best, playing video games and raising money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The 2014 Extra Life campaign has already raised over $2,000,000 and has over 43,000 registered participants.

    Saturday will mark my fifth Extra Life marathon. Thanks to the help of multiple companies, donors to my campaign (ThatSportsGamer.com/ExtraLife) will be entered to win a number of great prizes including signed Colin Kaepernick, Richard Sherman and Cam Newton jerseys provided by the Madden NFL team at EA Sports.  Read more

  • Madden NFL 15 Roster Update #9 Details
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    Posted October 24th, 2014 at 10:15 am 8 Comments »

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    The roster update that follows week seven of the season is now available for Madden NFL 15 on all systems. Percy Harvin being shipped off to the Jets is the big player move while Peyton Manning is back at 99 overall joining Richard Sherman and J.J. Watt in that ultra-elite club. Check out all the changes in the latest roster update in the spreadsheet here.

    Other notables moving up include Aaron Rodgers (+1 to 98), DeMarco Murray (+1 to 96), Demaryius Thomas (+1 to 96), Jordy Nelson (+1 to 96), Antonio Brown (+1 to 95), Justin Houston (+1 to 95), Vontae Davis (+1 to 94), Tom Brady (+1 to 93), Michael Bennett (+1 to 93), Tony Romo (+2 to 92), DeMarcus Ware (+2 to 91), T.Y. Hilton (+1 to 90), Jason Pierre-Paul (+2 to 89), Golden Tate (+2 to 87), Aaron Donald (+2 to 85), Sammy Watkins (+2 to 85), Curtis Lofton (+3 to 82), and Justin Forsett (+1 to 80).

    Among those who slide in this update are Luke Kuechly (-1 to 96), Jimmy Graham (-1 to 96), Ndamukong Suh (-1 to 96), Marshawn Lynch (-1 to 95), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 94), Geno Atkins (-1 to 94), Justin Smith (-1 to 93), Arian Foster (-1 to 92), Julio Jones (-1 to 92), Cam Newton (-1 to 91), Frank Gore (-1 to 90), Brandon Mebane (-2 to 89), Antoine Bethea (-2 to 88), Jay Cutler (-1 to 86), Andy Dalton (-1 to 85), and Parys Haralson (-3 to 81).

  • The Daily Dish for 10/23/14
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    Posted October 23rd, 2014 at 5:30 pm No Comments »

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    In this extended episode of The Daily Dish I go over my first impressions of NBA Live 15 having played over five hours through EA Access, T.J. Lauerman joins the show again to talk more about the Extra Life charity drive and all the prizes he’s been able to collect for the raffle that those who donate are entered into, and a preview of tomorrow’s Press Row Podcast.

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    ♦NBA Live 15 Videos from Live Streams
    ♦Donate to Extra Life Charity
    ♦Press Row Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

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