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  • Press Row Podcast – MLB 14: The Show Review Roundtable
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    Posted April 4th, 2014 at 1:15 pm 4 Comments »

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    While the Hits and Misses review for MLB 14: The Show won’t be up until next week the brand new Press Row Podcast covers just about everything to do with the game. The panel discusses general impressions, preferred ways to play, Quick Counts, Player Lock, Road to the Show, and Online including Online Franchise. It’s an extremely comprehensive and detailed show despite just being a few days into it’s release on PS3 and Vita.

    Check out the 108 minute podcast through iTunes, for Android devices with the Stitcher app, or listen to it in the streaming player below!

  • Smart Design Decisions Overshadowed by Reliability Concerns in Early MLB 14: The Show Online Franchise Mode Testing
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    Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 10:45 am 36 Comments »

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    While SCEA revealed some of the framework to Online Franchise for MLB 14: The Show the company never explained the actual logistics of the mode. Baseball inherently presents challenges like the length of the season and time requirement to play games which necessitates chunks of them being open on the schedule for example – but then how are rotations, injuries, and fatigue handled when not playing games in any specific order?

    Server issues, the need to actually play some of the games to determine if they’re functioning and reporting back properly, and allocation of time elsewhere within The Show have prevented deep progress in any online franchises from being made to this point but it was important to explain some of the basic details discovered and whether the mode appears to be promising or not. A follow-up article on how Online Franchise holds up through a season and the off-season activities will be written at a later date.  Read more

  • Your Thoughts on the Demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup
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    Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 4:45 pm 7 Comments »

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    The demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil released yesterday on the Xbox 360 and PS3 and the response to it seems largely positive. That’s great for those who have been anticipating the game but feels especially unfortunate for the others who would have jumped at the opportunity to buy it on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 if presented the opportunity.

    The 2010 World Cup game was one of the best sports titles of the entire 360/PS3 generation. 2014 looks to capitalize on that history with consumers along with the extraordinary growth in the FIFA series since then. However much of the discussion around the game has been the decision not to release it on the new systems and that seemed to deflate the hype significantly. The game will be out on April 15 which is almost two months before the actual World Cup begins so the excitement that has felt lacking as of late may still build over that time.

    For those who have played the 2014 FIFA World Cup demo what are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments and vote in the poll below!

  • Press Row Hangout Clip: No Fighter Share in EA Sports UFC
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    Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 1:15 pm 6 Comments »

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    In the final clip from the most recent Press Row Hangout the panel discusses the news from EA Sports that the upcoming UFC game won’t have a “Fighter Share” feature. Past titles from the company including EA MMA and Fight Night have included the ability to create fighters and then share them online for others to download but potential litigation is now scaring companies away from support for that type of freedom.


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  • Early Assessments of Quick Counts and Player Lock in MLB 14: The Show
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    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm 37 Comments »

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    SCEA made two time-saving features the most marketed additions for MLB 14: The Show. There is no doubt that the length of time it takes to play games has limited baseball’s potential video game consumer base and even hampered the ability for the most dedicated fans to play to the extent they would like. Of the two options developed for MLB 14 at least one is proving to be a worthwhile option to consider.  Read more

  • Demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup Now Available
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    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am 1 Comment »

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    Two weeks in advance of its release a demo has arrived for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Coming in at 1.66 GB it can be downloaded now by queuing up on Xbox 360 here and it’ll be out on PlayStation 3 later this afternoon.

    The demo features eight nations: Australia, Brazil, England, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and United States. Only standard quick play games are offered with accelerated four minute halves.

  • First Roster Update for MLB 14: The Show Won’t Be Out Until April 8
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    Posted April 1st, 2014 at 9:30 am 6 Comments »

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    MLB 14: The Show released on PS3 and Vita today but the wait will continue one week until new rosters are provided. For the time being the rosters included in the game do not represent any transactions that took place after mid-February. Unfortunately that means consumers may feel the need to wait until April 8 before starting up Franchise, Road to the Show, or Season mode.

    The first roster update will include signings, player movement, and injuries that have occurred since mid-February along with accurate lineups and rotations to the start of the season. It should also include players who make their debut in the league prior to then. Remember no player can be included in a video game until they have officially appeared in an MLB game which makes them part of the MLBPA.

  • MLB 14: The Show Video Rolls Through Many New Features and Improvements
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    Posted March 31st, 2014 at 2:15 pm 6 Comments »

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    To coincide with the release of MLB 14: The Show on PS3 and Vita tomorrow SCEA has pushed out a new video that goes over 30 features that might not be known about the game. Many of them will be familiar to those who have followed information on this year’s edition but there are others which haven’t received the same level of attention mixed in. Keep in mind that all of these features – even though most of the footage used is PS3 – will apply to the PS4 version which is now five weeks away from its release.


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  • Press Row Hangout Clip – Lightning Round
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    Posted March 31st, 2014 at 12:00 pm No Comments »

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    In a segment from the latest Press Row Hangout the “Lightning Round” debuts. Quick takes are given on a number of topics:

    ♦The lack of any Madden news as typically promotion begins long before now.
    ♦The release date for EA Sports UFC still not having been solidified.
    ♦RBI Baseball 14 supposedly out in less than two weeks but important details remain hidden.
    ♦Has recent 2014 FIFA World Cup promotion altered any anticipation levels.
    ♦College athletes unionizing as employees and whether NCAA video games could return.
    ♦Thoughts on Infamous: Second Son and the arrival of Golfy Bird.
    ♦Oculus Rift bought by Facebook and whether that changes outlooks on the device.


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  • The Line Drive for March 30
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    Posted March 30th, 2014 at 1:15 pm No 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.

    ♦This last Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of the website! Thanks for all the support over the years and the many more to come.
    ♦Another user-created gameplay video from PS3 version of MLB 14: The Show.
    ♦Operation Sports has screenshots showing lineups and rotations for MLB 14.
    ♦How players are helping to make MLB: The Show a better game.
    ♦Check out the latest fighter screenshots for EA Sports UFC in the FB album.
    ♦Good Game Bro says a demo for 2014 FIFA World Cup will be out Tuesday.
    ♦New blog goes over the telemetry pulled from the closed beta of The Golf Club.
    ♦New developer video demonstrates how to move the pin in The Golf Club.
    ♦Check out the latest screenshots for The Golf Club in the FB album.
    ♦New Top Gear Car Pack DLC has arrived w/$10 cost for Forza 5.
    ♦RBI Baseball 14 will have retro jerseys that are unlockable through play.
    ♦EA Sports is holding an Ultimate Team tournament w/ Madden NFL 25 on all systems.
    ♦The latest roster update details show the hot and cold streak players in NHL 14.
    ♦A bunch of new apps including MLB.TV have made it to the Xbox One.
    ♦Penalties for having a poor online reputation will be assessed on the Xbox One.
    ♦Check out the Star Wars themed jerseys the Durham Bulls will wear for a game.

    News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.

    ♦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Anchorman 2 and 47 Ronin.
    ♦Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Heading towards release this August.
    ♦Trailer for The Maze Runner. Based on the best-selling novel.
    ♦Trailer for Hercules. Dwayne Johnson stars in the Brett Ratner directed action-adventure.

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