News & Updates
  • Finally some movement on Kessler vs NCAA, which is the case to watch if college video games are to return
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    Posted March 28th, 2018 at 4:15 pm No Comments

    There hasn’t been much movement over the last six months towards the potential for a return of college video games. For that to happen a new system will have to be put into place that allows collegiate athletes to be paid for their likenesses while retaining eligibility. The Supreme Court’s decision on O’Bannon vs NCAA kept things in limbo, leaving the action brought by attorney Jeffrey Kessler as the next best hope for change.

    That case had a major development today as Judge Claudia Wilken – who was also involved in the O’Bannon proceedings – scheduled a trial to begin on December 3. In the earlier case Wilken ruled in favor of O’Bannon having determined the NCAA violated antitrust laws. In doing so she proposed a system that would have allowed athletes to collect money in a trust to be paid out after they had left the school. That part of the ruling, which may have presented an opening to the likes of EA Sports, was overturned by the Supreme Court.

    The plaintiffs in the Kessler case (fronted by former football players Martin Jenkins and Shawne Alston) are seeking to prevent the NCAA from being able to restrict athlete benefits to only scholarships, instead allowing them to make money off their names and likenesses. A clear win would not only likely bring EA Sports, conferences and universities back to the table for a college football game but it would have major ramifications on amateur athletics as a whole. Even in that scenario however we’re still looking at being years away from a final resolution considering appeals, plus the development of any game would tack a few more years onto that.

  • More on Tennis World Tour including release date and features
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    Posted March 28th, 2018 at 11:45 am No Comments

    This year sees the return of tennis games to consoles after having gone missing since 2012. Tennis World Tour has looked promising since being first announced almost a year ago despite some fairly rough early footage. Now an official release date has been set of May 22 and a few new feature related details have been revealed.  Read more

  • The Line Drive for March 25
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    Posted March 25th, 2018 at 8:45 am No Comments

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

    Check out details on all 35 new legends that are found in MLB The Show 18.
    First MLB 18 roster update dropped some pitching ratings for Shohei Ohtani.
    A look at all the top rated players in MLB The Show 18 from the base roster.
    Also the lower ratings laid out by position in Diamond Dynasty for The Show 18.
    With MLB The Show 18 out the 20% off coupon can be used on buying the game.
    Instructions provided for how to redeem pre-order bonuses in MLB The Show 18.
    Vote in the Favorite Sports Game since 2010 Tournament now to the Elite Eight.
    Another new screenshot has been released for the upcoming Super Mega Baseball 2.
    Origin Access subscribers have several new games to play including OOTP 19.
    RBI Baseball 18 will release on iOS this coming week and Android in April.
    Details on a minor patch that released addressing one issue in Madden NFL 18.
    Details on the major refresh for FIFA Mobile with new features and improvements.
    Details on the content updates that are coming soon to NBA Live Mobile.
    Details on the latest gameplay tuning changes made for EA Sports UFC 3.
    The highly-anticipated Tournaments feature for Rocket League will launch April 3.
    Details on the Spring Fever event and new items that went live in Rocket League.
    Blu-ray releases this week include seasons of Mr. Robot and Legion.

  • Press Row Podcast: Listeners at the Plate
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    Posted March 24th, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments

    From the latest on any potential return of college sports video games to the impact Fortnite is having on the industry this episode of the Press Row Podcast tackles a number of listener-submitted questions. Additionally the results from the first round of the Favorite Game Since 2010 Tournament are revealed setting up the Elite Eight matchups.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • MLB The Show 18 also removed Season Mode
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    Posted March 23rd, 2018 at 7:15 am No Comments

    The news that Online Franchise was being removed with MLB The Show 18 was tough for many to accept, and though SCEA had been collecting pre-orders for months by then at least that information was being provided prior to release. What wasn’t mentioned despite plenty of opportunity to do so along the way is that Season Mode had also gotten the axe. That’s especially damaging news to those who planned to carry over Season saves that had been active with MLB 17 and may have even been played going back further.

    Some may wonder about the necessity of a Season Mode given the presence of a full Franchise Mode but the two actually differed in significant ways. Season Mode could be shortened while Franchise Mode requires a full 162 games. Season has been the primary home for classic rosters which would be transferred over. Season was also more of a simplified experience with basic roster management yet was not limited to just a single season as the name suggests, while Franchise tacks on many complex team management challenges and procedures. Simulating through games and the many day-to-day actions dramatically alters the experience compared to having actively played all of the games along the way.

    The most distressing thing is that the removal of Season Mode was hidden from consumers. There is no excuse for that and no benefit to anyone for doing so. Now those who looked forward to playing Season Mode are either left with a game purchased that they felt was deceptive in its advertising – given that annual sports games are reasonably expected to return core features unless otherwise stated – while others will have to consider its absence in whether they pick up the game in the days or weeks ahead.

  • MLB The Show 18: The top rated players and PS Store 20% off coupon
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    Posted March 22nd, 2018 at 8:45 am No Comments

    Four players lead the way at the top of the ratings scale in MLB The Show 18 while another is just a single point from reaching the pinnacle. While that number is up from the two that began there last season, the group of players rated 90+ continues its slimming down which began a few years ago. Check out the full list of all players rated 88+ with the piece put together for Sporting News. These ratings come from the base roster which applies to modes such as Play Now and Franchise. Diamond Dynasty utilizes a different scale with ratings lower across the board.

    The “quests” that began on live.playstation.com earlier this week now include a code for 20% off a single PlayStation Store purchase. Make sure to pick that up and use it by the end of the month when it is set to expire. The discount would bring the standard MLB The Show 18 down to $48, MVP Edition to $56 or Digital Deluxe to $80. The coupon can not be applied to pre-orders however, meaning the game will need to be officially released for it to be used which means midnight tonight. That 20% off could also be used on purchasing Stubs or on any other desired games or digital items found in the PlayStation Store.

    [Update: With MLB The Show 18 now released the code can be applied for purchasing the game through the PS Store]

  • Shohei Ohtani confirmed for the default roster in MLB The Show 18
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    Posted March 21st, 2018 at 6:15 am No Comments

    Back in February when Shohei Ohtani made a surprise appearance in a trailer for MLB The Show 18 the obvious conclusion to jump to was that he would be included on the game’s shipped roster. Any promotional material with Ohtani would not have been approved by the league unless his rights had been secured in advance. SCEA never commented on his inclusion however leaving fans to wonder not just would he be in the game – avoiding the normal wait until mid-late April that nearly all new rookies suffer from – but also whether he can be utilized in a unique way.

    The former has now been answered with certainty while the latter remains in question. Ohtani is in fact included on the default roster for MLB The Show 18 and comes in with a healthy 86 Overall Rating. That ranks him behind only 16 other starting pitchers across the league and puts him at a potential All-Star caliber level. His higher ratings at the plate and defensively likely contribute to that Overall being boosted but it’s still a remarkable number for someone who has yet to prove themselves in MLB.  Read more

  • How to collect a free extra card pack for MLB The Show 18
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    Posted March 19th, 2018 at 10:30 am No Comments

    MLB The Show 18 is now just a few days from release and along with the bounty provided along with pre-orders there’s now also an opportunity to add to that with a bonus card pack. Just like last year completing a “quest” through the game’s website will earn a free Standard pack.

    Here’s how to go about obtaining the pack. Log into your PlayStation account and go to to live.playstation.com. The quest is found on the sidebar where you’ll need to click to “Watch the MLB The Show 18 Countdown to Launch” video. After the trailer has been viewed to completion the code for the pack will be found by clicking on your profile in the upper right and then the “Rewards” tab. The code can then be entered into the PlayStation website or on your console and the pack will be in the inventory when the game is ultimately launched.

    [Update] You can now also claim a Sponsor Pack and 1,000 Stubs.

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