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  • NBA 2K17 will have an all-time great video game team in the Golden State Warriors
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    Posted July 4th, 2016 at 9:45 am 20 Comments Ľ

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    Did you think the 73-9 Golden State Warriors were a powerhouse in NBA 2K16? Well, prepare yourself for 2K17, as Kevin Durant is coming to make them even more unstoppable and basically¬†the only team you’ll ever see used online.

    The Warriors now have four All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The last three MVPs reside on the team (Curry and Durant).¬†The closest thing to what has been formed with the Warriors would probably be the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers which featured Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, and Karl Malone. Unlike Golden State though two of those players were no longer in their primes.

    Thankfully the standard head-to-head is far from the only way to play sports video games now online. The rise of the Ultimate Team type modes – MyTeam in NBA 2K – and others variants like MyPark and 2K Pro-Am means variety is out there to experience regardless of the current state of the league.

    In a simulation through NBA 2K16 back in February Durant was added to the Warriors to see what his impact would be. The team went on to win 73 games and then the NBA Finals losing only two games in the playoffs. Durant was the league MVP.

    For those with NBA 2K16 consider downloading an updated user-created roster for the game which can be used in certain offline modes. The one on PS4 under Pastapadre includes all the rookies and offseason moves including Durant to the Warriors.

  • The Chemistry problem affecting high value cards in FIFA Ultimate Team will be patched
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    Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments Ľ

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    Last week what was long suspected by some was finally verified. Some of the most sought-after players in FIFA Ultimate Team were not playing up to their ratings given that the Chemistry boosts were not being applied to them. That meant lower rated and cheaper player cards could actually be better performers on the pitch.

    With a mode that generates hundreds of millions each year for EA Sports that is obviously a massive issue and has called into question the integrity Ultimate Team. We discussed the situation some on the most recent Press Row Podcast.

    Following an investigating of the information an updated statement on the matter has been released. A patch is being worked on with hope of getting it out soon.

    Our work has shown that there appear to be some differences in how fitness and chemistry apply to some FUT items. The differences appear to be the same for all FUT fans, but only applying to some FUT items, so we’re making some changes to ensure the attributes are being applied consistently across all items in the game. To do that, we’re working on a title update for FIFA 16 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation platforms, and will be deploying it as soon as possible.

    This won’t be the end of the story however. It’s quite possible a class action lawsuit will materialize¬†considering consumers had been paying money for items that were not as described.

  • MLB The Show 16 account bannings have been reversed but no apology offered
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    Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 8:30 am 13 Comments Ľ

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    Early in the week a number of very active players in MLB The Show 16’s¬†Diamond Dynasty mode had their accounts banned¬†preventing them from accessing any online features. Something however was clearly amiss with the situation and that became even more apparent as the days stretched on. Late last night a statement was released with the big news being that Sony San Diego went “deeper into the telemetry and are reactivating select accounts.”

    The development comes after a tumultuous few days following the bannings, in which reps for the studio¬†were publicly antagonistic with those¬†affected and blocked many seeking answers on social media, stated plainly that the “bans would not be reversed” and no accounts would be reevaluated, but then went silent until now returning to backtrack on those declarations.

    What’s missing from the statement though? An apology of any sort as well as any mention regarding¬†compensation to make things right with the consumers who were harmed in the process. It’s not just about having unjustly snatched¬†away access to features that were paid for but also the branding of them¬†as cheaters and liars and the insulting manner in which they treated them when the validity of the bans was challenged. Many certainly felt helpless and the poor manner of¬†communication understandably fed into that.

    For a recap of the events and how, along with a FIFA controversy, questions have once again been raised¬†over what it actually means to “own” a game and spend money within them, check out the latest episode of the Press Row Podcast.

  • Press Row Podcast: Cash-Fueled Controversies
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    Posted July 1st, 2016 at 2:00 pm 8 Comments Ľ

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    Two major controversies arose this week and they have raised questions regarding the rights of consumers who purchase video games and spend money on digital items within them.

    With MLB The Show 16, developer Sony San Diego banned a relatively large number of player accounts but some people may have found themselves banished unjustly. In FIFA the integrity of Ultimate Team mode has been brought into question, with high-value player cards not having played up to the level at which they were advertised.

    With those situations in mind it’s fair to wonder just what is actually owned when a video game is bought, and how it’s possible to determine whether you’re actually getting what you’re paying for with digital-based content when there’s no oversight or regulation.

    That’s the focus this episode of the Press Row Podcast presented by Hit The Pass. What rights do consumers have or not have, given the terms of which that are required to be agreed upon in order to play the games, and what should change about the way publishers deal with consumers when they feel the need to take certain actions?

    On this episode: @pastapadre, (@richgrisham), (@ThatSportsGamer), (@MillenniumOS)

    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 16 roster update details for week 12
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    Posted July 1st, 2016 at 6:00 am 3 Comments Ľ

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    In following¬†an update that included some massive shifts in ratings this week’s changes in MLB The Show 16 don’t come across¬†quite as impactful. No players were bumped to reach the Gold or Diamond tiers, and only one player fell out of the latter and into the former.¬† Read more

  • Concerns over recent MLB The Show 16 account bannings being investigated
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    Posted June 30th, 2016 at 8:30 am 9 Comments Ľ

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    On Monday a fairly large number of accounts were banned in MLB The Show 16. Typically wiping out cheaters would be a good thing, creating a level playing field for those who are competing within the rules – but the situation wasn’t nearly as simple at that.

    It quickly became apparent that something might be amiss with¬†some people possibly being¬†unjustifiably¬†banned. After initially saying they would be not be reevaluating anyone’s status, and being abrasive in their responses to any and all inquiries from consumers on social media, Sony San Diego went dark for two days. Now it appears they may recognize that they’ve done some wrong in the process of trying to punish those taking advantage of exploits.


    The backtracking on reviewing the situation is not unexpected as the response from consumers necessitated it despite their defiance to doing so publicly at first. Hopefully a resolution is nearing that will return any users who were improperly banished, and eventually compensation provided to those who were impacted.

  • Updated equipment in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted June 29th, 2016 at 1:15 pm 5 Comments Ľ

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    In recent years the Madden franchise has failed¬†to properly represent the equipment that players wear on gameday. It’s especially¬†embarrassing when even the¬†covers prominently feature equipment not found in the game.

    That’s about to change with Madden NFL 17, as a lot of new licensed gear has been added and the equipment carrying¬†over has been scanned in order to¬†look much better.¬† Read more

  • Integrity of FIFA Ultimate Team brought into question with recent discoveries
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    Posted June 29th, 2016 at 8:00 am 4 Comments Ľ

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    Ultimate Team in FIFA generates hundreds of millions in digital revenue for Electronic Arts every year. The mode is built on digital purchases of in-game currency that is then spent on player and item cards. That can be unsettling as, unlike most physical products, they can’t necessarily be inspected and tested to ensure they function to their described specifications.

    This has now become a major issue as a¬†serious flaw has been identified in FIFA’s Ultimate Team¬†that causes the most desired and valuable players to be penalized, failing¬†to play up to their set attributes and take advantage of¬†advertised Chemistry boosts.¬† Read more

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