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  • Press Row Hangout Clips: PS4 Share Play and Viewer Questions
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    Posted November 5th, 2014 at 10:45 am No Comments »

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    The final two segments have been broken off from the latest full live Press Row Hangout broadcast below. Make sure to check out the first two that went up Monday or watch the show in its over two hour entirety through Youtube.

    In the first clip the panel discusses the recent PlayStation 4 system update and in particular the revolutionary Share Play feature. The other involves responding to a number of viewer questions that include the Xbox One price drop, controls in NBA Live 15 vs NBA 2K15, and why sliders and other things often remain a mystery in sports games.

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  • Major Update Released for FIFA World
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    Posted November 5th, 2014 at 8:30 am No Comments »

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    EA Sports has released a significant update for the free-to-play PC game FIFA World. For those interested in trying it out the official website that houses the download is here. FIFA World launched back in May and then at Gamescom a new gameplay engine and promise of more improvements were announced and those things are now here.

    Along with EA’s mobile games this F2P Ultimate Team model could be paving the way for the same to be offered on consoles in the future. Continue on to check out everything new with the latest update!  Read more

  • The Daily Dish for 11/4/14
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    Posted November 4th, 2014 at 6:30 pm 1 Comment »

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    In this episode of The Daily Dish examining NBA Live 15’s lack of a roster update, looking ahead to the next Madden NFL 15 roster update, a massive game update is coming in for the F2P PC game FIFA World, and some of what to expect in the next couple days on the site with new Hangout clips and NBA player face comparisons on the way.

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    ♦Rosters Not Updated in NBA Live 15
    ♦Upcoming Madden Update Discussion
    ♦FIFA World Website
    ♦Full Press Row Hangout

  • NBA Live 15 Yet To Receive a Roster Update
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    Posted November 4th, 2014 at 1:30 pm 18 Comments »

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    While the competition has turned a corner in terms of roster updates the NBA Live series continues to struggle with it. NBA Live 14 at one point in the season went for over a month without an update and now over a week into this season NBA Live 15 is still without one.

    That means among the inaccuracies are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook still in the starting lineup for the Thunder, Steve Nash starting for the Lakers, J.J. Barea missing from the Mavericks, and all sorts of other discrepancies that can be found throughout the rosters in the game against those currently active in the league.

    EA Sports often touts their Synergy partnership which delivers ongoing data but ultimately that drives tendencies and doesn’t affect roster movement, injuries, or ratings. They have to put effort into manual updates and have not done a good job with it since relaunching the franchise despite an apparent dedication to post-release support in other areas.

  • Madden NFL 15 Week Nine Upcoming Roster Update Discussion
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    Posted November 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am 19 Comments »

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    Peyton Manning was recently elevated back to the 99 overall club in Madden NFL 15 while Richard Sherman fell out of it last week. It’s possible the two could flip in the next roster update after Manning struggled in New England and Sherman made a terrific interception and also had a pass defensed after rarely being thrown at throughout the season.

    Names to look for on the rise this week include Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Jeremy Hill, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Hurns, Jason Peters, Junior Galette, Robert Quinn, Shariff Floyd, Robert Ayers, Dan Williams, Bruce Irvin, Mychal Kendricks, James Harrison, Joe Haden, Vontae Davis, and Reshad Jones.

    Some that are likely to see a drop include Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Weeden, Ben Tate, Branden Oliver, Trent Williams, Nick McDonald, Kendall Reyes, Lardarius Webb, Alterraun Verner, Andre Hal, and Aqib Talib.

  • The Daily Dish for 11/3/14
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    Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm No Comments »

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    In this episode of The Daily Dish there’s more on the roster updates for NBA 2K15 now that player ratings are being adjusted, 2K is running a sweepstakes for a trip to the NBA All-Star Game, and the latest Press Row Hangout is available to watch.

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    ♦NBA 2K15 Roster Update Details
    ♦2K NBA All-Star Game Sweepstakes Rules
    ♦Press Row Hangout (Full)
    ♦Press Row Hangout (First Two Segments)

  • NBA 2K15 Roster Updates Keep Coming; Player Ratings Now Being Adjusted
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    Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 pm 11 Comments »

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    Over the weekend I wrote about how well 2K Sports has been doing with roster updates for NBA 2K15 – a stark departure from how they have historically struggled to provide any semblance of sufficient post-release support. The new dedication to rosters continues and now the ratings and tendency changes have started to come in making the updates about more than just the reflection of injuries and changes to accessories being worn.

    The biggest beneficiaries so far are Chris Bosh, Klay Thompson, and Anthony Davis. Even Tristan Thompson gets recognition for his game-saving performance for the Cavs where he grabbed 12 offensive rebounds. Meanwhile a few highly-touted rookies take a hit following their first performances. Read more

  • Press Row Hangout Clips: League Progress and Latest on the NBA Games
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    Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment »

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    The latest live Press Row Hangout that was held over the weekend was focused on just a handful of topics but ran longer than we typical shoot for as it went for over two hours. So I’ve gone ahead and broken it into segments to make it easier to watch. If you’d prefer to watch in its entirety in a single sitting the complete video is archived on Youtube. Here though are the two segments from the broadcast and the remaining two will be posted tomorrow.

    The first video features the intro, our progress being made in leagues (Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, and MLB 14: The Show) and a quick talk about the Xbox One game Sunset Overdrive. The second centers on the two NBA games with impressions of NBA Live 15, how we’re faring in MyCareer and MyPark with NBA 2K15, and some general discussion about accessibility for each (which comes up in a later segment in relation to controls also).

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  • The Line Drive for November 2
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    Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm 4 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 news of the week with all the Daily Dishes in the YT playlist.
    ♦EA Sports UFC is back down to $30 for both PS4 and XB1 at Amazon.
    ♦EA Tiburon is trying to come up with some new non-sports game ideas.
    ♦EA had a strong quarter due to growth in digital and mobile.
    ♦Today’s NBA 2K15 roster update features a fair amount of ratings adjustments.
    ♦2K Sports detailed out the benefits of the MyNBA2K15 app that released weeks ago.
    ♦Joe Montana tweeted a brief clip from a mo-cap session for his upcoming mobile game.
    ♦Xbox One dropped its price $50 and there are two bundles available for $350 now.
    ♦A new MLS franchise has been awarded to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.
    ♦Marvel announced tons of news related to upcoming films through 2019 this last week.
    ♦The first trailer for Furious 7 is here with the movie due out April 3, 2015.
    ♦Blu-ray releases this week include Maleficent and Hercules.

  • 2K Sports Finally Delivering Proper Roster Updates With NBA 2K15
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    Posted November 1st, 2014 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments »

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    Post-release support has always been a glaring weakness of the NBA 2K series. One aspect of that has been the lack of consistent roster updates. They were sporadic at best – often inaccurate and wholly inadequate.

    That has finally changed with NBA 2K15. Rosters are being updated now on a daily basis and it involves more than just player movement and rotations. Adjustments are being made to accessories and shoes, injuries and returns are being reflected immediately, tendencies are being changed, and “Badges” are being awarded. Today the first ratings changes were made as well. You can see the details on the latest update over at Operation Sports.

    With the sales heights NBA 2K has reached consumers deserve improved support in everything from rosters to patches. 2K had at least now addressed the former and hopefully they continue to show that same dedication throughout the season.

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