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  • The Daily Dish for 10/8/14
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    Posted October 8th, 2014 at 6:45 pm 2 Comments »

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    NBA 2K15’s server problems and how the game has been impacted leads the way in this episode of The Daily Dish. Then it’s on to talking about how Online Association was removed from 2K15 on 360/PS3 without consumer notification and details on the first patch for FIFA 15.

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    ♦NBA 2K15 Server Problems
    ♦FIFA 15 First Patch Details
    ♦Press Row Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

  • Details on First FIFA 15 Patch
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    Posted October 8th, 2014 at 2:15 pm 5 Comments »

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    The first patch for FIFA 15 is already available on PC and expected on PS4 and Xbox One in the “near future”. Given the quick turnaround time – the game has only been out two weeks – the update will naturally address the more pressing type of issues identified early or application of quick fixes rather than dig into community feedback for improvements in gameplay, presentations, or the various modes. That type of patch would probably be another month or so away based on track record from past years with the series.

    ♦Added the latency indicator to FIFA 15 Ultimate Team so fans can view health of connection before entering an online match.
    ♦Improved set-piece cameras in Online Seasons for Guest players.
    ♦Corrected home crowds in Match Day Live matches.
    ♦Fixed occurrences where the player would be unable to progress at the end of a FUT match due to the post-match menus not appearing.
    ♦Fix to hospitality upgrades in Career Mode and Pro Clubs.
    ♦Addressed exploit where players could infinitely switch kick-takers on set-pieces
    ♦Fixed occurrence where changes to Subs/Reserves are not brought into Season matches
    ♦Fixed issue where non-user controlled players run to kick-off circle at match start. (PC Only)
    ♦Fixed occurrences where players couldn’t progress through Virtual Pro creation. (PC only)

    [Update] The patch went out on 10/14 for Xbox One and PS4.

  • Server Issues Wreaking Havoc With NBA 2K15
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    Posted October 8th, 2014 at 10:15 am 118 Comments »

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    It’s a familiar story – server outages on release and in the days following for an NBA 2K game. What shifted dramatically last year with 2K14 was the impact server outages would have on consumers. It was for all intents and purposes an always-online game and that meant when the servers were down so was the ability to continue to play just about every mode in the game. It wasn’t just online play or MyTeam but MyCareer and MyGM that would go down with it due to the Virtual Currency implementation.

    2K Sports seemed to reverse course to an extent in NBA 2K15 in regards to the extreme nature of VC and with it even introduced an offline-only MyLeague mode. Unfortunately server-related VC ties are still there for MyCareer and MyGM and issues are have already greatly affected consumers in a number of ways. Read more

  • The Daily Dish for 10/7/14
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    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 6:15 pm 1 Comment »

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    Two big subjects are discussed in today’s episode of The Daily Dish. First up are brief early impressions of NBA 2K15 having spent time with the face scanning feature, MyCareer, MyPark, and Online. Then it’s on to the big patch just released for Madden NFL 15.

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    ♦Head Scanning in NBA 2K15
    ♦Madden NFL 15 First Patch
    ♦Pastapadre Twitter
    ♦Pastapadre Twitch

  • NBA 2K15 Day One Live Stream
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    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 1:45 pm 6 Comments »

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    It’s NBA 2K15 release day so join me for a stream that will run a couple hours checking out various aspects of the game. I also plan to be back this evening to stream again. Feel free as well to check out the live stream below from last night broken into two parts – starting up MyCareer mode and an online game which ran fairly well. Read more

  • Madden NFL 15 Patch Details
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    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 41 Comments »

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    Despite frustration from some consumers EA Sports was not actually behind schedule in terms of releasing the first patch for Madden NFL 15. Anticipation has been high for it however and updates did arrive today on PS4, Xbox One, 360, and PS3. That puts it ahead of the typical time frame for the first big patch with them having landed in previous years in mid-late October.

    The patch applies fixes to the offline Connected Franchise that had already gone through as server-side updates for online ones. It also addresses various gripes related to gameplay and presentation. Continue on for the full details on the patches!  Read more

  • How Has Your Face Scanning Experience Gone With NBA 2K15?
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    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 9:00 am 16 Comments »

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    The face-scan technology introduced in NBA 2K15 led the way in terms of anticipated features for the game based on the recent poll. However as many are discovering now it’s a difficult process to complete – having spent over 30 mins frustrated by it I’ve just given up for now – and even those who have success the final product may be some form of alien creation. If you want to see the things of nightmares check out this gallery of grotesque face scans.

    Were you able to complete a face scan in NBA 2K15 and if so how did it turn out? Feel free to post any pictures in the comments!

  • Madden NFL 15 Week Five Upcoming Roster Update Discussion
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    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 7:45 am 12 Comments »

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    The big story in week five of the NFL season were the comebacks, which continues a trend throughout this season, and the Browns had the most impressive one walking away with the biggest for a road team in history after trailing 28-3 to the Titans.

    Names to look for on the rise in the next Madden NFL 15 roster update include Russell Wilson, Brian Hoyer, Austin Davis, Antone Smith, Branden Oliver, Dez Bryant, Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas, Sammy Watkins, Joe Staley, Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, Bobby Wagner, Justin Houston, and Bjoern Werner. Among those likely to see a drop are Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Christian Ponder, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Jake Matthews, Jahri Evans, Cyril Richardson, and Buster Skrine.

    There were also some significant names affected by injuries with Jairus Byrd going to IR – he wasn’t playing well this season but is still a 94 rated player in the game. Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson, Rashad Jennings, Jake Locker, Montee Ball, and Calais Campbell may miss some time after getting hurt as well.

  • The Daily Dish for 10/6/14
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    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 4:30 pm No Comments »

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    Today’s Daily Dish is heavy on NBA 2K15 as it will be releasing in just a matter of hours. From examining the results of the poll on what features are most anticipated, to discussing the deflating news regarding Online Leagues, and looking forward to streaming the game tonight and over the coming days. Also there is mention of the latest Press Row Hangout and an explanation of why it’s not unusual that there hasn’t been a patch yet for Madden NFL 15.

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    ♦Press Row Hangout Ep 53
    ♦NBA 2K15 Online Leagues
    ♦NBA 2K15 Features Poll
    ♦Pastapadre Twitch Page

  • Online Leagues in NBA 2K15 Still Lacking Some Critical Options
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    Posted October 6th, 2014 at 12:15 pm 26 Comments »

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    2K Sports didn’t make much of a concerted effort to promote the Online Leagues in NBA 2K14 or now NBA 2K15. The reasoning was evident – the leagues didn’t, and still don’t apparently, meet the necessary requirements for running and sustaining a successful operation. Only a few tweets were sent out about 2K15’s leagues which did make them seem as though they would be a viable option this time. Unfortunately now as consumers begin to dig into the game it has come to light that some of the details provided were misleading or inaccurate, and others conveniently omitted. Those hoping for a suitable league experience will be left unsatisfied.

    The post by a user on Operation Sports outlines all that is lacking. Despite multiple claims by 2K that teams could be CPU controlled that is not in fact true and only user-controlled teams are involved. In addition commissioners have no power over booting owners or blocking trades, there’s no ability to set rotations or adjust sliders or sign free agents, no practice mode, and there are currently issues with simulating game results.

    2K Sports was the first to really offer revolutionary Online Leagues many years ago. After that they shifted focus elsewhere as EA Sports innovated with Online Franchise. 2K tried to follow but struggled to deliver a working Online Association mode in NBA 2K and now haven’t just reverted back to basic Leagues, but are offering something two years in a row that has less in the way of options than those possessed way back then. One might place the blame on the inability to monetize it but the company created a whole new offline mode this year despite that – so instead it’s clear that they just view leagues as the lowest of priorities.

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