The biggest story in gaming right now is the controversy surrounding Microsoft targeting Youtube personalities to promote the Xbox One. What has really blown things up is the manner in which they have done so that violates FTC regulations by requiring any participating individuals to hide that they are being compensated for their opinion or endorsement. Now Electronic Arts has also made its way into the conversation with evidence they offered similar promotions where they would pay bonuses to those promoting their products.Â Read more
After weeks of collecting votes â€“ the total of which exceeded 36K â€“ itâ€™s time to announce the remaining winners of the Pastapadre 2013 Community Choice Awards. The categories being examined are Best Sports Game, Most Disappointing Sports Game, Best Presentation, and Best Online Play. For the results of the other categories make sure to check out the earlier article. Continue on for the winners and to leave any thoughts in the comments!Â Read more
The most recent Press Row Hangout is now available as a Press Row Podcast! The show late last week focused on the announcement of R.B.I. Baseball – what kind of game it could be, what the presence of a second baseball game means, and whether leagues will consider doing what MLB is and develop their own products instead of relying on other companies.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Last chance to vote for Best Sports GameÂ in the Community Awards.
â™¦Top selling video games of 2013 included Madden NFL 25 (3rd) and NBA 2K14 (6th).
â™¦As with here, Operation Sports continues to track NBA 2K14′s troubles.
â™¦Another patch to hopefully fix some of 2K14′s problems may arrive late this week.
â™¦The latest NBA 2K14 roster update included the BOS-GS-MIA three team trade.
â™¦The latest screenshots for EA Sports UFC have been added to the FB album.
â™¦A rumored release date of May 6 for EA Sports UFC is circulating.
â™¦EA Sports released a shooting tutorial video for NBA Live 14.
â™¦EA Sports also released a post-play tutorial video for NBA Live 14.
â™¦The Bobcats players were recently scanned by EA Sports for a future Live update.
â™¦Mutant Football League will be going back to Kickstarter after a failed first attempt.
â™¦Details released on an update coming to the FIFA Ultimate Team web-app.
â™¦Supreme CourtÂ denied the NCAA’s request to stopÂ the EA/CLC likeness settlement.
â™¦That $40 million settlement is expected to be finalized within the next two weeks.
â™¦Check out some of the funniest visual glitches from PES 2014.
â™¦A new NBA licensed game for iOS called NBA Rush has released.
â™¦Check out the somewhat disturbing new mascot for the Chicago Cubs.
â™¦Check out theÂ sleeved NBA All-Star unis for next month’s game.
â™¦Amazon is still offering $20 bonus on $20+ trade-in to put towards PS Digital Store.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â™¦Blu-ray/DVD Releases This Week. Headlined by Captain Phillips and Machete Kills.
â™¦2014 Academy Award Nominations. Led by American Hustle and Gravity.
â™¦Michael Douglas Cast in Ant-Man. Joins Paul Rudd and will play Hank Pym.
â™¦24: Live Another Day Premiere Date Set. The limited series return kicks off May 5th.
â™¦Batman vs Superman Delayed. The Man of Steel sequel pushed to 2016.
After weeks of collecting votes – the total of which exceeded 36K – it’s time to announce the winners of the Pastapadre 2013 Community Choice Awards. In this set the categories being examined are Best New Feature, Best Gameplay, Best Mobile Game, Best Career Mode, and Best Franchise Mode.
The latest Press Row Hangout features a panel discussion centered on the announcement of RBI Baseball 14. What the news means, what maybe to expect from it, and whether other leagues will also consider making their own games in the future. The show will be offered as a podcast within the next couple days for those who prefer to listen on the go.
Almost two years have passed since the NFL extended the exclusive video game license with EA Sports. At the time the events made it obvious that the satisfied partner in the relationship was the NFL and not EA. It was evident that EA would later seek to secure much more favorable terms come negotiation time.
An extension to the exclusive license has still not been announced. In the past that news has come in February (2008 and 2011) each time two years in advance of expiration. Now though the current deal is set to expire next month and there have been no updates from either side on how things will proceed.Â Read more
With the surprise announcement of the return of R.B.I. Baseball, from a developer with no history of console games, it’s worth looking at what they have done in the past to get an idea of how they may be approaching this new venture.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) is the interactive and mobile division of the league. They’ve developed the popular MLB At Bat app and all the league websites. Most relevant though are the mobile games. There are three that released within the last year.Â Read more
In a surprise announcement last night Major League Baseball announced the return of R.B.I Baseball for release this spring with “multi-platform distribution across current and next-generation consoles and smartphones and tablets”. Â Read more
Since last reporting on the serious issues plaguing NBA 2K14 post-release on Xbox One and PS4 nearly two weeks ago, the widespread server outages have seemingly been resolved. For some that has meant being able to play 2K14 unimpeded but for many others they are still facing massive problems frequently or every time they try to play.Â Read more