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Sports video game podcast, discussing the hottest sports gaming stories.

Sports video game podcast, discussing the hottest sports gaming stories.
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Sports video game podcast, discussing the hottest sports gaming stories.




EA Play and E3 2019 Recap

In this episode Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham react to the events of EA Play and the E3 press briefings. Reasons to be encouraged by the direction of Madden NFL 20, some questions over decisions being made for FIFA 20, the games that look the best from E3, those that disappointed, Microsoft's new console details, and much more! On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre) Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)


Monetization Under Fire

New legislation has been introduced that would end the practice of loot boxes and other forms of digital monetization in video games. It has bi-partisan support and notable momentum but the process will likely see it’s scope and directives altered. Still, with the potential damaging ramifications for the industry and in particular licensed sports games, it’s important to understand what it all means at this stage and in the bill’s current state, and whether there is real reason for concern...


First news on Madden NFL 20

Big news on Madden NFL 20 has brought Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham back together for discussion on the just-revealed rebooted career mode that includes a college football element - what that means for the series, the genre as a whole, and more. Other topics include Madden NFL 20's abnormally early release date and special superstar abilities to differentiate player performance which leads back to the pure skill vs realism/fun factor debate. Also more thoughts on MLB The Show 19's March to...


MLB The Show 19 Review Roundtable

An annual tradition! MLB The Show 19 has been out for a couple of weeks, so it's time to get our baseball crew together and break it all down! This year, we're joined by US Gamer Editor In Chief Kat Bailey, OOTP Perfect Team Community Manager Kris Jardine, and The Doddcast's Pete Dodd. We talk everything MLB The Show 19!


Previewing MLB 19 The Show with Mills

Spring training is here - which means it's time to take a look at everything happening around MLB 19 The Show. We bring good friend Mills back to hear everything he's looking forward to, his thoughts on the overall approach the team is taking this year, and if there are any concerns heading into this season. Out of the Park Baseball 20 is now available for pre-order! Get 10% off, a free Perfect Team Gold Pack, and 4 days early access to the beta today if you preorder now. Out of the Park...


Return to Form

In this episode of the Press Row Podcast: Bryan Wiedey and Rich Grisham reunite to discuss recent news including what to expect from MLB The Show 19 as well as its exclusion of an Online Franchise and Take Two and the NBA extending their licensing agreement for $1.1 billion. Additionally there's discussion on the new Alliance of American Football League, Out of the Park Baseball 19 analysis on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the 2018 PCA winners and more! On the show this week: Bryan...


Mills on sports games

Our good friend Mills (@MillsGamingTV) joins host Rich Grisham this week for his unique and honest view of the current sports gaming landscape. Which titles are best serving their audience? Which have the most work to do? What are his personal favorites from the past year? What is he hoping for and expecting from the upcoming crop of titles in 2019? Mills is never afraid to call it like he sees it - which is why we love having him on the show.


Kahlief Adams on sports games

Our good friend Kahlief Adams (@kahjahkins) from Spawn On Me joins us this week for his take on the state of sports games - and a whole lot more - as we enter 2019. From his favorite experiences to what he hopes for in the new year ahead, Kahlief is never afraid to let the world know how he feels.


Good Friends and Golf Courses

It's a fun two-segment show! Up first is our good friend Cicero Holmes from Spawn On Me, giving us his perspective on last year's crop of sports games as well as what he'd love to see in the year ahead. Also, by popular demand, we go deep on The Golf Club 2019 with our pal Marc Foley from the Doddcast. Marc is a huge fan of the series and he explains why he loves it so much, and how someone who's not yet checked it out can best jump in and have fun.


2018 Sports Game of the Year

With 2018 coming to a close the Press Row Podcast hands out its annual award for Sports Game of the Year! The panel for what is always one of the most anticipated episodes discuss the state of the genre, the strengths and weaknesses of the contenders, and then react to the final results. On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre) Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham) T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer...


2018 Racing Game of the Year

It's that time! We gather the biggest racing games fans we know to determine the 2018 Press Row Podcast Racing Game of the Year. Experts Greg Sewart, David Benry, and Dr. Ken Parker join host Rich Grisham to count down their favorites, answer listener questions, and take a look back at racing games throughout the year. One of our favorite shows of the year is back!



The Press Row Podcast debuted in 2012 and 300 episodes later Rich Grisham, Bryan Wiedey, T.J. Lauerman, and Kris Jardine celebrate reaching the latest milestone by reminiscing and talking about the latest in sports gaming and more. On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre) Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham) T.J. Lauerman, ThatSportsGamer (@thatsportsgamer) Kris Jardine, Snaggle J (@snagglej)


Kat on Sports

USgamer EIC Kat Bailey joins host Rich Grisham this week to talk about the sports games they've been playing, how the overall crop of games stack up this year, the impact of Sony leaving E3, and what the next 2 years or so may hold for sports video games. On the show this week: Rich Grisham, OOTP Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham) Kat Bailey, USgamer (@the_katbot)


Sellers and Survivors

This week Bryan and Rich discuss how the various sports games are faring in the ultra-competitive marketplace that now also includes different forms of distribution, the NFL and Fortnite partnership, more Forza Horizon 4 and FIFA 19. On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre) Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)


Press Row Podcast: Nearing a Milestone

As the Press Row Podcast approaches its 300th episode there's some reflection on its beginnings back in 2012. Discussion then turns to whether the sports games this year have proven to be boring or compelling, drilling into Forza Horizon 4 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, and whether the games are worth purchasing on day one given how quickly they are dropping in price. •Support the Extra Life fundraising event on Saturday, Nov 3! On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting...


Forza Horizon 4 review plus Franchise Hockey Manager 5

This week's episode features our great friend - and official Press Row Podcast Racing Correspondent - Greg Sewart joining us to dive deep into Forza Horizon 4 now that it's been out in the world for a few weeks. How does it compare to past gems? Is it officially better than the mainline Forza franchise? Or has it lost its way? After Greg, a special bonus section features friends Jeff Riddolls and Adam Burnett chatting about Franchise Hockey Manager 5, the all-new hockey strategy game from...


Tattoo Story

Bryan and Rich are back together to talk about the latest developments and stories from the sports gaming world, including why tattoos are part of a legal fight for Take Two and NBA 2K, what lies ahead for the season according to NBA 2K19, and Fight Night Champion being added to the EA Access Vault. On the show this week: Bryan Wiedey, Pastapadre/Sporting News/Hit the Pass (@pastapadre) Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham)


Fall Bounty

It's a full plate for everyone on the show this week! Host Rich Grisham is joined by T.J. Lauerman and Kris Jardine to talk about the wide variety of sports game they're playing. From NBA 2K19 to Madden 19, NHL 19 to PES 2019, and some Forza Horizon 4 as well, there are more great games to play than time to play them. But the crew gives it their best shot! On the show this week: Rich Grisham, Out of the Park Developments/Hit the Pass (@richgrisham) T.J. Lauerman, Out of the Park...


Review Season with a dash of NASCAR

This week Bryan and Rich catch up on all the different sports games on the scene right now and their two varying approaches to them. Also, they talk about the challenges that they do (or did) have as reviewers, and how the importance of reviews has changed as the gaming industry - and sports games in particular - have evolved. Plus! Our resident racing game expert Greg Sewart stops by in a bonus segment to dive into the new NASCAR Heat 3, and whether or not racing game fans should give it a...


From the sidelines to the big leagues - NBA 2K19 and Madden NFL 19

It’s a special episode of the Press Row Podcast this week, featuring interviews with two influential and important people with similar tales of moving from the sports gaming community to the sports gaming development world. Up first is Markus Frieske, who describes how he scouts for great creator talent, the reasons behind what he does, and how he moved from a contributor in the community to a highly influential creative supporter at EA. Next is our great friend Nino Samuel, aka Da Czar, a...