Jul 14

Press Row Podcast – EA Summer Showcase

Press Row Podcast

I was lucky enough to tag along with Rich Grisham (@RichGrisham) to see the EA Summer Showcase in New York City. We had a great time, got to play FIFA 15, NHL 15 and Madden NFL 15. As well as talk to developers on each of those games. You can hear those interviews as well as a follow up with Rich, myself and Polygon’s Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar) on the latest episode of the Press Row Podcast.

The 92nd edition of the Press Row Podcast sees host Rich Grisham (@richgrisham) joined by Press Row regular T.J. Lauerman (@thatsportsgamer) on a trip to New York City to get some hand-on time, presentations, and demonstrations of three key EA Sports fall releases. Rich gets a tour of some new features in Madden NFL 15 with producer Danny Doeberling, sits down with the head of NHL 15 Sean Ramjagsingh (Rammer34), and gets a demonstration of the key elements of FIFA 15 along with a 1-on-1 discussion of it with its lead designer Santiago Jaromillo (Santiagoj83). Then, Rich and T.J. are joined by fellow Press Row regular Samit Sarkar (@samitsarkar), who also attended the event, to summarize their feelings and compare notes.

Head over to OperationSports.com to hear the show.

Press Row Podcast Ep 92

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Jun 23

Press Row Hangout: EA Sports UFC Reviews

Bryan (@PastaPadre) and I discuss EA Sports UFC and some other things with Rich Grisham.

Permanent link to this article: http://thatsportsgamer.com/press-row-hangout-ea-sports-ufc-reviews/

May 01

MLB 14: The Show PS4 Launchtacular

MLB14TheShowLogo

The wait is almost over, and I’m ready to play MLB 14: The Show on the PS4. For me, there is only one way to do that, way too much, for way too long. So this Tuesday, May 6th, I’ll be streaming the full docket of fifteen scheduled MLB games for that day on my Twitch channel, http://www.Twitch.TV/ThatSportsGamer. The stream will start around 10am ET.

To break up the fifteen games, and not waste the whole day, I’m going to do five games with Player Lock, five games with Quick Counts, and five full games. This should allow me to get some fairly accurate numbers on gameplay times between using Quick Counts vs Full Games.

If you can’t be around for the live stream, I’ll also make all the game videos available on YouTube after the fact, but you’ll definitely be missing out on a bunch of shenanigans and fun that we’ll be having in the chat.  Also, as of now there are two scheduled guests, but you never know who might call in and make an appearance or drop by the chat.

For More Info On The Launchtacular Click Here

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Apr 25

Reel Gamer Podcast Episode 1

I was honored to appear as the first guest on Steve Gibbons‘ new show, Reel Gamer Podcast. In this show the creation of ThatSportsGamer, why it exists and have an honest discussion about creating content on the internet.

Reel Gamer is a new community of Gamers that want to grow their presence online through YouTube, TwitchTV, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & other social channels so that they can do what they love every day and be more successful.

Make sure you head over to ReelGamer.com and check out the post there.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://thatsportsgamer.com/reel-gamer-podcast-episode-1/

Apr 22

TSG Show: Ep 087 – O-R-A-N-J-E?

This week on ThatSportsGamer Show: Shawn “Keezy” Kearns joins me to talk about his recent purchase of a Vita just for MLB 14: The Show, my PAX East 2014 experience, our thoughts on Trials Fusion, R.B.I. Baseball 14‘s release, the lack of a demo for MLB 14: The Show, and I’m surprised to find out Keezy is a huge fan of UFC games.

Links to some of the posts we discussed:

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Apr 19

PAX East 2014 Recap

PAX East

This past weekend I traveled up to Boston to attend PAX East. After attending last year as the Press Row Podcast‘s Chief Technology Officer, Rich Grisham invited me back to be a panelist on the Press Row Podcast’s panel “The Crisis In Sports Video Games“. Not only was it a great honor to be asked to be on the panel, but also a great experience.

It’s one thing to sit in my office and talk into a microphone, it’s an entirely different thing to sit on a stage with a room full of people that want to hear your opinion on a topic. When you do a podcast, you put words into an .mp3 file, and maybe someone listens to it, and possibly someone responds. Doing a panel is completely different, with every word you say, you get to see how people are reacting. It seems crazy, but it was really exhilarating experience, and I want to thank everyone that came out and hopefully PAX will let us do it again next year.

Press Row Podcast PAX East Panel

Click this to check out the audio of the panel.

The PAX floor isn’t really a place for sports gamers, actually, I don’t think there were any sports games there at all, though, there may have been something at the 2K booth for NBA and WWE. After a few hours there, at least for us, there wasn’t much point to sticking around.

After that I had a great lunch with the MaddenTips‘ guys, Zach Farley and Steve Gibbons, followed by drinks with Zach and Rich. The best part of the night was our annual post panel dinner. Joining myself, Zach and Rich were Kat Bailey of US Gamer and our panel, Chris Johnston of Adult Swim Games and the Player One Podcast, Jeremy Stein of the GSN Games, and Kevin Larrabee of Back In My Play and The FitCast. It was really great to sit down and talk to them in person.

Saturday was the day of a tough decision, to return to the show floor or not? Eventually we decided to go to The Knotty Pine for breakfast, Zach’s recommendation. The rest of our day was spent at the MaddenTips office where we streamed Madden for about 3 hours. You can find some video that we shot right here.

At the end of the day it really was a great trip and I can’t wait for PAX East 2015. I just want to thank everyone again for a great time, especially Zach Farley who was our Boston guide for the weekend.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://thatsportsgamer.com/pax-east-2014-recap/

Apr 01

MS Announces The Return Of High Heat Baseball

MLB High Heat

Early this morning Microsoft dropped a bombshell on the sports video game industry. In his first official act as head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer announced the impending release of their simulation baseball title, High Heat Baseball 2014.

We’ve realized that the lack of a simulation baseball title on the Xbox One has resulted in many dedicated sports video game players looking to other consoles for a “complete array” of sports video games. However, we are proud to announce that, after years of development, we are ready to being to you a truly revolutionary simulation baseball game for next generation systems. High Heat Baseball 2014 will allow you to see the true power of the Xbox One.

No release date or game modes have been announced but an All-Star break release was hinted. Also, a screenshot was provided, which seems target the facial hair screenshots that MLB 14: The Show has put out. They say this is from an in-game screenshot, if it really is, I’m running out right now to buy an Xbox One.

Jayson-Werth

Happy April Fools’ Day!

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Mar 27

2014 MLB Predictions (American League)

American League

East

Boston Red Sox – The youth movement is in full effect in Boston. With Jackie Bradley Jr,, Xander Bogarts and Will Middlbrooks poised to have big years, the mix of quality young players with experienced vets should have enough to bring 2013′s World Series Championship back to the playoffs as the AL East Champion.

Baltimore Orioles – If Manny Machado was at full strength going into the season, I’d be more inclined to put the O’s on top of the division. When healthy, the O’s could have one of the best infields in baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays – A full year of Wil Myers along with a pretty stacked rotation of David Price, Alex Cobb, Matt Moore and Chris Archer with Grant Balfour closing out games, this team could be really dangerous. Should be a good battle between the Rays and O’s all year, probably ending in the one-game Wild Card matchup.

New York Yankees – The Yankees could easily win this division, but with so many aging players and players coming back from injuries, I just don’t have the faith that they’ll all be able to stay healthy for the long haul.

Toronto Blue Jays – Last off-season the Blue Jays tried to make all the moves, it didn’t work. This year, they barely made any moves, it still won’t work.

Central

Detroit Tigers – While the Tigers lost some key players during the off-season, most notably Doug Fister and Prince Fielder, they should be able to hold off the Indians in the division. A rebuilt back-end of the bullpen with Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan will help Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque in shortening games.

Cleveland Indians – It’s going to be interesting to see where Carlos Santana ends up playing the majority of the time, but the real story here is the Indians rotation. With a bevy of starters headed by Justin Masterson, there shouldn’t be any question about Cleveland’s ability to hold off the, medicore at best, bottom of the AL Central.

Kansas City Royals – The Royals are full of guys that should be amazing, but they’ve never really been able to put it together. They should have enough hitting to put them right in the middle of this division, and if things start clicking and either the Tigers or Indians struggle, they could quickly become the #2 team in the division.

Minnesota Twins – No amount of back-end rotation arms from New York (Mike Pelfrey, Phil Hughes) will help the Twins this year. While 2014 won’t be their year, with the talent the Twins have in their farm system, these guys should start being a serious contender for the division in the next 2-3 years.

Chicago White Sox – With a questionable rotation after Chris Sale, and some young talent around the field they should find themselves at, or just below, .500..

West

Los Angeles Angels - I literally changed this division while in the middle of writing this post. I’m going to assume something (we all know how that works) about the Angels. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton can’t possibly play as bad as they have. If they can even play to half their potential, the Angels have a chance to win this injury riddled division.

Oakland Athletics – Up until I wrote the blurb for the Angels I had the A’s winning this division. However, with injuries all over the field, I can’t see the A’s winning the division this year. They just don’t seem like a team that has anyone that can say “alright, get on my back” and run off a streak of W’s. Still, with the injuries to the Rangers and M’s, the A’s might have enough in the tank to finish second.

Texas Rangers – After one of the worst Spring Training’s in history injury-wise, it looks like the Texas Rangers might not be able to field their projected Opening Day lineup until sometime in late May / early June.

Seattle Mariners - Signing Robinson Cano was a great move, the problem was they didn’t do much to protect him. They have a roster full of guys who have spent a ton of time in platoon situations and with starting pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijan Walker starting the season on the DL, and no real protection for Cano, the M’s won’t be knocking on the door to the playoffs this year.

Houston Astros – The Astros are going to spend another handful of years at the bottom of the AL West and, most likely at the bottom of the MLB standings. While they are better than the 2013 Astros, they probably aren’t 11 games better than them, so I’ll say they lose 100+ games this year.

 

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Mar 24

TSG Show: Ep 086 – #KeezyYes or #KeezyNo

This week on ThatSportsGamer Show: I discuss some of the features the NFL removed from the Madden series, the return of the Pro Wrestling X kickstarter, Tony Hawk going mobile, modes in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, touch on my time with The Golf Club, and then special guest Shawn Kearns (Keezy) joins me to talk about MLB 14: The Show dev blogs the latest on R.B.I. Baseball 14, and more.

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Mar 11

NBA Live 14 Pre-Patch vs Post-Patch Gameplay

NBA Live 14 Logo

Pre-Patch Gameplay

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Post-Patch Gameplay

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