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Steve Noah

Home Town: Woodbridge, VA
Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball
Games: MLB 08: The Show, NFL 2K5, NBA 2K8, College Hoops 2K8
Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, San Francisco Giants
OS Username: Steve_OS
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Friday, July 25, 2014
03:11 PM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 offensive linemen in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Joe Thomas - Overall 98
Evan Mathis - Overall 97
Josh Sitton - Overall 97
Trent Williams - Overall 95
Joe Staley - Overall 94

Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
10:49 AM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2014 college football season is just around the corner, and we'll have it all covered on Dual Threat, Operation Sports' College Football Podcast! Dual Threat is hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode, hosts and producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, and they discuss everything college football related with an opinionated and fast-paced show!

In this episode of Dual Threat, Drab and Bode discuss SEC Media Days, from the lack of star power to the conference's scheduling to the polarizing coaches like Saban, Miles and the Ol' Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier. Also, the guys talk about Drab's trip to New Orleans and how Mr. Pac 12 is now all-in on heading to Baton Rouge for our "Dual Threat Road Trip 2014" bracket, plus a look at some of the other big storylines of the offseason, and much more!

Be sure to follow the show and guys on Twitter, @DualThreatCFB, @DrabTShirt and @Bode1067. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...at/id700583947) or Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ast?refid=stpr), listen in the embedded player below or click here, and if you are in the DC area tune into CBS Sports Radio 1580-AM or listen on the stream here (http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/the-big-talker-1580/) every Sunday at 9am EST! Follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatCFB), and be sure to listen in every week this season right here on OperationSports.com! Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 17 - View All
08:57 AM - July 25, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s unheard of! Developing, publishing, and supporting an independent sports games on next-generation console platforms? In 2014? The sports game landscape may have gotten smaller in the past few years, but the team at HB Studios saw an opportunity where others saw risk. The result is “The Golf Club”, a simulation golf experience that will soon hit the PS4 and the Xbox One (and is already available on Steam Early Access). The 94th edition of the Press Row Podcast features an extended 1-on-1 discussion between host Richard Grisham (@richgrisham) and The Golf Club Executive Producer Peter Garcin (@rawktron); the two discuss a host of issues, including key game design decisions, how the team navigated and processed the Early Access feedback, going through the console submission process, and the freedom and anxiety that comes from attempting to self-publish a sports game in today’s complex landscape. It’s an open, honest conversation that provides a unique look at how The Golf Club is coming together in its stretch run.

Send us your feedback! We love to hear from you and can’t wait to read your stuff on the air in a future episode. Do it one of these ways:

1) Follow the show on Twitter at @PressRowPodcast and send us some Tweets while you’re there
2) Email the show at PressRowPodcast@gmail.com
3) Respond to this post

Also, the Press Row Podcast is now available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...ow/id563624090) and Stitcher Radio (http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/oper...ss-row-podcast), so subscribe to it and rate it too!

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 58 Minutes

If you can't view or listen to the embedded player below, please click here.


Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
Thursday, July 24, 2014
06:25 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted their Madden NFL 15 gameplay improvements blog and quite a few new screenshots.

Quite a bit of information on pre-play mechanics, max protect blocking, pre-play coverage adjustments, QB contain, bluff blitzing, improved adaptive AI, defensive play types, kicking game and much more.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
03:16 PM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 wide receivers and tight ends in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Top 5 Wide Receivers
  • Calvin Johnson - Overall 99
  • Brandon Marshall - Overall 96
  • Andre Johnson - Overall 95
  • A. J. Green - Overall 95
  • Dez Bryant - Overall 94
Top 5 Tight Ends
  • Jimmy Graham - Overall 97
  • Rob Gronkowski - Overall 96
  • Vernon Davis - Overall 94
  • Jason Witten - Overall 93
  • Greg Olsen - Overall 88
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All

Ripstone has announced Pure Pool is scheduled to arrive on July 30th for PlayStation 4 and July 31st for PC. Xbox One gamers will need to wait a little longer.

Read the full press release below.

Pure Pool cued for launch on PlayStation®4 and Steam!

Hone your skills then challenge real world legends with VooFoo Studios Pure Pool

Indie developers VooFoo Studios and Publisher Ripstone announced today that Pure Pool; the latest addition to the Pure series will shooting onto PlayStation®4 on 29th July in Europe and on 30th July in the US, in addition to PC via Steam on 31stJuly.

After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay, not only can players expect full immersion in a living, busting pool hall, but the team at VooFoo have raised the quality bar higher than ever resulting in the ultimate pool game.

Offering four game modes in single player from classic American 8 Ball to Killer and four challenges from Royal Rumble to Perfect Potter, players can refine their skills solo or relish in the challenges of full live online multiplayer - competing against the best in one-on-one matches and in global online and custom leagues.

Promising players the most authentic pool experience outside of real life, Pure Pool not only boasts the most convincing baize and balls in pool simulation history - the game has been built from the ground up with the idea of connecting players.

Pure Pool tracks players' individual gaming-styles - closely monitoring traits, ranging from the length of time it takes for a player to take a shot to the number of balls are potted in quick succession. This will create a unique DNA profile as they play, allowing gamers to take on AI interpretations of their friends and foes, no matter whether they're online or not. Players' pool skills will be challenged to the maximum by weighing up against the DNA profiles of the development team or snooker, pool and gaming superstars.

Game: Pure PoolHype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4Votes: 1 - View All
10:16 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah



HB Studios has released another video from The Golf Club. This is part 1 of their creating surfaces tutorial, from their Greg Norman course designer.

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This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part One demonstrates how you can add the surfaces to create a custom fairway path.

UPDATE: Video #2 is online as well.

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This tutorial video for The Golf Club's Greg Norman Course Designer demonstrates a fantastic new feature - creating surfaces. This powerful tool enables the user to add general terrain, heavy rough, light rough, fairways and greens anywhere in the editable environment. In the process of creating this tool we also made some other useful enhancements such as being able to edit generated bunkers and create isolated tees. Part Two demonstrates how this feature enables you to have general terrain between tee and green.

Game: The Golf ClubHype Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 15 - View All
02:29 AM - July 24, 2014. Posted by jpdavis82. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports posted a Madden NFL 15 Player Sense 2.0 video last week. Today they posted some more details in a blog, as well as released some more screenshots.

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A common theme you will see in Zone Coverage is drop back, take away the deep, and then come crashing down hard to anything underneath. Hook Zone defenders are now in better position on shallow route combinations, which mixes perfectly with Flat Zone defenders being in better position on deep route combinations.

In Man Coverage, we have redone the system for reacting to cuts by WRs. Instead of waiting for the right point in the cut for the defender to react, we ensure that the defender gets to a specified coverage point based on the cover type (off Man or Trail), the route type, and player ratings (Route Running vs. Man Coverage).

Ratings matchups will play more of a role as defenders vie for underneath or overtop positions. There’s no more “wait and break” positioning, as it is more realistic. If players do get beat, the separation will not be as exaggerated as in past years of Madden.

Remember: Only certain defenders have outstanding Man Coverage (MCV) ratings, so keep that in mind when calling Man defense. Know your players’ abilities and put them in position to succeed.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
04:29 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

NHL 15 Producer, Sean Ramjagsingh just tweeted this image of Seth Jones in the game.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
01:50 PM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just revealed the top 5 running backs and fullbacks in Madden NFL 15. New screenshots can be seen here.

Top 5 Running Backs
  • Adrian Peterson - Overall 98
  • LeSean McCoy - Overall 97
  • Jamaal Charles - Overall 97
  • Matt Forte - Overall 95
  • Marshawn Lynch - Overall 95
Top 5 Fullbacks
  • John Kuhn - Overall 93
  • Mike Tolbert - Overall 92
  • Marcel Reese - Overall 92
  • Anthony Sherman - Overall 90
  • Jerome Felton - Overall 88
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.
  • Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies (Released)
  • Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs (Released)
  • Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs (Released)
  • Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs
  • Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players
  • Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs
  • Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs
  • Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs
  • Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs
  • Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties
  • Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams
  • Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings
  • Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings
  • Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings
  • Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings
  • Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
11:02 AM - July 23, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


EA Sports has released a new NHL 15 video featuring the Superstar Skill Stick. They have also released a new blog and some new screenshots.

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Now, all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands.The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player, featuring an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but also packed with depth.

The all-new Superstar Skill Stick allows for complete fluidity when stickhandling, giving incredible control with the right analog stick.

Use the Superstar Skill Stick with the right analog stick and True Performance Skating with the left to combine dekes and skating movement together. The left and right stick now act independently, allowing for more moves to embarrass the opposition.

Chain moves together to keep defenders guessing. Use a stride deke to move a defender one way then turn him inside-out by chaining it together with a windmill deke. In NHL 15, there are countless ways to get past defenders and creating scoring opportunities using the Superstar Skill Stick.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
09:13 AM - July 23, 2014. Posted by 22cedric. Written by Steve Noah

FanSided has posted an interview with NBA Live 15 Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien where he hints that a demo could come sooner than expected. How much sooner? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Without officially confirming it, O’Brien did hint that a demo for the game will be coming sooner than average demos are released. In most cases, a demo for a game is released two weeks prior to a game’s official launch. With NBA Live 15, it appears as if the company is pushing to get a demo out a bit sooner than that.

Game: NBA Live 15Hype Score: 5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 6 - View All
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
05:44 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports posted a Madden NFL 15 tackling mechanic video last week. Today they posted some more details in a blog, as well as released some more screenshots.

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We broke the tackling problems down into several main categories:

1. Defenders were at a movement disadvantage vs. ball carriers
2. Inability for users to understand direction and spatial distances between defender and ball carrier, and how that affected tackling
3. Lack of UI feedback to help the user understand how the tackle mechanics work
4. Poor risk/reward component in the tackling mechanics
5. Forcing defenders to physically collide with ball carriers before initiating tackles resulted in too many missed tackles

To solve the movement disadvantage and the collision requirement, we made the decision to allow user-controlled defenders to 'match' tackles if they get close enough (ball carrier inside tackling cone). This eliminates the need to actually collide with the ball carrier before triggering a tackle. Any tackles performed with the ball carrier inside the cone will have heat seeker steering if this option is turned on.

Source - EA Sports

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All
03:25 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports will release an NHL 15 video tomorrow featuring the Superstar Skill Stick. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

Game: NHL 15Hype Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 26 - View All
12:15 PM - July 22, 2014. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has just released the top 5 quarterbacks for Madden NFL 15.
  • #1 Peyton Manning - 98 Overall
  • #2 Aaron Rodgers - 98 Overall
  • #3 Drew Brees - 96 Overall
  • #4 Russell Wilson - 93 Overall
  • #5 Tom Brady - 93 Overall
Here is a look at the release date schedule for the remaining ratings.
  • Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies (Released)
  • Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs (Released)
  • Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs
  • Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs
  • Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players
  • Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs
  • Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs
  • Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs
  • Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs
  • Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties
  • Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams
  • Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings
  • Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings
  • Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings
  • Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings
  • Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap

Game: Madden NFL 15Hype Score: 5.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4 / Xbox OneVotes: 25 - View All

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