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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
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
07:18 PM - April 24, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All
09:34 AM - April 24, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Check out the latest GRID 2 trailer featuring the following BMW cars.
  • BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution
  • BMW 1 Series M Coupe
  • BMW M3 Coupe
  • BMW Motorsport 320 TC

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 4 - View All
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
10:02 AM - April 23, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Denard Robinson won the NCAA Football 14 cover vote, in early March. Today, the Michigan Football twitter account revealed the cover.

It looks like he'll be on ESPN for much of the day to talk about it, if you're interested.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 49 - View All
Monday, April 22, 2013
04:16 PM - April 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

It’s Episode 20 of the Press Row Podcast, a few days later than we’d like – and down one man from the full crew – but we soldier on with a great show! The team dives into what they’ve been playing, how their MLB 13 The Show and Tiger Woods experiences are going lately, reactions from EA Sports’ 2013 Season Opener for FIFA 14, NHL 14, and NCAA Football 14, next-generation sports game speculation, the current situation with sports games on the Wii U and Vita, and finally a listener-inspired discussion about the late, great Pat Summerall.

Joining us on the panel:

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, so subscribe and rate it too! The link is here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/o...563624090?mt=2

Enjoy the show!

Run Time: 1:28:28

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


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC / SportsVotes: 19 - View All
11:17 AM - April 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

GamingBolt has posted their interview with Iain Smith, Producer on GRID 2, as they discuss realism, cockpit removals, AI and more.

Quote:
Ravi Sinha: When looking back on the original, what did you want to improve most with GRID 2? Which gameplay features did you want to implement that wouldn’t have been possible 5 years ago?

Iain Smith: The original game was all about the race, and first and foremost with GRID 2, we had to deliver that experience. With GRID 2, the race returns. Achieving that has taken months of work across the board – the race experience from the ground up has been improved, we almost deconstructed things and asked “How can we improve this, how can we immerse the player as a driver?” So, fundamentally, the driving has been improved.

When the player drives in game now, the physics simulation for the vehicle is running at 1000 hertz. This means that even at the speeds the supercars get up to in the game, we’re sampling the terrain under the vehicle’s wheels quickly enough to then tell the player what to do about it, how to adapt their approach and keep the vehicle under control. In addition, we’ve made big advances with our AI, after all, you need opponents to make it a race.

So we’ve added to our cache of AI parameters, allowing us to almost pick and mix characteristics for drivers for how they behave on track. My favourite improvement with the AI is the dynamic element – if you push them out of their comfort zone, they’ll begin to behave differently to the standard nature; conservative drivers might be driven to make contact with you to secure a podium if you put them in a tight spot. It’s all to play for on the track.

Beyond purely technical improvements, a big thing for us in order to make sure the game had a solid grounding, and a reason for being was to create a narrative wrapper that informed your racing experience. Where GRID saw you go to the USA, Europe and Asia in quite an abstract way, through the floating shelves with event cards in them, GRID 2 fully integrates this into a storyline, a reason for you to be travelling to these locations, as you help entrepreneur Patrick Callahan build a single World Series of Racing. We never want any of the race events to just be ticked off like a checkbox – they should each be filled with drama and excitement.

Game: GRID 2Reader Score: 4/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 4 - View All
09:08 AM - April 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA Sports has posted the release schedule for the Madden NFL 25 feature playbooks.

SportsNation will reveal the Madden NFL 25 cover athlete, as well as an exclusive video of the Run Free feature Wednesday, April 24th at 8:00 PM EST, on ESPN2.
  • Run Free - April 24
  • Infinity Engine 2 - April 24
  • Connected Franchise Part 1 - May 6
  • Connected Franchise Part 2 - May 20
  • Madden Share - June 24
  • Madden Ultimate Team - July 1
  • All-Madden Team - July 8
It's nice to see how blogs dedicated to Connected Franchise, which we are assuming is the sequel to Connected Careers last season. The first two blogs seem like NCAA might have already covered them somewhat, and Madden share is a big mystery.

What intrigues you the most about the list?

Game: Madden NFL 25Reader Score: 4.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 53 - View All
08:56 AM - April 22, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Last Year’s Inaugural EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote Generated More Than 25 Million Fan Votes and Landed Philadelphia Flyers’ Captain Claude Giroux on the Cover

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA®) announced today that fans can once again shape the face of the world’s hockey video game franchise with the launch of the 2nd annual EA SPORTS NHL® Cover Vote Campaign on NHL.com/CoverVote.

“After last year's record setting campaign where more than 25 million votes were cast, this is another tremendous opportunity for our fans to once again show their support for their team and selected players by voting in this second installment of the EA SPORTS NHL Cover Vote Campaign,” Dave McCarthy, NHL Vice President Consumer Products Marketing. “We look forward to our fans’ creativity and incomparable passion in driving another record setting vote count and ultimately determining who will grace the cover of NHL®14 worldwide.”

“These 60 NHL stars are excited to be finalists in the vote campaign that will see the fans ultimately select the EA SPORTS NHL 14 cover athlete. Following an impressive level of fan and player engagement shown in the cover vote last year, we are looking forward to seeing how the bar will be raised this year,” said Adam Larry, NHLPA Director of Licensing.

“Players who have graced the EA SPORTS NHL cover in the past have historically had banner years in the season that followed,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS NHL. “Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup winning goal in 2010, Steven Stamkos notched a league-leading 60 goals in 2012 and Claude Giroux becoming the Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers this season. We’re looking forward to see which fans step up to get their player on the cover of NHL 14.”

The voting process will consist of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket as a field of 60 NHL players is narrowed down to one. The winning player will be revealed as the EA SPORTS NHL 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final*. Fans worldwide are encouraged to vote as often as possible at NHL.com/CoverVote to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds.

This year fans can double their voting power by using these player specific hashtags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.” Each player specific hashtag used on Twitter on Thursdays will be counted as two official votes. Fans can join the conversation about the cover vote every day by using #NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram.

NHL 14 Cover Vote Schedule
  • Round of 60 – April 22-28: Teammate vs. teammate. One representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance. **
  • 32-Player Leaderboard – April 29-May 5: Fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance.
  • 16-player Bracket – May 6 - May 26: Weekly round-by-round, single-elimination playoff bracket decides finalists.
  • The Finals – May 27- June 2: Winner takes the NHL 14 Cover.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Every Sunday, we will get you caught up on the sports gaming news you might have missed during the week.



Hot News and Features


OS Blogs

New Videos and Screenshots

Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 19 - View All
Saturday, April 20, 2013
06:14 AM - April 20, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Another NBA 2K13 roster update arrived this morning. Here are some of the details. All injured players should get activated after the playoffs.
  • Quentin Richardson, New York Knicks (70) Added
  • Tracy McGrady, San Antonio Spurs (72) Added
  • Stephen Curry, Golden St. Warriors +2 (87)
  • Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks +3 (93)
  • Nate Robinson, Chicago Bulls +4 (82)
  • Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers +3 (79)
  • Evan Fournier, Denver Nuggets +8 (66)
  • Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets -2 (76)
  • Shannon Brown, Phoenix Suns -2 (74)
  • Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers (82) - Returns from injury
  • Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (86) - Returns from injury
Players Still Missing
  • Kevin Jones (PF) - Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Shavlik Randdolph (PF) - Boston Celtics
  • Jarvis Varnado (PF) - Miami Heat
  • Terrel Harris (SG) - New Orleans Hornets
  • Kevin Murphy (SG) - Utah Jazz
  • Chris Wright (PG) - Dallas Mavericks
  • Julyan Stone (PG/SG) - Denver Nuggets
  • Ben Hansbrough (PG/SG) - Indiana Pacers
  • Tim Ohlbrecht (C) - Houston Rockets
  • Aron Baynes (C) - San Antonio Spurs
  • Diante Garrett (SG) - Phoenix Suns
  • Mickael Gelabale (SF) - Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Chris Johnson (C/PF) - Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Kent Bazemore (SG/SF) - Golden St. Warriors
  • Malcolm Thomas (PF/SF) - Golden St. Warriors

Game: NBA 2K13Reader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 75 - View All
Friday, April 19, 2013
10:00 AM - April 19, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

The 2012 college football season may now be over after the Alabama Crimson Tide claimed their second consecutive national championship, but college football never ends for Operation Sports’ Dual Threat Podcast, hosted by Matt Cahill, a.k.a. Drab T-Shirt, and Robert Bode. Drab and Bode, producers at 106.7 The Fan in DC, continue to cover everything college football related this offseason including this week's NFL Draft Preview Special, all from a fan's perspective!

On this special edition of Dual Threat, Drab and Bode take an in-depth look at the 2013 NFL Draft, breaking down the biggest names and stories in the Draft, and doing so from a college football fan's perspective. The guys cover a number of Draft related topics, including the lack of big name skill players in this year's draft, especially at the QB position, a debate on which QB they would draft, a long look at the incredible depth at both the RB and WR positions, the overwhelming number of impact offensive and defensive linemen, a return of "This or That" as Drab and Bode pick between some of the most intriguing draft prospects, and much, much more!

So be sure to give this special NFL Draft edition of Dual Threat a listen in the embedded player below or click here, follow them here on Twitter (@DualThreatOS), and let us know what you think of the NFL Draft special in the comments section! Thanks for listening!


Game: Operation SportsReader Score: 8.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: SportsVotes: 19 - View All
09:08 AM - April 19, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Big hits. Real fights. Unbelievable speed and skill. NHL® 14 brings together the best technology and features in the EA SPORTS™ label to deliver hockey at its finest.

Check out all the new NHL 14 screenshots, right here.

Deliver game-changing hits with cutting-edge NHL® Collision Physics, built from FIFA’s revolutionary Player Impact Engine. Drop the gloves with the all-new Enforcer Engine, powered by Fight Night technology. Dangle defenders with all-new One-Touch Dekes and experience a new level of speed and control with the second season of the critically-acclaimed True Performance Skating.

Unleash the aggression, speed and skill of NHL hockey powered by a generation of EA SPORTS innovation.

Key Features

Gameplay Features
  • NHL® Collision Physics –Developed from the same core technology that powers EA SPORTS FIFATM’s critically-acclaimed Player Impact Engine, NHL® Collision Physics introduces bigger, more thrilling hits, and truer-to-life collisions. A new left-stick control scheme makes delivering a game-changing hit simpler than ever.

  • Enforcer Engine – Powered by EA SPORTS Fight Night® technology, the Enforcer Engine brings an all-new 3rd-person presentation where every player on the ice is LIVE! Now, you and your linemates (human or CPU) interact from the drop of the gloves to trip to the penalty box, with no break in the action. Fight Night technology delivers, for the first in the EA SPORTS NHL franchise, true size and strength differentiation between players, new jostling mechanics and much more to create the most authentic and electrifying fighting experience yet.

  • True Performance Skating – Built on the breakthrough innovation that introduced physics-based skating and over 1000 new skating animations to the EA SPORTS NHL franchise. The second year of the True Performance Skating features improved acceleration, explosive first-strides, quicker pivots and enhanced lateral skating, resulting in greater player responsiveness and unprecedented control.

  • One-Touch Dekes – Experience what it feels like to be a superstar through a new, more responsive deking system controlled simply with the left stick and one-button. From beginners to advanced players, the new controls allows for quicker reactive dekes and intuitive combination dekes, creating more moves than ever before.
Modes & Settings:
  • Live the Life Mode – The evolution of the Be a Pro Career Mode, now you can now truly Live the Life of an NHL player. On or off the ice, every decision you make shapes your legacy as an athlete. Interact with teammates outside of the rink. Take part in media interviews. Each choice you make will affect your relationship with fans, teammates and management, influencing your skills and progression.

  • HUT & EASHL Online Seasons – NHL 14 adds the best-in-class promotion and relegation system in the sports category to the Hockey Ultimate Team & EA SPORTS Hockey League modes. Win games and advance to the next division to face tougher competition, fall short and see your team bumped down. Teams will be able to track their progress across multiple seasons.

Game: NHL 14Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 6 - View All
Thursday, April 18, 2013
04:37 PM - April 18, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Steve Noah


I recently got the chance to attend an EA Sports event and had roughly 20 to 25 minutes of hands-on playing time with NCAA Football 14. Producers Ben Haumiller and Larry Richart stated there is still time to tweak and adjust some of the gameplay, so it’s worth noting and stressing my experiences were with a brief playtime from an early build of the game which probably won't fully represent the final product.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here are my impressions of what I observed.

Read More - NCAA Football 14 Gameplay Hands-On

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii UVotes: 49 - View All
01:07 PM - April 18, 2013. Posted by MMChrisS. Written by Steve Noah

For too long, the NCAA Football series has been completely stale on the presentation front, with cutscenes that have been around for years now mixed with presentation elements that seem to be thrown together with no real rhyme or reason. That plus the incredibly drawn out game intros mixed with very little game awareness logic from the commentators of how games were unfolding just made for a relatively stale and souless experience.

This year, EA hopes to change all of that with new and targeted presentation additions and changes.

Read More - NCAA Football 14 Revamps Presentation

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PS3 / Wii U / Xbox 360Votes: 49 - View All
09:16 AM - April 18, 2013. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out all the new NCAA Football 14 screenshots, right here.

NCAA Football 14 gives players more control over their fate on the field and as a head coach than ever before. The introduction of Infinity Engine 2 allows you to play true to your team with gameplay tuned with the college game in mind, while new Coach Skills and Power Recruiting create the most engrossing Dynasty experience in a generation. Add in the inclusion of the fan-favorite Ultimate Team mode which includes a number of former NCAA stars, and you have the most feature-rich entry in the history of the franchise.

Features

Playbooks

Gameplay – The introduction of the Infinity Engine 2 unlocks the unpredictability and innovation of college football, bringing multiple college play-styles to life.
  • Physics – Real-time physics and the force impact system allows users to feel the big plays on offense and defense; with big hits, stiff-arms and truck moves which provide a more realistic and satisfying feeling than ever before.
  • Running Game Improvements – The introduction of physics offers a suite of improvements to the running game, including hard run cutting for direction changes, improved run blocking and new ball carrier avoidance behavior that allows runners to automatically move around blockers and prevent inadvertent collisions. Furthermore, utilize the new stumble recovery to fight gravity as you scramble for extra yards.
  • Option Offense – Play true to your team with over 30 new option types, all optimized for a true college football experience. Utilize the Spread Option, Zone Read and more to stymie defenses and put big points on the board. Key defenders are highlighted before the snap to read during the play to know when to pitch the ball and when to keep it.
Presentation – NCAA Football 14 brings the game to life like never before with new additions to on-field presentation and a renewed emphasis on the story of each game. Handheld cameras capture the action from unique angles, and Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit key in on impact players and noteworthy performances. Additional features and enhancements include:
  • New Pre-Game – A live look-in from Rece Davis sets the stage for a brand-new intro featuring vignettes, traditions, text wipes and more all set to a music video.
  • Neutral Site Games – For the first time ever in the series set up neutral site matchups including the Texas Kickoff, Cowboy Kickoff and Chick-fil-A Kickoff.
  • New Music and Chants – Rock out after a big play as fans chant along to college football staples Seven Nation Army and Zombie Nation.
  • New Vignettes - 500+ new pre and post-play vignettes, combined with all-new on-field player chatter, make it feel like you’re right on the field.

NCAA Football Ultimate Team (to be released 5/15) – The much-beloved mode comes to the college game, allowing you to build up an unstoppable team.

Dynasty
(to be released 5/28) – There’s no single path to success in college football, so build up your program into a powerhouse to fit your strengths and style of play by utilizing the brand-new Coach Skills.

Play a Season (to be released 6/17) – Focus purely on the on-field action and take your favorite team to a bowl game.

Game: NCAA Football 14Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 49 - View All