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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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Thursday, September 8, 2011
01:36 PM - September 8, 2011. Posted by shugknight. Written by Steve Noah

USA Today checks in with their NBA 2K12 hands-on preview, going over such things as paychecks in My Player mode and a few tidbits on Create a Legend mode.

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After signing my new contract, I check out some of the other interesting components to My Player. Each created player gets a "paycheck" every two weeks, and that money goes toward improving skills, developing chemistry with teammates and more. For example, I could choose to attend a Youth Camp with a NBA Legend, or join the rest of my teammates for a bowling night.

During the season, players can compete in an extensive series of drills to bolster their abilities and fast track them to star status. This same structure applies to Creating a Legend mode, which is the same as My Player, only you can control any current NBA player. So, if you're a Blake Griffin fan, you can help guide him toward a Hall of Fame future.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
05:34 AM - September 8, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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NEW F1 2011™ DEVELOPER DIARY REVEALS CO-OP CHAMPIONSHIP MODE

See How Two Players Work Together to Win Their Team
the FIA FORMULA ONE CONSTRUCTORS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP at www.facebook.com/formula1game

Los Angeles – September 8, 2011 – Codemasters® has today released the third in its series of F1 2011™ developer diaries. The video features gameplay footage and reveals the new Co-op Championship mode that allows two players to drive for the same FORMULA ONE™ team in pursuit of the coveted FIA FORMULA ONE CONSTRUCTORS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

Available online, the Co-op Championship mode brings two friends together in the same team as they work together for the Constructors’ crown while also competing separately for the Drivers’ Championship title. This brand new feature for F1 2011 gives players a taste of the intense sporting and political rivalry that exists between drivers in FORMULA ONE teams as they balance personal glory and directing the development of the car in their favor with achieving team goals.

“Now when I look across the garage and see my teammate in there, I am not comparing myself against an AI teammate, I’m comparing myself against someone that I know personally,” said Stephen Hood, Chief Game Designer, Codemasters. “I’m interested in who’s got the most points, who’s out-qualified me. It’s about trying to fight to be the leader of a team. It makes for a completely different experience, playing with a friend. It’s now a personal game mode.”
F1 2011 will challenge players to “be the driver, live the life, go compete”, with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. Players will be able to race against 16 players online plus 8 AI cars to simulate a full 24 car grid, team up with a friend or enjoy multiplayer racing from the sofa in split-screen mode.

F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the highly anticipated 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ including the current FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPION Sebastian Vettel. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL GRAND PRIX OF INDIA at Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar.

F1 2011 launches for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows® on September 20. Handheld editions of F1 2011 are also in production for Nintendo 3DS™ and PlayStation® Vita, each designed to take advantage of the new platforms’ unique capabilities; specific release dates for the handheld editions are to be announced. To get all the news straight from the studio race over to www.facebook.com/formula1game or follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/formula1game.

Game: F1 2011Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 2 - View All
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
11:53 AM - September 6, 2011. Posted by ffaacc03. Written by Steve Noah

Sim Citi checks in with this new NBA 2K12 article. Make sure you give it a read, as Da_Czar goes over some of the minor improvements on the offensive side of the ball.

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Besides the many large scale improvement's to the play-system in NBA 2K12. There were a number of minor improvements recommended to help with the overall flow of the game on the offensive side of the basketball.

Some of these improvements will provide much needed relief against high pressure defenses. As well as create secondary scoring opportunities off of primary action.

When talking about screen and roll/fade opportunities most people are only concerned with the on ball pick and roll/ pick pop situations. This simplified view of the screen can lead to a powerful advantage for the defense in video game basketball.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
09:45 AM - September 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

EA SPORTS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF
TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12: THE MASTERS ON THE PC AND MAC

PC and Mac Gamers Now Have Opportunity to Play the Hallowed Grounds of Augusta National Golf Club

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., – September 6, 2011 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today the release of its highly popular Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12: The Masters video game for the PC and Mac® platforms. Golf enthusiasts and gamers can now experience the iconic Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club on a PC or Mac for the first time in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise history. An additional 14 championship courses are included, such as Pebble Beach®, St. Andrews Links®, and TPC™ at Sawgrass.

Boxed copies of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters on the PC/Mac are now available for purchase at EA’s Origin.com for $39.99 MSRP as well as other retailers. Each copy of the game includes a three-month membership to Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Online*, an authentic golf experience streamed directly through a web browser. As a member, gamers will have access to additional features such as expanded multiplayer modes, additional courses and group tournaments.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters for PC/Mac will include a host of gameplay features including:
  • Road to the Masters: Start your journey down the “Road to the Masters” as your career begins on the amateur tour and you work your way through Q-School, Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR. Experience the rich history and tradition of the Masters Tournament and begin your chase to capture the most sought-after prize in professional golf – the Green Jacket.
  • Masters Moments: Play through memorable, historic moments as you try to measure up against some of the sport’s greatest legends.
  • Tiger at the Masters: Relive each of Tiger’s four wins at the Masters by attempting to equal or beat his scores in each round of the Tournament.
  • Inside Augusta: Hole-by-hole descriptions of one of the most famous courses in the world – Augusta National Golf Club.
  • 14 Championship Courses: In addition to Augusta National Golf Club and its Par 3 Course, take on the best of the best on some of the world’s most celebrated courses including Pebble Beach®, St. Andrews Links®, TPC™ at Sawgrass and many more!
  • Photo Game Face: Upload your own image and create your golfer using the Photo Game Face technology.
For PC owners only, a digital download version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is available on Origin.com. All PC copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will have Origin integrated. Gamers will receive automatic updates for the game, fast access to downloadable content, and real-time chat with friends via Origin’s in-game overlay. In addition, playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters allows you to start the game at one location, suspend it, go home and pick up the action exactly where you left off – without needing a disc.

For more information about Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12: The Masters, visit http://www.easports.com/golf or follow the game on Twitter™ at http://www.twitter.com/EASPORTS_Tiger and Facebook® at http://www.facebook.com/TigerWoodsPGATOUR.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA JAM basketball, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

*Internet Connection, Unity Web Player and EA account registration required. Must be 13+ to register for an EA account.

Game: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The MastersReader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / WiiVotes: 15 - View All
05:46 AM - September 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

David Rutter, the Line Producer of FIFA 12, checks in with some pro tips on the game.

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Last year we had Personality Plus… this year we've taken it one step further, with what we call Pro Player Intelligence. The spiel is that it's the next generation of player AI, and if a player has one of our Pro Player Intelligence traits there are gameplay effects. A good example is Peter Crouch. He's very tall. He isn't necessarily the best header of the ball in the world, but because he's so tall, he can beat nearly everyone in a header, so we call him an 'aerial threat'.

This has three major effects. When you're playing against him, the team around him are going to try to play the ball to his head more frequently. If you are playing career mode, each of the different teams you're playing against will have a different personality based on these Pro Player Intelligence traits, so you can't always play the same tactics against each team, week in week out in career mode anymore. You actually have to think about what you're doing, so that adds a nice depth to career mode. And lastly, when you're playing as a virtual pro, the CPU AI teammates around you will know what your traits are as well, that you've unlocked through performing tasks in the game.

Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
05:42 AM - September 6, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: NHL 12Reader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 25 - View All
Monday, September 5, 2011
11:54 AM - September 5, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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Game: Forza Motorsport 4Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360Votes: 15 - View All
Sunday, September 4, 2011
02:44 PM - September 4, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new NBA 2K12 screenshot.

This screenshot feature takes a look at the match-ups of the NBA's Greatest. This one showcases Oscar Robertson's NBA's Greatest Game.

1970-71 Bucks: Oscar Robertson, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Dandridge, Greg Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), Bob Boozer, Lucius Allen, Dick Cunningham

1970-71 Lakers: Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim McMillian, Willie McCarter, Rick Roberson

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All
11:11 AM - September 4, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

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Game: FIFA Soccer 12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 14 - View All
Saturday, September 3, 2011
08:46 PM - September 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah


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A video game tournament with both Madden NFL 12 and NCAA College Football 12 will take place on Sunday, September 18 at the Busch Student Center on the campus of Rutgers University. All of the proceeds will go to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund. Rutgers students can join the tournament for $10.00 with their student ID while non-students will pay $20.00. The tournament starts at 11 AM. For more information log on to http://www.Legrandbowl.com or call 201-981-3537.

Game: NCAA Football 12Reader Score: 7/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 100 - View All
02:28 PM - September 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out the new NBA 2K12 screenshot.

This screenshot feature takes a look at the match-ups of the NBA's Greatest. This one showcases Patrick Ewing's NBA's Greatest Game.

1994-95 Knicks: Derek Harper, John Starks, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, Anthony Mason, Hubert Davis, Anthony Bonner, Greg Anthony, Monty Williams, Herb Williams, Doug Christie

1994-95 Magic: Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, Donald Royal, Horace Grant, Shaquille O’Neal, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Anthony Bowie, Jeff Turner, Tree Rollins

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All
09:14 AM - September 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

We just posted a few more NBA JAM: On Fire screenshots.

Game: NBA JAM: On Fire EditionReader Score: 7.5/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3Votes: 7 - View All
09:04 AM - September 3, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Update #4 for OOTP Baseball 12 is available now. Below you can view the list of fixes.
  • We added a new internal player rating: 3B/2B ratio. When this rating is set in the editor, it will be used for determining the triples rate of an extra-base hit (instead of the player speed rating). This rating is automatically set for all historical players upon import, improving statistical accuracy. Fictional players occasionally get a rating applied as well.
  • Trades now work even when a team has a negative projected balance, as long as the balance improves or stays the same through the trade.
  • Several problems with contract negotiations have been fixed.
  • Players now react faster to minor league contract offers.
  • During the offseason, lesser-talented free agents demand minor league contracts more often.
  • We changed the behavior of the "Meet Demand" button in contract negotiations. It now takes the player's demands and automatically asks for the player's response to that offer.
  • We made the number of international free agents generated a bit less predictable.
  • We tweaked teams' spending behavior, resulting in fewer instances where great free agents go unsigned for a long period of time.
  • We tweaked default financial numbers in fictional leagues to give teams more money to work with.
  • We tweaked OOTP 11 league importing for more stable financials.
  • The diagnosis for a 'delayed' injury now appears sooner sometimes; the typical delay is 1-4 days.
  • After deactivating an OOOL league, it will now automatically be a standard online league.
  • In OOOL leagues, the league URL and all other text values can now contain "less than" and "greater than" characters.
  • The OOOL league browser contains link to league web sites and info about each league now (move the mouse over the league name to see it).
  • Fixed a bug that made downloading an online league file fail.
  • Fixed the problems with the "clear league file cache" feature.
  • Fixed several small bugs.

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 12Reader Score: 9/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PCVotes: 7 - View All
Friday, September 2, 2011
05:36 PM - September 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Da_Czar checks in with a report for Sim Nation. Check out his most recent article, discussing how he helped the NBA 2K12 team with an assist from the OS community.

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Before I left for 2K I combed through OS and 2K's forums and read, started or inquired into already established threads about what the Nation was interested in. It was fun as well as challenging to solicit feedback from those who had no idea they might end up contributing directly to the making of NBA 2K12.

Some leaped at the chance unknowingly, to their own benefit. While others, amazingly, passed on the opportunity like Rondo does open jumpers at crunch time.

While I can’t and won’t say what all has been added or adjusted to the game as a direct result of your input and analysis. I will say this. Practically everything I had on my list was either already worked on, fixed on the spot, or improved upon as much as was possible at that stage in the development cycle.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: Xbox 360 / PS3 / PCVotes: 101 - View All
01:01 PM - September 2, 2011. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Steve Noah

Check out today's NBA 2K12 Developer Insight #4 from Gameplay Director, Rob Jones.

Game: NBA 2K12Reader Score: 8/10 - Vote Now
Platform: PC / PS3 / Xbox 360Votes: 101 - View All