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    by Published on 12-04-2016 08:00 PM
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    Think you know how bowl season will shake out? Prove it and join The Gaming Tailgate's Capital One Bowl Mania group on ESPN.com.

    This game challenges you to select the winners of each of the NCAA college football bowl games with a Confidence scoring system (assign confidence points to your picks). Best of all, the game is FREE to play!

    Get in the action now!


    Group: The Gaming Tailgate

    The winner will receive their choice of a $20 PSN or XBL card. It is free to enter, so feel welcome to invite family and friends.

    Continue on to see the 2016-17 college football bowl schedule and to discuss the post-season match-ups & action. ...
    by Published on 12-03-2016 04:00 PM
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    Sony San Diego has released the first gameplay reveal trailer for MLB The Show 17 at PSX 2016.

    The opening scene of the video teases improvements to Road to the Show, such as players determining responses to their coach, similarly to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode.

    The trailer showcases cover athlete Ken Griffey Jr. along with numerous team and individual player celebrations, all while set to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat."

    The end of the video reveals "Retro Mode," a new game mode meant to emulate old school baseball games, including one Griffey was also a cover athlete of, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

    Continue on to see the reveal trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 12-02-2016 07:00 PM
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    After being highly desired by the community and a lengthy wait, the Madden Companion App is now available.

    Included among features of the app are Franchise Mode management, access to Madden Messenger, MUT Rewards status and statistics, user-generated content, and developer blogs.

    The app can be located in both the Google Play Store and App Store by searching 'Madden Companion.'

    After checking out the app, let the community know your thoughts and what you would like to see added to it in the future. Continue on to see the official app decription. ...
    by Published on 11-30-2016 10:00 AM
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    A new title update is now available for Madden NFL 17. This update includes numerous improvements across gameplay, presentation, and Madden Ultimate Team.

    A bevy of gameplay improvements/changes come just days before the Madden NFL 17 Classic in Burbank, CA. It will be worth monitoring if the competitive eSports event uses this new build or the previous one that competitors had become accustomed in tourney competition and preparation.

    This update adds Head-to-Head Season to MUT, which will utilize contracts and not tickets. New commentary has been added for various game scenarios as well as additional names and tuning changes.

    Continue on to read the list of changes/improvements included with this update. ...
    by Published on 11-23-2016 10:45 PM
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    2. NBA Live
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    Fox 13 News' Chris Cato recently visited with Madden Executive Producer Seann Graddy, an Orlando native now leading one of the biggest video game franchises in the world.

    At the end of his article, Cato included some information on NBA LIVE in a Q&A with Senior Producer Mike Mahar. While Mahar was unable to give any game specifics at this time, among the noteworthy statements were that LIVE 17 will include new ways to play some modes, gameplay improvements, and a focus on improving animations.

    Continue on to read an excerpt of Cato's article and to see the video interview with Mahar. ...
    by Published on 11-23-2016 12:00 AM
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    Game update 1.06 is now available for NBA 2K17. This update addresses issues across numerous game areas including bugs/issues in MyCareer, MyGM/MyLeague, MyTeam, and MyPark.

    Several recent in-game updates have included updates to the Adaptive Coaching Engine (ACE).

    In other 2K news, this weekend gives users Double Rep in MyPark and Saturday night is the inaugural Park After Dark event.

    Continue on to read the full list of patch notes. ...
    by Published on 11-18-2016 09:00 AM
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    Coming to NBA 2K17 at 9 PM ET on November 26 is the debut of Park After Dark. Featuring a new dunk show-off event and 3-point shootout, the event will also include a live set from DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg).

    Continue on to see the reveal trailer for the mode as well as the latest episode of 2KTV which provides additional information and tips regarding the event. ...
    by Published on 10-27-2016 12:00 PM
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    Ken Griffey, Jr. will be the cover athlete for MLB The Show 17 releasing March 28, 2017. The former Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox star will also be included within the game as a playable legend.

    MLB The Show 17 will feature four different SKUs: Digital Deluxe ($99.99), Hall of Fame Edition ($99.99), MVP Edition ($69.99), and Standard Edition ($59.99). The details of each version can be currently found on The Show's official website.

    Amazon.com currently has the MVP ($55.99) & Standard ($47.99) Editions available for pre-order at reduced price for Amazon Prime members. (Ordering through the Amazon links will provide a slight kickback to TGT for server & maintenance costs.)

    This marks the fifth videogame that Griffey has graced the cover of, following Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (1994), Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run (1996), Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. (1998), and Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (1999). The previous four titles were all published by Nintendo of America.

    Continue on to see the MLB The Show 17 cover athlete reveal. ...
    by Published on 10-11-2016 02:05 PM
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    2. NASCAR
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    NASCAR Heat Evolution continues to increase the amount of free and premium DLC available for the title throughout October. This month (10/18) the title will offer new spotter audio, challenge pack, and three paint schemes for purchase. A free 2016 Sprint Cup paint scheme as well as free Toyota paint scheme and challenge packs will also be available.

    Continue on to read the full list of October (& updated September) DLC coming to NASCAR Heat Evolution. ...
    by Published on 10-11-2016 02:00 PM
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    A third game update is now available for NASCAR Heat Evolution.

    The update addresses gameplay, online play, tracks, and more. One of the more noteworthy additions is a screen adjustment feature which will allow users to see all in-game text and menu/controls, something not available until now.

    Continue on to read full details on game update 1.03. ...
    by Published on 10-11-2016 10:00 AM
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    Game update 1.04 is now available for NBA 2K17.

    The patch address/improves gameplay, MyPark/Pro-Am, MyCareer/MyCourt, and other general game areas including circumstances that could cause the game to hang.

    Continue on to read the full details on game update 1.04. ...
    by Published on 09-09-2016 01:00 PM
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    NBA 2K17 continues to invest heavily in improving their three franchise modes (MyGM, MyLeague, and MyLeague Online) as evidenced it their latest developer blog. Here are some of the noteworthy additions & changes:

    MyLeague Online - The online league component will now extend beyond just one season and feature players improving and declining as the years progress along with the ability to import draft classes. Instead of utilizing contracts and money to build a roster, MLO focuses on players each having their own number of 'Keeper' years. Users will keep a select number of players each year with others becoming free agents. In the offseason users will draft between free agents and rookies to flesh out their roster.

    Playoffs - A new mode, this allows users to create their own standalone 16-team post-season mode from among modern, classic, & Euroleague teams.

    MyLeague Start Today - Another new mode/option, once the season starts users will be able to begin MyLeague at that exact point in the season, beginning with team records, stats, etc. as of that date.

    For full details on more features and options added (including advanced rotations, jersey retirements, and more), continue on to read the lengthy blog from NBA 2K's Erick Boenisch. ...
    by Published on 09-08-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    Leading up to the release of The Prelude and next week's Early Tip-Off Edition, NBA 2K17 has released a video showcasing the dynamic commentary in the game.

    This year, there are eleven national broadcasters in the game and a dynamic broadcast booth each game that will vary depending on factors such as game location. The broadcast combinations will draw from a field of Kevin Harlan, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, Greg Anthony, Clark Kellogg, Doris Burke, Brent Barry, among others. David Aldridge has been added as the game's sideline reporter. Overall, 400 hours of new commentary have been added to the title.

    The pre-game and post-game studio show returns with Ernie Johnson, Shaq, & Kenny Smith and this year they can interview the user following the game during the postgame report. Continue on to watch the Dynamic Commentary video from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 09-07-2016 10:00 AM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    2K Sports has released the official trailer for NBA 2K17's MyCAREER mode. Featuring actor Michael B. Jordan who will play your friend and teammate Justice Young, the two will form a duo nicknamed 'Orange Juice' as they strive to take the league by storm. Also included in the cast are actors Hannibal Buress and Matt Walsh.

    Continue on to see the official trailer for NBA 2K17's MyCAREER mode featuring Michael B. Jordan. ...
    by Published on 09-07-2016 09:30 AM
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    The NFL season is upon us! Think you can pick the winners each week? Join the 2016 TGT Pigskin Pick 'Em group at ESPN.com.

    The season-long winner will receive their choice of a $20 PSN/XBL/Nintendo card. The group is free to join, so you are welcome to invite friends and family. The more the merrier!

    Continue on to read full details on joining the TGT Pigskin Pick 'Em group. ...
    by Published on 09-06-2016 03:00 PM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    In a journey covering thousands of miles, the NBA 2K development team visited all 30 NBA arenas to gather accurate arena sounds and details for NBA 2K17.

    Briefly detailed via a YouTube video, the 2K team visited each arena to microphone and/or record the rim & net as the ball hits/goes through, basketballs dribbling on the court, crowd audio, team specific details, and arena specific sounds such as each's unique shot & game clock buzzers.

    Continue on to watch the video from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2016 12:00 PM
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    Following Spike Lee's involvement with the storyline for the MyCareer mode in NBA 2K16, many wondered how the franchise would follow that up in NBA 2K17. Wonder no more as 2K17 Senior Producer Ben Bishop has written a lengthy blog detailing the changes coming to the mode.

    Actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four, Friday Night Lights, The Wire) will play Justice Young, a teammate with the user's MyPLAYER. Other recognizable faces include Hannibal Buress (Neighbors, Secret Life of Pets) as Ice the Barber and Matt Walsh (Veep, Hung) as your college coach, Hemsley Adson.

    The MyCareer story was written & directed by Aaron Covington (Creed) and will focus more on the on-the-court action versus Lee's linear off-court storyline in 2K16's "Livin' Da Dream."

    Continue on to read the blog from Bishop. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2016 11:00 AM
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    2. NBA 2K
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    As the game continues to improve graphically, a new NBA 2K17 trailer (entitled "Kicks Matter") highlights the 3D scanned shoes that will be coming to the game which will more accurate, if not nearly photo-realistic. This type of scanning has seemingly become commonplace in game development on Gen 4 consoles for player faces, uniforms, shoes, textures, and more.

    Some of the shoes spotlighted in the video include the adidas Yeezy Boost 350, D Rose 7, Air Jordan XXXI, and the entire Kobe Bryant collection, featuring 24 pairs in total.

    Continue on to watch the "Kicks Matter" trailer, see screenshots from the video, and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 09-01-2016 07:30 AM
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    NBA 2K17 keeps the foot on the gas pedal when it comes to gameplay improvements as noted in a gameplay blog from Producer Mike Wang.

    This year the primary focus of gameplay changes center on making the skill(s) of the user matter more. Except for dunks, all shots now have a timing mechanism tied to them. Along with this, the shot meter has also been revamped. Users who prefer the shot button can default to that instead of the shot stick. Ball-handling and steals have also been improved along with post-play and improved physicality.

    These changes have all been made with the goal of rewarding the player with the better user skills, however through options (such as difficulty and settings) and an improved 2KU (in-game tutorial), players of all skill sets can play the game how they want and improve.

    Continue on to read the lengthy blog from Gameplay Producer Mike Wang. ...
    by Published on 08-30-2016 03:00 PM
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    Similar to the mode of the same name in the Madden NFL franchise, NHL 17 will be adding the popular Draft Champions mode.

    Utilizing a 12-round draft, users will pick from current and former players to build their team. Following the draft, the player can compete offline or online head-to-head where winning four games will help them unlock Draft Collectibles. These Collectibles can them be redeemed as part of sets for top-tier packs and items.

    Continue on to see the Draft Champions trailer and to also read the blog entry with additional details from Associate Producer Jesse McLean. ...
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