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Matthew Green
Matthew Green's personal gaming blog, Press The Buttons, is updated daily.
Interests: television, piano, movies, photography, video games
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Blake Grundman hijacks the topic this week for an hour of discussion about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Spoilers abound and may the Force be with you! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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This is a deep rabbit hole of could-bes and might-haves, but I appreciate a good bit of digital sleuthing, so let's go on the journey together. USgamer reports that a line of Nintendo GameCube games being sold digitally in China for the Nvidia Shield is running The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess not natively, but in a GameCube emulator. Since the Shield and the Nintendo Switch share some hardware, it's a nice leap to assume that this is all leading up to GameCube games available for the Switch sometime down the line. But is this emulator really all that it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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As we finish our wrap-up of 2017, it's time for our annual Game of the Year episode in which Blake Grundman and I discuss the best games of the past year along with a few honorable and dishonorable mentions. We have a supersized two hour show for you this week because there were a lot of games last year that are worth some discussion. From Destiny 2 to Bye Bye BoxBoy and beyond, there's certainly a lot to discuss. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I walked away from Street Fighter V back in 2016 after a few weeks of playing through what little single-player content the game offered, and while there was a solid fighting game at its core, there just wasn't enough to do that kept me engaged. Now that Capcom has added an actual Arcade Mode that goes above and beyond my expectations, I'm back into the fray and exploring just how much the game has expanded with post-release content over the past two years. One aspect that has really captured my attention is the soundtrack, particularly new remixes and rearrangements of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has a new product that uses its popular Switch console as something of an accessory instead of the main attraction: Nintendo Labo, a series of cardboard sheets that assemble into toys and gizmos. Think of them like Lego bricks for the engineering fan in all of us (but mainly kids). Due out in April 2018 starting at a MSRP of $70, the Labo kits (dubbed Toy-Cons which is a delightful bit of wordplay on the Switch's Joy-Con controllers) fold and bend into real life working interactive toys such as a piano, a fishing rod, and a robot. Slip the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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We always take a look back at the previous year and close the books on it each January, so this week's Power Button podcast episode sees Blake Grundman and I joined by Ross Polly, our Special E3 Correspondent live from the Los Angeles Convention Center loading dock (we really should let him come home one of these days). The three of us spend a supersized show talking about the big gaming news from 2017 including the rise of the Nintendo Switch, the end of the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One trying to change its image with more 4K &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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The inaugural issue of Nintendo Power magazine features an iconic cover of a clay Mario pursued by a clay Wart, but modern Mario fans can spot the error right away: Mario's colors are all wrong for 1988, particularly his blue hat. Even in a time when Mario's color scheme was in flux (red and brown in Super Mario Bros., red and blue in Super Mario Bros. 2, etc.), how on earth did the cover's artist mix up Mario's hat color and swap famous red for unusual blue? As part of a year-long series focused on the thirtieth anniversary of Super... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I was overjoyed when Accolade returned from the grave in 2017 and announced a revival of everyone's favorite chatty bobcat, Bubsy. Starring in the sequel/reboot Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, Bubsy's big revival stumbled out of the gate which brought to mind other moribund franchises that came back and then left again just as quickly. On this week's Power Button episode, Blake Grundman and I discuss the new Bubsy which leads us into some of our favorite and reviled video game reboots. Also, it's last call as our annual News of the Year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Watching Microsoft do its best to integrate the Kinect motion sensor camera for the Xbox One has been interesting to watch as the device started out as an absolute necessity for the latest generation of Xbox that could never, ever be unbundled from the console and has become not just an afterthought, but now an unsupported afterthought. The Xbox One S and Xbox One X hardware revisions did away with the built-in Kinect port and instead required a proprietary USB adapter to use the add-on, and now that adapter has been discontinued entirely. This essentially scuttles the Kinect for good.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom is going all-in on new nostalgia with the announcements of Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection due out in 2018 for all major current generation consoles (including Nintendo Switch) and PC. On this week's podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the news and kick around our hopes and dreams for the new titles. There's a lot of potential here and we're eager to see Capcom reach it. Looking ahead, our annual News of the Year and Game of the Year episodes are coming up and we want you to get in on the fun! Download this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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For Thanksgiving this year my girlfriend and I had dinner with her family and, as part of the festivities, I was asked to bring my Super NES Classic console to the house so that her nieces, Talia (age six) and Claire (age three), could try a Super Mario game for the first time. I took this as an honored responsibility. When I was first introduced to Super Mario Bros. at the age of six, it was a life-changing event that rippled outward into the rest of my childhood and beyond into my adult years. I owe my career to an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Human meat. Balloons. Armed robbers. Animal sacrifice. Brass knuckles. Sure, these sound like ingredients for an unforgettable weekend, but they're also tools of the trade for video game public relations firms for use in advertising campaigns. On this week's episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I look at some of the dumbest, most irresponsible (and in some cases illegal!) moments in game advertising and promotions. From Homefront to Mass Effect 3 to Resident Evil 5 and beyond, we have a list of astoundingly bizarre and dangerous campaigns that will boggle your brain. Also, our annual News of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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2017 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Capcom's venerable Street Fighter franchise so it's only right that the publisher bundle up the most important games in the series for a new compilation. Coming to the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in May 2018, get ready to revisit the original Street Fighter (not properly seen in many, many years), Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Back in August I brought your attention to John's Harris's book about ROM hacks, Somebody Set Us Up The ROM. How Harris back with the sequel that dives into ingenious hacks from the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, and beyond as part of the Winter Wonderland Game Story Bundle on sale for the next two weeks. If you missed the first installment, then you can pick it up as well in this bundle. I had the pleasure of reading a pre-release copy and it's just as interesting and informative as the first volume. Here's a taste:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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With 2017 coming to an end in just a few weeks, Blake Grundman and I are preparing our traditional year-end podcast episodes and we want you to be a part of them. As usual we are going to record an episode focusing on the big gaming news of the year and then another episode in which we name our Game Of The Year picks. Get involved! Call the podcast voicemail hotline at (720) 722-2781 and leave a message discussing either of these topics and you may just hear your call on the show. You can also reach out via the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the original Mega Man for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and so on this special occasion it's only right to take a look back at the ten greatest moments in the franchise's history. From the initial burst of releases in the early days of the series to its 16-bit and 32-bit reinventions to its unfortunate lull in the 2000s and then back in action with new sequels and compilations, there are many moments from which to choose and so many games to replay. While time does not permit spotlighting all of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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While the Nintendo Switch is stealing the show in fandom circles, let us not overlook the Super NES Classic (assuming you can find one). On this week's podcast episode, Blake Grundman and I discuss whether or not it's just like old times playing our favorite games from two decades ago, if Star Fox 2 holds up to the legend behind it, and cover what's going on in hacking circles as some players are cramming additional games into the console. Join us for an hour of fun. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Even the most polished game can hide a variety of odd glitches and quirks under the surface. Over at Gamasutra, Brandon Sheffield has compiled an entertaining list of all of the outside-the-box ways that developers have solved their glitch issues. Super Time Force is prepared for your madness, an undisclosed multiplatform racing game performs better with a frame rate counter, and Mega Man has to scream at you in silence before his game can begin. Here's Keith Kaisershot from Digital Eclipse explaining that last one: When working on Mega Man Legacy Collection for 3DS, I encountered a sound bug I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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As Thanksgiving approaches it's only right that we spend an episode of the podcast discussing all of the things that Blake Grundman and I are thankful for as filtered through a gaming lens. Join us as we kick off the holiday season in style with some sentimental thoughts. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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New artwork celebrates the New Donk City festival from Super Mario Odyssey in style. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom's Mega Man series of video games brought us some of the very best music of the Nintendo Entertainment System era, so it's not a surprise that it lives on today through remixes and arrangements. Consider this 2016 performance of themes from Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3 from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. It's part of a greater concert entitled Score which also includes music from the usual suspects like Super Mario and The Legend Zelda as well as Assassin's Creed IV, Bloodborne, Journey, Skyrim, and The Last of Us. It's all deserving of a place... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch has taken Blake Grundman and I by storm, consuming our gaming time with a vengeance as we collect as many Power Moons as humanly possible. On this week's podcast episode we dive into Mario's globe-trotting adventure and discuss what we love so much about it. Spoiler alert! We discuss the end of the game and beyond. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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When it comes to video games based on the long-running Star Trek franchise, results mostly span from terrible to just mildly good, but there is one Star Trek game that has stood the test of time and manages to be not just a great Star Trek game, but a great game overall. 2000's Star Trek: Elite Force casts players as Ensign Munro (male or female version available) aboard the lost Starship Voyager during Star Trek: Voyager's sixth season. Developed by Raven Software and published by Activision, this first-person shooter combines familiar shooter conventions of the day with plenty of Star... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Hallmark is selling a line of Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi ornaments at their stores this year, but at $16 each and with supplies being limited , it may be too much of a challenge for fans to pick them all up. Luckily, the company has produced two additional Mario and Luigi ornaments at a cheaper price point. I found these at Target last weekend for $8 each and while the poses are different than the main Hallmark offerings, the paint and sculpt quality is slightly lesser than their $16 brothers. Still, I bought them because they are Super Mario ornaments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Press The Buttons