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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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Thanks to developer Zen Studios providing me with early access, I've spent the weekend exploring the company's newest pinball table based on Valve's popular Portal series. Watch as I set a new high score by completing missions while GLaDOS takes shots at me, Wheatley interferes, and Ratman lurks in the shadows. It's another winning table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 with plenty of fun little touches from the series. The Portal table is available across the Zen product line starting this week. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
Video games today are too easy. Back in the glory days of the 16-bit processors, we knew what a hard game was! Join us for this episode of Power Button in which we reminisce about some of the most challenging video games that combine those elusive factors of legitimate difficulty and poor design. Battletoads, Mega Man, Ghosts n' Goblins, Road Runner's Death Valley Rally, Star Wars, and many other familiar titles are offered up on the sacrificial slab. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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This article was originally published at Kombo.com on May 10, 2006. Mario’s come a long way since his 1981 inception as Jumpman in Donkey Kong. After setting the side-scrolling platformer world on fire in classic games such as Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, our plumber hero moved on to other genres as he sped around in a go-kart, kicked a mean soccer ball, wandered around with a bucket on his head, danced like a madman, became thin as paper, and even taught us how to type. Now years after Super Mario World, the world’s most famous gaming mascot... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The writing has been on the wall for a while, but one of the long-standing stalwarts of the video game console business has announced that it's leaving the market in favor of the world of mobile gaming. Game Informer reports that Konami is focusing purely on mobile for upcoming products and that it looks that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox One, and Xbox 360 will be the last traditional console release from the company. Speaking to Nikkei, Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa says that mobile is the company’s... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Last time on Power Button we started a discussion on buying remastered or otherwise upgraded versions of favorite video games centering around two recent experiences with Shovel Knight and Mortal Kombat X. This week we finish the conversation by digging into an examination at why we rebuy games and what it takes to persuade us into repeat purchases. We also take a ballpark look at our own collections and speculate how many of our games are double-dips. Along the way we talk about the Nintendo Wii to Wii U transfer process and return one more time to Shovel Knight for... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The busy people at Zen Studios must never sleep because they keep cranking out new pinball tables at an increasingly amazing pace. Just weeks after sending tables based on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Rebels out into the world, the company has announced this morning that it's teamed with Valve to create a new table based on Portal. It's due out the week of May 25, 2015 across the Zen line. Here's what to expect via the Zen Studios blog: Guide Chell and Wheatley through test chambers by navigating portals, using aerial faith plates, defeating turrets and facing... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Happy Star Wars Day to you all! If you need a Force fix mixed with some pinball action, I'd recommend you check out the new pinball table Zen Studios based on Star Wars: Rebels. Now, I don't know a thing about Rebels or any of its characters, but I do know pinball, so when Zen sent me a free copy of the table for the Sony PlayStation ecosystem, I was eager to dig in and learn the ins and outs of it. I'd never have guessed that my first time playing the table would last nearly twenty minutes and rack... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Press The Buttons
I wasn't interested in fighting games as a young teen, so it was exposure to the Super NES versions of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat at a friend's house along with the Electronic Gaming Monthly and GamePro features on the larger than life characters that finally sparked my interest in the genre. I was terrible at playing them in the beginning, but when it came to Mortal Kombat, I finally found my rhythm after some practice. One thing I could never do, however, was defeat Goro. Sure, I'd worked up enough minor skill with Sub-Zero to make it to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games is already an indie darling on Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS, but when the development team decided to bring the game to the Sony PlayStation ecosystem and the Microsoft Xbox domain, both publishers offered up a little extra incentive to persuade returning fans to double-dip. Poke around long enough in the PlayStation versions of the game and you'll find God of War's own Kratos roaming the world map and itching for a fight. Meanwhile, over in the world of Xbox, the long-lost Battletoads Rash, Zitz, and Pimple offer to run Shovel Knight through their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It happens to all of us sooner or later: despite owning one video game, we buy a second copy of that same game for another platform. What is it about some games that spark us to double-dip on them? On this week's episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman defends his multiple purchases of Shovel Knight while I rationalize not buying Mortal Kombat X at all. It's the first half of a conversation about why we double-dip on some games and not on others and what it takes for a purchase to repeat, but before we can get to that, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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While we lost the planned sequels to 2006's Maverick Hunter X for the Sony PlayStation Portable, we'll always have the original game (and it plays great on the PS Vita, too). In addition to the remixed soundtrack and new playable character, the game also includes a special animated prequel mini-movie entitled The Day of Sigma that chronicles the adventures of Mega Man X, Zero, and Sigma prior to the events of the adventure. Originally you'd need to unlock the video in-game to watch it, but it wasn't long before people recorded it and set it loose on YouTube. Unfortunately, those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons
I have it on my exercise mix playlist!
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Was Mewtwo a banned character in past Smash tournaments? I know some characters are banned because they can be too powerful in the wrong/right hands.
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This article was originally published at Kombo.com on October 30, 2005. It is republished here as part of Review A Great Game Day. The Dance Dance Revolution arcade and home console games have been around for a while now, but the Nintendo GameCube never quite factored into Konami’s plans for the franchise. That is, until now. Teaming with Nintendo, the two companies have combined their creative energies to mix familiar dance action with the craziness of the Mushroom Kingdom to create Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. Packed in the same box with the Nintendo GameCube Action Pad, Mario Mix includes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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A few days ago I was thinking to myself that with Avengers: Age of Ultron just weeks away from releasing to theaters, it should be about time for us to hear that Zen Studios is working on a tie-in pinball table for its Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 platforms. Proving again that whatever I think about hard enough happens, today the studio announced that it is indeed about to release an Ultron table. You're welcome, Internet! Here's Bobby Loertscher at the Zen Studios blog to explain what's in store for Earth's mightiest pinball heroes: The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo has found a new gold mine with its popular amiibo figurines featuring both popular characters like Mario and Link and more obscure, deep cut protagonists such as Ness and Lucina. Unfortunately, high demand and limited supply means that lots of amiibo fans are left empty-handed when it comes to acquiring everything on the wish list. On this week's Power Button podcast, we discuss the amiibo situation, outline just how it's all gone wrong for collectors and casual fans alike, and share our own stories about amiibo dreams going unfulfilled. Finally, I solve the amiibo problem once and for all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Everyone suspected that Mewtwo wasn't the only downloadable character for the Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS, but today Nintendo confirmed that by revealing that while Mewtwo is due out for release on April 28, Mother 3's own Lucas is returning from Super Smash Bros. Brawl in June. Moreover, amiibo figurines for both characters are planned for future release. If Mewtwo and Lucas weren't on your character wish list, head over to the Smash Bros. website and vote for your favorite character to appear as future DLC. Adding to all of that, a bundle of new costume... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo releases expanded the Virtual Console library at its leisure, so years after announcing that it planned to add Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS classics to the Wii U service, today it was revealed that classics like Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Island DS are on the way at last. In fact, those two titles are available right now on the Wii U's eShop. Games are priced at $9.99-$11.99 (or $2 if you already own the N64 game in question for the Wii's Virtual Console) and $6.99-$9.99 respectively depending on the title. Future releases include Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Club Nintendo is winding down, but the program has one last gift to offer if you achieved Platinum or Gold Elite status for the 2014-15 calendar year. Yesterday was the cutoff date to meet the minimum earned coin requirements (and the final day to earn any coins at all; from here on you can spend whatever coins you have left until the club closes completely on June 30, 2015) and today, fast as lightning, Nintendo has revealed the final prizes on offer. It's all downloads again this year for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS rather than a physical item with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Things get heated on this week's episode of the Power Button podcast as we discuss Nintendo's recent announcement that it's partnering with mobile publisher DeNA to come to the smartphone and tablet app store near you. Nintendo is also working on its next traditional video game console, codenamed NX, and we spend some time hashing that revelation out and how it relates to the mobile news, too. Round 1! FIGHT! Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Press The Buttons
That reminds me of the Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor storyline on NewsRadio where Phil Hartman's character was fed bad street slang to read in an on-air advertisement. "Gazizza, dilznoofuses, Bill McNeal saying get with the crizappy taste of Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor. Rocket Fuel’s got the upstate prison flavor that keeps you ugly all night long! So when you wanna get sick, remember—nothin’ makes yo’ feet stank like Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor! Damn, it’s crizappy!!"
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on Marketing Disgraces Exposed at Press The Buttons
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If someone was fired, we'd never know. It's not the kind of thing Sony would announce. If your PS3 is full, you can use the PS Store's web interface to add the game to your account and then download it later when you have the time/space. I claimed GoW:A from my phone and will download it this weekend sometime.
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Sometimes there's a mistake at PlayStation Store headquarters that causes a popular game to have its price slashed from $[something] to $[nothing]. If you manage to get in on the deal before the mistake is fixed, you can score a Sony PlayStation game for no cost. For some strange reason, this kind of error seems to happen to games in the God of War series most of all. Several years ago the PlayStation Store accidentally offered the PlayStation 3 remastered versions of the first two God of War games for free, then later compounded that mistake when the PS Vita... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo has found itself in the middle of a fresh controversy following the company's decision to offer pre-release access to the upcoming Wii U shooter Splatoon to Playboy. There's nothing pornographic going on in Playboy's coverage of the game, but that hasn't stopped criticism of the choice to grant editorial access. As Mike Williams of USgamer points out, the Splatoon/Playboy pairing isn't a marketing mistake. Acclaim offering money for defacing gravesites in the name of Shadowman: 2econd Coming is a mistake. Sony attempting to make PlayStation Portable ads go viral is a mistake. Electronic Arts staging a fake protest against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Several years ago I found the old landing page for the show, but the video embeds were dead.
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