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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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In times of trouble and strife it's nice to be able to reach for that special video game that is always there for you to help cheer you up and take your mind off of your problems. On this, our two hundred and fiftieth episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the games that have been there for us when we're down. All of our favorites are here from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening getting me through a prolonged winter storm power outage to Blake and his father competing at Zen Pinball. We have over... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Sometimes, through no fault of their own, rival video game developers independently stumble into the same idea. On this week's episode of Power Button, we look back at games that competed based on similar concepts: Infamous versus Prototype, Split/Second versus Blur, and so on. We also look at smash hit games like Street Fighter II and Super Mario Kart and inspired a glut of also-ran imitations. It's an hour of great minds thinking alike or following the leader. By the way, why not check out Blake's Extra Life charity goal and see if you can help him out? Download this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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It's been a long time since Nintendo has done anything new with its Wrecking Crew property. There's a Nintendo Switch port of the arcade version, VS. Wrecking Crew, on the way later this year and the original NES version of the game has popped up on the Virtual Console for the Wii, 3DS, & Wii U, but there's a missing piece of the series that has yet to show up outside of Japan in any form. 1998's aptly titled Wrecking Crew '98 updated the formula for the Super NES era, crossing it with the aesthetics and puzzle-type nature of Tetris... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
It's not guaranteed from Amazon until it's in my hands. Last month Amazon actually pulled an order back from UPS after it shipped because they decided the sale price was too low after the fact, so they canceled the order. Then earlier in the year I ordered a book from Amazon, they sat on the order for a month, then canceled it when they decided they couldn't get more in stock. By then the book was out of print. I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. So between all of that, the Classic SNES debacle, and pulling back on Prime discounts on new releases, Amazon is rapidly burning through my goodwill lately.
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The My Nintendo loyalty program is giving away free games! Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I was fortunate enough to be awake during the four minute window that Amazon.com offered preorders of Nintendo's Super NES Classic mini console somewhere around 4:30am back in August, so I felt confident that I would be happily playing Star Fox 2 and all of my other favorite 16-bit games come release day last week, but then Amazon let me down when they seemingly diverted their preorder allotment stock to their roaming Treasure Trucks. There's still no estimated shipping date for my preordered console, but those folks who tracked down a Treasure Truck were able to score, right? Let's go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I was out of town last week, so I'm only getting to play it now. It's $10 and comes with the Jaws and ET tables.
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Sure, I'll add it to the to-do list.
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Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios launched last week and while I've imported all of my old Zen Pinball 2 tables into the new platform, I've been spending most of my FX3 time with the Back To The Future table out of the Universal Classics Pinball pack of tables. The team at Zen has given me just about everything I wanted from a BTTF table including multiple time periods. There are six different versions of this one table available, one for each time period from the film trilogy: 1985, 1955, 2015, Biff Tannen's corrupt 1985A, a revisit of 1955 from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Have you had a chance to play Sonic Mania yet? Christian Whitehead and the teams from Sega, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games have created the best Sonic the Hedgehog game in twenty years and on this week's podcast episode, Blake Grundman and I spend the hour talking about how much we enjoyed it. From mythology gags to the stellar soundtrack to the purity of speed, we have lots of good things to say. And speaking of Blake, why not check out his Extra Life charity goal and see if you can help him out? Download this week's episode directly from PTB,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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With Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite releasing tomorrow, fans are already hungry to learn when they can spend extra money on additional characters, so Capcom has announced the six new fighters headed into the action later in the year as part of the first $30 expansion bundle. Here they are long with the company and property they represent: Sigma (Capcom: Mega Man X) Black Panther (Marvel: Black Panther) Monster Hunter (Capcom: Monster Hunter) Winter Solider (Marvel: Captain America), Black Widow (Marvel: Avengers) Venom (Marvel: Spider-Man) I'm interested in these characters, but am not so sure I want to keep spending more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Press The Buttons
You, me, and everybody else!
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Sometimes the talented musicians working through OverClocked ReMix release an album that might as well be called The Songs Of My People, and the latest album, Smash The Record: The Record, is another one of those releases. Featuring music from Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man X5, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, F-Zero, and Kirby Super Star, this album commemorates the Smash The Record 2017 speedrunning tournament. It's a free download in MP3 and FLAC formats. Smash The Record: The Record features 7 tracks from 7 artists, arranging music from 6 different franchises tied to Smash The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Your friend and mine, Power Button's own Blake Grundman, is participating in the Extra Life gaming charity event again this year along with our old podcast pals Keri Honea, Ross Polly, and Chris Nitz. The four of them will be playing video games live on a Twitch stream for twenty-four hours starting October 21, 2017 to help raise money for children in need at hospitals through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. He's offering giveaways and other fun stuff for donating money. Why not check out the event and help him meet his goal? Your participation is key to making this event... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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This week's podcast focuses on some inside baseball as Blake Grundman and I focus on the process of reviewing video games. We talk about memorable reviews, how we go about reviewing games, how reviewing has changed over the years, and so much more. It's a look behind the curtain at how the sausage is made. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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When playing Sonic Mania, Sonic and Knuckles tend to steal the spotlight. Sonic has his trademark speed to blast process through levels, while Knuckles and punch through barricades and climb walls. Why would anyone want to play as Tails when you could instead go really fast or climb really high? I've come to have a new appreciation for perennial sidekick Tails as I continue through the game. I've been trying out Time Attack mode with the flying two-tailed fox and am trying to better use his flight and swimming skills. Yes, he can fly, but his flight skills always felt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Whispy Woods found alive and well! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sonic CD for the Nintendo DS? It almost happened! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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We all knew this day was coming once the Nintendo Switch launched like a rocket and left the Wii U behind, but Nintendo has announced that it is discontinuing the Miiverse social network linked up with the Wii U and 3DS. The company has prepared a list of questions and answers to address the pending shutdown which takes effect November 7, 2017. The short version of this is that any game that uses Miiverse will error out when attempting to access the service, and while you may think that only impacts posting messages, it also means that games that use... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I was hung up on the spider boss too. The window in which to knock him into the spikes is absurdly small. And if you hate the spider boss, just wait until the octopus boss. Players everywhere agree it's unfairly designed.
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Capcom recently sent Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 out into the world for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC, so with the combined efforts of Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9, and Mega Man 10 back on our radar, it's the perfect time to discuss how these games have aged and what we learned while revisiting them. All of that nostalgia leads us into our secondary topic for the week in which we discuss franchises that have earned the right to come back in similar legacy collections. From Castlevania to Contra and beyond, we're ready... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sonic Mania has taken over my gaming time lately. It's the traditional Sonic title I have wanted for years and yet I didn't anticipate how much I would want to replay it. When I'm not trying to pick up the last of the Chaos Emeralds in Mania Mode, I'm zipping through Time Attack mode to explore levels and improve my skills. Check out this run through Chemical Plant Zone Act 2 with Knuckles that I'm especially pleased with. It's not the fastest performance and it's not the most efficient route, but it's so much fun to play that I don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Fans of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog games know all too well what happens when Sonic is underwater for too long. The happy, upbeat music of the zone quickly gives way to a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping tune of danger. The beats quicken, the tempo picks up, and if poor Sonic can't find air before it's over (a mere five-count), there's a momentary beat of silence and then... GLUGGGGGG our hero drowns. There's a whole generation of gamers out there who feel their anxiety involuntarily spike when they hear that warning song. A few days ago I was playing the new Sonic Mania... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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We're very excited here at Power Button about the upcoming Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios. The latest (and possibly final) pinball platform for modern hardware, the new title carries over many of our favorite tables from the Zen Pinball 2 / Pinball FX2 era and will launch with new licensed tables from the Universal vault of beloved properties. New original tables from Zen are also due out before the end of the year. It's an exciting time for pinball fans, so it's also a perfect time for us to invite Zen's VP of Publishing, Mel Kirk, back on the show... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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The new Sonic Mania is stirring up lots of nostalgia for the original Sonic the Hedgehog games from the Sega Genesis era, and what better way to celebrate those timeless classics than with a Video Game Live performance off the group's Level 2 album of the credits theme from the original Sonic the Hedgehog? The credits theme is a medley of songs from each zone of the game, turning this track into a tour through Green Hill Zone, Star Light Zone, Marble Zone, and beyond. Looks like Video Games Live got them all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Press The Buttons