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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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A few months ago I told you about how I started with Nintendo's Wii Fit U for my exercising and fitness needs, so I thought it was worth checking in to let you know how the program is working for me. I wear the game's Fit Meter both at home and when I'm out, so it's tracking an accurate picture of my movements. Wii Fit U will take a look at my weight and your activity level and then come up with a daily goal of calories to burn. I started at 580 calories to burn each day, and since... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
Why buy a new video game when you can instead pick up the limited edition version of today's new hotness that includes a steelbook case, an art book, CD soundtrack, DLC costumes, stickers, a statuette of the protagonist in action, and a real wearable version of the protagonist's iconic socks for an extra eighty dollars? On this week's episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I are joined by Ryan Olsen of Monkeypaw Games to discuss the ongoing trend of video game publishers offering special ultimate editions of games with extra goodies packed in. We cover our favorite special editions,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
I'd love to see Telltale get the Gremlins license. Can you imagine the awesomeness they could come up with? Or a Zen Pinball table based on the films?
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You can always tell when developers hate their latest project. Sometimes, as players, it's part of the fun of the game. Disgruntled developers can really cut loose.
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The North American Club Nintendo has been pitiful on rewards for a while now. I'm just waiting to see the final download rewards before I cash out since I already have all of the games offered right now. I don't expect any new physical items though. I'd love another character statue though to go with my Mario and Luigi ones. I'm not counting on it though. If CN wants to go out with a bang, how about offering some exclusive Virtual Console games before they go on sale in the eShop? N64 stuff for Wii U, maybe?
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I've messed around with a few iOS F2P games and never stuck with them for long unless there was a reason to continue onward to unlock items in the "real" game on a console (Assassin's Creed Unity's companion app is the latest F2P game to do that). I've also sunk a lot of time into Doctor Who Legacy, but it doesn't run out of energy or use other tricks to get you to stop playing or pay a fee (you can pay to level up in a hurry, but the level structure is fair enough where I don't see why that's necessary). I'd still rather pay for a game once ($1, $10, etc) and play it fully forever though.
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At first I thought the stories were examples of racism ("Fer'ners stealin' our phones!") but more and more people were talking about it, an AT&T rep explained it to me, and then it turned up on the morning news. So it seems there's truth to it after all. At least it's people from all over the world and not any one country, so hopefully it sounds less racist to say it that way. I feel like I'm wading into the deep end of the pool now, so I'll shut up.
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At the rate that new tech developers, I'd be up for a four year cycle on these phones. I didn't even get a smartphone until 2010; a girl I was dating at the time was heavily into texting and my old flip phone was terrible for keeping up with that. Sometimes I miss the simplicity of that phone, but having a pocket computer is too great to resist.
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I'd been pushing my iPhone 4S long past its expiration date. Purchased in June 2012 after my iPhone 4 did a spinning flip off of a countertop and smashed screen-first into a cabinet handle, my trusty 4S had been showing signs of wear and tear for a while. No cracks, scratches, or cosmetic damage, thankfully, but instead I'd noticed little things like ongoing decreased battery life, apps frequently crashing, apps forgetting data, settings not staying set, and the ballooning of "Other" data that iTunes was unable to recognize, delete, or handle that had filled up the gadget's meager 16 GB... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
Gaze into the future with this week's episode of Power Button in which our in-house seer, The Great Prognosticus, speculates on what the year 2015 holds for trends in the video game industry. Marvel at potential price drops! Wonder at the bottom falling out of the crowdfunding movement! Look onward to where Destiny will go! Fear the coming glut of microtransactions! Tomorrow's just your future yesterday. 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, and be sure to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Maybe it was the costs of running the program or maybe it was the complaints from underwhelmed members that did it, but for whatever the reason, today we're faced with the news that the Club Nintendo loyalty program is closing down worldwide. Nintendo's coins-for-surveys operation isn't just shutting down overnight, thankfully; there's a sunset plan to phase out the program and allow members to fill out the last of their product surveys and cash out their remaining coins. There will even be one last round of Platinum and Gold status gifts this year (although they will be downloadable games once... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Back in October last year we took a look at the two games produced by Sunsoft based on the classic 1990 film Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but those games for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy are not the only games from the Gremlins franchise that have been released over the years. Spanning from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Wii, Gizmo and Stripe have been trading blows for years courtesy of a variety of publishers. Some were better at their development craft than others. Hardcore Gaming 101 returns to take us on the rest of the Gremlins... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Press The Buttons
It looks like they've learned not to use the plastic braces on the new Super Mario amiibo. It goes a long way towards more attractive figures.
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Smash Kirby amiibo is the cutest thing ever. He just sits there and smiles at you all day long. It's a great pick-me-up.
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It's not a purse! It's European! http://seinfeld.wikia.com/wiki/European_Carryall
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Have you filled up your display case and emptied your bank account acquiring Nintendo's amiibo toys yet? Hopefully there's still some room in both because the company has announced more of the NFC figurines are on the way with Wave 4 of the Super Smash Bros. line (here comes Ness, Pac-Man, and Wario among others) along with a new Super Mario line that offers fresh poses for Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi with only little Toad as the new character featured. Characters are interchangeable with supported Wii U games so you can use your Super Mario Bowser in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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If you're like me (and I know I am) and you were looking forward to picking up a pocket-sized New 3DS in North America, then prepare for the disappointment. Nintendo of America announced this morning that while it is launching the jumbo New 3DS XL on February 13 for $200, the small, original-sized New 3DS will not be joining it. While Japan, Australia, and Europe are all in on the classic New 3DS size party, North America isn't so lucky. I turn you over to Chris Kohler at Wired for some analysis on this boneheaded economical move. So why would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Blake looked into this and found that it triggers on April 1, not Easter. So there's that mystery solved.
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When it comes to producing video gaming art books, one of the companies that immediately comes to mind is UDON Entertainment so we're fortunate to have UDON's Managing Editor Matt Moylan on the podcast along with returning friend of the show David Oxford to discuss all of UDON's various publications involving the world of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Maximo, and many more. Join us to hear all about how the art book sausage is made and what it takes to get Capcom to hand over the keys to its most popular licenses. If you want a Bionic Commando UDON book, speak... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Press The Buttons
I was too sick to sit at my desk and write last year when it published. Here's the link: http://www.gamesradar.com/worst-box-art-2013/
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At the end of each year over at GamesRadar, Lucas Sullivan looks back over the many video game releases that graced store shelves in the past fifty-two weeks and compiles a snarky list of the worst box art that the industry has to offer. As 2014 came to an end, I was concerned. The annual list had yet to appear. I reached out to Lucas with concern via Twitter. Where was the article? Had the terrible artwork finally driven him to the breaking point? Was it all finally just too much for him to handle? Say it ain't so! @PressTheButtons... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the gaming gift that keeps on giving as fans are still finding new things about it weeks after release. Consider this unused medley remix of music from 1992's Mario Paint, for instance, whicn incorporates sections of the title theme, one of the primary background themes, elements from the in-game music editor, and even the chanting from the famous sit-up cartoon. The Cutting Room Floor lists the other songs found on the Smash Bros. disc which include several Mii-related themes and a remix medley of Nintendo Land music. Speculation is that this material will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Nintendo doesn't offer Collector Editions of its games often, but when they do, they go all out. Announced this morning for North American release at select retailers, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D special bundle for the Nintendo 3DS is coming for $49.99 and includes a limited edition figurine of the game's mysterious Skull Kid antagonist. GoNintendo has the press release. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D follows in the footsteps of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which launched for the Nintendo 3DS system in 2011. Like that game, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Sony has been doing its best to convince you to spend money on its PlayStation Now game streaming service that allows you to play select games from the PlayStation 3 library on your PS3, PlayStation 4, and other devices. The problem is that the technology isn't quite 100% ready for prime time (you need an amazing Internet connection to have a chance of making it work reliably) and the cost of renting a game is ridiculous compared to buying the game outright (why pay $30 to rent a game for a few days when you could pay $20 to own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Press The Buttons
With 2014 filed away in history at last, it's time for us to look back at the best video games that the year had to offer. Blake Grundman and I called in author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation and friend of the show, Blake J. Harris, to join us on this one to talk about the year that was in gaming releases. Which 2014 title will take top honors? Kirby Triple Deluxe? Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker? Shovel Knight? Destiny? Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS? Watch Dogs? Join us for this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Press The Buttons