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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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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 1 hour ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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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Thank you so much! I'll try not to disappoint.
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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Press The Buttons and the fifth anniversary of Power Button, this week's episode of the podcast turns the spotlight on PTB itself as Blake Grundman asks me everything you've ever wanted to know about how this site came to be, how its grown over the years, memorable moments, and we even take some time to answer some questions from the audience. Join us for eighty minutes and feed my ego. Thank you all so much for continuing to read, listen, and be a part of the PTB experience. Download this week's episode directly from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Our week of tenth anniversary giveaways comes to an end with the newly released Battlefield Hardline courtesy of Electronic Arts! I have a copy of the game for both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One to hand out, so hit the social media widget below to get your entries in the running. Go for one or both. Entries can be submitted until 11:59pm EDT on Monday, March 23, 2015. The winners will have to submit a North American mailing address to accept the prize plus you need to be eighteen years or older to enter this one.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Day Three of the big PTB tenth anniversary giveaway brings us ten copies of NBA Live 15 courtesy of Electronic Arts that all need good homes. Five copies are for the Sony PlayStation 4 and five are for the Microsoft Xbox One, so be sure to enter the contest using the appropriate social media widgets embedded below. Enter for a chance to win a copy for one or both systems — it's your call! You must have a North American mailing address to claim the prize and this contest is open for entries until 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, March 22,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The tenth anniversary giveaway continues! Today's prizes come to us from MonkeyPaw Games who have generously given me four of their classic Sony PlayStation games for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita to offer up in celebration. Enter for a chance to win Tomba, Wolf Fang, The Firemen 2, and Galaxy Fight in one big prize package. These are download codes for the North American PlayStation Store, so be sure you can use the prize before you enter the contest. Engage with the social media widget below for a chance to win. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm EDT on Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Press The Buttons is ten years old today! To celebrate I've assembled a pool of gaming-related prizes to give away through the end of the week! Today's prize is a "Link for President" t-shirt courtesy of Merchbro.com. Anyone can enter, but only three will win. Available sizes are XS through XL and the winner must provide a North American mailing address to receive the prize. You have until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, March 20, 2015 to get your entries in using the embedded widget below. It's fairly standard; do the social media engagement thing to accumulate entries. I'll choose three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo announced a partnership with Japanese mobile platform DeNA this morning, signaling an intent to bring its popular franchises and talents into the smartphone/tablet space. Here's Mike Futter at Game Informer to explain: The games that DeNA will be working on are completely new, rather than ports of existing titles. Nintendo's entire slate of intellectual property is open to the mobile company to tap for its creations. Nintendo continues to hope that its mobile presence will drive interest in its dedicated video game console devices, something the company has stated as a goal for entering the smartphone and tablet space.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Press The Buttons
No way does Microsoft let their IP show up on competing hardware. It's just not done. I like the idea of Zelda II Link appearing in the game on Nintendo platforms though!
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Step right up! Press The Buttons celebrates its tenth anniversary on Tuesday, March 17, so to celebrate I'm giving away video games and t-shirts through the end of the week thanks to the kindness of some of the site's PR friends. We'll kick things off tomorrow and entering will be as easy as filling out one of those contest widgets that are all the rave these days. There's some fun stuff planned, so I hope you'll turn up and take a shot at winning. Tell you friends, spread the word, and let's celebrate in style! Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Press The Buttons
John Oliver has been exposing the seedy underbelly of large organizations for a while now on HBO's Last Week Tonight, and now this week just in time for March Madness basketball he's turned his attention to the NCAA's exploitive treatment of college athletes. What especially caught my attention was the show's coverage of NCAA Basketball 09, the college basketball game from Electronic Arts that led to a lawsuit several years ago over the inclusion of players' likenesses without compensation. All of that is the lead-in to the reason I mention this here today: Oliver drives home his points about the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The classic LucasArts adventure game Maniac Mansion arrived on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 courtesy of Jaleco and quickly became a memorable experience for many NES fans. One of the memorable elements of Maniac Mansion involves the publishing house Three Guys Who Publish Anything who, true to their in-game television commercial, do indeed publish anything; that is, they publish all forms of media. The characters can send Mark Eteer of Three Guys any form of available media such as a manuscript or a cassette tape and, if it's worthy, they will offer a publishing contract. These contracts can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Video game music has come a long way from its beepy origins, and while those original tunes are classic, sometimes I wonder what a game like, say, Chrono Trigger, was released today for the first time with an orchestral soundtrack. Symphonies and orchestras have performed arrangements of famous video game songs for years now, but one of the finest performances you'll ever hear comes to us from the Orchestral Game Music Concert. Between 1991 and 1996, Japanese orchestras performed famous and beloved songs from SimCity, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy IV,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Originally primed to be the big PlayStation 4 release for the upcoming holiday season, today Sony and Naughty Dog announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will instead arrive next year. Rescheduled for Spring 2016, the extra time gives the time to meet its ambitious goals. Here's some of the statement from the game's directors, Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, at the PlayStation Blog: After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don’t take lightly — this game deserves every bit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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Are you in the market for a new headset for your PC? How about a game controller? A dedicated gaming mouse? If so, Amazon has you covered today with its Gold Box deal on a variety of Logitech's famed PC gaming products. A bunch of accessories are 50% off today ranging in price from $10.99 to $69.99. Surely there's something in there that you want. Why not pick it up? A portion of each purchase you make through the green link above (any purchase, not just the Logitech products) goes to help support Press The Buttons which now that I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Press The Buttons
For a while in the 1990s they were Mario Mario and Luigi Mario, but Nintendo has since walked that back and said not think about it too much.
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How many hours does it take to get to the center of The Order: 1886 for the Sony PlayStation 4? Word around the Internet is that it's not many. On this week's episode of the Power Button podcast, we tackle both the perception and the reality of video games that don't provide a lot of time bang for your paid dollars. How much game should one expect for $60? For $40? For $15? Is that even the sort of thing one should try to measure? And can the idea that a game is too short for its own good sink... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Press The Buttons
Definitely dare. I have it on 3DS and love it. I may even double-dip on the PS4/Vita version in April depending on how extensive Kratos's involvement is.
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Speaking of the Battletoads, today Yacht Club Games announced that not only is it bringing last year's indie smash Shovel Knight to the Microsoft Xbox One, but a few special guest characters are along for the ride. While the Sony PlayStation family of Shovel Knight ports will feature God of War's Kratos, the Xbox One version reintroduces Rash, Zitz, and Pimple for their first gaming appearance since 1994. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It has been so much fun to bring the radical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Press The Buttons
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The runaway of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in the late 1980s and early 1990s spawned numerous imitators all scraping for a piece of the large talking radical heroic manimal market, but the one to make the biggest splash in the world of video games has to be Rare's infamous Battletoads. Starring three tubular toad dudes named oh-so-gnarly names like Rash, Pimple, and Zitz, the 'toads appeared in a series of games for the Nintendo, Sega, arcade, and PC platforms of the day between 1991 and 1994 before vanishing just as quickly as they first appeared. Today the original... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Press The Buttons