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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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Sometimes I think we set out to discuss such obscure things that absolutely nobody else in the community is talking about.
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Licensed video games based on childrens' television properties have been with us for decades, but sometimes a game publisher reaches deeper into a media catalog and comes up with a game based on a primetime sitcom or syndicated drama. On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I spend an hour discussing games based on TV shows such as ALF, Happy Days, Home Improvement, Time Trax, Stargate SG-1, Dallas, Dark Angel, and many more. Take off your sneakers and stick around for awhile. We've got it all on Power Button. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Proving that we really do live in a small world, a few weeks ago I was eating lunch at my favorite local pizza joint when who should walk up and say hello but Robert Alsbrook. Long-time PTB readers may remember back in late 2010 when, in conjunction with a now-defunct local Internet television operation that predated homemade YouTube shows and Twitch livestreaming, Rob and I launched the tragically short-lived and ahead-of-its-time The Press The Buttons Show where for thirty minutes each week we would offer up gaming news, commentary, and reviews. We produced eight episodes (six of which aired), after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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As my girlfriend and I prepare to move in together, we've been packing up our video games into boxes and plastic totes, so I've been thinking a lot of about packaging lately. Over the years we've seen boxes with instruction manuals and occasional bonus freebies such as posters and stickers give way to plastic cases which eventually dumped the manuals as a cost-cutting measure, and then we lost packaging altogether as digital distribution has become a modern reality. On this week's episode of the Power Button podcast, we're talking about video game packaging past, present, and future. Pull up a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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As we do each E3 we have brought in our special E3 correspondent Ross Polly live from the loading dock of the Los Angeles Convention Center for an exclusive discussion about the happenings and events of the week that was in big gaming news and press conferences. Join us for a super-sized two hour episode of the Power Button podcast in which we run down the highs and lows of the Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square-Enix, Sony, and Nintendo press conferences and digital showcases for conversation about games such as Anthem, Halo Infinite, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Fallout 76, Just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Sometimes on certain windy nights, if you listen hard enough and believe fervently enough, you can still hear the sounds of E3 2006 reverberating through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. One of the last great E3s of days gone by before the expo contracted into the airplane hanger years for a while, 2006 gave rise to Nintendo's big Wii debut and Sony's lackluster PlayStation 3 introduction. Nadia Oxford of USgamer was there, and her story about seeing the first Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer reminded me of one of my own favorite E3 2006 stories. Meanwhile in Nintendo territory,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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E3 2018 is a week away and we're gearing up to enjoy all of the new announcements and reveals. This week on Power Button we're looking ahead to what we think the publishers and developers at the big show may announce and throw in a little bit of personal wishlisting while we're at it. Join us for an hour of discussion. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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It's amazing how much a simple message can be such a great help. I've had an especially rough time lately with my health and longtime readers will remember my decades-long fight with Crohn's Disease and its accompanying issues. Earlier this year my pancreas joined the party with its own problems, and now for the past few weeks I've been pushing myself through extra pain and difficulties with digesting enough nutrition. Just making it through a regular day or work and daily responsibilities is a physically overwhelming prospect sometimes. I've spent a lot of time resting in bed, usually with my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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We're fans of both Batman and Telltale Games here on Power Button, so it's natural that when the publisher debuted the second season of its Dark Knight adventures, we had to discuss it. We have a supersized conversation about Batman: The Enemy Within for you this week and it's packed with spoilers, so settle in with your favorite dark corner and enjoy. 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... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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One of the most significant additions to the DualShock 4 controller compared to its predecessors is the Share button which allows players to quickly and easily share screenshots and video clips of PlayStation 4 games with social media. Over at Polygon, the people who created the Share button reminisce about the creative process of making the Share button a reality and discuss some of the challenges they faced. For instance, some developers were mortified by the idea of players sharing snippets of their games with the world at large. As Sony began to fully embrace the Share button as one... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Back in Episode 255 we discovered that Blake Grundman doesn't know the ins and outs of the canonical Mega Man storyline and how the classic series ties into the Mega Man X series and beyond. Obviously, this could not stand, so we invited David Oxford of The Mega Man Network and author of The Robot Master Field Guide to join us and lead Blake step by step through the series and explain the plot points that tie the whole thing together. How is Dr. Wily related to Zero? What happened to Dr. Cossack? Who is the mysterious Mr. X? All... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Once again we're turning our attention towards a movie for this week's Power Button podcast as Blake Grundman saw Avengers: Infinity War this past weekend and has feelings he needs to express about it. We have a spoiler-packed hour for you as we discuss the film with our friend Keri Honea of the Yelling About Comics podcast, PlayStation LifeStyle, and Strategy Guide Reviews. 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 Apr 30, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Earlier this month the Internet lit up in a flurry of excitement regarding a report that Sony was close to launching the PlayStation 5 earlier than most people expected with development kits (as if that term implies a single, fixed form for that type of hardware) for the new console supposedly already in the hands of noted studios preparing for a launch this year or next. Kotaku's Jason Schreier put those rumors to rest and tried to calm the community down, but the clamor is real. Most of the developers I spoke to, via phone and email and text, said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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You still have a few days to check out the Retro Wonder Game Bundle over at StoryBundle where you can pick up eleven books spanning the world of the Atari VCS to the Famicom Disk System all the way up to the withdrawn P.T. demo from just a few years ago. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo and Disney are still much too angry at each other over past business to ever team up again (it's all allegedly over the failed 1993 Super Mario Bros movie). It's such a deep wound that last year when Uniqlo sold special Nintendo shirts, I went to the Uniqlo location at Disney Springs and was told that they are the only Uniqlo location that doesn't sell the shirts because, being on Disney property, Nintendo would not allow it. I don't see Nintendo and Disney ever working together again.
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After two months of illness and injuries, Power Button is back on track! This week Blake Grundman and I spend an hour catching up on some of the noteworthy gaming events that we missed during our time away including our new iPhones, dipping to Batman: The Enemy Within, exploring Kirby Star Allies, and much more. Join us as we gear up the podcasting machine after hiatus. 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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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There's more news stirring around the Nintendo/Universal partnership that would bring several Nintendo-themed attractions to the Universal Orlando Resort. WFTV out of Orlando reports that plans for new Nintendo-themed rides are supposedly planned for multiple properties at the Orlando, FL park with rides planned for Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon spreading between the existing flagship Universal Studios park and an upcoming new fourth park much like the company split Harry Potter attractions between the Studios and Islands of Adventure. The downside is that the Orlando attractions aren't slated to open until 2023. Along with Josh Young, a blogger with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Video game fans talk a lot about remasters and definitive editions these days, but for every Burnout Paradise and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, there are other games that have been updated and expanded several times quietly under the radar. One of those games, Hyrule Warriors, started out as an enjoyable "Dynasty Warriors but Zelda" adventure for the Nintendo Wii U before being ported to the New Nintendo 3DS with additional content in an attempt to get the game in front of an audience sizable enough to check it out. Now the game is coming back around for a third time as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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We are finally back in the podcasting saddle after two months off due to illness and injury. More on that in a later episode though because this installment is one of our recordings from the can in which we take up the second half of our discussion about failed video game reboots and relaunches. Catch up on the first half in Episode 256 and then join us for an hour of kicking around failed titles such as Bomberman: Act Zero, Conker: Live and Reloaded, Splatterhouse, Turok, a fun story about Sonic the Hedgehog at E3, and much more. Also, Blake... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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I love live performances of video game music. I've been to the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concerts twice and seen the western pioneer of the genre, Video Games Live, three times over the years in Los Angeles at various E3s, but last week the traveling show made stops in Florida, so obviously my girlfriend and I had to go. This was her first VGL show and she's a second-generation gamer, so I wanted to make it special. We had front row center seats that I had to secure a year ago to an amazing evening of gaming's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Sometimes I wish that Insomniac Games and Sony would reteam for new Ratchet And Clank sequels more often than they currently do, but then I remind myself that part of the reason the series is still innovative and entertaining is that the developers don't drain the creative lake by overfishing it. At GDC 2018, some of Insomniac's current and former key people including writer T.J. Fixman recounted the history of everyone's favorite Lombax and robot duo in which they detailed the creative process behind so many important elements of the series. From weapon design to cheeky subtitles to stacking crates,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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This is early news, but the idea is exciting. A Street Fighter television series is in the works from the team behind the web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. There's no network, no completed script, or anything like that yet (just the business deal), but there's potential here. Deadline Hollywood has the news. Street Fighter the series will draw on the game’s World Warrior story-arc — introduced in the 1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior sequel to the original game — as the jumping off point, centering on four protagonists: Ryu, Ken, Guile and Chun-Li. Together, they fight to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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Whenever I vanish for a prolonged period, you can be sure that a new episode of failing health is behind it. This time around I'm dealing with an attack of pancreatitis which is a new experience for me. Sure, I've had my intestines, gallbladder, kidneys, and liver fail at times before (not to mention that time when several of those organs plus others all fused together and had to be surgically separated), but the pancreas is a new spot on the bingo card. For the past month I've dealt with pain, dehydration, malnutrition, and all of the other fun things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Press The Buttons
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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