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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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One of Zen Studios's early tables for Zen Pinball 2 centered around Tesla's steampunk inventions, so let's go poking around to try and find his secret lab. Are you enjoying these pinball videos? Let me know if you'd like to see more of these in the future. They're fun for me to create and they're easy to produce, so if you're enjoying them, then we both win. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Press The Buttons
I'm late to the party, yes, I know, but I've just started playing Ubisoft's Rayman Legends. I'm working with the Sony PlayStation 4 version since that's what GameFly sent me as a rental despite the game's Nintendo Wii U origins. The exact platform is irrelevant today though because each version includes this awesome level I'm showcasing. It's Castle Rock, one of the stages that times the background music and foreground action together. Play the level correctly and all of the action syncs up. I love when this kind of thing happens in games by accident (see my playthrough of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Nintendo Game Boy and to celebrate in a musical style, OverClocked ReMix has prepared a new album of music featuring remixes of classic tunes from handheld games such as Super Mario Land, Donkey Kong, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Mega Man II, Donkey Kong Land, Batman, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening among other deeper cuts such as Solarstriker. It's more great free video game music from the top community in rearranging the soundtrack of our people and comes highly recommended based on what I've heard of the album so far. It's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Press The Buttons
Get comfortable because today's moment of pinball involves the Fantastic Four table from Zen Pinball 2, and unlike the past few video features that last five minutes or so before I reach Game Over, I rally and keep the action going here for fifteen minutes. Watch as I trigger missions, rack up bonuses, and engage the multiball. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Last year I directed you to an interesting article about how to rescue your valuable save data before aging video game cartridges succumb to dead batteries. Once a cartridge's battery dies, your long hours of leveling up characters, collecting the best weapons, and unlocking all the secrets die with it. Thanks to the wonders of aftermarket homebrew technology, it's possible to copy that data off of the cartridge to store on a PC. Platypus Comix outlined a few ways to do it previously, but now site proprietor Peter Paltridge has acquired a rare and expensive Retrode device in order to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
Today's pinball moment features the Moon Knight table from Zen Pinball 2 for the Sony PlayStation 4. It's another video broken into two halves thanks to the PS4's fifteen minute buffer limit, so be sure to see both parts for the exciting conclusion (spoiler: the ball falls down the drain at the end as all pinball games must finish). Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
Today's moment of pinball comes from the Wolverine table in Zen Pinball 2. This is another favorite table of mine despite the fact that I've never been able to trigger any of the advanced missions, but pinball is what you make of it and I continue to hone my skills at the lower level tasks. It's a fun table with lots of animation and interaction. Enjoy four minutes of me trying to find my way through adamantium and rage. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Press The Buttons
Watch live video from PressTheButtons on Twitch In this, the third hour of Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition, I continue to explore and take on new challenges. Thrill as I learn the power to cross dimensions at will, take on X'tabay in a thrilling boss fight that I lose a few times before I win, become a chicken, and so much more. Since this is a Metroidvania-style game, I backtrack often and poke around dead ends. It's about exploration and discovery just as much as making progress. Fun for me, sure, but is it fun to watch? Let me know. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
Four years ago way back in Episode 7, we welcomed the owner of Strategy Guide Reviews, Keri Honea, to discuss printed hint books and map tomes with us. The passage of time has changed how guides are produced and marketed, so it was high time she returned to brief Blake Grundman and I on the future of strategy guides. Join us for a discussion of what's new in the world of strategy guides, how guides are evolving in the new generation of hardware, and which major games in the works have a guide in development along side them. Download this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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I hope everyone is enjoying the Zen Pinball 2 videos that I've posted over the past few days. There's more to come, but what's even better than watching me play pinball is to play pinball yourself. Don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a bunch of free tables for the Sony PlayStation 4 version of Zen Pinball 2. There's a great mix of tables in this prize pack; there's Marvel material, some Street Fighter, a few original Zen creations, and much more. These kinds of PSN codes don't come along every day, so don't miss out... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
While Zen Studios has come a long way in terms of table design since creating its Super Street Fighter II Tribute table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, it's one of my favorite releases in the series. Let's take a moment and watch me challenge the table to a fight. It's not my best performance, but it's more fun than it should be. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
Thanos the Mad Titan has a Zen Pinball 2 table of his own dedicated to the Infinity Gauntlet and its gems which includes all kinds of experience-warping tricks such as an inverted playfield, time slowing to a crawl, and much more. Watch as I challenge Thanos and try to come out on top. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Consistently entertaining webcomics about video games are hard to find. So many of them drop off in quantity and quality so quickly, so to find one that updates on a regular basis with hilarious ideas at heart is rare. That's why I feel it my duty to point you in the direction of a new favorite comic when I find one, and today I have to tell you about The GaMERCaT, a webcomic created by Samantha Whitten about a game-playing cat and the challenges he faces trying to pursue his hobby in a human world. I'm not really a cat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Press The Buttons
What will we find on Mars? A high score! Today's pinball moment is from the Mars table of Zen Pinball 2 on the Sony PlayStation 4. It's another long play requiring two videos to capture the entire session thanks to the PS4's fifteen-minute buffer for recording video, so be sure to watch both parts to see it all. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Batman! Spider-Man! Superman! Cole MacGrath! Many heroic video games for the Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita are on sale this week at the PlayStation Store, so assuming you don't mind owning your games in digital format, you can clean up with some major deals, and if you're a PS Plus subscriber, the discounts are even more impressive. Check the store listing for the complete details, but I recommend (all Plus prices here) Batman: Arkham Origins for $8.20, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins: Blackgate for $4.20 each; both main PS3 Infamous games for $9.79 and Festival of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Watch live video from PressTheButtons on Twitch Here's the second hour of Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition for the Sony PlayStation 4 in which I gain new abilities, visit new areas, take on bosses, and outrun a rampaging beast that knocks down walls and crushes monsters (and me!). I'm enjoying this game immensely when I make the effort to play it, but I find that it's not a game that I crave spending time with. There are some games (and I'm sure you know this feeling) that I can't wait to play and that consume my free thoughts when I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I'm back in the mood for Zen Pinball 2 for the Sony PlayStation 4, so today we're going to take a moment to watch as I take on the Thor table. Watch as I fight Loki, dodge the Destroyer, enter Asgard, and rack up the points. There's many more pinball moments to come in the days ahead, so ready your flippers and watch out for the drain. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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According to official Capcom sources (e.g., the character bio from the Super NES version of Street Fighter II), today is Street Fighter protagonist Ryu's birthday. Born July 21, 1964, today marks the World Warrior's fiftieth birthday. He's in pretty good shape for a fifty-year-old considering his prowess with Hadokens and Shoryukens, but what really makes me wonder about the realism of the Street Fighter series is that his weight as of Street Fighter II was 150 lbs. 150?! Earlier this year at my absolute weakest and sickest, I dropped down to 160 lbs. and I was very skeletal. I can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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The recently released Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games has made quite a splash in the gaming community thanks to its 8-bit inspirations and solid challenge, and soon you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of Shovel Knight and the Order of No Quarter beyond just playing the video game. As YCG's Nick Wozniak explained on Episode 138 of the Power Button podcast, the company has big plans for Shovel Knight merchandise. They already have a deal with popular online retailer ThinkGeek to produce toy shovels, for instance. Here's the what Wozniak had to say about merchandising (where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC has taken the gaming community by storm thanks to its mix of retro 8-bit sensibilities, enjoyable level designs, and memorable characters. This week on Power Button, Blake Grundman and I are joined by YCG's Nick Wozniak to talk about the making of Shovel Knight, the upcoming free update to add new playable characters & game modes, bringing the game to additional platforms, the future of marketing & licensing Shovel Knight (breakfast cereal!), material left on the cutting room floor such as a killer piano boss, how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Congratulations to winner Shawn Sigurdson! Do you like pinball? Do you own a Sony PlayStation 4? Then have I got a contest for you. Thanks to Zen Studios, I have a PSN code to offer up as a prize that will unlock fourteen pinball tables for the company's Zen Pinball 2 for the PS4. Here's a list of what you could win: Marvel Pinball Vengeance and Virtue: Ghost Rider, X-Men, Thor, Moon Knight Classic Pack: Tesla, V12, Shaman, El Dorado Fantastic Four Captain America Marvel Civil War Super Street Fighter II Tribute Mars Excalibur Not a bad deal, eh? All... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Zen Studios recently added a bunch of their unique tables from the last generation versions of Zen Pinball / Pinball FX to the Sony PlayStation 4 version of Zen Pinball 2, so to celebrate I decided to take the Captain America table for a run. I topped my friend list leaderboard (which, at the time, only charted Zen's own Mel Kirk) and earned a trophy, so I thought I'd show off a little and share the video. Here's nearly fourteen minutes of Captain America action. For more pinball action, be sure to check out the PTB YouTube channel. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I was hoping they'd refresh the physical items catalog when the Elite gifts were announced, but now... well, you can understand my pessimism. Also for Platinum 2015, I've already earned that thanks to a backlog of surveys I held off on doing until last week, so whatever next year's gift will be, I'll get it. I suppose I'll continue to bother with the program as long as it's convenient. I just know the year I don't bother is the year they come back with an amazing gift.
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I went with EarthBound, as it was the only game I'm interested in that I didn't already have. I'm OK with the rewards being digital from here on, but the whole point of the Elite rewards was to offer exclusive items, so this really feels like a lazy cheat by comparison.
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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who submitted questions via Twitter. Listen for the answers on episode 138 of the Power Button podcast. Yacht Club Games recently sent the critically acclaimed Shovel Knight out into the world for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS via eShop and for PC through Steam. We're going to talk with Yacht Club soon for an upcoming episode of the Power Button podcast, and while we have plenty of questions of our own, we also want to hear from you! Tell us your questions for the Shovel Knight team by leaving a comment here, replying to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Press The Buttons