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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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Ubisoft has patched the troubled Assassin's Creed Unity for a fourth time this week, changing certain parts of the gameworld to better perform. One of the changes, however, has to be seen to be believed. First, some backstory: the central conceit of the Assassin's Creed franchise is that you, the player, are actively playing a simulated experience based on historical figures through a complex computer system called the Animus. The world you see onscreen is literally meant to be a digital creation. Start the game up for the first time and you'll see an animation welcoming you to the Animus... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Press The Buttons
Archie Comics has been publishing comic books featuring the cast of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog for a very long time now and on this episode of the Power Button podcast we're joined by Sonic writer Ian Flynn to discuss how the process of creating the comics comes together. How far in advance are plots planned? How does the crossover with Capcom's Mega Man impact the production? What does it take to track continuity? What's in store for future storylines? What was the unpublished conclusion to the story arc in which Dr. Robotnik became a Mexican wrestling sensation? How are baby... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Amazon is all over the Sony PlayStation 4 this week and is offering a variety of deep discounts for games and hardware both old and new. Recently released games like Assassin's Creed Unity, DriveClub, LittleBigPlanet 3, and other games that have experienced admittedly shaky launches are all on sale for between $25 and $35. Other games from this year such as Watch Dogs, Infamous: Second Son, The Last of Us Remastered, and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes are marked down to between $10 and $30. Even the PS4 camera is on sale for $40. There's plenty worthwhile to get... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
Trouble brewing... pic.twitter.com/jSbUivWXBB— Matthew Green (@PressTheButtons) December 10, 2014 Nintendo's classic Super Mario Bros. 3 would have been a lot shorter in length if Bowser's Koopalings had just ganged up on Mario and attacked him all at once. No matter which side wins, the central conflict would be over when the battle ended. While playing Super Smash Bros. yesterday evening, I realized I could create that game-shortening encounter with the new eight-player Smash mode. It's as chaotic as you'd imagine. Try it for yourself and condense Super Mario Bros. 3 down to a single fight with the star protagonist of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Press The Buttons
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We have a full house on this classic episode of Kombo Breaker as we're joined by Phil Kollar (who was with Current.com at the time; today he's with Polygon) and Kombo's own Chris Holzworth (he's with EGMNOW, well, now) to discuss the rising cost of downloadable games and add-on DLC on Microsoft Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network. Prices for both stand-alone games and extra content such as levels, game modes, and even character costumes heading every skyward was an issue even back then when this episode was released back on July 17, 2009, so we figured that it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Capcom's Mega Man has largely sat on the sidelines since his last adventure in Mega Man 10. His latest appearance since is as a newcomer in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. sequels for Wii U and 3DS. Are we really doomed to continue living a life without new Mega Man sequels? The USgamer crew doesn't think so. As part of an article looking at dusty franchises in need of an adoptive financier, Mega Man comes up as one of Nintendo's possible interests. The evidence that the company could possibly be working with Mega Man's corporate masters at Capcom on a new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Every time I think I've fixed that, it starts autoplaying again. Twitch really has become a pain to deal with. I've replaced the Twitch embed with a YouTube embed. That should finally solve the problem. Sorry about that!
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Naughty Dog debuted our first look at Nathan Drake leaping and shooting his way through Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for the Sony PlayStation 4 at the PlayStation Experience event today, showcasing a long look at Nathan Drake doing his usual climbing, leaping, and shooting routines against enemies while in search of treasure. Is it more of the same of what we saw in the other Uncharted games? Sure, but it's difficult to complain about that when the end result is so much fun. I see a lot of what I loved about the other entries in the series happening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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It's a good day to be a Street Fighter fan if you own or plan on buying a Sony PlayStation 4. At the PlayStation Experience today it was announced that Sony and Capcom have partnered to bring last generation's Ultra Street Fighter IV to the PS4 in Spring 2015 with all of the previously released costume DLC included in the package. The bigger news, however, is that they've also partnered to create the all-new Street Fighter V exclusively for the PS4 and PC, plus players will be able to play against one another across the two versions. Now we're talking!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I've planted the idea seed. https://twitter.com/PressTheButtons/status/540934547815530496
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Nope.
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Zen Studios is about to release its new pinball table featuring Spider-Man's dark side counterpart Venom, but since the company sent me the table early, I went ahead and broadcasted my first hour and a half playing it to Twitch last night. If you missed the stream, you can catch up right now (or until Twitch deletes the video, whichever comes first). Since it's my first time with the table I can't say that I'm that great at it, although during my time with it I did manage to trigger the special Black Suit Multiball and, another time, open up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Recall that cold, gray December day back in 2012 when the Mega Man 3 Remade chiptune remix album brightened things up and you'll remember how awesome it was to listen to the songs of Capcom's classic Nintendo Entertainment System title filtered through a simulation of Konami's special VRC6 chip. Now here we are in December 2014 just in time for the same chiptune composer, RushJet1, to return with another installment in the series with Mega Man 2 Remade. Yes, it's all of your favorite Mega Man 2 tunes have been given an audio upgrade with extra sound channels. Air Man,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Considering the obscurity and the licensing headaches, I doubt we'll see this one again.
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Some of the DS productivity titles are strange even now (Face Training?), but 2004-2007 was vintage Nintendo + third parties trying to figure out what they could actually do with that device. Then the iOS App Store, $1 games, and free to play titles started to move in.
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While Ubisoft would rather you turn all of your attention to Assassin's Creed Unity this holiday season, Kotaku has thrown a wrench in that idea by revealing the existence of next year's new Assassin's Creed title. Set in Victorian London, Assassin's Creed Victory follows on from Unity as a Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC adventure. No last generation versions here. Here's Kotaku summarizing some of an internal, E3-style announcement trailer showcasing the targetted end gameplay result featuring trains and grappling hook mechanics: The video begins with an assassin, presumably the game's protagonist, climbing up a tower and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Has it really been ten years since the Nintendo DS arrived on the scene? It feels like Nintendo's dual screen handheld system came out just... well, not yesterday, but certainly not a long ten years ago. After a rough first year of lackluster games in which the development community tried to figure out how this whole touchscreen thing was supposed to work, the DS library stepped up, took off, and never looked back. USgamer to the rescue with an anniversary retrospective article! While no one disagreed with this sentiment at the time, few looking on could imagine how this third... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Just don't pay scalper prices (the adapter sells for $100 on eBay now). Nintendo will restock.
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Nintendo's new adapter that allows classic GameCube controllers to connect to the Wii U has a new use now that a programmer going by the name "elmassivo" has developed an open source driver that allows a Windows PC to recognize the USB adapter and accept GameCube controller input. Now you can use authentic Nintendo hardware to play your favorite PC games. I haven't tried it for myself (so use at your own risk), but I'm glad to see that exists. Here's some of the README file: This is a vjoy feeder application written in C# using LibUsbDotNet. It allows for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Sometimes when a video game franchises buckles under the weight of its own convoluted lore or when sales start to drop off, there's only one thing for the publisher to do: reboot it! Give the series a clean slate and start over with a bold new direction. We've seen it happen to Tomb Raider, we've seen it done with Castlevania, even Donkey Kong once had a fresh start. On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I are joined once again by David Oxford to discuss video game franchises that need a reboot. We kick around new ideas for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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The Addams Family wasn't exactly a highly demanded franchise during th 1980s. Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 film would revive the property for a new generation of fans, but when Sunsoft's Richard Robbins and Michael Mendheim were hard at work on Uncle Fester's Quest in the late 1980s, they had their work cut out for them. Not only did they have to develop the game itself, but they had to convince Sunsoft to buy the rights to what was then a moribund license. Kid Fenris caught up with Robbins and Mendheim to get to the bottom of Fester's Quest once and for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Press The Buttons
It's a movie, but I don't know if there's any relation. They could be the Buster and Babs Bunny of the media world for all I know. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2330458/
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Stitcher support tells me they know they have a broken script and are working on it. It's kind of a brush-off answer though, I think. I'll see if I can dig deeper. Thanks for your patience on this one.
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The end of November usually signals the happening of the annual Southern Pinball Festival in sunny Orlando, Florida, but this year the event gave way to something bigger and better: Free Play Florida, a three-day event packed with pinball machine and arcade games spanning from the earliest machines to today's exciting releases. Former Power Button co-host Brad Hilderbrand, his wife Barbara, and I made the drive into Orlando on a pinball pilgrimage last weekend and did not come away disappointed. The tables spread out as far as the eye could see and many classics were there: The Addams Family, Theater... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Press The Buttons
It's freezing mine too. I'm trying to figure out why it's doing that because it works with mobile browsers where this Flash plug-in does not. Also, using the Stitcher player counts towards our metrics. This Flash plug-in doesn't count how many times people listen. Knowing those numbers is important as we work to increase our audience size. Care to help me out? Which browser are you using and do you use AdBlock? Thanks for your patience while I work on this. Also, if anyone else out there has the freezing problem, please let me know. Until now I thought this was a problem unique to my PC.
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