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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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With Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite releasing tomorrow, fans are already hungry to learn when they can spend extra money on additional characters, so Capcom has announced the six new fighters headed into the action later in the year as part of the first $30 expansion bundle. Here they are long with the company and property they represent: Sigma (Capcom: Mega Man X) Black Panther (Marvel: Black Panther) Monster Hunter (Capcom: Monster Hunter) Winter Solider (Marvel: Captain America), Black Widow (Marvel: Avengers) Venom (Marvel: Spider-Man) I'm interested in these characters, but am not so sure I want to keep spending more... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
You, me, and everybody else!
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Sometimes the talented musicians working through OverClocked ReMix release an album that might as well be called The Songs Of My People, and the latest album, Smash The Record: The Record, is another one of those releases. Featuring music from Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man X5, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, F-Zero, and Kirby Super Star, this album commemorates the Smash The Record 2017 speedrunning tournament. It's a free download in MP3 and FLAC formats. Smash The Record: The Record features 7 tracks from 7 artists, arranging music from 6 different franchises tied to Smash The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Your friend and mine, Power Button's own Blake Grundman, is participating in the Extra Life gaming charity event again this year along with our old podcast pals Keri Honea, Ross Polly, and Chris Nitz. The four of them will be playing video games live on a Twitch stream for twenty-four hours starting October 21, 2017 to help raise money for children in need at hospitals through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. He's offering giveaways and other fun stuff for donating money. Why not check out the event and help him meet his goal? Your participation is key to making this event... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
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This week's podcast focuses on some inside baseball as Blake Grundman and I focus on the process of reviewing video games. We talk about memorable reviews, how we go about reviewing games, how reviewing has changed over the years, and so much more. It's a look behind the curtain at how the sausage is made. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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When playing Sonic Mania, Sonic and Knuckles tend to steal the spotlight. Sonic has his trademark speed to blast process through levels, while Knuckles and punch through barricades and climb walls. Why would anyone want to play as Tails when you could instead go really fast or climb really high? I've come to have a new appreciation for perennial sidekick Tails as I continue through the game. I've been trying out Time Attack mode with the flying two-tailed fox and am trying to better use his flight and swimming skills. Yes, he can fly, but his flight skills always felt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Whispy Woods found alive and well! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sonic CD for the Nintendo DS? It almost happened! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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We all knew this day was coming once the Nintendo Switch launched like a rocket and left the Wii U behind, but Nintendo has announced that it is discontinuing the Miiverse social network linked up with the Wii U and 3DS. The company has prepared a list of questions and answers to address the pending shutdown which takes effect November 7, 2017. The short version of this is that any game that uses Miiverse will error out when attempting to access the service, and while you may think that only impacts posting messages, it also means that games that use... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I was hung up on the spider boss too. The window in which to knock him into the spikes is absurdly small. And if you hate the spider boss, just wait until the octopus boss. Players everywhere agree it's unfairly designed.
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Capcom recently sent Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 out into the world for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC, so with the combined efforts of Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9, and Mega Man 10 back on our radar, it's the perfect time to discuss how these games have aged and what we learned while revisiting them. All of that nostalgia leads us into our secondary topic for the week in which we discuss franchises that have earned the right to come back in similar legacy collections. From Castlevania to Contra and beyond, we're ready... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Sonic Mania has taken over my gaming time lately. It's the traditional Sonic title I have wanted for years and yet I didn't anticipate how much I would want to replay it. When I'm not trying to pick up the last of the Chaos Emeralds in Mania Mode, I'm zipping through Time Attack mode to explore levels and improve my skills. Check out this run through Chemical Plant Zone Act 2 with Knuckles that I'm especially pleased with. It's not the fastest performance and it's not the most efficient route, but it's so much fun to play that I don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Fans of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog games know all too well what happens when Sonic is underwater for too long. The happy, upbeat music of the zone quickly gives way to a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping tune of danger. The beats quicken, the tempo picks up, and if poor Sonic can't find air before it's over (a mere five-count), there's a momentary beat of silence and then... GLUGGGGGG our hero drowns. There's a whole generation of gamers out there who feel their anxiety involuntarily spike when they hear that warning song. A few days ago I was playing the new Sonic Mania... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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We're very excited here at Power Button about the upcoming Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios. The latest (and possibly final) pinball platform for modern hardware, the new title carries over many of our favorite tables from the Zen Pinball 2 / Pinball FX2 era and will launch with new licensed tables from the Universal vault of beloved properties. New original tables from Zen are also due out before the end of the year. It's an exciting time for pinball fans, so it's also a perfect time for us to invite Zen's VP of Publishing, Mel Kirk, back on the show... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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The new Sonic Mania is stirring up lots of nostalgia for the original Sonic the Hedgehog games from the Sega Genesis era, and what better way to celebrate those timeless classics than with a Video Game Live performance off the group's Level 2 album of the credits theme from the original Sonic the Hedgehog? The credits theme is a medley of songs from each zone of the game, turning this track into a tour through Green Hill Zone, Star Light Zone, Marble Zone, and beyond. Looks like Video Games Live got them all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands is a unique mixture of Borderlands, Guardians of the Galaxy, and a dash of Sam & Max. It shouldn't work, but it does. After reading this new oral history of Tales compiled by Duncan Fyfe, I realize that it really shouldn't have worked at all. Two years in development with lots of last-minute changes and a destinationless journey ahead of the team led to a critically acclaimed but poorly selling series that is unlikely will see a continuation anytime soon. Consider how the team nearly killed off the beloved Loader Bot in the first episode:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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For every Call of Duty or Super Mario powerhouse that fills up best-of lists and tops sales charts, there are dozens of other games that have plenty of potential to be all-time greats, but you never hear about them. They fall into the memory hole or are used as target practice by aspiring Internet idiots picking at low fruit based on reputation alone. We say it's not fair that fun games are passed over, so on this week's podcast we're dusting off some of our favorite underrated games of the past thirty years. From Spec-Ops: The Line to Yo Noid!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Zen Studios has announced a new pack of pinball tables due to launch with the upcoming Pinball FX3 and I'm happy to see that the company continues to take my pinball advice as alongside tables based on films Jaws and E.T. comes my beloved Back To The Future. The Universal Classics Pinball pack will release as a part of the launch of the highly anticipated Pinball FX3 platform on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Windows 10. The themed tables will also release as individual in-app purchases for Zen Pinball on the App Store and Google Play. Players can get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Press The Buttons
I can't find the free utility I used to use for that, but this seems to be how it's done these days: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-connect-a-ps3-controller-to-a-pc/ No promises on this one. I haven't tried it. I use my PS4 controller these days which works right out of the box without extra utilities or drivers.
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The legendary lost status of Sonic X-Treme for the Sega Saturn is a well-tread item of Internet lore. I'm sure you know the story: Sega's big 1996 holiday release for the Saturn is canceled after internal struggles between the development team and the publisher, leaving a high profile hole in the console's library. While the game never released, some tie-in merchandise did. We covered the retitled X-treme animated Christmas special, Sonic Christmas Blast (previously titled A Sonic X-Treme Christmas), once before on PTB, and now we have photos of an AM/FM radio branded with the X-treme name. You see, kids,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Since the heady days of the original NESticle emulator for DOS, video game fans have been hacking games such as Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man 2 to change level layouts and alter graphics. What began as crude and tasteless shock value hacks (naked Mario, racist Mario, etc.) eventually grew into worthwhile creations that turn familiar classics into entirely new games. John Harris has written a new e-book, Somebody Set Us Up The ROM, that chronicles some of the best hacks that the Internet has to offer. Part One focuses mainly on games from the worlds of Super Mario and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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So you've decided to play Nintendo's 1990 classic Super Mario Bros. 3. Excellent choice! It's not as easy as it seems though. There are several versions of the game available and each one has its own quirks that can diminish the experience. There's the original Nintendo Entertainment System release, of course, but perhaps you prefer the 1993 Super NES upgrade? Even those versions have been iterated upon over the years thanks to the Virtual Console, but they have unique advantages and drawbacks of their own. How can you possible hope to decide? You'd have to be a wizard to figure... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Well known for its digital pinball tables, Zen Studios is revisiting another of its key releases with the release of Infinite Minigolf for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR platforms, and PC. Following on from 2010's PS3-exclusive Planet Minigolf, this updated take on the concept brings the course creation tools that helped make Planet stand out to a wider audience in a fun mix of the creativity tools of Sony's LittleBigPlanet and the trick shots found in Nintendo's Kirby's Dream Course. Players are invited to jump right into Infinite's offerings with the courses spanning themes such... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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I'm making a guest appearance on Tom Tate's Power Time Podcast this week to talk about Nintendo memories and writing articles for Press The Buttons. In this interview with Matthew Green we talk about an incredible NES origin story, writing about video games, early impressions on the Switch, a deep-dive on an unassuming Acro-Bat, and much more. The episode runs thirty-three minutes and was a lot of fun to record. I love talking about Nintendo and I love talking about myself, so what's not to enjoy? Thanks to Tom for inviting me on the show. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Press The Buttons
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Ripped from the headlines! On this week's episode of Power Button we shine a light on the selfish, shameless, or otherwise misguided behavior of some of video gaming's most reprehensible traitors and colluders. Join us for an hour of shocking betrayals, plus we're also giving away a free eShop code for the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass DLC. Listen to this episode and the send the answer to the contest question to before the end of the day Monday, July 24, 2017. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Press The Buttons