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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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Once again it's time to dig through the massive amounts of amazing video games released this year to pick a celebrated few that would make fantastic gifts for friends, family, or that special person in your life (or even yourself — tis the season, right?). This year we have selection of games to consider featuring famous fighting mascots, swinging gorillas, plumbers in fast cars, white hat hackers, a trio of criminals back for an encore, a pink puffball with a bottomless stomach, a gallant knight armed with a shovel, a collection of 8-bit classics reworked into microgame form, and so... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Press The Buttons
I could never get into Nights although admittedly I've spent more time with the Wii sequel than the Saturn original.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Sega Saturn Rings Out at Press The Buttons
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I finished Grand Theft Auto V last year when it was released for the Sony PlayStation 3, but now that the game is back for the PlayStation 4, I can't help but revisit the world of Los Santos to see what's new. I've been doing some livestreaming of the game on Twitch and have captured some highlights to the PTB YouTube channel. Here's one of my favorite early missions in which Michael and Franklin team up to rescue Michael's son who has been kidnapped following an attempted yacht sale gone wrong. It's up to the duo to chase down the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Twenty years ago this week in Japan, Sega pushed on from its Genesis heyday (with the 32X debacle included as a pack-in) into its next generation of hardware. Management felt it was making all the right moves with its Saturn console, but ultimately that arrogance would lead to the company's undoing as a hardware manufacturer. Over at USgamer, Jeremy Parish looks back on Sega's mistakes and finds the goodness buried underneath all of the bad decisions and strange choices that make up the Saturn story. Sega's internal struggle had made itself manifest long before Saturn launched in the company's bizarrely... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Ubisoft has created a massive fictional world in the Assassin's Creed franchise that spans across a variety of platforms all the way to the Nintendo DS to the Microsoft Xbox One and just about everywhere in between. Spanning centuries of history, it's difficult to decide where to jump into the narrative now as a Creed newcomer. Are you better off entering through the Italian Renaissance or during the period of colonial expansion in North America? What about the Crusades? Maybe the age of piracy in the Caribbean? Mike Williams at USgamer has put together a detailed guide of which Assassin's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo's famous characters have entertained us for years in video games and, as previously discussed, in film and animation, but what about comic books? This week on Power Button, David Oxford returns to talk about officallly licensed comics featuring the world of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Captain N, Star Fox, Metroid, and Punch-Out!! covering the 1990-91 Valiant comic run and the Nintendo Power comics that ran from 1992-1994. Join us for this super-sized episode! 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Nintendo released the first downloadable expansion for its Wii U racer Mario Kart 8 this morning, adding the previously announced playable characters and new tracks to the popular game. With new tracks come new addition to the soundtrack, of course, and Nintendo's sound team has gone all out to create new arrangements of tunes from The Legend of Zelda, Excitebike, and F-Zero to include with the new tracks based on those franchises. Check out the theme from Mute City, for instance. It's one of the best remixes of the original Super NES theme that I've heard in years. See you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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I never thought I'd get involved with the Wii Fit program, but here I am about three weeks into wearing the Fit Meter, playing the balance board games, and working on a training regimen in Wii Fit U. Most surprisingly to me, I'm really enjoying it. How did I end up here? Exercise has never been a priority for me because of my traditionally poor health and my love of being stationary, but following my medical drama this year I've found myself in a unique position. I lost over 140 lbs in 2013 and the start of 2014 due to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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I spent nearly eighty hours having a grand time exploring the island of Panau in Just Cause 2 from Avalanche Studios last console generation, so I'm very excited by the news that the next sequel, Just Cause 3, is due for release next year for the new generation of consoles. Last week a few screenshots from an early version of the game leaked to the Internet and soured everyone's expectations with imagery showcasing microtransactions and virtual currency that was purchasable with real money. That's not how I imagine the perfect Just Cause experience, and thankfully the company has gone on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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It's an even split on Amiibo interest. I'm interested in them, although I can't see myself buying the entire series the way that I've heard some people are planning to do. I just want a Mario for training a customer fighter in Super Smash Bros., a Kirby for my desk, and I suppose a Link to get the spinner weapon in Hyrule Warriors. At $13 each, these purchases are not all happening at once. As future games incorporate more Amiibo content, I'll take each figure on a case by case basis. Unlocking extra Mii costumes in Mario Kart 8 won't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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The amazing soundtrack is always a high point of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series, and while the recently release 3DS version of the game gave us a few pieces of remixed Mega Man music, the upcoming Wii U version packs in even more great songs from the Nintendo Entertainment System glory days. Some of the game's music has already made its way to YouTube giving us the first chance to listen to new arrangements of themes from Mega Man, Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3. Check out these takes on stage themes for Cut Man, Quick Man (featuring Heat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Back in Episode 145 we discussed Nintendo's latest hardware revision in which the original 3DS became the New 3DS and had planned to talk about some of the other instances in which video game hardware producers revised their base hardware. We never actually got around to that second part of that topic in that episode, but this week on Power Button we take you on a deep dive through console history to revisit a variety of hardware variations through the years. We start with the NES-101, take you through the many flavors of Sega Genesis, stop by the Sony PlayStation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I don't know why they're autoplaying. I didn't set them to do that and they don't do that on my PCs. I've moved them to behind a "click here for more" link to get them off the front page though.
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You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you? pic.twitter.com/4FKhCjYi5c— Bill Trinen (@trintran) November 5, 2014 Fans have been asking for it for quite some time, but today Nintendo announced it's working on a remastered edition of the 2000 Nintendo 64 title The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the 3DS. Revealed with a creepy trailer and some captivating artwork that needs to be a poster available from Club Nintendo sooner rather than later, Majora's Mask 3D follows in the spirit of the previously released The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D with the original game given a little upgrade... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Of all of the character from Nintendo's vault to revive for the new Super Smash Bros. titles for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, the dog and duck from Duck Hunt are certainly one of the most unexpected and most memorable for those of us who grew up pained by the dog laughing at us whenever we missed a target. Not everyone's a crack shot, dog! As has become tradition for Smash newcomers, Nintendo has brought us an amazing trailer showcasing the dog and his duck buddy as they take aim. These little trailers are absolutely fantastic. With Smash DLC in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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One of the most interesting aspects of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise, to me, is that we were able to follow protagonist Ezio Auditore all the way from birth through to his death. In my experience, it's rare to watch a character grow and live though the different phases of his life. While Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed Revelations told the bulk of his story, his final days were reserved for a short film produced by Ubisoft. Released in 2011 as a pre-order bonus for Revelations, Assassin's Creed Embers shows us Ezio in retirement and living a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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It's taken a little longer to reach another milestone than usual thanks to me spending most of 2014 incapacitated, but here we are again. It's time to take a look back at my personal favorite of the past five hundre articles posted on PTB. There's plenty of podcasts, thoughts on Nintendo's character designs, a look at Mega Man level designs, Wario making a deal with the devil, fun with Amiibos, interviews with developers, flashbacks with mice both Bucket & Danger, bulletproof Game Boy storage, crooked contests designed to hook you, wish lists for pinball & fighting games, a Secret Origins... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Weren't there something like only six AX machines in the USA at its height? That's not quite what I'd call a true North American release.
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As if F-Zero AX and the Mario Kart Arcade GP games weren't holy grails of Nintendo arcade gaming already, now we find out that Capcom is working with Nintendo to create a new arcade title based on Luigi's Mansion. Recently sent out for a location test in Japan, Luigi's latest ghostbusting adventure is a first-person light gun shooter where players wield a Poltergust 5000's vacuum attachment to suck away spectral phenomena. Arcade Heroes has the details on the test and saddens all international fans with what I'd already assumed when I first heard the news: we'll likely never see this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Press The Buttons
There's a neat recurring feature over at Defunct Games in which classic interviews from old video game magazines are produced as little audio plays. I'm featured in the most recent installment which reenacts a 1995 interview from Next Generation magazine discussing horror elements in video games and how far is too far when it comes to digital scares and gore. I read the part of Jay Wilbur, former business manager at iD Software who is there defending Doom. It was a fun lark to do and I hope you all enjoy listening to it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Press The Buttons
It's the Halloween season again which means it's the perfect opportunity to take an episode of Power Button and spend it discussing our favorite frightening moments from the world of video games. We're not into the whole Resident Evil / Dead Rising / Dead Space thing though, so we'll take you through the fear found in games like BioShock, Super Metroid, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Pokémon Red, Heavy Rain, and The Legend of Zelda. Turn off the lights, close your eyes, and let the sound of fear take you away. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Every Halloween here at Press The Buttons we take a moment to enjoy some Castlevania lore. This year's experience comes from an obscure 2009 Castlevania arcade game released only in Japan. Structured as a first-person rail shooter, Castlevania: The Arcade uses a special remote-style controller to enable up to two players to whip-shoot onscreen enemies. The best thing about the game has to be the amazing soundtrack which is comprised of remixed arrangements of classic songs from the original Castlevania as well as Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and the famed Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I always find that stuff interesting. Who needs another plot synopsis after all these years?
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I haven't written about the horrific GamerGate movement that has roots in harassment and threats towards women in the gaming industry ("actually it's about ethics in game journalism," GamerGate's supporters say, but no, it's not) because to do so turns oneself into a metaphorical lightning rod, but now that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has tackled the ongoing toxic cesspool that is the movement and torn it apart with his usual deft comedic style, I just have to share this video from last night's episode of The Colbert Report in which he explains just what has been going on lately in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Press The Buttons
One of the new tracks included with the upcoming downloadable expansion for Mario Kart 8 is based off of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System racing title Excitebike. All of the little touches are there based off of a new trailer that showcases Mario and friends racing on the familiar ramps, slogging through mud pits, and zipping along to a remix of the familiar theme music. What's especially interesting to me is that this new track is essentially a modernized update of an obscure Super Famicom racing game that mixed Mario with the classic Excitebike formula. I wonder if this new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Press The Buttons