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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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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 4 hours ago 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 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Different developers have taken a stab at the Gremlins license of the years and there are titles based on the two 1980s films spanning from the Atari 2600 all the way to the Nintendo Wii, but it's the two games based on 1989's Gremlins 2: The New Batch developed by Sunsoft that have largely stood the test of time. Released for the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Game Boy, the two different adventures follow the plot of the film closely while also exploring their own unique angles. Hardcore Gaming 101 takes us through the Clamp Centre for a final showdown... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Press The Buttons
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Eager to get a leg up on Sony's PlayStation 4 and, arguably, Nintendo's Wii U this holiday shopping season, Microsoft has announced that it is cutting $50 off of the Xbox One's price tag for a limited time starting November 2, 2014. This includes the seasonal bundles that pack in new games such as Assassin's Creed: Unity or Sunset Overdrive. Here's some of the press release: This holiday, fans have more options to choose from with several exclusive bundles available at $50 off including: Available on Nov. 2 in the U.S., the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle for $349 ERP... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Press The Buttons
We tackled the opening of Bungie's Destiny for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One back in Episode 146, and now we're back to finish the job as we discuss the remainder of the massively confusing space shooter. Join Blake Grundman and I as we try and decipher the cryptic story, wonder about Bungie's ten year plan for future expansion, recast Peter Dinklege's role, and much more. Eventually the conversation turns from Destiny to Spaceballs, so this episode has something for everyone. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Press The Buttons
I cut part of that discussion because I dropped it on the guys so suddenly that we all kind of fished for answers for a while before choosing. We could certainly revisit it properly if there's interest...
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The first round of paid downloadable content for Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is just weeks away, and after teasing the audience with new characters and vehicles in the recent past, the company is finally showing off a new track. Or, rather, a new old track. Returning from the GameCube's Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is everyone's favorite course shaped like a dinosaur, Yoshi Circuit. Check out its high definition makeover in this new trailer which also showcases new characters Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach. Yoshi Circuit was one of my favorite Double Dash!! tracks and I'm glad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Now THIS is what a decorated veteran of the console wars looks like... pic.twitter.com/GB91MO0imf— blake j. harris (@blakejharrisNYC) October 21, 2014 Blake J. Harris, author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, has shared another page of the 1993 Nintendo Character Guide that had us all so captivated back in August. This time he's given us a look at some vintage artwork of Toad who is also known as "Little Toadie". According to this completely true backstory of which there can be no doubt or deviation, Toad was visiting family in the Fungus Federation with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Yes, I want a Kirby for my desk. His seated pose is too cute to pass up.
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If that's the case, then hiring Michael Jackson to work on the soundtrack certainly has caused more problems than benefits over the years.
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Remember when we used to have a new poll every week here? Let's try and get back to that now that I'm feeling better. Last time we had a poll, I asked about your thoughts on streaming gameplay through sites like Twitch and UStream. As it turns out, the majority of you don't want anything to do with watching someone else play a game or broadcasting your own gameplay. I've tinkered with Twitch over the past few months, but can't seem to attract much of an audience. It's disheartening to stream for an hour or two and nobody stops by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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Over the past few years we've been treated to completely revised and improved versions of Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for iOS and Android, but the best of the original Sega Genesis era, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 locked on with Sonic & Knuckles, has yet to arrive on mobile platforms. The developers behind the previous releases have come up with a proof of concept vertical slice of the beloved game running on iOS and now hope to convince Sega to fund actual development. Here's a video of the demo in action showcasing Angel Island Zone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Well, I think Buffy is old enough that spoiler warnings are about fifteen years too late, but I do wish the Internet wouldn't spoil things immediately after release. People want the knowledge more than the surprise sometimes.
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In that case, I hope I never get around to it! I want to play it, but not that badly.
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It's common to talk about all the great games we've all played over the years, but it's not often that we discuss the games we haven't played. In this milestone episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I are joined by our old friend and Electronic Arts Communications Specialist PR mastermind Brad Hilderbrand to talk about the games we regret not playing. I didn't get around to BioShock until long after the Internet had spoiled the big plot twist, Blake has a Steam list of unplayed games that would rival most game shops' physical inventories, and Brad has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Press The Buttons
I suppose everything I've been through this year has left me with some rougher edges than usual. I'll try to be more mindful of it from now on.
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Nintendo is set to launch the first wave of its new Amiibo figuines in November with a second wave to follow soon after. Super Smash Bros. is the marquee title to use the NFC-capable toys, although other Nintendo titles such as Mario Kart 8 (already released) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (due out in December in North America) will also integrate them somehow in some unannounced fashion. All of the currently announced Amiibo designs are based off of badass Smash poses which is great, but if there's going to be a Captain Toad Amiibo to match with his game, then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Oh, look, you fell for that too! I can't believe it, man!
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You have no idea how close I came to going with the Spaceballs reference instead in my reply, but figured that I'd be sincere this one time.
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We're already Kombros. Why complicate it? ;-)
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Being a life-long Nintendo fan, I really wanted a Wii U when it launched in 2012. The high price tag, lackluster Nintendo Land pack-in game, and impending new release drought put me off picking one up, and since I was about to become engaged to a woman I loved very much at the time, I knew my free gaming hours would be on the decline (plus I had a ring to buy around the same time as the console's release). So I vowed to wait for a price cut, a new major 3D Super Mario game, or some other factor... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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I hadn't intended to play Activision/Bungie's recently released Destiny as am I traditionally terrible at first person shooters. I have a few favorites, sure, but I never claimed to be any good at them. I ended up with a Destiny beta code though, and much to my delight and surprise, I enjoyed it. I felt I was actually up to the challenge. I rented the Sony PlayStation 4 version of the game the week it released and eagerly set off on my space adventure. Now, after several weeks of exploring the planets and decrypting engrams in the Tower, I'm ready... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Press The Buttons
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This classic episode of the Kombo Breaker podcast comes to you from July 3, 2009 airing just prior to the holiday weekend in the United States that year. Our guest is Craig Harris (then of IGN, now of EA/Origin) and we spend an hour pelting him with questions about the Nintendo DSi's future, where the Wii is going with MotionPlus, the future of Wii Sports Resort, and much more. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, or subscribe via iTunes, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Press The Buttons
Spend a few minutes reliving the high points of Nintendo's classic RPG EarthBound in this lovingly animated tribute video created by fan Sagan Yee. Four years in the making, the project is finally complete and chronicles Ness and his friends as they travel Eagleland to stop the evil Giygas. Many of the game's key moments and characters are showcased including Buzz Buzz's arrival in Onett, the Runaway Five performing with Venus, Jeff leaving Winters in the Sky Runner, the Tendas reading Overcoming Shyness, Ness soaring through Magicant, and so much more. It's a stirring production that demonstrates just why EarthBound... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Press The Buttons