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Power Button - Episode 191: Open Minded About Open Worlds

Power ButtonThe average size of your average AAA+ open world video game continues to grow larger and larger as time goes by and hardware capabilities advance.  Yesterday's explorable island fifty square miles in size seems downright quaint compared to today's landforms several hundred miles in size.  Is there such a thing as too big when it comes to adventuring?  On this episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I discuss the intimidating size and scope of games such as Just Cause 3, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Fallout 4, and many more.  Is there a point where so much is too much?  Let's find out together.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 190: Today's Games Of Yesterday Tomorrow

Power ButtonWhatever happened to the games of yesterday?  And how will they be seen tomorrow?  This week's podcast topic comes to us from Jeff from Texas who wants to know what Blake Grundman and I believe will happen to today's games in the future.  Which of the current titles clogging up retail shelves in great abundance will become the next hard-to-find rare classic?  When will Wii Sports be a sought-after retro title?  Let's fire up the time machine and gaze into our amazing future.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 188: Cavalcade Of Costumes

Power ButtonHappy Halloween!  For this year's special Halloween episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I turn our attention to gaming's best costumes.  So many favorite heroes love to dress up in alternate outfits.  From Super Mario to Street Fighter and beyond, join us for an hour of raiding the wardrobe.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 187: Where We're Gaming, We Don't Need Roads

Power ButtonToday we celebrate the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown came to that far-off future date October 21, 2015 from the year 1985, and to commemorate the occasion properly, Blake Grundman and I invite you to join us for a thorough discussion of the many Back To The Future video games that have been released over the years spanning some only-in-Japan obscurities to a pinball table with unusual artwork to the recently re-released Back To The Future: The Game.  We have lots of stories about the film trilogy, the games it spawned, and so much more.  Make like a tree and listen to the show.  It's your density.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Let's Watch Zen Pinball 2's "Balls Of Glory" Pack Featuring American Dad and Family Guy

American Dad PinballZen Studios won't release its new Balls Of Glory pack for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 until next week, but I was provided with a pre-release copy of the new pinball tables featuring American Dad, Family Guy, Archer, and Bob's Burgers in all their bumper and flipper glory, so I just have to share some gameplay video of me learning the ins and outs of Stan Smith's CIA challenges and Peter Griffin fighting Ernie the Giant Chicken on the table.  There's even a skirmish with Stewie's half-brother Bertram in there and you'll see me nail the Avery Bullock skill shot three times in a row.  Despite the overuse of certain sound clips from the television shows (the American Dad table loves to replay Klaus explaining the "Wheels and the Legman" gimmick and Patrick Stewart's Bullock often says "You're a complicated man, Smith"*), overall I'm enjoying these tables and all of the nods to their source material.

* The game cuts off the rest of this Bullock quote which is "I would love to do mushrooms with you."  I find myself saying it aloud just to finish it.


American Dad Pinball Table Coming From Zen Studios

Good morning, USA!  I've been very vocal about my madman's dream of a milk-proof robot American Dad pinball table, so I'm overjoyed today that Zen Studios has announced it is working on a table featuring the Smith family for its Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 products.  Coming soon along with tables based on Family Guy and Bob's Burgers in the Balls Of Glory pack, Zen has already teased another table as part of the bundle.  What'll be next presumably from the FOX animation line-up?  The Cleveland ShowThe SimpsonsFuturama?  Jon Lovitz returning to The Critic?  Whatever the answer, I have a feeling it's going to be a wonderful day.


Power Button - Episode 185: The Ups And Downs Of DLC

Power ButtonDownloadable content is a harsh creature.  Sometimes it adds to favored games in amazing new ways, but then there's those occasions when an overpriced season pass fails to deliver anything worthwhile at all.  On this episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the best and the worst DLC to cross our paths and offer suggestions on how publishers and players can both benefit from a better model for expansions.  Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Red Dead Redemption, and Mario Kart 8 are just some of the games that go under the microscope.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


Power Button - Episode 184: Wait For It...

Power ButtonSometimes it seems that for any given year that most of the highly anticipated titles of the year become the highly anticipated titles of next year.  Video games originally slated to release in 2015 such as Star Fox Zero, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U have all been unceremoniously bumped into 2016.  On this episode of Power Button, we discuss these delays and how they impact both the market and the audience.  We also look into the crystal ball and predict which other upcoming games are destined to release later than expected.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.


The One True Biff Tannen Returns For PS4/X1 Back To The Future

Biff TannenI told you about Telltale Games re-releasing its Back To The Future: The Game next month, this time bringing the adventure game featuring the voices of Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown and AJ LoCascio as Marty McFly to the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One, but there's a new addition to the 2010 game: the original Biff Tannen himself (and Griff Tannen and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen), Thomas F. Wilson, has recorded dialog for all of the Tannen clan in the game.  His performance replaces the original version's Tannen actor, Kid Beyond.  Here's Back To The Future co-creator/producer/writer Bob Gale announcing the news on the Beyond The Marquee show:

I'm impressed that Telltale was able to bring Wilson onboard considering that production on the game wrapped years ago and many people thought this new release was just a standard port to new platforms.  Plus, Wilson has distanced himself from the Future franchise over the years to focus on his other performance talents, so it's fantastic to see him back as the Tannens.  You can't have a Back To The Future production without the one true Biff.  It looks like I'll be triple-dipping on this game after all.

(via Reddit)


Power Button - Episode 182: Here Come The Games!

Power ButtonWe're heading into the time of year when video game publishers unleash their holiday releases in an overwhelming glut of content.  With only so many hours in a day and so much money in our wallets, Blake Grundman and I set out to make the hard calls and discuss which of the remaining games of 2015 have our attention and, in some cases, our preorders.  How much time will Just Cause 3 consume?  Will Destiny: The Taken King take all?  Do we expect Yoshi's Woolly World to string us along?  Who will sing the praises of Rock Band 4?  Join us for an hour for answers to these questions and much more.  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 your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.