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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.


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.


Take The Mega Man 6 Remix Challenge

Here's another look at a piece of the Challenge Mode from the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection.  This is a short snippet compared to the last time I showed you how the compilation slices up parts of the classic six Nintendo Entertainment System titles into bite sized objectives.  Have a look at the Remix 1 challenge from Mega Man 6.  It's not a perfect performance, but is it enough to earn a gold medal?  Watch and find out.


The Challenges Of Mega Man

Dr. Wily logoMega Man Legacy Collection for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC offers something besides the first six original Mega Man games: a new challenge mode.  Snippets of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System titles are cut up and rearranged in thematically similar structures and require the player to complete them before time runs out.  Watch as I run through a few of these challenges.  I'm not a time attack fan, nor a speedrunner, nor a perfectionist.  I'm out for fun.  If poor Mega Man dies along the way, so be it.  Embarrassingly enough, I was actually chatting my way through these levels while I was livestreaming this video, but found out after the fact that the microphone was muted, so you'll just have to imagine all of the hilarious and insightful commentary that I had to offer.


Power Button - Episode 180: Nothing To Fear With Batman: Arkham Knight

Power ButtonWith the last of developer Rocksteady's acclaimed Batman games released at last, it's only right that Blake Grundman and I should take an hour or so to discuss the Dark Knight's final adventure (for now).  In this episode, we take you through roughly the first half of Batman: Arkham Knight with spoilers abound up through the point in the story where Batman goes to rescue an important kidnapped hostage.  We discuss the Batmobile, Riddler's challenges, Scarecrow's fear toxin side effects, key scenes & elements, and much more.  We'll be back to crack open the second half of the game down the line.  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.


What Is This? A Pinball Table For Ants?

Ant-ManZen Studios continues its fruitful partnership with Marvel with another pinball table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 based on a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Ant-Man is the latest movie to cross over to the world of pinball, bringing a set of flippers and bumpers featuring elements and set pieces from the Paul Rudd / Michael Douglas action-comedy.  See the table in action as I run through it for the first time.  I always like to go into new Zen tables blind without reading the table guide first, so I have no idea what I'm supposed to do on the Ant-Man table in this video, but I think I start to find some of the sweet spots pretty quickly.  Next time I'll try and trigger a mission or two, perhaps.


Power Button - Episode 179: Who Do You Trust?

Power ButtonWith all the pressure and buzz pushing players to preorder the latest new video games sight unseen, how does one know when it's safe to put down money on an unproven product?  Who do you trust to release a solid, fun, working game?  On this episode of the Power Button podcast, Blake Grundman and I discuss the recent bad taste left in the collective mouth of Kickstarter backers after Keiji Inafune asks for new seed money for another game before his last crowdfunded project, Mighty No. 9, is finished.  That leads into a spirited back and forth regarding which developers and publishers have earned our trust over the years.  Hubba hubba hubba!  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 178: E3 2015 Wrap-Up

Power ButtonAnother year, another Electronic Entertainment Expo behind us.  On this episode of the Power Button podcast, we're joined again by our old friend Ross Polly to discuss the big news and events from E3 2015.  We dig into announcements about The Last Guardian, the Final Fantasy VII remake, Star Fox Zero, Microsoft Xbox 360 backward compatibility with the Xbox One, Super Mario Maker, Uncharted 4, and so much more.  All this and Pelé, too!  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 177: E3 2015 Wish List

Power ButtonEvery June the video game industry flocks to Los Angeles, California for a week of announcements, reveals, press conferences, demos, and surprises.  As we gear up for another Electronic Entertainment Expo, we're joined by our old friend Ross Polly to discuss what we each hope to see at this year's show.  Nintendo compilations, Rare's fighting frogs, Capcom loaning out Mega Man, a new PlayStation Vita, and much more are on the list which span from "very likely" to "crazy dream".  Also, don't miss Ross's fantastic new name for the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake CollectionDownload 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.