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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.


Bubsy Is Back Fur More

BubsyPity the fate of poor Bubsy the Bobcat, seemingly destined to be forever remembered as one of the 16-bit era's Sonic The Hedgehog knock-offs.  After a few lackluster sequels buried the talkative character in gaming purgatory, he's been a punchline in the community for years.  Now there's an effort to redeem Bubsy by bringing him back for modern audiences to enjoy on PC via Steam Greenlight.  Publisher Retroism has apparently acquired the rights to Bubsy and seeks to release the first two games in the series on Steam as the compilation pack Bubsy Two-Fur.

Accolade’s most notorious character had not been seen since an ill-fated venture into 3-D. Out of the blue, he showed up at Retroism’s doorstep, bedraggled and mumbling about being doomed to a legacy of shame and obscurity. But we’ve cleaned him up and given him a new lease on life, a shot at returning to the big time – but he’ll need your support!

Bubsy’s journey to redemption begins with your vote to bring two of his 2-D games to authorized digital download for the first time in the Bubsy Two-Fur on Steam. With your support, Bubsy may finally be able to look himself in the mirror and smile, carry himself with dignity, and perhaps find the strength within to go on new adventures again…

I'm a fan of these two Bubsy games (the first one, Claws Encounters Of The Furred Kind, is the better game, but Bubsy 2 has its charms) and would love to see them back again.  Whether or not the rest of the community agrees with me remains to be seen.  Whaddya say, folks?  Could this be a case of "Local Bobcat Makes Good"? 


Super Mario World Comes To MSX

Super Mario World on MSXVideo game enthusiasts can do some intriguing things given enough talent and time.  Consider this project to bring Nintendo's classic 1991 Super NES release Super Mario World to the 1983 MSX computer platform, for instance.  Sure, it features fewer colors than the source material, degraded music, and other changes to fit the limitations of the platform, but that's the point.  Check out this video of a work-in-progress sample of the game in action from last year.  The finished version is slated to be displayed at a MSX exhibition in the Netherlands in January 2016 where it will be made freely available.  Demakes such as these are always interesting to see, and since other famous games associated with Nintendo hardware such as Castlevania and Contra have appeared on the MSX, why not Super Mario?

(via Reddit)


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.


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.