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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.


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.