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Power Button - Episode 286: Writing Future History With Blake J. Harris

Power ButtonFriend of the podcast Blake J. Harris is back on the show this week to discuss his recently released book The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality and chronicle the work that went into writing it. Join us for an hour and a half of conversation about the genesis of the project, how he was able to get in-depth access to Oculus, what happened with Facebook cut off that access, and whether or not Palmer Luckey ever got his trophies back from the Facebook campus. Plus we have some virtual reality stories for you that weren't in the book, information on what is coming in the second edition, and when we may just see History of the Future: The Movie coming to screens near you.   Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, 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. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way. 


History Of The Future Author Blake J. Harris To Answer Your Questions On Upcoming Power Button Podcast

The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality Our friend Blake J. Harris, author of The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality, is coming back to the Power Button podcast soon to talk about the new book and answer all of our questions, and we want to give you the opportunity to have all of your questions about the book answered too.  Post your questions and comments for Blake below as a comment before 8:00pm ET on March 30, 2019 and we will discuss them during the recording of the show.  Then join us the following week to hear the complete interview and learn everything else there is to know about the re-rise of virtual reality, Facebook's role in Oculus, and Palmer Luckey.  If you want to catch up on Blake's past appearances on the Power Button podcast, dive into the archive and listen to Episode 134 and Episode 160.


Power Button Presents Kombo Breaker - Episode 46: Tony Hawk: Ride!

Power Button Presents Kombo BreakerFlashing back to a classic episode of the old Kombo Breaker podcast from the now-defunct Kombo.com, this show focuses on the then-upcoming Tony Hawk: Ride for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.  We were joined by the president of developer Robomodo, Josh Tsui, and we were able to convince him to spill the beans about some of the details regarding the game's new rideable skateboard controller, how the Tony Hawk formula needed to be updated to avoid growing stale, and how a Tyrannosaurus Rex can ride alongside less reptilian players (honestly).  The original airdate on this one was October 12, 2009.   Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, 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. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way.


Power Button - Episode 245: Off The Ramp With Mel Kirk And Pinball FX3

Power ButtonWe're very excited here at Power Button about the upcoming Pinball FX3 from Zen Studios.  The latest (and possibly final) pinball platform for modern hardware, the new title carries over many of our favorite tables from the Zen Pinball 2 / Pinball FX2 era and will launch with new licensed tables from the Universal vault of beloved properties.  New original tables from Zen are also due out before the end of the year.  It's an exciting time for pinball fans, so it's also a perfect time for us to invite Zen's VP of Publishing, Mel Kirk, back on the show to discuss the new features in FX3, what we can expect from the new tables, when we will get to play FX3 for ourselves, and how the last generation platform of ZP2/FX2 has been sunsetted.  Join us for an hour of conversation that will answer all of your burning pinball questions (seriously; we collected questions from the Twitter crowd and answered all of them).  Want to know about Nintendo Switch availability?  Game of Thrones tables?  Support for PSVR?  We cover it all.   Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes and Google Play, 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. We also have a tip jar if you'd like to kick a dollar or two of support our way.


Power Time Podcast: Nintendo Q&A with Matthew Green – Summer of Streaming

Power Time PodcastI'm making a guest appearance on Tom Tate's Power Time Podcast this week to talk about Nintendo memories and writing articles for Press The Buttons.

In this interview with Matthew Green we talk about an incredible NES origin story, writing about video games, early impressions on the Switch, a deep-dive on an unassuming Acro-Bat, and much more.

The episode runs thirty-three minutes and was a lot of fun to record.  I love talking about Nintendo and I love talking about myself, so what's not to enjoy?  Thanks to Tom for inviting me on the show.


Power Button - Episode 198: UDON Entertainment's Matt Moylan Won't Break 'Cause He Works On Street Fighter

Power ButtonCapcom has pumped up its Street Fighter brand with the recently released (and criticized) Street Fighter V for the Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, but the brand has also expanded into monthly comics courtesy of long-time Capcom partner UDON Entertainment.  On this episode of the Power Button podcast, we're joined by UDON publisher Matt Moylan to discuss the new comics, Street Fighter lore, and the future of Street Fighter V.  Go home and be a family man podcast fan!  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 170: The Press The Buttons Story

Power ButtonTo celebrate the tenth anniversary of Press The Buttons and the fifth anniversary of Power Button, this week's episode of the podcast turns the spotlight on PTB itself as Blake Grundman asks me everything you've ever wanted to know about how this site came to be, how its grown over the years, memorable moments, and we even take some time to answer some questions from the audience.  Join us for eighty minutes and feed my ego.  Thank you all so much for continuing to read, listen, and be a part of the PTB experience.  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 168: Blue Bomber Bonanza With Mega Man's Ian Flynn, Matt Moylan, And David Oxford

Power ButtonREADY!  We've finally assembled three of Mega Man's comic book and resource material scribes together in the same virtual room to discuss all things blue bomber.  Welcome back to the show Ian Flynn (the writer behind Archie's Mega Man comics), Matt Moylan (Managing Editor of UDON Entertainment, publisher of blue bomber art books), and David Oxford (author of The Robot Master Field Guide).  You've heard them all separately on past shows, but this is the main mega event!  We have nearly two hours of discussion for you and we answer all of your audience-submitted questions.  Learn about the upcoming Mega Man / Sonic the Hedgehog crossover event, Worlds Unite, hear what UDON Entertainment is working on next, find out what it'll take to get a dedicated Mega Man X comic running, discover what's in store for the Mega Man 4 comic book story arc, and so very much more.  At five people, it's our largest podcast panel ever.  Get equipped!  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. Next Time: Is The Order: 1886 as short as people say? And what does that mean for the future of short $60 games in general? We'll hash out the issues in record time.


Power Button - Episode 163: Limited Special Ultimate Collectors Editions With Ryan Olsen

Power ButtonWhy buy a new video game when you can instead pick up the limited edition version of today's new hotness that includes a steelbook case, an art book, CD soundtrack, DLC costumes, stickers, a statuette of the protagonist in action, and a real wearable version of the protagonist's iconic socks for an extra eighty dollars?  On this week's episode of Power Button, Blake Grundman and I are joined by Ryan Olsen of Monkeypaw Games to discuss the ongoing trend of video game publishers offering special ultimate editions of games with extra goodies packed in.  We cover our favorite special editions, draw the line at what marks a worthwhile special edition from a pointless one, and question the artificial scarcity behind the harder-to-find releases.  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. Next Time: We discuss the changing face of gaming media as Joystiq announces it's farewell and Nintendo announces its YouTube partnership program.


Power Button - Episode 161: What Have UDON For Us Lately, Matt Moylan?

Power ButtonWhen it comes to producing video gaming art books, one of the companies that immediately comes to mind is UDON Entertainment so we're fortunate to have UDON's Managing Editor Matt Moylan on the podcast along with returning friend of the show David Oxford to discuss all of UDON's various publications involving the world of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Maximo, and many more.  Join us to hear all about how the art book sausage is made and what it takes to get Capcom to hand over the keys to its most popular licenses.  If you want a Bionic Commando UDON book, speak up now!  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.