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Weekly Poll: Thieves In It's About Time

Weekly Poll for 1-22-2013Most of you out there who voted on the last poll spend an hour or two at a time when playing video games.  That's my pattern these days as well.  Typically I can take an hour or so for home console games in the evenings with an average of thirty minutes on a handheld before bed.  I find that a little Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation Vita right before going to sleep helps tune down my brain from the day's activities.  I know that most people can't operate that way, but it works for me.

Moving on, this week marks the release of the new Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.  This is the first new Sly adventure since 2005, and frankly, it's been a long time coming.  Are you interested in this new caper for Sly and the gang?  Or are you sitting this one out?  Let's hear your thoughts.  Spoiler: my PS3 copy is already on the way (and the cross-buy Vita copy that comes with it will be great for playing before bed!).

Weekly Poll: Time Spanners In The Works

Weekly Poll for 1-14-2013An overwhelming number of you out there are not interested in the next pair of Nintendo's Pokémon sequels, although with only sixteen counted votes in this sample size, I'm not sure that's indicative of anything.  Tens of thousands of people read Press The Buttons each month and only sixteen of you out there voted?  For shame.  As for me, I can't say that I'm a Pokémon fan.  I'm glad that those who are will have more games to enjoy, but it's not my thing.

Moving on, this week I want to ask you about how much time you spend playing video games in a single stretch.  When you sit down to play a game, how long do you play before turning the game off?  Do you cram a few minutes in with your favorite mobile or handheld game when you can?  Do you set aside an hour or two of free time to devote to playing the latest release?  Can you spare entire sections of a day for leveling up your heroes?  Do you not even need sleep and can somehow play for entire days and nights?  Let's hear your thoughts.

Weekly Poll: Still Catching Them All

Weekly Poll for 1-09-2013It's a close vote on interest in Valve's planned home PC-based video game console.  From what I've heard talking with friends, major PC gaming enthusiasts cannot wait to buy a Steam Box, while those who stick to Microsoft, Sony, and/or Nintendo offerings exclaim a mere "meh" when asked.  Once again, it looks as though Valve continues to own the PC gaming market as a storefront.  I'm curious where their hardware plans will take them.  I'm glad to see that the Steam Box is / will be a product, but it's not for me.  I'll stick to my Sony and Nintendo consoles for my favorite first-party products and continue to buy third-party productions for the better of the two options.  PC gaming just doesn't appeal to me as much as console gaming thanks to the endless software and hardware upgrades required to play at top performance levels.  Sure, my PS3 and Wii need firmware updates from time to time, but beyond that the games just work without further tweaking or configuration.  As I have less and less time to spend playing games, I'm not interested in using some of that time just to get a game working as intended.

Speaking of first-party games, Nintendo has announced the next pair of Pokémon titles: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.  Hitting the Nintendo 3DS later this year, the gaming community is already excited for the new installments.  Are you interested in the new Pokémon titles?  Are you ready to buy a 3DS to play them?  Are you over the whole "gotta catch 'em all!" thing?  Let's hear your thoughts.

Weekly Poll: Steam Box Heat

ValveThere's plenty of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show this week, but the story that has PC gamers buzzing the most is the official revelation that Valve is hard at work on a video game console of its own that aims to bring the Steam marketplace to the living room.  There are still plenty of unknowns and many pundits are making educated guesses (and wild wish lists), but the idea is that the "Steam Box" would allow you to play all of your Steam purchases with ease in a more traditional game console setting.  To kick off the weekly polls for 2013, let me ask you: are you interested in the Steam Box?  Is this just the sort of thing that you've been waiting for in order to kick off your Xbox shackles?  Or do you yawn and point to your existing PC when hearing this news?  Are you happy with the console ecosystems you already own?  Let's hear your thoughts.  Look for the big red poll box on the right PTB sidebar to vote.

Weekly Poll: Hiatus

Weekly Poll for 12-10-2012Nearly all of you out there save your video game boxes and cases.  I certainly do; in fact, I still have my old Nintendo Entertainment System game boxes and the boxes and cases for every game I've purchased since the dawn of Super Mario Bros.  They're all stored in a pair of large boxes on a shelf at the top of my closet.  Nicole wonders why I hang on to them.  I say that they add to the value of the game.  She asked if I ever planned to sell them, but I value my game collection too much to part with it.  Catch-22?  Maybe.  The collector mentality that I have demands that I keep the boxes though.  They are, after all, part of the collection.  I imagine a lifetime of collected games ending up in a museum someday after I'm gone and I want to be sure that the collection in the Matthew Green Wing of Collected Gaming is as complete and thorough as possible.  Egotistical?  Definitely.

There is no poll for this week as my polling provider, Vizu, has decided to close up shop effective this week.  I'm looking for a new polling provider, so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.  Thanks for any tips you can provide!

Weekly Poll: Boxes Of Boxes

Weekly Poll for 11-26-2012Most of you do not own a Sony PlayStation Vita.  I can understand why.  It's expensive, it's unproven, and the hidden costs can eat your savings alive if you're not careful.  However, since buying one a few weeks ago on a Black Friday whim, I've found that I really enjoy playing games on it.  It's a capable little machine that's quickly become my pre-sleep gaming device in the evenings for a few rounds of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale or Zen Pinball 2.  If you enjoy the PlayStation brand then I would suggest that you pick one up eventually, but wait for a sale or a particularly good bargain.  The full retail price on the Vita is still a bit unreasonable (and don't get me started on the price of the proprietary memory cards).

Speaking of ownership, do you keep the boxes and cases that house your video games until you can get them home?  Games are worth more if you keep the original packaging, after all.  Do you still have a big box of Sega Genesis boxes in storage?  Are your Nintendo DS cases lined up on a shelf?  Or do you gut the packaging and dispose of the husk as soon as possible?  Let's hear about your habits.

Weekly Poll: Vita Redux

Weekly Poll for 11-13-2012A clear majority of you do not buy rare video games as investments.  I can't say that I set out to do so (and every time I consider it, I decide against it), but I do have a few games that are worth more than their original purchase price today that I keep for a combination of availability to play, sentimental value, and investment worth.  I keep all of my old games, really (I've only ever sold two back to GameStop and they were complete Nintendo Wii shovelware junk that I am confident will never be worth anything to anyone ever), so it's only natural that a few would rise in value.

Speaking of purchases, this week's question is simple: do you own a Sony PlayStation Vita?  I bought one on Black Friday as the offer was too good to refuse (Amazon offered the Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation Vita bundle along with ninety days of PlayStation Plus and a free copy of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for $180), and I bet I'm not the only one who picked one up.  So, let's hear from all of you out there with Vitas.  Don't be shy.

Weekly Poll: Investment Potential

Weekly Poll for 10-29-2012Most of you will not miss G4 once it changes from a video game news and content channel into whatever it's becoming next.  I wish I could say that I'll miss it, but I barely ever watch it anymore as it devolved into a pandering mess that really wanted to be the next Spike TV but just could make it happen (not that Spike is a high bar for which to aim).  I've mentioned my sadness at seeing quality shows like Icons / Game Makers tossed to the curb before, but I've long since dealt with the loss of G4 programming that I truly enjoyed.  Like many, I suspect, I moved on a long time ago.  Best of luck in your next incarnation, G4.  Hopefully you'll get it right.

Moving on, last week the collector markets for games such as Tatsunoko vs Capcom and Too Human received a nice jolt as news came that both titles (among several others) were going out of print for licensing or legal reasons.  Many suspect that these games will be worth quite a lot of money in the future because of the rarity and are buying up copies as investments.  Have you ever bought a video game to solely for its potential future value?  Let's hear about it.

Weekly Poll: Game Over For G4

Weekly Poll for 10-22-2012I really appreciate you of all giving some input on the future of the kinds of prizes offered at PTB.  I was especially surprised that most of you want to see PC games as giveaway prizes; in the past, PC games haven't done so well in terms of how many people enter to win.  Twitter followers ask for Microsoft Xbox 360 games in droves, so I'd assumed that would be the dominant platform.  I'll do my best to offer prizes in a variety of formats when I can.  Sometimes publishers offer me a choice and sometimes they don't.  The best way to keep the prizes coming is to enter the contests and help me show that there is a demand for these sorts of things.  There's still time to enter to win NBA 2K13, and then I have one more game to offer up in what's become four straight weeks of giveaways.  Responses have been overwhelming lately, so I'm happy to see so many of you throw your names in the hat each week.

Moving on, it was announced last week that video game cable channel G4 is ending production of its key shows Attack of the Show and X-Play in addition to other game-related programming as the channel moves to rebrand itself (as was rumored a few months ago).  Once this incarnation of G4 is gone, will you miss it?  Let's hear your thoughts.  For more on this issue, be sure to check out Episode 85 of the Power Button podcast in which we discuss the kind of void that G4 will leave in the business once it changes focus to other topics.

Weekly Poll: Prize Patrol

Weekly Poll for 10-15-2012There's much more love for Capcom's Darkstalkers series than I'd expected out there.  I don't know if I feel the need for a new entry in the fighting game series since Capcom has already done so much this generation for new and remastered genre titles.  Do we really need another Capcom brawler when we already have Street Fighter IV and its SuperArcade, and 3D Edition variants along with Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition, Marvel vs Capcom 2, and Marvel vs Capcom: Origins.  I'm not necessarily against a new Darkstalkers game, but this gaming generation is absolutely saturated with Capcom fighting titles.  Now, if Darkstalkers came back next generation with something new to show us, then I would be all for it.

Moving on, I've been giving away new video games as contest prizes lately; Borderlands 2 is on its way to a lucky winner, Retro City Rampage will be spoken for later today, and there are still at least two more contests to come in the next few weeks.  Over time people have informally told me that they prefer for the prizes to be Microsoft Xbox 360 games, so I make it a habit to request those from contest sponsors when given the choice, but I think it's time to ask all of you out there which format you'd rather the prizes be.  Are you happy with X360 game giveaways?  Would you rather see some Sony PlayStation 3 titles up for grabs?  Are you looking ahead to Nintendo Wii U titles?  Let me hear your thoughts.