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There are plenty of reasons not to record a podcast on a Monday. We’ll try to keep them in mind for next time. Monday didn’t get in the way of hating on Billy Bob Thornton though, so feel free to check out the Giant Bomb Quick Look of Deadly Creatures for your ButtonMasher Podcast extra credit!

 I got the need, the need for speed!

The latest in a long lived franchise screeches into town, slipping by a roadblock, dodging an EMP blast and taking a dodgy off-road shortcut.

Let us forgo the clever intro and enigmatic question, let us cut to the chase – Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is a great arcade racer.

In a time when purists fly their flags for the technically authentic titles like Forza and Gran Turismo, there needs to be an accessible and fun racer like this, easy to pick up and very rewarding to play. NFSHP is perfect for a quick ten minute blat or a protracted session across game modes. For me this game is filling the void between near perfect Burnout2 and the over ambitious Burnout Paradise, that probably has something to do with having the Criterion team on board which feels like a really smart move.

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This week’s podcast is all about being a lot more concise and keeping the flow going. We brought in one of our foremost experts on flow and rhythm to help us, and she even cooked dinner and supplied dessert. Truly, a new standard in podcast guests has been set (not that we’d turn anyone away, especially the old favourites.)

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Wow… so Brian’s not in this one. Obviously we need to adjust to not having someone pushing it forward, because this one is excessively long. We go from talking about Rock Band 3 and Harmonix to meandering off to Ed O’Neil’s film career, but um… we manage to hit the stop button at the end. Somehow.

Everyone loves a good Zombie theme, whether it be a Book, Film, TV Show or Game, it’s something that grips the geek nation like almost nothing else, women with/without sharp knees being the only exception I can think of. There are always the folk that proclaim their readiness to withstand the onslaught of the undead by meticulous preparation and having a plan in their head of what they would do to survive. Most people entertain the thought only briefly, some of us more often, I’m sure at least one ButtonMasher out there already has a Zombie Protocol Preparation Plan laminated and attached to the fridge along side the Soviet/China/Korea/Iran Nuclear Attack Scenario sheets.

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Some two years after the European launch, and some three years after someone breaking embargo about it (I can’t recall, memory’s failing me,) PlayTV is finally coming to us in New Zealand. For those that are suffering early onset Alzheimer’s like myself, PlayTV is a peripheral for your Playstation 3 that will plug into a USB port and act as a PVR device. It’s RRP is set at $199.95, and will be available on November 25th, this little device will allow you to record HD TV without interrupting the PS3s daily duties of games, blu ray movies and what have you. It’ll also allow you to interface with it via Remote Play on the PSP and “selected” Sony Vaio laptops, or a Sony Ericsson AINO phone. I’ve always felt that the remote play functionality has been underused, since my sedentary lifestyle is currently held back by having to get out of bed to use any of my consumer electronics. Being able to watch TV without even having to sit up in bed. It’s the future, people.

I haven’t had a fond rugby videogame experience since E.T.’s Rugby League – and I should point out that I hadn’t had any prior to that either. Rugby Union, in particular, seems like a tough nut to crack, with very little praise to be found for any of them (some people seem to like Jonah Lomu Rugby, but not I.) Neither Sidhe or their financier, HES, are deterred though, announcing Rugby Challenge for the PC and consoles coming Q3 2011. The immediate reactions on our own forums seems tepid, and selling a rugby videogame to the masses will certainly be the real “challenge”, but at least in terms of quality, Sidhe has earned some trust through how their recent titles have turned out. Though I still don’t get why Blood Drive has been banned… what’s it got that Dead Rising 1 & 2 don’t have, gore-wise? Continue reading

It’s been a week of milestones at Buttonmasher Towers, first Podcast episode 100 – which is always worth a listen, secondly our ever friendly forum celebrated community post 100,000!

Being a nice round number and as a way of celebrating the boys and girls that make our community such a great place to hang out we decided to run a secret competition to reward the poster that broke the 99,999 barrier. Which means every member has been active in this competition without having to do anything unusual – how cool is that?

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It deserves perhaps a little more fanfare than it got, given that we’re now in the triple digits, and it’ll be Brian’s last podcast for a little while, but (A) we’ve reached episode 100 before, in another life, and (B) I’m sure this is hardly the last we’ve heard from Brian. Still, I must get a little sappy and say that it has been a pleasure and a learning experience ever since the first time we got together with a couple of crappy headsets and a computer. So safe travels, and may you not miss any opportunities presented to you on your new adventure, Brian.

In the meantime, the general consensus is that four mouths are better than three, so please send your audition MP3s to wugga@buttonmasher.co.nz. FUN FACT: After recording finished, James actually took home Wet to play for himself, so look forward to hearing about THAT on the next episode!

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Air Jordan, His Airness, The G.o.a.t, MJ, Mike whatever you call him, the name means one thing. Greatness. All throughout the 80’s and 90’s when you played, watched, dreamed or even thought about basketball there was always a tinge of Michael Jordan, whether it be from the shoes to the bald head to the number 23 to the longer then required shorts, if you looked up basketball in the true to life English dictionary, there would be a picture with him and his tongue out dunking on some poor unsuspecting 7 foot monster. Continue reading