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OK, it’s now called Super Button Mashing, and I feel totally insulted. Yes, GameSpot brought back their game show last week, and it’s awful to say the least.
Let’s start with the intro to Button Mashing, err Super Button Mashing. It’s Chris Watters asking Sophia Tong what she knew about Button Mashing. Sophia Tong claims she is clueless about Button Mashing. She has been an editor at GameSpot since 2008, and has no clue eh? Maybe I’m blowing this way out of proportion, but I always look into what a company has done before I take a job there. However, one year after Gerstmann Gate she has no idea… kind of hard to swallow.
The introduction video to Super Button Mashing set the tone for me. I’m so used to the awesome intro with Jeff Gerstmann, Alex Navarro, and Richard Gallup (in a pink pimp suit). It was clever, fun and the song was great. Now it’s just a bunch of 8-bit style pictures, and clips from NES games with a computer generated voice announcing “mashing buttons” and occasionally “Button,” and followed by the original intro song’s “Mashing.” It’s great if you love everything being narrated by Stephen Hawking, but damn, they’ve already destroyed the legacy for me.
After the abominable intro video Ryan Mac Donald says, “Welcome to yet another… well, I guess our debut episode of Super Button Mashing.” Was that supposed to be clever or cute? I can’t tell.
So, now the game has changed, and now they are using a Jeopardy style system for points and different categories. One of those categories is dedicated to Jaffe, their special guest. Yep, David Jaffe is on their “premier” episode. The GameSpot editors had their lips attached firmly to Jaffe’s scrotum.
Shaun McInnis loosens his lips just enough to pronounce “Zombie” stylized way of Ryan Davis’s “Zambie.”
At this point, I stopped watching. This was a concept that should have been aborted from conception.