The return of Button Mashing

 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.

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Posted by l4wd0g

 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.

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

What is button mashing?

Posted by VirtuaXav
@SethPhotopoulos Only the single greatest video game show ever!

Basically a game show, with video games. It was on GameSpot every week (I think) when Jeff, Ryan and the gang were still there.

I remember it being funny as hell
Edited by Patman99

Button Mashing was like a video game game show where the editors and other people of GameSpot would compete against each other. The competitions were generally pretty silly. This was, of course, back in the golden years of Game Spot...


Edit: When I say Button you say mashing..... BUTTON!
Posted by Bribo
@l4wd0g said:
" Maybe I’m blowing this way out of proportion,"
Maybe you are.
Posted by JeanLuc

While I agree its not as good as the original Button Mashing I think your being a little harsh.

Sophia Tong claiming to be clueless was probably  just their way to explain to the audience  what Button Mashing was for those that didn't know. I don't really see the problem with the whole David Jaffe thing. He was their guest, so they did a category  on him. So what ?
I do agree with you on the intro. Its not bad or anything, but its nowhere near the level of awesomeness that was the original intro.

So yeah I don't think its as good as the original show, but I don't think its terrible  ether.
Posted by drag

You sound like you really wanted to hate it from the very outset. 

Posted by Venatio

Well it'll never be this awesome again

  

  Oh the old Gamespot days.....
Edited by ez123

@l4wd0g said: 

"

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.

"
He always was hilarious!
-_-

That intro is still magical.
Posted by iam3green

awww well that is to bad to hear that. i don't go to gamespot anymore, i only come here. i'll go there every once in a while to laugh at the people at system wars.

Posted by Daveyo520

I only watched it for Rich, the show wasn't really that good to start with.

Posted by zombie2011

Why do people still go to gamestop if they hate everything they do?

Posted by DonChipotle

I think they should let the dude finish asking the question before being allowed to buzz in.

Posted by SlightConfuse

that intro was awesome, seems like a neat concept might looks up old videos later

Posted by Afroman269

eww but then again I don't really go to gamespot that much anymore.

Posted by ajamafalous

Do you really think that Ryan invented 'zambie?' :/


Anyway, yeah, disappointing, but I'll just continue to ignore it just like everything else GameSpot does these days instead of raging at something for reasons that don't even hold water.

Posted by SethPhotopoulos

Can someone upload older button mashing episodes or post them in a thread?  When I look it up on youtube I see recent reviews/episodes of super button mashing or the intro.

Posted by supermike6
@ajamafalous said:
" Do you really think that Ryan invented 'zambie?'"
Yeah, that's probably the nit-pickiest complaint I've ever heard. If you don't want to like the show, why are you watching in the first place? Personally, I don't care about anything Gamespot does anymore except the Hotspot, because that can still be really funny.
Posted by NegativeCero

Ryan MacDonald is still there? He's pretty much the only guy I recognize. 

Just don't watch it. It won't hurt you for it to exist.

*In before 'Button Mashing' starts getting chanted*
Posted by FreakAche

New Button Mashing is okay. Not as good as the Rich Gallup version, but it's still perfectly acceptable.

Posted by damnboyadvance

BUTTON!

Posted by ajamafalous
@damnboyadvance said:
" BUTTON! "
MASHING.
Posted by NegativeCero
@ajamafalous said:
" @damnboyadvance said:
" BUTTON! "
MASHING. "
BUTTON...
Posted by thuiscool

Theyd better not make Super Time Trotters.

Posted by Teptom
@SethPhotopoulos: Just google "gamespot button mashing" and the first result should be the show page. I've been watching all the old episodes for the past couple of hours now.
Posted by SethPhotopoulos
@Shini4444: Thanks.