Telltale Games invites you to ‘Poker Night at the Inventory’!

Last week a mysterious Telltale related teaser video appeared on GameTrailers TV, teasing a mystery title with some special guest characters hinted at. You can watch the teaser below:

The date mentioned has arrived and the mystery game was revealed to be ‘Poker Night at the Inventory’, featuring Heavy Weapons Guy from Team Fortress 2, Tycho from Penny Arcade, Strong Bad from (and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People), and Max of Sam & Max fame. Beyond knowing that it’s a poker game, it’s said to include “more dialog in this game than in a Sam & Max episode, both for poker playing and for the ambient conversations that spring up and roll around the table as the game goes on.” which sounds pretty exciting to me.

You can pre-purchase at Telltale Games store, or Steam and receive a discount, which for 5 dollar game makes the deal even sweeter. PAX attendees can preview the game at Telltale’s booth this weekend, and score a sweet poster with your pre-orderĀ  (5 dollars people.)

The release window is this Fall.

Who is the Commander? [Update 3]

He is ‘only a man’ or so he said with a booming voice emanating from a bright screen. But I’ll let you see that for yourself:

Sent as an anonymous tip to sites like IGN, this video features one frame of an upcoming Wii title. What kind of game is it? Who’s developing? No one knows!

While we all comb through the video for clues, the website Commander Video seems to be the hub to watch. Aside from the eerie video, you have pixels that keep popping up that link to new pieces to the puzzle. So far we have two images and an awesome mp3.

What does it all mean?! Perhaps the Commander shall tell us soon enough?

Update 3: I got a hold of Gaijin Game’s CEO Alex Neuse who revealed the following to us about the game. It’s a WiiWare title aiming for a February release. It’s not a remake of Nether Earth (as was previously rumored), but instead a game that can be reduced to the acronym BTB (Beat is one of the words I believe). It’s a game that draws its inspiration from the aesthetics of classic games from the 80s. The story will be about Commander Video’s origin. A lot will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Also I’ve posted the new media available on after the break.

UPDATE 2: Commander Video himself has made contact with us here at He wanted the following message to get out:


While this is the first time we here at Buttonbasher have been contacted from an intergalactic entity, I think the Commander wants whatever information that is found to be distributed through our website, and sent out to the other blogs that are covering his activity. Also he seems to be inviting us to ask questions, so if you earthly readers have any questions you want to ask Commander Video, feel free to drop them in the comment section!

UPDATE: The Commander has popped up on Twitter and seems to deny recent rumors of what the game will be.

As February draws nearer, this post will continue to be updated with all of the new discoveries. To see an archive of the media updates thus far, check after the jump!

And if the Commander happens to be reading this right now, I assure you that we earthlings come in peace.

KLind (who is also only a man!)

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This will be a Triumph! Portal: Prelude!

Portal told the story of what was left of Aperture Science. Valve has assured that there is more Portal coming, but in the mean time the fans continue to create awesome content. Portal: Prelude is a fan made map pack that aims to tell the story of what happened before GLaDOS arrived. If you had a chance to checkout the Flash Map Pack, you have a rough idea on what to expect. New Test Chambers, which means more crazy challenges to conquer. This one stands out from the rest though, as it’s telling an original story. The game is looking great based on the trailer. It will be available to download in the coming months. Stay tuned to Buttonbasher as I definitely post about it when it releases.

For more info on Portal: Prelude check out the official site


Wallace and Gromit to Tell Episodic Tales in New Game Series

I’ve been a fan of Wallace and Gromit for many a year. I bought an enjoyed their previous attempt at entry to videogaming (“Wallace and Gromit: Project Zoo”), but platforming didn’t seem like the perfect fit for them.

Todays news that Telltale Games is working on an episodic Adventure game ala Sam & Max, or the upcoming Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures will put you in control of both Wallace and Gromit, as they “engage in zany entrepreneurial schemes and tinker with kooky contraptions”.

No release date has been announced, but stay tuned to this site for updates!


E3 2008: Day One Post Roundup

Did you miss an article, and have misplaced your scroll wheel? Here’s links to some of the stuff you might have missed.

Nintendo Announces 1:1 Accessory: Wii Motion Plus

Liveblogging the Microsoft Press Conference

Banjo Kazooie Coming to XBLA

Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved

Resident Evil 5 to have Online Co-op; Dated

Xbox 360 Game Installations and Web Based Marketplace Planned

New Mirror’s Edge Trailer

Final Fantasy XIII Announced for Xbox 360

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Interface; Avatar Party System

Portal: Still Alive Heading to XBLA

On to Day Two!


E3: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Interface; Avatar Party System

Take a look at the new vision of the Xbox 360 Dashboard. First thing you might notice is the little man trapped in that crowded box. He’s part of the new Gamertag Identity. You can call him an “Avatar” while I will call him “Shapstick”. You can personalize your own “avatar” to look however you want. Give him a top hat, a rocking polo, and some kickin’ sneakers and he’ll sport the winning attitude that say “I’m ready to accept your friend request!”.

Once you have your avatar made, you can meet up with up to 8 other avatars of your friends from your Xbox Live Friend’s list and join a global party. This means you are in a group that can take you anywhere on the system without separating you from your buddies.

Some new things you can do is watch Netflix Movies together (if you all have Netflix accounts), or play in New Xbox Live Gameshows called: Xbox Live Primetime. These games will be streamed, rather than boxed or XBLA games. The party will exist even if you’re all playing different games, in which it will act as an 8 person Chatroom.

Look forward to trapping a tiny persona of your own in a box, when the Dashboard update hits this fall.

For more info visit Here


E3: Final Fantasy XIII Announced for Xbox 360

In a move that can be best described with the phrase “Oh no he didn’t!” Final Fantasy XIII was announced at the end of the Microsoft Press Conference. Right when the show appeared to be over, the representative from Square Enix came back out and asked Don Mattrick if he could show him one more “movie”. The Final Fantasy XIII trailer rolled, and gamers jaws hit the floor.

Here’s the Trailer:

I’m interested to see how Sony will counter this one!


E3: Xbox 360 Game Installations and Web Based Marketplace Planned

Something not mentioned at todays press conference, but picked up later in a press releaseĀ  was interesting news of some new features coming to Xbox 360 and a PC near you!

  • Play from hard drive. You’ll be able to copy game discs to your Xbox 360 hard drive. Installing the games will prevent wear ‘n tear on the disc drive, and will shorten load times. You will still need the disc in the disc tray to prove you own the game.
  • Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web. If you’re not near your Xbox 360, you can still use this “Internet” thing to browse and purchase things from the Marketplace. Once you purchase something from, it will download automatically to your console while you’re away.
  • Xbox LIVE Primetime. This is a “whole new category of games” that not only supports Achievements and leaderboards, but will also offer real prizes. Games are played throughout the Xbox LIVE network and each game is “broadcast simultaneously” so that everyone is partaking in the same activity. These events can feature live hosts, “calling the shots as they happen.”

These features will hit with the Fall Dashboard update.