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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Brain dead cdBraindead Lovers
Debut EP

by Hillelman
The first time I listened to this debut EP of Melbourne band Braindead Lovers I was so taken with it that I played the CD three more times in a row. This is some of the best rock music I've heard in ages. And, unlike some other Aussie bands I could mention, these guys have a distinctive sound of their own. Being an EP, there are only five tracks on this bad boy, so I might as well comment on each of them: Sappers Appetite - Are you shitting me? How awesome should an opening song be? That's right, exactly this awesome. If you want to show off your band, to any quality rock music seeking sucka who might be hearing you for the first time; make your first song sound exactly like Sappers Appetite. Traffic - So, you had the best opening track possible, what follows that? Maybe you shou... Read On
Disney logo 1Press Release. National Treasure 2 Coming soon to DVD
On 4 June 2008 The adventure continues on Disney DVD!

by Hillelman
Discover secrets the world isn't ready for - National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets on Disney DVD! Join treasure hunter Ben Gates for another exhilarating adventure when he sets out on a global quest to uncover a truth buried in history and hidden treasures as NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS bursts onto Disney DVD 4 June 2008! Academy Award© winner NICOLAS CAGE returns as Ben Gates, ... Read On
Ubisoft smaller logoPress Release. Haze 4 Player Demo Availabe Soon.
Exclusively for the PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork

by Hillelman
HAZE™ - 4 Player Co-op / Campaign Demo Incoming AUSTRALIA - April 16th, 2008 - Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced the imminent release of a fully playable demo for Haze, the new first-person shooter set in a harsh future where war is never quite what it seems. Coming exclusively to the PLAYSTATION®Network in early May, this playable demo will give gamers... Read On
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Federaion Square Photo 1Games and Beer
What more do you need people?

by Australian Ninja
On Wednesday March 5, Sam Hillier (Buttonhole editor and beer connoisseur) and reviewing machine Deputy Editor Ninja - attended the opening of Game On at ACMI, in Melbourne's Federation Square. The night was a big success, read on for the juicy details! Game On had an excellent opening night, and I was pleased to attend both the morning media tour at 10:30am and the official grand opening in ... Read On
Comic Book The Movie DVD CoverComic Book The Movie. DVD Review
If Australian Ninja were a movie, he would be this one

by Australian Ninja
This fake documentary is a real gem. It's from my personal collection and after lending it to Sammy and watching it again recently, I decided that more people needed to hear about it. Comic Book The Movie was released direct-to-DVD in 2004 and to import the American DVD back then would have cost a fair bit, but these days you can pick it up for around ten bucks online. The film is a mockumentar... Read On
Q&A Handy_PICQ&A with Handy
Animavericks' editor reminds us anime is bigger than Ben Hur

by Australian Ninja
Recently I took the time to do a Q&A with Handy, the editor of Animavericks, an independent Australian magazine that covers Anime, Manga and J-pop. His answers proved insightful and revealing on topics from the production of the magazine to cultural misconceptions about anime. Q1. Handy, tell us a bit about yourself, what your role is and how you first got involved in the production of An... Read On
eGames 07  report LOGO_2eGames and Entertainment expo '07 Report
Borgieman does whatever a Borgieman can

by Borgieman
eGames and Entertainment expo is often referred to as the Australian equivalent of the E3 Expo in America. With a statement like that among critics and fellow nerds, I knew I had to check this out for myself. For those who don't know eGames and Entertainment expo is a three day coming together of all things video game related. It makes any gamer young or old, casual or dedicated feel right at home... Read On
PONG Alan Alcron ACMI 2008Pong designer Al Alcorn to give free talk at ACMI.
Find out the latest on super-exciting events at ACMI

by Australian Ninja
The designer of the legendary video game PONG - Alan Alcorn - will be giving two free talks at ACMI, Federation Square in Melbourne as part of the Game On exhibition. The first free talk will be on Thursday 6 March, 12pm: "Pong designer Al Alcorn talks about the origin of Atari and the culture from which it emerged and the videogame world's first killer app." The second free talk will b... Read On
Tales From Earthsea DVD_01Tales from Earthsea. Anime DVD Review
Stay tuned for more.... Tales of Interest!

by Australian Ninja
Tales from Earthsea is another fine anime feature film from Studio Ghibli. Past films such as Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday were directed by Isao Takahata and films such as Spirited Away and Nausicaa were directed by Hayao Miyazaki. However this film was directed by Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki (formerly the curator of the Studio Ghibli museum). Where previous Ghibli films were co... Read On
GAME ON Logo_CompetitionWin a complimentary ticket to ACMI's "Game On"
It's good to play together

by Australian Ninja
The good people at ACMI have been kind enough to give Buttonhole some free passes to Game On. As much as I'd like to just rock up and use them all myself, I think they might get a bit suspicious after a while. So, being my ticket scalping skills are about as good as George Costanza's, here's what will happen. There will be a painfully easy question or two, and the first people to accurately a... Read On
ACMI Screen_0 GAME ONGame On! @ ACMI
This time, it's personal

by Australian Ninja
There are two art forms I truly love in this world more than any other; Comic Books and Video Games, in that order. They both can be written with or without hyphenation and nobody can seem to decide what works. They are also sometimes looked down upon by other more successful media. Yes, like comedian Rodney Dangerfield they "don't get no respect". But fortunately for us geeks and obsessi... Read On
Le Chevalier Deon V1 DVD COVERLe Chevalier D'Eon V1. Anime DVD Review
Cross dresser or victim of ghostly possession?

by Jason
Le Chevalier D'Eon makes for something different after so many anime series about samurai's, robots, vampires and high school girls. For a completely different change of pace we have a series set in pre revolutionary France. Based on a novel of the same name and also based on an actual historical figure the series combines history and intrigue with that essential WTF! feeling we seem to need in ... Read On
Armageddon 07_Screen 0Armageddon Expo '07 Report
The end has come and gone

by Borgieman
Fun was definitely had at this 2-day event. Unfortunately I only attended one of the two days at Armageddon Expo '07. But either way, it was still mind-blowing. It was an event for every kind of nerd to enjoy. Whether it's gaming, sci-fi, animation or even wrestling that you're into, this type of expo was made with you in mind. Typically the day would begin by me standing in a line for a perio... Read On
Laugh Out Loud DVD CoverLaugh out Loud. DVD Review
Jason's not laughing

by Jason
"Laugh out loud" it says and it certainly is possible you might laugh. But in the long run that is quite unlikely, as a better title for this DVD would have been "Some of the good bits and some of the crap from Fast forward". Most of the people considering this title would have been in a position to watch the majority of the best bits the first time around on TV fifteen plus years ago, or otherw... Read On
Diner Dash PSP_CoverDiner Dash. PSP Review
There's nothing finer than being in your diner.

by Jason
This is one of those games that absolutely refuses classification. I don't mean it's full of hardcore porn, just that Diner Dash doesn't easily fit into established video game genres. It's also a game that if someone asked you "what do you do in this game" the answer "wait tables" is probably going to get you one of those long thoughtful looks. The kind that usually precedes the men in w... Read On
another-dead-dude-1Farewell to Heath Ledger
Cheers to him.

by Hillelman
Everyone dies. Famous people already get too much attention when they croak, quite frankly. Still, I personally do/did like Heath Ledger a lot. (As a side note: I've been looking forward to seeing him play the the Joker - one of my all time favourite fictional characters - for months). From the sounds of things, he didn't intentionally kill himself. Nobody is certain, just yet, of exactly wh... Read On
Guitar Hero 3 DVD CoverGuitar Hero III - Legends of Rock
Does it go all the way up to 11?

by Special K
Ever since Sammy had shown me Guitar Hero II on the PS2 I was hooked on this game. Possibly what was even more surprising was that my wife got hooked on it too! This is why games like Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, Wii Play are so great - people who normally wouldn't have a bar of any game - whether it is on a console or a PC - are suddenly addicted and can't put the game down. The version I'm revi... Read On

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Don't damn me, when I speak a piece of mind

Raise your glasses and rejoice, for the fun times are about to drastically expand. To paraphrase The Rock: "Finally... Old Sammy has come Buttonhole!" ...Read On

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Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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