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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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Ubisoft smaller logoPress Release. Haze 4 Player Demo Availabe Soon.
Exclusively for the PLAYSTATION®Network

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 a taste of not only the single-player campaign in Haze, but will also allow up to four-player, drop-in drop-out co-op play online. Developed by shooter experts Free Radical, creators of the critically acclaimed TimeSplitters® series, Haze is scheduled for release exclusively on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on May 22nd 2008. New screenshot - Haze: Take a look at this brand-... Read On
Games 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 the evening at 6:30pm. The Buttonhole big boss man Sam Hillier and myself both attended the evening event. The promise of free beer motivated Sam to leave the Buttonhole cave, as for me - the games were all the motivation I needed. ... Read On
Pong designer Al Alcorn to give free talk at ACMI.
Find out the latest on super-exciting events at ACMI

by Australian Ninja
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eGames 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. Fortunately for me I was able to attend two of the three days of this event (special thanks to Australian Ninja for hooking me up with the bigwigs for the media pass). First thing was I got my Media Pass and walked around before the place got moving. The first thing I noticed was the gigantic inflatable Master Chiefs head that puts the Halo 3 Legendary Edition helmets to shame. At that place they were showing off Halo 3 and the yet to be released Mass Effect. I'm sure everyone is familiar with Halo 3, the... Read On
Win 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 answer both questions and email the answers to me at australianninja@buttonhole.com.au will receive a free ticket to Game On. And all the spam-bots that will inevitably send m... Read On
Game 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 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 obsessive types (okay I don't know about you, but I'm freakishly obsessive when it comes to my hobbies why else would I be sitting her with a sore back typing away past midnight on a Saturday night?) Anyhow, the good folks at ACMI know how to treat video games with respect - and they are proving it once again - by hosting another kick ass exhibit, devoted to the most button mashing hobby of them all. Over 120 playable games to feature in Game On Game On Exhibition - Thursday 6 March - Sunday 13 July, 2008, ACMI Screen Gallery Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne Tickets: Full $15 / Concession: $10 / Family (2 Adults, 2 children) $44 www.acmi.net.au/gameon ... Read On
Diner 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 white coats coming to take you away for a holiday. Diner Dash sounds more boring than watching paint dry, but it does have that mystery element, that unknown little thing that forces you to keep playing and enjoy it. Some background would probably be appropriate so here goes: your protagonist for the game in question is a young lady by the mane of Flo who pushes a desk from nine to five. Eventually she tires of this and... Read On
Guitar 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.... Read On
Lost (for a while) Pics of Hideo Kojima from GO3
That's not a Solid Snake. THIS is a Solid Snake

by Hillelman
As I keep feeling the need to repeat, Old Sammy has been gone for a long time (some would argue I've been "gone" for my entire life, but that's a different story) and as a result, many things Buttonhole intended to cover, didn't get done. One of the things I most regret missing was the GO3 show. If I may be so bold as to speak for all of team Buttonhole (and if not, they should have told me way sooner - and I'd have fired the prick), we wanted to get behind that show from the get go and support it as much as possible, because we're just so into a gaming event of such magnitude becoming established here in Australia. ... Read On
Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature
1.21 Gigawatts? Great Scott! We've gotta go back Marty!

by Australian Ninja
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-... Read On
Sam and Max Season Two. Press Release
Psychotic rabbits are a man's best friend

by Australian Ninja
Here at Buttonhole we're big fans of the Sam and Max series. If you haven't already downloaded Sam and Max Season One or bought the fancy box set that comes with a few extras, then you better hurry up, because Season Two is on it's way. You can download a free demo, individual chapters or purchase the whole Season One dirt cheap direct from www.telltalegames.com/samandmax With the November launch of Sam & Max Season Two fast approaching, Telltale has just released a trailer for Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa, along with a new batch of screenshots. ... Read On
eGames & Entertainment Expo 2007
Australian Ninja wishes all press releases were this good

by Australian Ninja
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Game On! @ ACMI
Games, is there anything they can't do?

by Australian Ninja
It may be some time before it arrives, but I just had to let people know about the upcoming kick-ass showcase coming to ACMI in February 2008. GAME ON! is the thing that's got me more excited that a caffeinated squirrel on a treadmill. Read the press release, and in case your memory is lousy like mine, I'll be posting another update closer to the actual event date to make sure none of the Buttonhole faithful miss out. GAME ON! The world's biggest celebration of games heads to Melbourne Dee Kay... Don-key Kong, Donkey Kong is here! (Anyone else remember the DK 64 rap?) Gamers will converge on Melbourne in February 2008 to experience Game On, the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history and future of games and gaming, presented exclusively in Australia at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).... Read On
Test Drive Unlimited. PS2 Review
Jason's patients are tested in this next gen hand-me-down

by Jason
This could be a difficult review, as I have played a demo of Test Drive: Unlimited, on the mighty white box of power, the Xbox 360 and comparing the two is like comparing horseshoes and hand grenades, however I will push on and try to review the PS2 version on its own merits (or lack thereof). Its probably also worth mentioning that I haven't tested the game online, being one of the few PS2 games with an online component is something of a novelty, they are so rare that it is too much effort to find an Ethernet cable and hope that the other three people with online PS2's are also online, the short story is if you want to play ... Read On
AND1 Streetball. PS2 Review
Aussie Ninja spins the spinner and calls the shots

by Australian Ninja
Sports games (I'll admit) are not my preferred choice when gaming. There are a few exceptions of course. The occasional motor sport game or perhaps some NBA Jam or on occasion a bit of wrestling perhaps. Certainly nothing too serious that involves paying attention to meaningless things like referees, points or rules. More at home in the fields of Hyrule than I am on the basketball court, firing up AND 1 Basketball would hopefully result in some mindless slam dunking to while away the afternoon. But that was not the case… Now, I don't know what this AND 1 business is about - and frankly I don't care enough to look it up on the net - but from the games intro it appears to be street basketball made into an actual sport. I assume it plays on an Ame... Read On
Yakuza. PS2 Review
Violence Get!

by Australian Ninja
Ah, Japanese organised crime. Who among us can say we haven't tried to put out a hit on someone at one time or another. Maybe someone cheated on you with your Mother's Brother's Uncle? Put out a hit. Someone baked your Level 50 pet Pokemon into a Pikachu Pie? Put out a hit. It solves all the problems in the world, except for when the cops come a calling - but you can just put out a hit on them too - it's a win-win situation. Yakuza is a third person beat 'em up set in Japan, with a reasonable story and various side missions in addition to the core game. The game was created by some obscure company called SEGA, whom I think used to make g... Read On
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. PS2 Review
Remember how, we built this Vice City, on Pee-Sss-Twooo....

by Australian Ninja
Let me tell y'all bout a man named Jed, poor mountaineer barely kept his family feed, untill one day he took over Rockstar games and yelled "I'm rich Bi-yatch!" Vice City makes its triumphant return in VC2, more commonly known as Vice City Stories. That means more running over pedestrians in a comical fashion, more laugh out loud radio comedy, more big explosions, more guns, more sexual innuendo, more 80's nostalgia along with a few new tricks. As a big fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, with Vice City being my favourite GTA game ever - and also my most played PS2 game - the excitement I felt when purchasing this title was almost too much to bear. The original Vice City I played non-stop for twelve consecutive months. Not eve... Read On
Lego Star Wars 2. PS2 Review
And I see your Schwartz is as big as mine...

by Australian Ninja
Lego Star Wars 2 covers the original trilogy, emulating the entire three film story via humorous but accurate cut scenes and fun, varied gameplay. In LSW2 you wander around large levels, shooting lots of crap that drops money for you to collect and spend. You fight hordes of simple minded enemies, including every major race or character from all three films. Yes Jawa, Droids, Storm troopers, AT-ATs, Lord Vader - everything and everyone you will encounter and control at some point. You basically switch between characters in your party on the fly, using everyone's unique abil... Read On
Have your say with new Wii Channel. Press Release
Everybody Votes Channel launches on Wii

by Hillelman
Melbourne, Australia, 14th February 2007 - A brand new channel launches today for the Wii Menu providing a quick, easy and fun way to cast your answers to a multitude of different questions. The Everybody Votes Channel allows you to compare and contrast your opinions with those of friends, family and people from across the globe. With a regularly updated supply of new questions to ponder, this is a great way to discover not only differences between you and your family, but also between your country and others! ... Read On
Tony Hawk's Project 8. Xbox 360 Review
Jason grinds the 360 version of Mr Hawk's latest game

by Jason
Tony Hawk, "the birdman", "the chairman of the board" - call him what you will the man does know his way around a skateboard and with this, the eighth installment in probably one of the most accessible and recognized games in the industry, one would hope he knows his way around a videogame as well.... Read On
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ToonlogoGames Quote of the Month

"And Kratos cast himself from the highest mountain in all of Greece. After ten years of suffering, ten years of endless nightmares, it would finally come to an end, death, would be his escape from madness. But it had not always been this way, Kratos had once been a champion of the Gods..."

-The Narrator from God of War

Which of the following game genres do you like the most?
Role Playing
First Person Shooters
Adventure/Action (includes platformers)

ToonlogoBy Borgieman

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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