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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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X Box 360 LogoXbox 360s to hit Australian stores. Press Release
Start busting those piggy banks

by Hillelman
Sydney, 20 January 2006 – Australian gamers will be able to trial the Xbox 360 for the first time when more than 1000 demonstration consoles are distributed to participating retail stores. In February, consumers will get up close with the Xbox 360, including being able to play a range of next-generation games on high definition television screens. Xbox 360 ushers in a whole new generation of gaming. Game characters and environments can appear just like the real world, or as fantastic as the imagination can dream up. Game titles for the demonstration units will include Project Gotham Racing® 3, Kameo®: Elements of Power®, Peter Jackson's King Kong The Official Game of the Movie, and NBA Live 06. A large selection of video game trailers will also be shown on high definition S... Read On
Super Dual Box Pro. USB Adaptor Review
Our game loving martial arts master has some Realgamer fun!

by Australian Ninja
"Super Dual Box Pro". The words straight from the outer shell of the adapter itself. I could not - even on my best day - invent such a wonderfully ridiculous name for a product. I like the "Super Dual Box Pro" USB controller adapter. I like it a whole lot. If I were not already planning to marry Claire Danes then I might have married the "Super Dual Box Pro" instead. Wait, did I say that out loud? Let's not mention this to anyone, okay?... Read On
Ubisoft announce new Tom Clancy console title. Press Release
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour coming to PS2 & Xbox

by Hillelman
Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announces that it will release Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour™ for the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in Autumn 2006. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour, Ubisoft's Quebec studio blends the finest elements of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® series to create the most complete chapter to date. This latest chapter marks the return to the franchise's roots by reintroducing the deeply strategic and tactical gameplay synonymous with the Rainbow Six name, while incorporating classic in-game elements such as vintage maps and weapons, all rebuilt using today's technology offered at an attractive price. This will bring an exciting new seven-mission single-player campaign and 16 multiplayer levels to gamers who want more gameplay from one of the most popular franchises on Xbox Live® online gaming service and ubi.com™.... Read On
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USB Control Pad Adaptors Review
The time has come to take control

by Hillelman
It is probably a really bad idea for me to admit to this here, but I love emulators. I was trying to think up a subtle way of talking about it, but I was unable to do so. Therefore, I'll just come right out and say it: I play classic game ROMs on my PC all the time. I don't mean current titles; I'm talking about games from the 8 and 16 Bit eras. ... Read On
Talkman on its way to Sony PSP. Press Release
Hey... don't be misunderstood! Learn to TalkManβ„’

by Hillelman
TalkMan is PSP's multilingual interactive phrase book & language tutor. Make new friends, break down barriers, promote world peace...and travel with a multilingual bird called Max!... Read On
EA Announces Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takover for PSP.
Press Release. Officially liscensed hip-hop fighting game.

by Hillelman
SYDNEY. --Jan. 12, 2006--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), the world's leading independent videogame publisher, and Def Jam Enterprises, LLC, a media and marketing affiliate of Rush Communications, announced today that Def Jam(R) Fight For NY(TM): The Takeover will ship to retail outlets nationwide this fall on the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover, the prequel to the award-winning Def Jam Vendetta, lets you experience the ultimate hip hop fighting game anywhere you go.... Read On
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Xbox/PS2/Gamecube
I, for one, actually do like him when he's angry

by Hillelman
Most of you are probably well aware that this game has already been out for quite a while now. Vivendi Universal Games hadn't yet become one of Buttonhole's treasured support publishers when Hulk was released, so we didn't get to cover it at that time. I thought it would be a very fitting game for us to review, because it matches well with our content, style and the kind of readers we have. So, when VU joined us, I requested a copy and they were generous enough to oblige. Lovely! I'd also heard and read that Hulk was a great game. I was not disappointed.... Read On
Vivendi Universal Games Aquires High Moon Studios.
Press Release

by Hillelman
SYDNEY – January 9, 2006 – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that it has completed the purchase of leading independent developer, High Moon Studios. Under the agreement, VU Games will retain High Moon's team of more than 100 development professionals, as well as rights to the studio's intellectual properties. John Rowe, president and CEO of High Moon, will continue to manage the studio from its state-of-the-art facility located in Carlsbad, CA. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.... Read On
The Movies. PC Review
Jason is a movie monster

by Jason
Every so often a game comes along that doesn't fit into any of the pre determined genres, some fade into obscurity, while others define genres all on their own (Grand Theft Auto 3 for example). The Movies is one of these games, the closest comparison I could make is to something like the Sims, or possibly Playboy the Mansion. But, comparisons aside, The Movies is certainly something special.... Read On
Nintendo Connection Tour '06. Press Release
Nintendo brings the world of touch screen gaming to you!

by Hillelman
Australia, Melbourne, December 21st 2005 - This is what you've been waiting for – The Nintendo DS Connection Tour '06! Play new games, compete in great competitions, win prizes, share the Nintendogs™ experience with other owners and download game samples to your very own Nintendo DS.... Read On
THQ publishes AFL Premiership for Xbox & PC. Press Release
Exclusive publishing deal secured.

by Hillelman
Melbourne, Australia, 22nd December, 2005 - THQ Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), today announced an exclusive publishing deal for AFL Premiership, on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and AFL Premiership 2005 for the Windows PC platforms.... Read On
Call Of Duty 2 DVD Collectors Edition. PC Review
Jason goes to war on PC in first person.

by Jason
I did have the opportunity to play quite a bit of the first Call of Duty and enjoyed its efforts to stand out from the almost overwhelming horde of World War 2 first person shooters. The passable attempt to make you feel like part of a squad, and its efforts in the direction of a plot made it stand out from others in the genre.... Read On
Gun. Xbox/PS2/PC/Gamecube Review
Aimed at you, Aussie Ninja is the cowboy from hell

by Australian Ninja
"He was a cowboy, mister, and he loved the land. He loved it so much he made a woman out of dirt and married her. But when he kissed her, she disintegrated. Later, at the funeral, when the preacher said, "Dust to dust," some people laughed and the cowboy shot them. At his hanging, he told the others, "I'll be waiting for you in heaven -- with a gun." -Jack Handy... Read On
Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005. PS2 Review
The Gimmick hits a six while wearing his wrestling mask

by The Gimmick
Ok, now I know this review may seem a bit out of place here on planet Buttonhole, but to tell you the truth as refined and as sophisticated as I am now (hahahaha I just said fist!) I still have a lot of "Yob Shite" in me which is probably why I love my Aussie sport so much. Now I'm not saying that I'm so far Yob that I'm a fan of Jimmy Barnes but I am a sports fan which means I love my Footy, I love my Cricket, I love my Midget tossing, No not that kind, the non filthy one - You sick freaks! Anyway because of my love of sports and my love of games it seems reasonable to be a fan of the sports games genre on home consoles. Now back in 1999-2000 Codemasters released a cricket game for the PSOne called Shane Warne Cricket and it blew my mind. The overall package was phenomenal and is still today one of those rare games I go back and play over and over again, even with the better looking games on my PS2. Well now my prayers have been answered because Codemasters and Swordfish Studios along with Atari have released the newest cricket game for the PS2 entitled: Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005.... Read On
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. Xbox Review.
Wage war (again) on Xbox. Also available for PC & PS2

by Australian Ninja
"Brothers in Arms" - I thought this was going to be a game about the band "Dire Straights." But I was wrong. But what if it was? You could run around attacking people with an electric guitar and throwing those glow stick things at people. Fire out musical notes at enemies. Pass the level and be awarded the "Most Rockingest Guitar Hero" Medal. Yeah okay, a game like that would blow chunks. Chunks of Rock 'n Roll that is. I can almost hear one person laughing at that comment. "On with the review you lunatic" I hear you yell at the computer screen. All-righty then.... Read On
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Xbox Review
Aussie Ninja's duty? Play a bunch of games for Buttonhole.

by Australian Ninja
War -huh- what is it good for? Absolutely brilliant gaming - that's what. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One [COD2] surprised the hell out of me. I was not looking forward to playing it after the frustration I experienced playing Call of Duty: Finest Hour. ... Read On
Far Cry Instincts. Xbox Review
Far Crying out loud, just buy it! (yep, another lame gag)

by Hillelman
Whether you wanted to be or not, I'm sure you're well aware that Christmas is only a matter of days away. Since you are reading this, you're probably a gamer and therefore will be hoping to find at least one videogame under the tree on Chrissie morn. ... Read On
Capcom Classics Collection. PS2/Xbox Review
All true classics will never die.

by Australian Ninja
Capcom rocks my world. How many awesome games have they made over the years? Capcom Classics Collection (CCC) is one of the most fantastic ass kickingly brilliant retro collections you could possibly buy. Look, there are two retro collections that rock hard and are worth the bling bling. Capcom Classics and Sonic Mega Collection. I have the joy of owning both and I say that they kick the combined asses of the Atari, Activision, Midway and Williams retro collections. ... Read On
Shrek Super Slam. PS2/Xbox/Gamecube/PC Review
An unimpressive liscened game. As expected.

by Australian Ninja
Shrek Super Slam [Triple S] is the kind of game that makes you want to pack up your home and move far far away just so you never have to see it again.... Read On
Smackdown Vs. Raw 2006. PlayStation 2 Review
Wrestling Game Title Bout: PS2 Vs. The Gimmick!

by The Gimmick
After playing the hell out of the last Smackdown Vs Raw game for the PS2, I was hanging for this new release like an international drug smuggler caught at the airport. The last installment in the WWE game franchise was considered a let down, I guess in comparison to the one previous to that one. But I never had the chance to play that, so I walked straight into the last release and was pleasantly surprised. Then, when I heard that SD Vs Raw 2006 could be the best wrestling game ever, I couldn't wait. And I wasn't let down.... 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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