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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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WWE No Way Out 06 LogoWWE No Way Out 06. PPV Report
I'll bet the Gimmick can find some way out

by The Gimmick
THE FIRST MARINER ARENA - BALTIMORE, MA The last stop to Wrestlemania is No Way Out, and what an interesting stop it was. WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH KID KASH Vs PSICOSIS Vs SUPER CRAZY Vs NUNZIO Vs FUNAKI Vs SCOTTY 2 HOTTY Vs BRIAN KENDRICK Vs PAUL LONDON Vs GREGORY HELMS If you were expecting a slow moving match with lots of rest holds, then you're like a channel 10 viewer; watching the wrong show! This was spot wrestling at it's best, or worst, depending what your tastes are like. Each guy made sure they got their spots in and Helms copped most of them. We saw Planchas, Moonsaults, Senton Bombs and even a Worm, but the end came after Kash hit the Dead Level on Psichosis for the 3, but Crazy broke it up with a Moonsault. Helms rolled into it and stole the win with the 3 ... Read On
Shock DVD to host WWE Superstars Meet and Greet!
Aussie wrestling fans, go and meet your favourites.

by Hillelman
SHOCK DVD TO HOST WWE SUPERSTARS MEET AND GREET! A MUST FOR FANS! Shock DVD is pleased to announce a special event to please all those WWE fans for Friday March 3rd, 2006. In conjunction with JB HI FI WWE Superstars will be appearing on the stage at JB HI FI MacArthur Square, Ambarvale from 3.00pm til 5.00pm. ... Read On
20 Years Too Soon: The Superstar Billy Graham Story
Gimmick reviews the DVD about a man who changed wrestling

by The Gimmick
Wayne Coleman, better known most as "Superstar" Billy Graham, made his WWWF debut in late 1976 and left in early 1978. Within that short period of time he managed to carve an impression on professional wrestling that is still being felt today. His look, persona, style and mannerisms have been copied more times than probably any other wrestler in history. Hulk Hogan, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Scott Steiner and countless others; they all owe "The Superstar" a huge debt. With that in mind, WWE and Shock have tagged up to bring this homage to the man, with this new DVD release entitled 20 Years Too Soon: The Superstar Billy Graham Story.... Read On
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Sammy's in depth look at Bret Hart's career and DVD: Part 1
I felt like going all out for this one

by Hillelman
Undoubtedly, Bret "Hitman" Hart is one wrestler that I consistently think of right away to be placed at the top of my personal favourites list. I was rabidly anticipating this DVD dedicated to his career. Now that it is in my possession, I'm thrilled to say that it totally rocks as much as I was hoping and expecting it to.... Read On
WWE Royal Rumble 06. 2nd PPV Report
"The wrestling B Team" DBL & Sammy share their thoughts

by Darth Bin Laden
Sammy's intro: Hey you lovely people, I'm sorry this took so long to get posted. DBL got his side of it done and sent to me some time ago, but I've been temporarily out of commission yet again (same old story). I'm hulking up once more and ready to go back in for the kill. We already had the Royal Rumble PPV Report from our wrestling section lead, the Gimmick, which was his usual unique and supremely amusing effort. I'm sure you all read and enjoyed that one. ... Read On
WWE Royal Rumble '06. PPV Report
The Gimmick is the undisputed champion of wrestling reports

by The Gimmick
THE AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA: MIAMI, FLORIDA The Gimmick is back with this years Royal Rumble report! I wanna quickly say hello to Lord Zod, who hasn't been seen here for a while, but is still watching us. Just like I am with my next door neighbours on a Thursday night, they really should close there shades when they do that!... Read On
WWE New Year's Revolution. PPV Report
I believe The Gimmick loves Cena as much as this crowd does

by The Gimmick
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH EDGE W/ LITA Vs RIC FLAIR I was surprised this feud began as quickly as it did, cos I thought Flair and Triple H still had some legs. But they made the mistake of making their first encounter, back a few months ago, a Cage Match. That's something the old school mentality of WWE would never have let happen. But I don't mind this feud and Edge is great at stirring the pot. The match itself wasn't great, but only because it was so short. Little did we know Edge needed to conserve his energy! In the end Flair back-body dropped Edge to the outside and brought Lita in and applied the Figure Four Leglock. Edge raced into the ring and slammed his "Money In The Bank" briefcase across Flair's head and split him wide open causing a DQ victory for The Nature Boy. WINNER: AND STILL INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION – RIC FLAIR... Read On
Q&A with Eric Szulczewski from Inside Pulse.
DBL does the asking and Eric S does the answering.

by Darth Bin Laden
Sammy's Intro: Eric Szulczewski has long been one of my favourite internet columists, when it comes to wrestling. Or anything else really. When I discovered that our young menace known as DBL was also a fan of Eric's work, I suggested he do a Q&A with him for Buttonhole. Eric was kind enough to agree to it. Darth's done a fine job with the questions and Eric's answers are every bit as interesting as I'd expected. I will point out first up to those who've not read Eric's columns, he is known for speaking his mind, so if you're one of those easily upset types, you have been warned. Take it away DBL and Eric S!... Read On
WWE Survivor Series 2005. PPV Report
Did the mighty Gimmick dig the show? Get to clickin'

by The Gimmick
JOE LOUIS ARENA: DETROIT, MI BEST OF SEVEN FOR THE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH #1 BOOKER T W/SHARMELL Vs CHRIS BENOIT This whole thing really doesn't sit well with me. Forget the fact that it doesn't get interesting until the 7th match, and let's face it, it's going to end up 3 all, but why they would re hash an angle between the same two guys from 5 or 6 years ago is beyond me. Don't get me wrong the match itself was great but the concept is too dated. We know all about it, so why do it again with the same guys. Anyway as I just said great match, but these guys know how to work well with each other and Benoit can go with anyone.... Read On
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: Pick Your Poison. DVD Review
It's snake eyes for you, my man.

by The Gimmick
For those of you who don't know, the story of Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one of triumph and a hell of a lot of tragedy. From his childhood days growing up in a not so perfect home in Texas, becoming one of the biggest stars in wrestling history and in between his battles with drugs and alcohol, his is a story that could be made into a movie and I still don't think you could cover everything. But WWE and Shock have done a great job in putting together and releasing the story of Jake "The Snake" Roberts: Pick Your Poison, a special 2 DVD set.... Read On
Another tribute to Eddie Guerrero
DBL pays his respects

by Darth Bin Laden
The world lost a great man this week. Eddie Guerrero was not only a champion inside the ring, but a champion outside of it. He conquered his demons, found an unmatched faith in Christ within the WWE, and impacted upon the lives of everyone who he ever met.... Read On
RIP Eddie Guerrero
1967 - 2005

by Hillelman
One of the best wrestlers I've ever had the pleasure of watching perform has passed away. Eddie Guerro is sadly cheating death and stealing life no longer. Eddie, or Eddy as his name was also spelt at various times, was a superb wrestler and a consumate entertainer. No matter what role he was given, he went out and did the very best job of it that he could. He was involved in some of the most amusing angles and skits I've seen and he took part in several of my all time favourite matches as well. ... Read On
The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. DVD Review
Speak to me...warriors!

by The Gimmick
Back in the late 80's through to the early 90's The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most popular, if not the most popular, wrestlers in the WWE. He seemed to have everything that a superstar could dream of, then just as quickly as he rose to prominence, he disappeared. Did he become a rodeo clown? Did he become a cabaret singer? Or did he just slip back into obscurity back to Parts Unknown? This DVD tells the story of The Ultimate Warrior by the people around him in the WWE at the time.... Read On
WWE No Mercy 2005. PPV Report
Here's The Gimmick's merciless report!

by The Gimmick
Like a prodigal son, The Gimmick has returned and this time he's not alone! Well that's not quite true, I do have those pesky voices in my head but they don't really count. Anyway, this months PPV is a Smackdown event called No Mercy & I was actually looking forward to it despite a lot of negative feedback I heard from various sources both before and after the show.... Read On
Shock DVD to host wrestling talent autograph session
WWE Survivor Series Tour October 27th - 29th. Press Release

by Hillelman
Shock DVD is pleased to announce in conjunction with JB Hi-Fi and Sanity WWE Superstars will be appearing in Sydney and Melbourne. The WWE Smackdown! stars are here as part of the 2005 WWE Wrestlemania Revenge Tour. *(Actually, I believe it is the RAW stars for the Survior Series tour, but this is what the press release said, so don't blame me- Sammy)*... Read On
WWE Unforgiven 05. PPV Report
The Gimmick offers his verdict on Metallica's fav PPV

by The Gimmick
The Gimmick is here with results for the September PPV, Unforgiven & let me tell you I was out of my seat more than once during the show. (And it had nothing to do with the four bean burrito I had whilst watching it.)... Read On
WWE SummerSlam '05. PPV Report
The legend. The Icon. The Gimmick!

by The Gimmick
Summerslam is billed as the second biggest show of the year, and it may very well have been. But it also was filled with quite a few surprises. So read on, or you’ll never find out what they are. Unless of course you already watched it; in that case they won’t be surprises. But you’re still encouraged to read it, damn it!... Read On
Road Warriors. DVD Review
The Life and Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in History

by Hillelman
With the right look, the right gimmick (I'm not referring to THE Gimmick of Buttonhole fame) a high level of charisma and a big enough push, some wrestlers can get over and have a thriving career, even if they aren't technically all that skilled. Hulk Hogan is the most prominent example. Bill Goldberg is another (or he once was, at least). ECW's Sandman is a good contender too. My personal favourites to fit into that category though, are the Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), also known as the Legion of Doom (L.O.D). ... Read On
The Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '80's. DVD Review
Almost as perfect as the late Curt Hennig!

by Hillelman
Man, it is such a great time to be a wrestling fan! I find the current product to be rather hit and miss; it has been worse for sure, but it has also been better. Some of the stuff the WWE is doing at the moment is not to my tastes at all, but you do still get some good matches. The DVDs the WWE has been releasing of late, however, easily make up for any of the current show's shortcomings. The Benoit, Guerrero and Flair DVDs (among several others) were all fantastic and this one, Greatest Wrestling Stars of the 80's, is up with the best of 'em. This one's a must own for true fans and I am just in love with the thing!... Read On
WWE Great American Bash 2005. PPV Report
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Or something.

by The Gimmick
I'm back after a short sabbatical and here to review the latest WWE PPV, Great American Bash. Let's get right into it. Sammy's Note: before I was aware that the Gimmick was going to be able to cover the show, I watched it and took note, assuming that I'd be writing the report. Anyway, I am stoked to have him back for this show (and hopefully many others!) and we decided we'd make it a joint effort. I'll do what I have done in the past and throw in my comments, in italics, after his. I noticed that I was WAY more negative than Gimmick about most of this stuff. I decided to leave it that way, as it (hopefully) gives a good balance when you read all our comments together. It is a bit like Buttonhole's version of the classic "good cop, bad cop" routine! Take it away Masked one!... Read On
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ToonlogoWrestling Quote of the Month

"We had a great response from it." Greg Gagne, (with a straight face!) speaking about "The Team Challenge Series", on The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA DVD.

Everyone else on the DVD gives "The Team Challenge Series" a far more accurate assesment: It was a massive failure and remains a laughingstock to this day.

What is the main reason you watch wrestling?
Hoping to see good quality matches
The crazy storylines and/or characters
Blood and violence
The sexy women or men
A combination of any of the above

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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