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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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Goldeneye on N64 was my awakening, Perfect Dark was my graduation to hard core gaming layabout....Gran Tourismo1,2,3 and I'm sure 4, F1 2001, Formula1 2004, Unreal Tournament 2003/4, Tekken Series, Mortal Kombat (First few and Last installment), Grad Theft Auto Series, Zelda Ocanara of time, Donkey Kong Series....Basically anything from Rare or Rockstar has my guarantee of quality.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars Trilogy (excluding the first 2 prequels - especially the one with that Count Dookoo as the bad guy), Revenge of the Sith Rocks, The Higlander series, Goonies, Tron, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, The Dark Crystal, Willow, Die Hard, and I feel a little dirty when I say this but TOP GUN, Predator, Spaceballs, Jurassic Park, Good Will Hunting, Se7en, Fight Club, The Bourne Supremacy, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Van Helsing, Fahrenheit 911, Shrek, Toy Storys, Monsters inc, Finding Nemo...Anything froim Pixar ....and oh yeah Breakfeast at #%*@#... sorry just choking on my own tongue.

The Goodies, Astro Boy, Battle Star Gallactica, The Late Show, The Awful Truth, CNNNN, Happy Days, Queer As Folk, The Panel.

Music (bands, singers etc):
Again a bit dirty but - Metallica was my pubescent outlet of internal rage.......sorry I'll save that for therapy, Tool, Kyuss, Corrossion of Conformity, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Head, Meshuggah, Slipknot, Faith No More, System of a Down, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zepplin, Foreigner, Tenacious D, Counting Crows, Midnight Oil, Cake....etc

3 words....The Ultimate Warrior!

Comic characters or books and/or cartoons:
The Simpsons, Garfield, South Park, Astro Boy, The Family Guy, Battle of the Planets.

Authors and/or Books:
Michael Moore, Robin Williams...I'm not sure if he's an author but he is the funniest man on the face of the earth.

Anything that moves or doesn't for that matter.

Milk from the teet....sorry Flash Back, ahhhh geeessh Bannana Quick....I dunno - dumb question

Heroes (people I admire):
My son, myself for not giving up the fight, Michael Moore and others like him for taking on the establishment and Shigero Miyamoto for giving me a life when no one would give me a job.

Villains (people I dislike):
Dishonest time for 'em. Tell the truth the whole truth so help you Bob.
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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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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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