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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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Australian Ninja's Archives (92)

King of fighters series, Soul Calibur series, Street Fighter series especially SF:Zero 3, Metal Gear series, Silent Hill series, Klonoa series, Deus Ex, Devil May cry, Landstalker, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Wario series, FFVII and FFX, Metroid 2, Gunstar Heroes, Guardian Heroes, Quake, Panzer Dragoon 2, Wipeout, NFSpeed High Stakes, Rival Schools, KOF '98 and 2000, Darkstalkers 3, Doom, Red Faction 2, Advance Wars, Ocarina of Time, Mario RPG, Paper Mario, Vice City, San Andreas, Call of Duty 2, GUN, Chronicles of Riddick, Half Life 2, Forza Motorsport - Fighting, shooting, more fighting with RPGing on the side.

So I married an Axe Murderer, Wayne's World 2, Pitch Black, Apocalypse Now Redux, Amelie, Life is Beautiful, Naked Gun series, Spirited Away, Mr. Canton and Lady Rose, Monty Python & Holy Grail, Enter the Dragon, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Zoolander, Anchorman.

Music (bands, singers etc):
The Doors, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Split Enz. Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, Dionne Warwick, Louey Armstrong. Fiona Apple, Dido, Moby, Jewel, Goldfrapp, Coldplay, Cat Stevens, Ben Folds, Alex Lloyd, Gomez, Air, Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper, Nirvana. Fat Boy Slim, Junkie XL, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Death in Vegas, Propellerheads.

The Rock, Stone Cold, Undertaker, Kane, Mankind, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn.

Comic characters or books and/or cartoons:
Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Savage Dragon, The Punisher, Astro Boy, Gokou.
Futurama, Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Duckman, The Critic.
Astro Boy 80s, Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ren & Stimpy, Spongebob Squarepants, Batman Animated, Dragonball, Naruto.

Authors and/or Books:
Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Jane Roberts [Seth books], Matt Furey, Anthony Bova, Tom Chalko, Michel Desmarquet, XIVth Dalai Lama, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Allan Moore, Warren Ellis, Erik Larsen, Osamu Tezuka.

Fish, Steak, butter, red apples, gouda cheese, purple grapes, butter, eggs, more steak more butter.

Water, water.

Heroes (people I admire):
Matt Furey, Anthony Bova, Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan, Goku from DBZ

Villains (people I dislike):
People who create videogames that make me swear loudly at the TV screen after consuming 'No_42. Old Jack Bauer' brand Rageahol.
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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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