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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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Captain Buttonhole

Official mascot. World’s greatest master of Geekjitsu. Legend in his own time.

I play an enormous amount of excellent games, but they are mainly ones most people don’t even know exist (due to ignorance).

I quite enjoy watching Bruce Lee films, mainly because I was the one who taught him all the moves he used. I swore never to tell anyone that, but he’s been dead for ages now, so f*#k him.

My rear end has appeared in numerous movies too. Any time a big star (like Brad Pitt, for instance) has a role where they have to show their naked buttocks, I get payed a fortune to be brought in as a “butt double”. It is very likely you’ve unknowingly seen my gorgeous exposed cheeks on screen more than once.

My list of favourite films is extraordinarily extensive, since I know everything there is to know about every movie ever made.

Music (bands, singers etc):
Music is yet another topic I know far more about than anybody else. I like some Jimi Hendrix albums – “Electric Ladyland” is probably my favourite. Hendrix was left handed, like me, so that made it a bit easier for me to teach him how to play guitar. It was a shame he died so young, as he was a pretty good student & there was so much more I could have taught him.

Speaking of dead people, Luciano Pavarotti croaked recently. He was a nice fellow and he really knew about good food, so I always had fun eating with him. In fact, because the meals he provided me with were always so tasty, I only charged him half of my usual fee, for all the singing lessons I gave him.

I just remembered another dead guy: Elvis Presley. He used to seek advice from me all the time, mainly regarding fashion. I got sick of him after a while though, so I actually convinced him (just to make myself laugh) that it’d be an excellent look for him to get really fat and perform in garish jumpsuits.

One band I am big fan of is the one I do vocals for - a 9 piece rock group called "Beer Belly Joan and the High Flying Canastas". No one would have heard our music though, as we never have, and never will, released any albums or performed live. That’s because we are so awesome that, if our sounds entered the ears of a regular human, their brain would not be able to comprehend such otherworldly majesty. Most likely, their heads would explode and that sort of outcome is just too messy to be worth the trouble.

I like Japanese wrestlers (Akira Maeda, Jushin Liger and The Great Muta/Keji Mutoh, for example) the most. I spent many years doing wrestling training in Japan (wrestling is just one of the many disciplines that make up the art of Geekjitsu). I also like Mexican wrestlers, as they wear masks, like me. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is okay, since he drinks a lot of beer and that means he should be admired. Otherwise I don’t like many American wrestlers. It is nothing personal, but I find Americans annoying, because most of them are idiots.

Comic characters or books and/or cartoons:
I love to read most comics about superheros, due to how much they remind me of myself. In fact, if Batman was a bit smarter and more skilled at hand to hand combat, I’d swear Bob Kane based the character on me.

Authors and/or Books:
There is only one book that matters (presented to me by my Sensei) – “Geekjitsu: In One Hundred and Fourteen Uneasy Steps”.

I like all kinds of meat and particularly enjoy the taste of vegetarians.

In accordance with the Geekjitsu code, the only beverage I consume is beer.

Heroes (people I admire):
There are only two people in existence who I admire - Master Shigaka (my sensei) and myself.

Villains (people I dislike):
Most of my enemies know who they are, as I have already given them a severe beating they shall never forget. The rest of them will find out before too long.
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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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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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