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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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Sammy Hillelman

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Hillelman's Archives (237)

Zelda series, Mario series, Metroid series, Street Fighter series, No Mercy, Smash TV, Pac-man, Mario Kart games, EA's NHL games (in particular the Megadrive versions), most games by Sega, most RPGs, Adventure games, old school platformers, old school shoot-em-ups, some first person shooters and arcade style racers.

Movies: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Star Wars trilogy, (This is) Spinal Tap, Citizen Kain, Unforgiven, Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, Kevin Smith's stuff (especially Clerks, because I was one myself when it came out & could relate to it so much), Evil Dead Trilogy, Superman 2, Swingers, Dead Man Walking, Dead Man, Lost In Translation, Barfly, Seven Samurai, Ass Cream Pie volume 12, Big Fish, Spider-Man, X-men 2, When We Were Kings, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Heat, Broken Flowers...I could go on all day and bore you to death, so that'll do.

Music (bands, singers etc):
Bob Dylan, U2, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, The Beatles, You Am I, Faith No More, Beck, some jazz, most blues. Most of anything except generic pop music really - but I tend to go for good lyrics first.

Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Rick Steamboat, Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit, Terry Funk, Rey Mysterio, Dynamite Kid, Curt Hennig, Kurt Angle, Hayabusa, Eddie Guerrerro, Jushin Liger, Kenta Kobashi, Chris Jericho, Owen Hart, Arn Anderson, Randy Savage, Steve Austin, Bruiser Brody, The Rock, Roddy Piper, Tiger Mask, The Road Warriors, Jimmy Snuka, Dean Malenko, Vader, Harley Race, Taz(z), Bobby Heenan, Mr.X

Comic characters or books and/or cartoons:
The Simpsons, Batman, Spider-man, Daredevil, Watchmen, Transmetropolitan, Astro Boy, Futurama, South Park, Loony Tunes, Wolverine, The Joker, King of The Hill

Authors and/or Books:
Alan Moore, Charles Bukowski, Frank Millar, Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, the guy who wrote the dictionary

pizza, tacos, prawns, steak

Heineken, Guinness, apple and blackcurrant juice, water, slurpees

Heroes (people I admire):
Jesus, Muhammad Ali, my parents, my sister and my friends

Villains (people I dislike):
narrow minded people and those who don't appreciate what they have
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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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