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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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gomezcdreview Gomez: Split the Difference

CD Review.

Publisher: Virgin

Sun, 21 November 2004

Mark Profile by: Tyz

I went and saw Gomez at The Corner Hotel in Richmond four years ago. It was during their tour for the Liquid Skin album and they still had a pretty limited fan base in Australia. It was a bit surreal seeing them at such an “intimate? venue as I had built them up to demi-god status in my mind ever since I first heard their debut Bring it on. It was a great show, and the girl standing right in front of me was doped out of her mind and dancing like she was at a rave " the place was so packed she was practically giving me a lap-dance. It was that night that I truly realised how talented these guys really are. (The same could be said about the girl).

Couple of years later and I went and saw the boys at Festival Hall after the In our Gun album came out. Although it was a much bigger gig, one thing really shone through " these guys love what they do. I have never seen a band having as much fun on stage as they were that night. They were teaching the audience how to sing in an English accent, as well as how a band doesn’t need to restrict itself to just guitars, drums and bass, or even just one singer for that matter.

That is probably the most obvious thing about the band " versatility. They are always trying something different, then mixing that with traditional blues or rock to get the weird hybrid that is Gomez. The new album Split the Difference is very different to its predecessor In Our Gun. The new album has dropped much of the electronic beats and sampling for a much more acoustic approach.

Some of the stand out tracks on the new album:
Me, You and Everybody shows why Gomez are famed for their wonderful blending of vocals " while the individual singers are great, they really show their true colours when working together. The percussion and guitars seem to be following their own agenda " there is no rhythm guitar as such, no hooks, just great music.
If you want to have a chorus stuck in your head for the rest of your life, then listen to the first single from the album " Catch me Up. The rhythms look so easy, but try tapping your feet to this track and you’ll see the wonderful things going on behind the simple façade. Trust me, you will find yourself singing this one again and again.
The great tracks just keep coming with Sweet Virginia. The chorus should be sung with acoustic guitars around every drunken campfire in the world " but no-one would dare attempt to the play the verses after a few drinks as embarrassment would be sure to follow. This is one of the stand-out tracks on the album, and it’s a shame that it would never get released as a single. The end of the song shows how an experimental band can still sound beautiful.
If you don’t like the song These Three Sins " well you should be shot like a rabid dog and buried in an unmarked grave. That’s just my opinion, but I stand by it.
I think this album is easily as good as any other Gomez album, and deserves to sell a billion copies " but it won’t. The majority of people in this world seem to either not know who Gomez are (or just not care) despite the quality of the music they put out. No commercial stations have picked up the new tracks, and JJJ will quickly drop it from rotation as it is not a garage band comprised of lesbian skinheads from rural New South Wales doing hip-hop/world music fusion (Sorry, I just had to get that little whinge off my chest).

So if you have ever liked a Gomez album, pick this one up and I’m sure you will not be disappointed. If you have never heard Gomez before, go into a small record store and ask them to put on the four songs listed above (don’t try this at Sanity or HMV as they won’t want to take out the new Jessica Simpson album for fear of driving away the 12 year olds).
Just on a side note " I’m off to the Gomez gig in Melbourne on the 5th of July. I took a friend of mine to the Festival Hall show in 2002 and he changed from a person who didn’t own a single Gomez album into a fully fledged fanatic. You may not be reborn, but you will have a bloody good time (You may or may not get a lap-dance, I’m not promising anything).

by: Tyz

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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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