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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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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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Publisher: Shock

Mon, 13 December 2004

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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E.C.W! Those three little letters stand for Extreme Championship Wrestling. It was a small organization that worked out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania during most of the nineties. But as small as it was, I’m sure that in one hundred years, when pro wrestling is the planets preferred sport and apes have taken over our existence, we’ll see that those three little letters will have had more of an impact, on the sport, than any of us (and our future ape overlords) will ever know. It was known as the rogue federation because of its hardcore style. But to me hardcore wrestling isn’t just about getting hit in the head two hundred times in one match. It’s also about wrestling, and that’s why E.C.W was so successful. I can’t be the only one to think like that because WWE have released a 2 disc DVD, entitled THE RISE AND FALL OF E.C.W.

I absolutely loved this, for a couple of reasons. Number 1: its E.C.W. which means Rove McManus is nowhere to be seen. Number 2: Unlike the Monday Night War DVD, released earlier this year, the story is all on the first disc with nothing else on it. Which means it runs for virtually 3 hours, and is so full of information, it makes Yellow Pages look like a pamphlet. As I said earlier disc 1 is the complete story of E.C.W from the people that were involved, including Tommy Dreamer, The Dudley Boyz, Rhyno, Dawn Marie, Stevie Richards and many more. And let’s not forget, the mad scientist who ran the show, Paul Heyman.

The disc starts off with profiles of the superstars from the early days who helped make the company what it later became. Superstars such as; Terry Funk, The Public Enemy, Tazz, Mikey Whipwreck, Cactus Jack, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu. The disc then moves into the angle/shoot when Eastern Championship Wrestling became Extreme Championship Wrestling after breaking away from the N.W.A. Not the rap group led by Dr. Dre, the wrestling association. From there the story of Extreme Championship Wrestling begins.

The rest of the disc is simply a history lesson on E.C.W. Man, I wish I could have taken that history lesson when I was at high school. I can hear the teacher now, “Alright everyone, open your textbooks to chapter 12: Tables; Friend or Foe.” Sorry I trailed off there. Anyway, the feature describes the angles and the inside stories that were most famous during that time. Including the famous three year feud between Tommy Dreamer and Raven, the public firing of “The Human Highlight Reel” Sabu, and the transformation of The Tazmaniac into Taz. Also the emotional angle between Raven and The Sandman and the infamous crucifixion incident which followed. Watch for the ramifications of that incident involving none other than Kurt Angle. There is a ton more, but to list them all would ruin it for you all. OK, so I can’t be stuffed! What do you want from me huh?

But for me the most interesting parts of the 1st disc are the incidents, told by the individuals who were there, that eventually led to the demise of E.C.W. and it’s not because of what you might think, depending on who you believe. There are also 2 easter eggs on this disc, including a nine minute collection of some interviews done in the early days.

Now it’s time for disc number 2! This one is just as good maybe even better. It has seven of the mast talked about matches in E.C.W. history. Matches include The Pitbulls Vs Raven & Stevie Richards for the Tag Team Titles from 1995. Rey Misterio Jr. Vs Psychosis in a 2 out of 3 falls match from the E.C.W. arena in 1995. Also from 95 is The Sandman defending his E.C.W. heavyweight title against perennial underdog Mikey Whipwreck in a Ladder Match. And everyone’s favorite S.O.B. makes an early appearance in that one. Next, and in my opinion the best match on the disc, is the battle for the TV title, as Too Cold Scorpio defends his against “The Human Highlight Reel” Sabu. From 1997 it’s the end of an era, as Tommy Dreamer faces his arch nemesis Raven for the last time in a “Loser Leaves Town Match”. Watch all the way till the end of that one for a special appearance from a “Royal” guest. Also this particular match has a special commentary from the “Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer. From Living Dangerously 1998 its Tazz defending his TV title against Bam Bam Bigelow and again Tazz does audio commentary for this one. And finally from Hardcore Heaven 1999 its Jerry Lynn trying to wrestle the TV title from “The Whole F’n Show” Rob Van Dam in an awesome match. R.V.D. does an audio commentary on this match as well. Listen out for how much of a nimrod Michael Cole sounds on the commentaries, especially the last one. I don’t know how the hell he got his job! No, on second thoughts maybe I do.

Also on the disc are 2 more easter eggs and also 3 special interviews. One from Stevie Richards, one from Tazz and one funny one about Paul Heyman the Travel Agent. Listen for Chris Jericho’s impersonation on Ron Simmons (Faarooq). Also if you are new to E.C.W. listen to commentator Joey Styles and the way he calls the matches. If he’s not the best commentator from the last 10 or so years my name is Steve. All in all this is the perfect way to spend a day if you are a hardcore wrestling fan or just a wrestling fan. And if you’re not into violence and good old school style wrestling, don’t worry there is still netball for you on the ABC.

“And remember never trust a midget or anyone with 2 first names.”

by: The Gimmick

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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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