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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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project rub screenshot Nintendo DS news

SEGA intends to rub one out

Publisher: Bubba

Wed, 22 December 2004

Sammy by: Hillelman

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LONDON, UK - December 20, 2004 - SEGA Europe Ltd, today announced the release of its landmark, highly-stylised launch title for the Nintendo DS System, Project Rub(tm). Developed by SONIC TEAM, this could arguably be what Tetris was to Game Boyä for the innovative new platform. With touch and blow games, Project Rub(tm) utilises all that the Nintendo DS has to offer and is the perfect way to show off all the quirky elements that make it so exceptional.

Known as Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru in Japan (Feel the Magicä XY/XX in the US), Project Rub(tm) makes full use of the unique control system of the Nintendo DS, a characteristic rarely seen in a launch title for any platform. Merging cutting-edge artistic style through the use of silhouette images with gameplay to die for, Project Rub(tm) should win you over in a heartbeat.

"Nintendo's ability to weave magic into their infinitely playable and enduring gaming properties has been successfully married with SEGA's ability to consistently pioneer stylish and unique games in Project Rub. An enticing proposition and a title that is a truly unique treat for the first wave of Nintendo DS owners. Project Rub pushes and utilises all that this ground-breaking new handheld has to offer," commented Mike Hayes, Managing Director of SEGA Europe Ltd.

Project Rub(tm) requires the player to switch between control methods, using the touch-sensitive second screen and microphone - switching between the Nintendo DS stylus, screaming, and even blowing to control the actions of the character. Players will also use the stylus to prod goldfish from a man's stomach, or rigorously rub the screen to save the mysterious 'Rub Rabbits' from disappearing beneath some quicksand.

Players find themselves in the shoes of a young man smitten at first sight with a jaw-dropping babe. Too shy to simply ask her out, our hero recruits the services of the Rub Rabbits, to help to win her affection.

Like nothing you've ever played before, every new control method of the Nintendo DS is required. Through the touch screen players will save the girl from rampaging bulls, a swarm of evil bees and even divert a yacht on a collision course.

Project Rub is scheduled to launch on the same day as the Nintendo DS in Q1 2005.

I've heard that this is a really cool and inovative game, but damn this press release is funny!

by: Hillelman

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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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