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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Stolen game website pic Stolen Press Release:

official site launched

Publisher: Hip Games

Tue, 11 January 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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(Looks great from what I've seen. Fingers crossed for another beauty- Sammy)

London - January 11th, 2005 - Hip Games TM, today announced that the official Web site for "Stolen," its eagerly awaited upcoming stealth game, has now gone live. The site will provide expectant action and stealth gamers with a glimpse of what they can expect when it ships in March 2005.

Gamers can now visit www.stolen-game.com for the latest screenshots, art work, character profiles, updated game information and a new exclusive 'Stolen' trailer.

Developed by Blue 52 and published by Hip Games, 'Stolen' is an ultra realistic, third person, stealth-based, action game, based around Anya Romanov, a professional high-tech female thief.

'Stolen' will be released in March 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and PC-CD Rom.

Features include:

A unique subject matter: play the role of a Hollywood-style thief with a host of athletic and martial abilities.

Break into and out of movie-like locations and steal priceless items.

Use atmospheric real-time volumetric shadow technology to hide from your enemies.

Employ hi-tech gadgets, tools and weapons to reach your objectives.

Various security companies and systems to outsmart, each with unique personalities and traits.

A stressful atmosphere - with tense and dramatic action set pieces.

High tech thief equipment: tracking devices, sonic visor, traversal equipment and more.

Various enemies and guards will be doing their best to make you fail. Get ready for some intense action sequences!

Vast array of interesting characters set to a mature background story supported by cinematics

About Hip Interactive Corp.
Hip Interactive is a leading provider of electronic entertainment products, including PC and video games, movies, video arcade games, and proprietary games, branded as Hip GamesTM, and accessories, branded as Hip GearTM. The Company distributes all first party products, including SCEA, Microsoft and Nintendo hardware, software and accessories, as well as third party licensed video game software. With offices across North America and in Europe, Hip uses its distribution business to leverage into higher margin, higher growth areas of the electronic entertainment industry, such as licensing, publishing and its proprietary games and accessories. Hip Interactive trades on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "HP".

About Hip Interactive Europe
Hip Interactive Europe is a full subsidiary of Hip Interactive (TSX: HP). Hip Interactive is a publisher and distributor of videogames and accessories for interactive leisure. With its headquarters in Marseilles (France), and UK London office, Hip Interactive Europe publishes and distributes videogames on all the European territories as well as other PAL territories. Hip Interactive Europe is present on all the main platforms: PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance. Hip Interactive Europe produces games based on its own brands such as CT: Special Forces but also on licences coming from the most important Hollywood Majors such as The Mummy The Animated series from Universal. (www.hip-europe.com)

About Blue 52
Blue 52 is a games development company, currently developing games for PlayStation 2®, X-Box®, GameCube® and PC. The company is based in Camden Town, North London, UK and employs over 50 highly skilled and dedicated staff. Blue 52's previous game releases include 'Peter Pan: Legend of Neverland, developed for Disney Interactive. During the past four years, Blue 52 has also undertaken development projects for Sony Computer Entertainment, Take 2 Interactive and Vivendi Universal Games.


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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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