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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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spiderJ Editorial 19/01/05

Sammy Says

Wed, 19 January 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Hello to you all, I hope you’re enjoying Buttonhole. The launch went very well indeed. I’ll try to do a new editorial column every Wednesday from now on.

We have some interesting things lined up for you this week, such as a fun little Q&A session with Cam Shea- editor of the Australian games magazine Hyper. Then there’s the interview with New Zealand’s Mark Prebble who is the director of an independent film called Futile Attraction, starring Michelle Ang (probably best known from her work in channel Ten’s soapie Neighbours).

The forums are starting to really get interesting. I know that there are a lot of people visiting our site that are yet to sign up for the forums and I encourage you all to do so. There are some good discussions and opinions being posted there and most of the Buttonhole team frequent the boards too. Get on there and have your say, tell the world what you are playing, what you are listening to, what you are watching or anything else you feel like sharing (within reason). You never know who might be reading. I’d like to thank the folks who have already signed up there; I have really enjoyed seeing your opinions and comments.

I was disappointed to receive very little feedback from the last editorial. Come on people,email me. I promise I don’t bite! Of course, it probably didn’t help that for quite some time the editorial page was broken and I failed to notice it, but these things happen.

I suppose I’d better come with a topic for this week. Okay then, I think we should talk about hype. Yep, that’ll do nicely. Games and movies in particular are often built up with a massive amount of hype before they are released. Sometimes the hype is so over the top that the product could never really be able to live up to the expectations it builds. I’ve noticed a little bit of a backlash going on with games like Doom 3 or Halo 2 and quite a few movies, Star Wars and the Matrix spring to mind first. The hype is so enormous that anything short of perfect seems like a let down and ravenous fans are left feeling unsatisfied. Is excess hype therefore harmful? Maybe and maybe not. I for one, like the fun of the build up and getting all excited about upcoming releases. It is like being kid at Christmas time. But I also know enough not to get too carried away. I don’t expect a game or a movie to change my life or make the world a better place to live in. I just want something that I find entertaining and I usually manage to get that from my games and DVDs. As always, feel free to contact me and let me know what you think about this stuff.

I am going to do a thing where I briefly mention the things I’m into for each week. So, let’s do this for the very first time. How exciting! (Ok, perhaps not). This week I am still playing the hell out of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, any other game is coming second when it comes to my gaming time. I’m digging the DVDs of Hellboy and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Oh and the awesome car chase in The Bourne Supremacy. I haven’t been listening to much music lately, so I won’t comment on that one. Need to lift my game when it comes to the tunes. I’m reading…well, I always read Scott Tipton’s column over at and I recommend you do too if you have even a passing interest in comic books. Also, Scott thinks nobody would want to read an interview with him here. Please bombard him with emails if you think differently and would be keen to hear his opinions on various things.

That’s it from me this week. Take it easy boys and girls.


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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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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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