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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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EA Rugby 2005 Cover George Smith is the cover athelete for Rugby 2005

EA announces Smith as the spokesman for their upcomming game

Sat, 29 January 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Qantas Wallaby George Smith to serve as Spokesperson for the latest installment in the EA SPORTS Rugby franchise.

Sydney, NSW. – January 28, 2005 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that George Smith, the Qantas Wallaby flanker, will serve as the official spokesman and cover athlete for EA SPORTS™ Rugby 2005 in Australia. EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 will be released in March 2005 under the EA SPORTS™ brand for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and PC.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as an EA SPORTS cover athlete,” said Smith. “It’s great to be featured in an EA SPORTS video game that delivers the authentic rugby experience to the fans of the sport and gamers alike.”

After starting the 2004 Test season at openside flanker against Scotland, George Smith finished the winter season at Number 6 with a man-of-the-match performance against New Zealand in Sydney and then a try in the Tri Nations decider against South Africa in Durban. Despite his age, he turned 25 this year, Smith has already played more than 50 Super 12 matches for the Brumbies and now has 47 caps for Australia.

EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 incorporates all the major Rugby teams, players and tournaments including Tri Nations, Super 12 and many more authentic and prestigious events from the world of Rugby. The game features a completely upgraded graphical engine with individually differentiated players, realistic motion captured player animations, dramatic lighting and cameras, and stadiums that are accurate with details such as crowd reactions, songs and chants. The game also includes a “Rugby 101” training mode outlining the rules, controls, and tactics of the sport through videos and interactive challenges.

Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 is scheduled to ship in March 2005 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox consoles and PC.


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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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