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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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Moto GP3 Chick Moto GP3 for Xbox and PC

THQ and Climax confirm new Extreme mode and online modes

Thu, 3 February 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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London, UK, 26 January , 2005: THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Climax are
delighted to announce that MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 for the
Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and PC will ship with a host of new
and original features, designed to reward gamers with the most complete
racing experience ever!

TO THE EXTREME (shit that's lame- Sammy)
The most significant addition to MotoGP 3 is a brand new Extreme mode that
extends the playing experience even further for gamers. Reflecting the
current passion for TT-style street racing, this exciting game mode consists
of sixteen new city and suburban tracks. Based on actual race locations from
around the world, such as the neon-lit streets of Japan and the country
roads around Donington UK, these thrilling new tracks offer a unique,
demanding and adrenaline-charged challenge that race fans will love.

As well as the new tracks, gamers also have a richer choice of bikes thanks
to the addition of sixteen original motorcycles. Modelled on real world
bikes, these exclusive two-wheelers range in power from 600cc racers to
1200cc superbikes.

Just as MotoGP 3's vast number of bikes and tracks offer individual players
unrivalled depth, a range of exclusive online features guarantee multiplayer
fans a treat too. In keeping with both companies' commitment to developing
innovative games, THQ and Climax have collaborated to realise the full
potential of Xbox Live! Going beyond anything previously seen, MotoGP 3
boasts three brand new features - Embedded online gameplay, Spectator mode
and Commentator mode - that keep it way ahead of the competition. These
online features will also be included in the PC version of the game.

MotoGP 3's embedded online gameplay is an Xbox first and a feature that will
have a resounding impact on the way gamers play. Blurring the lines between
the single-player and multiplayer modes, this unique feature takes Live!
functionality to the next level by allowing players to slip seamlessly from
the single-player game to online action. Once connected to Live!, players
can progress through their single-player career as normal, but can choose to
play each event online should they wish. This seamless transition from
single-player to multiplayer makes online gaming an easier and more
fulfilling proposition.

The embedded gameplay developed by Climax makes it easier for gamers to get
online courtesy of a unique seeding system. This seeding system encourages
players to race against opponents of similar or slightly greater skill level
while discouraging experienced riders from racing against novices.

As the name suggests, Spectator mode allows players to watch while others
are racing. So, rather than patiently waiting in the lobby for others to
finish, players can now jump straight into the game and watch races unfold.
As well as allowing players to enjoy the sheer thrill of watching a
highly-charged race, this unique feature also offers gamers an invaluable
opportunity to learn from their competitors.

Another original revolutionary option developed exclusively for MotoGP 3 is
the Commentator mode. With this, the host of Live! games can assign a
spectating player to commentate on the race action. This hugely innovative
feature places players closer to the action and is sure to provide endless
entertainment as gamers try their hand at matching the vocal eloquence of
the BBC's Suzi Perry!

The end result of all these exclusive features is the most technologically
advanced racing game ever, as Climax's CEO, Karl Jeffery, explained. "The
inclusion of the new Extreme mode and exclusive online features is true to
our commitment to continually innovate. We wanted to push back the
boundaries of the XBOX Live! technology and with the spectator, commentator
and embedded online gameplay options, I believe we've done just that.
Combined with the Extreme mode, these features make MotoGP 3 the most
complete racing experience ever!"

Ian Curran senior vice president of European Publishing, THQ, is similarly
enthusiastic about the impact the new features will have: "The critical
acclaim heaped on the first two MotoGP games meant we really had to raise
the bar with this third edition. We wanted to do so much more than merely
churn out another sequel, and the whole development team has risen to the
challenge. The extreme mode adds tremendous variety and depth to the game -
taking the racing out onto the streets. In addition by blurring the line
between on-line and single player racing, along with the superb seeding
system we keep MotoGP 3's multiplayer mode ahead of the pack."

(Should be a beauty. I reckon Ando would dig this one- Sammy)

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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