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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 9/02/05


Wed, 9 February 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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G’day again everyone, I hope you’re all well. This update is a little late, but there wasn’t really a whole lot to talk about last week, so I just left it for a while. I’ve done a longer one this time to make up for it a bit. Or maybe it’ll just bore you to tears, but you can’t win ‘em all!

So what’s new? I’m glad you asked. We have a couple more game publishers on board, so that’s all good and is continuing to improve all the time. I’m sure all of them are great and we should each buy every single game they ever make. Ok, that probably isn’t true, I just wanted to suck up. This is a pretty slow period for game releases, but that is about to pick up soon with some great titles on the way.

The Cam Shea Q&A went over gangbusters (whatever that means, the word makes me laugh so I used it). We got a great response to that one and I personally found it very interesting and amusing. Quite a few people have requested some kind of follow up and I suspect that it won’t be the last we hear from those whacky Hyper staff members.

The Mark Prebble interview is also online now, so please have a read and check out Mark’s site. I think that his is a fantastic and inspirational story. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. Of course it also helps if you have some talent to back it up. The other great thing about it is that it shows the public are happy to get behind artists who are willing to have a go. Mark seems like a very intelligent guy with a good sense of humour; I’m really looking forward to seeing his film Futile Attraction. We get a good number of hits from New Zealand too, (including some fans of the kiwi band 48 May who we’ve also featured) so it is always nice to showcase some talent from there.

The forums are growing larger all the time. Fazz is doing a great job there. I’d also like to thank Rene (Ren) for helping us out in that area. Ren is a freak with figuring out how to fix things and I suspect he has some kind of magic powers or something. Anyway, keep joining people! I know there are still heaps of people yet to sign up and you’re all missing out.

For those who haven’t noticed it yet, we have been doing a different quote of the week for each section for a while now. These are a fun little bonus novelty to provide some extra incentive to check out the individual sections of Buttonhole.

In the last editorial I talked about hype and whether too much hype (especially referring to games and movies) was a negative thing in the long run. I still didn’t get much feedback really, I expect that to improve or else I’ll start breaking some legs. The first and best response I got to the topic was from Josh Niczynski, who posts in the Buttonhole forums as Josh 666. Josh is definitely of the opinion that too much hype can be damaging, here’s what he had to say:

I was lying in my comfy comfy bed last night and I was thinking about the matrix trilogy... Honest. Anyway, I was laying there naked, and thinking... if they had been able to follow straight away with the sequel to that movie and keep the trilogy moving along at the pace no. 2 and 3 came out... it probably would be one of the greater trilogies ever. I know... exonerating circumstances. But like... if they hadn't given Matrix fans all that time to think about the first movie, it wouldn't have screwed them over in the major way it did.

The hype outgrew the movie, and crushed it... like so many American mothers with fat babies. I mean, lets consider the fact that those movies aren't anywhere as bad as they seemed two years ago. They're not, if you try to forget everything you know about 'the matrix', and just watch them, they’re actually pretty good... not great... but good.

The game on the other hand... was still crap, but was pretty to look at.

The Matrix, and all its hype would have worked best if the directors died before they could fulfill their vision; meaning that the trilogy would always float in unfinished glory - 'Unfinished Symphony Syndrome'

Star Wars had that before they made the prequels. Now it's bad.

So yeah... that’s my two cents...

Thanks Josh, some good points there mate. I don’t agree with everything you said, but that’s kind of the whole point of getting feedback; I’m after interesting opinions, whether I totally agree with them or not. Keep ‘em coming dude! And everyone else should follow his example and let me know what you think too.

For this week’s topic I’ll go with something pretty straightforward, but I guess still potentially controversial: who is the greatest band of all time? Chat about it Here My pick is a very obvious one- The Beatles. Pretty boring answer I know, but I actually believe it to be true, so that’s the one I’m going to stick with. I’ll be keen to see what others people might be able to offer as their choice.

I am looking forward to doing Nintendo DS reviews, that’s going to be awesome. Bring it on! And of course the Sony PSP is still on the way too, I still can’t get over how powerful that thing is for a handheld.

Hmm…I think I have crapped on enough for now, so I’ll leave it there. Keep on truckin’! Oh yeah, nearly forgot- vote on our poll if you haven’t already. Cheers.

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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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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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