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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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Hunter S Thompson Hunter S Thompson Obituary

Buttonhole pays tribute to the legend

Fri, 25 February 2005

Mark Profile by: Tyz

The Sports desk is empty Bubba. Raoul Duke will no longer be reporting about the geeks, the freaks, the uppers, the downers, the fear or the loathing of American life.

Hunter S Thompson shot himself at his Owl Creek Farm in Colorado on Sunday night. He was 67 years of age, but some would say he was centuries old in life experience. He lived life on the cutting edge of the counter culture for most of his life, and he was its greatest poet.

Although better remembered for his drug fuelled rampages of the 1970’s, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson first came to fame with his book Hells Angels in which he spent a year living with the notorious motorcycle gang of the same name. Always part of any story he covered, Thompson wound up getting his lights punched out by some of the Angels by the end of the book.

Being part of the story, reporting it raw, dripping in venom with no attempt at objectivity – This was Gonzo Journalism and Hunter S Thompson brought it to the world. His coverage of the US Presidential election race of 1972 (Fear ad Loathing on the Campaign Trail) has been hailed as one of the most honest and scathing reports of just what it is like to be caught in the whirlwind of the political process.

Thompson tried politics himself later on when he ran for Sheriff of Aspen County. If he won he vowed to rip up all the asphalt roads, drive out the yuppies and rename the town “Fat City”. He didn’t win, but with the “Freak Vote” behind him he sure put a scare into some of his more conservative neighbours.

In his eulogy for Richard Nixon, Thompson said that the ex-president should be put in a garbage bag and thrown in the dumpster. This is the kind of comment that shows why he will be missed – no compromise, always state your opinion no matter whose toes you may tread on, and give the audience a laugh in the process.


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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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