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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 13/04/05

Wed, 13 April 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Man I'm having a fun time here at planet Buttonhole! I have a heap of games and dvds to keep me amused, almost more than I know what to do with! I'll be reviewing them all, as I promised last week, starting today.

Speaking of reviews, Mugwai would have to have been Buttonhole's recent "MVP" in that regard thanks to his Xbox Punisher and Hero DVD articles. Nice one dude, I enjoyed reading both of those.

I hope you all read the Q&A with Scott Tipton from Movie Poop Shoot. Scott has been a big help to us. They seem to go over well, and I really dig them myself, so we will be having more Q&A sessions soon. Keep an eye out for them.

I went to see the live WWE show in Melbourne featuring the Smackdown roster on Friday night. It was a really fun show. I especially liked the Kurt Angle vs. Booker T match and the Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio one. Seeing the Big Show live was cool too, just due to the sheer size of the bastard. John Cena got a huge reaction from the crowd, he was easily the most popular dude on the night. I hope the Gimmick (who was also in the audience- somewhere closer to the ring than me!) didn't get too upset about that. He's not much of a Cena fan.

I paid 35 bucks for a program at the show. It is just a book of photos of the wrestlers. So, yeah I basically paid $35 for a bunch of glossy pictures of half naked blokes (though there are a couple of girls in it too at least) that I will probably never look at again. Not one of the better value purchases I've ever made, but I guess it is good to have some kind of a souvenir of the occasion. Anyway, I really hope the WWE comes back down under again soon. If they did a TV taping here, or a Pay Per View, I reckon it would be awesome.

I want to share this great email I got the other day:

Dear Sam,

I loved your review
of the G Force movies, it brought back a lot of memories-except the undie shots of Princess-
(I am a married,pregnant female!!)
I was wondering how I can go about buying this DVD set, and thought you might know of a seller in Australia???
Any help will be much appreciated.

Many thanks. Melanie.

That is the kind of mail I love to get. Not just because it was complimentary, but it is just always helpful when people let us know what they are interested in. I exchanged a couple more emails with Melanie and let her know where she could purchase that particular DVD. In turn she helped me out by telling me which aspects of Buttonhole she found most appealing. I hope she (and her kid-to-be) has fun watching Battle of the Planets. Thanks again for your feedback Melanie.

As you are all no doubt aware,Star Wars Episode 3 is getting closer all the time and, like most geeks, I'm getting pretty excited about it. The preview really sucks you in doesn't it?

Well, I have a whole lot of reviews to write, so I'll leave it there. See you all again next week!

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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