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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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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 Home sweet home

Wed, 11 May 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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I'm back baby! As great as it was to get away for a while, coming home is always a pleasure. Especially coming home to a massive pile of new games!

I had a really great trip, we drove from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and did some camping at a few places along the way. When we got there we stayed in this awesome apartment with a beautiful view of the beach and an indoor spa. Most luxurious I must say. The weather was very nice too, while it did rain a bit on the last couple of days we were there it was still warm enough to comfortabley get around in shorts. Sitting on the balcony drinking beer and watching the waves was not something I could ever get too sick of.

Didn't do the theme park thing this time, as I'm lucky enough to have been to them all several times before. We went to a couple of movies and a fantastic wildlife sanctuary though and the beach of course. We also went out for a few meals, one of which was at the cabaret restaruant Dracula's. This was the second time I'd been there, where they are all dressed up like vampires and monsters and so on and they have a live show with singing and comedy routines while you eat. It was pretty much the same show as last time but I still loved it, a really fun night out and something a bit different. The food's good and there are some really hot girls there too; they look great in their kinky goth outfits. There's a Dracula's in Melbourne also, so I must go there one night and see if it as good as the Queensland one.

Kris, Ando, Fazz and everyone else has done an excellent job of keeping everything running smoothly at Buttonhole while I was gone. I was stoked to see how well things were still going when I returned home. Not that I thought things would go badly, I suppose they just once again exceeded my expectations. Thanks so much for the great work guys, the site looks better than ever. I was also glad to read Gimmick's Backlash report, because I didn't see the Pay Per View. Sounds like it was a pretty good one too.

As I said at the start of this thing, I had a heap of games waiting for me when I got back. I didn't get the chance to play many of the games I'd planned to while I was away either, due to various circumstances that I won't bore you with here. So I am really behind in my gaming! I'll make up for it though and will be doing some monster sessions and get them reviewed as quickly as I can. Of course I'll be sharing the wealth with the other Buttonhole team members too and they'll no doubt give you their thoughts on a few of the titles we were sent. Things are really picking up steam with the game publishers supporting Buttonhole and I believe from here on we will just go from strength to strength.

I'll leave it there because I have a whole lot of playing to do! Keep safe kids.

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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