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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 Keep on rocking in the free world

Fri, 8 July 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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What are you staring at? Oh, this. Yeah, that's fine. Keep on looking. There's quite a lot of BIG and EXCITING (it looks more impressive if I write it in capital letters) news from me this time, so you probably should read about it.

Last week was, as I said, a good one for me and Buttonhole. But this week has been even better! We're on fire, baby!

Firstly we have more folks to add to our list of "official" distributors.

On the gaming front we already had support from THQ, Activision and Ubisoft, with the huge (and very succesful) company that is Electronic Arts joining recently too.

Now we will also be getting some help from Microsoft, through Pulse, who are the PR agency that distributes product and information to the media for the big M here in the land down under. I've been informed that their first title for us to review is headed our way. It will be none other than the Rare developed Xbox game- Conker: Live & Reloaded! That's pretty awesome, as I'd been hoping to play that game anyway, so cheers to the folks at Pulse and I hope we can do you proud.

Buttonhole DVD support is growing too. I mentioned Madman/AV Channel last time and I am still very much looking forward to receiving their titles. They really have so many cool ones.

Anyway, we can now name the mighty Shock as a Buttonhole ally too! This is absolutely wonderful news because, amongst a variety of other great things, Shock publish all of the WWE wrestling DVDs in Australia. So, I am stoked about having Shock on board, to put it mildly!

There are still some other folks I'm waiting to hear back from too, so I'll let you know how that goes. For now though, thanks again to all those who have chosen to work with us; it is extremely appreciated by us all.

Those Q&A articles are still on their way, we should have the ones with Scott Bowden (author of Kentucky Fried Wrasslin at Movie Poop Shoot), and Ben Pollock from THQ Australia, ready and posted soon.

Speaking of the Q&A thing I get asked quite a lot is; "when will there be another Q&A with someone from Hyper magazine?" Well, how about...really soon? That good enough for ya? I hope so. We will have a Q&A with Hyper's Seamus Byrne, who writes the mag's excellent "Game Theory" column, in the very near future. Our thanks go to Seamus, for agreeing to that one. It should be another beauty.

In my next editorial I'll be announcing some other news, which most of our forum members will already know about. Basically, loyal Buttonhole readers will be given the chance to win some stuff. So check out next week's column to find out more about that.

We will have a few more game and DVD reviews posted over the next few days too. Keep coming back, there are all sorts of things going on, so you never know what we might have for ya!

Cheers, big ears!

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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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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