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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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Xbox 360 Logo Top Japanese Publishers Announce Commitment to Xbox 360

Press Release. Huge titles coming to the next gen system!

Tue, 26 July 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Sydney – 26 July 2005 – Today at the Xbox™ Summit 2005 in Tokyo, more than 50 of Japan’s elite game publishers pledged their support for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, underscoring the momentum Microsoft is amassing behind the next-generation console. The games announced today, to a standing-room-only audience, span a full range of genres and include titles previously exclusive to other video game systems.

These next-generation games, including major titles such as "Resident Evil" and "Ridge Racer," showcase the incredible experiences enabled through Xbox 360, presenting entertainment experiences that are always connected, always personalised and always optimised for high-definition television, while also spectacular on standard-definition televisions.

By leveraging the system’s revolutionary combination of hardware, software and services, these developers have brought their globally popular brand of gaming artistry to the next generation. Japanese publishers that announced their support today for Xbox 360 include Capcom Co. Ltd., Konami Corp., Namco Ltd. and Tecmo Ltd., among others.

"Japan is one of the most important video game markets in the world and is a key pillar of our global strategy for Xbox 360," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing for Xbox at Microsoft. "Our deep commitment to the Japanese market is evident in the exciting and unprecedented alliances we’ve forged with Japan’s most talented and beloved game developers. Their new Xbox 360 titles will show the Japanese community and beyond that we are committed to defining the next generation of interactive entertainment."

Xbox 360 Game Titles Shown at Xbox Summit 2005:

Activision

Call of Duty 2

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland

Quake IV

Gun


A R C System Works Co. Ltd.

Versus Tactical Action (working title)

Artdink Corp.

A-Train X

Atari Japan Co. Ltd.

Test Drive Unlimited

Bandai Co. Ltd.

Mobile Suit Gundam(working title)

Banpresto Co. Ltd.

Super Robot Wars (working title)

Capcom

Biohazard 5 (Resident Evil 5)

Dead Rising


Cavia Inc.

Title TBA

D3 Publisher Inc.

E-D-FX (working title)

Chambara Beauty X (working title)


Eidos KK

Title TBA

Electronic Arts K. K.

FIFA Soccer 2006

NBA Live 2006

Need for Speed Most Wanted


FromSoftware Inc.

eNCHANT arM

Frontier Groove Inc.

Title TBA

G.Rev Ltd.

Title TBA

Genki Co. Ltd.

Shutokou Battle (working title)

Hamster Corp.

Title TBA

Hudson Soft Co. Ltd.

Far East of Eden Ziria – Tales from Distant Jipang

Idea Factory

Title TBA

Jaleco Ltd.

Title TBA

Kids Station Inc.

Title TBA

KOEI Co. Ltd.

Dynasty Warriors 5

Konami

Winning Eleven (working title)

Rumble Roses XX (working title)

Proyakyu Spirits (working title)


Marvelous Interactive Inc.

Title TBA

Microsoft Co. Ltd.

NINETY-NINE NIGHTS

Every Party

Project Gotham Racing 3


Namco

Frame City Killer

Ridge Racer 6

RPG Title TBA

Love Football (working title)


SEGA Corp.

Chromehounds (working title)

SNK Playmore Corp.

King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 (working title)

Spike Co. Ltd.

Title TBA

Square Enix Co. Ltd.

Final Fantasy XI

Success Corp.

Zookeeper (working title)

Operation Darkness (working title)


TAITO Corp.

World Airforce (working title)

Tecmo

Dead or Alive 4

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Project Progressive

Dead or Alive code: Cronus


THQ Japan

Saints Row

The Outfit


Tomy

Zoids (working title)

Treasure Co. Ltd.

Title TBA

Ubisoft KK

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (working title)

Vivendi

Title TBA

Yuke’s Co. Ltd.

Wrestle Kingdom


X Box 360 Console
Japanese-developed games have been embraced across the world for their unique design, eclectic characters, film-quality production values and fantastic gameplay. With Xbox 360 providing next-generation muscle, these fascinating worlds and characters explode into the high-definition era. Today’s breathtaking game demonstrations proved to the world, with staggering results, what happens when Japan’s unique visionaries develop for the most powerful next-generation system.

"The next generation is here, and Microsoft is ready to deliver," said Shigeru Yokoyama, Contents and Technology Company president of Namco. "With the blend of powerful hardware, software and services, Xbox 360 allows us to create gaming experiences more satisfying, more lifelike and more interactive then ever before. The possibilities of some of our most exciting franchises and games, such as 'Ridge Racer' and 'Frame City Killer,' are limitless on Xbox 360."

"Bandai is developing three exclusive games for Xbox 360, one of which is 'Mobile Suit Gundam,' a fully networked game that utilises the Xbox Live™ infrastructure. With a combination of HD quality and Xbox Live, gamers will be able to experience a totally new Gundam world," said Shin Unozawa, president, Video Game Company, Bandai Co. Ltd.

"With Xbox 360, we are working with the most advanced gaming technology in the world to create the ultimate gaming experience," said Isamu Fukada, director of Tecmo. "Microsoft’s next-generation platform demonstrates a sincere commitment to delivering great games to the Japanese market."



"Microsoft has assembled an impressive lineup of Japanese game developers and seems committed to producing games that appeal to this market," said Michihiro Ishizuka, corporate officer, president, Konami. "We are excited about the possibilities provided by Xbox 360’s powerful hardware and services, and look forward to creating dynamic new worlds for gamers to explore."

Today’s demonstrations also showcased the innovative strides being taken to advance the online gameplay experience through Microsoft’s industry-leading online games service, Xbox Live. Xbox Live has a worldwide membership exceeding two million, having doubled its dynamic community in just one year — the equivalent to adding one Xbox Live member every 30 seconds.

With Xbox 360, gamers can expect incredible new experiences in the next generation of Xbox Live with features such as multiple levels of service (free Xbox Live Silver membership to premium Gold membership), Gamercards, Gamerzones, an integrated message centre and Xbox Live Marketplace, a one-stop shop for downloadable content, including free and premium maps, levels, demos, casual games, trailers, and other game-enhancing content.

Xbox 360 is on track to launch in Australia in early 2006.




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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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