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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 Learn to love it, because we're the best thing going today!

Tue, 9 August 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Keep your guard up, I want a good clean fight and nothing below the belt... unless you are asked nicely. Let's get it on!

The crowd is going wild, the atmosphere is electric and we're coming out swinging. Buttonhole is fast becoming an unstoppable force and we are fully set to become the greatest of all time!

I've been a bit quiet for a while now, but this week you're getting a mega long editorial because I have so much to cover. So, you'll probably be wishing I'd shut up again by the end of it.

The mysterious warrior, Australian Ninja, has given us many good reviews while I was busy with other things. Thanks for that my man, top work as always. As of late the mighty Mugwai has been on relentless reviewing tear as well; three reviews in a row landed in my inbox courtesy of that skateboard riding, bass playing, beer drinking, hadoken screaming mate of mine. I could link to those, but really, they're on the damn main page, so you ought to be able to find them easily enough!

There will be several reviews from yours truly up over this next week too. I've been geeking it up like crazy, playing the hell out of some great games and watching a whole heap of the DVDs our supporters sent our way.

Capcom's Killer 7 on the PS2/Gamecube is a game that some love and some hate. Luckily, I fall into the love side of things. It is a very stylish and interesting game in a variety of ways; I can't wait to talk more about it! I'll post my review in the next day or two. The other one I've been playing extensively is Rare's Conker: Live and Reloaded on Xbox. It is a superb game, amazing graphics, excellent gameplay and a fantastic sense of humour. I'll be raving about Conker in my review, also to be posted by the end of the week, because it is a game that no super cool and sexy (as all Buttonhole readers are) gamer should miss!

For DVD review we got our first official Anime DVD from Madman, so Ichibod is getting into that one and he'll tell you his thoughts. Madman/AV Channel also sent us several other excellent titles, but I'll let you see for yourselves what those are when my (and other team members) reviews get posted. I also have 2 wrestling titles from Shock to tell you about. So basically, there's just going to be a HEAP of new content at Buttonhole from here on in, as all the publishers continue to send us all the quality stuff!

I hope you enjoyed the Q&A with Séamus Byrne from Hyper magazine. Those articles are always popular with our readers. The Hyper dudes are always good to us and (like many of you folks) I really dig their magazine, so cheers to them once again. We will still have the Q&A articles with Ben Pollock from THQ Australia and Scott Bowden, author of Movie Poop Shoot's Kentucky Fried Wrasslin' too. Both of those guys are just extremely busy, but they haven't forgotten and they'll get to answering as soon as they have a chance!

We have a follow up interview with New Zealand director Mark Prebble on the way as well! That will be up very soon, so keep an eye out for it and see what the latest is with Mark and his movie Futile Attraction.

Have you heard of that Sony PSP thing? probably know that it is being officially released in Australia on the 1st of next month. Will Buttonhole be giving it some coverage on launch day? You bet your arse we will. Old Sammy is getting excited right now just thinking about Wipeout!

Okay, I think that about covers it for most of the upcoming material. Actually, there is even more I could tell you about, but I best leave some things for next week's editorial. Pretty crazy times here really, but all in a good way!

Last time I mentioned that I was going to offer the chance for Buttonhole readers to win some free shiznit. I'll put something up on the main page about this soon as well. Basically, the deal is that if you want to score yourself a free game, or DVD, you have to join our forums. We're hoping to boost our forum numbers a little, because there are still a great many readers who don't post on there and we'd love to hear from more of you!

Just get on there and have fun, tell us your thoughts on whatever you feel like talking about (within some reason). Every so often we'll chose a person who has the most frequent, interesting, funny (or whatever else that takes our fancy) posts and give them a prize for their efforts. So far we've already had two guys from the forums win themselves some free stuff. Troby, I didn't forget dude, I'll send you a DVD, as I promised you, tomorrow!

The other way to win free games or DVDs is to send me a reader review, or even just a cool email. If you write something good enough we will put it on the site and reward you with a snazzy prize. The only catch there is that I'll only reward those who are signed on as forum members! But if you get into that, I reckon you'll enjoy it. I really have a good time myself reading all the funny, interesting and crazy things people have to say on the forums. Forum master Fazz always does a top job of taking care of things too.

Rightio, that will do it for now. Grab them cakes people... I don't care what it takes!

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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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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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