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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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a Perfect Circle - eMotive Cover A Perfect Circle - eMotive

What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?

Publisher: Virgin Records America

Mon, 26 September 2005

Kris Mii by: Special K

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The message of peace hasn't changed - it's just that I never heard it in music before. Yeah sure the Beatles and "Give peace a chance" was about the only peace song I know for the simple reason that it has peace in the title. That was until A Perfect Circle released eMOTIVe. It is one of the first albums that made me sit up and listen to the lyrics and hear the message of the song.

The most surprising thing was the complete lack of publicity for the album. I'm a bit slow off the mark with this one as it was released in Australia in November.

Track 1 - "Annihilation"
Crucifix
"NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT" (1982)

With the music-box like tune playing behind this track, I'm sure it's been done for atmosphere but it carries a simple message to decide between peace or annihilation.

Track 2 - "Imagine"
John Lennon
"IMAGINE" (1971)

This is clearly a stand-out track. I'm sure there are a lot of John Lennon loyalists saying they have butchered the song. From my perspective it is perfect – when you consider the current "War on Terror" being waged by the United States.

Track 3 - "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding"
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
"ARMED FORCES" (1979)

A favourite track on the album - but for "head up rectum" reasons. Billy Howerdel's vocals are nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately I have not heard the Elvis Costello original

Track 4 - "What's Going On"
Marvin Gaye
"WHAT'S GOING ON" (1971)

This is another of the tracks where I had a chance to listen to the original as well as the Perfect Circle cover. The music that accompanies this song is almost misleading. The funky Marvin Gaye original makes me just want to bop along to the track as if he's serenading his lover while the song deals with the uphill battle of the protester in their efforts to get their message across. To think that I've been walking around oblivious to the message of this song for so long is pretty tragic really.

Track 5 – "Passive" (TK)
A Perfect Circle
"eMOTIVe" (2004)

This is an original Perfect Circle track, dealing with "Passive Aggressive" personalities. That's my guess anyway. Good track though.

Track 6 - "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie"
Black Flag
"EVERYTHING WENT BLACK" (1983)

You would have to have been living under a rock for quite some time to not know Mr Henry Rollins. Once again the Perfect Circle crew have emphasised the message of the song. The vocals evoke images of a maniacal world leader and the power to plunge the world into despair with the push of a button. It seems to have a greater impact than the original flat-out punk Black Flag version.

Track 7 - "People Are People"
Depeche Mode
"PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE" (1984)

This was one of the tracks where I was able to track down the original recording. Because I'm not a huge electronic music fan, the drum machine annoyed me throughout the entire song.

Unless you really listen to the track for the lyrics, it comes out sounding ultimately cheesy. Capped off by the atrocious line "You and I get along so awfully". Fortunately, in this cover version, they changed the lyric but it is still the weakest track on the album.

Track 8 - "Freedom Of Choice"
Devo
"FREEDOM OF CHOICE" (1980)

Now I'm really going to show my ignorance. Basically when I think of Devo, I think of Whip It (And now that I've been exposed to the Simpsons for more than a decade – Waylon Smithers singing about liquorice to the tune of Whip It!)

This is a great song and Billy Howerdel carries it beautifully. I think I'm going to have to do a bit more research into Devo from now on.

Track 9 - "Let's Have A War"
Fear
"THE RECORD" (1982)

A disturbing track that deals with justifying and gaining support for a war effort. Not the greatest track on the album but suitably dark.

Track 10 - "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of the War Drums"
A Perfect Circle
"eMOTIVe" (2004)

This song is composed from verses taken from "Pet" on the Thirteenth Step album. That's where the similarities end. The eMOTIVe version is given a far bleaker feel with the heavy percussion and ultra-distorted guitars, which make it sound positively evil.

Track 11 - "When The Levee Breaks"
Led Zeppelin
"UNTITLED" (1971)
I don't care whether Led Zeppelin made this track famous, it sucks. Press Skip.

Track 12 - "Fiddle And The Drum"
Joni Mitchell
"CLOUDS" (1969)
Maynard lays down some awesome harmonies on this track. But it is amazing that this song, penned in the final years of the Vietnam War, is all too appropriate for the current US occupation of Iraq.

I'm not going to try and make up for it. When it comes to looking for deep meanings in lyrics, I'm not a big one for it. Maybe it's a result of being part of the MTV generation and having such a short attention span. I think unless there are scantily clad women gyrating on the screen I tend to ignore certain qualities of songs.

While this won't be to everyone's liking, it's pretty obvious that the songs were chosen for their relevance to the current situation in Iraq. It is a little harrowing that songs written around the time of the Vietnam War are still so relevant today. I thought we'd learnt from our mistakes.

Visit the official site and look at the mock war posters www.aperfectcircle.com


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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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