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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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Tue, 30 August 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Whoosh! Time flies when you're having fun. Guess I'd better do another one of these editorial things.

So...I was in the city (Melbourne that is) the other night, watching the Lion King stage show, right up the front. It was fantastic really, I recommend it. The music was much richer and more substantial than the syrupy version from the movie and it was backed up by some excellent singing. The show is visually amazing too, great costumes, sets, the whole deal. So, yeah, I had a good time watching that and I would say almost anyone (I say almost, because I can't imagine any members of the Hell's Angels sitting in the audience, but you never know) would find something about the show to enjoy.

I've been playing some pretty sweet games of late. I've gotten heavily into Fable: The Lost Chapters on PC, since getting the preview code (full version in pre-release form) from our mates at Microsoft. I'll have the review soon, but I want to really explore as much of the game as I can before I write that. From Ubisoft I got the demo version of Far Cry Instincts for Xbox. I'm a big Far Cry fan and, from what the demo has shown me, the Xbox version looks as though it will be outstanding. I'll write a bit more about that soon as well, so keep an eye out. There are a couple of other games I've gotten stuck into, but I'll talk about them when I do the reviews.

Special K and myself will be heading to Sydney on September 8th for THQ's LOADED '05 show. THQ will be showing off some of their hot upcoming titles at the event, so that should be interesting and plenty of fun. Again though, you'll be able to read and see more about our experiences from the show when we post the report, right here at Buttonhole!

Last but not least on the gaming front, the Sony PSP hits Aussie retail shelves on Thursday and Buttonhole will give that some coverage too!

I hope all the wrestling fan's read Gimmick's SummerSlam PPV report. He was pretty happy with the show, as was I. I was also happy to read his thoughts, because they're always interesting. Plus, he makes me laugh.

You want more? Well, you'll get more. You'll get plenty more, I can assure you of that. To make sure you don't miss anything, just keep checking the site every day! Who knows what might pop up? Hell, I even just changed our "Quote of the week" for each section, after forgetting for God knows how long. That would have to be one of the longest "weeks" of all time!

I shall see you all again soon. Make sure you remember to wear your seatbelt and don't eat the blue mushrooms.

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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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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