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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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EA Games Logo EA and Jay Kay in Need for Speed: Showdown - (Europe Only)

Press Release. (Australia/NZ is again part of Europe here)

Fri, 30 September 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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So now Mugwai might be inspired to bust out some more cool bass lines when he plays this game!

Electronic Arts announced an exclusive partnership with Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay for the launch of this year's hottest racing title EA's Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Music and racing game fans across Europe will have a chance to win the drive of their lives with Jay Kay if they can successfully decode clues to a secret location in one of four cities. The challenge is free and open to all and lucky winners will get to drive home in a Need for Speed branded Fiat Punto.

The show down kicked off in front of a cheering crowd in Berlin on Wednesday 21 September and will continue to move with Jamiroquai's European tour dates visiting Brussels, Paris and London through September and October.

Media partners in each of these cities will give away clues to a secret location where Jay Kay will be waiting. The very first contestant to arrive at the secret location will be the winner of a Need for Speed branded Fiat Punto. He or she will join the group of the first 10 contestants who arrived at the venue who will then play one another in an exclusive sneak preview of Need for Speed Most Wanted. The winner will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to sit in the passenger seat of a tuned up street car while Jay Kay shows off his drift stunt skills in a timed relay against English drift driver champion Brett Castle.

"This will be the racing competition to end all racing competitions," said Jay Kay. "I am extremely pleased to be working with Electronic Arts on this exciting opportunity giving music and gaming fans the chance to live the Need for Speed experience."

Jamiroquai's 'Feels Just Like it Should,' remixed by DJ Timo Maas, will feature exclusively in the forthcoming Need For Speed Most Wanted. The agreement between EA and Jay Kay will also see other exciting collaborations around the Need for Speed franchise.

According to Jan Bolz, Vice President Marketing & Sales Europe, "Music is an integral part of the gaming experience and working with Jamiroquai brings together the energy of his music with the high speed rush of Need for Speed Most Wanted. It's great to be working with gamer and car enthusiast Jay Kay to bring this revved up experience to consumers."

Developed in Vancouver, B.C. by EA Canada, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available for the Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy Advance™, PSP™ handheld entertainment system and PC.

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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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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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