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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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spiderJ I think that I'd be happy too, looking at me, if I were you.

Tue, 18 October 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Recent studies have proven that people who regularly read Buttonhole are considered to be far cooler than the average person, as well as being extremely attractive to the opposite sex. I won't argue one bit with those results, even though this particular study I refer to is an entirely fictional one.

We just keep getting bigger and better. I don't know how we do it, but there it is. Amazing. Recently Atari joined the list of game publishers who fully support Buttonhole with review games and so on. My hearty welcome and thanks go to them. What an incredibly rich history the Atari name has. I hope they send me a T-shirt; I'd proudly wear an Atari T-shirt. Just as I regularly proudly wear either of my two Capcom shirts. But we're not here to talk about my casual attire (at least, I don't think that's what most of you would be here for, but don't let me go putting words in your mouths, or thoughts in your heads). Bottom line is, the more game companies that support us the merrier and when they are as cool as Atari, all the better.

Last editorial I welcomed our newest reviewer Jason. Well, we already have another new dude! Josh, also known as Darth Bin Laden(DBL) has been one of the most regular and interesting contributors to our Forums for quite a while now. He's going to help us out with regular music reviews (something we are hoping to feature more of) and maybe some other stuff from time to time also. Cheers to DBL, another cool team member to add to our elite army.

We've had all sorts of reviews lately, I'm sure you have been reading all of those. That situation is not going to change. Yours truly, for one, has a few game reviews on the way, including Ultimate Spider-Man, Dugeon Siege II and Spartan Total Warrior.

While I'm talking about games (what else is new) I might as well mention that I'm going to write some articles about various classic games. A few people have asked for that kind of thing, so keep an eye out and see what I have in store. I've been going through dozens of old beauties, trying to decide which ones I should cover first. I can't say I've minded spending my time in such a way.

We've had a fairly quiet patch in terms of DVDs sent for review. But I know there are some good ones on the way and we will have a few more DVD reviews posted in the very near future.

Until next time, look after each other. Unless you work for, or have anything to do with, that Jamster Mobile Club, in which case I suggest you do the world a huge favour and smash yourself repeatedly in the head with a brick.

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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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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