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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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Wed, 2 November 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Yeah, I know we've been a bit quiet again. My excuse is simple; I have an ongoing illness and it tends to interupt my plans on a consistant basis. But everything is going well for Buttonhole, so fear not. There's going to be a massive amount of new material posted within the next week or two. You have my word on that and it will all be worth waiting for!

Another excellent developement took place for us "behind the scenes". Last Editorial I mentioned that Atari had come on board the Buttonhole express. Well, now Vivendi Universal has joined us as well! VU Games are one company I have a very high opinion of. So now Buttonhole has a truly awesome list of game publishers on board. Check it out: Atari and VU (as I just mentioned), THQ, EA, Pulse/Microsoft, Ubisoft, Activision and (sometimes at least) Sony. Pretty killer line up isn't it? So hooray for us and hooray for our readers!

Shock, along with the DVD support they already give us (which is particularly helpful due to all the great WWE wrestling DVDs they publish), have started supporting us with some of their excellent music stuff too! So, that should help us keep our music section as one worth reading

Madman/Av Channel have said they'll send more DVDs our way soon too. So the Anime stuff should start to get more coverage.

The end of the year is approaching faster than... something that goes much faster than you'd expect it to. Buttonhole only officially launched in January of this year. As we head towards that one year mark, I'd have to say that I'm extremely proud of what we have achieved so far. We have built a great team, which has continually grown and improved. We've also become somewhat noticed, much more quickly than I'd hoped. If you haven't seen that other people in this industry have been paying attention to us and our unique style, you probably need to take another look around. I'm proud of how well we have done, I love the kind of readers we attract and everyone on team Buttonhole has exceeded my expectations (which weren't all that low to begin with).

If you have any questions or comments about the site, or anything you feel like sharing, go for it. You can email me,or jump on the Forums. Everyone is welcome, unless you totally suck.

Buttonhole is here to stay, baby! If we continue to surge ahead at such astonishing rates...basically we'll be able to do whatever we want to do and/or whatever you want us to do! Unless you want us to get Jessica Alba (or Brad Pitt, or whoever the chicks are most into these days) to satisfy you sexually. But that's only because I want to keep that type of thing for myself. I'm selfish that way.

Thank you very much, you're a beautiful audience.

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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