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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, 23 November 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Okay then, I thought I should do a more normal Editorial, like I promised.

I'm in a great mood, because things are going so well for Buttonhole. Right now, I'm way behind, which happens to me every so often. Like with everyone else, things happen that you weren't expecting and all that kind of caper and before you know it there's a heap of stuff to catch up with. For me though, that stuff is mostly a whole bunch of videogames to review. So, all it really means is I just have to play even more games than usual and try to write about them as quickly as I'm able to. I've said it before and I'll say it again, as far as "problems" go, having a bunch of games to play is never going to be one I'll complain about.

In the next couple of days I'll have reviews of more big titles. Including Resident Evil 4 for PS2. We didn't get to review the Gamecube version, so I was very happy to get that one. I think most people already know by now that it is a great game. You can add me to the list of fans and I'll tell you why in my review! I've got many others to cover as well and the best part is, not one of them sucks!

Buttonhole's other reviewers will have more games to talk about also, at this time of year there's no shortage of games.

The CDs are coming in frequently now too, which is great because I know many readers (and staff for that matter) had long been hoping for us to cover music more regularly. Ask and you shall receive my friends (within reason at least).

Our Anime coverage has been a bit quiet, but that too is looking good. There are a bunch of DVDs headed to Buttohole HQ as we speak. So I'm sure Ichibod (and perhaps others) will be happy to get their hands on them.

I haven't forgotten about the classic game reviews some people requested. As soon as I get a few of the other titles our supporters are sending reviewed I'll get right onto that. I'm quite looking forward to talking about some of my old favourites.

There are some other things I've been working on, but I won't mention those just yet as I'm not 100% clear on it all myself! We're heading into the Christmas period and of course that makes things pretty crazy. Everything seems to just come at you at once at this time of year. Bring it all on I say.

Keep checking back guys and dolls. Myself and the rest of the crew will be consistantly providing you with plenty of fun filled shenanigans! Or something like that.

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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