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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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Jake Roberts DVD box Jake "The Snake" Roberts: Pick Your Poison. DVD Review

It's snake eyes for you, my man.

Publisher: Shock

Tue, 29 November 2005

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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For those of you who don't know, the story of Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one of triumph and a hell of a lot of tragedy. From his childhood days growing up in a not so perfect home in Texas, becoming one of the biggest stars in wrestling history and in between his battles with drugs and alcohol, his is a story that could be made into a movie and I still don't think you could cover everything. But WWE and Shock have done a great job in putting together and releasing the story of Jake "The Snake" Roberts: Pick Your Poison, a special 2 DVD set.

It begins with an insightful and emotional poem which is entitled Thieves of Dreams penned by the Snake himself. The main feature is an almost 2 hour journey through the ups and unfortunately downs of the life and times of Jake Roberts. His stories run through an assortment of emotions from soaring heights down to devilishly lows. His mother became pregnant at the age of twelve by her mothers boyfriend, former pro wrestler Grizzly Smith. He grew up in his grand parent's home with an alcoholic grandfather and that, amongst other things, caused him to become withdrawn and a loner. After his Grandmother died, he moved in briefly with his father, but his step mother put a subtle end to that. He eventually moved in with his birth mother and her husband, but due to his past experiences, he had already "put up a wall" and the perfect family life which eventually came about was too late. But the story of his sister and her premature death, is as shocking as you will hear from anyone.

The strenuous relationship he had with his father was what eventually fuelled him to become not only a professional wrestler, but a better and more famous wrestler than his father ever was. He wrestled all over the south and mid south of America and in Canada until he cemented a spot in Georgia Championship Wrestling where he became the T.V champ and an original member of the Legion of Doom. He eventually made his way to the World Wrestling Federation in 1986 and, in the six years he was there, he and his python "Damien" were involved in some of the greatest matches and feuds professional wrestling has ever seen. From the likes of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, The Honky Tonk Man, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Andre The Giant, "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase and "Macho Man" Randy Savage to name a few. The DVD features stories of the birth of the DDT (the greatest finisher in the business, in my opinion) and the birth and following troubles with the snake Damien.

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Draping your snake over an unconcious man...the jokes write themselves here.
He is extremely candid about his drug and alcohol addictions that plagued him through out his career and into his post career and stories of this are scattered throughout the feature. He left the WWE after Wrestlemania VIII in 1992 when he had been promised by Vince McMahon that he would be the head writer for the company, but Vince pulled it from him and he headed for WCW. However that didn't last long, after an ultimatum from his (now ex) wife forced him to retire. He made his return however in January 1996 to the WWE but this time he had cleaned up his act and had found religion and even had a snake named "Revelations" to torment his opponents with.

His feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler at this time was a hard feud for him as Lawler made many disparaging remarks about Jake's battle with the bottle and behind the scenes it cut Jake deep and eventually he fell off the wagon and also left the WWE. He wrestled for ECW briefly and toured overseas but he now makes his money working the independent circuits in America. The feature finishes in a foggy way because it's unclear whether he has cleaned himself up or he is content to live with his addictions. Regardless, no man can argue his talents or his legacy he has left on the world of pro wrestling. Also on Disc 1 is his match with Ricky Steamboat from The Big Event, Canada in 1986, his Wrestlemania III match against The Honky Tonk Man (featuring insightful and entertaining alternate commentary) and a match from MSG where he battled Rick Rude in a DDT Vs The Rude Awakening match. There are other little informational bits and stories on this disc but most of the extras are on disc 2.

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A couple of the things Jake claimed DDT stood for: "Damien's Dinner Time", or "the end".
Disc 2 is probably my favorite because it showcases the talent of the man inside the ring instead of all the negativity that is so focused nowadays. It features matches against Ronnie Garvin from 1983, his WWE debut against Lanny Poffo from MSG, the match against Earthquake in 1991 where Damien met his demise at the hands of the Quake. His "Coal Miner's Glove" match against Sting from WCW is featured as are his 2 ECW appearances. But my favorite is the angle against Randy Savage where he tied Savage into the ropes and let his Cobra to bite into the arm of the Macho Man. I have seen so many tough guys wince after seeing this, it is truly an incredible sight.

Amongst the great matches (and there are a lot more on this disc) there is a plethora of pro-mos and interviews and that, in my opinion, is what separates Jake from every other wrestler. I consider him the greatest worker of the mic in wrestling history. I know there are legends like Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Mick Foley and others who many consider the best, but for my money it's Jake Roberts. His classic pro-mos with The Ultimate Warrior are featured on this as is the segment where Rick Rude tried to give the Rude Awakening to Jake's wife Cheryl. The aftermath of Rick "The Model" Martel's attack on Jake on the Brother Love Show is also on this and quite possible the most famous of them all, his match at the King of the Ring 1996 against Stone Cold Steve Austin and the interview after that that shot Austin to superstardom.

There are so many other things that should keep you enthralled, but to list them all would be fruitless. I implore you all to get a copy of this and take a look, not for the "slow down and watch the car crash" reason, but to find out why and learn from it all. Jake has been involved in everything that is good and bad in the world of pro wrestling and he holds nothing back in this DVD. Some of the best stories I've heard are on this, including the story of Ricky Steamboat saving Jake's life one night during a match and the night he met Dick Ebersol, head of sports on NBC America. Unfortunately, it also includes some of the worst stories I've ever heard. All in all it is a story of a man who despite all his demons battled through them, made a huge impact on the wrestling industry and survived. That is the Jake Roberts I want to remember.

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All in all it is a story of a man who despite all his demons battled through them, made a huge impact on the wrestling industry and survived. That is the Jake Roberts I want to remember.

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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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