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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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Hoff's Christmas CD cover David Hasselhoff- The Night Before Christmas. CD Review

When is he going to do a duet with KITT?

Publisher: Shock Records

Fri, 9 December 2005

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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On the first day of Christmas Doctor G Shock sent to me, a copy of the Hoffs new CD.
That's right my first venture into the realm of music reviews and what do I get as my first mission? Davis Hasselhoff – The Night Before Christmas. First off, let me say I don't hate the guy, in fact he goes out of his way to take the piss out of himself which I like in someone. But honestly the last thing we need in these troubled times is another Christmas CD brought out by a guy, who's only chance of getting back onto TV is to sit on one he bought himself, or at least move to Germany.

This is gonna cop a lot of flack from others on Buttonhole, but truthfully this CD seems to be another excuse for the Hoff to keep his name out there all the while doing nothing. I honestly hadn't heard him sing before and now that I have I don't know what the big deal is. He's not off key just dull. So dull in fact, that he could audition for a spot to sing for Blink 182. The CD itself is full of Xmas songs, I know I was surprised myself but when you think about it, it makes sense. He does all the classics like Bing Crosby's White Christmas, O' Holy Night, Jingle Bells, Hark The Herald Angels and two versions of Silent Night- one in English and one in German. Nothing says Xmas like a carol with a German edge. He should've gotten Rammstein to back him up in that one which would've been interesting.

Hoff's Christmas CD screenshot 1
Just pray that you don't find this under your Christmas tree!
He did however get his daughters to sing with him on one track, which was so cheesy that I had rat problems for a week after I played it. Initially I thought it might be a spoken word album ala William Shatner because the first track is the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas". He should do radio, he's got the voice for radio, unlike Madonna who has a head for radio. Hang on, I think I can hear those rats coming back after that one!

All in all, it's not so bad, it just isn't my cup of tea. Well, I don't drink tea so let's say it's not my glass of bourbon. If you can wait a little while, I guarantee it will pop up in a bargain bin for bugger all after Christmas. But if you can't wait I will burn you a copy for $5.00. Only joking, it's $10 and a blank CD, my time is precious.

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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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