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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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AFL Xbox box THQ publishes AFL Premiership for Xbox & PC. Press Release

Exclusive publishing deal secured.

Mon, 26 December 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Melbourne, Australia, 22nd December, 2005 - THQ Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), today announced an exclusive publishing deal for AFL Premiership, on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and AFL Premiership 2005 for the Windows PC platforms.

AFL Premiership is the next generation of interactive AFL gaming. A completely new engine allows for more realistic player models, fantastic stadium environments and all the bone-crunching action of the real thing.

"We are delighted to add AFL Premiership to our release schedule this year. AFL is one of Australia's most treasured pastimes, and THQ is very proud to be playing a part in it," said Martin Good, Vice President, Asia Pacific Publishing, THQ. "Especially now that the Xbox AFL Premiership game includes the latest AFL statistics concluding the '05 season, this will surely heighten this uniquely Australian interactive experience."

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David McLean, Regional Director of Microsoft Home Entertainment Division also commented, "AFL Premiership on Xbox gives AFL fans the most authentic recreation of the sport available. Thanks to the power of Xbox, this version buries you deeper in the game than ever before with incredibly lifelike audio and visuals. Appropriately for this truly national game, the integration of Xbox Live support allows gamers to tackle mates across the country with the best online games service available."

Features in AFL Premiership Include:

* Career Mode: Player Trading, National AFL Draft & Player Career Development

* Rough Play: All the hits, crunches & hard tackles of a real AFL game

* Multiplayer: Xbox Live® Support for up to four players

*New Stadiums: Eight highly detailed football stadiums, including Stadium Australia. Every stadium features 3D crowds and realistic weather effects

*AFL Tribunal: In-Game reports and suspensions

* Player Models: High detail player models, including long & short sleeve jumpers, gloves, bandages and custom boots

* AFL Video: Highlights of the best goals, marks & hits of the 2004 AFL Season

* Great AI: Multiple coaching strategies and realistic player movement

* Control System: Fade kicks left & right, snap overhead, all-new marking, tackling and ruck control

* Commentary: Denis Cometti & Dermott Brereton provide expert commentary

* Xbox Exclusive: Fully updated 2005 season statistics

AFL Premiership for Xbox, and AFL Premiership 2005 for Windows PC are available now.

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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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