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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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TalkMan Sony PSP logo Talkman on its way to Sony PSP. Press Release

Hey... don't be misunderstood! Learn to TalkMan™

Fri, 13 January 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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TalkMan is PSP's multilingual interactive phrase book & language tutor. Make new friends, break down barriers, promote world peace...and travel with a multilingual bird called Max!

Thanks to TalkMan™ - and a large blue multilingual bird called Max – PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) is on a mission to break the ice and tear down those barriers that keep nationalities apart. Bring the art of language to your gestures, put words behind the shrugs, turn Spanglish into perfecto Espanol, make the move on the girl or guy in that foreign bar who catches your eye - in short, become a jetsetter able to communicate in six languages with more than 3000 crucial phrases at your fingertips.


Following the recent success of the Asian version in Japan and Korea, Talkman is coming to Europe and Australasia this spring on PSP, courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. TalkMan is the portable language entertainment tool and interactive phrasebook that makes sure you are ready to talk - wherever you are – and comes packed with the phrases that count in six languages: French; English; German; Spanish; Italian and, of course, Japanese!

Using TalkMan is simple. All you need is a PSP, one TalkMan UMD™ (containing all six languages) and the special microphone which comes bundled with Talkman. TalkMan is hosted by Max, the friendly on-screen language guru who is there to help you along, to make the introduction to your new found foreign friends and to provide you with essential language tutorials:

*Step 1: Select where you are

Choose the language you want and the scenario that best fits – there are 28 to choose from including hotel foyer, restaurant, nightclub and ski slope

*Step 2: Decide what you want to say

It's important for conversation… Make use of Talkman's voice recognition technology by talking into the microphone - or just select a stock phrase from a drop-down list

*Step 3: Get ready to speak in foreign tongues

Max translates the phrase into the language of your choice and will even include different emotion levels for comic effect.

*Step 4: Interact!

Hold up the PSP to show Max repeating the foreign phrase fluently and impress your audience – or, if you're feeling brave, listen carefully and repeat the phrase yourself.

* Step 5: Let the audience respond...

Questions have possible answers pre-selected, but your audience can also initiate conversation of their own. With the ability to reverse languages instantly, it couldn't be simpler.

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Looks like someone finally punched that annoying Dodo internet mascot in the eye
TalkMan

In addition to the six-language Talk Mode, Max also presents two games modes ideal for perfecting your accent and improving your understanding. The Pronunciation Game sees Max don his mortar board to challenge you to imitate the pronunciation of essential phrases whilst the Listening Game challenges you to listen to the phrase and then identify the right translation. Perfect for pre-voyage language practice!

The phrasebook is backed by a series of useful functions. Voice Memo function allows you to record and playback other people's voices from hotel addresses to the names of star attractions. The Unit Converter ensures the deal is always fair whilst an Alarm Mode wakes you with a phrase in the language of your choice and can only be cancelled by identifying the right translation! Finally, in a world without barriers, the Friend Map allows you to record a new friend's fine words and save them onto a world map creating the world's first audio scrap book!

TalkMan is due to release this May.

So don't forget that whether you are a business person or a back packer, a footie fan or a holiday maker, the world is a lovely place if you can just TalkMan….




by: Hillelman

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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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