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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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spiderJ I like Aeroplane Jelly.

Aeroplane Jelly for me.

Wed, 1 February 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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The first month of the year 2006 has already been and gone. How crazy is that!? We're past the site's one year mark, damn, that was quick! The Buttonhole crew recently had a party to celebrate our site's First Year Anniversary. I'll post some shots of the occasion on the site soon. It was a truly excellent night.

After the slow going, post Christmas, quiet spell that January is known to be (at least, when it comes to the kinds of topics we cover), things are getting back to normal. The games, DVDs, CDs etc. are all starting to regularly find their way to Buttonhole HQ once again. Lovely!

What an amazing year this looks set to be too. The Xbox 360 is about to hit Aussie shores really soon. We can also look forward to Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Revolution console (along with a revamped version of Ninty's DS) in the months ahead. From what I've seen and heard, all three of the machines have plenty going for them. I'm really excited to see how it all goes. We'll do our best to cover all of the systems and their games.

The current generation of systems still have a huge number of great looking titles on the way as well. There will be no shortage of cool games to choose from, that much is for certain!

As far as what we review and what we don't (for games or any of our other topics), it usually just comes down to this: we'll happily cover whatever we are sent! Thankfully, we already have a bunch of awesome publishers supporting us.

That reminds me, during this second year of ours, Buttonhole will begin reviewing some import games here and there. The kind of titles that don't get released on Australian retail shelves. Our mates at Realgamer agreed to supply us with those. I'm really happy about that, as I'm keen to play them myself! Plus, it just helps us stand out from the other (vastly less entertaining) Aussie game sites even more. It also means we can inform our readers about some funky games they otherwise might've been unaware of. All good.

Because of all our supporters, we're going to continue receiving plenty of products to review. We get a great mix of different style CDs & DVDs for our music section. And a wide variety of movie DVDs will keep rolling in. Of course, Shock will still be helping us out with the WWE wrestling DVDs too.

Speaking of Wrestling, the next Wrestlemania PPV is fast approaching. I always get a huge kick out of that. It is nice of Vince to hold the show, as he often does, on my Birthday (2nd of April) even though, due that whole different time zone thing, Australia gets the show on the 3rd.

Well gang, I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of anything else I feel like babbling on about. As I always say; just keep coming back and you'll be able to find out for yourselves. Or, if you have any questions, send me an email and I will answer as well as I can.

I'll leave ya to it. Fight the Power!

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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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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