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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 You're the real thing.

Even better than the real thing.

Sun, 26 February 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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G'day ladies and gentlemen, I hope life is treating you all as well as you deserve it to.

There has been all sorts of cool stuff going on at planet Buttonhole lately and our future looks magnificent.

We've had some great articles lately, such as Australian Ninja's first Buttonhole Q&A, which he did with Jesse Reklaw from Slow Wave. Take a look, if you haven't already, it is some good reading.

Just for fun, I posted a few pics of Buttonhole's first Birthday bash.

For all of you wrestling lovers, there have been plenty of articles to enjoy. Wrestling has been an even bigger part of my life than usual of late. I've been watching a bunch of cool WWE DVDs from Shock and THQ sent me Day of Reckoning 2 for Gamecube along with the PSP version of Smackdown vs Raw 06. I'm going to do a combined review of those games, which should be posted really soon.

On the topic of wrasslin', our Wrestling Section Lead, that masked marvel of mayhem known as the Gimmick, has been reviewing some of those excellent WWE DVDs, as well as doing his Pay Per View reports, the most recent of which was for No Way Out.

Gimmick also loves his Aussie Sports, like AFL football. He's expressed some interest in doing another AFL footy tipping contest on the forums and I'm all for that idea. I'll give people more info about that once I know the details. Basically though, anyone would be welcome to join in and whoever wins will get a prize of some sort. Most likely a few games, CDs or DVDs. We'll see how it goes, but that sounds like fun to me.

Just quickly, I want to mention that Scott Tipton, who did a Q&A article with Buttonhole, has a new website. He and his fellow former Movie Poop Shooters Chris Ryall, Scott Bowden and Joshua Jabucha can now be found at I recommend that you check the new site out and make sure to tell 'em that Sammy sent ya.

Buttonhole recently added another supporter to our list, which should mean more cool DVD movie reviews for us (and you). I'll talk more about that when I've reviewed the first couple of titles they sent us.

Speaking of our support publishers, Sony is back with Buttonhole in a big way, which I'm very excited about. They sent us some fantastic games recently. One of them is Shadow of the Colossus, which I'll be reviewing. Another is Soul Calibur III, Australian Ninja seemed like the perfect choice to review that one.

So, as you can see, times are good. Thanks for reading. As always, if you want to ask about anything, or pass on any thoughts, you're most welcome to shoot me an email.

Please be good to each other and share your toys.

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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