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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 So don't fear if you hear a foreign sound to your ear

It's alright, Ma, I'm only sighing.

Fri, 31 March 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Ahhh...yep, that's better. I am back where I belong, here at planet Buttonhole. It sure feels good to be home. Hospital is not a cool place to be and I've done way too much time there in my life. That whole hanging with sick old people deal is not an especially thrilling experience the first time, let alone the millionth. So, you better believe that I am stoked to be out. I'm also really excited to get things moving again here at the site, because there's a whole lot of great stuff going on.

First up, I want to say this; thank God for videogames. Sometimes I believe games are the only thing that keep me from going utterly insane. Seriously, I played my PSP and DS constantly while I was laid up and if it wasn't for that, I dread to think what kind of a dribbling nutcase I would be by now. In between having needles shoved into me and being fed enough drugs to make Keith Richards think twice, I was digging the 2 new Mega Man remakes on PSP that Capcom/THQ sent for review, along with quite a number of other handheld beauties. What a wonderful age we live in, when a dude can lie in a hospital bed and play Grand Theft Auto. It sure beats the shit out of a Rubik's cube, I can tell you that much for free.

And now for some Buttonhole news! We have a new Assistant Editor. It is none other than the deadly expert of over 100 forms of martial arts known as Australian Ninja! Congratulations to him on his rise to the top, the world shall soon be shaking in fear of his incredible power. I really needed some back up from someone with the dedication and passion required for the job and Mr. Ninja certainly fits the bill there. Truthfully, I doubt our readers will notice a great deal of difference from this, but if you do it will only be in a good way. Hopefully it will allow things at Buttonhole to run a bit more smoothly in future if I happen to be back in hospital, or away for any of the various other (less shitty) reasons that come up every now and then.

And I believe that our previous Assistant Editor, the enormous human being called Special K, is still going to be on board as Buttonhole's Tech Support and Lead Software Developer, so that's all good. I certainly hope that he is, because I'm pretty crappy when it comes to anything technical. My thanks again to big K for all the excellent work he's done for Buttonhole from day one.

There are heaps and heaps of reviews on the way from me and the other guys. We've got literally dozens of 'em on the way and plenty of them are for products that are very much worth talking and reading about. Games, DVDs, CDs - the whole lot. After returning, I first had to catch up with a bunch of emails, let our supporters know what was going on and boring stuff like that. Now I've gotten most of that out of the way, so I can get back to posting cool articles. As of tomorrow you can expect to see the content rolling in again. Sorry it was so quiet there for a while, but they say absence makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe you'll appreciate our reviews even more now!

Oh yeah, there are a couple of pretty hot topics I really should mention, since they are huge parts of the subjects we cover here. First is the fact that the Xbox 360 has officially launched in Australia, I'm sure all you game lovers are very interested in that. Due to my setbacks, I'm running behind with our 360 coverage. I'm waiting for my shiny new 360 console to arrive as we speak! I have a bunch of games waiting to be played on it, so you can expect reviews of those as soon as I get my hands on the thing. I'm really fired up and ready for some next gen action.

The other big topic is, of course, Wrestlemania! The biggest wrestling show of the year is happening on Monday. We'll have the Gimmick's report on the PPV along with a bonus one from myself and DBL. That's right, extra coverage for an extra big wrestling event. This should be fun.

Thanks for reading kids, I'll leave you to it now and meet you again next time, at the usual spot. Bring some beers and a packet of chewy.

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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