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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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Top Spin 2 Xbox 360 box shot Top Spin 2 . Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and GBA. Press Release

Pick your console and hit the courts!

Publisher: Take 2 Interactive

Wed, 5 April 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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2K Sports Goes for the Grand Slam as Top Spin 2 Hits the Court on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance

-- With 24 of the Top Players in the World Including Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams, Top Spin 2 Returns for Another Victory --

New York, NY - March 30, 2006 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that Top Spin 2 for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance is now available in stores across North America and will be available at stores in Europe on April 7th. The Xbox 360 version supports worldwide online play through Xbox Live® online game service.

Making gamers feel like they are on the court and in the match, Top Spin 2 combines all of the elements that made the first version a success with an assortment of new features and gameplay options. The game allows players to compete against, play as or team up with an incredible lineup of the world's top-ranked tennis professionals including Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and James Blake. Gamers can play in a wide variety of venues including all Grand Slam tournaments such as The Wimbledon Championships. Every tournament and venue is alive and dynamic with environmental elements that react to your play.

"Top Spin 2 for Xbox 360 combines the power of the next generation platform with all-new gameplay features including smoother animations, improved ball physics and better control," said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director of 2K Games. "Top Spin 2 truly provides the best video game tennis experience to date."

Featuring a wide variety of shots including slices, drops, top spins, lobs, and drives, Top Spin 2 enables players to play their style of tennis. For experienced players, the game adds depth with a number of new risk shots and all-new advanced controls, allowing gamers to pick apart their opponent piece by piece. Top Spin 2 also includes the peerless Player-Creator. Through this powerful feature gamers can customize a wide array of characteristics to create their own, totally unique player with an amazing level of detail.


Top Spin 2 Xbox 360 screen 1
I don't think you can play as Waluigi in this one, but it is looking good all the same.
Top Spin 2 Key Features:

Xbox 360

• Play as or against 24 of the world's top ranked professional tennis stars like Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Amelie Mauresmo and more!

• Create realistic player models by choosing gender, name, skin color, outfit and nationality as well as customizing details such as hair, face shape, and attitude.

• New risk shots and all-new advanced controls enable a variety of shots like slices, drops, top spins, lobs, and drives.

• High-definition technology delivers silky smooth animations and vibrant colors bringing tennis to life on the Xbox 360.

• Worldwide online play allows gamers to challenge other players through Xbox Live®.

Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance

• Choose to play as or against 16 of the world's best players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.

• Customize the ultimate player by choosing from gender, name, skin color, hairstyle, outfit, and nationality.

• Play like the pros, mastering every stroke - forehand, backhand, service, smash, volley, lob, and passing shot - while playing against the world's best players on any type of surface including clay, asphalt and grass.

• Rise up through the ranks, serving and volleying their way to the Top Spin 2 Championship!


Top Spin 2 will be available in Europe on April 7th.

For more information, please visit www.topspin2.com.


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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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