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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 Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief.

All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief.

Sat, 8 April 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Hi again Buttonholers. I'm feeling a bit grumpy at the moment and I'll tell you why. You see, I love you all dearly, but it seems to me that, by and large, you are a bunch of lazy sons of bitches. I understand that insulting our readers and calling them names might not be the smartest thing in the world, but old Sammy just calls it how he sees it. What's lead me to this conclusion? Well, this:

Firstly, we had the Gimmick's AFL Footy Tipping Contest. A cool and fun thing there, I'm all for it. Have a crack at picking the winners and if you come out on top we reward you with a couple of hundred dollars worth of products for your efforts. The only thing the Gimmick asked of you was that you join the Buttonhole forums. Well, guess who joined the tipping contest? That's right, all the people who were already Buttonhole forum members (and God bless every one of them). Not one single extra person bothered to take the time to become a forum member and get involved with that. That's pretty piss weak if you ask me. Admittedly, I didn't join Gimmick's tipping contest either, but I reckon my excuse of being in hospital with my veins full of morphine when it started holds up pretty well. Besides, if I was to win (as unlikely as that seems, since I've not been following the game too closely) it'd be pretty stupid to give myself the prize.

Secondly, we had the Night Watch DVD giveaways. This required even less effort on your behalves. All you had to do to win one of the five copies of that cool movie was email me with the answers to three very easy questions. All of the answers were in the review itself, so it wasn't like you had to do any additional research. You know how many people took the time to do that so far? Two. That's right, TWO people! I just can't believe that. A free movie that is well worth seeing and only two God damn people have bothered to get the thing. That's just pathetic.

Look, there are two ways to approach life. You can sit on your arse and talk about all the things that you could, should or would do. Or you can go ahead and do it. The first option will get you exactly nowhere. The second can take you anywhere you want it to, if you stick at it and learn to do it well enough. I know that you are there, Buttonhole readers, in sizeable amounts. I also know that most of you are intelligent people, with good taste. So I believe that you can all understand when I tell you that, if you get more involved with things, it will result in this website getting even better. Both for us and for you.

So, that's my grumbling rant over with. It feels better to have gotten that off my chest. I'll switch back to "Mister Nice Guy mode" for you now.

I trust you've enjoyed our coverage of the upcoming third X-Men movie. I've really been having fun with that myself and am getting quite excited about the film. We'll have more about the movie soon.

Other than that, it is just going to be business as usual. Which means a whole shitload of news and reviews of funky games, movies, CDs, wrestling and the other stuff we cover here at Planet Buttonhole. And that includes Xbox 360 coverage. Sorry that's so late, but I am still waiting for my system to show up, so it is out of my hands!

You are welcome to come back for as many servings as you like. Leave your shoes and wallets at the front desk and make yourselves comfortable.

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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