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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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spiderJ Just because you're paranoid

Don't mean they're not after you

Sun, 30 April 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Been a touch longer than normal (whatever "normal" means) since I did an Editorial column. I'll do another of my long ones; both to make up for the delay and because I just so happen to feel like it right now. Make yourselves comfortable and read it at your own chosen speed.

I am in a far better mood this time. After I wrote my preceding Editorial (and showed my usual level of charm by calling the majority of Buttonhole's readers "lazy sons of bitches") I got a good response. I received a nice increase in "feedback" (as the marketing wankers like to say) and encouragement from the emails you people sent me. Nice one.

I dunno if that previous Editorial I just mentioned had anything to do with it, but we've since had a few new people join the Buttonhole Forums (which Fazz continues to look after beautifully) as well. Mind you, I'd still like to see more of you on those message boards. But I'll take some improvement over none any day of the week. Except for Sundays, where it wouldn't be appreciated fully by yours truly (I am too busy on Sundays - sacrificing virgins & performing pagan rituals - to notice anything else). So... yeah, please keep up the fine work, Buttonhole readers. Good for nothing pricks.

I love to play a lot of video games. You probably noticed that. Do I have an enormous heap of sweet games to review from Buttonhole's support publishers right now? Yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I have way more of them than I can keep up with. I can't decide which of them to cover first. But, as I've said many times over, that is my favourite kind of "problem".

Do I know what "rhetorical" means (Simpsons references are never going to die, but I've been trying to cut down personally)? Yes. Yes, I do. Okay...let's talk more about games, baby!

My Xbox 360 showed up at long last. The wonders may never cease. What a great launch job. I am surrounded by retards! My sincere apologies to those who may be offended by my use of the word "retards". I'm not referring to "mentally challenged" folks when I use that term. I use it to describe those who are fortunate enough to be blessed with full mental faculties, but choose (usually through either, or both, laziness and arrogance) not to use them properly. Anyway, back to talking about 360:

I had been blaming Microsoft for the delay, but it turned out to be someone else's fault. Even so, Microsoft haven't exactly won much of the games press (or consumers for that matter) over with the way they handled the 360 launch. For one thing; in my opinion - which is probably going to get me in some trouble if they read this - Microsoft (or "Pulse" - the name of the company that handles the big M's Xbox distribution/publication here in Australia) can shove those water balloons right up their arses. I'll explain this stuff more in my write up for the 360 system itself. Some heads might just roll (and, hell, one of 'em could be mine!). Stick around Buttonholers & you can soon read all about it!

I know I'm late, as usual (even my saying "late as usual" is now usual!), with the 360 hardware review. I also know my fellow Australian (and otherwise) game geeks have probably long since already read all about Microsoft's console. But, as is the norm with my delays (at least, so I prefer to believe), I did everything I could. There wasn't any possible way for me to fix the situation. Besides, my review of the 360 will be better written and more amusing than what anyone else has done. Yep, I really am one humble and modest motherf*cker.

I also have several review copy titles for the 360. I'll get to them soon. Buttonhole's first 360 game review, done by Jason, is already up.

Imagine you just got an exciting, brand new & mega powerful console. Plus, you have plenty of software to play on it. A game on an older system would have to be pretty amazing to make you put all that aside. Well, that's what the latest Dragon Quest game on PS2 has done for/to me. It really is just that great (so long as you don't utterly despise all RPGs, I guess). I have plenty more playing to do with it, but right now I honestly reckon it might well be one of the all time best. PS2 Dragon Quest review coming...when it comes.

One last game-related topic (since this particular column already wound up being mostly about that subject) I want to mention: Nintendo's upcomming console (the development title of which was "Revolution") shall be called Wii. What do I think of that name? Well, since you asked, I think it sucks. By any other name a rose may still smell as sweet, but not everyone is going to bother learning that for themselves. The Nintendo fans are going to want it regardless, but I can't see the Wii title convincing many other people to give it a shot. But, since I'm a Ninty fanboy, I wish them all the best with it. I know there will be some amazing games for it that I'll want (being a huge fan of most the big N's exclusive properties), so I fully intend to get one.

Buttonhole's MVP award right now, for content contributions - aside from me & our Assistant Editor, Australian Ninja (which, hopefully, goes without saying) - goes to Hatchy. Keep up the fine work Hatchy, it is a pleasure to have you on board.

There was so much more I was going to talk about here, but I don't reckon I should go on any longer for now. Remain as you are at your best and remember that you'll get no dessert until you've eaten your vegetables.


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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
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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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