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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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WWE Backlash 06 logo WWE Backlash 2006. PPV Report

The Gimmick lashes back

Thu, 4 May 2006

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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What traditionally comes after Wrestlemania? No, not a hangover! Backlash comes after Wrestlemania, and this year's continues that tradition.

Former partners clashed in this PPV opener and, it always seemed to me as the battle between "Brains Vs Brawn". Carlito still doesn't seem to be a full fledged face yet even though in recent times he's been tagging with faces on RAW and showing a lean in that direction. Masterpiece however needs a manager, and then and only then will he be a top heel. He's got everything else needed. OK, onto the match, which was pretty cool incidentally as Carlito was over big time all throughout. The entire match was back and forth between both men with the Masterpiece working over the back of Carlito's neck and Carlito just taking whatever advantage he could. In the end Masterpiece slapped on the Masterlock, but Carlito slipped out and pushed him face first into the turnbuckle, hit the back-cracker and got the 3 count with the help of the ropes. Brains 1 - Brawn 0.

Backstage, Maria announces to everyone that Masters beat Carlito! WTF! If you killed her for being smart, you'd be killing an innocent person. Nonetheless, Lita comes in and gives an interview about Edge winning the title. Blah, Blah, Blah!

First off, I wanna say I like Armando. To me he is a cross between Razor Ramon and 80's manager Slick, all class. This match was nothing more than a 4 - 5 minute squash. I guess Ric is paying for his mistakes outside the ring, inside the ring. Umaga destroyed Flair and finally tied him in the Tree of Woe and delivered a number of head-butts before hitting his version of the old Asiatic Spike and covered the former champion for the 3.

Backstage Vince performs a few "miracles" in front of his son Shane who didn't look too pleased. He walked on water, created a feast with a fish and a loaf of bread and turned water into wine. I'd like to see any of those phony street magicians do that!

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How's the view from there?

Unfortunately this one ended in a bit of tragedy. About 5 or 6 minutes in, Trish had Mickie in the corner and was on the turnbuckle laying in a few right hands when Mickie dumped Trish over the top rope. Trish braced herself with her right hand on the apron and as she flipped over she hyper extended her arm and popped her shoulder out. She rolled back in but she looked to be in a lot of pain. Mickie went for a few pin attempts and miraculously kicked out of all of them. Mickie eventually ended the match early by getting herself DQ'ed. Up until then it wasn't a bad match but hopefully we'll see the rematch again in a few weeks.

After the match Trish stood up and you could see the dislocation clearly but she showed more guts than most football players do in that situation. I have even more respect for her after that. Backstage Maria corrected herself for the earlier blunder and spoke to HBK. He essentially said god was with him and ended by saying he and Kentucky have two for Vince, "SUCK IT!". Another DX reformation tease!


Match of the night with both guys busting their asses for the IC title and the guaranteed WWE title match. Shelton Benjamin is the best black wrestler ever, bar none, and RVD showed why he is the best wrestler to never win the world title. Some good notable spots in this one including RVD hitting a nice Plancha, Benjamin hitting a Sunset Flip into a Power Bomb to the outside & a Rolling Thunder counter into a Samoan Drop by Shelton. Plus all the great standards these two guys are capable of. Eventually Benjamin, frustrated, went out and grabbed the MITB briefcase and brought it in. As the referee got knocked down, RVD grabbed the briefcase and hit Benjamin with a version of the Van Daminator. He scaled the top rope and hit an awesome 5 Star Frog Splash and wins it all.

Backstage Big Show speaks to Todd Grisham about Kane and the May 19th mystery. He also said it would be an eye for an eye, referring to the attack by Kane from the previous week on RAW. My question is, why hasn't this May 19th trauma reared it's head on a previous May 19th? I mean he's not a new comer; he's been in the WWE for 10 freakin' years! I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Another match involving former partners but this one was done in slow motion. Nothing special here except two 7 foot monsters beating the hell out of each other, but when you're a wrestling fan it's "been their, seen that". It actually wasn't too bad but another disappointing ending ruined another match. After 10 or so minutes Big Show was about to put that big sausage like finger of his in Kane's eye, but Kane blocked it and sent Show to the outside. As he went and followed, the lights went red and a voice over started speaking "May 19th is happening again". I didn't understand and I still don't, was that supposed to be symbolic of what was going through Kane's head, so that we know, or was it physically meant to be over the PA as if his thoughts were out in the open? Because the ref, Big Show and the commentators kinda ignored everything and went about the match as if nothing was or had happened. Bizarre! In any case as this was happening, Kane was writhing in pain clutching and hitting his head. Big Show saw this and went outside, grabbed a chair and clocked Kane with it to put him out of his misery. I wonder if the RSPCA is that humane. Once he hit him everything went back to normal but Kane sat up laughing as Big Show left.

Backstage another Vince miracle occurred as he groped Candice Michelle's breasts. I didn't see what was wrong with them, but I guess any excuse will do. Shane walked in and broke it up before it went too far. I think Jerry Lawler has a strong contender for his "creepy old man" title in the form of Vince McMahon.

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Taste the boot

This is why extremists hate America because of stunts like this. Vince McMahon will exploit anything including something as personal as ones religion. But at least he's consistent, I'll give him that. There isn't a lot he won't take advantage of. Personally I don't have a problem with it on a blasphemy level because that sort of stuff doesn't worry me, it's just so stupid. Forget about how many feathers it's going to ruffle, it is just completely ludicrous. I don't know why they would do it. Nevertheless, before the match and with both McMahon's in the ring, Vince introduced Shawn's partner god to the ring with more names than Apollo Creed. After a bit o' piss take from Vince, Shawn hit the ring and we're on. It was a typical McMahon match, not much else to speak of except for a couple of spots. Can that man wrestle without a no DQ stipulation?

Notably, HBK hit Vince with a High Cross Body off the stage and onto a pile of stage equipment but was then met immediately with a chair to the head which resulted in a crimson mask. In the end, HBK fought back and nailed both McMahon's with Sweet Chin Music and went outside for some toys. He set up two tables and put both men on them then grabbed a huge ladder and was about to leap onto the McMahon's but stopped and leapt to the outside onto the Spirit Squad who had just made their way to the ring, taking them all out. But there was too many of them and they eventually threw HBK into the air and through a table allowing Vince McMahon to make the cover and get the win. Chalk up another win for Vince against insurmountable odds.

Backstage Grisham interviewed John Cena which allowed me to take a dunny break. In the ring however Matt Striker conducted a lesson to the people of Kentucky by introducing one of there own; Eugene. He showed the people, however tempting it may be, why you shouldn't marry your cousin. I couldn't agree more. Eugene attempted to pick his nose and eat it but Striker scolded him, but was force fed Eugene's nose goblin. Another reason why Smackdown is the superior brand!


A lot of you may know that I'm not a big fan of Triple Threat matches, at least not WWE ones, but this one was OK, and in fact better than the one at Wrestlemania. Cena & Triple H worked over each other as Edge became an observer only to interject when a cover was occurring. It didn't take them long to take out some anger on Edge and whilst outside, they played one of my favorite games "Can You Top This" with Edge's head and the announcers table. From there, they all took turns in beating on each other with Triple H coming off the worst when Edge catapulted him into the post busting him wide open then DDTing him on the announce table which didn't break. OUCH!

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Taste the sledgehammer
After a number of hard hits and near pinfalls, including Triple H nearly tapping out to Cena's STFU again and also The Game hitting Lita with a hard Spinebuster, the end came as Triple H went to use the Sledge Hammer on Cena but Edge hit a Spear on The Game. Edge went after Cena but the champ hoisted Edge up instead for the FU just as Triple H hit Cena with a low blow sending Edge to the outside. Helmsley went for the Pedigree but again Cena avoided defeat and rolled up Triple H in a Jackknife cover and scored the win.

After the match Triple H cleaned house with the Sledgehammer laying both men out.

The simplest way to put this is, too many reasons why not to watch RAW as apposed to not enough reasons to stay. It's as simple as that. When you've got people like Vince doing what he's doing, Kane's breakdown, Eugene being Eugene, guys like Viscera, women stripping instead of wrestling and commentators like Lawler and Jim Ross, who incidentally came back for the PPV, it's no wonder Joey Styles quit the next night on RAW. I know it was a work/shoot but his points are so valid that it is going to be hard to make the returning ECW brand out to be the bad guys when it comes back. I honestly believe wrestling fans wanna watch wrestling, not the crap RAW puts out every week and it's sad for guys like RVD, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Matt Striker and maybe one or two others who are working their asses off in the midst of a circus. But that's sports entertainment for you.

"Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!"

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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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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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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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