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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 Somebody up there likes me.

And somebody down there hates my guts.

Wed, 24 May 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Back in action, baby! Didya miss us? Because, I hope you know, I sure missed all of you. I assume you're all aware that Buttonhole crashed and was down for two weeks or so. What a drag, eh? It wasn't our fault though, honest. As for what did cause the problems; we'll probably tell you more about that soon. Our Forum members (and all those who read our boards, but haven't signed up - cheeky buggers) would already know a bit about it. Here though, I'll just say (for now) that some web hosts are better than others and customer service is not what it used to be.

We've still got a few kinks to iron out (you may well notice some of 'em), but we'll HOPEFULLY have every little thing fixed up before too long. Already the vast majority of the site (as far as being able to access all the content, working links etc) is back to functioning as it should. We can thank Buttonhole's Lead Software Developer and Tech Support, Special K, for getting the site up and running again.

I don't seem to have a whole lot of luck with things like this. I was sick as a dog at the same time too; this illness of mine has always had impeccable timing. Anyway, I am back up now, Buttonhole is (mainly) back up now and hooray for everything. I'm still having a bit of trouble with it, as not everythng has been dealt with just yet. But it shouldn't be long before I'm able to return to posting new reviews and other content at this lovely website of ours.

And good God almighty, what a huge amount of content there shall be. Even though the site itself has been down, there was still a whole lot of stuff happening for Buttonhole "behind the scenes" (I always love using that expression). What that essentially means is that, not only are we back online, we're soon going to be better than ever!

There's been so much going on, it is crazy. I won't give all of that away yet, though, because it is best to leave some surprises. But, for one thing, I could probably bury myself fully under all the products we've been sent to review lately. Games, CDs, DVDs (and a few other goodies) galore, my friends. Just the way I like it! I'm not going to say much more about how I'm way behind with reviews, because I'm sure you all know that by now.

On top of all that stuff, there's been plenty of big news and interesting developments happening with some of the topics Buttonhole covers. Have you heard of that little video game show they hold in Los Angeles called E3? Oh, man, what a sweet show it was this year. I mean, I didn't get to attend (again!) but I followed it fairly closely (the same way I'm sure many of you did) by using this crazy internet thing. Various places online had the full Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo E3 presentations available for everyone's viewing pleasure, along with footage of all the games etc.

I also got plenty of Press Release info, "assets" discs and so on, regarding all the titles our support publishers were showing at E3. There really was a heap of big news, interesting developments and impressive games this year. All up, I'd say it was the most exciting E3 in quite some time. While I won't have time to go into the show in the same amount of detail I did last year, I will try to post some sort of E3 article soon, to at least acknowledge some of the more important and/or interesting parts.

Wrestling too has had some pretty interesting stuff going on. Vince and Co. are bringing back both ECW as a full time promotion and Degeneration X (with Triple H and Shawn Michaels). Those two things are very fondly remembered (by most) blasts from the past for sure. It'll be interesting to see if they can still work and recapture the love of the fans as they did the first time around. One thing is for sure though, it has certainly gotten people talking (amongst the internet wrestling geeks, at least). So, I guess that's a start. Plenty of long time fans have been most unhappy with the WWE's product of late, including Buttonhole's Wrestling Section Lead, The Gimmick. So, let's hope the" E" pulls out all the stops and allows more folks to enjoy wrestling again.

One thing that the WWE is still doing a fine job with is all the sweet DVDs they continue to release. Buttonhole has received several WWE wrestling DVDs in this past week or so. What's even better is that most of 'em aren't actually out yet, as retail releases. Yep, we've been getting 'em nice and early, so we shall try to let you know which ones are worth your bucks when they hit store shelves. Some of them are fantastic; especially for "old timers" like me and Gimmick (we really aren't that old, but it is all relative!). You can expect to see reviews of all those titles in the near future, from both Gimmick and I.

On a final (for now) wrestling related note: I still have to finish the rest of my "in depth look at Bret "Hitman" Hart's career and DVD". I'm looking forward to getting back to that, as I'm now at the part I reckon will be the most enjoyable and interesting to write about (and hopefully some of you people will dig reading it too!).

Something else I should mention, before I forget; now that Buttonhole and myself are (almost) working again, I decided to bring a friend back with me. So, let's welcome our newest reviewer - Tino. He's an old acquaintance of mine (and a few of the other Buttonhole crew). It'll be particularly helpful to have another Buttonholer, who knows his stuff, doing some music reviews for us, because we now get so many CDs to cover. You'll be able to check out Tino's first Buttonhole review real soon. I'm most pleased to add him to the team.

There it is - another long winded "catch up" Editorial from me, after everything went to shit for a while. That feels far too familiar to me. Let's hope that everything is fully back in working order here at Buttonhole really soon (and it probably will be). Let's also hope that, from here on, we don't have any more technical problems (especially the kinds caused by others), get hit by lightning, fall down a well, or cop any other stupid setbacks. I reckon we've already had more than our share by now!

Thanks again to everyone who has been helping get the site back on track. An extra large thanks to Special K; who gets 11 buttons from me for his unflagging efforts. Also, thanks to all of you loyal readers, who stuck with us and kept checking back to see if Buttonhole was back online. You all rule!

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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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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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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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