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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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ECW One Night Stand 2 PPV logo ECW One Night Stand 2006. PPV Report

E. C Dub! E.C Dub!

Fri, 23 June 2006

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Sammy's note: Sorry, wrestling fans, that I was unable to post this closer to the actual PPV. Gimmick had it done on time, so don't blame him. Anyway, it is still a relevant review because the DVD of the show will be coming out soon.

One year ago, Vince McMahon decided to do an ECW PPV. A. As a tribute to the wrestlers and the company and B. To see if the company was still viable, financially and otherwise. I guess seeing that the PPV went ahead was proof that it is indeed viable.

The show started with Paul Heyman making a speech on why the company was back. It wasn't him nor Vince McMahon who brought it back, it was the fans. If ever the term "by popular demand" was relevant, it was in reference to the rebirth of ECW. And with the new weekly TV deal on the Sci-Fi channel in the states, it seems ECW is back and back for good.

Tazz came out and looked pissed, but when doesn't he look pissed. Lawler came out next and immediately went after Joey Styles to his left at the commentators table. He slapped Joey and headed to the ring. As he stepped through the ropes, Joey jumped up on his back attacking him. Lawler threw him down and went for the piledriver, Tazz seized the opportunity and slapped on the Tazzmission. Lawler tapped and that was it. Lawler from me to you, YOU SUCK!

Tazz joined Joey at the commentary table for this WWE Vs ECW match. The crowd was hot for this one and buried Orton like nothing I have ever heard, as did Angle who wrestled Orton and showed how inept Orton is on an amateur level. But to Orton's defense, no one can match Angle in that department. It was a delight though to see Angle at his purest form. Orton only got control when Kurt made a mistake or when he changed the style to suit himself. But eventually the crowd and Kurt's superior ability got to Orton and after numerous escapes from "the legend killer" he was beaten by the Ankle Lock. Kurt slapped it on, dropped to the mat and Orton tapped.

After the match Kurt was cheered by the ECW faithful and Orton got called a "Pussy" and told to "Get The F*ck Out!".

Goodbye Nunzio, hello Little Guido. The FBI is back (Full Blooded Italians) and they took on the "Insane Luchadore" Super Crazy and the return of Yoshihiro Tajiri in the best tag match I've seen in a while. Tony Mamaluke can move and will be a great addition to the new ECW and Tajiri showed he had little if any ring rust. In the weeks prior to this I rediscovered the series of matches between Crazy and Tajiri in ECW and it doesn't matter whether they are partners or opponents, those two work great together. Lots of high flying moves, mat work, quick tags and insults from the crowd throughout this one. Towards the end Tajiri & Crazy hooked on duel Tarantulas as Big Guido entered. They double kicked Guido to the mat, but Mamaluke and Little Guido entered and threw out Crazy. Tajiri got hit with a double Fisherman Driver and was covered for the 3 count.

As the FBI celebrated, The Big Show entered and destroyed all 3 members of the FBI including the giant: Big Guido.

JBL is up on the balcony at the Hammerstein Ballroom and proceeds to give us a history lesson on what happened at last years ONS between him and The Blue Meanie. If you haven't seen it, get a copy and watch the end when everyone is in the ring and keep an eye on JBL and The Meanie. Nasty stuff! JBL gloats and bashes ECW to some disparaging remarks from the ECW fans. Hilarious! He also states that since Tazz left Smackdown for ECW, he was now the new announcer and the new voice of Smackdown.

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Makes Hogan's legdrop look like an even lamer finisher

The match fans had been dreaming about for the longest time didn't disappoint. This one was under Extreme Rules, which is basically, no rules. Rey was booed, but nowhere near as much as Orton which shows ECW fans haven't destroyed their memories completely. All the Sabu standards were in this one and Rey pulled off a few classics as well. They hit each other hard and unbelievably they kept coming back for more until the premature end. As Sabu had Rey on the table which was on the outside resting between the ring and the rail, he ran and lept to the top. Rey stood up on the table and Sabu came down and hit him with a huge DDT through the table.

Description in words can't do this justice, you have to see it. The EMT's came down and checked on both men, who were incapacitated and signaled that neither could continue which pissed the crowd off immensely. Both me got carried out to huge ovations.

This one was HARDCORE! If anyone questions Terry Funk's ability to e able to still go, they need to watch this. At 61 years of age, he was beaten worse than a rednecks wife. Foley and Edge came out separately and berated ECW while Lita gave it to Beulah. Dreamer, Funk and Beulah hit the ring and Beulah turned it into a 6 person tag match. It started in the ring like a normal match, but that's where the normality ended. All four men battled all around and in the ring with weapons galore. But it wasn't until Foley & Edge pulled a board covered in barbed wire out from under the ring that it got out of control. After both teams used it to their advantage Foley wrapped barbed wire around his arm and hit Terry Funk with it and then raked it across his head. Funk screamed about it injuring his eye and the EMT's took him backstage with blood gushing from both his head and eye.

The match continued 2 on 3 as Foley pulled out Mr. Socko and used it on Beulah! Dreamer came to her rescue but he was dumped. As all 3 were about to beat on Beulah, Terry Funk came back with a 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire and soon after set it on fire. Funk hit Foley with it and Mick is on fire! He is knocked from the apron and onto the barbed wire board which was outside the ring. Funk gets hit from behind and joins him in the wire, as Dreamer lays out Lita with the Spicoli Driver. Edge Lays out Dreamer and spears Beulah hard for the win.

Terry Funk is completely entangled in the barbed wire and needs to be cut out. What a match!!!

Last year Tanaka had the best match at the ONS PPV with Mike Awesome, but this year he looked thinner and seemed to be injured, but since when does that stop an ECW wrestler. Balls got a quick advantage with a suplex and the Balls Shuffle. Tanaka drop kicked him outside and hit a plancha only to be caught by Balls. He got a few beers from the crowd and hit Tanaka with them. Back in the ring and both men have chairs which they use to block each others shots. Balls gets a kick in on Tanaka and blasts him with a huge chairshot. Covers him for the 3 count, and the chair swinging freak gets the win.

WTF?!! It's Eugene! Who left the doors open at the asylum? Eugene starts telling the hostile ECW crowd how much he loves them which goes over like a turd in a punch bowl. Then he reads a poem he dedicated to ECW which brought chants of "Shut the F*ck up!". Another thing that brought out, was The Sandman equipped with Singapore cane and beer. As he made his way down from the balcony ha must've had about 4 beers. I wanna drink with this guy! He made it to the ring and wasn't pleased. Eugene wanted to make friends but Sandman wasn't having any of it and blasted him with the cane. He chased Eugene all the way to the back all the while beating the crap out of him. That seems to be effective Eugene repellant!


If you thought Randy Orton got booed, you aint heard nothing yet. I have never heard a more one sided, hostile crowd in my life. It didn't matter what Cena did in the match, it was no good. At one stage during the match the crowd chanted "Same Old Sh*t!" so Cena launched himself from the top rope onto RVD on the outside. In response, the crowd chanted "You Still Suck!". How can you compete with that?! There was even a sign in the crowd that read "IF CENA WINS WE RIOT", and they would've too. Also before the match, Cena threw his shirt in the crowd only to have it thrown back at him time and time again. That stuff wasn't surprising, what was surprising was that Cena had most of the control, in my opinion. That's not to say RVD didn't get some good shots in, he got most of the hard hitting shots in of the match, but the champ kept coming back.

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Finally! Good for you, RVD.
The end came after Cena had RVD in the FU, but Van Dam held onto the ropes only to be dumped outside. With a table set up in the corner, a helmet wearing security guard stormed the ring and speared Cena through the table. The helmet was removed and it was EDGE! This brought a chant of "Thank You Edge" as RVD climbed the ropes and hit the 5 Star Frog Splash. With both refs out from separate incidents and RVD covering Cena, Paul Heyman ran to the ring and counted Cena down for the 1, 2, 3.

RVD celebrates in the ring with Heyman and the rest of the ECW locker room as the WWE title is now in the hands of the "Whole F'N Show" Rob Van Dam.

Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!

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Without The Dudley Boys, Rhyno, BWO and others, who were there last year, it wasn't as good as 2005, but knowing that their weekly TV show starts as of now, even their absences couldn't make this a failure. I am excited to see it back. Plus Cena got beat!

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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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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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