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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 Don't go counting your chickens...

Before you've choked them

Sat, 24 June 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Every time I think we're good to go again... POW! Straight back down the crapper. I think (and hope) that Buttonhole shall be fully running on all four cylinders again from now on. I do not want to speak too soon though. The last few times I've said or thought that, it wasn't to be.

Special K has fixed up all (or very close to all) our tech problems, so that side of things should be cool. The Buttonhole Forums look a bit off at the moment, but they're still working, which is the main thing.

My health seems to be much better too -- at last! I'd been really sick and then I thought I was improving, only to get worse. Then I thought I was improving again...only to get much worse. Man, that past week or so (I really lost track of time), I was totally f*#ked. My symptoms were not the same ones I usually have either; I was starting to get pretty concerned for a while there. I've recently started taking a new kind of medication, so at first I thought maybe I was having a bad reaction to that. But that didn't wind up being the cause (thankfully, especially since it costs a fortune). They (that is, my Doctors - yeah, plural) did some more tests on me to try and figure it out. We still don't really know what was happening, though not all the results are back yet.

Anyway, a few days ago I started feeling a bit better. I kept improving each day and right now I'm feeling the best I have in ages. I honestly don't remember the last time I felt this good. I don't know if it will stay that way for long, but I damn sure hope it does. In any case, I will certainly make the most of it, by setting my geeky heart to 11 and rocking on at the mighty Buttonhole!

Unlucky timing is a specialty of mine. Buttonhole's Assistant Editor, Australian Ninja, has been tied up (not literally, as far as I know anyway) and unable to get to old Sammy's Buttonhole cave so that I can help him master our unique Content Management System. So, he couldn't fill in for me while I was out of commission, but (if required) in the future we're hoping he will be able to do that.

Hopefully you noticed that, after our latest quiet spell, a bunch of new articles have been posted. I believe you'll find that they're all good 'uns too. Plenty more where those came from, IF everything continues to roll nicely.

So, please cross your fingers, put the four leaf clover in your pocket, do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around... or whatever it is that's supposed to bring good fortune.

Thanks again, Buttonholers, for sticking with us. We ought to be cooking with gas now, baby!

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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