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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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Crunk Hits CD Crunk Hits. CD Review

Aussie Ninja sips from his pimp cup

Publisher: Shock Records

Mon, 26 June 2006

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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So what the heck is "Crunk" anyway? Having never heard such music before I turned to the magic old Internet to help me with my musical enquiry. I tried turning to the magic old lamp in my neighbours shed first, but it turned out to be a piece of crunk. Clearly when faced with a possibly not magical lamp vs. the Internet for finding information, the Internet was the easier option. Some say that the word crunk comes from the words 'crazy' and 'drunk.' Or chronic and drunk hence crunk. Still others say crunk comes from mixing the words 'crazy' and 'funk.' Then there are the rest of the people who say "What the hell are you talking about?"

Whatever your chosen origin or definition of crunk - the music usually involves a "state of heightened excitement" if we believe what Lil Jon has to say. Who is Lil Jon? Well I remember him as the guy Dave Chappelle took the piss out of on his excellent comedy show. "Yeeaaasssss!"

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Whaaat?! Okaaay!!!
But getting back to the music, Lil Jon is one of the guys who creates and promotes crunk. He also promotes the energy drink 'Crunk', yes a drink. I swear I'm not making this up: Why he does these things is beyond me. Is he a zombie robot from hell with a limited vocabulary? Maybe he is kids, mayyyybe he is.

My experience of the Crunk Hits collection was loud repetitive music, lots of bass with a healthy dose of swearing and naughty words. If I understand correctly from my online reading, Crunk seems to be a hip-hop offshoot, more specifically "Crunk is a high-impact brand of party hip-hop". But I may be wrong, as I said it's the first time I've ever heard this kind of music.

The best thing about his review is I have a genuine excuse for using more crazy-ass slang words than any white middle class European has any right to. Who's on the collection? Well I couldn't pick these guys out of a police line-up consisting of hip-hop artists and drunken Irish Priests from craggy island but for those who do know the artists include:
Usher, Ciara, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz, Chingy, Khia, Trick Daddy, Ying Yang Twins. For the full listing and some music samples click see the link at the end of my review.

I think if you've read this far then I can assume you know something about the music and artists and most likely more than me on the subject. Then again perhaps you just really like reading my reviews. Whichever reason it is you deserve a reward, give yourself a pat on the back. Now don't you feel special?

I'd be lying if I said I was a fan of this music, but I have nothing against it. A couple of tracks I enjoyed, such as "Get Low" the others didn't excite me too much. But you know what, I'm not particularly a fan of hip-hop in the first place -yeah I know this is technically not straight hip-hop and that some people might be offended at having crunk and hip-hop being used in the same sentence - but I enjoy all kinds of music. Most of the hip-hop and rap I have listened to has been in San Andreas and obviously in films. In that context I really enjoy the music. But I'm not going to run out and buy the albums. And I couldn't tell you the big names in the business if my life depended on it. But I did steal.., I mean find, these fun expressions online - feel free to use them:

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Are those the only options? Tough choice...
"What sup with all these weak niggas trying to get Crunk?"
"Yo son, them beats is mad crunk"
"I really wish that wigger would pull his oversized pants up to his waste."

If you're still reading then you really should amuse yourself by checking out the search words 'crunk' and 'wigger' at

If you are into this kinda music, then Crunk Hits is a fair collection of the main crunk artists. I don't know jack about this style of music, as you may have surmised by now, so don't believe too much of what I have to say. Have a listen for yourself at the link to the Shock Records website

And before I go, I'll leave you with my own lame hip-hop inspired sentence: Dammmmn fool, that review was full o' crazy shit - you 'aint dope, you 'aint a playa, you're jes' weak nigga, weak.

by: Australian Ninja

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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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