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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Sonic 15th Anniversary pic 1 Sega celebrates Sonic the Hedgehog's 15th Anniversary!

Press Release: Heaps of sweet Sonic action on the way

Publisher: Sega/THQ Australia

Mon, 26 June 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Most you Buttonholer's would know by now that old Sammy is something of a Sonic fan - especially if you read my second Old Games That Sure Don't Suck (Part 3 coming soon) column, which was dedicated to the Rise and Fall of Sonic.

There's plenty of good news for those who share my fondness for Sega's blue speed demon of a mascot. He may not be back to the world beating shape he once was in, but he's certainly looking the healthiest he has in a long while. This year mark's Sonic's 15th Birthday & Sega is intending to celebrate it by announcing (and/or releasing) some excellent (hopefully!) Sonic the Hedgehog titles for several formats. Here's the Press Release from Sega with more info:


SEGA'S VIDEO GAME ICON SONIC THE HEDGEHOG CELEBRATES HIS 15TH BIRTHDAY

World's Fastest Video Game Character Shows No Sign of Slowing down As He Rockets Onto Next Generation Consoles

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO - June 23, 2006 - He's fast, he's blue, he's sold over 44 million games, and he just turned 15… Today, SEGA joins millions of fans around the world in celebrating video game icon Sonic The Hedgehog's fifteenth birthday-and ensuring his continuing success with three bold new upcoming games. Sonic, who was born June 23, 1991 as the fastest, most technologically advanced character for the SEGA Genesis console, continues to innovate as he prepares to blast onto next generation consoles and the Sony PlayStation® Portable system with groundbreaking new adventures. With his three stellar new games, Sonic The Hedgehog is ready to blaze his way to the top of the video game world once again.

In addition to his video game fame, Sonic has starred in two animated TV series, comic books, and an animated movie-he's even got his own theme park, Joypolis, in Tokyo and scooped the 'Gaming icon' award from a leading national newspaper1 in the UK. But it's his video games that matter most to his legions of fans. Sonic has starred in more than 30 video game adventures on virtually every well-known game platform, a distinction that earned him his star on the 'Walk of Game' landmark honouring pioneering gaming icons.

"Sonic has been hugely successful throughout Europe, he epitomises youthful, high speed fun coupled with addictive gameplay, and that's why people love him!" commented Mike Hayes, President and COO SEGA Europe Ltd. "Older gamers remember playing Sonic on their Sega Mega Drives and now 15 years on and moving on to the next generation of hardware, Sonic is still as popular as ever."

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About Sonic The Hedgehog

Currently celebrating his fifteenth anniversary, Sonic The Hedgehog is one of the most popular video game icons of all time with over 44 million games sold worldwide.
• Over 8,000 Sonic games are sold worldwide every day
• Gamers have collected over 66 billion rings while playing Sonic
• Gamers have spent over 500 million hours playing Sonic games

Fans will be treated throughout the year to special fifteenth anniversary events, culminating with the release of three original Sonic adventures shipping beginning later this year.

Sonic will make his first appearance on next generation consoles with the dynamic new adventure Sonic The Hedgehog for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall. Sonic The Hedgehog melds top-tier production values with next generation art, physics, and game design to create the most intense, fastest Sonic experience yet. Featuring interactive 3D environments, a large cast of new and returning characters, and a blistering sense of speed, the game takes Sonic's blazing gameplay to the next level. Also this fall, Sonic will debut on the PSP™ with Sonic Rivals, a one-on-one racing platformer that combines classic 2D gameplay with 3D worlds. Sonic Wild Fire (working title, release date to be announced) is in development for the Nintendo Wii console, combining Sonic's high velocity with the unique Wii controller, using the classic tale Arabian Nights as the backdrop.


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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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