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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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Kingdom Hearts 2 group image Ubisoft to bring Kingdom Hearts II down under. Press Release

It's a small world after all

Publisher: Ubisoft

Thu, 29 June 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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What the hell is Goofy? Well, for one thing, he's a character in an RPG from Square Enix. The first Kingdom Hearts definitely gained some fans (hello Illusion). This sequel should please those fans to no end and will probably also garner even more gamer's appreciation. In the Australasian territories Ubisoft have recently become the RPG pimps and, therefore, one of my favourite publishers.

As both an RPG and animation geek, I look forward to reviewing Kingdom Hearts II. I only wish it allowed you to kick the crap out of Mickey, because that mouse really gets on my nerves for some reason. Donald Duck is way cooler- I love how he cracks the shits at everyone. And just look at his threads! It takes one gutsy duck to get around in an outfit like that.

To see the Press Release and a couple of screens, look below!


Ubisoft to distribute the RPG in spring (ANZ) 2006 across selected PAL territories

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announces that it has entered a distribution agreement with Square Enix Ltd. to bring KINGDOM HEARTS® II to Australia, New Zealand, France, Benelux and the Nordic territories including Iceland. KINGDOM HEARTS II will be available exclusively on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in PAL territories in spring (ANZ) 2006.

Kingdom Hearts 2 group screenshot 1
Give it up, big ears, that angry face isn't going to scare anyone
The world of KINGDOM HEARTS joins classic Disney characters and worlds together with characters and locations created by Square Enix®. The result is an immensely rich and original universe that appeals to fans around the world.

Since 2002 the KINGDOM HEARTS series has sold over 9.1 million units worldwide and continues to gain popularity with gamers and fans of both Disney and Square Enix across the planet. KINGDOM HEARTS II has already sold more than 2.4 million units in Japan and North America combined since its release in December 2005 and March 2006 respectively.

"KINGDOM HEARTS is the encounter of both Disney and Square Enix characters that brings together two different but complementary creative universes that has bewitched millions of players. Thanks to these unique settings, it is one of the rare games to be a blockbuster that appeals to a global audience" said Alain Corre, Executive Director for EMEA territories at Ubisoft. "Ubisoft is eager to bring this latest episode to European gamers."

"We're delighted with this collaboration to bring KINGDOM HEARTS II to key territories in Europe," said John Yamamoto, President and CEO, Square Enix Ltd. "Ubisoft has strong distribution channels and they play an important role in getting our games onto shelves and into homes."


Kingdom Hearts 2 group screenshot 2
Tron! Sweet action
KINGDOM HEARTS II follows Sora, Donald and Goofy on their continuing quest, following the events of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS: CHAIN OF MEMORIES™. Sora and friends are joined by a vibrant new cast of characters. Together, they will encounter countless dangers in worlds both familiar and new.

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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