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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 I sh*t and I stink, I'm real join the club

I'd stop and talk, but I'm already in love

Wed, 5 July 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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All is still going well! Man, it has to be some kind of miracle that nothing has gone wrong since my last Editorial. Our Forums pages are looking sweet and everything still seems to be running very nicely (thanks mainly, again, to the technical skills and hard work of Special K). Even my health is still holding up. In fact, I saw my specialist the other day and my blood test results were the best they've been in about a year. Beautiful! I can't tell you how enjoyable it is to have enough energy to do all the things that I want to do.

Maybe, in the not too distant future, I can even make a little money from this thing; we basically just have to get the right banner ads (from the right companies) for that to happen. I've been involved with other sites in the past that made some okay bucks & they weren't nearly as good as Buttonhole, so we should be able to do the same. I mean, already thousands of dollars worth of products are coming in each month from our supporters, but a dude can't actually pay any bills with CDs and videogames. Luckily, however, I do this job first and foremost because I am passionate about the topics we cover and I truly love writing about them (and I know I'm not alone).

The way I see it, if you can't have any fun with this, you just shouldn't be doing it. I've been thinking about such things quite a bit of late, as the topic has been brought to my attention in a few different places recently. Funny how that can happen isn't it? The same basic topic comes up several times, apparently just by coincidence (in separate conversations or whatever), all in a short space of time. Just another of life's many mysteries I suppose.

A patented Buttonhole warm welcome is in order once more, as we have another new team member. He goes by the name of Killer App. Mister App and I have, for a long while now, sent emails back and forth discussing games, wrestling, movies and the other kinds of things Buttonhole is all about. Finally I suggested that, since he was spending plenty of time writing about those things anyway, why not do it in the form of articles and reviews we could post here. The Appster agreed - he's only too happy to join our lovely team. His first review is already online, so he actually beat our previous "new guy" Tino to the punch there. But Tino was heading to the UK the last time I heard from him; he shall no doubt begin doing some reviews for us upon his return to Australian soil. New blood is always good & it makes me happy to see Buttonhole continuing to grow and improve.

Last but not least: Something I wanted to put on the site a while back was a message of congratulations to Justin, who has been known to chip in at planet Buttonhole under the name of Ichibod. He and the lovely Justine got married, some weeks ago now. I had a couple of pics from the wedding that Fazz sent me to put up, but... I lost them! I lost a few things recently actually. I think I got a bit vague trying to catch up with all the things that couldn't be done while the site was down (the painkillers I was on at the time didn't help much either - a convenient excuse, but also a valid one). So, should Justin and Justine (yes, that's really what their names are) happen to read this - I'm sorry I missed it & my very late Buttonhole congrats goes to you both.

That'll do, pig. We've got a plethora of good content on the way, as you'll see when it gets posted. Cheers gang, look after each other.

by: Hillelman

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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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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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