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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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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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Mon, 31 July 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Well, that didn't last too long. You probably guessed, due to the lack of recent updates here, my health problems reared their ugly head once again. I was pretty well bed ridden & in rather large amounts of pain for all of last week, hence no Buttonhole action. That's perhaps the biggest bummer about this illness; you just never know how you'll be from one day to the next. However, as was the case last time this happened, I have improved gradually over the past few days. I reckon I'll be good to go again as of tomorrow. I hope I wind up feeling great again, as was the case last time too. And I hope it lasts a bit (or a lot) longer this time!

Whenever the site is quiet for a while, about 9 times out of 10 you can assume it is due to those kinds of problems. I am never sure whether I should keep mentioning it or not, as it gets a bit repetitious. But I figure, this stupid thing is just a part of my life, so why pretend it isn't? Anyhow, I can say for sure that getting back to work here is certainly always my favourite part. I have plenty of cool reviews and stuff from our crew, some are on the way and some of them are already done and waiting for me to post them. Hell, Aussie Ninja alone has sent a whole bunch of reviews in recently. That dude is on fire, reviewing up a storm!

Very nice to see Anime reviews back at Buttonhole again too. We haven't run any for a while and I know plenty of our readers dig some Japanese 'toons. So, the good news for all of you is that there will be plenty more Anime reviews coming up real soon, from me and Jason - other folks will likely review some as well. We've been getting some killer stuff from Madman of late. One of the titles I'm getting a kick out of at the moment is Desert Punk. Actually, I've not followed Anime closely for some time now, so I am really enjoying getting reacquainted with the medium. Anyway, as I said, more Anime coverage at Buttonhole is coming up real soon.

We'll have more DVD reviews of other kinds as well. The movie coverage has been a little slow here for a while, but that too will soon change for the better.

As far as our other topics go...take your pick and you'll be laughing, whatever your favourite might be. From yours truly, there'll be a little of everything - material for all our sections. The other Buttonholers have plenty cooking as well. One of the things I'm looking forward to writing about is the demo of the Xbox 360 game Saint's Row. I'm not usually that into demos, but holy crap, this one is a beauty and has made even more keen to play the final build. I'll share my thoughts so far with all you crazy boys and girls in my upcoming preview article.

I'll see you guys tomorrow. I'll be wearing my new shirt.

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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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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