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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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Hyper Magazine Logo Cam Shea's 1st Monthly Hyper Magazine Preview

Here's what'll be in the next issue, from the Editor himself

Sat, 5 August 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Sammy's Intro: Many of Buttonhole's readers are also fans of Hyper - Australia's leading multi-format gaming magazine. For all the Hyper lovers, the Editor of the mag, Cam Shea, has decided to write a monthly preview article for each upcoming issue. Along with being posted on the Hyperactive Forums, you will also be able to read Cam's previews right here at Planet Buttonhole. Cross promotion, baby, it is a beautiful thing! Hyper and Buttonhole make for a great mix, for one very simple reason; we both rock. So, read on to see what Mr. Shea has to say about Hyper 155, in his very first (Buttonhole posted) preview column!

Hyper Magazine cover 155
Hyper 155 - on sale August 9

Greetings all!
Well, another month has passed and another issue of Hyper has been forged in the crucible of gaming journalism that is Next Media.
Issue 155 sees LucasArts throw down the next gen gauntlet, giving the classic Indiana Jones license a serious makeover. We're talking George Lucas supervising the script, effects being pulled across from ILM (both ILM and LucasArts work out of the same campus in San Francisco now), and truly next gen middleware technology being incorporated into the engine. It really does look slick - and part of a concerted effort by LucasArts to be leaders on next gen platforms, so check out the feature for the lowdown.

This month we've also had a chat to Ubisoft Paris about Red Steel and how they're enjoying developing for Nintendo's Wii (surprise surprise they like it!), we've taken a more detailed look at Haze, the next gen game from Free Radical (yes, the TimeSplitters guys), where you're so hepped up on 'Nectar', a drug pumped straight into your system on the battlefield, that you can't be sure what's real and what's your altered state. We've gone hands on with TimeShift, Saint's Row and Dark Messiah, which is shaping up to be one hell of a fantasy playground, and we've talked to the guys from Bohemia about Armed Assault, their "don't call it a" sequel to Operation Flashpoint, among other previews.
Microsoft's Peter Moore and the head of Xbox Japan, Takahashi Sensui both drop by for a chat about where they see Xbox 360 going from here, and of course Peter Moore takes the opportunity to have a go at Sony. Some things never change.

We've expanded the Net Trawlin' section this month, previewing a couple of cool looking MMOs from NCSoft, ElBastardo continues to run wild in WoW, Kosta works on his standup material in Links and we've run our first Indie game review of Bone 2 - we'll be doing one every month from here on in.

Pressing on - Makoto Oskai from AM2 tells us about Virtua Fighter 5, we take an affectionate look back at Burning Rangers on Saturn and our Japanese Correspondent kicks off his "Land of the Rising Fun" spread. Super happy good times all round.

Last but not least, we've put together a surprisingly deep review section this month too. Okami, Yakuza, Prey, Kingdom Hearts II, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Gangs of London and Civ IV Warlords all get the review treatment, plus plenty more.

Sorry to hit you with what largely amounts to a list, but it's a big issue, and there's still plenty of stuff I haven't mentioned. I guess if these updates ever get too florid, you'll know there's less going on in the mag ;)
So yeah, it's done, dusted and heading out the door now. Subscribers should be getting it very soon, while everyone else will have to wait until the 9th. Enjoy!

Adventures in Hyperland
But what else has Team Hyper been up to? Well, Activision held their Activate Asia day on the 31st, disappointingly in Sydney, not Hong Kong as it has been for the last few years. Still, they flew the likes of the head of Red Octane in to take us through Guitar Hero II (rhythm + bass + lead guitar = awesome!), Tim Willits from id to demo Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (definitely the highlight of the Activision content - this game is going to be a blast) and now that they're distributing LucasArts, a couple of LucasArts-ians were on hand giving real-time demos of Indiana Jones and their DMM tech - but we'd already got the scoop on that stuff for 155. Still, they're incredible demos.
Coming up, Wilks is going to a huge Dark Messiah LAN for local game journos today, we'll both be hitting Pioneer's launch of the first 1080p plasma screen in the country (just in time for PS3!) next week, and Daniel Staines is jetting off to Vegas to live the high rolling life. And possibly see some games.

For the last month or two we've also been frantically organising interviews with some of the leading lights in the industry for the October issue. We're doing one of the biggest sets of features EVER in Hyper history, focusing on the 25 development teams/individuals that are actually moving gaming forward as a medium. It's going to be huge.
Anyway, it's time to get in that first coffee for the day and kick into some more Dead Rising. Later!


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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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