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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 Patience certainly is a virtue

But too much of it might hurt you

Publisher: Planet Buttonhole

Thu, 17 August 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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It was becoming utterly ridiculous. Of late, every time I came back to Buttonhole I'd be off again soon after. So, I've taken a different approach this time around. Rather than getting stuck into it all again as soon as I felt better, I waited. I figured that, maybe, if I allowed myself time to rest & really let my health improve, I might get a better/longer run. Let the batteries charge up fully, instead of continually trying to operate on low power. That was my theory. We'll see how it goes, but I sincerely believe I have a much better shot at sticking around for a lot longer this time!

My latest medication/treatment seems to be helping a lot. I've felt better for a few days in a row and now that I've built up a good reserve of energy, I am feeling extremely positive about things all around. Even my little daily exercise routine no longer leaves me exhausted (I'm no Hulkster, but I need to do some physical activities, otherwise - with my lifestyle of sitting around playing videogames - I could easily wind up looking like The Simpson's Comic Book Guy). After all these false starts, my saying we are back in business has become something of a joke. But, as Claude from Along Came Polly would say, "look to me in my eyeball", as I say this one more time (with a straight face, even!): Buttonhole IS back in business! You're looking at the new and improved Sammy. I don't intend to bugger off again any time soon. Unless I get hit by three trucks in a row. Thanks again for all of your patience and support.

Thanks also to those who wrote to wish me well. All one of you. I'm just kidding; most people didn't even know I was sick. I truly have had some good emails from readers lately though. It shows me you are paying attention when you send questions about our articles and that sort of thing, so I welcome that. I always try to reply and answer any queries as best I can and love hearing your thoughts, please keep 'em coming.

I just want to say a quick thanks to the Gimmick, for the footy tipping contest he's been running on our Forums (and to Fazz, as always, for running the message boards for us). I always like to see the Buttonholers getting together for things like that. Some folks will be getting some nice free gear for joining in on that action too. Maybe, if the masked one does this again next year, more readers will join in with his footy tipping mayhem. After all, there's nothing to lose from taking a shot at it.

As far as what new content you can expect, it is just what I promised in my last Editorial, only this time I'm telling the truth! I'll be posting new stuff daily again now, so you'll be able to check it out for yourselves (finally!).

Game on.

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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