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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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McMahon DVD box McMahon. Wrestling DVD Review

Only the Gimmick has enough power to take on big Vince

Publisher: Shock

Thu, 17 August 2006

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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Loving family man, or evil business man? Patriot or scoundrel? These two questions were asked right at the top of a new 2 disc DVD released by WWE (and published by Shock) simply entitled: McMahon. This is the story of the chairman of the WWE, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and it is up to you to answer those two questions. Hello, my name is Gimmick (also known as prisoner # 902714.") and I will be with you to dissect this brand new release all about the life and times of the CEO of WWE and, as many believe, the creator of Sports Entertainment as we know it. Let's take a look at disc one shall we? Good, cos you've got no choice really!

OK, the main feature on this is about as close as we will probably get to Vince 'shooting' - unless he releases an auto biography, which seems highly unlikely. It starts from his beginnings as the son of legendary wrestling promoter Vincent J McMahon and grandson of promoter Jess McMahon, through to his start in the business and eventually the creation of his billion dollar empire: WWE. It goes into detail about various subjects, like the bitter Monday Night Wars with WCW, his failed attempt with the XFL and his thoughts on his daughter Stephanie and her marriage to Triple H. (Yes it was real!).

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Always try to make your tie match your title belt
It also touches on perhaps the moment that changed wrestling forever and some say the greatest feud in history. No, I'm not talking about Steve Lombardi and Paul Roma, I'm talking about Vince's grudge with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. How the bad blood started (both on and off the screen), what it meant to both men and how each man feels about each other now that the dust has, seemingly, settled.

But the biggest question of all is; how do Vince McMahon and Mr. McMahon differentiate both in the arena and also behind the scenes? In other words, are they one in the same? Vince himself provides some answers to those questions, as do his entire family and also many wrestling personalities. What's more, they are surprisingly candid and truthful in some places.

The other topics touched on are varied and well done, but I think the most fun is looking back on all the antics Mr. McMahon has provided us over the years, including a huge look back on his "dysfunctional family". Very funny stuff!

The extras consist of little interviews and stories of "the boss" and also deleted scenes containing, among others, the origin of the famous walk. It also has the match from 13/4/98 RAW against Steve Austin and the hilarious video from the 1987 Slammy Awards: Stand Back. Nostalgic and hilarious at the same time! Ok, class, take a break and be back here ASAP.

Good to see you came back, I won't keep you for too much longer - I have some illegal activities to attend too real soon, so let's get to it. You didn't hear that from either, OK? Good. Now then, this DVD is full of matches that have both changed the face of wrestling and changed the perception that people have of the once mild mannered Vince McMahon. It's hard for some people to believe now that before Vince became Mr. McMahon, he was an announcer and never let on that he was in fact the owner of the then World Wrestling Federation.

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The best wrestling referee since Danny Davis
For people like me, who have watched him for 20+ years, this disc is a concise and incredible reminder of how much things have changed. I remember on an old TV taping, where fellow commentator Jesse Ventura challenged broadcast partner Vince McMahon to a match and than smugly laughed it off, as did I and I'm sure, 99.9% of the audience as well. Looking back now though, as the matches on this DVD show, Vince vs. "The Body" may not have been so one sided a bout as was originally thought. Here are the list of matches that grace disc two:

1. Steel Cage Match: 14/2/99 - Mr. McMahon Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
(The debut of the Big Show, and also conceivably Vince's nastiest bump ever!)
2. Handicap Ladder Match: 27/6/99 - Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
(For control of the WWE. Who did raise that briefcase?)
3. No Holds Barred Match: 12/12/99 - Mr. McMahon Vs Triple H
(The infamous turn by Stephanie and the beginning of the McMahon - Helmsley era)
4. Street Fight: 1/4/01 - Mr. McMahon Vs Shane McMahon
(The miracle of early McMahon-ism. Linda Walks!!!!!)
5. Street Fight: 20/1/02 - Mr. McMahon Vs Ric Flair
(Another battle for WWE. Maybe I should fight him for it next time!)
6. Mr. McMahon Vs Hulk Hogan - 30/3/03
(Dr. Frankenstein Vs The Monster, and just as bloody.)
7. I Quit Match: 19/10/03 - Mr. McMahon Vs Stephanie McMahon
(Daddy's little girl becomes daddy's Little punching bag.)
8. Buried Alive Match: 16/11/03 - Mr. McMahon Vs The Undertaker
(Who doesn't enjoy a good burial. Plus lots of blood!)

So there you have it, the DVD Vince wanted you all to see. In my opinion it is a great look back on what Vince has done right for the business. There are some wrong decisions touched on (Can you say Katie Vick?), but you didn't expect it to be too negative did you? As I said it's well worth a look, even if you just want to see Vince get the crap beaten out of him.

Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!

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The McMahon DVD is informative and entertaining at the same time, which is always good. Class dismissed! Eat your heart out Matt Striker!

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Hoping to see good quality matches
The crazy storylines and/or characters
Blood and violence
The sexy women or men
A combination of any of the above

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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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