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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 caught you knocking at my cellar door

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Thu, 24 August 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Don't worry, I didn't get hit by 3 trucks in a row. You might've started to think I'd buggered off again. Nah, I haven't gone anywhere, we're all good. Just as well too, because, as usual, there's plenty going on for Planet Buttonhole and the topics we enjoy talking about. Where to begin? How about...

Star Wars- have you heard of it? Apparently it is quite a popular little series of flicks, featuring a bunch of kooky aliens and robots. Well, they are releasing the original three Star Wars movies on DVD...again. This time, however, the DVDs include both the re-mastered movies and the versions left unchanged from how they were when initially released. Many long time Star Wars fans have been demanding DVD copies of the Original Trilogy, in the same form they were when first shown in cinemas. Their wish is going to be granted, for a limited time, on the 13th of September. Further info is included in the Press Release we posted. In case you are wondering, yes, I was asked to shill this thing for them (which makes me laugh a little - I think most people already have the gist of the product by now). But I don't really mind one bit because, for one thing, it is unwise to bite the hand that feeds you and, besides...we're talking about Star Wars!

Do you like poorly executed, irrational segues? Well, I sure do. Speaking of poorly executed, irrational segues; someone else who may or may not like them is Hyper magazine's Art Director, Malcolm Campbell. Check out the Q&A he did for us, I reckon it is a belter.

The WWE recently had their SummerSlam PPV. For the first time in ages, I missed it - so I can't yet tell you what I thought of it. I'd say Shock will likely send us the DVD though, so I guess I will give it some coverage then. The one match they had on the card that I really want to see is Flair vs Foley. I assume the mighty Gimmick will give us one of his patented reports of the show too, depending on how things are going for him at the moment.

Plenty of nice content at Buttonhole lately, right? Another Anime review, from Jason. Aussie Ninja is still tearing it up, with reviews galore - like the one about another of the Hoff's CDs (and he actually rather liked it, I bet nobody saw that coming!). And I know I'm not alone in thinking Gimmick's wrestling stuff is always fun to read. If you haven't read all those yet, I highly recommend that you get the old clicking finger going and dig in.

I'm lucky to have some of the members of team Buttonhole backing me up, since I have not done any reviews myself for quite a while. Those guys have picked up the slack beautifully, so we should all thank them for that. It was not because I was being lazy, or didn't want to write more- just been either crook, or occupied in other ways (often both!). Anyway, I've finally been able to get back to work on more reviews of my own now and I'm really enjoying it. I have a heap on the way & you will be able to 'em check out real soon.

One of the things I'm particularly glad to be doing, at long last, is my big rundown of all the Xbox 360 games I've gathered from Buttonhole's support publishers, ever since the system was first launched here. Due to numerous circumstances, my 360 stuff kinda got put on the backburner. As such, my coverage of all these games (though we have had some 360 game reviews at Buttonhole, courtesy of Jason) is long overdue and I've accumulated a substantial number of them to talk about. So, rather than individual reviews, which would take much too long to be practical, I'm going to a "Xbox 360 software buyers guide" type of deal. I'll run the article in a few parts & each will include my opinions of several 360 titles. Basically, they'll be just the same as other multi-review articles I've done before, like this one for 4 PSP games.

Really, there are a crazy amount of reviews and things I've been meaning, or wanting, to write for ages. So rather than staying here crapping on (even more) about all that, I will go now and get on with writing it all!

Enjoy life on a daily basis.

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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