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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 Everybody have fun tonight

Everybody wang chung tonight

Thu, 5 October 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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The first couple of trucks were faster than usual and they got me pretty good. But I was able to dodge the third one, using my precision truck dodging skills. After that I pissed off for a while, to lick my wounds. I went to some places with better weather (at the time, at least), less clothed females and more expensive booze.

Now that I have, once again, returned to my Geek Cave on Planet Buttonhole, old Sammy has an extra bright gleam in his eye, a borderline maniacal grin on his face and an increased level of spring in his step. What is the reason, you may or may not care to know, for my contented and rather smug demeanour? The answer is, basically, this website. After stepping back for a while and taking a real good look at things, I'm just so proud of the level Buttonhole is at right now and genuinely excited about where it will be in the near future.

In keeping with the great mood I'm in, and since I've not done an Editorial in a while, I'll now give you one those patented rambling, longwinded jobs I bust out every so often.

Anything big go down while I was gone? Hmmm...there were those two dudes that died. But I think that's been covered extensively enough elsewhere.

What else? Oh yeah, the Nintendo Wii! Special K posted Ninty's Press Release regarding the console's Aussie release date and price (along with a few of his own thoughts about it). I'm getting more and more stoked for this system (now that we've all had time to get over its stupid name). I hope it brings Nintendo the success that eluded them (relatively speaking) with the Gamecube and, to a lesser extent, the N64 before that. I will be very happy indeed if the Wii enables the big N to get back to being the huge part of the home console market that they deserve to be (based on the incredibly high quality of most their games). The success of Nintendo's DS, despite some excellent competition from Sony's PSP (which I also love), proved its doubters wrong. If they can take that momentum, along with the huge amount of buzz the Wii's been getting from the games press, Ninty might well be a major force to be reckoned with once again. As far as I'm concerned, the Wii's arrival down under can't come soon enough - I want one now! This next round of the "console wars" has the potential to be the most intriguing and well fought one yet. As big K said, now it gets interesting!

Now let's talk a bit about what is in store for Buttonhole and our beloved readers. First and foremost, once again, I'll be getting back to providing more frequent content updates. I know I come and go an awful lot, but that's usually just out of my hands I'm afraid. I'm doing great at the moment though (in terms of my health), so we should be in for a pretty sweet run.

I FINALLY posted the first half of my Xbox 360 Buyer's Guide Spectacular (I get a laugh out of giving articles ludicrous titles like that). Have a read, if you've not already (hell, why not read it again? You reckon you have something better to do?). The second half is coming soon.

I have all sorts of other material on the way too, but I've already told you that before. I wasn't lying though, I swear! I've have been writing bits and pieces of numerous articles here and there during my "free" time. You have my word that you'll start seeing the finished products soon. I am also personally working on bringing some cool new features to Buttonhole, which I believe will go over very nicely. I won't shoot my mouth off about that just yet though, best to have it all prepared properly first.

We have plenty of great articles from my fellow crew members ready to be posted over the next few days and weeks too. What's more, it is looking likely that we'll have some more quality writers joining our team soon as well (which will be most handy, as not everyone on our staff always has enough time to do reviews). I'm also pleased to say that our most youthful contributor, Darth Bin Laden (DBL) is making his triumphant Buttonhole return - after needing time off to deal with other commitments. Nice to have you back with us, DBL.

While I'm at it - cheers to the whole team; I am (as usual) very pleased and grateful for the excellent work you've all been doing. An extra thanks goes to Special K, Aussie Ninja, Forum Master Fazz and Wrestling Section Lead, the Gimmick- who all looked after things and contributed in various ways while I was gone.

For my closing note; how would you lovely Buttonhole readers like some more chances to get some free stuff (on top of the usual prizes I randomly award to our Forums contributors)? I'll assume you said yes, as I reckon it is safe to say that everyone digs getting some free shit. Well, as luck would have it, we've got a couple of sweet giveaways coming up! I'll be revealing the details very soon, so keep a lookout & you might wind up scoring yourself some goodies.

Take it easy Buttonholers. Wear your seatbelt and don't eat the yellow mushrooms.

by: Hillelman

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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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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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