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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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DX DVD box D-Generation X. Wrestling DVD Review

Killer App can "crotch chop" with the best of 'em

Publisher: Shock

Fri, 6 October 2006

Killer App Profile pic by: Killer App

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As the DX theme song asks, "are you ready"? Well, Bonesaw might be ready, but I'm not sure if I am. I was ready for D-Generation X, during their first run; but the revised current version tends to leave me a bit cold. Lucky for me then, that this DVD is actually a conversion of a VHS tape that came out in the 90's and is therefore dedicated to the group as they were during their prime (in my opinion).

The original incarnation of D-Generation X was comprised of the same two men who are using the name again in the WWE right now - Shawn Michaels and Triple H (back then, though, the group also included the man-ish Chyna and, briefly, Rick Rude). When Michaels left wrestling for a while, due to injuries, DX moved on to its second phase. Triple H became the leader of the group and was joined by X-Pac (Sean Waltman, who also went by the name of Syxx when he was part of the NWO) and the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and "The Road Dogg" Jesse James).

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Chyna is probably better hung than HBK

The gang was sort of WWE's version of the NWO (New World Order). Except, rather than aiming to take control of the wrestling world, like that group, DX were more interested in being obnoxious rebels and going out of their way to cause offence whenever possible. They started out as heels, but their shtick was usually funny enough that people quickly took a liking to them. Before too long they became extremely popular fan favourites. They often pushed the envelope with their edgy material and were a big factor in bringing about what became known as the WWE's "attitude era"; one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the wrestling business.

Let's take a look and see what's on this disc. Firstly it features a bunch a "zany" sketches with the DX crew. It also provides some info and footage of the group's formation and goes over various highlights of things DX was involved in - such as the angle with Mike Tyson and the time they "invaded" WCW. So there is some pretty cool and fun stuff amongst that. It would've been nice if WWE had updated it all a bit though. For instance, adding more recent footage and maybe getting Hunter and Shawn to take a look back at it all and share some thoughts on their past.

There are a bunch of matches included too and some of them are very good. Michaels vs. Undertaker in a casket match is one of the highlights (it was during that very match that HBK's back injury occurred). HBK & Triple H vs Mankind & The Undertaker is a really good tag match, which took place before Michaels and Hunter had "officially" joined forces. Shawn vs. Owen Hart is another good one. All up, it would've been nice if there were a few more of them, but most the bouts that are here are worth watching.

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This DVD does a decent job of showcasing all the things that made D-Generation X such a successful and entertaining group. If you're new to wrestling, this would be a good way of catching up with what DX was all about. For those who followed wrestling at the time and want to relive some DX memories; you'd likely get a kick out of this one too. But if you already have the original VHS tape, the improved picture and sound quality of the DVD version is unlikely to be enough of a reason to buy a second copy.

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This is clearly a rushed port from VHS to DVD looking to cash in on the recent D-Generation X reformation. Some updates and additions would have made it more impressive. But there is still some cool stuff on here, so DX fans should check it out.

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Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen. Wrestling DVD Review
Mick Foley: Hits & Misses - The Hardcore Edition. DVD Review
The Rise and Fall of ECW. Book Review
Sammy's Wrestling DVD Double Review Bonanza!
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story. DVD Review

What is the main reason you watch wrestling?
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

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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