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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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Muse - Blackholes CD Muse - Black Holes And Revelations. CD Review

The Master of Terror makes his mighty return. DBL's back too

Publisher: Warner Uk

Sat, 14 October 2006

Josh's consumer whore logo by: Darth Bin Laden

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Well ladies and gentlemen, I have returned. While I swore I would not return until November, a number of wonderful things happened.

*I realised the HSC was practically useless, once I found out everyone I knew with money had failed it.

*My parents (yes, I live with my parents. I'm 18 and in year 12. It isn't creepy yet) have uninstalled almost all of my games. Only my GBA emulator remains. Tragic, I know.

So, through the magic of Windows Add or Remove programs, I am here. And it does me great pleasure to return to the section I began in, Music, with a new format, and a CD that is nothing short of brilliant.

Before my hiatus from Buttonhole, I had a habit of doing the play-by-play on CDs. Analysis of musical movements, song structure, a critical perspective privy to musicians. Then something clicked. It was this CD.

Black Holes and Revelations is the latest release by a fantastic band hailing from the UK called Muse. For those of you who don't know who Muse is, go and shoot yourselves in the foot, or alternatively, go and find out. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, and haven't heard anything from this CD, I recommend you go and buy it now. Nothing I could say would do it justice.

Muse, typically a unique band, (no genre classification. Genre classification is for posers) has made a move into pop-like territory. Gone are the 5-6 minute tracks (sans Knights of Cydonia).

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The auditions for Two-Face in the next Batman movie are going well
In their stead, are 3-4 minute pieces oozing with addictiveness. No band has ever moved into pop territory this well. I even dare to say it re-defines two genres, except genre classification is for posers (I'm looking at you emo boy. That's right, you're a poser, you boy-kissing Goth wannabe.).

Muse has the Midas touch when it comes to music. Whether they are creating gold or taking classics and revamping them with style (not just covering them, like Michael Buble) Muse are truly masters of their craft. When any other band would have made a move into pop territory by completely ruining their sound, Muse have, unsurprisingly, made a brilliant 45 minutes of music.

Take A Bow, and the two singles off the album so far, Starlight and Supermassive Black Hole open the album, along with Map of the Problematique, with a bang. Whether it be with the drums in Map, the synth in Take a Bow or the guitars in the two singles, these songs pack a consistent drive which many of today's musical releases lack.

The CD slows down for about 7 mins with Soldiers Poem and Invincible. Both songs pack an emotion and sincerity that many song writers cannot communicate with decades of experience. Matt Bellamy connects with his audience in a way that makes even the most obscure lyrics relevant. He doesn't say a bunch of fancy words or use really confusing metaphors (Like The Used, or recent releases by AFI), unless they are worth using. The connection that the album makes with so many listeners it what makes it so brilliant. The album isn't mainstream because it's marketed mainstream. It's mainstream because a massive audience has picked it up and fallen in love with it.

The album then fires off its second shot. Right after Invincible finishes toning down the album into a sweet, slow melodic movement; Assassin comes in along with Exo-Politics. All three members drive the songs with their respective instruments, as Muse moves into an unexpected territory: political lyrics. As many long time fans were frightened by the possibility of Muse turning into The Sean Penn Experience, the band once again put the Muse touch into a theme that is becoming over-used in music and film alike.

(On that note, a little word of advice. If everyone was interested in politics, parliamentary discussions would have to be held at the Telstra Dome, or Rod Laver Arena. You don't get brownie points with anyone but boy-kissing Goth-wannabe's if you insult politicians for no other reason than to sell CDs. It just makes you look like a tool.)

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There's only one thing to do at a moment like this...Strut!
And then the album keeps going. City of Delusion continues the high-octane brilliance, followed by the pseudo-epic and Hoodoo. The album closes with a classic Muse track, at 6 minutes long, Knights of Cydonia manages to last the full 6 minutes without becoming boring or losing any of its oomph.

No track-by-track analysis could do this album justice. It has been said that the race is over, there is no need to listen to any other CD, Black Holes and Revelations is the hands-down CD of the year. And I am in complete agreement with that statement. There is nothing that could top this album in terms of musical or lyrical brilliance.

If you buy one CD this year, make it this one. If you have it, buy it for a friend for Christmas. Don't buy them a puppy, or even a case of beer. Hell, don't even hire them a stripper for Christmas. Just buy them Black Holes and Revelations. It is, hands down, the best CD out right now.

Recommended Tracks:

All of them.

by: Darth Bin Laden

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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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