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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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Toons
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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Toons
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 take a couple uppers. I down a couple downers.

But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills.

Tue, 14 November 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Good grief, Charlie Brown! There sure has been a whole lot going on at Planet Buttonhole. I've been informed that I was overdue for another Editorial. In fact, I even got told do another one by good old Assistant Editor Ninja. I thought I'd best comply, as the last time I didn't do what the Ninja asked, he chucked one of his shurikens at me and it took me a week to dig the damn thing out of my big fat noggin. I've got a whole crapload of stuff to talk about too, which means this is going to be a long one. So, I guess by the end of this, people will know to be careful what they wish for in future.

There are a great many things to keep track of and numerous people to try and keep pleased. Like always, I just try to hang on and keep up with it all, to the best of my ability. While it can occasionally get a little tiring and overwhelming, I honestly enjoy every minute of it. Unfortunately though, my brain has been totally messed up lately. Even more than usual, I mean. Mentally, I've just been all the over the place. Right now, I feel kinda like Jekyll & Hyde and all his relatives rolled into one! This is due to the side affects from all the drugs I'm on (the legal, no fun, kind). I have been through this several times before and so I'm aware that, when this happens, I just have to try and roll with it. But, should you happen to notice me acting like even more of a nutty nut bar than usual, let's just blame it on these stupid pills. If nothing else, I attempt to try to and give myself a few laughs while I'm feeling so strange. She'll be right mate.

Poor Rove's wife died. I only found that out after making fun of him again on our Forums, which made me feel really mean (I generally tend to try and avoid celebrity "news" as much as possible, so that's probably why I was unaware of it). He's always been one of my favourite people to hang crap on. Just because he's an easy target - and the fact that so many people seem to love him only eggs me on. I've never met the guy (and I'm quite sure he's never even heard of me) but, as much as I enjoy taking cheap shots at his style of comedy, he really does seem like a genuinely nice person. So now I can only say how sorry I am to hear about his loss and wish him all the best with attempting to cope with the tragedy. I won't make any tasteless jokes here (as I often would, because I tend to get a kick out of pissing people off for no good reason) as that's just a horrible situation for the dude and there is nothing funny about it. I wouldn't wish such a thing on anyone. Now I will just have to find somebody else to pick on.

On the topic of marriage, but thankfully in much more pleasant way: My sister Sarah (who helps out here under the name Madame Hooplah , when she gets some spare time) and Buttonhole's resident friendly giant (and one of the main men behind the actual creation of our website) Special K finally got married! They wanted to keep it all low key for a while, but I've been informed I'm now allowed to "publicly" speak about it. Congratulations once again to the lovely couple. I am hoping to get a few nice pics of them, from the actual wedding day, to put up on the site (photographer extraordinaire Ichibod was on the job - so I'm sure he got some great shots).

The GO3 show has been getting plenty of attention from you guys, which pleases me immensley. I hope you found the Q&A with GO3's David Kazim to be interesting reading. We hope to have further coverage of the event soon.

You fine readers have gotten a lot quicker with grabbing our prizes of late, which I take as a very good sign. That level of enthusiasm is always uplifting to see. We recently had a couple of X-Men prizes to give away from 20th Century Fox, which consisted of a trilogy DVD pack and an X-men webcam. They got snapped up so quickly I soon had to take the article down, so we didn't have too many more disappointed people missing out! Well done to the two winners and commiserations to those who missed out, especially a few of you who got in really quick and were just pipped to the post (literally by a matter of seconds!). If it is any consolation, I didn't get one either. We will have more free stuff like that for our readers real soon, so keep your eyes on the prize.

I have many reviews and things in the works; including the second half of my Xbox 360 Buyers Guide (that's what I get for saying I'd have the second half up in a couple of days!). As usual, I'd intended to have most of these things done long before now, but all kinds of other stuff just keeps getting in the way. You spend a lot of time just dealing with all the stupid little things in this caper. Anyway (and I probably say this kind of thing in every Editorial column), I honestly reckon we've had some excellent content of late and we have plenty more on the way, from myself and the rest of our crew.

We've been getting HEAPS of great stuff from all of our supporters lately. We have a massive array of Anime and other DVDs to review from the 10th Anniversary celebrating Madman. Dozens and dozens of CDs from Shock, as well as all their sweet wrestling DVDs. Games galore, from...pretty much everyone. Nothing from Nintendo, though. Stingy bastards. I did get a free Nintendo DS though, sort of. However, that was not courtesy of the big N - I used my tax return money. A really slick unit it is too. I definitely prefer it to the original model, but you'd expect as much, really. Apparently Special K recently purchased one too. I'll have to have him over to the Cave, for a bit of Mario Kart DS action!

Activision just sent Guitar Hero 2, along with the guitar device to play it with. What a fun and hilarious game that is. I'd love to get some shots of team Buttonhole rocking out with this thing. We were pretty fortunate to receive that one too - I'm sure you can imagine how much demand there was for it. In fact, Activision actually asked me to review the game, which did wonders for my already over inflated ego. Seriously though, I felt very proud and grateful when they did that. I was going to include a shot of myself looking like a tool with the guitar unit here, but I couldn't find the thingy to hook my camera up to the PC (bet you're just shattered not to see that).

Because we are getting more and more products to cover now, Buttonhole could use some more writers. So if you, or anyone you know, would like to apply for a review position at Buttonhole, now would be a really great time to give it a try. Just email me a bit of info about yourself - name, age, any previous writing experience (don't worry if you have none, I never consider it a pre-requisite, as everyone has to start somewhere), hobbies/interests, bra size (well, you know, not that last one, but you get the idea) - along with a sample review of a product of your choosing. Preferably, you should make it between 500 and 1000 words in length, to give me a decent idea of your style and writing skills (or lack thereof).

Right now, we mainly need more reviewers for Anime and DVD Movies and (especially) Music/CDs. So you'd obviously have to have a love for those topics. You can still try out if you'd prefer to review stuff from our other sections though (videogames, wrestling, or whatever it might be that floats your boat). We may well require more help with covering those other topics in future too. Basically, if you feel you've got something to offer, it never really hurts to let us know about yourselves. Everyone chosen for a writing gig at Buttonhole gets to keep whatever is sent to them for review. If you would like to receive free CDs, DVDs, and that sort of thing, as well as have the opportunity for your words and opinions to be read by thousands of people (including plenty of folks who are actually in the industries we discuss), why not take a shot at it? For those who do give it a try, good luck!

The final thing I wanted to mention is that we have a party coming up soon! It is Buttonhole's end of year/Christmas bash, which I am very much looking forward to. We'll put some pics of that up too, just for a bit of a laugh. We have many plans for the site and I think we can achieve all of them, sooner rather than later. So there is certainly plenty for us to celebrate.

At this stage, I think there are three key factors to our success. Firstly, our staff and all the many people who have helped us out in all sorts of ways - they all just do such a consistently stellar job. Second, would be all our supporters - who have shown a great deal of faith in us, several of them from the get go, and allowed us to grow far more rapidly than I would have expected. Last, but certainly not least, we have to give thanks to our readers. We have so many cool readers, who've always happily stuck with us through thick and thin. And, basically, you enable me to live a pretty great life. I know it sounds really corny, but that is just a fact. So cheers to you all. I'll have a beer in your honour at our Buttonhole party. Hey, any excuse will do, right?!


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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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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