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Wed, 3 January 2007
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Hello, my fellow homo sapiens. Hi to any creatures from outer space who might be reading too (except the evil kind that intend to take over or destroy our planet). What you have your eyeballs fixed on right now is my first Buttonhole Editorial of the year 2007. Therefore, this isn't going to any run of the mill Editorial column. No sir, this is a special 'one time only' version.
I thought that last Editorial I did was pretty long, but this baby is set to be even bigger. This is Sammy's New Year Deluxe Collector's Edition Buttonhole Editorial Royale... with Cheese! If you can read the whole thing and take in all the information in one sitting, you are hardcore and people will reckon you're awesome. So buckle up, remove any sharp objects from your pockets, untuck your shirt and let's get this bad boy rolling.
Did everyone have a good Christmas, New Year's Eve and all that caper? Well, since I can't actually hear your answers, I'm going to just pretend you all said something like "yep, it was all wonderful" and reply to that with, "Cool, I am glad to (pretend to) hear that." Mine was all fine and dandy too, in case you wanted to know.
You might've noticed Buttonhole's had another of our little quiet spells for a while. It was due to a combination of the time of year and my usual problems with health-related issues (mostly it has been my medication's side affects, which still give me some trouble and can make it difficult for me to concentrate for any worthwhile amount of time). Anyway, I'm glad to say that the action at Buttonhole shall once again be returning in force from the next few days on. I think most of our readers are fairly used to this sort of pattern by now. Thanks again for your patience.
About a month back we had the Buttonhole Christmas bash. It was another excellent night. I was going to show you some photos of the party, but they all looked pretty blurry and crappy so I decided not to bother. Thanks again to everyone that was able to attend - 'twas great to see you all and I had a blast.
The year 2006 was an absolute cracker for Buttonhole and I will now do my little thankyou list to those who helped make it so good. Feel free to scroll past this bit if you find such things tedious (I even put it in italics, so you'll know where to skip to). My heartfelt thanks, gratitude and, should they want one, a big hug goes out to the following folks (in no particular order):
|For this Special Edition Editorial, I have randomly included some pics from my sister Sarah and Special K's wedding. This shot also has myself & my folks in it. |
*Buttonhole's staff, readers & Forum contributors (why not begin with an obvious one?).
*All of the companies, publishers and so forth who support Buttonhole with their products for review and Press Release information etc. Extra thanks to those who look after us the most: Shock, Madman Entertainment (especially the legendary Ben Pollock!), Activision, THQ, Ubisoft, 20th Century Fox, Vivendi Games, Microsoft, Sony and Atari. And cheers to Vispi from Nintendo, for at least being polite enough to explain why he is unable to send us anything & for providing me with useful info.
*The numerous other people who've helped us out in many ways and/or been really pleasant & easy to communicate with, such as: The crew at Hyper (best of luck with your new job at IGN Cam), Mike Kerry from Chic Media/Cybershack, GO3's David Kazim, Realgamer (even though they don't seem to be talking to me anymore - I dunno if I unintentionally did something to upset them, or if they have any other reasons for that), Professor Scott Tipton from Comics 101, Eric Szulczewski from Inside Pulse, @SmartArtist (for providing a good service and for not being SmartyHost) and my good mate Neil Barfuss (just because he's a cool guy & his antics never cease to amuse me - I'm going to write a book about that motherf*#ker some day).
I probably accidentally left a few names out, so I apologize to anyone I may have missed.
As great as last year was for Buttonhole, this one is going to be even better. I am sure you'd expect me to say that, but it is also 100% true. There are plenty of good things on the horizon. There are also plenty of good things happening right now! On the videogame front, for instance, I (like a great many other people) have been playing and loving my new Nintendo Wii, as has Special K. Both he and I have nearly finished writting articles about our thoughts & experiences regarding Ninty's latest gizmo - you'll be able to read those here at Buttonhole very soon.
|Yep, they make a charming pair. |
This new round of the 'console wars' is already shaping up to be a fantastic time for all of us game geeks. The Wii has been selling extremely well and its games (especially the new Zelda) are getting some great reactions all over the world. The Xbox 360 continues to perform well too and now the titles for it are beginning to really show what can be done with its power. There have been a whole bunch of 360 games lately that kick plenty of arse (I'm a proper Aussie, so I refuse to spell the word "ass"), but the one I've played the most of has been Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, which is just the best damn comic-based game ever.
Of course, we can't forget Sony! The PlayStation 3 will no doubt be a force to reckoned with. While some people are disappointed that Australia is getting the PS3 much later than the US and many other countries, I actually think it will probably work out better that way. Unless you're a millionaire, there's no way most people could afford to buy a Wii, 360 and PS3, as well as games to play on them (or even find enough time to play that many games!). What's more, by the time PlayStation 3 hits Aussie shores, some of the better games should be available for it. Right now, there's really nothing on the console that you can't already play on Xbox 360, or other systems. Some times patience can truly be a virtue my friends.
In any case, whether you buy all three new consoles, decide on a favourite one to go with, or choose to spend all your bucks on a monster PC rig instead; you probably can't go too far wrong with any of them. You're bound to find a good number of releases on each format this year that'll keep you happy. There are still heaps of tasty titles on the way for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 too, so you needn't fret if you can't afford (or decide on) a new system yet. Plus there are those two portable beauties - PSP and DS - to play with as well (the GBA is still being supported too, for that matter!). Yeah, there's no doubt this is going to be a very cool year indeed for gaming.
I have good news for the Anime fans too: Buttonhole shall have heaps more anime DVD reviews posted over the coming weeks. As with most my plans, I got way behind with getting to some of those. But I've finally been dedicating some time to watching the big box full (literally!) of Anime that Madman provided me/us with. I'll get to work writing about them all soon, I promise! Ninja and Jason have been checking some of Madman's stuff out too - those guys will be bringing you some more Japanese 'toon love with their reviews as well.
|I hate to admit it, but Sares is even prettier than I am. |
There is honestly WAY more I could tell you about, but even a 'Deluxe Edition' Editorial can't go on forever, so I think it is time to bring this one to an end. I hope you enjoyed reading it even half as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am certain you are going to love all the excellent things Buttonhole will be bringing our ultra-sexy readers in 2007.
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