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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 And time goes by so slowly

And time can do so much...

Wed, 3 January 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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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.

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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.
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):

*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.

Sarah's Wedding Pic 2
Yep, they make a charming pair.
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.

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.

Sarahs Wedding Pic 3
I hate to admit it, but Sares is even prettier than I am.
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.

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.

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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