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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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Muse - Absolution Cover Muse: Absolution

Cd Review

Publisher: Taste Media

Mon, 15 November 2004

Jamie by: Mugwai

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When Muse first exploded with their debut “SHOWBIZ�, many criticised them as being a “mini Radiohead�. Muse retaliated with “Origin of Symmetry�, a harder, edgier yet more musical offering and shoved it straight up the critics’ noses.
Now “Absolution� is here, just to make sure it’s gone through the nose and right into the cerebellum.

Larger, grander and more orchestrated, Muse begin with the majestic “Apocalypse Please� brimming full of impactful piano, thundering distorted bass and Bellamy’s composed arpeggios. Muse has flirted with technology more on Absolution too, using whatever media is necessary to craft their vision, making for a lusher, deeper record.

“Time is running out� is a new side to Muse’s repertoire; smooth and slinky bass grooves (courtesy of Chris Wolstenholme) that mutate to more massive distorted bass almost guarantee you to slink along with it. Those who dig the harder, faster numbers won’t be disappointed though, “Stockholm Syndrome� is a blistering prog metal number, scarily threatening some Ygnvie Malmsteem riffs (bar indulgent wank filled solos, thank God!), but it rocks so hard you’ll forgive Matt Bellemy for anything he creates. “Hysteria� has got to be the album’s killer track, with the fattest (I’ll reserve PHAT for hip hop reviews) bass line since bomb the bass’s “bug powder dust� and almost disco drums (thank you Dominic Howard), this song will make you bounce more than a pre-teen on Michael Jackson’s lap. “Sing for absolution� is full of beauty and sad conviction, as is the haunting magic on tracks “Ruled by secrecy� and “Blackout�, showcasing Bellamy’s sweet and earnest song writing ability. The man is something of a virtuoso and it definitely shows (he also composed most of the strings).

Absolution is a cerebral album, with Bellamy’s passionate voice and lyrics that carry a resonant theme of desperation throughout the album. It’s almost rock opera, it’s intense and it will leave you impressed.


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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
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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