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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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Mekon_Presents_CD_Cover Mekon Presents - Something Came Up. CD Review

Australian Ninja brings the noise but misplaces the funk

Publisher: Shock Records

Mon, 12 February 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Another day, another Buttonhole music review. At this point you think I would have some clue about reviewing music, but alas I do not. So read on and be confounded by my nonsensical ramblings.

Mekon Presents 'Something Came Up' is an album of fast paced, bass heavy electro beats. I'm an amateur when it comes to knowing what 'genre' of music a particular band or album falls into. However I'm an expert at knowing what I like. In fact I can pretty much tell from listening to only ten seconds of any piece of music whether I like it and if I want to hear more from the same artist.

And that brings me to 'Some Thing Came Up' [SCTU]. It is an enjoyable album. I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it so far. I'm not familiar with the artists, but I just keep listening to it as often as I can.

Electronic music is so diverse these days that it almost defies any kind of categorisation. With that in mind SCTU is mostly fast paced, bass heavy high energy electro music, also known as 'big beat.' Personally I get a real charge out of this kind of deal, if you're sleepy you better not be listening to this album or like Lionel Richie you'll be up all night, all night long.

If you enjoy the artists from say Two Tribes '06, The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Fat Boy Slim or Junkie XL then you will likely enjoy this album.
All of these artists produce music with attitude and then some. The
type of music that keeps you up at night like a paranoid insomniac with bad foot odour. Not that I know anyone like that - no really I don't - who have you been talking to? What have you heard?

Of all the tracks on SCTU, around half have lyrics and the other half don't. This is pretty typical of electro music. The vocals are from various guests, but again I don't know who they are - so don't ask me. What I do know is that they all do an excellent job on this album.

Truthfully, SCTU is an album that grows on you. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. With this genre of music, you can't really talk much about it; you need to feel it in your body.
I guess there are those who like electro / dance music and those who loathe it, and then there are people who may listen to it occasionally in clubs or what have you.
Personally I love listening to albums like this while playing games or working away on a review, and sometimes first thing in the morning when I'm feeling lethargic about exercising.

Mekon Presents. It's a music CD. It spins around very fast and produces sounds to stimulate and ensnare your consciousness into a hyper kinetic state of concentration some call 'trance.'
But not the kind of trance that hilarious 'Power of One' hypnotist guy on pay TV uses. The kind of trance where everything in the world goes a little faster, you feel the need to dance poorly and you act like you've just used your government rebate to consume 100 cups of coffee.

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'Mekon' reminds me why I'm totally addicted to bass. An excellent big beat electro album. I recommend it highly.

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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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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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