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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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You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Thu, 5 April 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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I think (hope) I'm finally back in business. Firstly, as Special K mentioned, my PC died on me (don't they always?). After I got that up and running again, my usual problems (with health and such) really messed me up. It has been an extremely frustrating time for me, falling further and further behind and not being able to do a damn thing about it. But that's just the way life is; you have to take the bad with the good. I'm glad to now be getting back into taking some good again!

Buttonhole's Assistant Editor, Australian Ninja, did a superb job of filling in while I was gone. He went on a preposterously prolific reviewing rampage! Thanks, Ninja, for making sure our readers still had some cool stuff to read at Buttonhole whilst old Sammy was all screwed up. From now on, when I am sick, or busy or away for any other reasons, Aussie Ninja will help by posting not only his own reviews and articles, but also those from some of our other crew (thus making him our "Assistant Editor" in every sense of the title). He and I had actually intended this to be the case for quite some time but, due to circumstances beyond either of our control, we've only just been able bring the plan to fruition.

On the topic of our content and contributors, we're hoping to get back to presenting you with more material from a wider range of authors. For example, Ichibod is returning to help with our anime coverage and Hatchy will be here again with some more music reviews. If all goes according to plan, they should be joined by a few other people who are set to make their triumphant Buttonhole returns (or debuts). More content, from a wider array of writers, sounds good to me. As the saying goes, "variety is the spice of life", so I am most pleased about these developments.

Another thing I'm pleased about is a certain "super-heroic" fellow I'll be introducing to everyone in the very near future. His name is Captain Buttonhole and he shall be this website's official mascot. I think you're going to like him. As a matter of fact, he confidently assures me that everyone will love him. He boasted to me about his intentions to "make a huge an impact and shake things up around here". We shall see. But, when Captain Buttonhole does appear, he will be providing our readers with some chances to win some cool free stuff - that kind of thing always goes over pretty well.

Before I forget, when my PC was down I lost a few messages from my Buttonhole email account. So if anyone sent something & didn't hear back from me, that's the most likely reason. Please do send them again, because I love hearing from you guys and I always try to reply to readers & help out as best I can with any questions.

That'll do it for now. Thanks for all being so cool.


by: Hillelman

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Full score goes to Aussie Ninja, for all those reviews he did!

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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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