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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 Friends will arrive, friends will disappear

If you want me, honey baby, I'll be here

Thu, 19 July 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Is everybody in...everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. As for yours truly... I've been out. I headed off, to the nearest bottle shop to get some beer. Then I just plain forgot the direction home. But, like I often say, all is well that ends well (and I've been told that I do have a magnificent end). So, please, present me with your biggest smiles, because old Sammy is here again. Yes sir, safe and sound, at the coolest place in the entire universe - Planet Buttonhole.

I believe most of the people who know me, or read my Editorials, would have some idea of the real reasons I was away. So I won't go into those details yet again. I hope you also know that I will always return eventually. My utmost gratitude goes to everyone who has kept this lovely website running, with little or no help from me. Thanks especially, once again, to Buttonhole's Assistant Editor, the mighty Australian Ninja. It was very nice of you to keep my seat warm too, dude (that's right, I am again referring to this magnificent seat of mine).

Being gone for as long as I was, means that I have a whole lot to catch up with. I make these kinds of statements in pretty much every Editorial I write now, I know. Sorry if I bore you by repeating myself (frankly, I bore myself by writing it so often!), it is just that it happens to be true, every single time. I think this might even be the longest amount of time I've ever been away, actually, so there's an insane level of stuff to try to catch up with. No use stressing about that though; I'll just do my best, as usual and see how it goes. So...fuck it, right?

Captain Buttonhole, the world's greatest master of Geekjitsu will still be appearing as our official mascot and, no doubt, adored hero to millions. His debut was delayed because, strangely enough, when I'm not around he tends to disappear too. I think we might have a kind of connection, like ET and Elliot (from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, for the one person left on Earth who may not have seen the movie) where if I'm feeling bad, Capt. B feels bad too. It is all very mysterious, so who knows for sure?

For the gamers, we'll be bringing you a bunch of game reviews and articles soon. We've been a little quieter than usual in that area for a while, I know. No PlayStation 3 coverage still, unfortunately. I don't own a PS3 yet and it'll be quite a while before I can afford to get one. Sony haven't done shit to help us in ages, either, so I'll go with the companies that do first. Sorry!

Rather than going on here about all the other things I will be writing for Buttonhole, I'll just shut up now and start trying to actually write those things. I'm still a bit messed up mentally, due to my medication, so I can't promise the articles from myself will be up quickly, but at least you know that I'm back at it. I will, personally have plenty of items for you to read, and several other developments I'm working towards for our website, as soon as possible (along with the contributions from our other sexy crew, as per usual).

One final thing...I've been asked many times about my opinions on the situation with Chris Benoit. As most people (especially the wrestling fans) would know by now, Benoit recently murdered his wife and son and then killed himself. I was extremely upset by this horrible event, obviously. He was my favourite wrestler of all time and a guy I respected, admired and looked up to a great deal. Now I don't know if I'll ever be able to even watch any of his matches again, because I'm so sickened by what he did. I quote lyrics from songs all the time here at Buttonhole and there's a line from a Guns 'n' Roses song called Right Next Door to Hell that popped into my head when I learned of this tragedy (never thought I'd be quoting Axl, at least not publicly! The line fits, though, so here it is) -

"But when your innocence dies, you'll find the blues. Seems all our heroes were born to lose."

I haven't felt up to the task of trying to speak about the case in detail, for a great many reasons (most of them personal). But now that some time has passed, and because people seem to want it, I will soon attempt to write an article about it. I'd like to hear other peoples' thoughts and feeling about it too, so please email me or post them on our forums. It'd be very helpful for me to have the perspective of other fans and readers when I put the article together.

See you later and please remember this: if your feet are cold enough, there is no such thing as "odd socks".

by: Hillelman

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Sometimes you kick
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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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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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