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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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ACMI Game On Screen 1 Game On! @ ACMI

Games, is there anything they can't do?

Sun, 23 September 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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It may be some time before it arrives, but I just had to let people know about the upcoming kick-ass showcase coming to ACMI in February 2008. GAME ON! is the thing that's got me more excited that a caffeinated squirrel on a treadmill.

Read the press release, and in case your memory is lousy like mine, I'll be posting another update closer to the actual event date to make sure none of the Buttonhole faithful miss out.



GAME ON! The world's biggest celebration of games heads to Melbourne



ACMI Game On Screen 2
Dee Kay... Don-key Kong, Donkey Kong is here! (Anyone else remember the DK 64 rap?)
Gamers will converge on Melbourne in February 2008 to experience Game On, the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history and future of games and gaming, presented exclusively in Australia at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Game On traces the technology behind the incredible pace of development in computer game production over the last 35 years and gives audiences a thrilling hands-on experience to explore how games and gaming has evolved into a massive billion-dollar industry of today.

ACMI Director, Tony Sweeney said ACMI is committed to bringing world class moving image culture to Melbourne, and as the only cultural institution in Australia with a dedicated exhibition space for videogames (the Games Lab), Game On is a perfect fit.

'With the exponential growth in popularity over 35 years, videogames have become a major cultural reference point in our society, an integral part of today's kaleidoscopic whirlpool of pop culture capable of invoking misty-eyed nostalgia as well as feeding off and influencing other creative forms such as movies, music, television,' Tony said. 'For many people playing Space Invaders or Pac Man in arcades, plugging in their first Atari, or buying a hand held game like Donkey Kong was as significant an experience as buying their first record or seeing Star Wars at the drive in'.

Since being launched at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2002, Game On has toured to United States, Europe and Asia and has proven to be a smash hit amongst gaming fans, kids and adults alike. Presented as a totally interactive experience, the exhibition is pure fun for the dedicated gamer and first time novice alike.

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Not making an appearance will be the limited edition George Foreman PS3 Grill
'Its broader cultural significance aside, it's the total interactive nature of Game On that has made it such a word of mouth hit everywhere its been shown,' Tony said. 'Where else in the world can you see and experience over 120 of the most famous video games ever made in the one space'.

Game On traces the development of video games from the very first -Space Wars (1962), to arcade classics such as Space Invaders, Pong, and Asteroids, through to consoles and pc games (dating back to the age of the Commodore 64) and to today's mega-franchises developed for the Xbox and PlayStation as well as future developments such as handless and online platforms.

Originally curated by Conrad Bodman (ACMI's new Head of Exhibitions) and Lucien King for the Barbican Art Gallery‚ the exhibition draws on game culture‚ and looks at the influence of computer games in music and film‚ and the impact of particular film genres such as anime and comic genres such as manga.

Game On opens at ACMI in February 2008.


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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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