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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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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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egames 07 screen 1 eGames & Entertainment Expo 2007

Australian Ninja wishes all press releases were this good

Fri, 19 October 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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As if we don't already have enough events happening lately, eGames is upon us once again. I just missed out last year and you can be damn sure I'll be attending this one. I'm not going to waste any more time here, just bloody well go if you know what's good for you and read the press release below! (No excuses will be accepted for missing eGames 2007).

The 2007 eGames & Entertainment Expo will give visitors the chance to try the very latest and greatest in electronic games when the expo opens at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 16 November, 2007. With the chance to play Halo 3, Crysis, Fury, and the latest Wii and Sony titles, avid gamers may well be mistaken for thinking that they are in 'games heaven' when they visit the expo.

"The enormous success of our inaugural eGames & Entertainment Expo last year has seen the expo recognised by all the big names as the place to launch and showcase their new products to the Australian market," commented Noel Gray, Managing Director, Australasian Exhibitions & Events.

Publisher Electronic Arts will be a major exhibitor at eGames '07 and will showcase their new title, 'Crysis', at the expo. Crysis is a new, first person shooter developed for the PC by Crytek Frankfurt, the makers of the award-winning 'Far Cry'. Crysis offers players a highly immersive FPS experience in which they will have to adapt their tactics, weaponry, armour and game playing style in order to survive and defeat the alien invasion.

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SSonic#557:"I'm wearing blue costume and red sneakers, what R U wearing?"
Launched just last week to the world market, Microsoft's Halo 3 has officially become the biggest entertainment launch in the history of games, garnering a staggering $170 million in sales in the USA within the first 24 hours of the game hitting the shelves and then went on to make $300 million in the first week of sales.

Visitors to eGames '07 can take part in the Halo 3 playoffs which will be staged in the Xbox zone through the three days of the show.

Halo 3, which follows on from Halo 2, is the conclusion to the epic trilogy and continues the tradition of providing the same high calibre, innovative, multiplayer experiences of its predecessor by using Xbox LIVE, the world's largest TV based social network.

Halo 3 answers the questions posed by Halo 2 regarding the fates of Master Chief and his artificial intelligence sidekick, Cortana, as they continue their struggles to save the world from the destructive forces of the alien coalition, the Covenant.

Visitors to eGames '07 will also have the chance to try their hand at Fury, the world's first ever massively multiplayer online game created by Australian game developers, Auran Games.

Fury is a combat focused PC game set in a mythical fantasy universe. International showings of the game in North America, Europe and Australasia have meant that Fury has already attracted a massive international following and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of players worldwide.

"We are looking forward to seeing our visitors wow-ed again at this year's expo. There will be so much to do, see and enjoy - visitors will be in for a great ride when they step in the door at eGames," added Gray.

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"No, despite the rumours this giant statue of Link does NOT come to life like a golem"
Visitors to eGames '07 will also be able to watch live, on-stage demonstrations of a number of new, never-before-seen games; hear keynote presentations from the industry leaders; catch up on the latest games news & views proffered by the expo's industry panels and participate in a wide range of exclusive 'at show' activities.

Professional gamers, Team Immunity will also be on hand to show visitors just how the pros do it, with visitors able to try take their turns at challenging the TI pros in game play.

The list of exhibitors for this year's eGames reads like the 'who's who' of the games industry with major companies including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Auran, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Madman Entertainment, Yamaha, Scorptech and Activision having major stands at this years event.

The expo will also have a strong focus on careers in the new media and game development industry. Swinburne University, Monash University, Deakin University and QANTM College and AIE are all at the expo to provide visitors with insight and information on how to pursue a career in the game industry.

A series of seminars will be held on the Friday for school groups and students interested in learning more about how to get into the industry.

Expo opening hours are Friday 16 November, 12pm to 6pm, Saturday 17 November, 10am to 6pm and Sunday 18 November, 10am to 5pm.

This year, eGames '07 will be staged concurrently with the Game Developers' Association of Australia's annual conference - GameConnect Asia Pacific (GCAP). More details can be found on their website,
For more information on the eGames & Entertainment Expo, please visit

eGames 2007 - opening times

Friday 16 November 12pm - 6pm General Public, plus Trade and Media focus
Saturday 17 November 10am - 6pm General Public
Sunday 18 November 10am - 5pm General Public

About eGames & Entertainment Expo 2007

The eGames & Entertainment Expo (eGames) 2007 is a dynamic event which will focus on electronic games and digital entertainment.

The expo is the only even of its type for keen players in the games and entertainment industries and will provide a forum for manufacturers, developers, major retailers and industry specific organisations to present and market products, services and information regarding electronic games and interactive entertainment products.

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Crowd Get!
eGames is also the definitive resource for trade and consumers who have an interest in electronic games and digital entertainment and will appeal to a wide age group.

The eGames central stage area will be a focal point for the event and will feature activities and keynote addresses, along with related information sessions and entertainment.

Guest keynote speakers and presenters will introduce the latest gaming industry and product innovations. Companies will have the opportunity to use the event as a platform to introduce new products to the consumer market.

The expo will also feature designated lounge areas for general game play and specific eSport competition games zones to create a strong interactivity with the attendees.

Multimedia and game related educational facilities and organisations will provide presentations and information on the prospects of pursuing a career in the industry. Game developers will also have the opportunity to showcase their work and future titles.

For more information on eGames and the countless other activities and competitions that will be taking place prior to and during the event, contact the organisers at

About the organisers

The eGames & Entertainment Expo is organised by Australasian Exhibitions and Events Pty Ltd (AEE) with content management and marketing by CyberActive Media.

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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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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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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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