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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 Sometimes you kick

Sometimes you get kicked

Thu, 1 November 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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How they hangin', Buttonholers? I hope you're doing well, regularly getting funky and enjoying plenty of good lovin'.

Unfortunately, I have to give you another report on why I've been out of action, yet again. F*#kin' Arthritis, baby! In case I was getting too accustomed to dealing with my other health problems, I now have this one too. My feet and hands had started getting very sore and swollen, so I checked with Rob, my specialist (doctor, that is); it turns out, arthritis is indeed the cause. I've gotten pretty good at coping with such troubles by now, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't phased by this news. I tend to use my feet quite a bit for, you know, walking, standing & stuff like that. My hands are an integral part of the majority of things I enjoy & require most in life - playing games and typing, for instance. Of course, there's another little "hobby" most folks have, which also requires the use of at least one hand. But, in order to keep things relatively clean, I'll not go into that one.

I've been taking more pills (which, frankly, don't do wonders for my already muddled mental state) and doing a few other things - exercising and such - to try and counteract the arthritis, as well as possible. While still very noticeable, it has definitely improved. I doubt I'd be typing this otherwise. I've been working here and there on many articles, when I feel able. It is frustratingly slow going, but still better than nothing. Anyway, since I've not posted a new Editorial in a while, I'll do my usual thing and make this an extensive one. Since I'm all hopped up on prednisolone & painkillers right now and don't know how long it'll be until I do the next one, I reckon I better strike while the iron's hot.

We're very lucky to have a guy like Assistant Editor Ninja, the article producing machine, to make sure there's still quality content being posted consistantly. I reckon Aussie Ninja's articles just keep getting & better - he's really developed into a skilled writer and does an excellent job with editing too. The Ninja came and hung out with me at the Buttonhole Cave the other day. Always nice to spend some time with that dude. I'm always amazed by how energetic he is.

Jason has also been doing a great job of supplying reviews, for which he's been rewarded with the new position of Buttonhole's Lead Contributor. So a big gold star and smiley face stamp goes to him.

Thank God for those two, as most of our other writers have gone missing in action. To be fair, though, many of them have reasons just as valid as my own for that. However, I'd have to say that others have just plain disappeared and not bothered to tell me why. Some kind of record must surely go to Tino who has a profile page, but hasn't actually written a single review since he joined. A shame, as I like the guy and believe he'd be good at it. Oh well, I can't hold a gun to people's heads. I got into too much trouble last time I did that.

One guy who I know has good reasons for not doing any reviews lately is Justin, better known here at Buttonhole as Ichibod. He works plenty of hours with his "real" job and, on top of that, is very into photography. He's usually spending plenty of time working on that and the exhibitions involved with it. Special K informed me that Ichibod's house was broken into recently. Many of the items they stole were very important to him - the bastards even took his wedding ring. I wish there was something I could do to help, but all I can really do is say how sorry I was to hear about that.

Let's not turn this article into a total downer though. Another Buttonhole crew member who has been quiet for a while is Hatchy. He too has a time consuming job, but the other thing taking up his time of late is a very pleasant one. He and his wife, Sophie, recently got a new addition to their family. Here are a couple of pics of the couple's baby daughter, Faith (I've always loved that name, by the way):

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Gotta have Faith (sorry, I couldn't think of anything funny to say, so I went with that dud line)

She's adorable. Congratulations, Sophie and Hatchy!

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As a scottish friend of mine (hi Sandy) would say, "Look at her beautiful wee face!"

Another couple who are hoping to have a baby of their own soon are my Sister, Sarah and her husband, Kris (Special K). Those two scallywags recently celebrated the anniversary of their first year of marriage. So, congratulations to them too!

We've got a new "young dude" on team Buttonhole (he's 17, if I remember correctly). Welcome on board, Borgieman. As you, hopefully, already noticed, his first article is already online. Borgie has the requisite love of all things geeky, necessary to be part of our crew. He's also long been a prolific member on our Forums and I find him to be very likeable fella. Nice to have a new younger bloke too, since the last one (DBL) is one of those aforementioned folks who buggered off on us. It scares me to think that, since I am 31, Borgie is very nearly half my age! Thankfully, I'm pretty well as childish as ever, so I tend not to notice too much.

On an unrelated note, did you watch the ARIA awards? I thought it was really good this year, with very few things I could really hang crap on. Except for Rove, that is (I think his wife has been dead long enough now, so I can pick on him again). I swear, the only person I saw laugh at Rove's so-called jokes was Rove himself. They may as well have had Daryl f*#king Somers hosting. At least this year they didn't subject us to any international guests who clearly don't know anything, or care, about Aussie music.

Captain Buttonhole has finally arrived...sort of. His (utterly ridiculous) Profile page is up. Eventually we shall post some Captain B articles. One them is going to be called "Ask Captain Buttonhole" - in which he will answer any questions you want to ask him, related to any of the topics we like to discuss at our site. What's more, whoever asks the best/most interesting question will score a prize (like a free game, or DVD).

In the meantime, here's a picture of Cpt. B for you to admire:

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Armed and dangerous.

If my hands hold up, I'm hoping to post a few things over the next couple of days. As of Sunday, I'm going to be away for another three weeks. I'm taking a trip up north with my folks, just to get away - for a change of scene and to cheer myself up (my most recent problems did get me a little down). I'm hoping that I will return feeling much healthier and happier, so that I can finally start giving Buttonhole my full attention again. If all goes even mildly well, you can expect something of a mini "relaunch" for our site to follow.

I forget all the other shit I was going to say, so that'll be all. Thanks again for reading and to all those who go out of their way to keep things going at Planet Buttonhole.

by: Hillelman

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Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
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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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