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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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GO3 Hideo Kojima pic Lost (for a while) Pics of Hideo Kojima from GO3

That's not a Solid Snake. THIS is a Solid Snake

Wed, 12 December 2007

Sammy by: Hillelman

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As I keep feeling the need to repeat, Old Sammy has been gone for a long time (some would argue I've been "gone" for my entire life, but that's a different story) and as a result, many things Buttonhole intended to cover, didn't get done. One of the things I most regret missing was the GO3 show. If I may be so bold as to speak for all of team Buttonhole (and if not, they should have told me way sooner - and I'd have fired the prick), we wanted to get behind that show from the get go and support it as much as possible, because we're just so into a gaming event of such magnitude becoming established here in Australia.

GO3's Event Coordinater, David Kazim, has, in return, been very supportive of Buttonhole. I've personally found him to be a very cool guy and an absolute pleasure to communicate with. If he wasn't a dude, I'd definitely go for it. Seriously though, I have spoken with David a good number of times & recall being most pleased when he told me the show went very well. I was also stoked to hear that GO3 shall go ahead again in 2008.

Something nice David did, in thanks for us advertising GO3 and so forth, was to send us some exclusive pics. Unfortunatley this was just before I got on a roll of what, in order to keep my use of profanity to a minumin (but my use of sarcasm to the typically high level), I'll call a series of delightfully zany mishaps. Well, I am a firm believer in the concept of "better late than never"/ Especially when it involves things that never cease to be worth doing - and these photos certainly fall into that catergory. Because, boys and girls, these photos are devoted to one of the big name guests of GO3. A man who is a genuine legend in the world of videogames. My hero and yours: Hideo Kojima!

What's even cooler than some shots of the man behind Metal Gear Solid (and another of my all time favourites -Snatcher)? That's right, some shots Hideo Kojima rocking it with some Aussie wildlife!

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Come on Kojima-san, let the inspiration flow: The world needs a game involving some type of giant kangaroo/robot thingy

Mr. Kojima is truly like royalty in the games industry. He is an exhaulted posistion, in terms of how respected and loved he is by hardcore gamers. In that sense, he's currently almost without peer.

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My latest wrestling "dream match"? Kojima vs, Jake Roberts

Speaking for myself, there is only one guy I think of before Kojima, when considering the most creative, powerful and influencal men working in the business today.

Shigeru Miyamoto is that guy, but I can't tell you just how much I admire him. To even mention Kojima in the same category as Shiggy is the ultimate compliment, from my perspective.

Very few are even close to being on that level, though Yuji Naka does warrant mention.

There certainly are several other greats still doing excellent work (and, to be fair, plenty of them are not Japanese) but I'll save that list for another occasion. Frankly though, Miyamoto, Naka and Kojima are still the "stars".
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That is the longest snake I've ever seen on an Asian bloke. It is much more impressive than the worm I get around with.

If games were rock/pop music, Shiggy would be Elvis and The Beatles and Kojima would be Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. I dunno who that makes Yuji Naka...maybe Jimi Hendrix.

As you have probably figured out, I have no actual text to go with these pics. Therefore, I am just making shit up as I go along, in an attempt to fill space. But you wouldn't believe how much time I've spent having conversations like that.

To to tell the truth, it has been several years since I've spoken to someone who came up with stuff, of that nature (or any other, really) I cared enough about not to forget the very same night.

Are people still actually reading my text here? I don't mean to condone heavy driking (I don't mean to condemn it either) but... Cats who drink - and can hold it - have, hands down, way more interesting stuff to say than those who don't. Of course, the drinkers can talk a great deal more crap, too.

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Neither of these animals are bears. One of them is super lazy and does nothing but eat & sleep. The other is wearing sunglasses. Both are considered cute by many females.

If they were movie directors, Shigeru Miyamoto would be Steven Speilberg. Yuji Naka would be George Lucas. Hideo Kojima would be Quentin Tarantino. I could explain all those comparisons... but, just because I could, doesn't mean I should. This isn't the place for it. God bless any of you poor bastards who actually want to hear those details (if you email me, I might explain).

Thanks again for the pics, David.

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Are these guys having fun? Of course they are.

I hope everyone enjoyed looking at the photos. If you didn't...what is you're problem? You're a real dick, you know that?

by: Hillelman

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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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