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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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Diner Dash PSP_Cover Diner Dash. PSP Review

There's nothing finer than being in your diner.

Sat, 2 February 2008

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

This is one of those games that absolutely refuses classification.

I don't mean it's full of hardcore porn, just that Diner Dash doesn't easily fit into established video game genres.

It's also a game that if someone asked you "what do you do in this game" the answer "wait tables" is probably going to get you one of those long thoughtful looks. The kind that usually precedes the men in white coats coming to take you away for a holiday. Diner Dash sounds more boring than watching paint dry, but it does have that mystery element, that unknown little thing that forces you to keep playing and enjoy it.

Diner Dash PSP_Screen 1
If you squint, you can almost pretend this is Mike Myers in Boogie Nights
Some background would probably be appropriate so here goes: your protagonist for the game in question is a young lady by the mane of Flo who pushes a desk from nine to five.

Eventually she tires of this and decides there must be a better way to seek her fortune, so she quits and while heading home passes by a run down diner, (cue light bulb over head). The end result is that Flo now owns and runs a diner (or bloody restaurant or café if you happen to be Australian).

The gameplay is almost idiotic in simplicity but this is a large part of its charm as difficult convoluted control schemes are no good for gaming on the go. The basics of the game involve waiting tables: you seat the customers, you take their order, you deliver the food, and you get cash before you clean the table off ready for the next punter. 'Childs play' I hear you say, and it is begin with.

But when you add in things like drink machines to boost customer's mood therefore giving you a bigger tip. Families with babies that need highchairs, almost constantly being on the go with the mop, plus trying to keep restaurant critics happy, the further you progress the more there is to keep you on your toes. Sound isn't the games strong point the bleepy 8-bit like music will drive you nuts within minutes and have you reaching for the volume control and the earplugs of your ipod.

Diner Dash PSP_Screen 2
Sweep mop block, crouch and clean, swipe and steal. That's it for today
The effects are also nothing of note; if you've heard one generic cash register's ka-ching noise you've heard them all.

Graphically the game won't be winning any awards either but in this case it isn't a problem, the puzzle like nature of the game lends itself perfectly to the cell shaded look which also fits in nicely with the comic strip cut scenes.

So there you have it, Diner Dash is a quirky little game that suits gaming on the go but you would want to play it for hours at a time. Ideal for short bursts of gaming on the go (like on a bus tram or train) it's easily good way to kill time.

by: Jason

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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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