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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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PONG Alan Alcron ACMI 2008 Pong designer Al Alcorn to give free talk at ACMI.

Find out the latest on super-exciting events at ACMI

Sat, 1 March 2008

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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The designer of the legendary video game PONG - Alan Alcorn - will be giving two free talks at ACMI, Federation Square in Melbourne as part of the Game On exhibition.

The first free talk will be on Thursday 6 March, 12pm:

"Pong designer Al Alcorn talks about the origin of Atari and the culture from which it emerged and the videogame world's first killer app."

The second free talk will be on Friday 7 Mar 2008, 12pm:

"Special guest Al Alcorn talks with Swinburne University's Christian McCrea about Pong, Atari and the legacy of the videogame world's first killer app.

Did you know that Al Alcorn gave Apple's Steve Jobs his first job? A self-described 'serial entrepreneur,' Al and Christian will discuss his many stories in the days since Atari as well as the seismic shifts in the industry that makes game development today very different from the Golden Era."

Now you may think that the Game On exhibition is enough to keep you busy over the next month or so. But there is so much more happening at ACMI in the near future that it would be a damn shame not to check out at least a few of the events on offer.

For starters there is a free talk about World of Warcraft and also a free talk about Second Life.

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If this image is not already on a Tshirt somewhere, then it needs to be
Following those events is the Australian Premiere of 8 bit: a documentary about art and videogames (This one is looking so damn slick that
I pity the fool who don't watch it).

For those still looking for more fun, on there is an insider look at the Hellboy video game creative process

Then there is connecting generations through games two experts "discuss the science of gameplay and the potential benefits of belonging to a games community."

There is still a heck of a lot of other cool things happening at ACMI over the coming months, but one event in particular sure to get many gamers excited is gamerthon a major esports competition hosted by ACMI boasting thousands of dollars in prizes, public and pro tournaments with games such as Guitar Hero 3 and Grand Tourismo 5. But don't take my word for it, see the full details at the official Gamerthon website

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"You should get one of those free passes so you can become really really really good looking like me!"
If for some reason you finger is not already dead from clicking the mad amount of links I'm throwing at you, then click on over to ACMI's Game On homepage and check out each individual section (talks and screenings, special events etc) to make sure you don't miss out on anything that may grab your attention.

I was going to add in the dates of everything, but then how HARD is it to click the links above which will tell exactly when and where everything takes place.

In case you need reminding there is still some FREE PASSES TO GAME ON taking up precious space in my closet. Now, I'm not one to complain (that's a complete lie, I bitch about everything at every available opportunity) but I NEED that space for things like games and DVDs. So please help me free up space in my closet and take these FREE PASSES off my hands people! How? Well just read the competition questions here and then fire off an email.

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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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