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The Burning Question: Do you take the Subs or the Dubs?

When playing games from other countries, do you prefer the original voiceovers, or do you want to hear English and skip the reading?

Hidden Heroes: Tom Taylorson

"Ryder, this area can be mined for resources."

The Burning Question: Can you imagine a life without gaming?

Just to give the heading of this post a bit more context, I’m referring to the idea of electronic gaming never being invented. Imagine what the world would be like if Pong was never conceived, little handhelds with side scrolling F1 racers and Donkey Kong, Atari systems and the dawn of “TV games” to name but a few. Some of you might remember the historic American game crash of ’83 that involved th...

9 Jump scares in games we’ll never forget

A jump scare is never a fun thing to experience. It’s only once you’ve experienced it and you hand the controller to a family member or friend to play it that the scene has any form of value for the sadist among you. There have been many jump scare moments in games over the years, and below I’ve detailed a few jump scares that stood out for me: Dead Space – The benchmark in scare...

Burning Question: Which video game ending disappointed you the most?

As gamers we put in a lot of time playing and completing games. We can easily spend up to 10 hours on a decent game, but that number can increase to 30 – 40 hours for larger games. So when you finally reach the finish line and the ending isn’t exactly a winner, it can sometimes leave a sour taste in what could’ve been a great game. Sometimes the journey is more than just the endi...

Three things that stop newcomers from playing collectible card games

Have you ever played a collectible card game? The internet is full of them right now. There are some pretty amazing options available to you right now, games like Hearthstone, Duelyst, Gwent, Elder Scrolls: Legends, Faeria and Chronicle: Runescape Legends all have solid player bases and can offer you a lot of fun, even without dropping money on them. But they all seem to suffer from the same issue...

5 meditative games that chill you out

Gaming is often full of bombast and excitement with wide sprawling worlds and heavy narratives that draw you in. Often you’re actively involved in what is going on and paying careful attention to what you’re doing since everything has an important place. The story, the characters, the soundtrack, the visuals, everything. However, we also live immensely busy lives full of stress and pro...

The Burning Question: Are LANs still worth it?

I feel like this topic might be showing my age a bit. I used to go to LANs and organise them pretty often. Back when internet wasn’t ubiquitous, when not even all your friends had a dial-up modem, organising a get together was the best way to get some gaming done. Being able to have one person download the updates for a game so that they could be shared around and installed was much easier than tr...

The Burning Question: Are there too many games being released these days?

You know, gamers complain so much. We are a real needy bunch. When there is a drought we’ll voice our opinions, especially towards the months of May, June and July (me included), but this time I’m here with a question that’s been on my mind for quite some time – are there too many games being released these days? I’m sure by now you are all finding that you’re barely coping with the recent onslaug...

The Burning Question: What recent game reminded you why you love games?

It’s been many, many years since last I’ve played a game that reminded me just why I became so in love with everything that surrounds this wonderful industry. For some it’s about the thrill of a multiplayer win, for others it’s the joy of playing a game online in co-op surrounded by friends. Some people purely want to take on a tough task of beating a boss battle and having a challenge, while othe...

The Burning Question: Do you think the JRPG genre is popular in South Africa?

Ever since my childhood I’ve loved and played video games, just like most of you. And just like everyone I do favour some genres more than others, none more so than the JRPG genre. The emotionally gripping journeys they take us on and the dream worlds that they allow us to travel to, no matter how dark or colorful, is something I treasure. They embed into the player the sense of honour, just...

The Burning Question: Does playing on an easier mode spoil your experience?

Time is a valuable commodity and when your list of responsibilities increase, the less time you’ll have to spend on hobbies, like gaming. Where am I going with this? Well, in a bid to maximise my gaming time and thrash out my backlog, I’ve been playing many games on Easy Mode just to get them done and dusted. However, it wasn’t until I reviewed Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly Wor...

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