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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...

Four common pitfalls of gamers

Sometimes we forget what gaming is about: fun. Yes there are many more aspects to gaming, like escapism, social activity, competitive play and many more, but at the heart of it, the true essence of it all, is we have all taken up this hobby because it is fun. But sometimes we lose sight of that. Things get heated and mean-spirited and instead of the joy, we feel envy, hatred, loathing or many othe...

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...

Exclusive interview with Brian Fargo and Colin McComb about Torment: Tides of Numenera

At the end of the month Torment: Tides of Numenera will finally be released and my resolve to wait until then to play the game has faltered. I have been following the game since its Kickstarter went up, happily throwing my money at anyone who could bring me something as amazing as Planescape: Torment. With a few hours under my belt, I managed to get a few questions into the hands of Brian Fargo an...

The Burning Question: Have you ever used mods to significantly enhance your time with a game?

Mods are classified in one of two ways: a bunch of silly stuff added to your game which may or may not include nudity, or massive labours of love that highly elevate the existing experience. Mods have a storied history ever since people learned how to hack into ROMs and change stuff up to craft a new type of game and since then they have become an integral part of gaming as a whole. Many would bru...

An interview with THE BROTHERHOOD about STASIS, CAYNE and BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION

A while back I got to play and fell in love with STASIS, an isometric adventure game set in a dark, scary near future. Now the team behind this game are back with a Kickstarter for BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION, a sci-fi adventure set in a dystopian Africa after an alien artifact allows technology to leapfrog… and lead to all-out war. The Kickstarter is sitting past 50% of its target goal and I got C...

The Burning Question: Buying games at launch – is it worth it?

We live in tough times. Over the weekend I was discussing the price of games with a friend and we laughed about the cost of R50 for an NES games, those knockoff ones. The SEGA Mega Drive (the generation thereafter) had games selling between R200 and R350, the PS1 introduced the cost of R450 on average, the PS2 days brought it to about R600 average, PS3 and Xbox 360 era had games shooting up to R70...

Game releases in January – With some predictions!

I know, I know, we are a bit late with the game releases post this month. It’s partly because we’ve been so busy with awards and also partly because the writer of these posts (me) got a bit drunk and decided it was a good idea to swing from the mall’s Christmas tree into the path of some teenage girls at a coffee shop. I’m kidding, I don’t go out. SA Gamer has totally...

SA Gamer Awards 2016: Best Handheld Game

Portable or handheld gaming has been around since before I was a Wii-Toddler. It has evolved into many different shapes and sizes over the years in and out off the gaming world, and with the Nintendo Switch on its way it is evolving even further. There’s not a soul alive on this planet that can’t say that they’ve either owned a portable video gaming console or know someone that d...

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