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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed to a number of geek publications. When not writing short fiction, Graham can be found playing video games and reading comics.
  • Xbox One S now up for pre-order in SA with no release date

    It's taken a while for the Xbox One S revision to (sort of) make it to SA shores. The device is now up for pre-order on a number of stores, but there's no date as to when it'll actually arrive. The console will set you back R4999 for the 500GB model and R5999 for the 1TB edition. These base units don't come with much, except for a few cables and the revised Xbox Ons S controller, which features Bluetooth. Local Microsoft video game distributor, Prima Interactive, is sweetening the deal with these pre-orders by including an additional controller, and either a...

  • Take a gander at the Nintendo Switch’s UI

    Ever since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the company has been strangely secretive about the interface. Now we finally have a proper look at it, but not thanks to Nintendo's own marketing. Trust a store somewhere to always ship highly anticipated games or hardware early. That's exactly what happened to NeoGAF forum user Hiphoptherobot when he received a pre-ordered Switch a few weeks before release (there is speculation that this isn't actually the case). The user has uploaded a video of himself setting up the new device and going through a range of menus to get the console going. Nintendo has...

  • Cities: Skylines finally coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 Store [update]

    The Xbox One has a severe lack of city-building titles. Joining the ranks of Tropico 5 and Fallout 4 to some extent (we kid) is Cities: Skylines this Spring in the US. Announced a while ago by Paradox Interactive, the game is finally making its way to Microsoft's console. It'll also be out on the Windows 10 store at the same time, but there's no word if it'll support Play Anywhere. Originally released on Steam in March 2015, the game is a direct competitor to EA's SimCity series and allows plays to build a robust and bustling city with all manner...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Yakuza 0 review diaries: like a fine wine

    After missing out on much of the Yakuza series (which is a PlayStation exclusive), I'm glad to finally have my hands on the latest entry in the franchise: Yakuza 0. It acts as an overall prequel to the rest of the titles and serves as an entry point for the series' over-arching narrative. While I usually play a game and write up a standard review -- with the exception of Dark Souls 3 -- I've decided to take a different approach to Yakuza 0. Much like Gearburn editor Andy Walker's review of Nioh, Yakuza 0 will be written as a...

  • New Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows off crazy story

    A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera has been on the lips of almost every CRPG fan for the past few months. This Kickstarter darling shows promise and its popularity only grows with each new trailer. Publisher TechlandGames has released a new trailer that details the backstory to this world. According to the game's lore, there is a man who managed to discover immortality by jumping from one blank body to the next. He thus prolonged his life and became the 'Changing God'. In doing so, he awoke The Sorrow, something old that wants to kill him in order to...

  • New Chrome OS update available, brings material design and more

    Today, Google announced the release of a new update for Chrome OS. While it doesn't bring any major changes, such as the ability to install and use Android apps, it does include a few interesting ones. According to a Google blog post, the 56.0.2924.87 (Platform version: 9000.82.0) update contains a new Material Design for the shelf and system menu and Flash Component updater. Additionally, a "new version of the ChromeVox screen reader is now the default across all Chromebooks". The Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), and Acer Chromebook R11 will not receive the update. These devices support the Google...

  • Quest of Dungeons [PS4] review

    I previously reviewed indie rogue-like title Quest of Dungeons on the Nintendo 3DS a few months ago and it was an excellent title with some minor shortcomings. Now, the game is available for the PlayStation 4. Is it worth purchasing the game again or at least owning it for the first time? The setup on the PS4 edition is still the same as previous releases: you play as one of four characters who venture through a dungeon and defeat the evil at the end. There’s a very thin story at the beginning of the two story adventures, but that’s about it. This...

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue [PS4] review

    The Kingdom Hearts series has been an interesting part of gaming culture since 2002. This mega cross-over between Disney and Square Enix has spawned a massive series that spans a number of consoles. With the next chapter in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, reportedly still a long way away, both companies seem to be tiding fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This new collection features a movie, a re-release, and a brand new game in the series. For this review, I’ll be looking at the collection -- shortened to KH2.8 -- as an overall package and not individual titles. After all,...