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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • 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,...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • There’s a Morrowind expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online

    If you haven't had a chance to try out The Elder Scrolls Online (let's be honest, Skyrim is still amazing and you're probably still stuck into it), now may be time to start looking into the game. Bethesda Softworks has announced that it will be releasing a Morrowind expansion to the online game. In The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, players will be able to journey to Vvardenfell -- an island inside of the province of Morrowind -- and undertake an additional 30 hours of new storyline. The game takes place around 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, so the...

  • First Resident Evil VII: Biohazard DLC out today

    If you own a copy of the Resident Evil VII: Biohazard deluxe edition or season pass on PlayStation 4, you'll be getting the first bit of DLC for the game today. This first of two "Banned Footage" DLC packs centres around the Sewer Gators cameraman, Clancy, as he tries to survive the Baker house -- it takes place during the "Nightmare" and "Bedroom" scenarios. The pack also contains an extra game (that is apparently "extra tough"), called 'Ethan Must Die'. It'll be separate to the RE7 storyline. Vol. 2 of Banned Footage will be out on 14 February. For anyone who doesn't own the PS4 edition, the...