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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Dirt 4 brings procedurally generated stages to table

    Dirt Rally was one of the best games released by Codemasters in recent years, offering an uncompromising rally experience. Now, the company has announced Dirt 4, taking the Dirt Rally trappings and greatly expanding on it. Arguably the biggest feature in this iteration is the Your Stage functionality, which sees the game spit out custom tracks based on your desired parameters. "At the push of a button, you can specify what kind of stage you want -- location, long, short, complex, straight-forward, night-time, sunset, rainy, whatever -- the choice is all yours," the team explained on its blog. The feature allows you to...

  • Namco founder Masaya Nakamura dies

    Namco's founder Masaya Nakamura has died at the age of 91, Bandai-Namco has announced. Nakamura passed away on 22 January, with the video game company making the news public today, Kotaku reported. The founder created Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955, creating amusement rides and similar fare at first. However, it wasn't until the 1970s and 1980s that Namco became an all-conquering company, thanks to the rise of arcade gaming. Namco was behind some of the most iconic franchises of the era, including Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug and Pole Position. In later years, the company would also see success with the likes of Ace Combat and Ridge Racer. Namco...

  • Google Pixel 2: cheaper variant, waterproof design?

    The Google Pixel was one of the most well-received phones of 2016, packing a fast processor, solid design and Google's Daydream VR suite. However, the phone's best asset was its 12MP main camera, packing some class-leading low-light performance. Now, 9to5 Google has reported some interesting information about the Pixel 2, citing "a source that has been reliable in the past". According to the publication, a waterproof design is "still on the table" for the Pixel 2. The device is expected to have a price increase of at least US$50 as well. The Google Pixel 2 looks like a solid evolution over last...

  • Official Nintendo Switch pricing revealed for SA

    Following Takealot's announcement earlier this morning, Core Group has officially revealed pricing for the Nintendo Switch in South Africa. "Core Gaming Systems announced today that Nintendo Switch will be available for the recommended retail price of R5599," Core wrote in an emailed press statement. "Nintendo Switch offers a completely new gaming experience that South Africans will love -- we are thrilled to introduce this unique gaming console locally at the same time as the rest of the world," says Matthew Grose, General Manager for Core Gaming Systems. Want to get your hands on one before that? Well, the distributor will be holding...

  • Nintendo Switch gets price on Takealot

    The Nintendo Switch is hitting South Africa at the same time as the rest of the word, but pricing has been a mystery for us. Sure, Nintendo announced a US$299 price tag for the USA, but what about South Africa? Now, local online retailer Takealot has revealed its price (h/t: Cheap Gamer), coming in at R5299 (Takealot claims that this is down from R5599). The Nintendo Switch price on Takealot is similar to the PS4, although we have seen discounts from both Sony and Microsoft Switch peripheral prices have also been revealed by the retailer, with the Pro Controller available for R1199, a pair of...

  • Ace Combat 7 gets PC, Xbox One release as well

    Most people are probably waiting for Horizon: Zero Dawn and Mass Effect: Andromeda, but Ace Combat 7 has tons of eager fans too. Up until this week, Bandai Namco only confirmed that it was coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR though. Fortunately, a larger audience will be experiencing the new title, the publisher revealed. Bandai Namco's latest Ace Combat 7 trailer reveals that it's coming to Xbox One and PC too -- the latter will be arriving via Steam. In case you missed it, the game's full name is also confirmed to be Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. Here's hoping that the game not...

  • 10 Android features you take for granted these days

    Android has been around for a relatively long time, the first Android-equipped phone launching in 2008. And it's been through loads of updates and iterations since those heady Cupcake and Donut days. Whether you were a long-time Android fan or joined more recently, you might be surprised at some of the features you take for granted in Google's mobile platform. WiFi hotspot A feature we all assume just works on our smartphone today, WiFi hotspot functionality (added in 2.2) allowed users to ditch USB modems/dongles and just use their phone. In a rather weird situation, more than a few Android users in the...

  • Skate City: check this new game from Alto’s Adventure devs

    We've seen numerous skateboarding games hit mobile devices, with the likes of Touchgrind and True Skate being two of the more popular "proper" skateboarding titles. Now, the team behind mega-popular endless runner Alto's Adventure (along with developer Agens) have officially revealed Skate City, being a rather realistic take on the sport. Developer Snowman said they teamed up with Agens to create the game, owing to their passion for skateboarding. Agens has already uploaded a variety of clips to Instagram, showing off the game's mechanics, spots and tricks. And if one thing is clear, it's that the game is going for a realistic...

  • LG reports US$223m quarterly loss, G5 to blame

    LG didn't enjoy a stellar 2016, with its flagship G5 (review) being a brave but ultimately flawed modular design -- and its latest quarterly results seem to reflect this. The South Korean firm announced a quarterly loss of US$223-million, citing losses from its mobile unit and automotive component division. "Profitability was hampered by weak sales of the G5 smartphone and higher marketing investments," the company added in its earnings report. In saying so, the company noted that revenue was up 15.4% compared to the previous quarter, "due in large part to strong sales of the new V20 flagship smartphone". The V20 (review) ditched...

  • Xbox: February’s Games with Gold are rather fantastic

    Microsoft has announced a few great titles as part of February's Games with Gold programme. Xbox 360 gamers will be receiving Monkey Island 2: Special Edition from 1 February until 15 February. But if that doesn't tickle your fancy, 16 February will see Star Wars: The Force Unleashed being... unleashed (available until 28 February). If that doesn't excite you, then the Xbox One selection might be up your alley, then. Critically acclaimed indie title Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime will be available from 1 February to 28 February, while Project Cars will be available from 16 February until 15 March. These titles replace...