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Pippa Tshabalala: Columnist
Pippa Tshabalala is the former presenter of The Verge -- South Africa's first locally produced TV show on videogames. She has a passion for all things gaming and tech related as well as a growing collection of tattoos. Based in Johannesburg, she is currently the On-Air Producer for Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. Find her @unexpectedpippa on Twitter or at unexpectedpippa.co.za.
  • 5 awesome holiday gifts for kids

    'Tis the season for family, for goodwill, and to be spending crap loads of money on stuff for your kids. Let's not lie, that's the reality. We're here to help you spend that bonus however, by advising you on what gadgets are likely to be on your tech savvy kids Christmas list. Don't worry if you feel your kids are a hell of a lot more advanced than you on the tech front however. I mean, they probably are, but you're not alone - there are plenty of people out there whose kids are rolling their eyes at their...

  • Star Wars Battlefront review: beautiful but brainless

    Star Wars: Battlefront is DICE's latest attempt to reinvigorate the Star Wars: Battlefront franchise. Based on the Star Wars franchise (duh), this is the third major release of this series, but this time around you're looking less at a sequel and more at a reboot. Thank goodness. First things first, a quick rundown. You can travel across multiple planets, Endor, Tattooine, Hoth, Jakku and Sullust. You have the ability to customise your characters, gear and abilities (like most other games of this ilk). You choose to play either as a Rebel Alliance soldier or as an Imperial Stormtrooper. You can...

  • Need For Speed (2015) review: fast and forgettable

    Note: Apologies to those readers who previously experienced a 404 error while attempting to connect to this page. The issues have been now been solved. Need for Speed is a franchise that has seen a thousand iterations (or at least it certainly seems like it), and thousands of hours clocked by gamers over the years. There have been games within the franchise that revolutionised the concept of the arcade racer, forever changing our relationship with Need for Speed, and games that made us curse that we ever spent R800 on a game (I'm looking at you Pro Street!) At its core,...

  • Pippa’s top 5 rAge 2015 moments

    rAge 2015 has come and gone, and although it's a slightly shorter wait than usual (if you plan on attending rAge Cape Town as well) until the next one, there are always moments that stand out every year. We've gone and narrowed it down to five. Read more: 4 numbers that tell rAge 2015’s story The NAG Jam Those of us in the gaming industry are well aware of the concept of a Game Jam, but 2015 saw the inaugural NAG Jam take place in the weeks preceding rAge 2015. Some amazing games were made in a mere 72 hours, some of...

  • rAge Expo 2015 recap: was it the best rAge ever?

    This past weekend saw gamers from all over Gauteng (and some who made their way from other provinces), converge on TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg for the annual rAge Expo. All things gaming and tech related were on display for the hordes of visitors that made their way through the door. I’ve been attending rAge for approximately ten years. In fact 2014 was the first year I’ve missed since I started working in this industry, and it wasn’t out of choice! 2015 was perhaps the busiest I have ever seen rAge -- there was very little space to move, and the relief...

  • 5 family-friendly LEGO games for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    I wanted to call this article “next gen LEGO round up”, but to be fair here this is no longer “next-gen”. The problem is I've called it that for so many years that habits are hard to break! Anyway, the point was that I've been playing a lot of LEGO games lately. Like, a lot! Why, you ask. Well the simple fact is I have a four-year-old son, and he loves LEGO games. Luckily, I do too so I figured I should share my ultimate LEGO video game list for current-gen consoles. I have a PlayStation 4, but these titles are available...

  • 5 seriously addictive and free Android games

    We all spend an inordinately large amount of time on our phones. I won't deny that I'm a big culprit here, if I'm not answering emails or browsing social media, I'm playing games on my phone. Yes I might have a problem, but it's undoubtedly exacerbated by games such as these. They're fun and incredibly addictive! While I have used iOS devices in the past, I've stuck to five seriously playable Android games for free in this piece. Some games are free for Android and other OSes, while other OS versions may include a small fee. I've been sure to note that little detail...

  • Virtual calamities: 5 of the worst virtual reality devices ever made

    2015 has been the year of virtual reality. The Oculus Rift, Sony Project Morpheus, Google Cardboard and the HTC Vive – these are all devices that have us on the edge of our seats in anticipation. Virtual Reality (VR) is not a new concept however, it’s been around in a variety of forms for a decade or two, just perhaps not always as, er… successful as it is now. Perhaps it was the technological limitations of hardware at the time, perhaps it was a marketing and/or consumer issue, however VR simply never took off in the consumer market and has...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ is a dense, visual masterpiece

    This is not a full review. I say this right up front because I haven't quite finished playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I really don't want to be giving a definitive answer to a series that I love so much and yet I haven't played to the nth degree. Why haven’t I finished it you might ask? Well, mainly because I'm taking my time savouring absolutely every little piece of the experience. And what an experience it is. I bought the PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition of this game – the first one I've bought in a while -- and...

  • What was the best next-gen console of 2014?

    If you had asked me in January which console would be the best performing of 2014, I might have hedged my bets, but in all honesty I would have been leaning towards the PS4. Sony handled the launch of its new next-gen console a million times better than Microsoft did the Xbox One. In fact Microsoft made so many mistakes and handled the PR so poorly when launching the Xbox One, that I did wonder if they would ever recover, in much the same way that Nintendo's Wii U underperformed in terms of sales. I am absolutely and wholeheartedly pleased to...