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All posts by Pippa Tshabalala: Columnist

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 great gaming headphones (and budget alternatives) for South African gamers

    Buying a set of headphones might seem like a very straightforward task, but when you start to break it down, the options become a little overwhelming. Well, for me anyway. I think the first question to ask yourself, is what do I want these headphones for? Are you looking for something with which you can listen to music? Are you a video editor? A sound engineer? Do you want them for gym or running? All of these have different specs, and the reality is that you really can't use those in-ear headphones that came with your phone for running… or for...

  • Your gaming event calendar for the rest of 2018

    2018 is set to be a big year in the video game world -- there are a myriad exciting upcoming titles on the horizon tantalising our imaginations. For the gaming journos however, every year brings the excitement of the gaming expos and media events - where all the big announcements are made and we evaluate the impact they’re likely to have on the gaming industry. Sure it’s no SONA… But events like these find journalists hanging on the every word of Microsoft and Sony execs in the same manner South Africans were glued to their TV screens as CR gave his...

  • 5 tech gifts you should get for kids this holiday season

    I’m a big believer in educational toys for my kids. Yes, we all know those moments when they're desperate for whatever the latest trend is. But I do feel there needs to be a balance between getting them something they desperately want because it's popular and getting them something that will teach them skills and grow their minds. Sometimes kids tech does this, sometimes it doesn't. For example, I have watched my eldest son's fine motor coordination improve when he began playing video games – this doesn't mean I want him to spend all day playing video games, but I...

  • Pippa’s guide to tech gifts on a budget

    We all know that buying gifts for a million people is tough. Especially at this time of year – there are just too many people to buy for! I try and keep my gift buying to a minimum to be honest – I buy for my kids and my immediate family because in today’s economic climate it’s just too expensive to buy for everybody! So what do you do when you’re strapped for cash but you just can’t possibly leave someone out? You go with one of these budget options of course… Gift cards I know gift cards might seem lame to...

  • Pippa’s guide to the 5 best gaming gifts this festive season

    Games are always a good buy for THAT person in your house (my household is full of them!), because it means they'll get hours of enjoyment out of them, especially if there's someone they can play them with. You know your partner/really close friend you don't mind spending money on/child is desperate for a new game this Christmas but you have NO idea what to get them. Maybe they've just got a new console and they need games to play on it, or maybe they're just finished playing everything else on their list and are searching for something new and...

  • Don’t buy these games for Christmas, no matter how cheap

    I know the temptation is great. I really do. Your kid or friend wants a video game for Christmas but you have a million people to buy for and you really can't afford to buy them that R1000 game. Believe me, I feel your pain. But I promise you, they will hate you more if you get them a crap game. Rather give them a gift card or money towards the game they want, than buy them any of the games on this list. 1, 2 Switch The worst part about 1, 2 Switch, is that it's being sold as a standalone...

  • Prepare to be A MAZE.d at indie, alt game expo in JHB

    A MAZE. Johannesburg, an offshoot of the original A MAZE. festival in Berlin, is now in its sixth year and going from strength to strength. It's partnered with the Fak'ugesi festival and features a host of game makers, digital artists, musicians, researchers and coders, all engaged with the subject of play -- the driving force behind the festival. Since its inception in Berlin, A MAZE. now interacts with creative events in a number of festivals all over the world, including Croatia, Romania, Palestine, Cuba, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia and of course South Africa. A MAZE. Berlin takes place in April and A...

  • Better late than never: Pippa’s E3 2017 diary

    E3 came and went quite some time ago. But with Cape Town's own EGE having come and gone, now's a good a time as any to take a look back. And what better way to look back than reading Pippa Tshabalala's E3 diary, having attended the week-long extravaganza herself? My first entry in a while Dear Diary, Sorry I haven't written in a while, but I've been REALLY busy. There's just so much going on at the moment, but something very exciting happened to me today however and I just had to tell someone! I was asked to go to E3 by the organisers...

  • Are games easier or are we just lazier?

    I have a conundrum. I'm trying to decide if games are getting easier or if we're just getting lazier. If you don't really know what I'm talking about -- I'm old, ok? I remember games that required you to type in commands in order to make the character do anything. It was worse when you were trying to type fast because something was chasing you… Opne doro. Open dor. *Damn it!* Open door. You open the door. King's Quest IV I remember games that didn't give you a map, or a guide to where you were supposed to go next,...

  • Switch it up: here’s what’s good and bad about the Nintendo Switch

    The Nintendo Switch, the newest console on the market, has hit our shores and by its marketing campaign alone has certainly turned heads. But is it everything it's cracked up to be? It's innovative and exciting certainly but can it hold its own against its competitors. We rounded up the three best and three worst features of the Switch as it launches in South Africa. The Good 8 console local multiplayer You have to admit that's pretty awesome. You can sync up to eight consoles to play both competitive and cooperative multiplayer and while it's not unique to the Switch it also has...