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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist
Capetonian freelance writer and photographer. Wiehahn is a lover of stories in all their forms, and has been an avid gamer since he took his first breath. If he is not working or gaming, he either pours his creative energy into his passion for music or plays foosball in some bar.
  • Beholder [PC] review: Orwellian errand man

    Beholder is an indie adventure title developed by Russian-based studio Warm Lamp Games. According to the developers, the game is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government”. It takes place in a fictional Totalitarian state run by the cold and calculating “Ministry”. You play as Carl Stein, a newly state-appointed landlord of an apartment building who has been ordered to keep an eye on the tenants and report any suspicious activity that goes against the Ministry’s wishes. To do so you will be profiling your tenants, secretly installing cameras in their apartments and, in certain cases, will have...

  • Shadow Warrior 2 [PC] review: a shallow, mind-numbing spectacle

    Shadow Warrior 2 is a chaotic, violent first-person shooter that aims to revive the 1997 original with some modern flair. Its predecessor (2013) did a pretty good job as a present-day reboot, bringing back its fast-paced pandemonium in a time where shooters have become much more refined and realistic. This time around though, things feel a bit tired and rushed and one can only wonder where the passion has gone. Admittedly, it still provides us with a healthy dose of constant brain-numbing action, which might be enough reason for some to pick it up. But before you do, let’s take a...

  • 8 essential gadgets for ghost hunting this Halloween

    In celebrations of All Hallows’ Eve (that’s Halloween if you didn’t’ know) we have decided to take a look at some of the cutting-edge tech being used in the ethereal realm of “paranormal investigations”, better known as “ghost hunting”. We might still be a long way from the “proton packs” and “ecto goggles” of Ghostbusters fame but that doesn’t mean the way present day equipment is being used in ghost hunting is any less intriguing. Also, I will have to admit that my knowledge of these paranormal affairs are a bit lacking so if you know if any other crazy gadgets...

  • Better Late Than Never: we review Stardew Valley, Inside & Stellaris

    It’s Better Late Than Never time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at three very distinct and vastly different titles: the light-hearted and addictive Stardew Valley, the beautifully sinister Inside and Stellaris, an immersive and remarkably thorough space adventure. Stellaris Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy game that takes place in the year 2200, developed by Paradox Developent Studios, who are well known for their work in the grand strategy sphere. This is their first title that takes place in a futuristic ...

  • Event 0 [PC] review: I compute, therefore I am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I initially booted Event 0 (stylised as Event), a short but poignant first-person narrative exploration game by Ocelot Society. All I knew was that I would spend most of my time conversing with a spaceship’s artificial intelligence named Kaizen. This meant I was probably going to do a lot of reading and typing, not activities I would usually associate with video games. I could not help but think: can a game that revolves this much around typing, something that many of us would regard as mundane, actually be any good? Well the answer is yes....

  • Game Jolt Vault: Dystopixelia, Night Blights & The Very Organized Thief

    “Game Jolt Vault” is a new series where Gearburn explores and reviews the vast wealth of titles hidden within one of the web’s largest indie game depositories, gamejolt.com. If you’re tired of paying half your wages on games, waiting for massive downloads or playing games that seem all too familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. Indie developers and their titles are the champions that will lead the world of gaming into the future. It is their ingenuity and creativity that will change the landscape of gaming and provide us with unique virtual experiences to enjoy. All the games featured...

  • Virginia [PC] review: interactive cinema at its finest

    I’ve started writing this review mere moments after I’ve finished Virginia. Its eerie yet beautiful experience still lingers within my mind, my thoughts a distorted amalgam of “why’s” and “what if’s”. What have I just experienced? I honestly have no idea, but I liked it. Or rather I’ve spent the last two hours immersed in one of the most captivating and beautifully bizarre digital experiences I’ve encountered… and I absolutely loved every second of it. Virginia is a narrative-driven first-person mystery game created by Variable State Games. The story takes place over the course of a few days in a fictionalized...

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...

  • 4 drone examples that push the boundaries of technology

    In the past two decades, the world has witnessed an immense evolution in the sphere of drone technologies. What use to be the stuff of science-fiction has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. From commercial camera drones to man-killing hunter drones, this hi-tech gadget with its endless array of possibilities for real-world applications is rapidly integrating itself into human society. In this article, we will explore some of the most interesting drone designs out there so that you can get an idea of what the future might one day look like. Lily Drone: a drone for autonomous selfies,...

  • South Park, Mafia & Dishonored: 5 games yet to come in 2016

    So far, 2016 has provided us with a decent array of gaming titles to indulge in. From the prehistoric wilderness of Far Cry: Primal (review) to the beautifully minimalistic cityscape of Mirror's Edge Catalyst (review), we've been treated to hours upon hours of quality gaming. But what's done is done and while we are eternally grateful for these experiences, as gamers we cannot help but wonder what the future landscape of gaming has in store for us. Well, by the looks of it, 2016 still has a lot of digital adventures for us to undertake and the best might still be on the...