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  • RetroEpic to sponsor an animal lover at TEARS Sleepathon

    Like cats, or dogs? Or just feel that animals have a hard enough time living with us on this planet? Well, RetroEpic and TEARS has given you a great way to make their lives a little easier. The local game development studio, known for A Day In The Woods among other titles, has announced that it's sponsoring a "Ginjah friend" at the TEARS Sleepathon, from 1-2 April in Cape Town. TEARS, or The Emma Animal Rescue Society, "is one of the country’s leading organisations in the areas of animal rescue, veterinary services, and the rehabilitation and rehoming of rescued domestic animals,"...

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition review: a beautiful rage-inducing gem

    Last year we took a look at indie title Ori and the Blind Forest on PC and named it as one of the best games of 2015. Now, developer Moon Studios has released a Definitive Edition, announcing tweaks and changes, but is this indie darling title really worth your time? The game retains the same gripping and heart-wrenching story. Much of the tale is told through characters actions and in as few words as possible. I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed more than a few tears during the story’s introduction. It’s powerful; incredibly powerful stuff. As with the original...

  • Yo-Kai Watch preview: a charming collect-em-all-a-thon

    The Yo-Kai Watch series of games has been out in Japan since 2013 but it only started making its way to the West late last year. It's similar to the likes of Pokemon or Digimon in regards to collecting creatures and battling with them, but there's something that gives it a unique and compelling charm. The plot is relatively simple and one that's very 'anime' as well. While searching for bugs in a nearby forest, your character (a boy or a girl) stumbles on a mystical capsule machine. Upon inserting a coin into it, the machine releases a Yo-Kai named Whisper, who...

  • Superhot review: when I move you move

    I’ve always been a great fan of the first-person shooter genre. As much as I love games with captivating narratives and mesmerizing concepts, there is just something… almost meditative (for lack of a better word) about mindlessly planting a plethora of bullets in my digital adversaries. But one has to admit that the genre has become repetitively stale in recent times and that it has been awhile since a title has successfully challenged the current recipe of shooters. Superhot is one game that aims to breathe some new life back into the FPS genre and it pulls it off surprisingly...

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer shows off some interesting new features

    It was only a matter of time before LEGO churned out another Star Wars video game. The Force Awakens will be completely centred around Episode VII. That's not entirely true. It will also have additional missions that expand upon the seventh movie, such as how Han and Chewie got the Rathtars. The game also looks to change up the same old Lego mechanics with a few additions. For one, the trailer shows off aerial combat, which may just offer Star Wars fans something akin to the X-Wing or TIE-Fighter series. It looks like there are also some bro-shooter mechanics with a cover...

  • Is Nintendo killing Wii U production before year end?

    Here's a big gaming industry rumour: the less-than-impressive Nintendo Wii U could find itself dead and buried by year-end, according to Japanese site Nikkei. If Nintendo does cease production of the Wii U before 2017, it will make it the shortest-lived home gaming console in Nintendo's storied history. But while Nintendo dismisses the rumour, it's clear that the Wii U isn't exactly the thriving gaming platform its parent hoped it would be. It makes no real financial or business sense to keep it on life support, especially since Nintendo's real promise now lies in mobile gaming and, more importantly for home...

  • iPhone SE parody pokes fun at Apple marketing [video]

    The iPhone SE is an interesting milestone in Apple's iPhone story, especially since that milestone is only 4.0-inches from corner to corner. And of course, the lack of a revolutionary product this didn't stop the internet from having a go. In fact, the internet really warmed up to the phone, and this parody video by Jacksfilms pokes a few noticeable holes in the iPhone SE marketing campaign. From its claims suggesting that it's faster than the iPhone 5S (which it is, actually), to its gaming potential, the video paints the iPhone SE in a different shade of, well, banana white. But that's...

  • rAge 2016 Cape Town: how to improve on next year’s event

    The first ever rAge Cape Town event has come and gone. The crowds dissipated, the stalls have packed up, and GrandWest Casino has returned to normality once more. From our visit, the long-time-coming event looked to be a success, but under all of the LAN cables and banners there is still room for improvement for next year's edition. We spent quite some time at rAge 2016 Cape Town and had the opportunity to scrutinise, as well as 'oooh' and 'ahh', everything in the venue. From what we're seen, and people we've spoken to, here are several ways in which the...

  • Special Podcast #18: we talk rAge 2016 Cape Town

    This week we bring you yet another edition of Special Podcast, as we discuss rAge 2016 Cape Town, that took place this past weekend in GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made about the first rAge gaming expo to take place in Cape Town. The city has been waiting for rAge for 13 years but on the weekend of the 18, 19 and 20 March 2016, it finally took place. On its website, rAge claims that it is South Africa’s biggest annual video gaming, computer, technology and...

  • rAge 2016 Cape Town: 3 standout artists from Artist Alley

    The Really Awesome Gaming Expo, or rAge, may be a meeting place of comic book nerds, video game geeks and tabletop trekkies (could not think of another nerdy word to use and trekkies is alliterative in that context so at least I'm being creative, and speaking of creativity) it is also a place for some fantastic fan art. The artist's alley was not particularly large this year, but what was on display was more than enough for my measly wallet. Here are the three standout acts in Artist Alley this year: Inks M.D Extremely intricate and mesmerising fan artwork isn't exactly an...