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  • How and where to find retro games & consoles in South Africa

    When it comes to modern video games and consoles, we've got it pretty good in South Africa. Old-school gaming though? Well, that's a different story. It can be rather tough to find the likes of the Super Nintendo or SEGA Dreamcast if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to check out before going the Amazon/eBay route. The Gaming Source An online store, The Gaming Source was established in 2009, offering a variety of new and second-hand games and consoles for sale. The website's stock is rather varied, featuring current-generation products and the ever-important retro goodies. A quick visit to...

  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 review: meat and potatoes

    Foliage and carcasses. Thorns and fangs. Sparkly floating flowers and caped Elvis Presleys. This is the Plants vs Zombies series in a nutshell, a game franchise that taking the world by storm on console after it wasted so many working hours on mobile. I know, because I was one of the latter, nonchalantly blowing up zombies with potato mines when I should've been working. The latest game, subtitled Garden Warfare 2, is perhaps the best title in the series so far, and a testament to what the AAA games industry can do when it gets its shit together. For those...

  • PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: What’s the SA price breakdown?

    Missed the news? Microsoft will be increasing its Xbox Live rates to R159 a month, making for a massive increase compared to the current R50 a month rate. That got us thinking, though... How much does it cost for a Xbox One and PS4, along with the necessary items (i.e. extra controllers and online subscriptions)? Console In this department, we first opted to look at a console and game bundle, focusing only on the 1TB variants. So what did we find out? Well, BT Games stocks the 1TB Xbox One along with The Division for R5999. By comparison, Takealot has a limited special on a...

  • Watch gameplay of the unreleased Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion PSP game

    There was a time when The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was coming to Sony's handheld PlayStation Portable (PSP) console. That time was 2007. Nine years on, and that game still hasn't been released and never will be. Over on NeoGAF, user Borman shares some video footage of the cancelled title, named The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion. While not open-world like the bigger version games, it would have used a hub world and concentrated on the dungeon aspect of Oblivion, including the Oblivion Gates as well. Judging by the footage, the final product really could have been a stellar title and system...

  • A 16MP selfie camera with OIS? Sony reveals Xperia XA Ultra (update)

    Sony Mobile has been rather quiet lately, aside from its Xperia X "super mid-range" phones. So we're happy to see the company announcing a rather unique handset in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra. The phone's biggest selling point is easily the 16-megapixel front-facing camera, complete with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for judder-free video and blur-free shots. The selfie shooter also packs a flash for those late-night shots around the braai or at (heaven forbid) Tiger Tiger. Related: Sony Xperia X series sports flagship-killing specs, ‘that’ 23MP camera Otherwise, look at the back and you've got a 21.5MP main camera, being similar...

  • Dark Souls board game smashes Kickstarter goal, raises over £3.7-mllion [update]

    Update, 17 May 2016: The project concluded on 16 May with over £3.7-million (R83-million) in funding. Update, 6 May 2016: The game has reached over £2.1-million (R45.9-million) in funding. Update, 26 April 2016: The game has reached over £1.5-million (R31.6-million) in funding. Update, 21 April 2016: The game has reached over £1 000 000 (R21-million) in funding. Update, 21 April 2016: The game has reached over £900 000 (R18.9-million) in funding. From Software's Dark Souls, the video game series known for being brutal, is getting its own board game. The game's Kickstarter page went up on 19 April and was fully funded in a whopping three...

  • SA’s Xbox Live Gold subscription to cost R159 per month from June [update]

    Update: added clarification on three, six, and 12-month subscriptions Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold (XBL) subscription service will increase from R50 to R159 for South African users from 20 June. The tech giant announced the price increase in an email sent to subscribers today. No reason for the increase has been stated. On a month-to-month basis, a year's worth of subscriptions will now cost R1908 as opposed to R600. Microsoft has yet to announce new pricing for three, six, and 12-month subscriptions. "We continually evaluate our offerings and are always working to provide a balance of service and value that meet the needs of our...

  • This battery breakthrough could change the world

    I’m sure most of us can recall quite a few situations where we wished that battery technology was a bit more evolved. Whether it’s that dreaded low battery beep we hear on our energy thirsty smartphones or our Xbox remotes that decide to die in the middle of a tense game, we’ve always had a love-hate relationship with batteries. Well it seems the battery gods have heard our call and bestowed upon us a miracle. Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) may have discovered a way to drastically increase the life of modern day batteries. And the best part...

  • 4 alternatives to Microsoft’s dying Sunrise calendar app

    Microsoft will soon shutter Sunrise, the calendar app it bought back in February 2015. If you were an avid user of the rather brilliant calendar app, you're probably hunting for an alternative that doesn't suck. Luckily for you, we've scoured the Play Store to find you five possible alternatives. Google Calendar If you're on Android, this is probably the no-brainer alternative. The new Calendar app boasts plenty of colour, clean Material Design and the typically simple Google app setup. Multiple viewing options compliment the options to quick-add events with Google Maps integration, and search events across all calendars. Being it a Google product,...

  • Lara, Jade and Samus: 7 of the most badass female characters in gaming

    Playable female characters in video games have been over-sexualised and under-represented for years. Recently, there has been greater attention drawn to this imbalance within the video game industry, and a drive to include more female characters as protagonists. While on some levels I'm a little conflicted about writing this list,. There is a part of me that looks to these characters as strong and inspirational role models (insofar as you can consider a digital, fictional character a role model). While the term “strong female protagonist" is somewhat overused and ambiguous, it does provide us with an entry point to discuss...