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  • Super Mario Maker hits 1-million sales in US

    December 2015 was a good month for Nintendo. Its Wii U console welcomed its fifth game to sell over a million copies in the United States -- Super Mario Maker. Thanks to data released by the NPD Group -- a company that enjoys tracking these sorts of numbers -- suggests that the game-design-slash-nostalgia-fueled-platformer was one of the company's most popular Wii U titles to date. While it might seem like a repackaged rehash of older Mario titles, Super Mario Maker does introduce gamers to game design mechanics previously unappreciated by said gamers. It allows them to design levels that adhere to...

  • Cut through the heretics in Space Hulk: Ascension for PlayStation 4

    PlayStation 4 fans GamesWorkshop's limited edition and very expensive Space Hulk board game can rejoice. Funbox Games, Full Control, and HR Games will be bringing Space Hulk: Ascension to the PlayStation 4 this year. The turn-based strategy game will be available digitally on the PlayStation Network and physical disc. "Being massive fans of the Space Hulk table-top game and Warhammer 40000 universe, we are excited to work with FUNBOX Media to bring Space Hulk: Ascension to consoles", said Manny Granillo, CEO of Hoplite Research, LLC, owner of HR Games. Ascension looks to be a huge improvement over 2015's Space Hulk, which was...

  • 2015 retrospective: was it one of the best years in gaming?

    This past year was either fantastic or utterly terrible depending on your personal preferences, but for those interested in single player games, innovative indie titles and tons of remasters, 2015 was the year for you. It saw an abundance of episodic releases, a fair share of controversy and even GTA fans got what they'd been screaming for: a PC release. 2015 was also of course the year of the tragic passing of long-time Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at the age of 55. This is the past year in retrospective, both the good and the bad. Nostalgia 2015 saw the release of remasters of...

  • Reviewing The Classics: we play Dino Crisis (1999)

    Stand by for retro reviews done right, folks. Reviewing The Classics is a series where Gearburn staff play some of their most loved retro games from bygone consoles and PCs with floppy drives. This week, Graham has a look at Dino Crisis, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's twisted dinosaur devastation game. It’s difficult to rate older games by today’s standards. With the advancements in technology, we're spoiled by improved graphics, control methods, and storytelling techniques. Not to mention the temptation to wear nostalgia goggles when reviewing older games. All I can do is try, right? The survival horror genre has been...

  • The Gadget Shop now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks

    It's probably a little too late to buy Christmas gifts for 2015, but it's never too early to stockpile for 2016. The Gadget Shop, a South African gadget and geekery retailer, has announced that its now offering Star Wars flavoured powerbanks for those who seriously can't get over how cool The Force Awakens was. To be fair, everyone needs a powerbank in today's battery-torturing device climate. Phones don't last as long as they should thanks to our addictive usage habits, and usually you're left without critical charge at important moments of your day. The powerbanks pack around 2600mAh worth of juice, or...

  • Garmin Vivosmart HR fitness tracker now available in South Africa

    Garmin has announced that its new Vivosmart HR activity tracking wristband is now available in South Africa. The device is more fitness tracker than smartwatch, but it does feature a large always-on "sunlight readable display" that displays messages received, calls and the time, alongside the company's new heart rate monitoring technology. "This is the first activity tracker from Garmin with Elevate wrist heart rate technology that monitors your heart rate, offering more feedback on your daily activity, calories burned, workouts and sleep," explains Walter Mech, Garmin's sub-Saharan Africa MD. "Thanks to the vívosmart HR’s high-resolution display which remains on throughout the day,...

  • Microsoft ends Windows 8 security support

    Microsoft today ends it support for Windows 8, which effectively means the company will no longer supply security and stability patches to the operating system. In other words, Windows 8 is about as dead as Windows XP. While a long time coming -- especially considering Windows 10's arrival -- this does put around 41-million Windows 8 machines in an awkward and insecure position. Microsoft generally releases a support timeline after a new OS launch to indicate the  maintain legacy OSes. After all, not every user can upgrade to the new OS immediately, especially enterprise users. However, the real issue is Microsoft's vague branding. While...

  • This Nintendo 3DS XL runs Windows 95 without any shame [video]

    Would Microsoft and Nintendo ever shake hands on a joint venture? Perhaps not, but that doesn't stop dedicated fans and coding gurus from dreaming. Back in 1995, Windows 95 was a pretty awesome OS. It debuted with a usable-by-everyone graphical interface, and made simple tasks like word processing that much easier. But how far has today's hardware progressed? Has twenty years really made that much of a difference? Can a New Nintendo 3DS XL run Windows 95? Well, yes. Yes it can. In a bizarre video published on YouTube by Shutterbug20001, the 3DS XL boots into Windows 95 quite happily but it...

  • We review: Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

    Last year, William Pugh, co-creator of the very unique and eccentric The Stanley Parable, announced the opening of his new game studio, Crows Crows Crows. Along with this news he also released a mysterious and rather complex mini-game that he claimed was a teaser for his latest soon-to-be-released title. This teaser game took you on a detective style browser adventure filled with various hints and clues, some very hidden, to solve a grand mystery. With the fact that this was supposed to be a teaser for the new game in mind, most drew the conclusion that the actual title will...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 now available in South Africa

    Alcatel OneTouch has announced that its PIXI 3 (4.5) is finally available in South Africa from Vodacom outlets. It will retail for R899 at launch, and will also be available on a uChooseFlexi 200 for around R179/pm. The device will arrive in Edgars, Game and Ackermans stores at a later date. "Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the PIXI 3 family has delivered just that. Our new PIXI 3 (4.5) smartphone makes mobile internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style," explains Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel OneTouch. The phone runs...