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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed to a number of geek publications. When not writing short fiction, Graham can be found playing video games and reading comics.
  • Cuphead review: a ballet of bullets

    Cuphead has been out for a few days on PC and Xbox One. And, let's be honest, if you were going to purchase it then you already have. This review, however, is aimed at those who are still on the fence or may fear the game is too difficult for them. I am one of those people and found Cuphead to be an exceptionally difficult title, but it's mostly my fault. Even so, it's one hell of a fantastic game. Does Cuphead have a story? Yes, yes it does. The game isn't just about shooting anything and everything in sight. On...

  • 3 video games that use surveillance as a mechanic

    In George Orwell’s novel 1984 he wrote "Big Brother is Watching You", and while that is true in the modern era of the NSA and Prism, what about video games? For a few decades now, select video games have used surveillance in one form or another as a core mechanic to instil fear in the player. While the majority of these games are controversial, below is a short list of titles that use video wall controllers, picture in picture, or even cheap hacking to add tension to your video game. Night Trap Night Trap is a game that garnered much controversy in...

  • So what exactly is Minecraft: Education Edition?

    Minecraft is a phenomenon that's loved the world over and it's no wonder that Microsoft paid US$2.5 billion for it back in 2014. It was also a matter of time before Minecraft was spun off with an educational version of the game. For the past few days, I've had a chance to play through some of Minecraft: Education Edition and play around with its features. While on the surface the game looks almost identical to the vanilla version of Minecraft, the Education Edition actually hosts a wealth of differences that sets it apart for education purposes. I primarily play Minecraft on my Xbox One...

  • Nier: Automata [PS4] review

    It's not often that the gaming world received multifaceted AAA titles. Nier: Automata is an open-world RPG from Square-Enix that tries to break the mold, telling its story through less conventional means. The question is, should you pick up this awkwardly named title, or leave it to wither at the bottom of some bargain bin? What is Nier: Automata? Nier: Automata is a sequel to 2010's NieR, which was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Though if you were in Japan, you would have played the alternatively named NieR Gestalt & NieR Replicant. The original game didn't receive glowing...

  • Xbox One S now up for pre-order in SA with no release date [Update: 13 April]

    Update: Raru has tweeted that the Xbox One S is launching on 13 April in South Africa, making for a significant delay compared to other locales. Xbox One S Console on Pre-Order. The launch late has now been confirmed for Thursday the 13th April @RaruShopping https://t.co/6nQN4jUto9 pic.twitter.com/NLsCmXRWtj — Raru (@RaruShopping) March 17, 2017 Original article: It's taken a while for the Xbox One S revision to (sort of) make it to SA shores. The device is now up for pre-order on a number of stores, but there's no date as to when it'll actually arrive. The console will set you back R4999 for...

  • Hello Games releases 1.22 PC, PS4 patch for No Man’s Sky

    Even though Hello Games only released its Path Finder Update (version 1.20) for No Man's Sky a few days ago, the company has dropped another patch for the game. The incremental update not only includes bug fixes, but additional features as well. The new patch brings with it the ability to use the newly introduced Exocraft Geobays on any planet, and not just the one you've built a base on. HUD markers have also been added to allow for easy navigation back to the Geobays. Apart from that, the patch introduces fixes for vehicle weapons and mining tools, freighters, feeding creatures,...

  • Evolve, Borderlands 2 among March Xbox Games With Gold titles

    Microsoft has announced its latest batch of Games With Gold titles for Xbox One, which are set to rollout from 1 March. Fans of the console may find these offerings a little underwhelming. First up is Layers of Fear on the Xbox One, which will be available from 1 to 31 March. This title is a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". Easily one of the strangest additions to the line-up is Evolve Ultimate Edition, which you can grab from 16 March until 15 April. The four-on-one multiplayer title has been plagued with numerous problems and controversies since before...

  • Nintendo Switch: we go hands-on with the upcoming console

    I recently had a bit of hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch before its 3 March international launch. While I only got to spend around two hours with the device, I finally have a better understanding of it. So far, Nintendo's marketing has been spot-on with its new console. The company has learned from past mistakes of the Wii U and has advertised almost everything the new device is capable of (except for the Virtual Console and UI), and what it actually is. But there were a few details the adverts haven't shown off. The weight and feel of the Nintendo...

  • Take a gander at the Nintendo Switch’s UI

    Ever since the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, the company has been strangely secretive about the interface. Now we finally have a proper look at it, but not thanks to Nintendo's own marketing. Trust a store somewhere to always ship highly anticipated games or hardware early. That's exactly what happened to NeoGAF forum user Hiphoptherobot when he received a pre-ordered Switch a few weeks before release (there is speculation that this isn't actually the case). The user has uploaded a video of himself setting up the new device and going through a range of menus to get the console going. Nintendo has...

  • Cities: Skylines finally coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 Store [update]

    The Xbox One has a severe lack of city-building titles. Joining the ranks of Tropico 5 and Fallout 4 to some extent (we kid) is Cities: Skylines this Spring in the US. Announced a while ago by Paradox Interactive, the game is finally making its way to Microsoft's console. It'll also be out on the Windows 10 store at the same time, but there's no word if it'll support Play Anywhere. Originally released on Steam in March 2015, the game is a direct competitor to EA's SimCity series and allows plays to build a robust and bustling city with all manner...