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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.
  • 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...

  • Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference will be earlier this year

    Microsoft has announced that its E3 conference will be on a Sunday this year, a change from the usual Monday shows. It will be held on 11 June at 2pm PT (12am SAST), to be precise. While I don't usually like speculating about future events (because speculation), it's interesting to not that Microsoft used the current Scorpion placeholder image for the announcement. Are we finally going to hear more about the Xbox One Scorpion project? More than likely. And what about the earlier date? There's a good chance that Microsoft will try to steal some of the thunder away from whatever Sony is...

  • We talk South Africa’s indie gaming scene with Microsoft’s Clifford de Wit

    Whether it be puzzlers or role-playing titles, there is no shortage of indie video games. As shown by our Digital All Stars pieces on indie gaming companies and the community, there's a significant indie gaming scene in South Africa. Memeburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg. Aside from the general information on Azure and systems, we also spoke to him about Microsoft and the indie video game scene. The Windows store "The store is getting unified now and that makes a big difference," explains de Wit,...

  • Yakuza 0 review diaries: like a fine wine

    After missing out on much of the Yakuza series (which is a PlayStation exclusive), I'm glad to finally have my hands on the latest entry in the franchise: Yakuza 0. It acts as an overall prequel to the rest of the titles and serves as an entry point for the series' over-arching narrative. While I usually play a game and write up a standard review -- with the exception of Dark Souls 3 -- I've decided to take a different approach to Yakuza 0. Much like Gearburn editor Andy Walker's review of Nioh, Yakuza 0 will be written as a...

  • New Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows off crazy story

    A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera has been on the lips of almost every CRPG fan for the past few months. This Kickstarter darling shows promise and its popularity only grows with each new trailer. Publisher TechlandGames has released a new trailer that details the backstory to this world. According to the game's lore, there is a man who managed to discover immortality by jumping from one blank body to the next. He thus prolonged his life and became the 'Changing God'. In doing so, he awoke The Sorrow, something old that wants to kill him in order to...