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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Who won big at IGF 2017 gaming awards?

    The Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards is arguably the most respected awards event for indie titles, with a wide variety of famous winners. Now, the 2017 edition has concluded, so who were the winners? Quadrilateral Cowboy was the top dog, bringing home two awards, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize (US$30 000 prize) and the Excellence in Design award. Hyper Light Drifter was the only other  game to win two awards, in the form of Excellence in Visual Art and the Audience Award. Check out the full list of winners below, courtesy of the IGF website: Excellence in Narrative ($3000) Ladykiller in a Bind (Love Conquers All...

  • Is this Samsung’s DeX dock for Galaxy S8?

    We've already got Ubuntu for Phones (or Ubuntu Touch, whatever it's called) and Microsoft's Continuum for Phones, allowing smartphones to offer a PC-like experience via a dock. But reports persist that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will join the party as well. Now, German publication WinFuture has revealed a render of the desktop dock, called DeX (desktop experience). So what should you expect? The publication reports that the dock, which boasts a "collapsible" design, packs two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port topping out at 100Mbps, USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. The other purported feature is a cooling fan, allowing the...

  • The chase for thin bezels is lovely, but is it worth it?

    The past few months have seen the trend of thin bezels, or a high screen/body ratio, making headlines. Sharp's Aquos Crystal popularised the trend back in 2014, and then we had the Xiaomi Mi Mix, released late last year. The Mi Mix managed to up the ante in an incredible way, delivering super-thin bezels that makes for an astounding design. Even Samsung's rumoured Galaxy S8 and LG's G6 (hands-on) don't quite stack up in terms of design, it could be argued. Xiaomi's smartphone retains some incredibly thin borders on three sides, with the bottom being the only part of the phone...

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: what are reviews saying?

    Fans have been eagerly awaiting Mass Effect: Andromeda for a while now, promising to deliver more of the same gameplay and narrative choice that the series is known for. Now, the first reviews for the title have been published online, and the result? Well, you can check out our review roundup below... Eurogamer The popular publication praised the combat and the planets, but noted that "mediocre writing and tepid quests" make it quite possibly Bioware's "worst RPG yet". Did they forget Dragon Age 2? "You're left with a zesty but unsurprising third-person shooter, struggling through a soup of mundane chores - a game...

  • Huawei P10 Lite detailed, so what’s new?

    Huawei's P8 Lite and P9 Lite were two of the most successful mid-range smartphones sold in South Africa, offering some cool specs at a solid price. Now, European networks have revealed the P10 Lite, being the latest device from Huawei. According to EE and Vodafone Netherlands, the P10 Lite packs a 2.1Ghz Kirin 655 chip, 32GB of expandable storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 5.2-inch full HD screen. However, other reports claim that the device is actually packing a Kirin 658 chip (being a slight upgrade over the Kirin 655) and 4GB of RAM. Otherwise, the phone seems to pack a 3000mAh battery (promising...

  • Watch: an ingenious solution to Breath of the Wild puzzle

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been all over the internet this month, after receiving stellar reviews and selling loads of copies. It can be argued that a large reason for the positive reception is due to Nintendo nailing the various systems associated with open-world games. It's the systems themselves as well as how they interact with each other that can lead to interesting results. Don't believe us? Then check out this clip, by Polygon's Nick Robinson (spotted by Alessandro Barbosa), that highlights a workaround for a puzzle. The solution sees gamers having to find an electric ball...

  • Super Mario Run to hit Android on 23 March

    Nintendo has already released two mobile games, in the form of Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Mario Run. Of course, the former is available on Android and iOS, while the latter has been iOS-only for a long time. Fortunately, that exclusivity ends this week as Nintendo announced that Super Mario Run is set to hit Android on 23 March (Thursday). People have been able to pre-register for the title for a while now, allowing gamers to receive a notification when it's actually out. Android version of #SuperMarioRun will be available on 3/23 with the Ver.2.0.0 update! Pre-register now: https://t.co/dAxzTlppnG pic.twitter.com/nQ0T4znOBt — Nintendo of America...

  • Galaxy S8 prices leaked: will it break the bank though?

    We already know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, thanks in large part due to recent leaks. Now, another leak has occurred, in the form of pricing for the device... According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will have a €799 price tag and the Galaxy S8+ will feature a €899 price. Do an ill-advised currency conversion (other costs still have to be taken into account), and you're looking at R10 906 for the S8 and R12 271 for the S8+. Don't expect Xiaomi pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to the latest information In other words, you can...

  • How long until more 4K HDR TVs hit sub-R10 000 mark?

    4K HDR television sets have received a ton of hype in recent months, in no small part due to the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio and streaming services supporting the standards. LG, Samsung and other brands have sensed a major opportunity in this regard, having sold TVs with this tech for some time now. But the biggest obstacle is price, with many 4K HDR television sets being rather expensive. Still, we're seeing some 4K sets with claimed HDR functionality hovering just above the R10 000 price window or just a touch under this mark... So the question then is just...

  • Which Nintendo Switch storage medium is fastest?

    The Nintendo Switch differs from traditional consoles by using cartridges rather than discs, making for faster access speeds in the process. But a new report has also shed light on the read speeds of microSD cards and the console's internal storage -- and the results are a little surprising. Eurogamer compared the Switch's 32GB of internal storage to a 16GB Sandisk UHS-1 microSD card, a super-fast SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB microSD and Switch cartridges. The result? Well, the publication found that the internal storage would beat both microSD cards all the time, suggesting a speed cap was in place for...