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All posts by Pippa Tshabalala: Columnist

  • 14 of the most spectacular gaming tattoos you’ll find online today

    Those of us who are gamers know what it’s like to be a super fan of a certain game, and if you’re like me (occupying the space of both gamer and tattoo addict), you’ll have considered a gaming tattoo at some point in your life. For the record, I don’t have any gaming tattoos, mainly because I haven’t yet found a game that remains such a firm favourite that I would consider having it forever etched into my skin. There are however, plenty of other people who have taken that plunge and as such, I scoured the interwebz for the best...

  • Games without borders: 9 heroes who break the ‘gruff white guy’ mould

    Ah, diversity. That often neglected, yet all important topic that is jumping to the forefront of many a gaming argument these days. Following the recent E3 2014 showcase, it was incredibly obvious that many game developers still don’t get it. Oh what’s that Ubisoft? It was just too hard to include a female assassin in Assassins Creed: Unity? Yes, you’re right, we’re mysterious creatures that require years of research before we could possibly be included in any video game (especially since you've included a female character before). Oh okay, that sounds very cynical, but c'mon, it’s a lame excuse. As I...

  • Philips E-line and P-line monitor review: widescreen gaming wonders

    Interestingly, I’ve never given much thought towards purchasing a Philips monitor. Not because I wasn’t aware of the fact that they made them, but because I normally tend to go for brands that I have experience with, and which I know give me good quality and performance. Samsung, Acer and Sony are my go-to brands and while I know that there are other monitors, I've just never given them the time of day. Luckily, I was given the chance to review not one, but two Philips widescreen monitors. Being able to keep them for a month also gave me a...

  • 5 open world games we’re dying to play

    Have you noticed? Open world is all the rage these days. The increased number of open world games in development seems to have sky-rocketed, but making something open world doesn't automatically guarantee sales, nor does it mean that gamers will necessarily want to spend hours roaming around a world in an imitation of real-life. In fact, some gamers will refuse to buy a game simply because it is open world as they prefer a more linear, guided experience. For the sake of clarity, and just in case some people aren't quite sure what constitutes an open world game, it’s a...

  • Murdered: Soul Suspect review | one foot in the grave

    I had high hopes for Murdered: Soul Suspect when I saw the original trailers and gameplay demos -- it was what appeared to be a cross between a ghost story and an old school detective novel. A ghost detective bent on discovering the identity of his own murderer, who wouldn't love that idea? Unfortunately Murdered: Soul Suspect doesn’t quite live up to the fantasy. What could have been an intriguing and complex tale of murder coupled with the tragedy of dying with unfinished business instead turns into a predictable and somewhat stale piece of gameplay. Before we get into the nitty...

  • 7 games on our wish list for E3 2014

    With E3 right around the corner, by now we all have an idea of what games will be showcased in 2014. For example, Destiny developer Bungie has already indicated it will be showing off more of its amazing FPS RPG MMO. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt will certainly make an appearance, and The Order: 1886 is heading to E3 as well. But what of the games that we can only wish for? Games that have garnered a mention in the press at some point but then disappeared into obscurity. Games that have been lurking at the edges of our...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • The worst (and best) console to PC ports

    Video game ports: a term most gamers cringe at hearing. After all, what could be worse than playing a game that was absolutely amazing on one platform, only to find it completely massacred on another by a combination of bugs and lazily ported control systems? It seems that although the graphics are often (notice I didn’t say always) better on PC, the control systems are often so odd and disparate that the game becomes practically unplayable in its new form. Poor frame rates become blindingly obvious, and it becomes apparent when the developers have lazily ported the game to make...

  • 5 of the best Square Enix and Sony franchises

    By now you’ll no doubt have heard the news that, in an effort to lift its profits and minimise loss, Sony Computer Entertainment has sold off its shares in game publisher Square Enix, producers of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts among many others. The 9,52 million shares (approximately 8.2% of Square’s shares, making them one of the company’s largest shareholders) amount to somewhere in the region of US$46.9-million. What many don’t realise is that Square Enix Holdings isn’t just a developer and publisher in its own right, but is also the holding company for a number of other well-known subsidiaries,...

  • 5 absolutely awful video game sequels

    We've all had the experience of playing a game, and knowing within the first five minutes that it is going to be a winner. That it’s going to change your life. That it's something you will forever look back on and think -- that game was amazing. So imagine your excitement when you see that a sequel is being made. The anticipation! You lie awake at night for hours imagining how it will look, what new characters there will be, thinking about how many hours you’re going to dedicate to playing the most amazing sequel to the most amazing game you've...