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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist
Capetonian freelance writer and photographer. Wiehahn is a lover of stories in all their forms, and has been an avid gamer since he took his first breath. If he is not working or gaming, he either pours his creative energy into his passion for music or plays foosball in some bar.
  • The best indie games of 2017

    This is always a hard list to write. With the sheer amount of indie games released on a daily basis, it's humanly impossible to get your hands on all of them, let alone play them! Fortunately, fuelled by my borderline-ludicrous obsession with indie games, I've managed to cross a good few from my backlog. As this year draws closer to its end, bidding its final farewell, it is time to look back and celebrate our beloved industry and the breathtaking and captivating titles it has birthed. Each game on this list deserves it place and I'll do my best to present...

  • 4 game franchises celebrating their 20th birthday in 2017

    The video game industry has always been one of uncertainty, fragility, and ephemerality. Through the years, many titles have vied for that theoretical digital crown, and while some might have thrown mighty and notable punches, only a considerable few still draw breath today. In this piece we will celebrate these few champions, four gaming franchises that all had their humble start in 1997, exactly twenty years ago, and today can still claim to stand with their heads held high. Gran Turismo Gran Turismo is one of the most iconic racing games in video game history. Since its release in late December 1997,...

  • Your November gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of November 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Russia uses game screenshot to "prove" connection between US and ISIS In a seedy attempt to prove that the US is...

  • Shattered Realms: a local tribute to classic brawlers

    Newly founded Cape Town studio Kopskop Games has released the alpha demo for their debut title, Shattered Realms, a title the devs describe as a "love letter to yesteryear's brawlers, with today's fighting game tech". While playing Shattered Realms, I often found myself recalling Capcom classics like Street Fighter II and Final Fight III. Think high-flying combos, perpetually increasing swarms of enemies, and gorgeous nostalgia-inducing pixel art. I also specifically mention these two games because Shattered Realms tries to nestle itself in that sweet spot between a beat 'em up and a versus fighter, and, so far, achieves it rather...

  • Your October gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of October 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Epic Games sues Fortnite Cheaters Earlier this month Epic Games sued two cheaters in Fortnite's recently-released battle royale mode. The...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Your September gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of September 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issues. SAG-AFTRA strike reaches conclusion For the past year, voice-actors of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1 review: hella origins

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm leaves behind the supernatural elements of its predecessor and delves deeper into the mysterious and perplexing realm of adolescence, a time when every emotion and experience is amplified by the naïveté and entitlement of youth. It personifies the emotions we have unofficially declared as taboo, and allows us to wear it as a badge of honour. Although a handful of games deal with similar subject matter, it's more often than not decorated in some extravagant dressing. The recently released Hellblade explores the extremities of mental illness, but you're still a badass Viking demon slayer....

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Here’s your gaming news roundup for August 2017

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of August 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we'll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issues. The Long Dark gets film adaptation Hinterland studios, the developers behind The Long Dark, and Jeremy Bolt, the producer behind...