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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 7 mythical heroes who defined gaming

    Throughout gaming's history we have been blessed with many heroes. These characters have inspired us to excel in our gaming sagas and helped us to immerse ourselves ever deeper into the narratives we love so much. These seven have secured their place in our hearts, but some have not only shaped the way we see games but the very landscape of gaming itself. This list is a testament to their prominence in the gaming world. Duke Nukem - Duke Nukem Duke Nukem might have somewhat disappeared into obscurity in recent years but he deserves a spot on this list nonetheless. There was...

  • 5 games that were sadly absent from E3 2014

    E3 2014 provided us with many insights and glimpses into the near future of gaming, striking the chords of our inner gamer. But some strings have been left unplucked and we are left in an uncomfortable silence without a melody to satisfy our curiosity. There was an absence of many anticipated titles, which we were hoping to see. Hopefully we will receive some closure on their state of affairs. Until then, we have put together a list of games we missed out on, and may never see at E3 2014. Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks) As a huge fan of open world...

  • 6 mobile games for playing in short bursts

    Even though the world is littered with gaming enthusiasts, not all of them are blessed with enough time to sink into the more long-winded titles available to us. Thankfully, this problem hasn’t gone unnoticed and there are numerous games that one can play in short bursts to achieve that illusive gaming fix. So I've gone searching for those illusive smartphone games that are perfect for playing in short bursts. John Madrun Developer: Happy Magenta Platforms: iOS John Madrun is a simple, retro side-scroller where you play as, yes you’ve guessed it, John. Our lead character is embroiled in some kind of conspiracy...

  • Outlast Whistleblower review: frightfully good

    The horror of Mount Massive asylum is back and more terrifying than ever. Indie developers Red Barrels’ original Outlast was one of, if not the, best horror survival games that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That was until I played Outlast: Whisteblower, a petrifying amalgam of fear, blood and piss-your-pants-moments. In the original Outlast you played as Miles Upshur, an investigative journalist who was tipped off about strange events and highly questionable treatment practices at Mount Massive Asylum, by an anonymous person who was simply referred to as the “Whistleblower”. In Outlast: Whistleblower, the prequel to Outlast, you play...

  • A Minecraft journey: sweat, pixels and horse armour

    I began my journey to find a rare item in Minecraft a few weeks ago. You can read part one and two here. It has been an age since I started on my quest. I was now well versed in the ways of Minecraft. I have built landmarks, started chicken farms, collected rare wools of various colours, learned the art of war and, most of all, mined like mole on crack. But I was getting lost in the thrill of surviving in this virtual wilderness. The better I became at overcoming the Minecraft realm’s obstacles the more I forgot why...

  • 6 excellent Minecraft maps better than the game itself

    Minecraft is presently one of the gaming world’s greatest obsessions. Since this retro survival game’s conception about two and a half years ago it has grown to attract as many as 45 million users on all of its gaming platforms, and it has won multiple awards such the Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Minecraft is a testament of what can be achieved in game design when imagination is entered into the equation, regardless of its quality. So here’s a look at six maps that will increase your Minecraft addiction even further. Denmark This is...

  • A Minecraft journey: on sunlight, zombies and chickens

    In part 1, Wiehahn got stuck into Minecraft. Today his story continues. Much has happened since I started with this Minecraft qest. “Bring me a rare item,” my lord editor had said. The words were still looming in my head and my mining addiction was now out of control. I no longer mined for any reason. The thrill of mining within itself was enough. My hallways became longer, my halls bigger, my mine deeper, much deeper. It wasn’t without any result. In my mining expeditions I discovered beautiful underground scenes. I wasn’t completely disinterested in the outside world. I had devised...

  • A Minecraft journey: new beginnings

    I never really understood why the world has such a fascination with Minecraft. I mean, of all the games to be played out there, what makes Minecraft so popular? It’s like zombies and vampires (which are already ranked much higher than Minecraft in the hierarchy of coolness). How has it become an obsession on a planetary scale? Then I received a call, as if my editor could read my mind and he said: "Venture forth into the Realm of Minecraft. Learn the ways of this world and show me that you are a true champion of gaming. Bring me the...

  • The new age of storytelling: 6 games with killer writing

    Most of us, especially non-gamers, do not often look to games as a medium of storytelling. Some of us play them to pass the time or to satisfy our primitive competitive need on a virtual platform. The truth is that games are a brilliant means of conveying a story. Its interactive characteristics make for an extremely immersive experience and because of its creatively free nature, the possibilities are endless. As such, here’s a list of six games whose potent narratives firmly stand their ground as storytelling mediums. Bioshock Infinite Bioshock Infinite has one of the best narratives I have experienced, and...

  • 6 easy steps for turning that old-school PC into an arcade emulator

    To truly appreciate the gaming world of today, we need to experience the gaming world of yesterday. Titles of the past play an enormous role in the evolution of gaming and are honestly just as fun as anything we are playing today. PlayStation is currently working on an emulation system that will enable you to play PS1/2 games on the PS4. This alone shows you how much of a demand there still is to play old school titles. While PlayStation is busy working on this, you can take your own older PC and use it to emulate a plethora of...