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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 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...

  • ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ review: fourth-grade fun

    There have been numerous games based on the South Park series. South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge, South Park Let’s go Tower Defense, South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack. None of these can compare to the latest title from South Park Digital Studios: South Park: The Stick of Truth (SPTST). Not only does it outdo the other South Park titles by far, but it firmly holds its own in the larger gaming world. Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle will take you on one of the craziest adventures you've ever been on. You're the new kid on the block in South Park, Colorado. The town’s...

  • 6 online co-op games we can’t stop playing

    It’s never as good going at it alone. Console and PC games practically demand to always be connected, and the games have followed suit. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of online co-op games for console, mobile and PC which we’re having a hard time putting down. Console Dead Island: Riptide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kKZ8MTe7i0 I know what you’re thinking. "Another zombie game, really?" Yes, indeed, another zombie game. But this is one of, if not the, best zombie killing games that can be played presently. Dead Island: Riptide combines various strong elements into a truly marvellous package. The narrative is intriguing, the graphics are excellent,...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmnpxUMMfu0 Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...

  • 8 phones with astonishingly good battery life

    Size matters. Or at least that is how it seems with the excess of massive mobile phones hitting the market in recent times. These devices have gigantic displays and power-hungry processors with most of their users frequently testing their limits. With the latest models feebly standing on the border of "mobile" phones, the question of battery life becomes quite significant. So let's take a look at the phones with the best balance between high quality, performance, and most importantly excellent battery life. LG Optimus G Pro The LG Optimus G Pro has a great balance between retail price and battery life....

  • 6 modern day crimefighting gadgets

    Crime is something we all have thought about at some point in our lives. Whether it is to prevent one or protect yourself, it is important to stay current with the world’s latest crime fighting gadgetry. We might not have reached the days of light sabers and freeze rays but our present technology is still something to marvel at. So to all heroes and villains, here’s a list of six modern-day crime fighting gadgets: The BodyGuard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1jNDA-AJM Kevin Costner! No really, he's in the video The inventor of the BodyGuard, David Brown, says of the gadget: “It’s a basic concept of taking the...

  • 10 sci-fi gadgets coming sooner than you think

    Ever dreamed of experiencing the technology seen in movies or read in books? Over the years the sci-fi realm has teased us with the prospects of lightsaber battles, galactic exploration, time travel, space whales and so much more. With these advances in science and technology, have you ever wondered how close we are to realising any of these "fictional" gadgets and inventions? You'll be surprised just how close we are to enjoying the sci-fi fruits of the future. Force field A thousand missiles, 300 bullets and a samurai sword (just for good measure) are heading in your direction. All at once....

  • 12 brilliant mobile games made in Africa

    In the last decade, it has been made clear that the thirst for quality gaming in Africa is much larger than most would think. Africa is quickly catching up as talented game developers pop up all over the continent, ready to become part of the international world of gaming. Let’s take a look at what Africa has to offer and see how close the continent is to becoming a true competitor in the world of mobile gaming. Fleet of One (Android and iOS) Fleet of One isn’t exactly what I would call original. It follows the same recipe as the ancient...

  • 10 mind-blowing next-gen games of 2014

    2013 has provided us some seriously epic gaming titles. We were taken into a whole new BioShock world with Bioshock Infinite, we saw the reimagining of Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry, and were introduced to some splendid debut tiles such as Remember Me and The Last of Us. As time will have it 2013 must soon come to an end, but this means 2014 is coming, and with it the promise of ten incredible next-gen titles. Let's take a look at what 2014 has in store for gamers.   Titanfall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caiIamHIzBY TitanFall looks like it might become one of the best games...