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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • Swatting: the prank-call, evolved

    The hunger for competition is a desire instilled in most people. Now, and at the forefront of the technological revolution, we have gaming. Competitive online gaming is the modern-day tech-geek’s version of competitive sports. And as in any competition, you will have a group of sore losers who will do anything to humiliate their opponents. This immoral thirst for disgrace has led to the revival of a phenomenon known as "swatting". What it is Swatting has its roots in the ever-so-popular art of prank calls. It is when a fake crime is reported to an emergency service that in some cases...

  • Shadowgate review: retro rebirth

    There is a place nestled in the walls of Gatekeeper Mountain, a fortress riddled with arcane mysteries and myths. It is surrounded by the whispers of death and feeds on the fear of men. This place is the great Castle Shadowgate of the planet Tyragon. If you ever dare enter through its doors, be ready to be engulfed within a plethora of mind-bending puzzles that will leave you hopeless and in certain unforgiving times, in mocking pitch black darkness. The original Shadowgate was released on Macintosh in 1987 (and later on the Nintendo Entertainment System) as part of the MacVenture...

  • Dead in a flash: 5 of the most difficult Flash games you can play today

    The gaming industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. But not everyone owns the means, such as a proper gaming PC or console, to experience the latest releases in gaming. Thankfully, almost every home has access to the great invention we know as internet, which in turn means that they have access to a form of gaming known as Flash-based web browser games. Even avid and experienced gamers find themselves playing these games. The more experienced you are, the greater the challenge you’re seeking, so in this list we're looking at some of the most...

  • From Liquid to Solid: a Metal Gear retrospective

    Solid Snake is the main character of Hideo Kojima’s well-known Metal Gear series and one of the gaming world’s greatest icons. This silent footed mercenary-spy-agent-man-person has been regularly hailed as one of the best gaming protagonists to ever come to light. Because the upcoming release of the latest Metal Gear installment, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is drawing closer, we decided to take a look back at the history of the Metal Gear series and its hero, Solid Snake. In this article we take a trip down memory lane, recapping the epic years of gaming we’ve shared with...

  • 5 epic weapons from our favourite games

    Violence is an integral part of modern gaming. I don’t know why gamers are so infatuated with violence but it is one of the most alluring aspects when it comes to considering what title to buy next. Maybe it's because the art of gaming is mostly indulged in by the male half of the human race (I can already see sexist activists cringing in their seats)? Perhaps it’s because it's a hyper-vivid reality in the world we live in today? Or possibly it’s because that no matter what, we are constantly searching for any form of excitement to escape the...

  • The human factor: Japan’s hyper-realistic androids breach the digital divide

    The idea of human-like robots have always been the stuff of tech legend. The theme of robots acting as humans and containing a consciousness, a concept that is still abstract to us and science, has been explored in the narratives of many books, movies and games (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bicentennial Man, I Robot, Terminator) and is no longer a subject of fiction, but now a concern of reality. Until now, attempts to create such androids have been rather disappointing. Yet now, in Japan, there are android news reader robots (via Inquirer) that have a scarily uncanny similarity to the human form and likeness....

  • 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...