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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 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...

  • ‘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....