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All posts by Wiehahn Diederichs: Columnist

  • 4 drone examples that push the boundaries of technology

    In the past two decades, the world has witnessed an immense evolution in the sphere of drone technologies. What use to be the stuff of science-fiction has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. From commercial camera drones to man-killing hunter drones, this hi-tech gadget with its endless array of possibilities for real-world applications is rapidly integrating itself into human society. In this article, we will explore some of the most interesting drone designs out there so that you can get an idea of what the future might one day look like. Lily Drone: a drone for autonomous selfies,...

  • South Park, Mafia & Dishonored: 5 games yet to come in 2016

    So far, 2016 has provided us with a decent array of gaming titles to indulge in. From the prehistoric wilderness of Far Cry: Primal (review) to the beautifully minimalistic cityscape of Mirror's Edge Catalyst (review), we've been treated to hours upon hours of quality gaming. But what's done is done and while we are eternally grateful for these experiences, as gamers we cannot help but wonder what the future landscape of gaming has in store for us. Well, by the looks of it, 2016 still has a lot of digital adventures for us to undertake and the best might still be on the...

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • No Man’s Sky: here’s what you should know

    It's been over two years since Hello Games announced No Man's Sky at E3 2014 and has since become one of the most highly-anticipated and hyped titles ever. That comes as no surprise though, as the recipe for this super space exploration sim provides us with all the ingredients a modern gamer seeks, and more. Exploration, discovery, ownership, combat and space… lots and lots of space. Related: Latest No Man’s Sky trailer showcases zany space-fighting mechanics To say that No Man's Sky is an open world game is a severe understatement. The sheer magnitude of its universe almost rivals our own, and...

  • Welcome To The Game review: a dark net thriller

    Welcome to the Game is a first person/desktop horror title created by Reflect Studios, the same indie developers responsible for the currently-in-development and equally creepy Rides with Strangers. In this title, your aim is to scour the dark web (aka the shadow web or dark net) in search for the “Red Room”, described by the game as “a hidden service on the Deep Web to see and participate in interactive torture and murder.” Pretty screwed up, right? You will have thirty days to uncover the location of the the Red Room before it expires, after which your opportunity to vent your...

  • Total War: Warhammer review: meticulous attention to detail

    To start off, I think it's important to mention that I’ve never been a great fan of strategy games. That's probably because I’ve always severely sucked at them. Now take that into consideration coupled with my head-over-heels love for this title, and I would say that’s a fair reflection of its brilliance. The aptly named Total War: Warhammer was born out of the alliance of two legendary strategy franchises, Total War and (you guessed it) Warhammer. The Total War games are known for historically-based famous war campaigns such as the exploits of Napoleon or Attila the Hun. So you can imagine...

  • Nostalgia, vikings and facial hair: what I loved about E3 2016

    Once again we have been treated to another E3, and as always it feels even more spectacular than the one before. But each year brings with it its own special moments and 2016 was no exception. In this list I will be going through some of my favourite moments of this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the expo, here’s a brief description for some context. E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known...

  • Mirror’s Edge retrospective: a story of Faith

    I’m sure most of us can recall that auspicious day in late 2008 when the gaming gods blessed us with the original Mirror's Edge. It was like nothing we had ever seen before, a captivating experience that kept us on the edge of our seats and provided us with one of the greatest female leads in gaming. Now, almost a decade later, we can once again wear the nimble shoes of Faith with the release of Mirror's Edge: Catalyst. Just to recap, in short, Mirror's Edge is a first-person title where you use your cat-like “parkour” skills to manoeuvre past a...

  • Do you agree with the 2016 Video Game Hall of Fame inductees?

    The Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame that celebrates and recognizes various electronic game titles (arcade, computer, console, handheld, mobile) that “exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general”. This hall of fame was established on June 4, 2015 by The Strong’s National Museum of Play, a highly interactive and collections-based museum based in Rochester, New York. It is currently one of the largest museums in the United States and boasts the world’s greatest collection of historical materials related to the art of “play”. For a title to be...

  • This battery breakthrough could change the world

    I’m sure most of us can recall quite a few situations where we wished that battery technology was a bit more evolved. Whether it’s that dreaded low battery beep we hear on our energy thirsty smartphones or our Xbox remotes that decide to die in the middle of a tense game, we’ve always had a love-hate relationship with batteries. Well it seems the battery gods have heard our call and bestowed upon us a miracle. Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) may have discovered a way to drastically increase the life of modern day batteries. And the best part...