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  • The evolution of videogame advertising

    In the 80s and early parts of the 90s, commercials for videogames were few and far between. When you did see them, they looked something like this: Aside from the fact that it exuded 80s "radness", for which there is no cure, the commercial itself was just disparaging of gamers. But that's not really a surprise, ad agencies at the time were trying to sell a product to a demographic that they couldn't relate to. Playing up the stereotype was a lazy approach, but it was also the typical approach at the time. Fortunately, as the 90s rolled in, people...

  • Uncharted 3 drops for eager PS3 players

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is the third and final chapter in the Playstation 3's Uncharted series, ending the trilogy off on a high note. For US$60, a globetrotting adventure awaits the PS3 console owner and reviews are already exceptionally positive. Sony Computer Entertainment VP of marketing Scott Steinberg noted the leaps Uncharted 3 takes. "Naughty Dog once again takes a leap forward in cinematic gaming. Not only does Uncharted 3 deliver an impressive blend...

  • Battlefield 3 conquers charts, sells five million copies

    War has a new face. Battlefield 3, the online multiplayer orientated follow-up to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has become Electronic Arts' fastest selling title of all time, with over five-million copies being sold since its October launch. According to EA, Battlefield 3 has generated well over US$500 million in revenue. Single player, co-op online and an evolutionary multiplayer mode has rocketed Battlefield 3 up the charts, eclipsing popular stalwarts Batman: Arkham Asylum and...

  • PES 2012: Off the pitch winner or on the pitch failure?

    How does Konami's latest football title fare against its arch-rival, and will it convert new followers to the long-running series? If you are a soccer fan, and you like video games, even just a little bit, you’ve probably heard of the EA Sports FIFA series and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series. Five years ago it was easy to differentiate between the two. Fifa was always the Britney Spears of soccer games; easy to pick up and play, easy on the eye, and catered to adolescents. PES on the other hand, was a soccer simulation. It was slower, more realistic and...

  • Nintendo faces billion dollar loss

    Nintendo's US$925 million losses are staggering, with the Kyoto videogame company blaming a lack of stellar titles and an ever-climbing Yen. For Nintendo, this is a full-year loss and for any other company would surely be a nail in its coffin. Nintendo issued a statement preceding the sales report. "Profits suffered due to re-evaluation of assets in foreign currencies, exchange losses totalling 52.4-billion yen (US$711 million) occurred". It piled its gaming eggs into one...

  • Endless choices for gamers this holiday season

    For gamers, the dry season is over. The time leading up to just before Christmas is usually filled with triple-A titles and 2011 is no exception. In no particular order, the following games will be played on consoles across the globe this holiday season. Rage, available for multiple systems is many years in the making and comes from the same stable as Doom and Quake. Id Software has created a startling version of...

  • Game review — Batman: Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City is everything you want in a superhero title and more. While its predecessor Arkham Asylum was an incredible game -- possibly the best of 2009 -- Arkham City accelerates the possibilities of exploration, creating an unrivalled adventure which lesser titles will have a tough time eclipsing. Storytelling As much as the gameplay, graphics and sound sucks you into this insanely detailed world, the story lets it down with its half-baked plot. Outside of the heart-wrenching ending, the very muddled tale of good-versus-evil is simply not as tight as the original Batman game. Hugo Strange is now the chief...

  • Warhammer 40K: Space Marine — A dumb game for smart gamers?

    The Warhammer 40 000 series has a go at a next-generation console title. But what does this mean for diehard fans of the series and Relic Entertainment's direction for the Warhammer Universe? "...We aim to make smart games for smart gamers" is part of Relic Entertainment’s philosophy. The Canadian developer behind the Warhammer 40 000 video games has finally taken a stab at stripping the strategy element the series is so well-known for, and finally put the gamer firmly in the action –-- in the shoes of a Space Marine. But why have Relic taken this direction, and does the...

  • Five PlayStation Vita games to look out for

    The 3DS is not doing as well as anticipated, meaning somebody out there is in with a much better shot at finally taking the handheld gaming crown from Nintendo. With the recent announcement at the Tokyo Game Show that the PS Vita will have an astounding 26 games available when it launches in Japan in December, Sony seems poised to exploit the opportunity. Here's a rundown of the list: @field Army Corps of Hell BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle Dark Quest Disgaea 3 Return Dream Club Zero Portable Dynasty Warriors Next F1 2011 Fish On Hot Shots Golf 6 Katamari Damacy No Vita Lord of Apocalypse Michael Jackson The Experience Minna to...

  • Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

    This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community. At the expo, Telkom announced a whole suite of uncapped ADSL solutions specifically targeted for online gaming. Telkom claims it...