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Opinion

  • Nintendo’s next big decision: 4 potential successors to Satoru Iwata’s throne

    It's been 13 long years since Nintendo was without a president. In 2002, after a torrid ten-year spell of failed gaming consoles and ideas, then long-time president Hiroshi Yamauchi called it a day. Yamauchi was largely responsible for turning the company into the household gaming name it is today, but it was clear that after close to 50 years at the helm, it was time to vacate the role and introduce some fresh blood and fresh ideas. Then-little known Satoru Iwata was thrusted into the leadership position and would oversee some of Nintendo's biggest decisions this side of the millennium. It...

  • The mid-year gaming awards: Wiehahn’s best games of 2015 so far

    Time is a strange and deceptive thing. It seems like it was only yesterday I was celebrating our transition into the new year, spurting out resolutions and saying things like: “This is the year it all happens!” In the blink of an eye we’ve passed the half way mark of 2015 and now we’re rapidly heading towards its end. E3 2015 was only a few weeks ago and it already feels like a distant dream to me. Six entire months have waved their goodbyes but what have they left behind? So before the rest of the year morphs into the past, let...

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...

  • More than just gaming: 3 key takeaways from E3 2015

    You know, the Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't always the enormous annual gaming shrine it is today. In the past, many gaming announcements were made at CES -- the annual January show that takes place in Las Vegas. Since E3 was born back in 1995 and took residence in sunny Los Angeles, we've seen some massive leaps in the world of gaming -- from new technologies to new perceptions about gaming. 2015 was definitely a marquee year if that previous statement is anything to go by. And while there are still many issues surrounding gaming both in terms of accessibility to...

  • Brand versus price: what you should consider when choosing a tablet

    Mobility and always-on connectivity have become a big part of our everyday lives and as such, tablets are now regarded as essential, not only within the consumer space, but also in the business market. Tablets are small, convenient and connected, and allow users to stay in touch and entertained no matter where they are. Such is the usefulness of the tablet that many schools are even introducing them to the classroom for interactive learning and eBook capabilities. However, for many people big brand tablets are simply not affordable, particularly in households with a number of children, each of whom now require...

  • Console War revived: Xbox One outshines PlayStation 4 at E3 2015

    Day 0 of E3 2015 was one to remember especially for the likes of Bethesda and Microsoft's Xbox team. There were so many big announcements from these companies (and no, I'm not even talking about the AAA titles either) that everything that followed afterwards seemed to fall flat on its face. Notably, Sony's PlayStation presser fell well within this latter category. The blue team took to the stage after Microsoft announced new hardware for the Xbox One. This includes the Elite controller for US$150 which is comparable to the Scuff range, and improvements to the Xbox One's interface and software. Backward compatibility...

  • ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ is a dense, visual masterpiece

    This is not a full review. I say this right up front because I haven't quite finished playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I really don't want to be giving a definitive answer to a series that I love so much and yet I haven't played to the nth degree. Why haven’t I finished it you might ask? Well, mainly because I'm taking my time savouring absolutely every little piece of the experience. And what an experience it is. I bought the PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition of this game – the first one I've bought in a while -- and...

  • Lemma, Monstrum and The Spatials: 3 alternative games that you really should be playing

    With the ever-growing list of games available in the market today it is only becoming harder and harder to find and choose the next title to invest and indulge in. With the countless abundance of titles we are provided there are many that don’t live up to their proud boasts of innovation and creativity. But there are some that truly exceed expectations and are testaments to the ever evolving state of the gaming world. So we here at Gearburn want to pay our respect to the following three titles and tell you why they deserve some of your time. Let me...

  • EGE 2015: fuelling Cape Town’s growing hunger for gaming and tech

    This past weekend I attended the Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE) at the CTICC, the first major expo of its kind to take place in Cape Town. As a lifelong Capetonian I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have never visited Johannesburg’s fabled rAge expo (or anything in its likeness for that matter). I have heard that there have been many failed attempts at organising a large scale tech and gaming expo in Cape Town and that much scepticism surrounded the success of EGE 2015, especially as a great number of the exhibitors were only confirmed a few months...

  • Nintendroid dreams: will the Nintendo NX console run on Android? [update]

    Update: Quoted by the Wall Street Journal, a Nintendo representative has rubbished yesterday's rumour suggesting that the Nintendo NX, the company's upcoming console, will use Android as its OS. The spokesperson was fairly adamant but concise, suggesting that "There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX." I guess that's that then. Or is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. There's a massive rumour floating around the internet this Monday. A report from Japanese publication Nikkei suggests that Nintendo could use a more open and tweakable operating system for...