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  • Microsoft rebrands Beam to Mixer, introduces cooperative game streaming

    When Microsoft bought game streaming service Beam back in August 2016, many people were wondering just what the company was planning to do. Back then, Beam allowed viewers of a stream to interact with the streamed game. It was a great idea, and took advantage of the hype created by Twitch Plays Pokemon and the like. Today though, through Microsoft's guidance, Beam has announced a complete rebrand and direction for the streaming service. Now called Mixer, the service keeps much of its popular features and adds a slew more. "Today marks a big evolution of our interactive live-streaming platform and a new name...

  • Watch: the history of the bow and arrow in gaming

    I quite like Stuart 'Xbox Ahoy' Brown's gaming videos on YouTube, producing some slick, well-researched clips on a number of subjects. His weapon videos in particular, covering iconic arms in games, are definitely worth watching. Brown has already covered the Desert Eagle, Tommy Gun, M16 and AK-47, to name a few standout weapons. But his next video is a relatively lengthy one at 20 minutes, covering the humble bow and arrow. From Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Age of Empires to Far Cry Primal and Tomb Raider, Brown does a fantastic job as usual. Check the video out below.

  • E3 2016 is torn a new one by this hilarious, scathing video review

    Perhaps we're bucking the trend a bit, but we quite liked E3 2016. Apart from EA's conference, the others were laden with gameplay footage from some great looking games. Horizon Zero Dawn, Dishonored 2, Steep, and the new Legend of Zelda were just four from a great few, but not everyone feels this way. YouTuber Kilian Experience is one of them. Slating this year's E3 as "shit", he runs through each conference and highlights the underlying hilarity of each. "Another Year another E3," he notes on his video description. "I thought E3 2016 was bad. Not a lot of new games...

  • Watch Hadlee talk Google I/O 2016 on SABC’s Expresso Show

    Last week saw Google make plenty of announcements at its I/O developer conference, ranging from a concerted VR push to a WhatsApp competitor in the form of Allo. But if you were out of the loop, SABC 3's Expresso TV show was on-hand to bring you up to speed, interviewing our very own Hadlee Simons to nail down the most important news. The segment covered Allo, Daydream VR, Android N and the Google Home smart speaker. Have a watch below.

  • Gearburn’s Graham chats about LEGO Star Wars on SABC’s Expresso Show

    To celebrate May the 4th (Be With You), SABC 3's Expresso breakfast show invited Gearburn writer Graham van der Made to chat about the upcoming LEGO Star Wars video game for Star Wars/May the Fourth Day. The segment featured presenter Katlego Maboe chatting to Graham about the video game series and what to expect from the upcoming release. The two also played through some of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on PlayStation 3, which was full of laughs as Katlego accidentally kills Graham's character. Watch the full piece below:

  • iPhone SE parody pokes fun at Apple marketing [video]

    The iPhone SE is an interesting milestone in Apple's iPhone story, especially since that milestone is only 4.0-inches from corner to corner. And of course, the lack of a revolutionary product this didn't stop the internet from having a go. In fact, the internet really warmed up to the phone, and this parody video by Jacksfilms pokes a few noticeable holes in the iPhone SE marketing campaign. From its claims suggesting that it's faster than the iPhone 5S (which it is, actually), to its gaming potential, the video paints the iPhone SE in a different shade of, well, banana white. But that's...

  • Top 10 modern industry trends that have gamers worried [video]

    Listicle website WatchMojo has put together an interesting list for those who play video game. It tackles what gamers are afraid of with current industry trends, many we see on a regular basis. The video shows off games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Dead Space 3, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate for its various topics. Even though it shows snippets of Subway, Mountain Dew, and Geoff Keighley, the video makes no mention of those aspects, but rather concentrates on what the producers hope are just fads. For those who can't watch videos at work, here's a list of the topics: Linearity Lack of local...

  • We unbox the Kano DIY computer for kids [Video]

    The Kano DIY mini-computer kit proved to be a popular product since its launch. The device was created to show kids how to put together a mini PC, what components are involved in the process, and how to code. The overall system is relatively simplistic in design. It's built on a Raspberry Pi, comes with the necessary pieces to house the internal components, a WiFi dongle, wireless keyboard with trackpad, and some booklets to get you started. The operating system is build in Linux and features a range of programs for kids, such as a terminal-based text story and a...

  • This Nintendo 3DS XL runs Windows 95 without any shame [video]

    Would Microsoft and Nintendo ever shake hands on a joint venture? Perhaps not, but that doesn't stop dedicated fans and coding gurus from dreaming. Back in 1995, Windows 95 was a pretty awesome OS. It debuted with a usable-by-everyone graphical interface, and made simple tasks like word processing that much easier. But how far has today's hardware progressed? Has twenty years really made that much of a difference? Can a New Nintendo 3DS XL run Windows 95? Well, yes. Yes it can. In a bizarre video published on YouTube by Shutterbug20001, the 3DS XL boots into Windows 95 quite happily but it...

  • Yakuza 6 gets the trailer treatment, looks incredible [Video]

    Western audiences haven't had much of a sniff at the Yakuza titles, but the upcoming game will finally make its way across the Atlantic and Pacific. Yakuza 6 will also be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and the first trailer for the long awaited Sega game has finally been outed. And it looks brilliant. If you fancy your hand as playing a mobster in un-dubbed Japanese dialogue (we sure hope), this is probably the title for you. Yakuza 6 will also feature acting from the legendary Takeshi Kitan0 as well -- that's right, Takeshi's Castle Takeshi. He also starred in the Battle...