Cappuccino Quest: Visit The Top Of Table Mountain In Cape Town, South Africa, For The View, Not The Cappuccinos
Table Mountain is situated in a nature reserve in the middle of Cape Town, South Africa. It's the city's pride and joy and it serves nearly a million visitors a year with staff members who offer impeccable, friendly service. The cappuccino making is not yet up to scratch however but hopefully that will change.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 13 January 2017  |  View Comments

Table Mountain Café is the restaurant and café on top of Table Mountain, arguably Cape Town's biggest tourist attraction. (Well, literally, it's Cape Town's biggest tourist attraction.) It can be reached via the cable car or, for the fit and more adventurous, via a hike up the mountain and is a short distance from the main cableway building with a westwards view that overlooks the sea at Camps Bay and Bakoven. The view is perfect for sunsets, although you can get brained by the sun's glare in summer.. Read on...

News: The Remastered LEGO City Undercover Has Been Announced - Here's The Trailer And More Details

Watch the first trailer for the remastered version of the game LEGO City Undercover, which will be available later this year for more gaming platforms. The game is set in LEGO City and is an action filled adventure in which you solve crimes as Chase McCain. Read on...
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 January 2017  |  View Comments

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Game Review: We Become What We Behold
Our insatiable appetite for violence and drama is perfectly captured in a five-minute browser based game that points a lens towards the news-cycle feedback loop and asks us to consider our role in what the media presents to us.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 January 2017  |  View Comments

I thought I'd start 2017's posts with a review of a game that's very pertinent to where we are now and where we may be going. It's by Nicky Case, the developer behind :the game: and its sequels and Coming Out Simulator 2014Read on...

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Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Launch, #StayinAliveZA Cape Town
For one totally rad evening the Eighties made a huge comeback at the Cape Town launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Dayglo reigned supreme and zombies were just part of the fun as gamers celebrated the new release in the long-running first-person-shooter series.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 December 2016  |  View Comments

Last month MWEB GameZone's MCave hosted the launch of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which included a showcasing of Modern Warfare Remastered. The event was themed Eighties Versus Zombies to celebrate the Zombies In Spaceland map that forms part of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare's co-operative multiplayer Zombies mode, which is set in the Eighties.

Fans who entered to win a golden ticket to the event had to choose ahead of time whether they wanted to belong to the group of Eighties heroes or the zombie horde and those who received an invitation were encouraged to dress the part as activities during the launch would pit the factions against one another. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Cosecha Restaurant In Paarl Outside Cape Town, South Africa, Makes Great Food But Dire Coffee
If you're looking for a change from the traditional fine dining cuisine found at many South African wine estates then Cosecha Restaurant, with its Latin inspired cuisine, offers a welcome alternative - but, unfortunately, the cappuccinos aren't as skillfully prepared as the food.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 December 2016  |  View Comments

Last month I joined a group of friends for lunch at Cosecha Restaurant, which is at Noble Hill wine estate in the Simonsberg-Paarl district in Paarl just outside Cape Town. The restaurant offers "Latin inspired" fare, in the form of a mix of South American and Mesoamerican cuisine (such as guacamole, tortillas, taquitos, and esquites). Read on...

Game Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force is strong with this one but it's not without its technical problems. However LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still a good re-creation of the film and offers some delightful moments to entertain fans of all ages.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 December 2016  |  View Comments

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set in the Star Wars universe with a particular focus on the events that take place in the movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. It's an action-adventure platform-puzzle game that is suitable for all ages and offers both single-player and co-operative two-player gaming. Read on...

News: Canon Suggests Giving Back With The Help Of An Anti-Selfie Campaign

You can do some good for animals this festive season by spreading the love and raising awareness with the help of Canon's #selfieless social-media campaign. Read on...
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How Uber Analyses Its Data To Discover Customer Needs
An AfricaCom session featured Uber's Tim Willis, who spoke about Uber's growth in Africa, how it's disrupting courier services, and what it discovered when it drilled down into the data from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 November 2016  |  View Comments

Tim Willis, from Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, gave a presentation on the company during the Big Data track at this year's AfricaCom. AfricaCom is not a consumer show - it's for industry people from all over Africa (and, increasingly, China), as well as government representatives - but if you're an Uber user, which more and more people seem to be, you may find some of the stats he provided interesting.

After all, you are part of that data. Read on...

Video And Photo Highlights: Battlefield 1 Launch, Cape Town
Battlefield 1, a first-person shooter set during World War I, was launched in Cape Town at MWEB's MCave but unfortunately the results of the Mirai botnet's attacks were felt all the way down south as EA's servers were affected during the celebrations.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 November 2016  |  View Comments

MWEB recently hosted two game launches at its MCave in Cape Town, the first of which was for EA's Battlefield 1. The game is part of the long running Battlefield franchise of first-person shooters and is set during World War I. The single-player campaign features storylines set in six different international locations during the war, in which the player takes on the role of characters from a number of different nationalities and ethnic groups. Read on...

5 Zombie Questions: Jason Aaron
Jason Aaron is well known for his writing work on some of Marvel's top titles, as well as his award winning creator-owned series. He offers his perspective on the Wolverine fandom's zombie debate and contemplates whether brains or ribs would be most appealing to Southern zombies.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 November 2016  |  View Comments

Comic-book writer Jason Aaron was an international guest at this year's inaugural FanCon Cape Town Comic Con. Through his current work on Doctor Strange, Star Wars, The Mighty Thor, and, now, The Unworthy Thor, as well as older work on other popular titles such as the previous Thor(s), Wolverine, Wolverine And The X-Men, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Ghost Rider, and Punisher, he has become one of the most recognisable names in contemporary comics writing. Read on...

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Lenovo Launches The Moto Z Modular Phone In South Africa
The Moto Z's selling point is Moto Mods - hardware extras that you can snap onto the device to extend the battery, have a better camera, or, even, convert the phone to a projector. Is this a gimmick? Is this the future? Lenovo is betting on the latter.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 26 October 2016  |  View Comments

There are those who love to claim than no one has any long-term memory anymore and Motorola is long forgotten but it was a well loved phone brand in South Africa due to some key devices that wormed their way into people's hearts and memories because of great battery life and features. You may be wondering what happened to it and why it is suddenly back. Read on...

Cappuccino Quest: Doughnut Hive At GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa, Reaches A New Low
The sorry tale of bad coffee at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World in Cape Town continues. This time two of us really took one (each) for the team in an experience that included revolting coffee and awful service as the cherry on the top.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 October 2016  |  View Comments

Since rAge is currently taking place in Johannesburg I thought I'd dig into the unwritten archives and tackle a "cappuccino" (I use that word lightly) experience two of us from had during the Cape Town rAge earlier this year at GrandWest Casino And Entertainment World. It's an important one for our collection as it is a new low point that we've experienced in coffee creation in Cape Town, which doesn't have a particularly good track record anyway. The thought of the experience still makes me feel a bit sick months later. In fact, it's unintended but quite suitable that I'm posting this in the run up to Halloween. Read on...

E-Sports Report: ESWC FIFA Qualifier, Cape Town
Four Cape Town FIFA players have qualified to represent the region in Johannesburg in early October, with the ultimate aim of winning the South African spot in the international ESWC tournament in Paris at the end of October.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 30 September 2016  |  View Comments

Last weekend Zombiegamer Events and ACGL (African Cyber Gaming League) hosted the Cape Town qualifier for the ESWC FIFA e-sports event at Trenchtown in Observatory. The qualifier took the form of a double-elimination event on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the gamers competing in FIFA 16, as FIFA 17 hadn't been released yet. Read on...

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Kay Carmichael Experiments With More Personal Storytelling In Kay's Comics
Comic creator Kay Carmichael is a fan favourite due to the sword-wielding, giant-slaying female protagonist in her speculative fiction series Sophie The Giantslayer but her new, more intimate, storytelling experiment, Kay's Comics, offers amusing observational commentary on real life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 September 2016  |  View Comments

Most South African comic creators are self taught. They come from fine arts, graphic design, or writing/publishing backgrounds and have been learning as they go along in a community in which there are few paid professionals and even fewer publishing opportunities from media houses, comics publishers, and book publishers. In the past few years, however, the work by certain creators has begun to mature. Kay Carmichael is one such example. Read on...

Watch As The Book Lounge's Comics-Inspired Window Comes To Life For Open Book Festival 2016
A group of South African comics creators transformed a window at The Book Lounge in Cape Town into a comics-inspired artwork in honour of Open Book Festival 2016. tagged along to document the process: find out more about the project, view our behind-the-scenes photos, and watch a timelapse video of the art coming to life.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 September 2016  |  View Comments

On the weekend of 13 and 14 August four South African comics creators, plus a street and graffiti artist, worked at The Book Lounge, an independent book store in Cape Town, South Africa, to transform its Roeland Street window into an art piece to celebrate and advertise this year's Open Book Festival. Doane Smuts and I joined them to capture the project on video and in photos so that something of the art, which is transient, will be preserved. Read on...

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