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The Brotherhood is developing a new game for adventure fans set in a post-apocalyptic Africa with an Eighties sensibility. The project is on Kickstarter now - you have less than a month to help out and only one day to take advantage of Early Bird tiers.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We feared that the May e-sports tournament at Trenchtown might be a one off occurrence but the Zombiegamer Events team was back in June to facilitate the welcome return of Call Of Duty, which resulted in a tense, close final. Here's a quick rundown of the day, with photos and a highlights reel.
E-sports events hosted by Zombiegamer returned to Trenchtown last month after quite a hiatus. The first tournament for the year was a FIFA 16 event, in which the first prize was R1000. Here's what happened on the day.
Last week's launch of DOOM in Cape Town offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with video production and editing on an Android phone. Here's what happened - and what tools you can use to make your own video.
Journalists from around South Africa, plus a handful of lucky gamers, got a chance to try out DOOM at the MWEB MCave at the official launch of the game. TGN Racing Simulators also showcased VR games at the event to give gamers a break from the intense deathmatches.
The NAG Jam: rAge Cape Town 2016 72-hour game jam featured indie games competing for top honours under the theme "Down, But Not Out" and a chance to be showcased at rAge in Cape Town. The winning games included some addictive gameplay, interesting premises, and... a little bit of tickling?
On Wednesday US military charity Operation Supply Drop with be featuring a South African developed war-simulation game in its weekly video-games-focussed live stream. A few lucky viewers will also stand a chance of winning codes for the game.
The reactions to the announcement that the rAge gaming expo would be coming to Cape Town were mixed - and ranged wildly from enthusiasm to cynicism - but the moment is upon us, it is happening, and here's what to look out for to make the most of your time at the event.
This week I had time to do some reading and catch some of the new videos doing the rounds on the Internet so I thought, hey, "why not assemble them in a news story?" and here we are. May your Friday afternoon be entertainingly unproductive!
News: You've Got Five Days To Grab The Humble Comics Bundle: Pathfinder, Which Includes Work By Sean Izaakse
A new comics bundle from Humble Bundle, featuring Pathfinder comics, is running for the next few days. Comics that South African comics creator Sean Izaakse worked on are included in the bundle so this is your chance to grab them at a fraction of their retail price.
Showcase: #inktober 2015, Day 8 To Day 15: Doodles, Horror, Typography, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, And More
Most of the South African comics creators who started creating daily works for The InkTober Initiative were still going strong in the second week of the project, as you can see in this, part two of brainwavez.org's 2015 roundup.
It's October, which means it's once again time for The InkTober Initiative, a month long project that artists from all over the world participate in in order to hone their skills. This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of South African comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2015.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is back - well, it was, briefly. A recent flashback tournament at Trenchtown, organised by Zombiegamer Events, saw 16 teams of two compete on the Xbox 360 for the honour of winning what will likely be the final time the game is seen in action. (Unless there's a flashback flashback tournament sometime....)
The Trenchtown e-sports events in Cape Town are back - and more popular than ever if July's attendance is anything to go by. The tournament featured a FIFA 15 event across two platforms and some great prize money to sweeten the taste of victory.
Help Mr. Cinnamon Snapz race through the confectionary lands to restore the pieces of the broken chocolate-chip emblems... or don't. You may not have the patience to navigate the frustrating puzzles, problematic user interface, and bad graphics quality of this casual game for iOS and Android.
When the kombat is mortal there can be only one (after a series of polite Swiss meetups). What the hell are we talking about? Fatalities and brutalities, of course! Read on to find out what happened when 64 Capetonians gathered to smash each other's spines and rip out some (virtual) hearts (literally).
The South African Virtual-Reality Community Is Organising - And The Revolution Will Be Televised (In 360-Degree 3D)
When was the last time you tried a virtual-reality headset? Twenty years ago? Never? Did you even know that virtual reality was a reality - in South Africa? Developers, content creators, and people who are just curious have met in Cape Town to organise a formal VR community to make it easier to share ideas and work on projects - and everyone's welcome.
South African Comics News Roundup: Icon By The Sea, The Modern Dragon, And A Bumper Free Comic Book Day Cape Town Focus
In this news explosion, find out about two cartoon anniversaries that snuck by, find out what's happening on the local comics scene, get a peek into what Ben Winfield's not supposed to be telling us about, and see Deon de Lange at Emerald City Comic Con. Plus, we've got a roundup of what to expect from local comics at Cape Town's Free Comic Book Day 2015 celebrations so start saving your money and prepare yourself to support our home-grown talent in May!
To celebrate the release of Battlefield Hardline, the latest instalment in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters, MWEB GameZone hosted a launch party last month at the MCave in Cape Town that featured multiplayer action and lots of prizes, as well as goodie bag loot and spot giveaways.
This year's first FIFA 15 T-Fest e-sports tournament, organised by Zombiegamer, drew some new faces to the event, which featured a round robin first round before knockout stages separated the best from the rest.
Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, Total War: Attila and The Order: 1886 are almost out, Just Cause 3 is coming, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham get DLCs. There's also more LEGO gaming news, Resident Evil sells quickly (for the third time), and save the date for the next Zombiegamer Events #saesports tournament.
In early January Cape Town's competitive Call Of Duty console teams faced each other for the first time this year at a Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament organised by Zombiegamer.
Cape Town's e-sports tournaments for 2014 wound down with a FIFA 15 team event at Trenchtown that featured both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and a decent number of teams vying for a respectable first prize.
A massive first-prize payout of R10 000 tempted gamers from all over South Africa to a FIFA 15 tournament at Trenchtown but the challenge wasn't just going to be beating some very skilled opponents - Eskom was threatening to initiate load shedding in the middle of the event, which could potentially derail the tournament.
brainwavez.org was at the opening of The Art Of The Brick, the world-famous exhibition of LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya's work, in Cape Town. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect.
It's time to sit behind your computer screen and shop till you drop (onto the keyboard from exhaustion). Skip the mall crowds, save your sanity, and use the annual brainwavez.org Gift Guide as a jumping off point for gifting awesome. Your friends will appreciate your great taste.
By: The brainwavez.org Editors | Posted: 11 December 2014 | View Comments
Showcase: #inktober 2014, Day 9 To Day 16: Ripley, Rocket, Groot, Superman, Mini Dachshunds, And More
October's #inktober challenge is in full swing and South African comics creators have continued to work hard to produce one ink-based artwork a day. This is part two of the brainwavez.org showcase of their creations for 2014.
It's October, which means it's time to get ink on your hands (if you're an artist, anyway). This is part one of the brainwavez.org showcase of local comics creators' #inktober sketches for 2014.
The South African FIFA 15 launch featured a showdown between celebrity gamers and their friends, as well as four lucky fans who got to join in on the action, in a knockout tournament on the Xbox One at MWEB's offices in Cape Town.
Indie Game News Roundup: Monument Valley Wins Awards, Indie Games To Shine At PAX Prime, And Gryphon Knight Epic Unveils More Teasers
It's a busy time for indie games (although, to be honest, when isn't it?). Monument Valley has been winning awards, indie games will be in the spotlight at the PAX Prime expo in Seattle, The Nightmare Cooperative has gone mobile, and find out how you can get the Duet soundtracks for free - it's all in this roundup.
Cavern Kings is an action platform game designed to test your reflexes and determination as you power through a never-ending series of levels filled with enemies. It features pixel art and a chiptune-inspired soundtrack and is looking for a little extra help through Kickstarter to reach stretch goals and pay for the expertise of a couple of professionals to add final polish to the game.
Jump on your pixel gryphon and shoot your way through a diverse selection of environments and enemies in Gryphon Knight Epic, a new game looking for funding assistance through Kickstarter.
Mountain, the game that gave reviewers all over the world an existential crisis last month, has recently received updates for iOS and desktop operating systems that not only fixed a few bugs but also added extra functionality and lots of new items. Additionally, last week the game was finally released on Steam and Amazon Apps, and for Android.
News: Monument Valley Sells A Million Copies, Releases The Soundtrack, And Ignores (Paying) Fans' Complaining, Complaining, Complaining
Puzzle game Monument Valley, which is available for iOS and Android devices, recently passed the one-million-downloads milestone. Its success has meant that the development team is expanding (for a little while) and fans can now purchase the soundtrack to continue to enjoy the experience long after they've completed the levels.
Indie Game News Roundup: Travel To The Edge Of Minecraft, Make Games SA, A Monument Valley Teaser, And An Existential Mountain Manifests
In our latest update we cover Shovel Knight's controversial release; examine a mountain simulator that is testing the sanity of gamers and games reviewers; watch a cart travel to the end of the world in Minecraft; and learn more about the Make Games SA initiative from Desktop Dungeons' developers.
It's time to start rescuing space animals from the Moon in the version 1.2.1 update of Disco Zoo, a mobile game for iOS and Android devices. Plus, let your animals entertain themselves with balls and amuse yourself by dressing them up in fancy hats.
In development: a game in which you guide your tiny, naked cosmonaut around the infinity of space as he dodges aliens and tries to plant seeds on barren planets to bring new life to the galaxy. (It's not as naughty as it sounds.)
Indie Game News Roundup: Too Many Humble Sales, iOS Games Launch For Android, And Darkwood's Developers Anger The Backer Community (Twice)
In this update learn more about new ports from iOS to Android; get some help keeping track of what's going on at Humble; and find out what happens when developers change fundamental aspects of a crowd-funded game that were the entire reason people backed the project.
News: Rebuild: Gangs Of Deadsville On Steam Early Access, See Some New Teasers, And Get The Soundtrack
The zombies (and cannibals) are coming! Rebuild: Gangs Of Deadsville will be out on Steam Early Access soon. Plus, get in the mood with the game's soundtrack, which has been released on Bandcamp.
Can you assemble a deadly team and survive multiple waves of alien terror on Mars while completing objectives and side goals? That's the challenge offered by The Red Solstice, a new game that is seeking funds via Kickstarter.
A soccer-focussed face off between Fairbairn College and Fairmont High School in Cape Town kicked off the first interschools e-sports challenge in the city. At stake: bragging rights and, ultimately, possibly school colours.
News: Help To Fund Dungeon Rushers, In Which You Build A Dungeon And Challenge Your Friends To Steal Your Treasure
Gobelinz Studio needs funding assistance to complete the development of Dungeon Rushers, an RPG in which you explore a world and its dungeons with your party in a single-player mode as well as build your own dungeons in a multiplayer mode. After all, what's more fun than stealing a real person's monster-guarded gold?
In this update you're on your own, on an island, with cannibals; Sarah Northway talks about developing a tech tree for her zombie-survival game Rebirth: Gangs Of Deadsville; there's a Funky Bus terrorising a highway near the Disco Zoo; Monument Valley is a hit; and learn about some really great games you should be backing on crowd-funding sites.
At another school's challenge in Cape Town young gamers at Fairmont High School finished off the first term by competing in a Call Of Duty: Ghosts tournament for prizes and the chance to represent their school in future competitions.
In February two players deftly dominated Halo 4 - no matter what everyone else threw at them - and in March an extended FIFA 14 tournament final ended in an unexpected manner.
In our first indie game news roundup we have highlights of development news for Darkwood, AdventurOS, The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth, Mew-Genics, and more. Plus, there's a music based Humble Bundle running this week, and you can find out more about Drunken Robot Pornography.
Some younger FIFA 14 players in Cape Town were given the chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights at an e-sports event at Fairbairn College, which was organised by Zombiegamer. The result was a fun day characterised by occasional wild play on the virtual pitch and the possible birth of some enthusiastic future e-sports competitors.
In January, at the 2upGamers e-sports events in Cape Town, Call Of Duty: Ghosts was a featured tournament for the second time and FIFA players were given another day (almost) all to themselves.
2upGamers ended off the year with two Trenchtown tournament days and an anniversary celebration for the community that featured showcases of popular games from 2013 - and a Couples Doubles event that, mercifully, didn't involve dancing.
The worldwide release of Forza Motorsport 5 is imminent so, to whet your appetite, here's an amazing reanimation of in-game footage that was accomplished by driving a McLaren C12 fitted with a camera around a track lined with panels of images taken from the game.
This month the latest games in two popular e-sports first-person-shooter franchises launched. To celebrate, MWEB GameZone in Cape Town hosted a showdown between the two to see which game - and its fans - would triumph.
In October 2upGamers hosted two days of competitive e-sports events at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has been a 2upGamers staple, and welcome FIFA 14.
Local gamers were treated to exciting challenges against pro players, great prizes, and a fun evening of gaming and socialising at the recent South African launch of FIFA 14, which was hosted by MWEB in Cape Town.
In September the 2upGamers Trenchtown competitive-gaming tournament in Cape Town focussed on fighting games, with some Forza 4 action thrown in for fun. The event also gave a chance for everyone to say goodbye to the monthly FIFA 13 tournament, which concluded this month with another exciting, dramatic final.
This South African comics roundup features a number of comics that have been produced this year, some of which have set the bar very high with their quality printing, fantastic artwork, skilled storytelling, and fun, quirky characters.
In August some serious FIFA 13 and Halo 4 action dominated the 2upGamers e-sports events. At the community gathering an impromptu Mini Ultimate Gamer challenge threw us in the deep end... and at the end of the night Han Solo made us all cry (not in a good way).
There is a kingdom (or a minimalist something, anyway) in This Is Not A Minimalist Game that needs rescuing (although "reviving" might be a better word) and it's up to you to accept the quest and solve the puzzles in this short, fun adventure game.
The 2upGamers community casual gaming events were up and running again in July after uncontrollable scheduling problems left the event without a venue in June. Meanwhile, Trenchtown gained more recognition as a noteworthy e-sports event as teams from out of town flew in to Cape Town to participate in the games.
After a quick speaking engagement in Portland, Oregon, at Powell's City Of Books to promote her grisly new novel The Shining Girls, author Lauren Beukes unwittingly endured the weirdness of the city with an acquaintance turned tour guide, which included crashing a studio party and hunting buck in high definition.
An infection has wiped out most of the population, quarantine zones keep the few remaining healthy people confined, factions emerge to claim territories, and a lone man tries to escort a teenage girl through the madness to safety in this survival-horror game by Naughty Dog.
At May's 2upGamers event in Cape Town the Wii U and PC gaming saw some action, Trenchtown was launched in a big announcement, cosplay took centre stage, Couples Doubles was a hit, and the Celebrity Challenge hit a snag.
Well over 80 cosplayers joined in the fun at this year's Free Comic Book Day events in Cape Town. Some competed in an official costume competition, while others were there just for fun. Either way, many of the cosplayers set a very high standard with their amazing costumes. Here's a showcase of some of the best.
This year local comic-book store Readers Den organised the biggest Free Comic Book Day event that Cape Town has ever seen. Thousands of fans were treated to free comics, great discounts, awesome prizes, local comics creators, and a huge cosplay competition.
An atmosphere of intense concentration and some nail-biting close calls during a number of gaming challenges were counterbalanced by four Good Hope FM DJs enjoying the first MWEB GameZone Celebrity Challenge at April's 2upGamers event in Cape Town.
A little pixelated girl plagued by nightmares of being chased by a grim reaper needs your help to find her way to peaceful dreams - so grab a sword and start running!
The rollercoaster ride of your life is calling but do you have the skill the keep the coaster, and its crazy thrill-seeking occupants, on the track while thumping music elevates your heart rate and cheering crowds pop up to distract you? Probably not - but give it a try anyway.
The sun has turned into a red giant so you need to jump from asteroid to asteroid performing tricks to build combos that will award you extra points as you try to outrun the red, burning death - for as long as you can because sun, sun, sun, here we come, come, come....
Knightmare Tower is a variation on the launcher-game genre by Canadian development company Juicy Beast, which made Burrito Bison and Burrito Bison Revenge. You can definitely see the evolution of both gaming and interface concepts from the Burrito Bison games but Knightmare Tower is dissimilar enough that it feels fresh and fun and is incredibly addictive.
Burrito Bison is back and now he wants revenge! (Well, technically, he wants his wallet but there's revenge involved in the process.) So, expect to find yourself back in Candyland launching a bison, squishing gummy bears, and raking in more cash than you'll ever know what to do with.
Instead of being the one running away from the horror you can be the horror in this action-packed casual game (that only has one worm, although the title would lead you to believe otherwise). Bonus fun: eat bazooka marines riding cows.
You're trapped in a shaft and the only way out is up in this one-button fast-paced wall-jumping game - but how high can you go? Will you escape?
The Zombie Apocalypse is nigh and your mission is to protect human survivors fleeing for the safety of an isolated bunker. What better way to annihilate the ranks of the undead than with ridiculously powerful weapons mounted on the angriest bird of them all?
Red alien circles (and the occasional meteor) are trying to destroy your space base. What are you going to do about it? Shoot at 'em, of course! You can't destroy them but you can use physics to your advantage in this oddly Zen action game.
In Burrito Bison you play a famous wrestler who is captured while at the supermarket and sucked into Candyland where the gummy bears expect you to wrestle for their entertainment... but you have other ideas in this amusing variation on the launcher game genre.
In Love you play a polyamorous square who derives happiness from being near others (the closer the better and the more the merrier). Yet one cannot have love without tragedy and actually touching one of the other blocks will end your game - and your shot at happiness - quite abruptly.
A secret highway in Kentucky is the setting for the magical realist adventure Kentucky Route Zero, an independent game that is being developed by a small team in the US. The game's artist recently released a few screenshots of character and object renderings, some of which we are featuring in this showcase.
You're a ninja on a mission to scale an infinite wall. Why? Who knows - it's a ninja mystery. Do not let that philosophical conundrum stop you, however. Instead, use your favourite finger to jump past obstacles and progress ever upwards.
Use your favourite finger to mow down waves and waves of inter-stellar bad guys and bosses out for your blood, then head for the space bar for a brewski. (Ok, not really, but this game could do with more variety and/or a mini drinking game to provide complexity to the challenge.)
Combine a lonely, hungry cat on a mission of the heart with sushi-consumption challenges, strange obstacles, a little bit of physics, and some outlandish music and you'll have an epic 45-minute(ish) tale with which to amaze no one in particular, unless you do really well, in which case you can be all, like, "Hey, I did well!"... which may, still, not exactly amaze anyone in particular.
Satisfy your inner zombie's craving for B-R-A-I-N-S, find the ghoul of your dreams, and take your revenge on society at large in an ode to gleefully over-the-top carnage and bad taste. Our anti hero feasts on brains, has a real problem with authority, and turns everyone he meets into a zombie - and if that isn't bad enough, he (shock! horror!) even smokes....
Overdosing is never fun, except in this game, and in playing this game so much that you take three weeks to write the review (though some might argue that that's not fun). Anyway, if you like fast-paced madness that's oddly zen and usually over in 30 seconds, Death Dice Overdose is your game.
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 6 March 2009
If you're stuck in Thailand with Lara Croft, with no lever in sight, follow our as-complete-as-it's-ever-going-to-be guide to getting her out of this very fine mess. After all, you still have about eight (less buggy?) levels to go before you finally finish this Wii game.
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 11 February 2009
Lara Croft's off again, raiding tombs and damaging precious archeological heritages in the quest for the truth about her mother's whereabouts. Throw in some Norse mythology and beautifully diverse environments and you have the makings of, well, another Tomb Raider game.
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 11 February 2009
We're kicking off this year (a bit late, but anyway...) with some light-hearted gaming. If you sucked at sports in high school there's no reason why you can't be a dweeby champion as an adult. Well, actually, there's a good reason but don't let it stop you... we present: Snot Put.
By: Mandy J Watson | Posted: 2 February 2009