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2upGamers End-Of-Year Wrapup
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 December 2013  |  View Comments

Jabez Olssen On Editing The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Jabez Olssen, the editor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, discusses some of the challenges the team faced, what it is like working with Peter Jackson, and what hardware and software is crucial to getting the job done on such a massive filmmaking project.
Posted: 12 December 2013  |  View Comments Gift Guide 2013
Once again, very proudly presents its annual gift guide - a selection of covetable items that will delight geeks and non geeks alike. This year we have a bumper selection of items to pile under trees and stuff stockings of both the naughty and nice.
By: The Team  |  Posted: 27 November 2013  |  View Comments

FilmSpeed: A Forza Motorsport 5 Live-Animation Experiment
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 November 2013  |  View Comments

The Pop-Culture Guide To Invader Zim
In the cult animated television show Invader Zim a useless alien with delusions of grandeur and his intelligence-crippled sidekick robot are sent to invade Earth, with unsurprisingly disastrous consequences.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 November 2013  |  View Comments

Clash Of The Titles: Call Of Duty: Ghosts Faces Off Against Battlefield 4
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 November 2013  |  View Comments

2upGamers Trenchtown October: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Bows Out And FIFA 14 Is In
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 7 November 2013  |  View Comments

The universe's most soft-hearted badass finds himself in another predicament that requires him to utilise all his survival skills and abilities to outwit new opponents, both human and alien, in this third installment in the Riddick franchise.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 October 2013  |  View Comments

Teju Cole Examines The African Supercity
Lagos, the African supercity, is a hostile environment. It is big, overcrowded, and cruel but it is also a place of creative struggle, a place that produces writers such as Teju Cole, the award-winning author of Open City, who presented a talk entitled Cityscapes Live: Lagos at this year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 23 October 2013  |  View Comments

Pulp Fiction At Open Book
The backdrop of many of this year's Open Book Festival events featured an installation of nearly 25 000 books, split over multiple venues, that were subsequently donated to libraries, courtesy of Granta Books in the UK.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 22 October 2013  |  View Comments

A New Exhibition Explores The Legend Of Blue Mamba
An exhibition featuring Blue Mamba, a character created by cartoonist and comics creator Andy Mason, has opened in Cape Town and features 15 years' worth of work that is explored in the new graphic novel The Legend Of Blue Mamba.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 October 2013  |  View Comments

Animal Life: A Fonzo Customisation Show Hosted By Toitoy
Cape Town's Toitoy vinyl toy speciality store recently hosted an exhibition of customised toys that included a rooster, a dentist/pilot, a fox, and a caged bird, all based on the same base blank vinyl toy - Fonzo by Burundanga Design.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 October 2013  |  View Comments

The Shining Girls Charity Art Show Raises R100 000 For Rape Crisis
Ninety-five artworks, depicting around 50 South African artists' interpretations of themes from author Lauren Beukes' novel The Shining Girls, formed part of an exhibition and sale to raise funds for Rape Crisis in South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 10 October 2013  |  View Comments

FIFA 14 Launches In South Africa
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 October 2013  |  View Comments

2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 Gets Its Final Moment
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 September 2013  |  View Comments

GrafLit: The Official Launch And Exhibition
Light and dark, both literally and metaphorically, mix effortlessly in a new anthology of graphic work that was launched recently to showcase contemporary work by both professional South African illustrators and writers and up-and-coming talent.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 September 2013  |  View Comments

Comics: South African Roundup #3
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 6 September 2013  |  View Comments

2upGamers August: Halo At Trenchtown And An Ultimate Gamer Mini Showdown At UCT
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).
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 September 2013  |  View Comments

Comics: South African Roundup #2: Joe Daly
Joe Daly has achieved international acclaim for his comics work and is highly regarded in the industry yet he is not well known in South Africa, although he has been publishing books for about 10 years. Here's our roundup of his publications, including his stand-out series Dungeon Quest.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 August 2013  |  View Comments

This Is Not A Minimalist Game
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 August 2013  |  View Comments

A Taste Of Three Expressions To Celebrate Glenfiddich's 125th Birthday
Glenfiddich, a single-malt-whisky distillery in the Highlands of Scotland, has been celebrating 125 years with events around South Africa in which three of its whiskies are being showcased. Learn more about its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old expressions, as well as what happened at the Groove Lounge event at Twankey Bar in Cape Town.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 8 August 2013  |  View Comments

2upGamers July: Trenchtown E-Sports Intensity And Casual Gaming At UCT
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 1 August 2013  |  View Comments

Man Of Steel
The 2013 reboot of the Superman film franchise offers a contemporary re-interpretation of Superman's origin story as well as engaging, interesting characters portrayed by a star-studded cast. Not everything about this film is satisfying, however, and fans need to brace themselves for some disappointments.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 July 2013  |  View Comments

Fine Brandy By Design And The First Cape Town Fine Brandy Fusion Festival 2013
Although it has been running for 10 years, the Fine Brandy Fusion festival graced Cape Town for the first time this year. Complementing it is a selection of lifestyle and design initiatives and an educational campaign to put local brandy more firmly into the minds of South Africans.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 27 June 2013  |  View Comments

An Evening With Lauren Beukes
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.
By: Jase Luttrell  |  Posted: 24 June 2013  |  View Comments

Infographic: Runtastic Facts And Figures
Runtastic's fitness apps for mobile devices have helped millions of people lose weight and get fit. We have an infographic depicting how much carbon has been saved, how many kilometres have been logged, and some cool records that have been set, courtesy of Runtastic.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 21 June 2013  |  View Comments

In Pictures: The Last Of Us - Naughty Dog's Survival-Horror Game For The PlayStation 3
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 June 2013  |  View Comments

Double Roundup: 2upGamers May And Trenchtown's June Launch
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 5 June 2013  |  View Comments

In Pictures: Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 29 May 2013  |  View Comments

Comics, Competitions, And Cosplay At Free Comic Book Day 2013 Cape Town
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 15 May 2013  |  View Comments

Comics: South African Roundup
Ahead of this year's Free Comic Book Day festivities, here's our roundup of the most interesting comics, graphic novels, and zines that have been produced by South Africans in the past few years.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 3 May 2013  |  View Comments

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About iPhone Cases
What percentage of people have dropped their iPhones in the toilet? (It's more than you think. Also: yuck.) Do more men or women care about the brand of iPhone case they have? We have an infographic with the answers to these and other pressing questions, courtesy of Tiny Prints.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 April 2013  |  View Comments

Win The Shining Girls E-Book (Competition Closed)
Win The Shining Girls E-Book
The Shining Girls, the new novel by Lauren Beukes that features a time travelling serial killer, is launching this week in Johannesburg and Cape Town! To celebrate, we have five copies of the e-book to give away, courtesy of Random House Struik/Umuzi.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 17 April 2013  |  View Comments

2upGamers April: Call Of Duty, FIFA 13, Street Fighter, And Good Hope FM DJs Play Forza
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 16 April 2013  |  View Comments

Fear Less!
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!
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 12 April 2013  |  View Comments

You've Got Mail... If You're Lucky
There are serious costs attached to keeping things old school on a trip to the post office to mail some letters, such as being harassed by a belly button.
By: Rémy Ngamije  |  Posted: 26 March 2013  |  View Comments

Ink, Art, And Accessories At The 5th Cape Town International Tattoo Convention
A new venue, tattoo professionals from all over the world, and an expanded lifestyle exhibition were on offer to curious visitors at this year's annual tattoo convention in Cape Town, South Africa.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 20 March 2013  |  View Comments

Tech Bytes: Be My Valentine
From geeky gifts to anonymous messages, the Internet offers a 21st Century way to celebrate Valentine's Day, with a little old-school handiwork thrown in for good measure.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 14 February 2013  |  View Comments

Designing The Shining Girls Covers: We Go Behind The Scenes With Joey Hi-Fi
Presenting: an unveiling of the South African cover designs for The Shining Girls, the highly anticipated forthcoming novel by Lauren Beukes, and an in-depth interview with designer Joey Hi-Fi in which he discusses typography, Ray Gun magazine, and things that glow in the dark.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 25 January 2013  |  View Comments

Homeward Bound: Exploring The Nautical Roots Of Tattoo Art
Mix sailors, sirens, creatures from the depths, nautical superstitions, and a few skulls and crossbones with Levi's Trucker Jackets and wine bottles and you have the recipe for Homeward Bound, this year's art showcase at the Cape Town International Tattoo Convention.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 24 January 2013  |  View Comments

Epic Coaster
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.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 18 January 2013  |  View Comments

Escape The Red Giant
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....
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 11 January 2013  |  View Comments

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
A tale of high school, and growing up, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower features strong performances by an ensemble cast that results in endearing portrayals and a sensitive exploration of difficult subjects that will resonate with many viewers.
By: Mandy J Watson  |  Posted: 4 January 2013  |  View Comments