Wookiee Wednesday Westwood Wonderment

 

 Hey there kids, come sit round and listen to an old man grumble about the good old days of gaming. You see back before the time of you younglings, there was more to gaming than Call of Duty, DOTA, and World of Warcraft (and their numerous clones that you are now telling me are better for an infinite number of pointless reasons, that are meaningless to anyone but you). One of the absolute highlights of this golden (well I suppose Silver, Gold probably belongs to the NES) age of gaming was Westwood Studios, who until EA sent in their hordes of salesmen to ruin all their franchises, was one of the pinnacles of the industry. Founded in October 1985 (meaning […]

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Has rAge Outgrown Itself ?

 

 rAge is the premier event on the Johannesburg nerd scene, and has been a staple event for tech heads since the early days of my childhood. Initially a purely computer convention, featuring new technology and games that were on the way, it has grown over the years to include so much more. From comic books to cosplay, figurines to geek apparel, rAge truly has come to be the proverbial Mecca of the South African geek and nerd community. But has its grown too much ? Now before you all crucify me, let me clarify my point. I have been sitting here looking through the various posts from rAge, as one usually does after such events. I’ve been going through the […]

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The Neighbours Magical Medievil Fayre, Now with Authentic Rain

 

 Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Medieval Fayre, hosted by Neighbours. The weekend took off with a mostly welcomed return of the spring rains. Undeterred by all the falling wetness I pushed onward to the adventure. (You and I both know Scotland has two types of weather: Wet and Wetter. Ed) Despite being dreary, drizzling and mud soaked, I was immediately impressed with the turnout at the annual fayre. I surveyed my surroundings, all manner of stalls were there and people buzzed around like bees after mead. After successfully navigating the maze of mud and sludge I came across a series of blacksmiths hammering away, while on the horizon armoured knights were battling away. [youtube id=”vvhQBQpWKH8″ […]

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SOMA

 

 There is no doubting that horror games are all the rage at the moment. From smaller indie masterpieces like Five Nights at Freddy’s to big budget titles like Outlast, everyone wants their piece of the scary pie. Frictional Games are no strangers to the world of horror games, having tasted success with both their Penumbra and Amnesia franchises and their new title SOMA looks set to impress. Set in a remote underwater research facility where things are going horribly wrong, SOMA has you dealing with all kinds of horrors. The game is played from the first person perspective. The visuals are beautiful, giving players a stunning environment to become immersed in. The audio sets the scene with all manner of […]

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Geekfest: a Quest with a Goat

It was a crisp evening as Shadow and  (I) Wookiee strolled along the cosplay soaked fields of Geekfest. Merrily we made our way to the distant lands of archery to harass the the Cave Troll and his fellows at their stand. On the way to our destination we were bought to an abrupt stop upon hearing an alien rumbling in the distance. Carefully we headed in the direction of the bizarre din, and there, emerging from the trees, we encountered a majestic beast. Towering above cosplayer and man, the mighty Hazard Goat wielding his glorious axe of +12 sound. His horns glistening in the setting sun. His large muscular legs wobbling under the immense weight of his weapons of joy […]

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Lee and Tolkien

“I still think Lord of the Rings is the greatest literary achievement of my lifetime” – Sir Christopher Lee on The Fellowship of The Ring. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee last week. From Dracula to Scaramanga to Count Dooku, there is no doubt the man was a true legend of cinema, not to mention many other things. Fans of fantasy will remember him as the wizard Saruman, head of the white council, in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit. There is more to Sir Lee’s involvement with the Tolkien universe than many may realise. [youtube id=”TQVi_DC9HvI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Lee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf in […]

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Learnfast Training

 

  Anyone who knows me, will know I am always looking to improve my knowledge. I feel if we are no longer learning, then we no longer have purpose and are mealy wasting our existence. With this in mind one can understand why I was excited when someone put me in contact with Learnfast. Learnfast is a country wide institution that offers training in a variety of subjects relating to Computer Skills, Graphic Design, Business Skills, Accounting, and CAD. As an IT Manager who did my training back when the internet was in it’s infancy, I decided to take their HTML course to fill in some of the gaps in my IT knowledge. “It is not that I’m so smart. […]

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Metalheads Against Xenophobia

Today we speak to someone who is helping better this world through music, and the comradery of the musicians. Samantha Jack is the main co-ordinator and co-founder of Metalheads Against Xenophobia, or MAX Campaign for short. What’s the history of MAX? M.A.X in essence was formed in April 2015 by a group of local metalheads on the chat app, Whatsapp, one random evening whilst discussing a recent Festival we had all attended. Somehow the conversation steered itself to the xenophobic attacks that had been going on. My co founder, Shane, then said “I wish we could do something as metalheads to help educate and spread the word against this, maybe even raise funds to help those people that have been […]

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Ode to Nimoy

“Of all the souls I’ve encountered, his was the most human” -William Shatner / James T Kirk. Friday the 27th February 2015  will be forever remembered as a sad day in the Science Fiction world. Beloved actor Leonard Nimoy passed away due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which he had been diagnosed with a year prior. Nimoy was most well known for his portrayal of Federation Science officer Mr Spock in many incarnations of Star Trek over the years. In fact his final Television and film credits ore to this character, a cameo appearance voicing a Spock action figure on Big Bang Theory, and a brief appearance as Spock Prime in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Even though he […]

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