Cosplaying in SA and beyond

 

 Until fairly recently I wasn’t a cosplayer, I was that person aspiring to be first-time cosplayer. I would threaten to start running around as video-game and Anime characters publicly often, but never knew how one got into the culture. Do you have to be part of a club? Are there rules? Do cosplayers like… eat? Stepping into the cosplay arena can seem a daunting task at first – not knowing where to begin or if you will even be able to pull it off. Is your reason for wanting to be Son-Goku for a day good enough to spend months on making a costume? We recently asked some cosplayers for their input to the questions that hound most aspiring cosplayers, […]

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Hobby Island

 

 Today we speak to Frankie Chow of Hobby Island. So Frankie, what’s the history of Hobby Island? Hobby Island established at 2009, we were starting to import different kind of toys, figurines, games and funny accessories into South Africa, finally we found that the local people -fans are looking for the exclusive high end toys or figurines as their collection. They normally purchased from some overseas on-line store with many different risks on delivery, prices…etc. So that we were trying to be a distributor of some international famous brands, and providing the legal, fair prices and on time delivery to those clients. What sort of items do you sell? At the end of our aims and the feedback from our […]

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The Last of Us

 

 Naughty Dog keeps doing this to us. Those poor souls who bought an Xbox or Wii and those of us who make up the PC master race are reminded time and time again that we actually all want a PlayStation. Why you ask? Because they produce top notch games that we are just itching to play, exclusively for Sony’s console. With the new generation of consoles now settled in, we start seeing “Definitive”, “HD” and “Remastered” versions of popular games pop up all over the place, and The Last of Us is no exception. For those still deciding if they want to buy either a PlayStation or the Last of Us, let me give you the push you need. Joel, […]

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Alien Isolation

 

 “Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off” -Ellen Ripley. Alone in space, Amanda Ripley searches for her mother on an abandoned space station. Welcome to Alien Isolation a survival horror game set in the Alien franchise, developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Taking place 15 years after the iconic Alien and 42 years before its sequel Aliens, the game follows the story of Ellen Ripley’s daughter, […]

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rAge 2014

 

 Early in morning of Saturday, 11 October 2014, two friends head (You know I don’t approve of you seeing girls… I meant people. -Ed) out on an epic quest. Far in the land of the north lies a grand citadel, known as The Coca-Cola Dome. One weekend each October, this site becomes a holy congregation of the South African nerd/geek/gamer community. This festival is a three day orgy of technology, gaming, cosplayers and geeks. Our pilgrims arrive early after a hearty breakfast, quickly collect their tags at the door, and wonder in towards the mass of people hurriedly scurrying in and out of the various booths and stalls on offer. rAge is the premier technology and gaming event in South […]

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Dune in Film

 

 “Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions” -Raphael Corrino. The Dune Saga is possibly one of the greatest literary works in human history, and without a doubt my favourite series of novels.  With this being the case it is both surprising, and depressing that it has made it’s way to the big (and small) screen so few times, and in all cases only a small part of the story was adapted. As a Dune fanatic please allow me to take you through my  take on the attempts that have been made. I’ll end off with my theory on how to approach televising the franchise. Lynch’s Dune: 1984 The first Dune to make it to film was the 1984 feature […]

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Sepultura – Live in SA!

 

 Just over a week ago (Friday night, 12 September) South Africans were treated to a night of head-bangs and mayhem when international Brazilian metal band Sepultura destroyed fans at Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg. The event was opened by local bands Boargazm and Groinchurn, who got the crowd going with hard hitting lyrics and sounds – setting the tone for what would be an awesome night. The anticipation and excitement from the crowd was something else, with everyone holding out to see the mighty Brazilian giants….. Sepultura! [youtube id=”F_6IjeprfEs” width=”600″ height=”350″] The performance kicked off with the band playing tracks from their earlier albums, and the crowd loving it! Almost instantly, a mosh pit was formed and it stayed that way […]

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Ripping the Jack

 

 “Mary Ann Nichols” – Jack the Ripper’s Canonical Five Some of you may have heard the news that the most notorious serial-killer, and father of modern nightmares, Jack the Ripper has finally been caught after 126 years. Using the latest in scientific techniques and DNA analysis, British businessman and armchair detective Russell Edwards and a team of scientists have spent the last three years running tests on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes – the fourth of his canonical victims, and have identified the most famous killer of all time as Polish immigrant, Aaron Kosminski (born Aron Mordke Kozminski; 11 September 1865 – 24 March 1919). (I always felt it was him.) In response to this amazing (and hopefully definitive) chapter […]

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Upcoming Reboots

 

 And here I was thinking that Ninja Turtles was going to be the only complete reboot for a while. Boy, was I wrong! Seems Hollywood has developed a taste for reboots and now the gears are turning as the cinematic machine begins rebooting everything and anything. Hold onto your butts! Our childhoods are being updated! The following is a list of a few reboots that are on the way. Under each you’ll see a trailer for the ORIGINAL film. (Original! As in the first one made! Not the reboot!) Hitman: Agent 47 This upcoming reboot is set for release within the next few months and stars Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice, Steve) as Agent 47. Hopefully this will be a better […]

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Opium Child: Chaos and Zen

 

 At first the album is subtle and hauntingly soft, the sound of violin strings and the dreamlike beating of drums floats upon the ether like the opening to an emotional stage play. But soon the softness gives way to the extreme power of driving metal. This is Opium Child in their quintessential role as creators of pure unadulterated music. Chaos and Zen (Part 1), is the first act of what shall be a somewhat revolutionary album for the South African metal scene. Combining Asian-influenced sounds, lyrics and styles with Western Metal and South African swish, Opium Child has produced an amazingly unique taster album. And if you’re like me then your appetite is already whet. “We would like to see […]

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