Red Dot Lab.

 

 Today we interview one of South Africa’s many indie games developers: Duncan Bell. Now Duncan has been in the gaming and modding scene for a number of years and has developed some top quality mods and experiences. Though today we focus on his first self made indie title, Blazin’ Aces.   Would you mind introducing yourself to the readers of 925|Rebellion? My name is Duncan Bell and I am a graphic designer working in advertising. I spend my moonlighting hours designing and developing my own video games. And why did you decide to enter the world of gaming? I grew up in the fantastic age of our Golden China consoles, so much of my childhood was spent glued to the […]

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QCF Design.

 

 Today we speak to the local talent behind Desktop Dungeons, QCF Design.   Would you mind introducing yourself to the readers of 925|Rebellion? I’m Danny Day, aka “Dislekcia”. I run an independent games studio in Cape Town, called QCF Design. We just released a game called Desktop Dungeons, it’s pretty good, you can get it on Steam for PC and Mac. I’m also part of the committee over at MakeGamesSA.com, which is a non-profit organisation tasked with growing the South African games industry. And why did you decide to enter the world of gaming? Games are fascinating. What else could the intersection of learning and responsive systems design be other than utterly engrossing? (My point exactly. -Ed.) How long have […]

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LEVEL 2.0

 

 WHITE LIES! Trolling the internet for music, as I normally do, I stumbled across Level 2.0 an American Future Pop/EBM outfit, with very catchy and familiar Synth lines that make you want to raise your hands in the air, base lines that demand you stomp your feet too in other words, party music. ANGELFIRE! Right I’ll fire away. Level 2.0 tell us a little about the project and its name? Level 2.0 (pronounced level two-point-zero) was created in 2005 between myself (Mike Hoffman) and Matt Clennan. We both had the same exact taste in electronic bands and both wanted to just create one song to listen to in the car that was “ours” when we drove around. And we wanted it to […]

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

 

 “I’m Garth Marenghi. Author. Dreamweaver. Visionary. Plus actor. You’re about to enter the world of my imagination. You are entering my Darkplace.” – Garth. Well that was amazing. What a unique viewing experience that was. That was without a doubt one of the best TV series I have ever seen. “What was I watching?” you ask. Let me tell you. I have just finished watching all six episodes (I know a short TV series.) of Channel 4‘s, dark-comedy, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. How does one explain a series as unique as this? Well, the best place we can start is at the beginning. (Who saw that coming? -Ed.) “I need to crack this, Dag, cos if not, Won Ton will be […]

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This is Not Your Grandfathers Star Trek (It’s Better)

 

 “I fear the Federation is on the verge of collapse” -Admiral Pavel Chekov. In May 2005, Star Trek Enterprise ended its run. This marked the first time since 28 September 1987 that there had not been at least one Star Trek series on air. Both the Network and fans were starting the feel that the franchise had become stale. In 2007 Star Trek of Gods And Men, a fan film created in honour of the 40th anniversary of the franchise, appeared online. This magnificent film contained quite a few stars from the different Star Trek series’. It has been released free to the public via their YouTube Page. Then in 2012, many of the people involved in Of Gods And Men […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 32

 

 “There must be some way to retrieve that data.” -Doctor Bashir. Today we look at everyone’s favourite Anglo-Arabic doctor, Julian Bashir. “Well, I must have picked up that habit from you.” -Doctor Bashir. Here we have the classic “Keep Calm” meme. This is a relatively new meme, though it has quickly achieved a viral status. “Yes, actually.” -Doctor Bashir. Next we have this dual-meme. This meme features Odo and Bashir, and makes reference to Captain Picard’s love of Earl Grey tea. “I thought this was a hospital, and that you were a healer.” -Doctor Bashir. Finally we have this an ode to the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein.  “Do you keep tabs on everybody, Constable?” -Doctor Bashir. And there you have […]

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Emalyth Arts Expo 6 – Unleash The Beast.

 

 This weekend, Wolmer Bush Lounge  is hosting the 6th Emalyth Arts Expo. The Expo will not only feature more than a dozen alternative South African artists but also promises over 20 metal bands from around the country performing throughout the weekend for your entertainment. I have had the privilege to attend one of these events a couple of years back and I have to say that it was quite the experience. Not only did I get to meet refreshingly new and intriguing artists and see their work, but it was one hell of a party as well. So, pack your expo/festival gear and head to the 6th Emalyth Arts Expo starting today at 2pm and only ending late on Sunday. […]

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Zombie Film S.A.

 

 Today we meet a local chap -Jarrod Saunders- who is producing short South African zombie films. Why a zombie movie? There are many answers to that question. One: because Zombies are relevant and trending. Two: because I wanted to do something a bit more fun with zombies and a Christian film (yes, this short film was funded by CVC Media, a Christian media company). Three: because it gave me a platform to experiment and do some of the weirdest things I’ve done in film so far. I mean there is so much stuff hidden in the short film that people haven’t seen or heard. For example, not many people notice the classic Frito’s jingle playing in the background of one […]

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Lamb of God Live in Johannesburg!

 

 AS THE PALACES BURN. (2003) Last Saturday, 25th January, it was time for an event that many like-minded South African Metal Fans had been looking forward to for months, Lamb of God! Despite supposed protests by various religious groups regarding the concert, on arriving at Nasrec, it was refreshing to see everyone ready and willing to have a good time! And no protesters. ASHES OF THE WAKE. (2004) The opening act was Mind Assault from Cape Town. I have no idea why I haven’t seen them before because these guys were absolutely amazing. They were the perfect opening act to get the crowd ready for what was coming! Next up was The Drift. Though being relatively new comers as a […]

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NEW LOOK DOCTOR WHO.

 

 With the new Doctor Who just around the corner an official costume photograph has been released by the BBC. Our 12th Doctor comes well dressed and conservatively stylish.According to Peter Capaldi, “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.” I’m certain like me, many of you are looking forward to the new Doctor Who.

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