THOMAS MARAIS: When looking for gaming entertainment, digital gaming marketplace Steam is the place to turn for many gaming enthusiasts. It offers various games for the more economically challenged gamer, many of which are made by first-rate indie game developers.
This game is a free arena third person shooter with multiple game modes, cartoony wound models and fully customisable weapons. Have you ever wanted a beam weapon that fires lightning? What about a fully automatic rocket launcher that explodes into eight smaller bombs on impact? Or a rifle that heals people when you shoot them with it? All of this and more is possible in Loadout.
ELMARIE KRUGER: With the rise of gaming consoles, handheld games and mobile gaming, it is only logical to think that the era of the arcade game is long gone. However, arcades are still thriving today, but not in the way one would think.
Arcades from the late 70s, 80s and early 90s were inhabited by children and teenagers playing games such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Mario. These arcade children have all grown up, but many of them still congregate in arcades in their adulthood – and some of these arcades have grown up with them.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Magic: The Gatheringis a trading-card game originally developed in 1993 by Richard Garfield. The game is still popular after 21 years with new players joining the flocks of existing enthusiasts on a regular basis. Magic has quite the following at UP and with various opportunities for both serious tournaments and casual games available it is easy to see why. Getting started isn’t difficult either. Here’s how to get going and be a part of the magic:
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Tuks Mind Sports Club (TMSC) teams Sabotage and Phoenix represented Tuks on 25 May at the MWeb Mpumalanga Championship in DotA2 and League of Legends respectively. Both teams fought off some tough competitors to win both their matches.
In addition to winning, the Sabotage and Phoenix team members received Mpumalanga provincial colours and will be representing Mpumalanga in upcoming inter-provincial tournaments. Sabotage and team TMSC Rekt have been invited to participate in the DotA2 national trials in June where they may receive Protea colours.
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MAXINE TWADDLE: Not everyone is a born gamer. Some of us nod wisely when the conversation turns towards the graphics in the new Halo game and hope that we won’t have to venture our opinions (we had never heard of Halo before). If you’ve caught a severe case of gaming Fomo from reading this supplement and would like to try your hand at gaming but have only ever used a PlayStation to watch DVDs, don’t worry. Perdeby has put together a list of the best games for a first-time gamer to play.
LIZL LOMBAARD: According to a recent survey done by social gaming platform PlayPhone.com, one in five mobile gamers would rather give up sex than mobile games for a week. The survey also found that 28% of mobile gamers who play at least three hours a day admit to occasionally playing while driving. Although this type of behaviour might be the exception, it is still not surprising for a $21.8 billion industry that is said to almost double by 2017 with $35.4 billion in revenue, according to research done by Newzoo.com.
Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds, 2048. These are just a few of the chart-topping mobile games that have become a part of our everyday existence. The mobile gaming industry is growing at a fast pace and with the easy accessibility of games on smartphones and tablets, is mobile gaming stealing PC and console gaming’s thunder?
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Being a human fighting alongside the elf nation to stop the Ice Lords from destroying your land seems like the perfect reason to perform a ritual to give you the power of fire. Magic rituals are always fun until they end up damning your soul and possessing you with a fire demon.
Spiders, a French video game developing company, has brought out yet another role-playing game called Bound by Flame. It is the company’s seventh game and it falls nothing short of a declaration of pallid potential and overenthusiastic confidence.
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LISA KAHIMBAARA: Video gaming is traditionally regarded as an all-boys club. Non-gamers may be surprised to learn that women are just as avid about gaming and are firmly cementing their place in the industry.
The gaming industry has been influenced by women for many years. Carol Shaw is regarded as the first female game designer for her 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game in 1979. She later joined video game publisher Activision to develop her popular game River Raiders. Another well-known female force in the gaming industry is Kellee Santiago, the president and co-founder of Thatgamecompany, who created the games Cloud, Flower and Journey.