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Steven Norris: Gearburn Editor
Steven Norris is a born writer, living in Claremont, Cape Town and educated in the ways of graphic design but destined to follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest authors. He has had many years of experience as an SEO copywriter, learning the ropes the hard way before utterly mastering them. He loves training others to write, how to create stories from nothing and how to deliver them to a wider audience. His passion is gadgets, video games and 'klapping it' at gym.
More than ever before, TV and film look to the medium of the game for inspiration. Just look at that enormous pile of shit, Age of Transformers. It's made over $15-trillion-zillion and counting, and is essentially a third-person fighting game, starring Mark Wahlberg.
I'm not here to discuss the truly awful films Hollywood's infecting us with (sans Guardians of the Galaxy), but instead to talk about Black Jesus. Confused? You should be. Earlier this year, I wrote about a few television shows ...
Now for something completely different.
Nespresso's Gran Maestria is a rare treat. It's a coffee machine so incredibly well designed, it looks bespoke (but isn't) and makes coffee so quickly that... it doesn't make it slow. Turn it on, lift the lid, pop in a coffee capsule, press a button and hey presto. Instant, delicious coffee that tastes exactly the same, every time.
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I've been gaming since before I could read, and if I could have played Game Boy as a Foetus (Womb Raider?), I would have. With gaming, it's the accomplishments that please the most, and no accomplishment is as great as beating a really tough boss. As such, I've collected a list of the most challenging boss battles yet. No boss that's unfair or cheap, such as Shao Kahn from Mortal Kombat 9, is included on this list. Only the greats.
I'm obsessed with the singularity, a moment in time where the known universe suddenly vanishes as it coalescences into one star-filled mass of pure nothingness. It fascinates me because I like the idea of a galactic reset button. It's a simple way of clearing the mess.
Simplicity is beauty itself and impresses when it's in the form of a phone. And I must say that Huawei's Ascend P7 is one of the simplest, most unpretentious phones of 2014. It's a pure ...
Critical update: someone has made the plunge and purchased Google Glass from Takealot. We don't know how many, just that it has happened.
"We are pleased to confirm that we have made sales of Google Glass in the last 24 hours and we will continue to monitor our stock levels and to replenish when needs be," says head of marketing, Declan Hollywood. Dreams can come true.
Are you a wealthy South African tech enthusiast? Then Takealot.com, one of South Africa's largest online retail ...
There are at least 10 quality games coming out for the PS4 in 2014 and one incredible game releasing "early 2015." That game is From Software's PS4-exclusive Bloodborne, the first true successor to the Dark Souls series. I'm a Souls fan-boy, and to say that Bloodborne gets my hemoglobins flowing is no lie.
The developers of the Souls series (Demon, Dark), namely From Software and SCE Japan Studio, as well as Hidetaka Miyazaki have combined forced to create what will surely ...
I already know what you're thinking, that there are better-looking games than Skyrim. You would be wrong, though. After releasing on PC back in November 2011, Skyrim became more then an open-world RPG, it became an easel for digital artists to paint their pictures on. And the best of the best post their efforts on the ENBSeries forum, a website dedicated to graphics modifications for the most popular games (GTA IV, Dark Souls, Fallout are also on that list).
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Games are manly, correct? What is a game if not a testosterone-fuelled adventure filled with grunting alpha males who piss bullets, swallow enemies whole and screw their way through interplanetary adventures? This stereotypical nonsense began in Eighties arcade games and carries on till today with the current crop of games (Watch Dogs, Grand Theft Auto V, Titanfall) not even bothering to break rank.
It's not like most games have excellent characterisation anyway, so a sex-change would give game developers room to ...
Technology is undeniably beautiful. The way humans have shaped even the ugliest devices into eye-pleasing shapes amuses me to no end. And like many others, I enjoy watching staggeringly-cool technology videos again and again. I cherry-picked the best of the best, your eyes will thank me later.
1. inFORM: A 3D display that dynamically renders shapes in realtime. Watch out for the stupefying "math" demonstration.
2. World Lens: Point phone camera at sign, get instant translations, be amazed.
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Gaming's a weird passion. Most people see at a gamer and think "look at this nerd and their obsession with that Pac-Man game." But those who spend their lives vegetating on the couch watching cable television, are insulated from the same sort of stereotypical insults gamers are traditionally labelled with. Why is it more acceptable to be a film or series-addict than it is to be a gamer? Can't we all just get along? Some, like those who made these ...