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All posts by Zaid Kriel

Zaid Kriel is the Deputy Editor at the multi-award winning Leadership magazine. Being the Deputy Editor means he does all the work and his editor gets all the glory. So really all those awards actually belong to him. He is not bitter. When not being bitter, Zaid likes to play copious amounts of videogames, an activity which thankfully doesn't annoy his wife. By writing about the 'art of gaming', he can justify the playing of the videogames as some kind of intellectual exercise.
  • The evolution of videogame advertising

    In the 80s and early parts of the 90s, commercials for videogames were few and far between. When you did see them, they looked something like this: Aside from the fact that it exuded 80s “radness”, for which there is no cure, the commercial itself was just disparaging of gamers. But that’s not really a surprise, ad agencies at the time were trying to sell a product to a demographic that they couldn’t relate to. Playing up the stereotype was a lazy approach, but it was also the typical approach at the time. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Help! My console’s a PC

    The first game I can remember playing was Pong on a console of some description, whose name escapes me, that my favourite Aunt bought in Saudi Arabia, of all places. It was a fun distraction, but I wouldn’t say it was the tipping point that led me into a life of pixels and midi audio. The hook that got me gaming regularly was the Atari_2600 that my parents bought me and my brother...

  • Five PlayStation Vita games to look out for

    The 3DS is not doing as well as anticipated, meaning somebody out there is in with a much better shot at finally taking the handheld gaming crown from Nintendo. With the recent announcement at the Tokyo Game Show that the PS Vita will have an astounding 26 games available when it launches in Japan in December, Sony seems poised to exploit the opportunity. Here’s a rundown of the list: @field Army Corps of Hell BlazBlue Continuum...

  • The post-E3 game drought is no more

    While dawdling along on the interwebs the other day, I stumbled upon a list of games released in September. And I have to say, even though I was aware of it on a subconscious level, it was really surprising to the see this list of top-tier titles coming out ahead of the Christmas crunch. Take a look at this list: Dead Island Resistance 3 Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine Driver: San Francisco Gears of War 3 FIFA 2012 Though it was released in August, I am going go ahead and include Deus Ex: Human Revolution in with that list as well as most people would have...

  • A failure to Kinect

    One of the first pieces I wrote for the .Burn suite of websites was titled "How the Nintendo Wii is ruining gaming", an admittedly unnecessarily sensationalist title. The piece basically laid out my fears that the introduction of Microsoft's ground-breaking Kinect (and to a lesser degree Sony's Move) would follow a similar trajectory as the Wii before it. Almost a year on? I was right. Read more on Gearburn.com var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var...

  • Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

    The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess up a trilogy. Unfortunately for the Resistance trilogy, as far as the narrative is concerned, this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully,...

  • Play it again Sam, play the top 5 great game remakes

    True remakes in games. Why so few? Hollywood loves remaking the same stuff ad nauseum, whereas game studios just rewarm or port over. While I was contemplating the metaphysical implications of rehashes, it occurred to me that this is something you don’t often see in videogames: The straightforward remake. Not a reboot or port to a handheld. Taking an existing game and making it all over again using the latest technology, but...

  • EULA regret signing away your life to play a game

    Imagine for a moment that you’ve decided to spend your money on… something, anything really. A car, a cellphone, an iPad, a haircut, pay TV service, whatever. Now imagine for a second that an intrinsic part of that transaction gives whoever you are trading with the right to enter your home and rummage through your personal belongings and those of your kids. And they can do this with impunity. Furthermore, not only would...

  • Games from the ether: Xbox & PlayStation downloadable collection

    Even though I've been connected to Xbox Live and the PSN network for a while now, there is one aspect of those services which I’ve never got around to taking advantage of: Downloadable games. Both the Xbox 360 and the PSN have marketplaces that offer a number of games which are only available through them. Downloadable games tend to be smaller in terms of spectacle and "ooh-aaah" visuals, but many of them pack...

  • Making real money playing Diablo III

    Blizzard is planning on implementing an auction house within its heavily anticipated game Diablo III, that will transact in real currency, the game developer said. What this essentially means is that while playing, if gamers slay a monster and pick a super-rare item, they will be able to sell it off and make real money. That's right, it is now possible for anyone to make money while playing a videogame. The Diablo III Auction...

  • Nintendo’s surprise sticker slash

    Nintendo has announced it will be cutting the price of its 3DS handheld game console. In the US it has been slashed from US$250 to US$170, in Japan prices fell by 40 percent, and in Europe the cuts are expected to see at least a third of the retail price taken off. A price drop for a console isn't new; every videogame console has been discounted at some point in its life cycle....

  • I’m SO in to this, right now

    Not a Review: Immersive games. If you read Andre’s review of FEAR 3 then you know that we think it’s a great game. It has tight and unexpectedly varied gameplay, pretty good graphics and an all-encompassing sense of immersion. That last bit is the most important part of a good game, because if a game immerses you, if it can get you involved in its… vibe (I suppose is the right word),...

  • Infamous 2: do good guys come first?

    Review: The first inFamous for PS3 was a great showcase for the power of the PS3 that showed off the machines capabilities brilliantly. Beyond that, it was also a good game in its own right, with tight gameplay and a reasonably good story. The inevitable follow-up could easily have been a cut and paste job and still be considered a good game. Thankfully the development house, Sucker Punch, doesn’t roll that way....

  • Brinkmanship

    Brink (Xbox360, PS3, PC) *Sigh* I really, really wanted to like Brink. Really I did. But Brink makes it so hard. On the surface everything seems so perfect, but the more you play, the more things you find to dislike. And the things you do like somehow becomes less likable. Brink comes from Slash Damage, the same people that brought us Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, both excellent online shooters...

  • Gentlemen, start your console’s engines

    It seems Nintendo’s reveal of its new Wii U has started a videogames arms race similar to the one started with the original Wii. Allowing the use of dual-screen games with touch-based controls, the Wii U has inspired both Apple and Sony game designers to explore similar concepts. Apple’s recently announced update to their mobile operating platform, iOS5, contains a major new feature called AirPlay Mirroring. This new feature will allow an iPad...