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Highlights from Gamescom 2016

KOJO ESSAH

Gamescom is an annual trade fair for video games held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The event was held from 17- 21 August 2016 and attracted approximately 345 000 visitors from 97 countries. The event set a new record, with 30 500 trade visitors exhibiting at the fair with 877 companies originating from 54 different countries.

Konami unveiled Metal Gear Survive, a four player co-op zombie survival game. The announcement was met with polarised reception and the announcement trailer received many dislikes on Youtube. Many people have speculated that this is a sign that the Metal Gear franchise is slowly dying ever since creator Hideo Kojima’s split from Konami. Highly-anticipated first-person shooter Battlefield 1 from developer DICE was shown off with a new multiplayer map that attendees got to experience first-hand. Scalebound, an Xbox exclusive fantasy game developed by Platinum Games, also had a new demo for the fair which increased anticipation for the game.

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A new reality with rAge 2016

AAISHA KALLIER

Every year a weekend is set aside and dedicated to South Africa’s biggest video gaming, computer, technology and geek culture exhibition. This year on 7-9 October, thousands will make their way to the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate to enjoy three days of gaming, tech and gadgets. At the event you will be able to purchase the newest games, chat to local comic book artists or take pictures with the amazing cosplayers. The latest and greatest are presented and showcased in an accessible way to people who all share the same passion.

In its 14th year, the NAG Lan is South Africa’s largest bring-your-own-computer Lan event. NAG Lan allows gamers to enjoy 52 hours of multiplayer games on one network. Sponsors come out in full force to support this unforgettable experience.

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The lovely young behind the unsea: a look at the 2016 Oppi theme

JULIA BAIN

South Africa’s biggest music festival is around the corner and those with tickets are getting excited. There are many that wish to dress up to the theme, but this year’s The Unsea seems a bit abstract. Our interview with Hilltop Live, Oppikoppi’s organisers, will give festival lovers a greater insight into the inspiration and meaning behind 2016’s The Unsea.

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Mi Casa to celebrate women at Emmarentia Live

JESSICA NOGIEĆ

Local favourite Mi Casa has been touring Africa but will be making a stop-off in their home country for Emmarentia Live on 9 August. Perdeby had a chat to them about their tour and what to expect on the day.

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A look at Krêkvars-Kopanong 2016

CAROLYN HUGHES

The annual Krêkvars-Kopanong Arts Festival, hosted by the Drama Department in collaboration with UP Arts and the University of Pretoria, opened with a bang this year. Palesa Matabane, newly appointed festival organiser for 2016, began proceedings by announcing in her opening address that as of 2017 Krêkvars-Kopanong will be continuing forward as the Kopanong Arts Festival in the interest of promoting transformation. Following Matabane’s address, The Broken Whole was performed for those invited.

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