Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Some good news for these troubled times

8 October 2008

If you’ve managed to tear yourself from whatever game you’re playing you might have noticed that world markets are crashing, the R/$ is at an all time low. Chances are, everything is going to go up leaving you less money for games, and then games will possibly go up making this even harder.

I did see a few interesting things to cheer up a pessimistic gamer and I thought I share some of it.

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Budgetgamer’s Guide to Audio – Part 2

22 September 2008

by Warren Ferguson

In our previous guide we looked at alternatives to surround sound. This time we’re looking at going the whole nine yards. Surround sound for your console is not out of your reach, with this guide we can take a look at how you can afford to step into the world of surround sound.

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Budgetgamer’s Guide to HD – Part 1

1 September 2008

by Milesh Bhana

In this generation of consoles, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen has been the improvement of graphical quality. Games like Gears of War, Uncharted:Drake’s Fortune, Metal Gear Solid 4 have shown us what the console’s are capable of graphically.

When seeing these games looking their best, we’re always shown the game, the “way it’s meant to be played” on a flat paneled widescreen High Definition (HD) TV.

As luck would have it, these are substantially more expensive that your standard television set, which natually, is where we come in. For many of you money, or simply not having enough space prevents you from getting an HD display.

A simple and cheap solution is to simply use a PC monitor. While these may not be HD in the strictest sense, the technology is similar enough for you to get the same benefit. The best part about using a PC monitor is that there’s a chance you may already have one.

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Budgetgamer’s Guide to Audio – Part 1

11 August 2008

by Milesh Bhana

Next-gen gaming is surrounded by a cloud of buzz words, HD, Dolby Digital etc.. but what does it all mean? Well, we’ll get into that in a moment but essentially it means a more immersive gaming experience. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t rush out and buy every thing the salesmen tell you that you will need. Let’s start with the basics: Audio, sure having a fancy picture is great but a good audio setup can really enhance your gaming (and movie watching) without costing an arm and a leg.

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Recycle, recycle, recycle.

28 July 2008

by Milesh Bhana

Often you’ll find that the bargain bin won’t always have the oldies you want. Perhaps the game won’t be re-released in the budget range. Or maybe, your local Incredible Connection hasn’t quite realized that it’s time for Halo 3 to be sold for less than R300. How about getting it second hand?

In South Africa we are very fortunate to have a thriving second hand market for console games. Perhaps you’re a little apprehensive about this. So I thought I’d write a “Second Hand 101” guide.

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Sony announced PS3 “Greatest Hits” at E3

17 July 2008

Good evening budget gamers.

Well it’s been an exciting week. MS, Nintendo and Sony have all finished their keynote addresses at E3 and I’ve pretty much run out of bandwidth watching all the new game trailers.

On that note, Sony have finally announced their budget range. Now called “Greatest Hits”. I guess they didn’t call it Platinum to avoid confusion with PS2 budget range.

So, watch this space for when these games will be hitting our shores and what price.

The initial Greatest Hits range will be

Resistance : Fall of Man
Motorstorm
Warhawk
Call of Duty 3
Fight Night Round 3
Need for Speed : Carbon
Rainbow 6 : Vegas
Assassin’s Creed
Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Not a bad selection at all. So look out for the red bordered PS3 games. Coming soon, we hope.

Welcome

17 July 2008

There are plenty of gaming blogs out there. Who really needs another moron debating the strengths the XBOX 360 vs the PS3 ? Or over-hyping the next title. Nothing wrong with it I guess, but there’s really no point is there.

I’m not really sure about the rest of the world, but here in South Africa, economic factors have us gamers really feeling the pinch. It’s forced many of us to be selective about our gaming purchases.

So the aim of this blog is simple. To hunt the bargain bins, do some clever trading and recommending good bargains.

Primarily I’ll be reviewing older games that are still worth looking at if you missed it. A game will be reviewed if one criteria is made; the game cost me less than R300. I think the point is to compare them to current games and tell you if the R300 will be well spent or if you’re better off saving up for the big thing.

For now, I’ll be reviewing 360 games only, but will hopefully get some contributors to review for some other platforms.

I’ll also post any budget related news, like price drops, big sales etc.

Anyway, that’s all from me. Look forward some interesting retrospective reviews.