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By accessing and using this web site you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions as set out below. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions you should not access or use this web site in any way.

1. Definitions
“Agreement” means the terms and conditions referred to below, in respect of which you agree to be bound in the event that you access or use the Web Site (as defined below). “User” means you, the Web Site User. “Disclosed Information” means any and all material disclosed by the User. “Information” means any and all material contained in the Web Site (as defined below) which is delivered by or on behalf of ITF Gaming or any associates thereof. “Web Site” means any (identify client) web site and in particular, but not limited to:- (list & describe web sites operated by client).

2. Ownership of the Web Site
The Information contained on the Web Site is owned by, licensed or authorised to ITF Gaming and its assignees, licensees or sub-licensees thereof and the copyright in the text, artwork, graphics and images on the Web Site is owned by (the web site operator) or its licensors or its content or technology providers except where otherwise specified.

3. Basis of Use of the Web Site
The User agrees to the following:-
a. that it understands, acknowledges and accepts the exclusion of liability and disclaimer provisions contained hereafter;
b. that subject to Clause 3(f) it will only view the Information for its own private purpose and it will not publish, reproduce, store or retransmit any of the Information contained in the Web Site at any time; c. that it shall not use the Information or the Disclosed information for any unlawful purpose or in any unlawful manner or for any purpose or in any manner not unauthorised by this Agreement; d. that it shall not use or interfere with the Web site, the Information or the Disclosed Information other than in accordance with this Agreement and without limitation in such a way so that all or part of the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information is or could be interrupted, reproduced, stored, retransmitted, published, damaged, rendered less efficient, corrupted or in any way impaired; e. that it shall not use the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information in any manner which may constitute an infringement of any third party rights (including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark or confidentiality);
f. that it shall not use the Web Site to retransmit any material for the purposes of publicity, promotion and/or advertising without the prior written consent of ITF Gaming;
g. that it shall not run any tools on the Web Site that systematically retrieve web pages for offline or online viewing; whether it be for personal, commercial, experimental, educational or any other use (please also refer to Clauses 3b to 3f);
h. that in the event that it has any right, claim or action against any other User or third party arising out of the use of the Web Site, it shall pursue such right, claim or action independently of and without recourse to ITF Gaming;
i. that all intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright, trademarks and all other rights) whatsoever in the Information and the Web Site shall remain vested in ITF Gaming at all times;
j. that it acknowledges that ITF Gaming  has no obligation to provide the Web Site or any Information or to ensure that the User is able to use, provide and/or access the Information, the Disclosed Information and the Web Site;
k. that it will indemnify and keep indemnified ITF Gaming against all claims, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses including legal fees arising out of any misuse of the Information, the Disclosed Information, the Web Site or breach of the User’s obligations under his agreement;. l. that any creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts or other information contained in any Disclosed Information shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of ITF Gaming and ITF Gaming shall be free to use any such creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts or other information for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products;
m. that it will not post information to any Web Site Bulletin Boards, Forums or Chat Rooms which is unlawful, threatening, harassing, abusive, defamatory or obscene, or any content the publication of which violates the rights of any third party. ITF Gaming and those acting on behalf of ITF Gaming have the right to remove and/or ban users that are seen to contravene this disclaimer.

4. Exclusion of Liability/Disclaimer

4.1 ITF Gaming  provides the Web Site and the Information on an “as is” basis and makes no warranty or representation whatsoever about the availability, completeness, accuracy, satisfactory quality, and/or fitness of the same for a particular purpose. The probity of any advertisers and the veracity of any advertisements have not been checked by ITF Gaming and any information submitted or any reliance placed on the same is entirely at the risk of the User;

4.2 ITF Gaming makes no warranty or representation whatsoever about; a. the reliability or technical efficiency of the Web Site; b. the security measures (if any) contained in the Web Site and in particular the protection afforded to any Information, Disclosed Information or other information and data; for further information on security measures, please read our Privacy Policy.

4.3 ITF Gaming excludes all liability (to the extent permitted by law) in respect of; a. any advertisements or other web sites which can be accessed via the Web Site; b. any information provided by third parties which can be accessed via the Web Site or which are contained in the information and the Disclosed Information; c. any damage to the User, the User’s computer hardware, software or other material or equipment resulting from the user accessing or using the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information;

4.4 Except where notified in specific terms and conditions applicable to any children’s sections of websites, ITF Gaming  exercises no monitoring nor editorial control over any Web Site Bulletin Boards, Forums or Chat Rooms and accepts no responsibility for any views expressed or any other statement made or action taken in connection with such online elements of the Web Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ITF Gaming reserves the right to remove or edit any message or material for whatever reason.

4.5 Whilst ITF Gaming uses all reasonable endeavours to exclude viruses from the Web Site it cannot ensure such exclusion and it accepts no liability for viruses and the User is therefore recommended to take all appropriate preventative measures and ensure all appropriate safeguards are in place before downloading information from the Web Site. Similarly, the User undertakes to take all appropriate protective measures and to ensure all appropriate safeguards are employed to prevent the introduction of viruses by the User to the Web site.

5. Privacy
Users are requested to read our Privacy Policy.

6. Amendments to Terms and Conditions
ITF Gaming reserves the right to vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time. The User’s continued use or access of the Web Site after such variation shall be deemed to confirm the User’s acceptance of any such variation. It is the User’s responsibility to check these Terms and Conditions regularly to determine whether any such variation has been made. If the User does not wish to be bound by any varied Terms and Conditions it should cease using and accessing the web site immediately.

7. Severability
If any provision of this Agreement shall be prohibited by or adjudged by a Court to be unlawful, void or unenforceable such provision shall to the extent required be severed from this Agreement and rendered unenforceable as far as possible without modifying the remaining provisions of this Agreement and shall not in any way affect the validity or enforcement of this Agreement.

8. No Waiver
No failure or delay on the part of any of the parties to this Agreement relating to the exercise of any right, power, privilege or remedy provided under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such right, power, privilege or remedy or as a waiver of any preceding or succeeding breach by the other party to this Agreement.

9. Entire Agreement
This Agreement comprises the full and complete understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior arrangements and undertakings whether written or oral appertaining to the subject matter of this Agreement.

10. Jurisdiction
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland, South Africa the courts of which shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction.

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Online terms and conditions
By accessing and using this web site you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions as set out below. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions you should not access or use this web site in any way.

1. Definitions
“Agreement” means the terms and conditions referred to below, in respect of which you agree to be bound in the event that you access or use the Web Site (as defined below). “User” means you, the Web Site User. “Disclosed Information” means any and all material disclosed by the User. “Information” means any and all material contained in the Web Site (as defined below) which is delivered by or on behalf of ITF Gaming or any associates thereof. “Web Site” means any (identify client) web site and in particular, but not limited to:- (list & describe web sites operated by client).

2. Ownership of the Web Site
The Information contained on the Web Site is owned by, licensed or authorised to ITF Gaming and its assignees, licensees or sub-licensees thereof and the copyright in the text, artwork, graphics and images on the Web Site is owned by (the web site operator) or its licensors or its content or technology providers except where otherwise specified.

3. Basis of Use of the Web Site
The User agrees to the following:-
a. that it understands, acknowledges and accepts the exclusion of liability and disclaimer provisions contained hereafter;
b. that subject to Clause 3(f) it will only view the Information for its own private purpose and it will not publish, reproduce, store or retransmit any of the Information contained in the Web Site at any time; c. that it shall not use the Information or the Disclosed information for any unlawful purpose or in any unlawful manner or for any purpose or in any manner not unauthorised by this Agreement; d. that it shall not use or interfere with the Web site, the Information or the Disclosed Information other than in accordance with this Agreement and without limitation in such a way so that all or part of the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information is or could be interrupted, reproduced, stored, retransmitted, published, damaged, rendered less efficient, corrupted or in any way impaired; e. that it shall not use the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information in any manner which may constitute an infringement of any third party rights (including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark or confidentiality);
f. that it shall not use the Web Site to retransmit any material for the purposes of publicity, promotion and/or advertising without the prior written consent of ITF Gaming;
g. that it shall not run any tools on the Web Site that systematically retrieve web pages for offline or online viewing; whether it be for personal, commercial, experimental, educational or any other use (please also refer to Clauses 3b to 3f);
h. that in the event that it has any right, claim or action against any other User or third party arising out of the use of the Web Site, it shall pursue such right, claim or action independently of and without recourse to ITF Gaming;
i. that all intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright, trademarks and all other rights) whatsoever in the Information and the Web Site shall remain vested in ITF Gaming at all times;
j. that it acknowledges that ITF Gaming  has no obligation to provide the Web Site or any Information or to ensure that the User is able to use, provide and/or access the Information, the Disclosed Information and the Web Site;
k. that it will indemnify and keep indemnified ITF Gaming against all claims, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses including legal fees arising out of any misuse of the Information, the Disclosed Information, the Web Site or breach of the User’s obligations under his agreement;. l. that any creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts or other information contained in any Disclosed Information shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of ITF Gaming and ITF Gaming shall be free to use any such creative suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts or other information for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products;
m. that it will not post information to any Web Site Bulletin Boards, Forums or Chat Rooms which is unlawful, threatening, harassing, abusive, defamatory or obscene, or any content the publication of which violates the rights of any third party. ITF Gaming and those acting on behalf of ITF Gaming have the right to remove and/or ban users that are seen to contravene this disclaimer.

4. Exclusion of Liability/Disclaimer

4.1 ITF Gaming  provides the Web Site and the Information on an “as is” basis and makes no warranty or representation whatsoever about the availability, completeness, accuracy, satisfactory quality, and/or fitness of the same for a particular purpose. The probity of any advertisers and the veracity of any advertisements have not been checked by ITF Gaming and any information submitted or any reliance placed on the same is entirely at the risk of the User;

4.2 ITF Gaming makes no warranty or representation whatsoever about; a. the reliability or technical efficiency of the Web Site; b. the security measures (if any) contained in the Web Site and in particular the protection afforded to any Information, Disclosed Information or other information and data; for further information on security measures, please read our Privacy Policy.

4.3 ITF Gaming excludes all liability (to the extent permitted by law) in respect of; a. any advertisements or other web sites which can be accessed via the Web Site; b. any information provided by third parties which can be accessed via the Web Site or which are contained in the information and the Disclosed Information; c. any damage to the User, the User’s computer hardware, software or other material or equipment resulting from the user accessing or using the Web Site, the Information or the Disclosed Information;

4.4 Except where notified in specific terms and conditions applicable to any children’s sections of websites, ITF Gaming  exercises no monitoring nor editorial control over any Web Site Bulletin Boards, Forums or Chat Rooms and accepts no responsibility for any views expressed or any other statement made or action taken in connection with such online elements of the Web Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ITF Gaming reserves the right to remove or edit any message or material for whatever reason.

4.5 Whilst ITF Gaming uses all reasonable endeavours to exclude viruses from the Web Site it cannot ensure such exclusion and it accepts no liability for viruses and the User is therefore recommended to take all appropriate preventative measures and ensure all appropriate safeguards are in place before downloading information from the Web Site. Similarly, the User undertakes to take all appropriate protective measures and to ensure all appropriate safeguards are employed to prevent the introduction of viruses by the User to the Web site.

5. Privacy
Users are requested to read our Privacy Policy.

6. Amendments to Terms and Conditions
ITF Gaming reserves the right to vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time. The User’s continued use or access of the Web Site after such variation shall be deemed to confirm the User’s acceptance of any such variation. It is the User’s responsibility to check these Terms and Conditions regularly to determine whether any such variation has been made. If the User does not wish to be bound by any varied Terms and Conditions it should cease using and accessing the web site immediately.

7. Severability
If any provision of this Agreement shall be prohibited by or adjudged by a Court to be unlawful, void or unenforceable such provision shall to the extent required be severed from this Agreement and rendered unenforceable as far as possible without modifying the remaining provisions of this Agreement and shall not in any way affect the validity or enforcement of this Agreement.

8. No Waiver
No failure or delay on the part of any of the parties to this Agreement relating to the exercise of any right, power, privilege or remedy provided under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such right, power, privilege or remedy or as a waiver of any preceding or succeeding breach by the other party to this Agreement.

9. Entire Agreement
This Agreement comprises the full and complete understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior arrangements and undertakings whether written or oral appertaining to the subject matter of this Agreement.

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Prototype 2 launch parties spread the Infection

Johannesburg:
The city of Johannesburg seemed calm that night; however, little did it know that a virus had been spreading amongst the population at a rapid rate, this virus was called the Mercer virus… Upon arrival, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg, I came into contact with others who seemed keen to spread the infection with me. The plan for the widespread infection was easy enough and it came in the form of Prototype 2, which I might add; had already hit the city of Cape Town at the same time thanks to the team at 2upGamers. With one goal in mind, we all congregated in one of the conference halls to be briefed of the current contamination statistics.

Jarrod Lane from JHBGamers kicked off the event formalities; however, he had already been struck down by the Mercer virus, but he pushed on to provide a sensational introduction to what promised to be great evening filled with Monster Energy drinks, Boerewors rolls and a hands on experience with Prototype 2, thanks to the team at Megarom Games and Maingaming South Africa. After Lane’s initial introduction, Devon Stanton from Megarom Games introduced us to some of the major highlights of Prototype 2, as well as a rather interesting teaser trailer of Diablo III, which made everyone’s excitement levels hit a major high point for the evening.

Once the formalities were out the way, many of the attendees rushed off to socialise, play Prototype 2 and consume as many Monster Energy drinks as humanly possible. If that was not enough, Jarrod Lane and Devon Stanton gave away quite a few Prototype 2 t-shirts and also held a lucky draw, which saw two attendees at the event walk away with a copy of Prototype 2 each.

Overall, the Johannesburg event was a massive success and left a lot of the attendees glowing, which could have been the result of all those Monster Energy drinks, or the fact that they just experienced a really fantastic evening… I think it was quite honestly a little of both.

Cape Town:
Thunder, lightning and pouring rain; all this was not enough to stop gamers from leaving the comfort of their homes to attend the Cape Town launch party for Prototype 2, organised by the guys from 2upGamers. The air was a little icy upon my arrival at the Rygersdal Sports Club in Rondebosch and the crowd of early arrivals was a small one. Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Was I at the wrong event? Turns out it was neither; it seems as if the weather had made everyone’s journey just a little bit longer.

After a little while, everyone was invited inside and processed at the security checkpoint. Thankfully, I made it past the guards and was ready to spread the Mercer Virus even further. After nearly all of the attendees had grabbed a seat, we were welcomed by Glenn Alexander from the 2upGamers Team. After this warm welcome, the team attempted to make contact with the launch party taking place in Johannesburg, organised by JHBGamers. Unfortunately, we were not able to make contact with them, despite the constant trying. Before allowing those in attendance to go and play Prototype 2, Mr. Alexander decided to give out a few T-shirts to those who could answer questions correctly. Now that’s how you start off the evening!

Three Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles were set up so that many gamers could have a crack at the game at the same time. Man, did they run to those consoles! I swear that I saw one gamer actually standing with a controller in his hand for most of the night. I don’t even think that he had something to eat.

After a little while, food arrived in the form of Hotdogs, New York City Style. The beverage of choice for the evening was Monster Energy Drinks; if nobody was infected upon entering the building, they definitely were after having a sip from that can, with a sugar rush that is.

There were also a few cosplayers who showed up for the event. One gamer was dressed up as a soldier in full military gear while another was outfitted like the anti-hero of the first Prototype game, Alex Mercer, complete with blade-arm. Also, I’m pretty sure that I saw someone dressed as Goku or Gohan from the anime series, Dragonball Z. However, there could be only one attendee who could win the prize of having the best outfit. That prize went to the gamer outfitted like Alex Mercer. You may be asking, “What prize did he get for his effort?” Well, he was lucky enough to receive the Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector’s Edition. How awesome is that?

All in all, it was a great event. Lot’s of socialising took place and many laughs were had throughout the evening. Everyone in attendance was even lucky enough to receive in-game DLC for Prototype 2, courtesy of Megarom at both events. The end of the evening also had many gamers excited as the 2upGamers 5th Round would be taking place on May 4th, not too long to wait until the next get-together.

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2upGamers come out swinging in the 5th Round

It was another icy-cold day in Cape Town on May the 4th, but it wasn’t enough to stop gamers from coming out to attend the 2upGamers 5th Round event at Rygersdal Sports Club. This time, the team decided to go with a fighting-game theme; hence the appropriate title for this event. However, there were also a few Star Wars references due to the fact that it was Star Wars Day. Needless to say, “May the fourth be with you” was uttered many times during the course of the evening.After everyone had been ushered inside, Glenn Alexander entered the hall in MMA apparel while strutting towards the stage with “Eye of the Tiger” playing over the speakers. Everyone was welcomed to the event but they were also informed about a change in the schedule; EFC Welterweight Champion, Jadyson Costa was unable to attend the 5th Round due to a double booking. However, to make up for his absence, Costa promised to attend the next 2upGamers event.

Nizar Abrahams, the owner and manager of Readers Den Comic Shop at Stadium on Main in Claremont, was the first guest up on stage. Abrahams just dropped by to inform everyone of “Free Comic Book Day”, which was being hosted by his shop. Mr. Abrahams also came prepared with two Hardcover Graphic Novels of Halo and StarCraft to give away to the attendees.The 2up team took the stage once again as they had some more announcements. Sadly, Ashley O’Neill, one of the founding members, has decided to step down as one of the organisers due to a new development. To create more balance, the team introduced their 2 new members in the form of Lood van den Berg and Franco Duncker. Some more exciting news followed this announcement (crazy, right?). Mr. Alexander’s day job, which is at 4 Elements Gaming Festivals or 4EGF, will be running the 2upGamers Events in the future. 2upGamers will now also be a non-profit organisation so that the team can give back to the community. It’s great that this is growing. Hopefully the team’s wish of going national with 2upGamers will actually become a reality sooner than they expected.Friends of Design were in the house once again and just like they promised at the previous event, they brought 10 vouchers for design courses. But since it was Star Wars Day, those interested in the vouchers had to fight for them, Jedi style. This was done by using pool noodles for Lightsabers; these had to be used to knock the balloon that was taped to your opponent, off their body. The battle between Light and Dark side was rather exciting to watch but so funny at the same time.

In addition to winning those coveted vouchers, winners of the duels also received Darth Vader “Who’s Your Daddy?” T-shirts courtesy of the lovely people at Springleap. They run a design website in order to help designers out there to make a name for themselves. Every two weeks, a design contest is held and the winner receives $500. Also, artists receive a cut of whatever art of theirs is sold on the site. Be sure to check them out at www.springleap.com Next up were the guys from eGamer, who decided to open up by Rickrolling the audience. Nice one! However, that wasn’t all. They also introduced a new feature for future 2upGamers events; they will hold mini tournaments where gamers can play to win prizes. The 5th Round had a FIFA 12, 2 vs. 2 tournament, which was quite successful. It seems that they may be onto something here. Winners will be receiving some of the latest EA games.

Wikus and Johan from Ozone Energy Drink were up next and they spoke about their new product but also letting 3 attendees taste their drink in order to get some feedback. They also announced the first clan that they would be sponsoring. This lovely sponsorship went to the Xbox 360 clan known as High 5. The guys from Ozone are pretty keen to help the Esports community grow so expect a few more sponsorships very soon.One of the special guests for the evening was Cape Town born Vince Andrews, who played Sgt. James Heller in the Prototype 2 live-action trailer (can be seen here: http://goo.gl/mJKPZ ). He wasn’t able to make it to the Prototype 2 launch party but made up for it by attending the 5th Round. According to Andrews, the shoot lasted 3 days and consisted of long hours. He also showed us a few behind the scenes images from Soweto, the location for the shoot. Apparently some of the locals were a little concerned, as anyone would be if they saw someone in full military apparel. Andrews was also sporting one of the Prototype 2 jackets of which only three were made. Man, I could use one of those. They look pretty awesome.

Last but not least was Reinhard Rheeder-Kleist from MWEB or more commonly known as “Chocs”. Unfortunately, his “Dredd Master”, Desmond Kurz could not attend the 5th round due to unforeseen circumstances. Chocs handled things pretty well though; handing out CS: beta keys to attendees to those who wanted them and also informing everyone about a competition. A competition that would allow the winner entry into the M-Cave on May 15th for their Diablo III launch party. This could be decided in only one way and that way was by competing in a Star Wars Kinect Dance-off. The event can only be awesome if gamers have to step into the spotlight to get their invitation.

After all the formalities, everyone was sent off to socialise, play games and of course, eat some pizza. However, the pizza didn’t last very long. I’d say that it took about 10 minutes for all the pizza to be devoured. Thanks for keeping at least one slice for me! These events are really becoming one of the highpoints for each month for me. Once again, the event had quite a few stragglers long after the event was supposed to end. I swear this is becoming an exclusive little club. “The Stragglers” doesn’t really have a ring to it. I guess I’ll have to think of a better name before the next event.

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ICON 2012: Gaming and Cosplay at its best

It was a cold Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg. The cold front had hit the Highveld, but it did not discourage thousands of gamers, comic book fans and Cosplayers from attending one of South Africa’s largest gaming conventions, ICON.

Currently in its 21st year of existence, ICON has become one of the largest gaming events in Johannesburg that features a vast array of stalls and activities to enthral its many fans. ICON’s core focus has always been on comics, role-playing games, board games and the like. Some of the more popular franchises at the event were Warhammer 40k, Magic the Gathering and Pokémon. We set out to find out what it was all about, and boy were we surprised.

Upon arrival we were met by the event co-ordinator, Grant Charlton, who filled us in on the various activities and displays at the convention. We then proceeded to the Cosplay area, which showcased various ladies and gents dressed up as their favourite anime or video game characters. The Cosplay event was held by AI-Fest, a Johannesburg based company focused on bringing Anime-related entertainment to the people. Additionally, ITF Gaming had a chance to chat further with Grant Charlton regarding the starting point of ICON and its inner workings (The interview can be viewed in the video below).

While taking a look around the expo there was quite a large amount of stalls available to consumers, which specialised in role-playing items (swords, hammers, etc.), board games, card games, action figures, comic books, DVDs, t-shirts, the list goes on. There literally was something for everyone.

A tuck shop was set up that provided all the self-professed “dodgy” food served at ICON 2012. Proceeds made from the food sales were then donated to Lory Park Zoo in support of the upkeep of the animals. A very noble cause indeed.

Some of the more exciting activities held at the event included a Cosplay competition, role-play tournaments and intense Magic the Gathering games held across numerous rooms throughout the event location.

There was a lot to behold, and quite frankly, not enough time to go through it all; fortunately, ICON is held over a full weekend, so anyone in attendance could return to the event the following day, provided they had a weekend pass.

For those of you have not had the opportunity to attend ICON 2012… We have included an awesome video, which includes a brief walkthrough of the main hall and interviews with local and international Cosplayers. Additionally, the dynamic duo responsible for A.I Fest tells us a little bit more about the concept behind their brand.

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Old faces and very new tricks: Nintendo stand at rAge 2011

‘I waited impatiently behind a kid who didn’t really seem to know what he was doing’ a twenty-five year-old male rAge Expo visitor tells me, as he begins to talk about his experience of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. ‘The funny thing is I didn’t even know that the game was going to be here, as it was one of this years most highly anticipated 3DS release.’

It is interesting to me that Nintendo has managed to constantly breathe new life into its now long-standing characters such as Link and Super Mario. I watched children that were as young as I was when I first met Super Mario on the SNES console, enjoy a mass multiplayer game on the handheld 3DS console with all too familiar characters. It got me thinking that Nintendo has managed to establish its virtual concepts as a real-world playground of Cops and Robbers or Tag; As Nintendo is becoming a fundamental part of how children learn and develop through playing.

It is no surprise really, that Nintendo has managed to do this. After all, the company has been around since 1889, when it started out creating card games. It has a lot of experience in being sensitive to the needs of a changing society. The real question is, does the company simply ‘leave luck to heaven’ or does it have a multitude of ingenious minds that continually reshape old ideas into something new and relevant for today’s gamers, be it the long time fans ot those just getting their hands on their first console?

ITF Gaming, editor and owner, Darryl Linington says, ‘Nintendo has built a phenomenal reputation over the years, and I personally believe that the company has a great approach when it comes to fun, education and family orientated entertainment.’

He continues by saying, ‘I remember back when I was 6 years old, my father came home with this contraption that would change my life forever. The contraption was a Nintendo NES and I had heard about them on the playground at school. I watched eagerly as my father set it up, and then eventually let myself and my older brother figure out how it actually worked. Once we figured it out, I remember playing Duck Hunt, Hogan’s Alley, Excite Bike and the ever so popular Super Mario Bros for days on end.’

‘I thank Nintendo for introducing me to video games and compliments of this introduction, I have learnt so much over the years. I feel that video games have inspired me to be the person I am today, and I hope that the industry will continue to inspire and focus on developing young minds through education, imagination and inspiration.’ He concludes.

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rAge 2012: T-shirt Terrorist

Walking the floor of rAge, people tend to notice the bigger stalls first and the little ones seem to fall by the wayside. One such stand is that of the T-shirt Terrorist, a Johannesburg based shop that sells and designs satirical and offensive T-shirts. We caught up with Richard Foxcroft aka “Harry Fokker”, the sole proprietor of the business. The T-shirt Terrorist was started in 2003 after a flow of too many ideas at once. Out of those ideas, the business of selling these awesome shirts was born.

According to Foxcroft, he tries to create one shirt design per week, that’s around 52 designs a year. The T-shirt Terrorist is primarily an online store but they also operate out of the Randburg Flea Market and Brightwater Commons. As mentioned before, the business is run and owned by Foxcroft, leaving loads of room for his creativity to flow without any restrictions.

The styles of the shirts vary from being offensive to being outright hilarious. The inspiration comes from current pop culture but derives more from nerd culture than anything else. There are also various shirts that boast designs that are very similar to the memes of today. However, they are not that plain in their design as each shirt seems to have a slight twist the design to make it more humorous.

If you’re a bit of an unusual T-shirt collector like myself, then you’ll definitely want to check them out.

If you would like to win one of these awesome shirts at rAge, then head over to the T-shirt terrorist stall and say “ITF Gaming sent me”. The first two people to get there and say that phrase, will win a shirt of their choice. Please leave your name and number with Richard and we’ll contact you for a photo op.

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By accessing and using this web site you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions as set out below. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms and Conditions you should not access or use this web site in any way.

1. Definitions
“Agreement” means the terms and conditions referred to below, in respect of which you agree to be bound in the event that you access or use the Web Site (as defined below). “User” means you, the Web Site User. “Disclosed Information” means any and all material disclosed by the User. “Information” means any and all material contained in the Web Site (as defined below) which is delivered by or on behalf of ITF Gaming or any associates thereof. “Web Site” means any (identify client) web site and in particular, but not limited to:- (list & describe web sites operated by client).

2. Ownership of the Web Site
The Information contained on the Web Site is owned by, licensed or authorised to ITF Gaming and its assignees, licensees or sub-licensees thereof and the copyright in the text, artwork, graphics and images on the Web Site is owned by (the web site operator) or its licensors or its content or technology providers except where otherwise specified.

3. Basis of Use of the Web Site
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Australia lands its first R18 rated game

The first game to receive Australia’s new R18+ classification is Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for the Nintendo Wii U. The new legislation was introduced on January 1, 2013, adding an adult rating category for titles in the region. With the addition of the new category, video games in Australia can be classified as G, PG, M, MA15+ or R18+.

“The classification guidelines for video games are now more closely aligned with the guidelines for film and TV which makes it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the interactive content they choose to buy and play,” said Interactive Games & Entertainment Association chief executive officer Ron Curry.

The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association has been lobbying for the R18+ classification for more than ten years.

“It’s important for people to keep close attention to these ratings before buying a game, but we also encourage parents to do their own research and read reviews about the game before they make a purchase. This also serves as a timely reminder for parents to update control settings on game consoles to ensure children are only accessing age-appropriate content,” said Curry.

“It’s great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.”

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What to expect at rAge 2011

The rAge expo has officially kicked off this weekend at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.

ITF Gaming had the opportunity to join in on all the fun by hosting some awesome prize give-aways compliments of Apex Interactive and the team on the Nintendo 3DS stand. The Nintendo 3DS stand is showcasing an array of upcoming 3DS titles to test out, so make sure to swing past the stand and chat to the guys about anything and everything Nintendo related. The team from ITF Gaming will be situated at the Nintendo 3DS on the 01/10/2011 from 10am – 12pm and on 02/10/2011 from 12:00pm to 13:00pm.

Apart from all the Nintendo awesomeness, ITF Gaming has compiled a list of the must see exhibitions at rAge 2011. If you are only joining in on the rAge action on Saturday, then this will give you a preview of what to expect.

Things to check out at rAge 2011:

Nu Metro:
Batman Arkham City
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Megarom Interactive:
The Darkness 2
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
Final Fantasy XIII – 2
Xmen Destiny

Electronic Arts (EA):
Need for Speed the Run
Battlefield 3
Mass Effect 3
Grand Slam Tennis
The Sims 3 Pets

PlayStation:
Tekken Hybrid
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dragons Dogma
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Microsoft Xbox 360:
Gears of War 3
Kinect: The Gunstringer
Kinect: Star Wars
Kinect: Disney Land Adventures
Forza 4

Nintendo:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Dead or Alive
Resident Evil
Street Fighter
Steel Diver
Pilot Wings
Kid Icarus
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

A few of the major highlights to look out for on Saturday and Sunday will be at the main stage, this will include: Tomb Raider, The Darkness 2, Guildwars 2 and a host of epic presentations and give-aways.