This year’s rAge expo kicks off on 9 October at the rebranded ticket pro Dome in Northgate. rAge 2015 will boast a collection of console and PC video games, computers, technology, computer hardware for sale, virtual reality peripherals and exclusive preview events for upcoming games.
Gaming isn’t child’s play. Around the world more than half-a-billion people spend a whopping three billion hours a week playing computer and video games for at least an hour a day. According to game designer Jane McGonigal, the author of Reality is Broken, 99% of boys under 18 and 94% of girls of the same age play regularly. Gaming may not contribute the largest portion to a country’s GDP (not yet anyway), but McGonigal believes it helps build problem-solving and resilience, enhances complex learning, creates strong social bonds and improves quality of life.
Looking to test this theory? Then plunge into this dynamic world at the annual rAge mega-event, otherwise known as the really Awesome gaming expo. South Africa’s most hotly anticipated annual gaming and technology expo, and the biggest gaming gathering on the continent, rAge covers all the bases by appealing to newcomers, hard-core enthusiasts, casual gamers, young and old, futurists and fundies. For three days the world of tomorrow takes flight at the recently rebranded Ticketpro Dome at Northgate from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October 2015.
This year rAge will be pulling out all the stops to dazzle and enthral after claiming the title of Consumer Exhibition of the Year at the annual EXSA (Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa) Awards in November 2014. The Ticketpro Dome, meanwhile, picked up its 14th consecutive accolade as the Best Concert Venue in Johannesburg as well as being named Best Exhibition Venue South Africa at the EXSA 2014 Awards and Best Venue South Africa at the PMR Africa 2014 Awards, confirming that the venue is firmly entrenched as Gauteng’s best in terms of size, location and overall offering.
Organised by the creators of NAG magazine and NAG Online (www.nag.co.za), rAge 2015 will boast a unique collection of console and PC video games, computers, technology, computer hardware for sale, virtual reality peripherals, exclusive preview events for upcoming games, behind-closed-door sessions, local game development studios, an epic 2500-seat 52-hour BYOC LAN, gaming apparel and accessories, competitive eSports events, international game developers, local artists, comics, cosplay, a packed-all-weekend-long stage schedule, and promises to cater to thousands of like-minded geeks, gamers, technology enthusiasts and everyone in between.
It’s not just about the gaming: planet rAge is the world of tomorrow. As economist and author Edward Castronova puts it: “We’re witnessing what amounts to no less than a mass exodus to virtual worlds and online game environments.”
rAge 2015 offers a chance to escape, to play, to experience and to immerse yourself in a world which is expected to push past the US$80 billion mark in global revenue in 2015. In South Africa the video games market alone generated R2.5 billion in 2014. It’s more than just a gaming event; rAge 2015 is a must visit, a portal into the reality of tomorrow.
|Dates:||9 October – 11 October 2015|
|Show times:||Friday: 10:00-18:00 | Saturday: 09:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00|
|Day ticket:||R100 per person (tickets available at the door or at Computicket)|
|Weekend ticket:||R250 per person (tickets available at the door or at Computicket)|
|Kids under 6:||Free|
|Shuttle ticket:||R80 per person return trip, Sandton Gautrain Station (tickets only available at Computicket)|
|NAG LAN ticket:||R550 (includes free, all-weekend access to the Expo)|
|Venue:||The Ticketpro Dome | Corner Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue | Northgate, Johannesburg|
CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!
Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER
From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.
Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:
LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home
LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine, debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules, a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation.
Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.
The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft
Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now:
- Hoppy American IPA
- Golden American Pale Ale
- Full-bodied English Stout
- Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
- Dry Czech Pilsner
The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.
“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”
Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.
CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary
At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.
Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.
Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.
“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”
Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops