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A South African-designed computer game, Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale, has launched on Steam.

The game is available for $9.99 or R109.00 (or equivalent local pricing), and has launched with a 10% discount. Among the Innocent has launched on Steam with a full suite of achievements, trading cards, badges, and emoticons.

Among the Innocent is also available DRM-free on the Humble Store for $9.99 (currently discounted by 10% to match the Steam launch special). The Humble version includes all the current features and fixes available in the Steam version.

“Due to some technical issues, we’ve had to hold back the Mac version of Among the Innocent for the time being,” says the developer, Geoff Burrows. “It’s at the top of our list of priorities right now, so please bear with us while we work out a few final kinks in the Mac build. We’ll send out a notification to let everyone know the Mac version is live.”

About Among the Innocent

Among the Innocent is a first-person thriller adventure game that takes place on an abandoned farm in the eastern Free State, South Africa. Players take on the role of struggling writer Peter York who finds himself trapped in the area. In your bid for freedom, you’ll need to keep your wits together as you explore the bleak landscape and uncover (and maybe even solve) the many mysteries that lie in dark corners.

Among the Innocent is the first of five games, together The Stricken Tales, which will form an expansive narrative across multiple decades, characters, and stories both individual and connected. Each game is inspired by a stage in the Kübler-Ross model for dealing with grief and loss, and will challenge players in unique ways while retaining a core of classic adventure gaming and dark aesthetics.

About Zero Degrees Games

An Independent game development studio, Zero Degrees Games was founded in mid-2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Geoff Burrows, former editor of NAG Magazine. Among the Innocent is our first commercial release. While Geoff operates as the sole full-time developer, artist, writer, and designer on Among the Innocent, several friends and family members rallied to assist with development and production tasks, including the production of an original musical score for the game.

* The game is is available to purchase here.

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

Use the page links below to read about Tan’s vision of Soldiers and Health in 2099.

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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