Last week in Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome, El33tonline and leading South African ADSL service provider Afrihost left an indelible mark on this year’s edition of rAge, South Africa’s premiere videogame and technology expo.
In a series of feature articles, members of El33tonline talk about their experiences at rAge 2012 and mention a few of their favourite things about this year’s event.
Oltman continues our look back at rAge 2012 with his thoughts on the show and his highlights:
Oltman’s Experiences at rAge 2012
I found rAge extremely exciting this year! It was my second time at the event and immediately realised a lot of the awe was lost a lot quicker than before. That was mainly because I worked a lot harder this time around, setting up the stand and carrying the many heavy boxes chock full of prizes! Once I walked around, though, I soon realised that rAge is better than ever.
The quality of the stands were simply far superior to before. I was told that they compare very well to the quality of stands at expos like E3 and Gamescom, albeit on a smaller scale. Walking around seeing so many gamers (and even non-gamers) getting this excited about their hobbies, their excitement simply rubbed off on me.
My favourite thing at these events have to be the interaction with the developers of these games. Last year I had the chance to chat to the developers of Tomb Raider, and this year I was even more privileged.
I had a nice long chat with Travis from Celestial, the devs behind the great new Toxic Bunny. Travis’ intensity and pure unadulterated love for his creation is infectious. His vision of what game development in South Africa is capable of also inspired me to dig up some old GameMaker creations of mine and maybe try finishing them.
Then the two guys from Ubisoft who overcame their syrupy thick accents to show us ZombiU did such a great job that the 30 minutes with them convinced me that I want… no need a Wii U! Again their passion bubbled over, past language barriers and prejudice. It would appear that ‘gamer’ is a universal language after all!
My two least favourite experiences has to be the packing up and getting ready to go. Knowing that it would be at least another 12 months before rAge 2013 left me with a ‘round sad smiley on the face area.’ I also found it slightly annoying that the show specials were not all that special. Yes, great deals could be had, but some blatant rip-offs could also be spotted.
Hopefully some pleasant pundits could spot the peddlers of poor products prior to purchase and promised to proceed to purer shops to protect the planet!
Did you enjoy this feature? Read the rest of our articles discussing our time at rAge 2012 below: