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'Hot and trending internationally right now' and on show at rAge

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In less than 24 hours, you can escape to Planet rAge, where amazing things await you. I might go out on a limb here, but I predict it's going to be one of the best rAge events of all time. Before we talk about rAge as "the event to get a glimpse at international trends," let's do a quick recap.

We've already talked about so many of the things that place this year's rAge above its predecessors. You can win big and save big with Raru Shopping, talking about winning big, there's a PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR up for grabs (and the PS4 Pro SA price will be announced.) You'll also be able to take the PSVR for a test drive! For eSports fans and competitors there are a staggering amount of competitions, not to mention the Kwesé Sports inaugural FIFA 17 tournament with its R100k cash prize pool and Xbox One giveaway.

We even highlighted some of the top events in a video for you.

rAge 2016: All about the games

Below this section you'll find a few highlights hot off the press from the rAge team, but before we look at those, let's stop for a moment at the most important thing for gamers. The games.

If there was one thing lacking from previous rAge expo’s, then it was the shortage of yet to be released titles. 2016 is going to be very different as there are plenty of upcoming games for you to get some much-needed hands-on time. It’s really an exceptional treat to play blockbuster games before it hits the shelves and digital stores. What better way to make a call on those pre-order deals you’ve been thinking about

So, to make sure you don’t miss any of those titles, we’ve compiled a list of our top 7 games you have to play at rAge. You can check it out in action (and with more details like where to find it at rAge) in the video at the end of the article. All seven games are currently hot topics as gamers worldwide are waiting for release day - but you'll try it out before anyone else.

  1. Batman Arkham PSVR (released)
  2. Mafia 3
  3. Final Fantasy XV
  4. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  5. Watch Dogs 2
  6. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  7. Echoplex

Thanks for the sexy video by madeyoulook. Don't forget to chat to our video team at rAge, they'll be all over the show catching interesting moments on video.

rAge: Your glimpse into what's trending across the globe

  • Augmented reality: Now that Pokémon Go officially released in South Africa we expect you'll see a lot more trainers trying to catch 'em all at rAge. "Augmented reality is the overlay of information or imagery onto the real world, allowing users to see virtual items while looking at real-world things. Whether or not we can expect to see an augmented reality-heavy 2017 will depend on whether Pokémon Go is the start of a new trend, or if it’s simply a spin-off success carried by an already successful brand.
  • Virtual reality: 2016 saw the rise of VR gaming with the debut of the Oculus Rift in late 2015, Sony launching PlayStation VR for the PlayStation 4 game console in 2016, and Samsung's mobile VR system. But what is the future of VR? The platform has one key criticism: it’s isolating. Dave Ranyard, ex studio head of Sony London and now an independent VR developer, has made clear that he believes the future of VR is a social one. It’ll be about being transported to a fantasy world and doing something cool with your friends.
  • Multi-screen gaming: Multi-screen gaming adds a new dimension to games, allowing them to be played on TV screens, consoles and mobile devices. Chromecast, for example, gives players the ability to project games like Monopoly onto their TVs, enabling them to play the game with their smartphones. Big industry players like Google, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are producing secondary devices promoting multi-screen gaming.
  • Indie games: In the not-too-distant past, if you wanted your game to get massive attention, you generally had to be associated with a successful, big-name game developer or publisher. Things are changing quickly. Gaming platforms such as Zynga and Steam are giving independent game developers a way to expose their products to the market. Gamers are becoming more involved in the development process as video game schools and online courses are becoming more widespread and affordable. Some examples of hyper-successful, mega-hit indie games include UnderTale, Diner Dash and the locally-developed Broforce.

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