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It’s time to rAge with Lola

This year marks the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s biggest gaming and technology expo; it will also be the first time I attend one. Take a tour with me and let’s find out what rAge 2012 has in store for us.

Win an arcade machine

I have an unhealthy fascination with having an arcade machine of my own, I want one, I need one, I shall kill you for this one.

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Ok I don’t know if it will be one of those two that can be won, it’s but a wild guess I’m taking, since they are currently occupying space in the NAG offices. Not much is known about this prize of awesome, only that you will need lots of the above coins to qualify for winning said arcade machine.

From the NAG Facebook page

rAge money. This is what 10,000 coins looks like. These will be given out at the show through various methods (haven’t nailed them all down yet) and you can use them on the NAG stand to win an arcade machine.

From the official rAge webpage

Win an Arcade Machine on display at the NAG stand! NAG & Eurasian Entertainment are giving away an Arcade Machine to one awesome old-school gamer. All you gotta do to get your name into the draw is secure a limited edition rAge/NAG 10th anniversary token from one of the gaming retailers at the show, and play one of the games on the NAG stand and have your high score recorded. Top score over the course of the weekend will win the Arcade Machine.

I shall have my arcade machine or death shall befall all who stand in my way.

Cosplay

I bet this is something everyone can’t get enough of. Our local Cosplay talent is exciting, creative and simply gorgeous.

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This is the Kalahari Cosplay team, three girls and one brave man, strutting their stuff. Make sure to check out the local talent at the Legion Ink Cosplay Contest. The competition is sponsored by Corex and will take place on the main stage on Saturday between 11h20-12h20. There will also be random Cosplay fanatics wandering around at the Dome for us to feast our eyes on. I heard a rumour that one Darryn “Yobatenda” Bonthuys, the Batman wannabe from Lazygamers will be giving free hugs in his newly acquired batsuit. Make sure to give him some love.

Tshirt Terrorist

Gaming and T’s go hand in hand, it is also something that is impossible to find in the twilight zone I call home. This stall will definitely take all my money. Take a look at the Terrorist’s website for some T-shirt eye candy of note.

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Apparently, the more you buy the cheaper it gets :S I see a problem Houston.

Games and then some

Megarom, Ster Kinekor and BT Games, all the big names in one place to swallow your wallet, tease your imagination and drive you wild with expectation.

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Here are some of the games you get to play before its release date. This is reason enough to visit rAge.

  • Assassins Creed III, three weeks before the release (31 Oct 2012).
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II, five weeks before the release (13 Nov 2012).
  • Far Cry 3, two months before the release (30 Nov 2012).
  • Hitman: Absolution, six weeks before release (20 Nov 2012).
  • Skylander Giants, two weeks before release (19 Oct 2012).
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist, over 9 000 months earlier (Autumn 2013).
  • Tomb Raider, five months before release (8 March 2013).
  • ZombiU, three weeks before release (30 Nov 2012).
  • Ben 10: Omniverse, seven weeks before release (30 Nov 2012).
  • DanceStar Party Hits, three weeks before release (26 Oct 2012).
  • DmC Devil May Cry, three months before release (15 Jan 2013).
  • Lego: The Lord of the Rings, three weeks before release (30 Oct 2012).
  • LittleBigPlanet Karting, five weeks before release (9 Nov 2012).
  • Lost Planet 3, over 9 000 months earlier (TBA).
  • PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal, six weeks before release (21 Nov 2012).
  • Rise of the Guardians, two weeks before release (23 Nov 2012).
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, six weeks before release (16 Nov 2012).
  • Sports Champions 2, seven weeks before release (23 Nov 2012).
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells, one month before release (2 Nov 2012).

Get your geek on with this

rAge is also a technology show, so be prepared to be blown away with awesome tech stuff.

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Be flooded with tech from Alienware, Logitech, ROCCAT, Compitum, DION Wired, Titan Ice and Matrix Warehouse Computers, (to name but a few). I will have to keep my hubby on a leash for this one.

Win stuff, get free stuff and get your hands on some other stuff

Places to go, people to see, competitions to enter and free goodies to collect.

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There is a joy-puke variety of fun stuff to do, I shall name but a few! Get your picture taken with none other than Master Chief at the Xbox stand. If you visit the Kalahari.com stand you can score a voucher to the value of R75-R500. Vouchers are redeemable on pre-orders of games at their stand. Afrihost will be giving a ADSL voucher to each show attendee. Also, did I mention, you can win an arcade machine :O Check out rAge Highlights Part 1 and Part 2 for more details.

The pro gamers will be there

The hours spend practicing, the blood, sweat and tears; all comes to a final crescendo of keyboards clicking away in a fight to be crowned the best. The Telkom do Gaming finals is back with bigger prizes, more teams and with Steve and Gridlock with even less hair than last year.

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Who will walk away as eSports champions in the following games?

  • Battlefield 3
  • StarCraft 2
  • Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Grand Turismo 5
  • FIFA

The mother of all SA LANs

Yeah, you know it.

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35 km network cable, 2580 gamer network points and 10G fibre links, ‘nuff said.

Make sure to check out the official rAge website for more info and give them a follow on twitter.

Mostly, I’m going to rAge for the people

I will finally get to meet people that I have shared my online life with for years. I am coming to rAge for you.

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CU@rAge folks, 5-7 October, be there.

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