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THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE 202 | JAN 2014

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Somehow we survived 2013, clawing our way out of the wreckage that was the last few weeks of the working year, which always somehow feels like being stuck in a time dilation field (I blame the summer heat and my Wookiee fur). Hopefully after eating way too much good food and several days that involved a swimming pool, the beach or sleeping in the middle of the day, you are all ready to take on 2014 and give it a swift kick before it gets any ideas. No seriously, go give it a good thrashing, because this year is going to be crazily busy. The Steam Machine is coming, but why wait? Build your own Steam PC so that you too can enjoy all of your gaming on your couch by the TV, without having to drag that 50kg behemoth you call a rig into the lounge. For some odd reason your family won't approve, possibly due to the trail you gouged through the floor tiles, or the fact that the lounge now has a heater happily blasting a 70°C draft toward them. Whatever the case, I know my rig can't fit near my TV without some creative redecorating involving a pocket dimension, a packet of crisps and three elastic bands. We need something smaller, something light that won't require you to install a larger circuit breaker to handle the lounge's power draw. On page 8 we give two options for a Steam machine, depending on the budget you have. After that the supertest compares a whole bunch of mini and micro motherboards so that you can choose the best for your needs. 2014 looks like it might be the year that going small means going big, a trend that Intel

was aware of last year, if the laptop-friendly Haswell is anything to go by. Personally I am hoping for the PC to wake up again and surge well ahead of the console world. Enough freewheeling now guys, please. I have nothing against tiny machines, but we need to get new technology now, not just put a badge on something that has a few more cores. 4K is the target on the far horizon, maybe 1440p for everyone for cheap is a good milestone to hit on the way there? Speaking of forecasts of the future, check out page 32 for some exclusive interviews with high profile game developers who give their predictions and feelings about what will happen in the next 20 years of gaming. Besides showing a whole range of ideas from the awesome to the straight weird, it gives you a great chance to learn more about those people behind the games you love. With new technologies arriving all the time it is a tall order to try predict what the future holds, but it also makes it all so exciting that we could end up one day interfacing with something similar to the Matrix, where a whole virtual world is opened to us by direct neural interface. Of course the horrors of hacking, freezing computers and viruses need to be sorted out long before this becomes a reality. Never even mind the new rules to avoid abuse or any odd shenanigans going on in a virtual space that offers tactile feedback as if it were real. Well fine, now I can think of nothing else except how crazy it would be to have a direct interface with someone else's brain. Oh the amazing things I could do... Happy reading!

G r r f. Garth Holden EDITOR garth@panorama.co.za @Valshen


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Competition: Win a Razer Kraken Forged!

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Letters: You have mail

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Local scene: What does 2014 have in store for local eSports?

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Now playing: The G3AR team details what they are playing and where you can find them

YOUR PC

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Supertest: 12 pages on why going small means going big

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Review: G.Skill takes the TridentX to 3GHz

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Review: A Hero has come to save us

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Review: A super hot AMD GPU

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Review: The Roccat Ryos MK Pro – A keyboard for an enthusiast

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Tech porn: A small tower with huge potential

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Review: A quest for gaming headset coolness

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Ask Luis: Luis loves hearing from you. He loves mocking you even more

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How to: Make 3D models to build in Minecraft

YOUR FEATURES

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Insight: What the future holds for gaming, according to several famous developers

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Versus: Who won the war between Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts?


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YOUR GAMING

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Preview: Hearthstone: the next new digital addiction

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Review: Battlefield 4 wants to destroy your spare time

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Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts straddles two generations

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Review: Treasure and plunder await in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Review: Super Mario 3D World is here to save the Wii U

YOUR GADGETS AND LIFESTYLE

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Accessories: 8 gadgets and gizmos to make your life complete

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Apps: 29 apps from games to health to keeping track of the F1

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In-depth: Through the Google Glass

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New stuff: Do you like the figurines in collector's editions?

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Top 5: 12 lists of the greatest games and hardware

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Next month: A sneak peek at what you have to look forward to

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