Die hard gamers, technophiles and fun-loving families are getting ready for the annual gaming pilgrimage to rAge, sponsored by Samsung, taking place from 30 September – 02 October at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.  Thousands of rAge r’s will be there to experience the latest games, check out what’s new in the name of gaming gadgets and consoles as well as “beasting” their machines with the latest cutting-edge computer hardware and peripherals – shouldn’t you be too? 

This year visitors to rAge will be among the first South Africans to experience the year’s most anticipated games, yet to be released in 2011 / 2012.  Various exhibitors including Megarom, EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Xbox, Sony and more, will be releasing playable code on games such as Battlefield 3, Dead Rising 2, Streetfighter vs. Tekken, Assassins Creed Revelations, Mass Effect 3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, FIFA11 and Batman: Arkham City.  Don’t miss Rocksteady Studios’ Dax Ginn, the developer of Batman: Arkham City, at the NuMetro Entertainment stand on Friday and Saturday to get the low down on the sequel to Arkham Asylum.

As for gaming gadgets, they will be aplenty.  Nintendo are going big with their handheld 3DS marrying 3D and portable gaming - a match made in virtual heaven.  Check out the Wii U Tablet which only releases commercially overseas in December, and Sony PlayStation’s new portable device, the PS Vita is also expected to create a stir at this year’s rAge expo. 

The Indie game development scene in SA will come to the fore at rAge 2011 as Learn 3D, a local tertiary institution specialising in 3D animation, will be presenting the “Home Grown” competition.  Games produced by Learn 3D students will be put to the test as rAge visitors game-off for top honours and some awesome prizes throughout the show.  Increase your chances by checking out http://www.learn3d.co.za/HomeGrown_Competition.html to download and practice your favourite game – and be sure to vote for your fave on The Verge FB page ( https://www.facebook.com/TheVergeNews).  Check out The Verge on 21 September for the announcement of SA’s favourite indie game! 

For the more technically inclined rAge-goers, Frontosa will be pushing the limits of various PC components, particularly the latest and greatest processors on the market.  As PC drag racers know, when the safeguard on these components is by-passed to increase the voltage and see what they can really do, temperatures soar.  So to ensure the processor isn’t blown in the first five seconds, the experienced Frontosa team will use copious amounts of Liquid Nitrogen to cool the components; approximately 10 litres per day for the duration of the expo. 

The team at NAG are levelling up their stand at rAge this year.  Teaming up with The Verge, their stand is going to be nothing short of awesome – but that’s all we’re going to say. 

As always, there are loads of great prizes, giveaways and specials! If you have a thing for virtual racing – or are just downright good at it – get to Kaspersky Lab’s interactive stand to test your hand-eye with the Ferrari Virtual Academy and you could be the lucky winner of two VIP tickets to the Formula 1 in Sao Paulo in November! 

rAge regulars add their usual alternative flavour.  Renowned for recreating our favourite anime and gaming characters, this year the funky creatives at Legion Ink are making it official with a Cosplay Competition.  A definite must see! Another rAge regular that deserves at least a peek is the NAG LAN @ rAge.  Anyone who has endured the 53-hours of adrenaline charged gaming that is synonymous with the NAG LAN @ rAge will testify to fact that this is no feat to be snubbed – be kind, but don’t feed the gaming fiends.

For the first time ever rAge expo tickets will be available on pre-sale through Computicket as of 01 September.  Get online and be the first of your friends to get a ticket.

rAge has something for everyone, so round up all your buddies and share the fun!


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