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PROJECT BLERD

FOR THE TOWNSHIP GAMER

PROJECT BLERD | ISSUE 2


CONTENT

Blerd Talk #2

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Infamous vs South Africa today

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The Legend of FIFA

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Video Games and Mental Health

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Role-Playing Games (RPGs)

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The Games We Left Behind

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Game of the Month: God of War III

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Budget Content: Pre-Owned Gaming

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BLERD TALK #2

I’d like to dedicate this issue to


the late Chadwick Boseman who
played T’challa in Marvel’s Black
Panther. He really had an impact
in my life and possibly lots of
other Black lives. With no
further words, Please take 10
seconds of silence for him.
Wakanda Forever!

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Infamous it gave him and a couple of
others powers.
Vs While the others use their newly
found powers for their own gain,
SOUTH AFRICA Cole has a choice and you are
TODAY the one who gets to decide for
him. You either decide to be a
We can’t deny the fact that we
villain or be a hero, be feared or
live in a country that is built on
be loved and all that.
inequalities and this is not
something that lies in the colour
of the skin because other races
also suffer from these
inequalities but have you ever
thought of comparing it to a
game and see the similarities?
No? Okay.
Now this has been troubling me
for a very long time. I ask myself
if these are the same
crossroads that our political
leaders find themselves in
because only a few of them ever
make heroic choices and if they
do make choices, what happens
along the way?
Infamous is an action-adventure
game that was exclusively While playing the game, I
released for the PlayStation in realized that being a hero
2009. You play as Cole, a doesn’t really need much effort
messenger that was supposed because I found myself helping
to deliver a package and the sick, playing side quests and
unbeknownst to him, the halfway through the game, I saw
package was going to change the karma meter being on the
his life. The package was an good side.
atomic bomb and when it went
off, it was in his possession and

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On the other hand, our leaders generator so he can watch TV.
don’t even do the little things Sick!
like installing toilets in informal
The game also has a part where
settlements or maybe give out
Cole has to cleanse the water
blankets to the homeless and
supply as it has been polluted
orphanages unless it’s election
and brought sickness to the
period. They just let people die
civilians. This sickness was set
from bad sanitation, poorly
up by Reapers (The first gang
managed settlements and
you encounter) and I don’t
poverty while they have the
understand why they did it but it
means and the friends to help
does link with what we see in
the poor. Another part that
the news where our rural and
informal areas don’t have clean
water.

Will South Africa ever have a


Cole of its own? A leader that
will bring change to the country
and may electrocute all the
corruption and evil away? We
don’t know but we are looking
shows a similarity with South
forward to it.
Africa and the game is the issue
of electricity. Electricity is a big
issue in this country, the same
way it is in the game. Cole’s
superpowers are based on
electricity as it supposedly
surges through his veins and
since the whole of Empire City
experiences a power outage
when the bomb explodes, Cole
is tasked with bringing it back in
@ Project Blerd ZA
order for him to continue his
fight against the bad guys (they
are pretty tough). There is also a
time when Zeke (Cole’s friend)
asks Cole to power up the

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how limiting it is when it comes
THE LEGEND OF to gaming, I demoted it to “My
least favourite game”.
FIFA
The game’s mechanics differ
from one generation of consoles
to another and this makes it
interesting when you change
consoles because it feels like a
totally different game as you
have to start learning the
gameplay all over again. My
Growing up in Katlehong has
favourite FIFA generation is the
been a good experience and a
limited gaming experience.
Every kid who comes from this
place grows up playing soccer
and most of us wanted to play
with the pros. There we were,
running around the field each
and every day but as we grew
older, we realized that we PS3/Xbox 360 even though it
weren’t cut out for it because of changes when it reaches FIFA
the lack of recognition and 17 as the developers felt it
resources. needed to be similar to the
PS4/Xbox One version.

FIFA is a township favourite and


it is the introductory level of
esports because you find
different groups making

This kinda builds the


background around football
video games and believe it or
not, every kid who grew out of
playing soccer plays soccer
video games and to be specific,
FIFA. I love FIFA but because of

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competitions where they put
their most skilled players
against the others and bet who
will win. This makes gaming a
whole lot fun because it unites
and establishes bonds. I wish
we can put the same energy in
every competitive video game.

We also have our own FIFA


memories and I keep them very
close to my heart because I
don’t have much to offer when
playing the game but there was
a time when I beat a friend of
mine 9 to 3 and when I beat a
stranger on a FIFA 13 Demo and
he beat me. Literally. Had a
black eye for the whole week.

You can also share your


memories and they will be
published in the next issue.

@Project Blerd ZA

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Video Games
and Mental
Health
This is one of the
greatest gaming debates
after FIFA and PES and
here’s our two cents on
it.
When you play video games
regularly it means that you are
making decisions frequently and
in many cases you make
decisions that are beneficial to
the video game character and Gaming is a good decision on its
yourself. own and personally, it saved me
from countless situations where
a non-gamer would find
him/herself looking for
alternatives that would dumb
down or entirely make the
situation miraculously
disappear.
We have debates on the bad
decisions that people make
because of the influence gaming
has on them but how do you go
around making bad decisions
when you are in your bedroom or
living room playing games, does
that make any sense?

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Which are straight forward
and building compared to
yours.

Video games also let you


focus on everything that is
on the screen and it is a
fictional world. You don’t
exist in it. Catch my drift?

Anxiety is the art of being


anxious and this means that
it exists in everything you
do. Gaming anxiety is
different from, “will I make
it out of the township” kind
of anxiety but it is rather
Now, I hope the doctors agree exciting.
with me when I say that mental I cannot fix all your problems
health problems are a result of but I hope this part of the
thought. Thinking too much magazine helps you cope with it.
brings anxiety, depression and Happy gaming!
sometimes a low self-esteem
which also brings suicidal
thoughts. Here is how gaming
fits into all this:

Video games put you into


situations that you won’t come
across in everyday life .e.g.
solving puzzles (You don’t
require a puzzle in order to open
the fridge). Since you are now
the character’s brain, you forget
all your problems and start
thinking about the game’s
problems
@Project Blerd ZA

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helped characters who happen
ROLE-PLAYING to be merchants.

GAMES (RPGs)
In order to complete a
main quest you have to
go into the ruins and this
may be why RPGs are fun
as you have to go
through the worst grinds.

When you play an RPG for the


first time, you might be a little
confused because you might not
know where to go and when
they do you aren’t forced to do it
unless it is part of the main
quest. The secret to knowing
your next step in an RPG is to
Unlike your plain old Open World
know the character’s story and
games, RPGs have a dialogue.
in order to know the story you
Dialogues are conversations
have to pay attention to your
that help you get tips or learn
dialogues and the tiny, little tips
more about the area that you
at the bottom of the loading
are in and these are helpful
screen (Remember this!). If the
because they give out directions
question you have right now is,
to places where you can get
“How do I know that the quest is
food for health regeneration,
the main or the side?” my
weapons or ammo to kick ass
answer is “Progress”. You will
and side quests for money or
only see progress as you go by.
equipment. You can also make
acquaintances that will
accompany you on your journey
or get discounts when you have

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Side quests are the worst Another important aspect of an
because you have to stop RPG is the sensitivity to nature
focusing on your main quest and for the sake of
focus on them but the good environmentalists or “hippies”
thing about them is that you as the developers come up with
level up quicker when you fictional animals, birds and a
engage in them and this makes chickens that can fly. (And they
the game easier when you say gaming is bad).
continue with your main quest
and face new and stronger
enemies.

The ending of an RPG is a very


Money is a necessity in RPGs satisfying one as you live a life
because you need to buy most people never lived and the
weapons, equipment and health games do feel like a lifetime. All
in order to prosper in combat. In that hard work!
21st century RPGs, making
money is easier because you
can buy and sell stuff in stores Happy gaming!
and if you’re bright enough you
can get money for going into
combat, looting and taking the
enemy’s equipment and then @Project Blerd ZA
sell it to merchants (watch for
the weight limit).

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Amatin (Uhm-uh-teen). When I
THE GAMES WE see the kids play these games, I
see the creativity around them
LEFT BEHIND
and I wonder why we can’t use
(PRESS F TO PAY RESPECTS) that creativity and make our
lives better? Come on!

You probably remember waking


up at 07:00, brush your teeth,
eat your breakfast (Sometimes)
and head out. Your parents The first game is Umgusha. This
never understood why but you game may be the inspiration
did and feel dumb about it now. I around the High Jump but that
remember being punished for is a topic for another day. This
this and I hated my parents for it game is a typical retro game
because he was stopping me because it also have stages or
from being a kid. levels; the ankles, the knees,
the figure, the underarms, and
There were four main games
so on. The game is made with
that we would play and what I
leggings/stockings (torn and
loved about them is that they
reshaped into a long thin yet a
were unisex but because we live
circular obstacle. I know), 2
in a sexist and stereotypical
players are needed on 2 ends in
society, boys were expected to
order to make the obstacle
only play soccer and it was
possible. Players take turns and
unfair because we had to run all
when one can’t complete the
day while the girls played every
obstacles, one of the players
other game we played.

The games were: Umgusha


(Oom-goo-sha), Scotch and

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holding the obstacle trades
places with the failure (critical).

The third game is Amatin. While


there are two and possibly more
versions of the game, I will
explain the best one. The games
includes a number of flattened
The next Scotch/Is’thin (Ees- cans, a crate and 2 teams that
teen). I am not sure if it is the must have an equal number of
same as hopscotch from the players in order to make it fair
west but it is similar to it. This but like in every situation, there
is a personal favourite because is an extra player and it is
it has to do with aim and usually the worst player. The
precision which I am good at (I extra player is called an “all
think). You only need 3 things saver” or “Ollie” and this gives
for this game; a good pebble, the player immunity from being
chalk or something that can a part of the defending team
draw on concrete and a leg (just (usually makes no difference but
one). The game gets harder as it we were raised right). The
goes and you are lucky if you defending team has to hit all the
have long legs. The winner is members of the opposing team
decided by counting “flowers” (a with a cool ball (made of paper
decorated block) which are and covered with plastic to keep
earned when you complete the it intact) in order to trade places
game and you have to start all with them. The winner is decide
over to get another one. It also by the number of times a team
has a level where you have to go has gathered all the cans in the
all over the blocks with your crate with their feet and it is not
eyes closed. Cool! easy.

Nostalgia!

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who happens to be Kratos’
GAME OF THE father.

MONTH: GOD OF
WAR III

Just like every PlayStation


original, there are those exciting
mini cut scenes where you have
to press the buttons that appear
on the screen and move the
sticks to a certain direction.
2010 was South Africa’s best These cut scenes may cause a
year. Employment, peak at the problem for you if you don’t
Tourism industry, festivals all know your DUALSHOCK very
over, Shakira and our favourite well but you will get the hang of
soccer players but a PlayStation it. You can also perform power
owner’s highlight was the moves that are out of this world
conclusion to Sony and Santa and this is very critical in games
Monica Studios’ story of from the last 10-15 years.
betrayal, turmoil, revenge and If you are into Greek Mythology,
death. you will enjoy the game better
God of War III is a sandbox than I did because most of the
game with amazing mechanics, 12 Olympians are in the game
a variety of weapons, great and if you are like me, you
graphics and lukewarm puzzles. should watch Clash of the
Kratos’ journey at the beginning Titans or read a book. Sheesh.
of the conclusion kicks off on Mt
Olympus where he climbs with
the Titans who have waged war
on the Gods and their King, Zeus

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As you go around and engage in
combat with the Gods, you
inherit their abilities by taking
their equipment and weapons.
This is where you actually learn
what kind of weapons you prefer
in a game (or real life) as there
The Gods you kill are Poseidon is the Bow of Apollo for long
who is the God of Water, Hades range, Claws of Hades, Blades
who is God of the Underworld, of Exile for medium range and
Helios who is the God of Light my preference, Hercules’
and Hermes the messenger who Gauntlets for close combat
you have to chase all over the (Know yourselves Kings and
place and Zeus the God of Queens).
Thunder who you have to go The game also happens to have
against twice. a documentary on the
Some more familiar faces are production of the game which
Athena who Kratos killed in the gives you an inside look on
previous games, Aphrodite who Santa Monica’s stages of
looks like a snack and then Hera developing a game. You can
who sends Hercules over to kill also check out the treasures
you. Weak. you have collected throughout
the game.

Happy Slaying and Gaming!

The worst faces that you should


watch for are Medusa, Cerberus
and the Minotaur. They happen
to make the game a little harder
than it should be.

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because they have been used
BUDGET for years but the quality of the
goods is defined by the store or
CONTENT: PRE-
person you bought it from and
OWNED GAMING when it comes to gaming, the
goods are mostly found in good
condition because they are
With the country having a serviced before they are sold.
decline in the employment rate Half of my games were owned
due to businesses closing down, by somebody before and this a
foreign investments and win for me because I got them
companies leaving the country cheap and when I buy them it’s
because of the Corona Virus, in numbers instead of one. The
many people are desperate to games are usually fair in quality
have some money in their but the problem is that they
pockets and this is a good time don’t last for more than a year
to get the coolest gaming stuff. and this is similar to everything
Second-hand stores are getting else that has been used before.
large amounts of stock and if Like a heart (I am looking at you
you know a good spot, you Loverboy). The life span of a
might want to check it out. game totally depends on how
bad you are at the game and it’s
like the games have minds of
their own because they just give
up on you. Remember to check
for scratches on the back of
your game.

There are a lot of mixed


opinions on pre-owned stuff

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Second-hand consoles are the
Messiahs of the gaming world
because you experience the
activity at a cheaper price and
there isn’t a thing in the world
that is better than that (except
for unboxing a new one).

Controllers are most depressing.


The previous owners of
controllers do some weird things
when gaming and usually never
treasure them which leads to
them falling all over or have
cheese puff dust when you open
them in order to clean them.
Please buy a new controller to
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be safe from faulty products.

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PICTURE 4: africanvibes.com
CREDITS (OR
PICTURE 5: Facebook/ Setso Games
SOMETHING LIKE Tournament

THAT) ROLE-PLAYING GAMES


PICTURE 1: ign.com
PICTURE 2: pcgamesn.com
INFAMOUS AND THE REPUBLIC OF
PICTURE 3: mobygames.com
SOUTH AFRICA
PICTURE 4: Green Man Gaming
PICTURE 1: infamous.fandom.com
PICTURE 5: gameinformer.com
PICTURE 2: infamous.fandom.com
GAME OF THE MONTH
PICTURE 3: infamous.fandom.com
PICTURE 1: Wikipedia
PICTURE 4: infamous.fandom.com
PICTURE 2: cgmagonline.com
LEGEND OF FIFA
PICTURE 3: inverse.com
PICTURE 1: https://bit.ly/2kWakhe
PICTURE 4: metacritic.com
PICTURE 2:
https://www.fifaworldcupnews.com PICTURE 5: gamesradar.com

PICTURE 3, 4, 5 & 6: Facebook.com BUDGET CONTENT

MENTAL HEALTH AND VIDEO GAMES PICTURE 1: OLX

PICTURE 1: https://bit.ly/2Mr0mAK PICTURE 2: Twitter: Cash Crusaders

PICTURE 2: Facebook/ True Wisdom PICTURE 3: dodgingbarells.com


True Immunity PICTURE 4: goodworklabs.com
PICTURE 3: https://engt.co/1NIsR3b PICTURE 5: wspmn.gov
PICTURE 4:
https://www.eheadspace.org.au/get-
help/eheadspace-live-info-session/
PICTURE 5: Facebook/ Hamzoo
THE GAMES WE LEFT BEHIND
PICTURE 1: Groundup.org.za
PICTURE 2: Groundup.org.za
PICTURE 3: whatsonincapetown.com

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