In the build-up to the opening of the expo tomorrow I thought I’d visit the dome a little early and take some pics of what’s happening behind the scenes while you’re planning on how early to queue in the morning. In short: this weekend will be a blast!
I was trudging through the stands today as they were being built and stocked up and the way in which this proceeds in an almost orderly fashion surprises me – or maybe it doesn’t, considering it is the expo’s tenth year of existence (and also the first one I’ll be attending ever). And while I was walking around I had to take notice of two stands you simply must visit tomorrow: Dion Wired and Comptium.
Our fine friends over at Ster-Kinekor Entertainment (the local distributors for a bunch of publishers, including Sony titles) dropped us an email to inform us of a late edition to their rAge 2012 line-up. It looks like SKE will be bringing a particularly enraged Spartan with them to the expo this weekend. God of War: Ascension will be playable on the show floor so keep an ear out for the shrieks of pain as Kratos eviscerates the population of Greece’s mythical creatures – you know, before he moves on to eviscerate the pantheon of Olympian gods in the three games we’ve already played. Fun times with swords and overly-elaborate quicktime kills are just around the corner!
This weekend’s rAge Expo is all about gaming, gadgets, technology and everything in-between, and beneath the vast hall that is the Coca-Cola Dome lies the Telkom Do Gaming League’s annual eSports tournament – the Do Gaming Championship. It’s the heart of eSports at rAge, with 600 of our nation’s best competitive gamers coming together for a weekend of tough competition in a number of games and genres. In addition to the DGL tournaments, a number of smaller, less formal tournaments take place in the open NAG LAN in the main hall, and, of course, we have our own NAG Gaming League’s LOL finals taking place.
Among our other coverage of the whole show this weekend, we’ll be keeping an eye on the eSports events both downstairs and in the open LAN. We’ll chat to some of the gamers and report back on as much as is humanly possible during this short but assuredly frenetic weekend, so be sure to stay tuned to NAG Online and @nagcoza.
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