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Top 10 video games that use Africa as a setting

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10 Awesome sequels besides Godfather 2

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Here are a few rules.
The movie has to be a sequel and not a reboot. It can however be a sequel to a reboot. 
I must have watched the preceding movie in order to judge fairly (this one seems obvious)
The list is in no particular order thereby alleviating the pressure of actually having to choose a winner.
It has to be the second in a series. I know this excludes movies that kicked ass in the third act (No Matrix, sit down, your third act sucked!) but its more fun to think about the second as opposed to the third, or fourth or seventh if you're into Police Academy. Or Saw.
10. X 2
The original X-Men was pretty cool, except for Storm's dealbreaking line when she electrocutes Toad. But X-2 has this great Mutant agenda issue that I really liked. Nightcrawler was pretty awesome. So was Mystique. Mystique rocks.
9.   The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended edition)
Most of you will know that this is my favourite movie of all time (even though if I had it my way the entire trilogy would be one long ass comrades marathon of a movie.) I love the sense of despair. There is a scene where Wormtongue sees the Uruk army and is filled with overwhelming fear. Nom. The scene where Aragorn falls to his knees. More nom. His will was resolute but his legs were like 'to hell with this'.
8. Big Momma's House 2
Yep. You read right. This movie was vastly superior to the original and reminded me of a time before Madea came along and ruined it for black guys in fat suits everywhere.
7.   The Dark Knight
God I love this movie. Well, everything except Maggie Gylenhaal. But then she died and all was right in the world.
6. Blade 2
Blade is iconic. Blade is trendsetting. Blade is a boys night in movie. Blade 2 is action action action. Even the word processor agrees with me as there are no red squiggly lines underneath the repeated words. 
5. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Chilled Monkey Brains. The more I think of it, the more I can't really remember the first flick except for the scene where the guy does the elaborate sword display and Indy shoots him. But chilled monkey brains is where its at.
4. 28 Weeks Later
This was the first movie that I saw with Waseem D so it has that warm fuzzy feel to it. Adding to the warmth are Zola Bud Zombies who run around like Chatsworth kids on Sugars. 
3. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
I didn't like the first Narnia movie. I don't know why. I wasn't into the Ice Queen. Maybe because I have always imagined Kate Blanchet in that role (retrospectively I mean, I never read the books) Maybe if I have some time I'll go back and check the spelling of Blanchets name - I wouldn't hold my breath if I was you.
2. Addams Family Values
This is tough - I loved the first but this one seemed darker and just more fun. The Bambi scene - good stuff.
1. Saw 2
There are more Saws in the world than there are ice cream flavours at Mozart. Saw 2 remains my favourite because everything was contained. This was not a bunch of random folk who were getting their comeuppance for not paying their TV licence or opening the door for a Cancer patient or whatever ridiculous justification the Bald dude needed to torture them while touching himself. I like how they had to work with and against each other. And lets not forget the needle scene. You can't do that shit in SA - You will get AIDS and die!
So yeah movie buffs - by all means correct me, endorse me or just add some that I might have overlooked (because I thought they were crap
MJ
List of memorable sequels that missed the cut.
Jackass 2
Final Destination 2
Grudge 2
Terminator 2
The Hills have eyes 2
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Mission Impossible 2
Spiderman 2
Underworld 2

7 Ideas for Nintendo South Africa

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The Nintendo Wii has plateaued, with sales now dropping at an alarming base. Here are seven ideas for Nintendo to use to help them bolster their position and regain any lost ground (and if Nintendo is reading this and they like any ideas – a free 3DS with Super Mario 3D would be great)
 
1. Make Mario the face of Movember.
The Movember campaign has gained considerable speed, and who better to be the face (or moustache) of the campaign than Nintendo’s flagship character. Older gamers who grew up on Mario’s adventures will be targeted through magazines like FHM and Mens Health. This does not have to be a exclusively symbolic campaign but can feed into Nintendo’s CSI initiatives – I have identified a few local cancer organisations that Nintendo could partner with (like Cansa) to roll out this campaign. A small percentage from sales of a particular title could be given to Cansa.
 
2. Update the facebook page
The bane of social media is that information needs to be updated on a regular basis. The official Nintendo SA facebook page (please remove distributor from your name) has not been updated in a while – the info page still says ‘3DS. Coming soon!’ Also, I’m wary of getting followers by giving away prizes. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for prizes, but some of them need to be earned. Which brings me to
 
3. Link with Draw Something
Draw Something has exploded onto the market with 50 million downloads in 5 weeks. One of the possible drawings that you could get is Mario. Why not combine these two gaming juggernauts – you can have a Mario Draw Something competition – get folks to pose with their Mario pics (so that we can verify that it is their work and not ripped from the net) and award prizes like that, as opposed to the current lucky packet method.
 
4. Dust off that Wii
I don’t think that Nintendo should chase after new markets (or the hardcore Modern warfare fan). Rather, they should concentrate on people who have bought the Wii, played bowling for a couple of months and then put it away. I would rather plan a campaign to get people back to playing wii as opposed to chasing those who don’t have one yet. Software makes money, not hardware.
 
5. Create a Mario Kart league for schools
One of my fondest memories growing up was playing Mario kart 64 with my little sister. The game was made for multiplayer – why should we approach the new one any differently. I suggest that Nintendo get in touch with select schools across the country – I would target schools that belong to the company I work for, Advtech (they own Crawford etc) and have a huge Mario kart tournament. All you need is a couple of Nintendo 3DS’s, a digital scoreboard and a few prizes – I did something similar with Standard Bank’s achiever account last year to great success. The Nintendo 3DS has to be seen to be experienced – TV spots don’t do the 3D effect justice. The more impressionable hands we get it into, the better.
 
6. More exposure in local media (including websites and print)
I had a cursory glance at some of the bigger gaming websites in the country (Mygaming, lazygamer, mydigitallife etc) and unlike the PS3 and Xbox reviews which are up every week, Nintendo hardly features. I review PS3 games for Mydigitallife and occasionally write a gaming related column for the Sunday Tribune, and I don’t get that much exposure to Nintendo either – This is problematic because the moment Nintendo leaves the gamers consciousness, it stops becoming relevant.
 
7. New Super Mario Bros 2
Nintendo need to get behind this title in a big way. It comes out in August, so the hype machine should start now. The 3DS wasn’t great at all until Super Mario 3D was released last year, and proved to be a system seller. Nintendo need to ride the momentum by hyping this title.
Do you have any ideas?
MJ

The MJ movie awards for 2011

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I have decided to use the same format as my last four year end awards (and apart from a few revisions, the text is almost identical to last years - MJ is lazy!)

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Kingston Entry - My irreplaceable piece of kit

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I don’t find it difficult to justify the price of my ipad.II often have to shield questions from (obviously jealous) friends like "So if you wanted a portable pc, why didn’t you buy a netbook" and "its a cute toy but there’s no way you can do actual work on it".

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2011: Highlights and More Highlights

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Even though Facebook and Twitter have been around for the better part of the last decade, many South Africans are only exploring this space now. According to the latest findings by Fuseware and World Wide Worx, Twitter has exploded in SA over the past year, increasing its local user base 20 fold.

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My First Rage

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“No, I am not going for a shoe sale”

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The 21st Century Educator

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I am currently completing a teaching degree, in the form of three annual short learning programmes, and my first assignment is on the 21st century Educator - as opposed to the 20th Century Educator or as we used to call him at Orient, Hanif.
There is a quote from Lethal Weapon 4 ( 1998 ) that has helped me understand 21st Century educators. It might seem like an unlikely reference

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Game review: Vanquish for PS3

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Game Review - James Bond 007: Blood Stone for the Xbox 360

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James Bond games have always been a mixed bag. and having enjoyed the last Bond game (quantum of Solace) I was looking forward to this one. Sadly, it ended up being a rather mundane experience that luckily ended quickly.

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