It's been an eventful year of game releases and local gaming news. Here are some of the stories month-by-month which made the headlines.
January kicked off with Steve Whitford, Do Gaming editor, publishing a controversial article about how gaming is not a sport. This spawned a vigorous debate with great points raised on all sides. It's interesting reading this debate again after what has been a pretty good year in competitive gaming.
The next weekend saw the culmination of the Telkom FIFA 11 Roadshow, where Abubakar 'Mikkaeel' Ebrahim took the Grand Final in Somerset West against Gordon Butler.
The first Battlefield 3 teaser video was released in February, finally giving gamers something to look at for this much anticipated title. No release date was given yet but there were indications that 2011 was indeed the year.
On the local scene, Steven 'DrizztZa' Pelser won the Gran Turismo 5 Signature Edition Challenge for the region and was given the opportunity to travel overseas for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. We interviewed Pelser about the competition, which was an interesting story.
The Call of Duty 4 scene saw Entropy Gaming return after Pantheon had closed its doors in January. The Entropy label wasn't to last too long however.
April was marred by the incredibly sad news of Rudy 'Humble' Jackson's passing. Jackson had been active member of the local gaming community for several years and was known as in incredibly good-hearted guy.
From a Do Gaming side, we were excited to announce our partnership with Tuks FM where every Friday at 2:30pm you can hear the Do Gaming Bits and Bytes show on Tuks FM 107.2 (or Internet stream). The show has been giving away a huge amount of prizes ever since and has been very popular.
There was even more euphoria when the prize pool for the DGL 2011 Championships were announced with Telkom offering a R160 000 prize pool. This was further augmented with Samsung's generous sponsorship of the Starcraft 2 League where Samsung provided over R200 000 worth of hardware prizes.
Lastly, our article on Kombokitten evoked a lot of response and was a popular read for November. That article and an October article on Telkom promo girl Stephanie du Preez stirred up a lot of conversation on sexism, girl gamers and more.
What were your highlights? Discuss them in the comments below.
About Ryan Peter
Ryan Peter has been an avid gamer for over 25 years, seeing the industry evolve from King's Quest to what it is today. He is the deputy editor of Do Gaming and a writer of fantasy and sci-fi. His books are available at Amazon.com.