Rage is a three-day spectacle where all things gaming – computer games, electronics, hardware, software, consoles, comics, board and card games – come together in one realm.
The expo was started in 2002 by NAG magazine with the aim of boosting the publication’s readership and promoting the culture of gaming in South Africa, says rAge’s senior project manager, Michael James.
Initially, about 4 000 people attended the first expo and it has since had 10%-15% year-on-year growth in turnout. About 35 000 gamers joined this year’s event, with 2 000 game enthusiasts taking part in the 52-hour-long NAG LAN gaming event, making it the biggest local area network in the southern hemisphere.
Game artists, illustrators, and local and international game producers were among the exhibitors at the packed fair. Swedish game producer at DICE, Daniel Matros (who produced the Battlefield series), was one of the speakers giving presentations on the expos’s main stage.
On offer were top game titles like Fifa 14, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4. Gamers from all walks of life came together under one roof with egos and bragging rights put to the test as they battled it out in the different competitions on offer.
Gamers’ favourite characters also came to life as cosplayers (people who wear costumes to represent characters from games, comic books, anime) turned out in numbers impersonating their favourite heroes.
The most anticipated aspect of the show, however, was the big reveal of the next generation consoles of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Let’s just say the debate about who will rule the world of gaming continues.
It was a perfect outing for gamers from all backgrounds, and if rAge 2014 is anything like the 2013 instalment, I can’t wait for next year.