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Book your leave, here are the rAge 2016 dates

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Cape town

rAge is the largest event on the local calendar for gamers and geeks of all kinds. It’s when all the local distributors, artists, cosplayers and retailers are gathered in one place to show off their wares and get people excited about the latest and greatest products and activities. For years, it has only taken place in Johannesburg in October, but in 2016 it’s expanding to the Mother City, and the dates have been revealed.

Want to go face-on with VR? Want to see the coolest gaming rigs (literally coolest considering the nitrous they use)? Here’s what you need to know:

  • 18, 19, 20 March 2016 – rAge Cape Town: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Goodwood
  • 7, 8, 9 October 2016 – rAge JHB: TicketPro Dome in Northgate

I’m very curious about who will be attending this year. It’s usually a rather expensive affair for distributors to put up a stand at rAge, but worthwhile considering the amount of people who walk through those doors. Will the same be true in Cape Town, or are people more inclined to support EGE SA instead? Will Cape Town rAge have the same offering, or take on a more geeky culture vibe instead of the strong focus on gaming? And will prices be similar to what the people of Gauteng pay, or will the cape cool the pricing a bit?

At least we now know the dates of the expos. Put in for your leave, prepare your sick note or do whatever else you do when you want to do something other than work. Oh, and be prepared to hide from Darryn when he brings Freddy Kruger to rAge – that face is far too creepy, even before he puts on the silicon mask.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

137 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    November 25, 2015 at 13:33

    Looking forward to it, the last rAge I have been to was in 2009 in the dome πŸ˜›

    Reply

  2. Ghost In The Rift

    November 25, 2015 at 13:39

    This Namibian will try his best to see you guys in CPT next year, as a gamer its imperative that i attend a expo, otherwise i am left with this empty feeling until i return to dust.

    Reply

  3. Captain JJ never changes

    November 25, 2015 at 13:40

    I don’t like that things are in GrandWest so often, it’s in the middle of nowhere.
    But I shall be there!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 25, 2015 at 13:41

      The last time I went to Grand West it was still the Goodwood show grounds.

      Reply

      • HvR

        November 25, 2015 at 13:46

        Wanted tp post “damn yo ass is old meme” but realized I also been to the Goodwood show grounds.

        Reply

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 25, 2015 at 13:46

        Wow. Last I went there was for some rock concert thing. Long ago.

        Reply

        • HvR

          November 25, 2015 at 13:47

          You mean both of you missed Rammstein? Fo shame..

          Reply

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:04

            I did. I completely missed it, and I regret it.

          • Mossel

            November 25, 2015 at 14:19

            Also, Kings of Chaos! I mean…Slash.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:20

            Myles Kennedy blows my mind

          • Mossel

            November 25, 2015 at 14:23

            He is amazing! I need that vocal range. Actually I whish I could just have a range of one octave…that would be nice. To be honest I whish I could just not be tone deaf.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:24

            I remember when I saw him in that Rockstar movie…even back then I thought this dude has the craziest range I have ever heard.
            Myles is probably one of the greatest vocalists at the moment imo.

          • Mossel

            November 25, 2015 at 14:25

            Bruce Dickenson!! Are you going to check Iron Maiden next year?!

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:26

            Yea, I’m really considering it. But my wife and I have some plans for next year, so it’s difficult to say for sure at this moment.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:37

            RAMMSTEIN WAS AWESOME!! HOLY CRAP THOSE GUYS HAD AN AWESOME SHOW!

    • RinceThis

      November 25, 2015 at 13:51

      Me too. I fucking HATE GrandWest, sleazy place…

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 25, 2015 at 13:52

        Any place you are is sleazy.

        Reply

        • RinceThis

          November 25, 2015 at 13:52

          You shut up! Why must you be mean all the time!?

          Reply

          • Nikola

            November 25, 2015 at 13:52

            Not to pick on you RInce which I would never do but he has a point!

          • RinceThis

            November 25, 2015 at 13:54

            Not to pick on me? BWAHAHA! Coming from Sir BullyAlot? HA!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 13:55

            He said he would never do that. He seemed sincere & I believe him. Seems like you have trust issues.

          • RinceThis

            November 25, 2015 at 13:56

            Oh wow, let me guess, he’s on your Person list?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 13:57

            That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Now it’s suddenly a conspiracy.

          • RinceThis

            November 25, 2015 at 14:00

            It is!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 13:52

            Was that a rhetorical question?

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:06

            I don’t think he’s mean, I just think you draw out that side of him.

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 25, 2015 at 14:05

        Agreed

        Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        November 25, 2015 at 14:38

        The worst is when you go home after a comedy show, and it’s just past midnight and you have these freaking weird-looking mutants rock up with their baby strollers and kids.

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 25, 2015 at 14:40

          I’ve been to Makro.

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:41

            Jeez dude… why are there always weird creatures at Makro!!!???? Makro seems to attract all the weirdos.

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 14:42

            They heard Walmart bought a piece?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:43

            I’m still waiting for the day that I see a horribly obese dude or lady riding one of those fat mobiles…

            When that day comes, I will probably head home, pack my bags and go hide in the Karroo.

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 14:58

            Screw the Karoo, I’m going scooter tipping.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:59

            MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 14:42

            Presumably to buy shoes, because they don’t seem to have any. :/

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        November 25, 2015 at 14:44

        It’s also depressing like fuck… you can just smell the desperation as the poorest of the poor head to Grand West to gamble away their kids’ future.

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 25, 2015 at 14:45

          Now combine it with esports. WIN!

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:47

            HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    • HvR

      November 25, 2015 at 13:56

      Relatively easily accessible from N1, N2 and N7 with lots of parking.

      The only better option really is the CTICC, hopefullly this one is a big enough success so that they can book CTICC for 2017.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 25, 2015 at 14:05

        CTICC is nicer imo.

        Reply

        • RinceThis

          November 25, 2015 at 14:07

          It totally is. You also don’t have to bump into the losers who sit for 24 hours blowing their kids education money on gambling and booze.

          Reply

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:09

            Yes. It’s just way more premium.

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 14:10

            At least it is not at a hipster coffee shop somewhere in Loop

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:11

            Hehe. True that.
            I haven’t been in Loop for quite a while though.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:06

            Loop is now a dirty hipster hole filled with dirty goony bearded, multi-coloured bleach haired SJW hipsters. In fact, every one looks like Grant Hinds. It’s depressing. πŸ™

            Kloofnek is even worse….

          • Mossel

            November 25, 2015 at 14:20

            Hey now you’ve gone too far! I like my hipster coffee shops!

          • RinceThis

            November 25, 2015 at 14:11

            I was there 2 weeks ago for a buffet for William’s birthday. Eish, you should see the types that go to those pig-eating fests. REAL classy stuff…

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:13

            I generally don’t go to casinos, there’s just no appeal for me at all.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:52

            I just go to Grand West for the cinema and the shows… (PS: The cinemas are always empty and I like an empty cinema)

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:53

            I had no idea there were cinemas there.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:54

            Yep, in the food court with the fake sky roof… (opposite the ice rink)

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:55

            I really have to pay better attention when I’m there. I had no idea there’s an ice rink either…
            That said, I’ve literally only been there for bands.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:56

            Before the young banana was born, we used to go the ice rink alot. πŸ™

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 15:01

            Sadly I’m old enough to have regularly gone to the ice rink before there was a casino.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:03

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:57

            It might blow your mind… there’s even an arcade… πŸ˜€ Although they’ve made it a lot smaller now. When Grand West first opened it rivalled the old one at N1 City. It was awesome….

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 15:00

            yes used to be big ass arcade and pirate ship and and in door arena big enough to host the Top Gear show with cars jumping ramps.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:02

            And then that silly little girl got her hair caught in one of the karts (essentially scalped her….) and that killed the karts…. πŸ™

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 15:03

            No that was at the karts that was on top of the Canal Walk. She was in my brother’s class.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:09

            Are you sure? I thought that was at Grand West….

            Canal Walk had karts?

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 15:25

            They had karts for short while within the parking complex. Closed down due to the incident because they were found liable because there were no covers on the drive chains and engines, there were not proper safety checks and all the personnel ran away when it happened.

            Think the Grandwest karting closed down because it was slow and lame.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          November 25, 2015 at 14:45

          So next year, we’ll have two gaming conventions in the republic of the mother city. WOHOOO!!!

          Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      November 25, 2015 at 14:36

      Yeah, also GrandWest don’t allow you to walk in with a mask on… I wonder how the cosplay guys will deal with that. πŸ™

      Reply

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 25, 2015 at 14:48

        Oh man. I didn’t think of that. And I wanted to do a PayDay thing. Guess heisters at a Casino is a big no no.

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          November 25, 2015 at 14:49

          DUDE I WANTED TO DO A PAY DAY THING AS WELL!! Holy crap!!

          Reply

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:50

            Haha. Awesome.
            HOXTON!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 14:50

            WOLF, BABY!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 14:55

            Microtransactions FTW!

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:56

            Yea. That put a damper on my cosplay idea. Permanently.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 14:58

            I think microtransactions is an awesome cosplay choice. You go naked, and when people complain you tell them to pay you for every article of clothing they’d like you to wear.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 15:01

            Haha!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:04

            There’s the other one later in the year at the CTICC.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 15:07

            EGE
            Was there this year. Hopefully it’s bigger this time.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:10

            EGE was so cool. Sniff… I probably looked like an old middle-age pedo stalker type, but I didn’t care.

      • HvR

        November 25, 2015 at 14:59

        Also no guns or knives real or fake.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 25, 2015 at 15:02

          Whoever thought Grand West was a good idea clearly has no idea of the geekdom.

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 25, 2015 at 15:04

            Suits… manager-types only see money.

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 25, 2015 at 13:44

    Don’t need to take leave to see the CT one Zoe, we only work from 9 til 12 Mon to Thurs.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      November 25, 2015 at 13:45

      Indeed, now finish building your damn mountain

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        November 25, 2015 at 13:47

        It’s aerodynamic

        Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 25, 2015 at 14:05

        Shoosh, go back to your caves. πŸ˜‰

        Reply

    • Darren Peach

      November 25, 2015 at 13:50

      What do you do for a living ?, I want in.

      Reply

      • HvR

        November 25, 2015 at 14:04

        He is the Head of the Department of Insulting Rince

        Reply

        • Darren Peach

          November 25, 2015 at 14:08

          Ok.

          Reply

        • RinceThis

          November 25, 2015 at 14:12

          Haha!

          Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 25, 2015 at 14:13

          I thought he was the secretary. That’s why he’s so bitchy.

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 25, 2015 at 14:13

            bwahahahahah

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 14:40

            Dammit am I mixing up “the head” and “giving head” again.?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2015 at 14:41

            And you buggers didn’t get me anything for secretary’s day.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        November 25, 2015 at 14:46

        Trevor works in local government. You may know him as Mayor Patricia de Lille.

        Reply

    • RinceThis

      November 25, 2015 at 13:52

      Where is Friday?!

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      November 25, 2015 at 14:45

      Pffftt.. 12? It’s 9 till 9h30, and then some facebook and tea before heading home before 11.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 25, 2015 at 14:46

        Shhhhh don’t tell the mole people.

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          November 25, 2015 at 14:47

          Sorry gov… we can’t have these northerners flocking to the republic…

          Reply

  5. Nikola

    November 25, 2015 at 13:51

    I think I might make a trip to go down to CPT just for fun plus Cape Town is awesome so excuses! I can stop by George and get drunk with @H@hammersteyn:disqus

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      November 25, 2015 at 13:52

      Why would you want to see that looser? *run

      Reply

      • Nikola

        November 25, 2015 at 13:53

        I don’t know he seems like he needs friends;)

        *runevenfaster

        Reply

  6. RinceThis

    November 25, 2015 at 13:51

    This year? You high? trololo

    Reply

  7. RinceThis

    November 25, 2015 at 13:53

    Well, if you can’t wait till next year people, this Saturday at the River Club in Obs we are having an LG get together. 13:00! You too can finally have your eyes burn as you stare at what is @tre@disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 25, 2015 at 13:56

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 25, 2015 at 14:03

        Step right up! Step right up! Gaze upon the joke of the cruel mistress that is Nature and her sense of humour!

        Reply

    • HvR

      November 25, 2015 at 13:58

      Seriously!?!!?! Cape Town Festival of BEER this weekend.

      Reply

    • Captain JJ never changes

      November 25, 2015 at 14:10

      He doesn’t make my eyes burn at all. Sure, I fear for my life, but that’s about all.

      Reply

    • Aries

      November 25, 2015 at 14:18

      Maybe I make a turn, see what some people look and sound like

      Reply

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 25, 2015 at 14:19

        Tread lightly.

        Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 25, 2015 at 14:26

        I’d suggest walking nonchalantly past so you can see at what stage of inebriation OvG is at…

        Reply

        • Aries

          November 25, 2015 at 14:30

          Hopefully there will be name tags, though by what you saying seems OvG will be hard to miss

          Reply

          • HvR

            November 25, 2015 at 14:38

            Rince = scary red head clown
            OVG = very angry drunk guy with some resemblance to Rince, it will be sitting off to one side on his own.
            JJ = busy well defined brows, tastefully applied makeup with a 6kg dumbbell imprint on his forehead.
            Trevor = really old dude sitting on the other side of the table

          • Aries

            November 25, 2015 at 14:52

            haha, what event is happening there? besides LG people being there

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:53

            You’ve really captured my essence. Though the imprint has faded.

    • Mossel

      November 25, 2015 at 14:21

      The ONE weekend I go away…to Synergy, so no regrets!

      Reply

  8. Mossel

    November 25, 2015 at 14:16

    One week after RAMFest…luckily RAMFest is but a distant memory of the epic festival it once was.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ never changes

      November 25, 2015 at 14:19

      I feel you man. πŸ™

      Reply

      • Mossel

        November 25, 2015 at 14:24

        Yeah dude did you check it’s a one day thing…I mean WTF. So bleak.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 25, 2015 at 14:25

          RIP RAMfest.
          It’s a real shame. I had high hopes for something awesome ever since Killswitch was here.

          Reply

        • HvR

          November 25, 2015 at 14:34

          Do not mind the one day thing since it gets difficult when you have kids, responsibilities and middle age liver than took a beaten for 10 years. Personally think weekend festival with all the international acts performing on one night will be the best of both worlds.

          Do not know why they are not sticking to the Ostrich Farm of the N7 for a close to venue to Cape Town, logistically hell of a lot easier than the Coetzenburg Stadium, traffic jam will mean you will be effectivly camping in your car.

          My main gripe is that they changing their definition of alternative to international acts you never heard of.

          Reply

          • Mossel

            November 25, 2015 at 14:43

            Ostrich farm would’ve been much better, agreed.
            I have actually heard of BRMC, but I’ve seen them before. SO I wanted something new and fresh, but alas.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 25, 2015 at 14:52

            Coetzenburg is a terrible idea.

  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    November 25, 2015 at 14:35

    Hahahaha! rAge is coming to Cape Town? Did I just have a stroke?

    Reply

  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    November 25, 2015 at 14:40

    So are the lazy gang heading down to the republic in March? You might even get to meet me… muahahaha!

    Reply

  11. oVg

    November 25, 2015 at 14:51

    Booked for March 18- UNCHARTED 4 πŸ˜›

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      November 25, 2015 at 14:52

      GOTY!!!

      Reply

  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    November 25, 2015 at 16:47

    Hopefully this can be the theme song for rAge Cape Town –

    Reply

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