The real reason your staff or colleagues are not at work today

South Africa might be behind on a few things, but midnight game launches ain’t one of them. A huge number of BT Games branches opened at 9pm last night to entertain gamers for a few hours before handing over their preorders at the stroke of midnight. Those people are all, probably with very few exceptions, enjoying the game right now after having called in to work or school with *cough, cough* “the flu”.

Those of us unlucky enough to be on yet another deadline, for yet another project, are not among those fortunate souls, much to our chagrin. We should be getting our review copies later today, though, and we’ll be able to bring you our first impressions in a very near-future post that will quite possibly go live sometime tomorrow. Who needs sleep, anyway?


In the meantime, if you’re somehow also stuck at work and can only dream about playing GTA, console yourself with this awesome trailer showing off the fictional “Blaine County” and all the fun things you can get up to in-game:

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A handful of maize seed, especially precious because it is of the improved, drought tolerant variety TAN 250, which yields even in times of drought. This was developed and registered for sale in Tanzania through CIMMYT's Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project, in partnership with Tanzanian seed company Tanseed International Limited. It is based on material from CIMMYT-Zimbabwe, CIMMYT-Mexico, and Tanzania. 

For more about TAN 250 and the longstanding collaboration between Tanseed and CIMMYT, see CIMMYT's June 2009 e-news story "No maize, no life!" available online at:

For more about DTMA see:

Photo credit: Anne Wangalachi/CIMMYT.

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