Heya Guys, remember me. Letter of the Month from Issue #55.
Wanted to drop a line, I’m an aging gamer who’s still kicking it. Maybe I should send you a photo for your magazine, I’m still gaming on my old systems, still got a C64, Amiga and PC setup in the same room, all working, and used almost daily, while banging out the latest and greatest on the PC and PS4.
I recently realised how much I missed some of that older stuff, something those young kids won’t know or understand till they reach my age, or I laugh when they go “oh man, remember the PS2, that was ages ago”… pfft, they have NO idea. So during one rainy Sunday afternoon I got thinking, I missed my ZZap64, my CU Amiga and my PC Powerplay, all shoved aside because technology marched on, and moving out of home meant I couldn’t possibly carry all these books from home to home as I was in the rent cycle. But here I am sitting in my own house now, so I starting looking and managed to find all but a dozen back issues of PC Powerplay, bought the lot and bought a 24 month subscription as well. Now I’m part of the solution and not the problem I thought…. So I thought I’d say hello again, great to hold a magazine in my hand after all these years and screw anyone who doesn’t agree ha! Cheers to the future, it looks rosy but also, a nod to the past for helping us to get here. Ivan Wheelwright
Thanks Ivan, nice of you to come back to the warm slightly musty embrace of PCPP. None of us are really spring chickens anymore, with the majority of us being in our 40s and reminiscing about days long past when we would waste way too much work time playing Quake 3 Arena, or having to take screenshots by either recording footage of games and trying to find a non-interlaced frame, or literally taking photos of the TV screen. To welcome you back, have another letter of the month prize. I was just trying to host a game of Dead Before Daylight and I can only get one in four players into the game and I read that the issue was “internet speed”.
And after doing some research I realise that Australia rates a whopping 50th in the world for internet speeds. Countries such as Bulgaria and Kenya are a lot better placed in the world of internet speeds than Australia. To that I say good luck to them. But I always thought Australia was the tech country. I always heard from our corporate media that Australia loves technology. Yet 50th in the world? Really! I know the NBN is on its way and so I’ve been hearing for years. My area doesn’t get it until 2018 and at this moment in time I don’t know any friends who have it.
I just hope it’s a great service, I’m not holding my breath yet I hope it gives gamers in Australia the speed and the service that i feel we have the capability to receive.
Regards Mitchell Hall
Hi Mitchell – I wouldn’t hold my breath either. The hybrid NBN we are getting in Australia is already outdated and as a number of people who have already been hooked up can testify, the speed is often no better than an ADSL connection. Unfortunately the rollout has been such a mess that it will be hard for subsequent governments to fix the mess and give us an up to date NBN, as many voters won’t like having to spend billions more dollars to fix something that is already seriously over budget.