Thanks For All The Fish

The big announcement for Australian Gamer this week is that Yug officially moved out this weekend.

This doesn’t affect AG in any way that anyone will notice, it’s just an interesting change to the dynamic of the characters and the “product”.

The main reason Yug is leaving is basically because our unit is too damned hot. He keeps bitching about how hot it is in his room in the morning, because he’s a sooky girl. My room is hot in the afternoon. It kind of feels like you’re having a sauna. Under a space shuttle launch. It’s not therapeutic in any way. Just hot. Anyway, Yug always bitches that his room is too hot in the morning, he can’t sleep in, blah blah blah. What a whiner.

He isn’t leaving because there’s anything wrong between us, he’s basically going because he felt it was time to go. And I’m staying because I basically felt it wasn’t.

And the first person who says we broke up gets fist to the face in stereo.

I like the place, and I’m staying, taking over the bills and the rent, and basically getting a chance to be a grown up again. This is something I’ve been shielded from in the whole “sharehousing” lifestyle.

This is the second time Yug and I have lived together, and by and large it’s been a blast. We’ve been sharing this place for more than 2 and a half years now. In that time we’ve done remarkably well at the hardest part of sharing a place.

Dealing with each other’s shit.

Mostly things have worked out. Times when Yug was down financially, I was often blinged right up, and we could always rely on each other to carry the load for just a little while.

For my part, I’ve had to deal with Yug constantly bringing boys home from bars, then the inevitable sounds of piggy noises, latex snapping, groaning, and that sort of nonsense. I try to ignore it. Guess you can get used to anything.

Yug, on the other hand, has really had to deal with quite a lot from me. From random declarations of moving to Sydney and vacillating about plans for the future, to simply not having the money for rent for long stretches.

Yug has put up with all of this, and rarely complained. Well… actually, he complained a lot, but that’s not the point. He dealt with it.

The other thing he did was get me out of the house. I’m a bit of a “home body” by nature, and Yug, ever the partyboy often forced me to head out when I really didn’t want to. And, as promised, I always had a lot of fun.

I guess in the main I want to say that to Yug. Thanks for helping me out for the last two years of my life. And most of all, thank you for making them fun.

So Yug left. It took me about 20 minutes to steal his room. Really, how could I help it? It’s a bigger room by far, with a balcony, walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, the works. I pretty much had to steal it, and I’m sure I’ll love it, once I air out the Vaseline smell.

Goddamn it gets hot in the morning, though.

Comments from Matt – December 30th @ 1:01pm

I don’t know how I missed this for so long, but Wired are running an article on a new car, the “Nissan URGE” that has a rater nifty feature. The car features an inbuilt TV and Xbox 360. Most particularly cool is that the steering wheel and pedals actually act as the controllers for racing games.

Naturally you can’t play the game while you’re driving (mostly because you’ll die) and naturally it’s almost certianly never actually coming out… but it’s still kind of nifty.

The car will make its debut as a prototype at this years North American International Auto Show in Detroit in a couple of weeks.

There are a bunch of pictures here. It’s kind of bright.

Comments from Matt – December 29th @ 10:50am

Kind of old news, but I thought worth pointing out considering it’s a slow news… month.

World of Warcraft now has over 5 million subscribers.

5 Million. 5,000,000. 0.01% of the population of the planet now plays this game.

OK, so that’s not accurate for a range of reasons, but still, 5,000,000 is an impressive number. It’s actually more impressive than what I thought, too. I originally assumed that was the total that had ever subscribed, the total games sold. But no. That’s current, active subscribers. It doesn’t include expired accounts, etc.

The number breakdown is interesting too. There are more than a million subscribers in the United States. (Which makes 0.5% of the population.) There are also more than 1.5 million players in China. Or more accurately, 1,499,999 chinese farmers, and one guy called Chen, in Shanghai. Seriously, though, I’ve been playing a while, and while I’ve spoken to a LOT of Americans I’ve never seen anyone Chinese. I assume the servers are very seperate, for the different languages, etc.

So anyway, doing the maths, assuming every one of these accounts pays only $10 a month (and it’s more like double that), that gives Blizzard earnings of $50 000 000 a month, not counting sales of the original game, etc. Cha-CHING!

To quote Ben: “Thatsa a spicy meatball!”

Comments from Yug – December 25th @ 3:58am

Well, that’s it, it’s officially Christmas. While I have this brief opportunity before I’m overrun by family, I’d just like to say think you to you, our readers, for coming to the site in the first place, and for then deciding that it was worth coming back every so often 🙂 You guys are the reason why I keep drawing these comics every week, and will continue to do so in 2006.

That said, I’m not sure whether we will get an update done this week. Christmas tends to be a holiday when drinking is not only an option, but it’s practically REQUIRED in order to surive. And we all know what happens when I do a comic when drunk/hungover.

So we will see how it goes, but either way, we will be back in force in the New Year, and we have plenty of exciting plans that will make AustralianGamer bigger and better than ever before. For now though, my glass is empty, and I need to hold off this hangover for as long as humanly possible. Cheers!