An Open Letter is a new feature where we communicate directly, mano e mano, straight to the heart of someone/something/anything in gaming. This month we appeal to the super buff Aussie Dollar. Is its new found strength a positive or a hindrance for gaming?
Dear Australian Dollar,
Hey dude, we heard you’re pretty buff these days – you’ve been hitting the gym, haven’t you? Sculpting the guns eh? You’ve gotten much stronger – and don’t think we haven’t noticed man! You’ve never looked better, and you know what - good for you!
You’re big news old chap! You’re strong. So strong, in fact, that you have the power to crush stuff with your bare hands. The local Australian games industry for example.
Yeah, you forgot about that didn’t you? A little too busy oiling yourself up in the mirror to care about the effect your clumsy brute strength would have. Too busy power blasting your quads to give a crap about the affect your squats would have on local development. You’re like Dirty Harry. Sure, ‘you get the job done, dammit’, but there’s always a fair amount of collateral damage.
But yeah, sorry Aussie Dollar, maybe we’re being a bit harsh, maybe we should ease up on the rantage. I guess we do have to take the rough with the smooth. After all, your fresh buffage has allowed us to save cashola with some slick importing...
But what if we don’t want to wait weeks for delivery? What if we want our goods and services right this instant? Yeah Aussie Dollar – all your bicep curls haven’t helped us get cheaper games on our home soil, has it? We’re still paying the same price we were last month. And the month before that. And three months before that when you weighed 70 kilograms soaking wet!
So what’s the point, eh? You’re like one of those body builders that can’t run 40 yards without gasping for breath! One day you’ll stop hitting the gym twice a day and all the muscle will turn to flab – what then dollar? What then, huh?
Hey Dollar. Are you listening man? Hey. Dude! Stop looking in the mirror man! Stop flexing! Pay attention. This is serious! Dollar?
Ah – just forget it. Meathead.
Yours, Mark Serrels