Sydney has decided to bury all its inhabitants in a much needed deluge, so you know what it's the perfect time for? Video games.
Partially off the back of the Summer Smash down in Melbourne, I've had a hankering for battle royales. I've downloaded Fortnite, PUBG and Apex Legends all over again this week, updating them for their new seasons. I've been messing around with a bit of PUBG Mobile the last day or so, although that's not as much fun when you don't have a third button on the rear of your phone (and PUBG Mobile steadfastly refuses to support controllers, unlike Fortnite).
I started writing about Australian esports in 2003, back when Counter-Strike 1.5 reigned supreme, Brood War was setting standards for professional leagues, and the word esports hadn't been solidified in the gaming lexicon. Since then, much of the scene's core characteristics has remained surprisingly consistent. New devices and consoles have arrived, and there's some new games on the scene, but much of the structure replicates the building blocks of years past, and many of the old faces are still around in one form or another.
Beyond that, I've downloaded Heroes of Might and Magic 3 again and the fan-made Horn of the Abyss expansion. I wish there was some kind of DPI scaling on that game, though, but that's well beyond what the HOMM 3 engine can do.
Man a proper reimagining of that would be sweet.
What are you playing this weekend?