If you have been following along Just Geeking By‘s Seriously Geeky Sundays prompt, you may have seen some Sunday adventures around the world already. I still have them in my catch up lists. However, I’m journeying at the same time as everyone else to Australia.
The 26th of January marks Australia Day which is the national day of Australia. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove in 1788. Australia Day is a controversial day within Australian history and there has been resistance to celebrating the date. A useful article on the history is here.
As Heather says herself, “I’ve chosen this day for this month’s Around the World in 8 Sundays topic because history isn’t simple. It is controversial, and contemporary celebrations for Australia Day have worked to encompass every aspect of Australian culture. This seemed the ideal way to introduce a discussion about the pop culture of the continent of Australia.”
What is your favourite fandom set in Australia?
One of my favourite game series just happens to be set in a series of islands to the south/southeast of Australia. That is Crash Bandicoot. I adore this series. I love Crash. I get rather frustrated by the actual platforming but I still adore it. This whole series brings back such wonderful memories of the PS1 and sitting within cables length of the TV trying desperately to get another level completed and saving on memory cards. I have been so excited since the N-Sane Trilogy released and have enjoyed revisiting (even though I still haven’t finished any of the games included yet), and now Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time gives me even more Crash Bandicoot goodness.
Who is your favourite male character from the continent of Australia?
Junkrat from Overwatch, partially because he is a fun character to play but mainly because of his voice lines. This is a character that just makes me laugh because of the fun of it all and the humour. I’m never going to be great at Overwatch but Junkrat is great fun.
Which female character from the continent of Australia interests you the most?
Chloe Frazer from the Uncharted series. Part of this comes from how much I loved her in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. She has this absolute determination that is so inspiring. She will go through it all to complete her goal and her excitement as a treasure hunter is wonderful to see in the games. The story in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy opens up Chloe’s story, especially her family history, whilst she is as strong as ever. She is tough but when she opens up she has a sentimental side and she will protect the people she cares about (though there may also be a little risk of back-stabbing).
Thinking of Australia’s diverse history, which part would you like to see featured in a fandom?
I would love to learn more about Aboriginal Australia as this is a part of history that I admit to knowing little about. Having a read around Australia Day and Australian history for this post, it would be an area that if featured in an appropriate way and done with the communities could be interesting to people like me who would like to know more but don’t know much about it currently.
Another part of Australian history that could be interesting to see in fandoms would be the gold rushes. Whenever I think of gold rushes I think of America, however seeing it from the experience of Australia which kept news of gold finds quiet for a period of time. Then seeing the effect of the California gold rush decided to change their stance.
Do you have any favourite authors/entertainers/celebrities from this continent?
Kylie Minogue is one of those people I love. I think what inspires me is her passion and the fact that her music can be really catchy. You don’t necessarily need to like her style to know who it is by and to sense the enthuasiasm.
I also like Hugh Jackman – I mean it’s Wolverine! Also known for other acting parts and even singing, but he seems like the sort of person who you could talk to and would have interesting stories and being able to talk about his charity work would be amazing as well.
You’ve been given a chance to set a scene for a fandom of your choice in Australia; do you pick the outback or an urban location?
I’d love either as both offer such different experiences and options. Right now I think I would prefer to see a game set in the outback. Though this question is making me want to revisit Forza Horizon 3 and it’s fictional southern Australia setting to explore again. Forza Horizon 3 did have a bit of a mix of both, as far as I recall, which was a nice compromise.