As we rove all over Australia for this section, we’re sometimes surprised at the different types of games that are big from one store to another. Games coordinator, David Petrovski, tells us that the biggest thing in JB Sunshine is Japanese-themed games.
“At Sunshine it’s usually anime games. Whenever we get those types of games here, we sell out straight away – Dragon Ball Z, Devil May Cry and that kind of stuff. Devil May Cry 5 sold out on day one.”
There are no prizes for guessing then what his hottest seller is currently – yep, DMC5. It’s also the game that David’s playing at the moment.
When it comes to new games, David is currently hyped for Mortal Kombat 11, and the legal eagle extension of the Yakuza universe, Judgment. There’s that Sunshine Japanese game thing again! It also extends to what’s been pre-ordering the best in his store – “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, that’s a big one for us.”
David confesses to being very passionate about video games, and this dates back to his first console – the original PlayStation. While his current console allegiance is to the PS4, he tells us, “I remember my old nan buying me a PS1 and yeah, I’ve been a Sony fanboy since day one.”
So then, what’s his favourite game of all-time? Interestingly, it’s Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and with good reason. “It was the very first game I ever completed, and it was actually the very first game I ever played, so it’s got significance for me.”
David’s PlayStation worship extends to the pride and joy of his sizeable console collection. “My crown jewel is this super-limited PlayStation from Japan that I’ve displayed in my room, which I’m very proud of. It’s called a Sony PSX, and it’s like a TV tuner, an original PlayStation, a PS2 and a DVR recorder all in one that was notorious for breaking very easily. Luckily the one that I got actually did work!”
With this sort of dedication, it’s no surprise that David, who’s worked at JB Sunshine for some four-and-a-half years now, loves connecting with his customers: “Talking to people about games, seeing their interests and just mingling with them, and pretty much being among my own kind.”