HomeLAN has an interview with John DeMargheriti of Micro Forté in Australia. It is very interesting. John discusses the origins of pretty much the entire Australian game development industry, including the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, the Australian Game Developers Conference, the Game Developers Association of Australia, etc. No word about Melbourne House, the oldest Australian game developer I was aware of. They did The Hobbit, way back on the ZX Spectrum.
He also talks about BigWorld, Micro Forté’s MMO technology that got some good buzz at the 2002 GDC, and a little bit about the MMO game they’re doing for Microsoft.