There’s real action happening online. Internet games are now reflecting reality with subjects as varied as dance bars, torrential floods and infamous Bollywood episodes like Salman Khan’s blackbuck tryst and Mika-Rakhi Sawant smooch.
While the takes on Bollywood can be funny, what’s worth noting is the arrival of issues which have really affected people. These games are Buck Waas (on Salman Khan), Flood Bath (on Mumbai’s flooding this monsoon), Kiss Mat (on MikaRakhi Sawant), Return of the Dance Bar Girls (on escaping the ‘banned’ dance bars undetected) and Counterstrike (where one team plays terrorists, dodging those trying to shoot them and defuse bombs).
|The online game, Kis Mat, is a take on Mika-Rakhi Sawant smooch episode.|
Some of these games might look silly but they are a serious comment on dysfunctional governance. Alok Kejriwal, founder and CEO of games2win.com, the creator of Flood Bath, says the game is about striking back at the people responsible for flooding Mumbai.
While intent may be noble, players feel execution is sometimes less than perfect. Says graphic designer and online gamer Hari Nair,
“I’ve heard that the game is amateurish.” Psychologist Anjali Chhabbria, who analysed the games for HT City, feels that these games do a good job shining a light on current events though they go overboard sometimes.
Call it vicarious pleasure or virtual solution for problems, there’s no harm in playing, right?