Virtual karma spills into real life

Game drawing inspiration from Indian mythology and culture launched on Facebook, lets players donate points earned to Indian charities.
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Updated on Aug 02, 2011 06:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySneha Mahale, Mumbai

A new game launched on Facebook, Karma Kingdom, gives players a chance to do good in the real and virtual worlds.

Based on Indian mythology and drawing inspiration from icons connected to Hindu culture, the game allows players to donate earned points to charities and NGOs around the country. This is one of the few games on the site that explores mythology in a fun way.

“The point of the game is to ensure that Indian cultural and mythological stories are told to global audiences. The iconography is Indian, but the game also concentrates on the fun element. If a person is not familiar with these icons, they wouldn’t be lost in the game,” says Ashok Desai, CEO and founder of Avasthaa, the company behind the game.

However, he adds that players wanting more information on the characters can click on the icon bar to get details. Kingdom Karma concentrates on community building and development on an island, where survivors find themselves stranded after chaos and strife nearly destroys the known world.

As a player, you and a small group of leaders from other districts, provinces and states, decide that a new way of life must be found if humanity is to be saved.

Desai says, “It encourages players to build a better new world.” Several popular Hindu gods like Lakshmi, Ganesha and Hanuman give advice on how to proceed.

“The better world is calculated in terms of the development as well as the number of people benefiting. We also hope to introduce elements of Ayurveda and yoga,” says Desai, adding that this is one of the few games with a day and night cycle.

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