Valley hooks up to online gaming

Playstation and X-box change the way enthusiasts play

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Salman, a Srinagarite, competes with Jonas, an Italian and Frank, a Londoner. The arena, their respective living rooms. The platform, Sony Playstation gaming console.
The days, when ‘playing a game’ with friends meant going out to the playground, running around chasing a ball or skipping ropes are virtually changing. The techies of Microsoft and Sony, through their gaming consoles, help emulate the same adrenaline rush and entertainment without you getting all that grubby.
Gaming consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation, Nintendo Wii, Sega and Gameboy provide online gaming entertainment, enabling a person to compete with many online gamers simultaneously.
A torrent of virtual entertainers and sophisticated technology is on its way to sweep you off your feet and turn the tide over ‘traditional games’ in the coming years.  

Attraction Factor
Apart from making our lives comfortable, gadgets have always had an attraction factor especially among teenagers and young adults. The ‘Buy-It- And- Show-It-Off’ aspect often determines the sale of a product.
“Flaunting a new gizmo is always a proud feeling,” says Burhan Rafiqi, an 18-year-old kid from Karan Nagar, who purchased a Playstation 3 from Mumbai last year.
 “Why do people bring costly mobiles when the same function can be achieved by cheaper ones, it’s just for dabaaw (impression),” he adds.

Availabilty Factor
Being heavy weights in technological field, Microsoft and Sony products have a global reach. Their products are sold in most of the cities of the world and Srinagar is no exception.
 “Playstation and Xbox are easily available everywhere and game CDs are sold all year round” says Proprietor of Mubarak Audio Mart, Syed Manzoor Shah.
The availability of pirated computer game CDs, which also run on gaming consoles, don’t leave the gamer short of exciting brands.
 “I borrow some computer CDs from my friend or buy them from any computer store and play them on my Playstation,” says Huzaif Manzoor, a gaming enthusiast.

Ease Factor
Test your mettle with players of different countries without getting damp and dirty. Get the same kick of adrenaline while lying down on your cosy couch.
 “You can compete with players of different countries while enjoying a refreshing drink,” quips Faisal Malik, a gaming fan.

Price Factor
Now this is what eases off some pressure from the traditional ‘Gilly danda’ games. Playstation 1, the cheapest member of the Playstation family costs 6,000 rupees. While Playstation 2 and Playstation 3 cost 9,000 and 23,000 rupees respectively. Playstation Portable (PSP), the mobile member of the Playstation clan costs 14,000 rupees.
Nintendo Wii ranges around 13,000 rupees and Microsoft Xbox 360 costs a whopping 24,000 rupees.
 “PSP and Playstation 2 are sold more as compared to other consoles,” says Sales manager of the Sony outlet, Shabir Ahmad.

Psycho Analysis:  What The Doctors Say
Doctors and health experts stress on playing outdoor games which, according to them, help maintain a sound body. However their virtual counterparts do have some positive effects to help develop a sound mind, say the experts.
Experts maintain that playing video games increase the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of a person.
However games should be played in moderation. Spending too much time in front the screen can be harmful, they warn.

Game On: Best Selling Games In Srinagar
Owner of Mubarak Audio Mart, Syed Manzoor Shah, gives us a list of best selling games in Srinagar and discloses which games disappear the quickest from the shelves of leading game store of Srinagar.
FIFA Series: Football being the most popular game in the world, its virtual version keeps up the trend by being the “fastest selling game”.
God Of War: Put your mental acumen to test with this strategic masterpiece. Combining eye popping graphics and breath taking storyline, this virtual master class is a treat for gamers.
Grand Theft Auto: Mostly popular in other countries, GTA has takers in the valley too.
Tekken Series: Probably the most familiar of all video games in the valley, Tekken is an arcade game and does not require much processing of the grey matter.

Freaky Facts: Know When To Quit
A 30-year-old Chinese gamer died in a Beijing internet cafe after a 3-day online gaming session. Paramedics tried to revive him but failed and he was declared dead at the cafe. According to reports he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet.
This victim of internet overdose will now be competing with the 26-year-old Jinzhou chap who also died by spending too much time playing online games.
The pair might also want to hook up with the Taiwanese man who last year suffered a heart attack provoked by "fatigue, lack of sleep, cigarette smoke, and instant noodles".
Hsu Tai-yang, 37, moved into an internet cafe after a row with the wife and following three months spent playing video games, smoking and chewing betel nuts, duly dropped dead.

Brain Gain
China has 140 million Internet users, second only to the United States. It is one of the world's biggest markets for online games.
Researchers say tens of millions of Chinese people - many of them teenagers - are addicted to internet gaming, despite curbs introduced by the authorities aimed at tackling the problem.
Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed "Internet addiction" in users, many of them children and teenagers, who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time

Lastupdate on : Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST




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