World of Warcraft, Halo, Tekken, Dead or Alive, Assassin’s Creed, Killzone, Black Ops. Ring a bell? No, this isn’t the sci-fi movie season, just the video games armoury New India is hooked on to, so far at home but now more so at gaming lounges that have sprung up across Indian cities big and small. By global standards, gaming had a tepid start of it in India, but after drifting for some years, the concept of video game lounges is gaining some serious traction now.
“The list of gaming requirements only starts with a good gaming console. You then need a good screen, the latest games and equipment, and lots of electricity!” says Ramakrishnan Mohan, avid gamer and frequenter of gaming lounges. Serious money is involved here. Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo are of course the market leaders in gaming but even they update ever so frequently with ‘latest versions’. Then you need equipment like Kinect, Move, Motion Plus; and their own latest versions, each providing more interactive experience than the last.