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Political games,the online way

In the virtual world at least,the war is between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,L K Advani and BSP chief Mayawati.

Who will be India’s next prime minister? In the virtual world at least,the war is between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,L K Advani and BSP chief Mayawati. And the relevant criteria are not their political manoeuvring skills but on how far they can throw a javelin or how much strength they show in tug-of-war competitions.

With elections around the corner and with leaders turning to web-based campaigning with a vengeance (such as Advani’s ubiquitous portal link on every second website),it seems as good a time as any for politically themed online games to make an appearance.

7Seas Technologies Limited,a Hyderabad-based independent IP-based game developing company,is all set to launch the country’s first free online political casual games on its official gaming portal http://www.onlinerealgames.com from March 15,says L Maruthi Sanker,managing director of 7Seas Technologies.

These five rib-tickling games,’Who Wins’ (a set of political Olympic games),Who Wins2,’Vote Fun’,’Vote a Leader’ and ‘Political War’ — with the current Indian political scenario on the backdrop — will have prominent Indian political leaders as the main characters vying for the Prime Minister’s seat with more strong-arm tactics than usual. Dressed as athletes with bulging biceps,these illustrious leaders will compete in tug-of-war,running,javelin throw,swimming,and long jump among other contests.

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To play these games,the user needs to select his favourite leader and pitch him or her into the sports arena. After successful completion of one level,the player will go to the next levels,thereby seeing his political icon sitting on the coveted thrown. The games will also have a percentage bar,which displays the number of gamers who selected a particular politician.

“Given the enthusiasm that the Indian elections are generating globally,we expect these five fun online games to attract players of all age groups,” says Sanker. “The main objective of these games is to provide relief to the gamers from their routine lives and at the same time create awareness among them on the Indian political scenario,” he adds.

7Seas Technologies,which currently offers over 280 online games on its portal,is simultaneously releasing five free political casual games featuring leading politicians who are competing for the Chief Minister’s throne in Andhra Pradesh. These games will also be launched on March 15.

First published on: 13-03-2009 at 06:01:51 pm
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