Gaming and India
by Thiyagarajan Maruthavanan (Rajan)
But the PC’s still costs too high for the mass market ( thecheapest version would still cost around 20,000 ) and their learning curve is high. There are couple of alternatives which could become the dominantdesign for Computing for the masses. Here are few and their problems.
– A handheld computer (PDA), One example is the Simputer.
Despite given the problems with Gaming Device I would still vote that option because of the usability factor and cost.
Today a PS2 costs about 150 $ and a eyeToy for 30$, if we can puttogether an application suite for 20$ ( utilizing open sourcesoftware) then for a total of 200$ ( Rs 10,000 ) we can provide acomputing solution which is cheaper than least priced PC of today (19,000 ) , simputer( 12,000 ). This solution may only be costly than a mobile phone ( Rs 5000 ) but with better pricing strategy and using economy of scale I am sure that we can come up with a very low cost solution.
Here is another thing that I was thinking about using the gaming device PS2 and eyetoy and that is why I want to know what does it take to build a gaming device. It is generally noted that it is the younger generation ( 16 – 28) which loves Computer Games, even in nations like Korea , Japan the teens are the ones hooked on to games.
What I am thinking is that given adequate incentives/exposure any general person would play computer games. One simple reason as to why I think Computer games are so successful/popular is because it offers a surrealistic world thatplayers love to traverse in and further later associate/attach themselves to. So by offering right kind of surrealism to right segment of people can interest them to play games.
The younger generation tends to love games like FPS( Quake,Unreal ) ,strategic games ( like of AoE , AoK) etc. For the older generation adapt a story from say ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi’ , ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi nahin’ and create a game for a game box with an interface like eyeToy or even remove the eye and put a brain-machineinterface (Registration required) like this.
This notion sounds a little crazy (everybody I told this have had a hearty laugh:) ) though but if it is executed I am sure that this would definitely be called as disruptive innovation,”creating a market out of non consumption” and Ekta Kapoor( of the hindi soap serials, Balaji Telefilms) will look sooooo normal in front of this achievement.
I would love to see gaming industry flourish like anything and want so many people to play games. Infact I want to propose a bill in theparliament where they should subsidize the gaming industry 🙂