In India, there are only a handful of events that cater to the needs of gamers and hearing about this event was a truly surprising moment for me. As soon as I heard about “Video Game Fest” I couldn’t wait for it to happen. A truly one of a kind event showcasing numerous gaming titles, console and mobile alike. Right from competitions, cosplays, tournaments, game service exhibits to game retailing, I got to witness everything. As a gaming enthusiast myself, I found everything I was looking for in this event. The details of which I will be posting here.
As I entered, the first thing I noticed was a large “Playstation” logo on my left. They were organizing a FIFA 16 tournament where one of SeamEdu’s student and my close friend, Amit Patel had participated. I have played many FIFA matches with him and I haven’t beaten him even once so, I was really excited to see how he plays in the tournament.
Other titles that were available to play were Mortal Kombat X and Drive Club. Mortal Kombat is a fighting game where you have a wide array of characters to choose from, the main USP of this game is something called “fatalities”. These “fatalities” are a brutal finishing move unique to each character. If you have defeated the enemy player with the correct requirements, you may get a chance to use your “fatality” and these moves are not short on carnage and gore. Drive Club is a racing game in which you compete in races around the world in several different game modes. The main USP of this game is the club feature. The clubs consist of up to six players. They earn fame for completing challenges, etc. The tracks are inspired by real places in diverse regions across the globe and also features dynamic weather such as rain and snow, and a day-night cycle too. Each rain drop has realistic behavior as well.
Further in ahead was a huge area only for “Ubisoft”. They had 4 games available for play, The Crew, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India, Trials Fusion and Just Dance. The crowd for Just Dance was astounding. Everytime I would hear a song I liked I would simply walk over there and jig to the beats or join them up on stage and the volunteers were ever so helpful and had mind blowing dancing skills of their own! I loved it.
I couldn’t play Trials Fusion but I tried all the other games. I specifically didn’t like Assassins Creed Chronicles India much because of the way India is portrayed. I mean, I get it, India is famous for the vibrant use of colors in everything, rangolis, elephants and even beggers but this is SO not the case in modern India. You hardly see any elephants for that matter and here I am climbing on top of a elephant and killing a guard. Another thing I liked and disliked was the fact that the guards actually converse in native languages. It was refreshing to hear that but it was repetitive and rather annoying after a point. They had nothing new to add either. I didn’t enjoy Chronicles India as much as I enjoyed Chronicles China but that’s just my view.
On one far end was an area dedicated for LAN gaming. They had Counter Strike Global Offensive and DOTA 2 available for play. I couldn’t play in this area because there was a tournament going on and you needed to register for that beforehand. Anyway, I later started going to all the stalls there. The first one I visited was a stall that had anime, movies and series related merchandise. They had posters, T Shirts, mousepads, framed posters, etc. I am a huge Star Wars fan so I bought a poster which read “May the 4th be with you”. Haha .. I know, cheesy.
Next I visited a stall which had a VR (Virtual Reality) headset. This VR headset was manufactured by an Indian company based in Bangalore called “Absentia”. I was really excited to try on “Tesseract” which is the name given to the VR headset. The headset felt really comfortable around the head and didn’t cause too much strain. The image was pretty clear as well. I was trying out GTA V on it and I liked it a lot. The best part is it’s price. It costs only 12,000 INR for the Full HD (1080p) version and 20,000 INR for the QHD (1440p) version.
That is a giveaway price for such a technology. The “Oculus Rift” on the other hand, although better costs almost 4 times the price of the “Tesseract”. I asked around about the workings of the tech and found that the headset basically converts your head motion into mouse movements so in a way you are simply controlling the mouse with your head. The tech houses 2 time-staggered 9-axis tnertial motion units along with militry grade head tracking. It is a universal media visualizer with a patented algorithm that can VR anything. It has vectorization, edge detection and stereo pair generation as well. It is common knowledge that immediately after using a VR headset you experience something called as “Simulation” sickness. To manage and reduce this effect, “Tesseract” has used black frames that reduce eye strain along with simulated “static nose” for vestibular management. Overall, a piece worth of appreciation. Would I buy it? Definitely.
The last thing that caught my eye were the custom PC mods on display. Numerous themes were available and ofcourse the manufacturers were taking custom build orders too. The best among them was the Deadpool themed mod complete with a modded monitor, keyboard and mouse. The build of these PCs was spectacular as well.
There were many games built by Indian developers and it was really nice to get to see and play them. I played a game called “Scribbled Arena” which is basically a 2D, top-down, shooting game with tanks. You have one on one matches in an arena and you get power ups as well as coins for collection. The aim of the game is to defeat the other player. I and my friend Rajat Ravinder had a blast while playing this (I won obviously).
All in all, I felt a real sense of belonging when I visited the fest. I hope more such events get organized regularly and I get to be part of all of them. It is just one of those things you can be passionate about. Some have art, some have music, I have games. Until next time.
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