Video Game Fest captures Bengalureans' imagination

Event draws huge crowd of gaming enthusiasts

Video Game Fest captures Bengalureans' imagination

Former ace batsman Sanath Jayasuriya, who terrorised bowlers during his heydays, recounted his tough journey from a remote village in Sri Lanka to achieving international cult status. 

Interacting with fans as the star guest on the final day of the Video Game Festival, 2015, being held in the City, Jayasuriya said, “Cricket is tough, however, one needs to work hard and with dedication.”

When asked by a fan how his journey to the top had been, Jayasuriya said, “It was a tough life as I was not from Colombo, but lived far away in a remote village. We did not have any facilities. However, I was in the school cricket team and then the under-19 team, the Sri Lanka A team and finally the main team. I achieved this goal with great difficulty.” He also showed off his cricketing skills that earned him great applause. While he smashed balls all over the pitch during his stint as a cricketer, Jaysuriya admitted that he was a novice when it came to the world of online gaming.


“I have played a bit of the Brian Lara cricket game and also one of the dance video games. It is a good way to lose weight and exercise,” he said. Asked to pick five teammates for an imaginary team, he said, “I would pick Sachin, Gayle, Sangakkara, Lara and Kohli,” to loud cheers.    

 
While dance video games are widely popular in the West and also in East Asian countries like China and South Korea, they have not really penetrated India. However, people who thronged the Video Game Festival, 2015 that ended on Sunday, got a taste of interactive video games that have become a rage in the gaming world.

Children, college kids and even adults could not resist shaking a leg to the tunes and dance instructions of the Just Dance video game, one of the most popular dance video games in the world at present. This, along with the Occulus Rift virtual roller coaster ride, was a major attraction that caught the attention of people at the fest.

A huge crowd of cosplayers, game developers, wannabe gamers and gaming enthusiasts also converged at the fest. Dressed as Anti-Mage from the multiplayer online video game, Warcraft, Rohan R has been a cosplayer for two years. “I took part in the Comicon and other events as well. It is real fun. Although I am studying architecture right now, I will probably study animation,” he said. Rohan was adjudged the best cosplayer in a contest that took place at the fest.   
 
Uzar Ahmed, a gaming enthusiast, had attended even the last edition of the fest that took place in December 2014. “The fest this year was much bigger and in fact, was more enjoyable,” he said.

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