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Cricket 2007

Submitted by Karthik on 15 December, 2006 - 02:54

EA Sports' Cricket 2007 was released a few weeks back, and considering that I reviewed the previous version, I feel compelled to add a quick note here. To sum things up right at the outset, it plain sucks. There are hardly any (but the most cosmetic of) improvements over Cricket 2005 (with respect to the gameplay as such) and the graphics are just as bad as ever.

While it has been said that the analogue controller (dubber the 'century stick' or something inane like that) will provide a marked improvement over the keyboard controls, I have it on good authority that it isn't anything to write home about either.

Airtel games on demand for Rs. 199 per month

Submitted by Karthik on 14 July, 2006 - 20:54

Indiagames and Airtel have teamed up together to offer a subscription based gaming service to Airtel's subscribers.

This service offers unlimited consumption of legal games at a bare minimum monthly subscription fee of Rs. 199. Indiagames has partnered with a number of leading games publishers like Microsoft, Atari, Playfirst, Alawar, Merscomm, Cenega, Meridian, Techland, amongst others, to be able to bring a variety of premium single and multiplayer games, which include popular titles such as Age of Empires, Driv3R and Flight Simulator to this service.


The Indian gamer?

Submitted by Karthik on 24 June, 2006 - 11:19

However much of a misnomer it might be, the Indian gaming scene has seen a lot of press off late including an article on Wired.

Tangible progress will be marked by the first Indian participation in the Electronic Sports World Cup, which kicks off June 30 in Paris. Earlier this month, 162 regional qualifiers from nine Indian cities came to New Delhi -- including 8-year-old Rohan Karir, a TrackMania prodigy -- to compete for 10 tickets to Paris and a shot at some of the $400,000 ESWC prize money. All told, more than 20,000 Indians competed, making it one the biggest national gaming tournaments ever.

Article link: Wired.

India's Online Games Market To Top $200 Million By 2010

Submitted by Karthik on 19 April, 2006 - 10:28

Gamasutra is covering a report by Pearl Research that forecasts the Indian gaming market to be worth USD 200 million by 2010.

In addition, there were more than 100,000 Internet cafes in India in 2005. Internet cafes can derive 30% to 40% of revenues from users playing games. Games are a “sticky” activity, thus users tend to spend more time and money at Internet cafes that offer games, according to the report. The latest trend is the opening of gaming-oriented cafes such as Sify’s Gamedromes to satisfy the growing demand for games. Internet cafes with broadband connections and fast PCs are increasingly replacing many of India’s outdated Internet cafes that use dial-up.

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