Two Sides of the Virtual World

Game Design has already become a very exciting career with dozens of colleges offering Bachelor of Design and also Diploma courses specializing in this field. Start-ups have made millions within a short time of devising the most unusual and challenging games that are being downloaded by tens of thousands of young and old people.

The criticism against computer or mobile games is that it shuts the person away from the real world into one of make-belief and thus takes away his life skills, particularly social skills. Since some of the games are so fascinating that they become addictions, some people are getting completely isolated into the virtual world. As a great relief has come Niantic Labs’ project Pokemon Go, which was originally launched as Ingress in 2012. It is estimated that the game is downloaded more than 11 million times. The unique feature of this game is that it gets the player out of the house, to discover the city’s landmarks, making people walk around and go into new areas, meeting others in person. Some people are also travelling to other cities as part of their exploration.

Though the game primarily involves competitive spirit, people do meet to set aside differences and show camaraderie, and there are many instances of members of one faction helping lower-level members of the opposite faction to come up to their level. People are known to meet and share stories, eat and drink, and show off their latest acquisitions. On the other hand, for those who are stuck to gaming and Internet, are losing valuable time and are unable to wean themselves back into the real world, NIMHANS has started a SHUT clinic at Nimhan’s Centre for Well- being. Contact 080-26685948 or mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

By Ali Khwaja

Career Guidance

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