Archaeology 3 cheers for traditional video games

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Archaeology Housing Minister V. Somanna tries his hand at ‘pagade’ during the inauguration of traditional games competition in Mysuru on Thursday. Mysuru MP Pratap Simha and Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath are also seen.

Housing Minister V. Somanna tries his hand at ‘pagade’ throughout the inauguration of standard video games competition in Mysuru on Thursday. Mysuru MP Pratap Simha and Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath are likewise seen.
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More than 600 register and go down memory lane.

At a time when society is becoming concerned about the ill-effects of youth being glued to their smart phones and playing simulation games, the conventional video games competition arranged by the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage as part of Mysuru Dasara 2019 has brought in a whiff of fresh air.

The events held at Karnataka Exhibit Grounds at Doddakere Maidan on Thursday not only provided a peep into the rich legacy of the past, but also drew good action with more than 600 registering for the competitions.

Boys and girls, young males and women, besides adults contended with each other in their respective categories in indoor games such as Pagade (dice game), Snake and Ladder, Aliguli Hair, and Chowka Bhara as well as outside video games such as Hide and Seek, Hopscotch or Kunte Bille, Yank of War, Marbles, Bow and Arrow, Three-Legged Race, Chinni Dandu or Gilli Dandu, Top (Buguri) and Sack Race.

Inaugurating the program, Minister for Housing V. Somanna stated standard video games were alive in backwoods to a particular degree, however efforts were needed to keep and popularise them in urban areas.

Deputy Director of Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Nirmala Mathapathi said practically all the 645 individuals, who had registered, showed up for the video games on Thursday. There were separate categories for kids between 10 and 16 years, 17 and 25 years and another category for participants above 25 years.

For lots of grownups and senior residents, the competitions took them down memory lane. “We even had an 85- year-old guy participating in the occasion”, said Ms. Mathapathi.

” We had individuals from all age groups in practically equivalent numbers. Apart from citizens of Mysuru city, the occasion attracted people from backwoods like T. Narsipur, Bannur and Sargur. Yank of War, Snake and Ladder, and Aliguli Mane got a big response”, she said.

The organisers had limited the variety of games for each participant to three. And only an optimum of 25 individuals were permitted in each video game.