Varsities at war online!
Being a totally non-violent person, I must admit to having a few qualms about blogging this new initiative launched by GIKI and LUMS alumni. But the way they have told their story in comic form, won me over. The interface is also a clean, refreshing one. I abhor war, and violence of any kind turns me off, so talk about battalions and annihilations, is certainly not something that is to my liking. However, these kind of games do exist and people love to play them – especially young men. That is a fact and I know that. Maybe these guys believe that by venting their violent tendencies online, they will be cool individuals in the real world. I can dream, can’t I?
The developers of Varsity Heroes describe themselves in these words “we mainly exist so you can feed your Napoleonic complex, rally your university spirit, annihilate all opposition in cold blood, gloat at your adversaries, laugh and point, kick them in the shins, go Spartan on their b*tts, build minarets of skulls….” And then they go on to say that they are peace activists. Hmmm.
So what is Varsity Heroes? It is essentially a social networking website, but with a twist – and boy, what a twist!
The Concept: Varsity Heroes claim they are exactly like Facebook except for one difference: you can only interact with a rival group by conquering them. So for example, in Varsity Heroes, FAST and LUMS won’t poke/priv msg/write on each others’ walls. They’ll only be able to conquer each other.
How it happens: Being a LUMS alum, Hassan Baig says he already knew that strategy games like World of Warcraft, etc. are played quite passionately and addictively at lums, giki, fast etc. People love them. So he says they decided to use a similar interface for their game. Check it out here.
You will see the LUMS campus as the battle arena. This is essentially the “map” over which the game is played. In its current incarnation, GIKI and FAST have invaded LUMS campus and are trying to conquer it.
In the future, they say they will have other university campuses as the staging ground (or even popular landmarks). Also, anyone is welcome to get in touch with them to have their university included!
There’s also a huge teamwork element to this game, since only a university which bonds on the game front, can actually win. Otherwise, everyone would end up attacking in a scattered fashion without a “war” strategy in place.
Currently Varsity Heroes is running an external beta and are looking to launch in all Pakistani universities once they’re done. Just what we need – varsities at war! God help us. If you want to find out more about what they are up to, visit their blog for updates.
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