Varsities at war online!

April 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm 6 comments

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.

varsity-heroes-homeSo 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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  • 1. Varsities at war online!  |  April 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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  • 4. Varsities at war online!  |  April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    […] Random Feed wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptBeing a totally non-violent person, I must admit to having a few qualms about blogging this new initiative launched by 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 batallions and annhilations, 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 a […]

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  • 5. Mubashar  |  April 24, 2009 at 9:57 am

    coooooooooollllllllll🙂

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  • 6. Agnes Paul  |  April 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    This saddens me!!!
    It should not be promoted at all. They may claim that it leads to venting of frustrations or whatever, but what it comes down to is entertainment from violence, which is i believe a form of brain wash, which if indulged in long enough will give the user an immunity to violence happening around him/ her. Im not explaining this correctly. But as a sort of explanation, arent we immune enough to violence or death- headlines like “one person shot down” etc, would hardly get a sympathetic response from us….
    And worse its being promoted by a center of learning. Is this what we want our future generations and leaders to walk away with, a love for violent games, a sense that to achieve something we have to conquer and kill and subdue the enemy.
    What a shame!!!! This is not how you breed a tolerant hardworking society.
    They should be out there instead reading works like “The Great War for Civilisation” by Robert Fisk, “Poor Story” by Giles Bolton, etc. What a waste of intellect:(

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