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The Game Changers: Individuals and issues that are making and faking news | The Indian Express

The Game Changers: Individuals and issues that are making and faking news. Summary. It seems everybody with a joystick and an axe to grind is into playing games these days. The market is currently flooded with games for adults that are really kicking up a storm. Here are the seasons best sellers. If the army feels it requires continuation of the AFSPA to discharge its responsibilities, no other agency is qualified to credibly challenge that view. It seems everybody with a joystick and an axe to grind is into playing games these days. The market is currently flooded with games for adults that are really kicking up a storm. Here are the seasons best sellers. Move the Impediment: This is strictly meant for those who like playing power games. Move the Impediment has acquired a pan-Indian appeal but its reigning champions generally belong to Haryana or UP. The games consist of a board in the shape of a map and chess-like pieces that represent IAS officers colour coded according to their level of honesty and dedication in doing their job. Red pieces are those that represent an impediment and are the first to be moved to a square where they can do no harm to the players chances. The Khemka Move is much favoured by players,named after the IAS officer who was moved 44 times in 20 years. Now,we have the Durga Move which,according to its creator,an SP politician,takes just 40 minutes to execute,a new record. The Hunger Games: This is the Indianised version of the original Hollywood blockbuster,and was crafted during spare time in the Planning Commission. Also called Ivory Tower in some markets,the point of the game,played on a tin plate,is to guess the correct poverty level in the country. Three playerspoliticians Raj Babbar,Rasheed Masood and Farooq Abdullahattempted to do so with figures varying from Rs 12 to Rs 1! They were disqualified on grounds of cooked up scores. TV news channels got into the competition,trawling through highway dhabas,roadside food stands and homes to try and establish the correct score. For the first time,Breakfast News was actually about breakfast! Sadly,it made us no richer in knowledge and provided inflated figures,which is what makes it such a difficult game to play. Hunger Games 2 is reportedly being reconfigured by the original creator,Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Monopoly India: The original is the biggest selling game in history and involved players being given money to buy prime property with a throw of the dice. The Indian version,a creation of the Reserve Bank of India,also follows the same principle but with a twist. Monopoly money became a definition for worthless money,which is what seems to be happening to the rupee thanks to its plummeting value in foreign exchange markets and current inflation levels. Even beggars have started turning up their noses at Rs 10 notes and the state of the real estate market suggests no one is buying property either. The only connection to the original game is that survival still depends on a throw of the dice. Game of Thrones: The original was an American fantasy epic which made big bucks in TV rights. The Indian version,starring N Srinivasan,is a board game which follows much the same storylinean exiled member of a deposed dynasty attempting to reclaim the throneand the same morally ambiguous characters exploring issues of power,hierarchy,corruption,loyalty and crime and punishment. The aim of the game is to protect your throne at all costs,even sacrificing pawns accused of wrongdoing,termed spotfixing,in order to fix your spot. There are secret signs and symbols to help you negotiate the game,from towels to video footage,but the ultimate challenge is to brazen it out,much like a batsman standing his ground despite being given out. There is also a go directly to jail card and an option to remove the bails. In the end,its about power and money,also stemming from TV rights.
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