29 October, 2020

From Ludo To Rummy, Online Gaming Comes To Roost During COVID Times, But What Is The Real Deal?

Online gaming has seen a sharp rise during the lockdown. App makers continue to take advantage of an ambiguous law but consumers are happy as long as they are having some real fun

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
From Ludo To Rummy, Online Gaming Comes To Roost During COVID Times, But What Is The Real Deal?
outlookindia.com
2020-07-31T18:04:33+05:30

In the beginning, God’s dice spun and rolled across the void…. And Creation came to be, in a wanton game of chance. How’s that for an account of the universe? Maybe sport—our playful tango with unpredictability—is not just an indulgence of leisure, but the very soul of our existence. The ‘ludic’ ethos, as they call it—from the Latin ludere, to play, the very word which also gives us Ludo. Now, a virus may defeat the best traps laid by humankind, but does it stand a chance against something ord­ained by the Creator? The roll of God’s dice—and man’s dice—saw dynasties vanquished, epochal battles fought and kingdoms lost. The pastoral world of the Rig Veda was no stranger to it. And the centrepiece of the Mahabharata—as rich a lighthouse view as you want of social realities in the centuries before—was the virtuous Yudhishthira’s fatal attraction for chausar, an ancient board game. Our human-like gods themselves loved it: witness Ellora’s eighth century painting depicting Shiva...

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