Patna, June 30: Indoor and outdoor games are passé. CDs that can be played on the computer are the latest craze of GenY.
With a wide range to choose from among cricket, football, tennis, racing and other games in the market, the youths in the capital of Bihar are in for a good time. Do not make any mistake, however, that these CDs are only for the boys. The girls, too, are hooked to the games. Racing games aficionado Abhinav, said: “I am looking for racing games, as I love speed. Max Truck Racing and Road Rash are some of my favourite games.”
Keeping company to Max Truck Racing and Road Rash are games Carmageddon, Midtown Madness II, Grand Prix, Highway Hunter, Boxing Challenge, Sky Aces: Heroes of Great War and others that are much in demand with the youths of Patna.
Atul, a school student, who was at a games CD shop on Boring Road, said: “My friends told me that CDs of some of the latest computer games have been launched in the market and I am here to get them.” If the boys are going for motorcycle racing, boxing bouts or games based on World Rally Championship, the girls are sticking to the basics. They have computer games like Red Riding Hood, Sweet Home Pets, My Doll, Doll Klara, Fashion Craze and others at their disposal.
Ridhi, a local resident, said: “It’s exciting to play these games on the computer, as the CDs have many diversified features.”
Ridhi, however, is the adventurous sort. “I love playing Fashion Craze but I am also fond of the racing games.”
Tapping in to the interest of their target audience, the game developers are also coming up with games featuring popular cartoon characters like Pikachu, Pokemon, and Tom and Jerry. Popular games that have remained evergreen through generations like Spiderman 2, Pacman 2, Jurassic Park and Super Mario are also ruling the shelves.
Not to spoil the children rotten, the game developers and shop owners are also maintaining the balance with fun educational CDs.
Parents, who are not necessarily happy with their wards’ interest for gaming CDs, are content with the educational CDs that feature nursery rhymes, moral tales, fairy tales, historical stories and others. Shobha, a resident, whose teenage son wants gaming CDs, said: “He already has several gaming CDs but now he wants one more. I will buy him his CD but I am concerned that he has stopped taking interest in outdoor games. His inclination towards these computer games is also affecting his studies.”
The parents are, however, happy with the CDs that impart knowledge in an entertaining manner.
Manoj Kumar, a resident who wanted to buy educational CDs for his daughter, said: “My daughter wants to learn nursery rhymes on the computer, as it is enjoyable.”
Gaming or education CDs, the shop owners are not complaining either way. They, in fact, are elated over the boom in computer CDs in the market.
Pintu, owner of a CD shop, said: “Customers are coming in huge numbers to purchase educational and gaming CDs. It is good business.”
He added: “The educational and gaming CDs come in different brands in the range of Rs 99 to Rs 1,000. I sell around 700 such CDs a month.”
Raj Kumar, an employee of a CD store, said: “The store has a large number of games but CDs on racing, fairy tales and cricket are most in demand among the youths.”