Raji tells the story of a young girl chosen by the gods, who opposed the demonic invasion. She is destined to save her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura.
Stories of epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata never fail to fascinate us. We can trace the roots of culture and mythology back to classical Hinduism, full of fascinating stories relevant to this date. Many of us grew up listening to the folklores of Bheem, Surpanakha, Arjun and Sugriva. The heroic tales of characters portrayed in Indian culture and mythology have aroused the interest of young and old alike, and on several occasions we have drawn references from these epics to make a point. Leveraging the public’s ever-renewed interest in Indian culture and mythology, tech-driven gaming companies are filling our gaming screens with these iconic figures. As Indian gamers are keen to explore different genres of video games, there has been a surge in the number of takers for Indian culture and mythology based video games in recent times.
Raji, who draws heavily on Indian cultural and mythological epics – Mahabharata and Ramayana – and has a compelling game art style and unique visual quality that is heretofore unknown to the video game industry. The game not only made a bold statement by putting India on the game’s development map, but found a large number of takers.
Topping the list of games on Indian culture and mythology is Skyblazer, published by Sony Imagesoft, released in early 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It involves Sky, the hero Skyblazer (Garuda in the Japanese version), in search of Ashura, the warlord, who had kidnapped Ariana (Vishnu in the Japanese version).
Also worth mentioning are games about Indian culture and mythology called “Smite,” which is a free third-person MOBA created and published by Hi-Rez Studios for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The game is based on two teams, each made up of five gods, who compete on a battlefield in order to destroy the enemy titan.
Building on the popularity of video games based on Indian mythology, Bengaluru-based company Studio Sirah has released their first mythology-based title “Kurukshetra: Ascension”, a card fighting game. The games company says it is set to release many such titles in the future, which will draw heavily on Indian mythology. “Earn hundreds of unique cards and outdo your opponents in thrilling online duels. Fight against mythical monsters and ancient gods in a legendary ascension campaign where your decisions determine the fate of the universe,” says the description of the game on the website.
Beyond the gaming world, the latest craze is that the technology is playable NFTs. Totality Corp is all set to provide consumers with access to the potential of Web3 games. Totality Corp recently launched its first playable NFT, Goddess Lakshmi NFT Lootbox, which focuses on granting monetary rewards, strong community, and gameplay. Users will now be able to earn their own money using NFTs. NFTs will have access to the gaming platform, and they will win games that can be played for real money. It aims to create a holistic experience that offers the user a mixture of play, gain, transaction and socialization.
Anshul Rustaggi, Founder, Totality Corp.
“The Web3 game is creating a storm like no other. The crypto and NFT market has seen tremendous growth in recent years which is also a fast game changer for fantasy sports. We bring the first playable NFTs with intrinsic gaming and commercial value by integrating Indian culture, history and mythology with its rich content and heroic character stories, ”said Anshul Rustaggi, Founder of Totality Corp.
The Indian gaming industry is evolving and now using technology to bring mythology to life for today’s gamers. “India is a dormant volcano of cultures and living stories waiting to be told. We believe that finding the right expression for these stories, whether in the form of movies, games or comics, can unlock a cultural paradigm shift in the way we Indians see ourselves in the world. It is time to shift our cultural expression as a civilization beyond Bollywood. It is necessary to reclaim our past to may the process of decolonization be complete in our collective consciousness, ”said Prakhar Sharma, co-founder of Metasky.
MetaSky is building a basic infrastructure for the new world of decentralized cooperation. Early next month, Metasky will launch Tanukibles – a light and fun revival of a piece of Japanese mythology in the form of an NFT collection, comic book series, and mini-games. T in the old world charm brought to life by mythological concepts by marrying them with modern concepts and technical progress, rekindling an interest in Indian mythology, which will surely have many takers in the days to come.
Culture and mythology as a genre have never failed to interest Indian audiences and with technology it has found a new lease of life.
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