Sunday, August 16, 2009

Evil Genius and Age of Empire.

Starring:

The Under-dogs

  • Achayan the Strategist
  • Aneesh Raj the Novice

and

  • JPK the Amateur
  • Nizar ikka the Master

With

  • the rest of us as behind the scene supporters

Prelude

Boys in MEC Men’s hostel can be categorized into two – rich and poor… no I am not pertaining to the monetary division; but the socially affluent with girl friend(s) and mobile(s)

and the socially deprived rest of us (now don’t start looking down at us; we were after all the majority and without requiring to listen (to the mobile) deep into the night; we were left with the freedom to pursue the hedonistic ways of life…..

Coming back to the story, the socially deprived normally spend the time proving their dominance with the computer…no not writing programs…. But playing games…(after all we have some responsibility to the hand earned money of our parents)

Those were the days….games in between meals, lectures and even exams (Jingan the true gamer even missed a semester exam to play warcraft; the exam was to clear a suppli..no big deal) And the Men’s hostel with all the computers connected through LAN was a gamers heaven.

Games changed like the flavour of the month… new and new heroes were born to face the latest challenges… and once the flavour was Age of Empires…. An amazing game where you can create your own virtual army and send them to battle… with the average game taking more than 2 hours; everything is amplified in AOE, the tension, the wait, the battles, the challenges and of course the victory.. and is one of the few games which gives as much pleasure watching as playing itself…

And one such game

It was a normal day and two beginners wanted to start playing the new sensation. Aneesh and Achayan came to the versatile JPK and he explained them the basics before including them in a game with Nizar ikka.

Now ikka is a master of the game and JPK is close to becoming one; so we were expecting a huge war between the giants where the underdogs gets thrashed in between. Of course that was not going to happen (else I wont be writing this J)

Game started, not surprisingly, Aneesh Raj got acclimatized pretty quickly and JPK was trying to take on ikka on his own. But Ikka was easily handling both JPK and a strong Aneesh.

All this time Achayan was struggling. Battles were happening all around; the big 3 developed to Imperial (highest) Age and Achayan was...........looking for sheep….

The Conspiracy: Ikka was proving to be a real master and before entering a stale-mate situation, Aneesh proposed an idea to JPKda lets join forces and then attack ikka. Together we should be able to finish him off” Since they were playing from adjacent rooms they could talk freely without the fear of ikka hearing (ikka was playing from a far end room) JPK agreed and they changed their diplomacy to allies and started attacking ikka.

Ikka was facing tough time but was still able to manage their combined attack.

Suddenly JPK saw something flashing on the right hand side of the monitor. Aneesh have started building a wonder (in AOE a successful defending the wonder could get you victorious) JPK was tensed “Aneeshe why are you building a wonder”.

Aneeshdon’t worry da. It is to confuse ikka. He will now have to attack and destroy the wonder.. during that time we will finish him off… you don’t need to worry since we are allies we will both win… and if you don’t want to win like this you can just walk to my computer and delete the wonder

JPK agreed

In-between Achayan was improving….. he made his villagers to be faster and was able to improve upon his quest to look for sheep more quickly…

Ikka retaliated.. he started attacking the wonder with all his might… but the poor guy didn’t understand why JPK was attacking him and not Aneesh… a fierce battle ensured but the conspirators were easily able to defend the wonder.

The Double-crossing Evil Genius: About 5 minutes before the wonder victory Aneesh changed his diplomacy with JPK to be enemies and calmly instructed me “pathro.. can you please close the door. On second thought close the windows as well, don’t want to get hit by any revengeful projectiles

Aftermath

Ikka grew up and moved to more serious things in life

Achayan came back strong and became a master himself (the first dude from our hostel to search google and traverse through AOE Game forums to improve his game)

JPK started liking other games like Counter strike and Commandos…he is still a true gamer (he calls out “Alpha calling beta, over, over” in his sleep and even in between valu-vaykkals)

And Aneesh Raj, the evil Genius, continued his path of domination (the dude played till 2, the night before his GATE exam and still got a rank within 200)

Days were fun......

Days were fun, work a pleasure and time was rushing by… truth be told; around all the joy, loneliness was a constant companion……
Not to mention the pressure from parents to get a nice girl before it gets difficult (to be read as before I loose more hair ;)
All cumulated and I was ready for the next step of life….

Little did I know I never comprehended the depth of the situation… for the next step is actually the biggest and most important one in life (at-least for the mortal God-fearing middle class Indian)

I was feeling the disadvantages of being a chronic reader… which is a widely developed imagination….yes u heard it right…. Unlike a normal nonchalant dude who gets excited at all the good prospective coming his way…. I was strangely at lost in thought… what do I know about companionship, about responsibilities…about Love … (to be decrypted as I am one of that unfortunate souls who never had a (2-way) line….this is an altogether different story that I promise to share later)

No, this was not a case of lacking confidence (my androgenic ego wont admit that..) rather the nagging thought that this wont be myself alone who would be affected if I screw up… but 2 (not to mention the other close souls who care for us…)

Believe me it is not just the girls who think about these things ( either this or I think like a girl….. nooooo way.) how can u decide your life partner after meeting her for like 60 mins….how can you even begin to decipher the outlines of another human life (though it is hardly my fault that a highly intelligent independent mid-twenties girl is a potpourri of emotions and complexities …. I blame the dude above; he should have made girls as simple as us…..period)

Not to mention the advices that comes your way…. From the experienced (new to be granddads) to couples celebrating their wooden, from those who defied parents, religion and cast to those who went the arranged way (guess they didn’t have the guts – ok I was rude; they respected the sacred Bharathiya culture….whatever), from highly realistic girls to hedonistic dudes…………………. You can sure to expect wide variety of equally contradicting philosophies ……

Some gives you hope (
“its great to share your life with another; to give all of your joy”)
others despair (
“dude u have to be lucky… I mean really really lucky….coz if u are always fighting– even Aishwarya Rai will start to look like Bhadra kali.”)
some a sense of reassurance (
“any girl is really lucky to get a guy like u” – guess he owes me some money)
others work the opposite way (
da do u have enough maturity for all this”)
some that u didn’t like (no I am not putting it here….some friends* do have a foul mouth)
and so on so on....


To be continued.....
to all those who are expecting more... please wait until (and if) the author survives the next step...


*Abhi/Konu/Vijay...no i didn't mean you guys
Am declaring that wherever i refer to hedonistic, uncouth, foul.... i am not, repeat not, referring to you.... :)