Big Game: Hyd firm puts Obama, McCain in boxing ring

While the world is watching Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican counterpart John McCain snipe at each other in campaigns and televised discussions, teenagers across the world are making them slug it out virtually in an online game called "Big Fight".

The online game pits the two presidential hopefuls in a boxing ring, dressed formally in full-sleeved shirts and ties. If Obama is accusing McCain of launching "swift boat-style attacks" in their highly-publicised campaigns, the game gives them the choice to pummel each other by unleashing a flurry of karate chops, wrestling-style jump kicks, ground and flying kicks and punches.

Launched recently by 7Seas Technologies, a Hyderabad-based online gaming website, the US presidential knockout game has been rated four stars by users. At any given time, at least 30 players are on the Obama vs McCain game where the target score is 5,00,000 points.

The managing director of the portal, L M Shanker, says, "This funny and ferocious fighting game on US politics has Obama and McCain vying for the President's seat through a bout. To play this game, the player needs to select his favourite leader and attack the opponent using various fighting techniques."

Bonus styles of fighting will be awarded to players performing well. When one level is successfully completed, the player will get more powerful fighting tactics, and in the process more scores. When the opponent loses his fighting ability, the victor gets a 'Congrats'. And, all a player gets to win over his opponent is only three lives, failing which the game will be over.

Targeted at youths in the US, the game is currently available on onlinerealgames.com and,in a week's time, on over 50 other portals.

"We were looking at a different kind of game... something that is not the traditional car or bike chase. It took us three months and an investment of Rs 35 lakh to create this game with 25 members, including concept writer, designer, musician, programmers and game testers. In the US, they take such games more sportingly than India. Here, fans and followers of politicians can create a legal or law and order issue. We are expecting at least one million users in the next few months and a majority of them would be from US," says Shanker. "Instead of online voting, the game gives a chance to users to actually slug it out using all sorts of fighting techniques. People love it if they can actually make Obama and McCain kick each other," he adds.

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