Please consider this short article1 an opening salvo of sorts that tries to address some of the major concerns raised about doing game studies in a country like India. This is a country in the Global South, a postcolonial one at that, where the practice of gaming has been considered counter-productive and trivial for as long as I can remember. As today’s India hurtles toward a digitally connected existence, the calls for a “digital India” are not just espoused by the government machinery but also amplified, and magnified through everyday policy measures like the Aadhaar2 and demonetization3 undertakings.

This essay is written in this contextual and temporal frame where I try to tie together my observations and reflections as an active player of video games across platforms, as a columnist/reviewer who has been writing on the gaming industry every week for the last six years, and as...

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