Kerala govt to introduce indigenously designed mobile games for kids
Kottayam: The state government is gearing up to introduce indigenously built ‘Keralite’ mobile animation games for children to counter the violence promoting foreign games.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) are joining hands to produce games with values.
With the onset of smartphones, more and more children are choosing animation games with visual effects. However, as there aren’t enough indigenously built games, foreign companies and their games are ruling the market.
Most of these games include shooting, bombing and other forms of violence. There are racing games in which the player advances by demolishing other cars or by chasing down other bikes by any means. These games generate criminal behaviour and personality disorder among children, psychologists have warned.
The Department of Culture aims to create a centre to develop games with moral and humanitarian values. The government has granted Rs 50 lakh for the project titled Gaming Animation Habitat.
The games will be created with the help of visual effect experts and private investors. The project will also seek the help of animation-visual effect studios with international standards. It will identify upcoming talents from the state and provide training for them in world class studios. Moreover, there will be short term courses on gaming and visual effects.
KSFDC has been granted the responsibility of preparing the project report. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. The government hopes to introduce the games by next year.