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UPSC Interview Hobby: PC and Console Gaming

Did not find anybody who has mentioned gaming as a hobby. So started this thread in order to discuss possible questions and answers. Please contribute.
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  • I find RTS game particularly "Age of Empires" very fun. It teaches me effective resource management. :)
    चरैवेति चरैवेति - Johnnie Walker
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  • I find RTS game particularly "Age of Empires" very fun. It teaches me effective resource management. :)

    for how this hobby is going to help in administration i thought of the following
    1. It teaches 'patience and perseverance' because we always tend to replay some levels even if we fail a hundred times in order to finish the game or reach the next level
    2. It teaches one to think ahead and also develop our strategic planning i.e., as you have mentioned resource mgmt.
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  • if they ask what games do you play? I usually play fifa, shooters and role playing games like assassins creed. But do you all think its ok to say i play Call of Duty or Battlefield etc. or should i restrict myself to strategy games and Fifa(other hobbies i've mentioned are 'playing and watching football' and Chess as my other hobbies).
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  • dota.... it teaches how to abuse and how not to get diverted when others are abusing ;)
    Jaake mehertabaan se keh do ki apni kiraanein ginkar rakh le, mai apne sehra ke zarre zarre ko khud chamakna sikha raha hoon!!
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  • Thanks man. But my doubt is, would it send bad signal if I say I am into shooters and role playing games?
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  • Thanks man. But my doubt is, would it send bad signal if I say I am into shooters and role playing games?

    In my opinion, it depends upon the interview panel. On one side, the panel may appreciate your frankness and give you some extra marks for that. It may also backfire, if the panel has got some pre-conceived notion and are not open-minded towards the concept of pc gaming. At the end however, a smart person can always turn things to his/her advantage
    Jaake mehertabaan se keh do ki apni kiraanein ginkar rakh le, mai apne sehra ke zarre zarre ko khud chamakna sikha raha hoon!!
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  • edited January 2016
    Interviewers are always open minded and knows more than what we can ever imagine about every field ...they can relate gaming to practical aspects like
    1. Its effect on children.
    2. Mobile gaming business now a days.
    3. What is constructive use of gaming.
    4. Piracy in Gaming.
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  • ive put 'playing DOTA' as a hobby
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  • XLR8 said:

    Interviewers are always open minded and knows more than what we can ever imagine about every field ...they can relate gaming to practical aspects like
    1. Its effect on children.
    2. Mobile gaming business now a days.
    3. What is constructive use of gaming.
    4. Piracy in Gaming.

    Reasons for piracy in gaming
    1. High taxes make the games expensive and above that in India parents consider gaming as a waste of time and money
    2. Delayed launch of games in India compared to US and EU
    3. Slow internet connections are a hurdle in experiencing benefits given by game publishers online
    4. Lack of availability across all towns and cities

    What can be done to reduce it?
    1. Reduce taxes
    2. increase availability of games, increase internet penetration and speed
    3. Take legal action against grey markets

    I have another question. If they ask 'Have you ever purchased or downloaded a pirated game, movie or song?' What should be our response?


    Everybody rips movies, games etc. from the internet should we say yes i did!
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  • blitzkadu said:

    ive put 'playing DOTA' as a hobby

    If you have Ny gaming related questions in your mind, please share and contribute here.
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  • +1
    i also wrote PC gaming (solving sudoku also).... i mentioned some achivements in counter-strike at intercollege level.
    can someone suggest what questions can be asked related to this??

    P.S: i also like AoE, role playing games.
    Human choice is a complicated affair; cognitive biases:framing effects:Mental models:heuristics
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  • @mneutron @blitzkadu @XLR8

    Question: I see you play games. Don't you think pc and console gaming is a hobby of kids, shouldn't you take up something more age appropriate?
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  • @speedmachine1991
    Answer - Sir, console games are one form of indoor games I am involved with. Apart from that I also play outdoor games like cricket, football etc. Sir, there are various console games which are for people over 18 years of age and in India many people are pursuing it as a profession and are now professional gamers. There is also a very good opportunity in developed countries if you are a professional gamer. But for me its a mainly pass time exercise and I also think it helps in making strategies and tackle difficult situation. In a way playing games help in developing logical ability and critical reasoning of individuals, this has been proved by researchs.
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  • Que 2: Don't you think that these video games are increasing the tendency of violence among young kids??
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  • Que 3: 'Have you ever purchased or downloaded a pirated game, movie or song?' What should be our response?
    Ans : For this one I will say yes I did. If they will ask why I did that despite it being illegal. I will say its affordable for me to download it for free rather than purchasing and there is no deterrence for the same due to weak enforcement of piracy laws. Also there is lesser clarity about legality of such acts.
    note - I think we need to discuss this topic and frame our answer for this

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  • edited January 2016
    @XLR8

    So far no one was able to show an evidence that consistently proves the correlation between playing violent games and aggressive or violent behaviour among kids who play these games. And nobody were able to also prove the opposite.

    Many American shootings by young people like Columbine and Virginia tech are often cited as examples of games promoting violent behaviour in real life. But, American Psychological Association has revealed that actually violence and bad behaviour in the virtual world may actually contribute to better behaviour by gamers in the real world because they feel guilty of their violations in virtual world. This will make them more sensitive towards moral issues they have violated during gameplay.

    The brain center that is responsible for weighing risks and rewards(prefrontal cortex) is not developed until the age of 20-25. Electronics Software Rating Board rates games which tells the suitability of a game for a particular age group. Parents should ensure that their kids only play age appropriate games and government should ensure that retailers strictly refrain from selling age inappropriate content to kids by making suitable laws and implement them strictly.
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  • @speedmachine1991 Superlike ....Also some points can be added like
    1. Games help children develop their analytical ability.
    2. Regulated playing of age-appropriate games as you already highlighted.
    3. Games help children in relieving tension when outdoors games are getting extremely limited due to lesser space outside.
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  • Regarding Que no 3 we need to first know appropriate laws regulating online piracy contents and about its enforcement in India.
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  • XLR8 said:

    Regarding Que no 3 we need to first know appropriate laws regulating online piracy contents and about its enforcement in India.

    You are right we need to research the laws, implementing agencies etc. and arrive at an answer that is least damaging to us. Will get back with an update by tonight with basic framework.
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  • @mneutron @blitzkadu @XLR8

    Question: I see you play games. Don't you think pc and console gaming is a hobby of kids, shouldn't you take up something more age appropriate?

    Its the social stigma of being interested in technology, computers, etc that does not consider gaming as a hobby. but, gaming is a lot more accepted as a hobby than it used to be. Gaming improves skills of balancing your mind. It increases ones concentration power and and improves co-ordination between eyes and hands. We are definitely getting to a point where gaming in general could become a job. its been only 40 years (need to look into the authentic year) for pc gaming, As gaming continues to grow in popularity it will be as normal as going to the movies or being a sports fan. (trying to take the interviewers to the origin & generations of pc gaming)
    Human choice is a complicated affair; cognitive biases:framing effects:Mental models:heuristics
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  • XLR8 said:

    Regarding Que no 3 we need to first know appropriate laws regulating online piracy contents and about its enforcement in India.

    You are right we need to research the laws, implementing agencies etc. and arrive at an answer that is least damaging to us. Will get back with an update by tonight with basic framework.
    Read and understood the details will post later today.
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  • @XLR8 @mneutron @blitzkadu @liberal_socialist

    The following is the information that I could collect about copyright and piracy. Now let us arrive at an answer for the question Why did you download pirated movies, songs or games when you know it is unethical, immoral and illegal(not sure if it is actually but let us consider it is here because i dont think we can argue using legal nitty gritty there with the board)? Please contribute towards arriving at an acceptable answer in the interview.

    Copyright is a form of intellectual property right that gives the owners or authors of 'original' literary, artistic, dramatic works, cinematography and sound recordings. it gives the owners certain rights which can be only exercised only by him/her. The rights include right to adapt, reproduce, issue copies, translate and communicate it to public etc.

    Copyrights are protected by 'Copyrights Act 1957' in India. Copyrights are protected the moment a work is created, its registration is only optional. But registration would help contest infringement claims easily. Piracy means unauthorized reproduction, importing or distribution either of the whole or of a substantial part of works protected by copyright.

    At the moment in India there has been no judgement or law that clearly mentions that downloading movies from torrents or any other site is illegal. However, uploading copyrighted material online is illegal. (Legality of downloading in India: http://copyright.lawmatters.in/2010/10/possible-legality-of-downloading-in.html)

    Also section 52 of Copyright Act 1957 provides a legal immunity for infringing copyrights provided the act that violated a copyright falls within the definition of 'fair use' in the act. Eg. research, critics review, testing a software etc.

    Anti-piracy arguments:

    1. It leads to loss of revenue
    2. It discourages creative people from producing new content
    3. It leads to loss of jobs of people in particular industry
    4. It is akin to stealing hence it is a crime
    5. Its immoral and unethical just as stealing is
    6. Money earned through piracy funds terror groups


    Pro-Piracy arguments:

    1. Easy and convenient way to consume content and its free(the best part)
    2. Frustrating limitations imposed by legitimate publishers eg. geo locking of content, moviesmbought on iTunes cannot be made into DVDs and watched on TVs( When one buys something he/she would like to watch it wherever, whenever and however they want! Nobody likes publishers dictating how one can use a product they bought)
    3. Delay in legal broadcast of a show from region to region and delay in release of DVDs for purchasing them legally
    4. Lack of legal avenues to consume content in all places eg. for a rural person its near impossible to watch Airlift when the theatre near his home is not willing to run it
    5. Piracy actually helps in increasing sales because it is a mode of 'free publicity'
    6. Exorbitant price tags of DVDs
    7. TV Channels are already being payed by the consumers to watch a particular show but many cannot because of rigid timing constraints and long advertisement breaks


    Ethical Arguments to support piracy:

    1. Its not the same as stealing because there is no real loss of money or object in case of piracy. What the copyright owners cry is only 'expected losses or loss or expected earnings' but we need to realise that not all who download content from the internet would be able to actually afford 'that particular' product and neither would all be willing to get it had it not been available for free.
    2. Piracy is just like libraries! How is it different? One single copy(book or CDs) is allowed to be used by many though it had been paid for only once.
    3. It is a victimless crime because loss of fantasy revenue is not same as being victim of a theft

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  • @speedmachine1991 Bravo ...you made some really good and productive effort.
    Which games you play ???
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  • edited January 2016
    One more point could be added in copyright infringement is that the servers from which we download movies are located outside India so the jurisdiction of Indian authorities over it is unclear. So it becomes difficult to enforce it until we don't evolve a global governance framework regarding internet governance.
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  • XLR8 said:

    @speedmachine1991 Bravo ...you made some really good and productive effort.
    Which games you play ???

    Thanks. Lately I have been playing FIFA mostly due to time constraints because of exams, otherwise I like playing third person shooters like Mafia, GTA, Assassins Creed, 'only' story based racing, other flagships like CoD, Battlefield, Hitman etc. not much into strategy.
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