I have, since time unknown, used my cellphone as a force field. Gaping into my screen, I have managed to avoid awkward parties, solo trips on the train, exes – and quite thankfully – sleepless nights. Force fields aren’t science fiction anymore. But life sometimes puts us in places where we can’t activate it.
I was on a metro ride to work. In order to arrive early, I put myself into the rush-hour. The density of people in the coach rose beyond my imagination. I had seen what seemed like 3 trips worth of a crowd enter the coach within seconds. I couldn’t breathe, and my limbs were in positions attainable only through demonic possessions. And on this 45 minute ride of hanging on with one hand, I envied the people on the opposite train – standing on their feet, their phones held in their hands, playing games, force field activated. I had my phone in one hand. All I could use it with was a thumb, which I used to change to the next song at best. I wanted to play a game, but I was a thumb short. That’s when a genre of mobile games came to my mind – One-Thumb Games. Abbreviates to the same as ‘On The Go’; coincidence? I think not.
It has been a year since this incident and I have released my first One-Thumb Game. Now that I am giving game development almost all my time, I am trying to relate the OTG concept with my daily routine. The interesting thing is that on a Sunday, when you have 5-10 kickass games on your phone and all the time to kill, you often don’t enjoy playing them. You’re bored inspite of all your options. On the other hand, during a prolonged power outage (I live in Gurgaon), where your WiFi is dead (Gurgaon) and your phone battery is nearing death (seriously, self, charge those power banks!) you can find amusement in things you wouldn’t have looked at – like your old notepad, waste paper, your old hot-wheels cars, a plastic-spoon catapult (or is it just me?). These unsung heroes, these small-time foot soldiers shine when the knights are done and dusted and guide you home.
Therefore, for every knight, bishop and queen in my phone, you’ll find an OTG – a soldier, always ready to fight boredom with you, never bothered about how many times you scroll past it, hoping you will click it when you are hanging on somehow, engulfed in the suffocating rush-hour crowd, helpless but for your thumb.
The OTG will be there for you.