Popularity of Gaming Top
The skill and interest in this game is reducing due to other interests taking priority and also due to unsafe nails along with bullying of younger, smaller, poorer kids. This game is more popular among boys and is coming back with safer components and rules. In India, Gaming top is also known as Bambaram or Lattu. In Andhra Pradesh, gaming top is also known as Bongaralu Aata. It is also concentrated among the children of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura and Mizoram.
Rules of Gaming Top
Gaming Tops have very simple rules. All the players have to go at the same time for the ‘Goes’ - this is the ‘toss’ for the game. Toss is decided by the top being spun and picked up quickest. The ‘Goes’ process is - at the count of 1, 2, 3 all the players should wind their lattus with their ropes, unwind it on the ground to rotate and then pick it up with the rope as quickly as possible. The primary skill of lattus on this rely on shortest rope length usage and still make the lattus to rotate on the ground allowing to catch it back with the rope. The gaming top that did not complete the toss will be placed in the centre of a circle. The people who managed to finish the toss successfully, try to spin the top over the tops in the circle trying to break (called "Gunna" in slang language in Karnataka) them and/or trying to getting them out of the circle. Each time the spinning tops have to be picked up successfully to continue.
Components of Gaming Top
Gaming top is playing according to some components. The components are wooden top, pointed nails for getting the centre and the string to get the starting spin. Each time the spinning tops have to be picked up successfully to continue. There are very few tournaments were organised between Pakistan and India until now.
Gaming top Tournaments in India and Pakistan
Hashir and Areeb, are the twin brothers from Karachi defeated India with 3:2. From India, Suresh and Prakash were runners-up. Hashir and Areeb are still world Champions of Lattu or gaming top so far.
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