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Women of Gaming

Meet The Gamer Girls Of India

September 15, 2015 — by Nachiket "therapist" Mhatre16

Introducing the mythical species of female gamers

As a part of our September issue, we examined the importance of women gamers or gamer girls as some would call them. Obviously it can’t really be complete without including a feature on the ladies actively involved with everyone’s favourite hobby. Video game development lies pretty high up on the totem pole of nerd-dom, which makes it a rarefied space at the outset. Finding out about women involved in this niche, therefore, tends to be a novelty that generally goes down well with gamers. After all, nothing warms the cockles of our hearts than finding out that our favourite pastime isn’t the irrevocable sausage fest that we had always feared it might be.

Sometimes the vocal (and also rather horny) minority of gamers tend to overstep limits thanks to their abject inability to contain their excitement. Case in point: the Jade Raymond saga that played out following her uncannily high visibility in the Assassin’s Creed promotional blitz. The infamous saga spawned a smutty comic strip on the Something Awful forums, a rather creepy article from current reigning white knights at Kotaku waxing eloquent on how good she smells (I swear I haven’t made this up), and generally the sort of silliness you expect from the vocal minority’s reaction when it discovered the female video game developer. Trust the internet to make anything weird.

To know more about the featured gamers, click on their mugshots.

  • Aorin Shariyari: I have met a number of amazing friends I know via gaming and it has become an important part of me!
However, the childish reaction was essentially the internet exaggerating the fundamental shock of discovering an attractive woman in an industry where the odds of finding women are only slightly better than coming across a snowflake within an active volcano. And that’s why every single feature covering women involved in the gaming industry tends to be the same tired old regurgitation featuring all too familiar names such as Jade Raymond, Amy Hennig, Lucy Bradshaw, Chelsea Howe, and Kiki Wolfkill.

That’s why I decided to buck the trend and feature women from the Indian video game industry and gaming scene in general. When I say that “I” decided to cover Indian women, I mean my colleague Barbarian Monkey. To be honest, I had no clue that there were enough Indian women involved behind the scenes in the video game spectrum. Neither did Barbarian Monkey, but his research and active effort in reaching out to them eventually paid off. Soon enough, he successfully dug out a treasure trove of Indian women actively involved in this field. In the slideshow above, you’ll come across a healthy mix of not just gamer girls, but women developers working behind the scenes, making new games.

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Nachiket "therapist" Mhatre

Nachiket has been obsessed with computers and videogames since the 8086 days. But don't you go asking him about his earliest gaming memory. Not unless you are fine with being subjected to an interminable monologue romanticising the warm monochrome glow of early DOS games and how the medium has since lost its soul at the turn of the millennium. When he isn't being a corporate slave at MySmartPrice.com, Nachiket spends his free time tinkering with hobby grade R/C, practicing archery, or just sharpening his knives for relaxation.

16 comments

  • Monika Kandpal

    September 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Never called my self a gamer but.. yeah.. i can’t live without games… specifically skyrim… its part of my life…

    • Rafi

      September 25, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Skyrim is love. Skyrim is life.

      • Suranjan

        September 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Skyrim is your ONLY wife

    • Krishna NS

      September 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      It had reached a point where I was living and breathing skyrim every day, I could name the towns by memory and remember the routes and the secret paths… i even mastered the art of shooting arrows without a crosshair, to the point of landing them directly on their faces.

      That’s when I knew, I had a skyrim addiction problem.

      • Monika Kandpal

        September 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        i cant do that arrow thingy but … other things u said are SO TRUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Krishna NS

          September 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

          It’s really easy once to learn, just need to focus on the middle of the screen and remember that arrows drop over distance

        • harshsolanki

          June 27, 2016 at 9:48 pm

          do you play the division ??

    • WikiForce

      September 30, 2015 at 3:53 am

      i am thinking about going to Skyrim with trainers because i struggle in it to kill dangerous enemies.

  • Deepak Bisht

    September 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Call of dutyien here anyone …sniper elite one ..anyone

    • Harsha Venkatram

      October 1, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Sniper Elite 1 ! Whatta game!

  • Ganesh Roxx

    December 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    What About Zerah Gonsalves?

  • Pragya Sharma

    February 29, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Hello gamers!

    It is Pragya Sharma this side.
    I am a post graduate student from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.
    For the completion of my post graduate course, I am supposed to conduct a research. For the above purpose the research topic that i have chosen is “Perceptions of Gender and Gender Stereotypes in video games”. The reason why I chose the above topic is my extreme interest for video games.
    For the above purpose, I am supposed to conducted an interview with a sample size of 30 individuals who play or have played atleast 2 hard core or soft core video games. ( I can provide you an authorization letter as a proof for authenticity purposes).

    The interview consists of around 15-20 questions. The questions are very generic which will help me understand your perception. I assure complete confidentiality of your identity. If you wish to participate in the survey, I will first be giving you a consent form to sign on.

    I request the members of the group to participate in the survey and help me make my research possible. The interview can be conducted either over the telephone i.e. a telephonic interview or a face to face personal interview anywhere in Hyderabad (since this is a masters dissertation, i do not have any grants/funds, hence we will have to mutually meet and pay the expenses).

    If you wish to participate in the research, please leave a comment or leave me an email at “sharman.pragya@gmail.com”

    Hope to get positive responses.

    Thank you very much. Cheers!

    • Abhijit Dey

      March 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Pragya,

      Hope you liked reading this feature. We are always on the lookout in covering more girls who are into gaming in India.

      Looking at your research topic of “Perceptions of Gender and Gender Stereotypes in video games”, I’m sure you must be aware about names such as Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu who are involved in controversies on the same topic. We did a story on this topic which has tried to debunk and put light on professional victims hence, I would suggest you to have a read: http://skoar.digit.in/feature/the-con-women-of-gaming/

      It might help you in broadening your topic or maybe even tweak up the approach you’re taking for your research. We wish you all the best.

  • Aditya Bangari

    March 23, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    csgo fanguys/girls here?

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