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.
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.
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.