Women of Gaming

Spawn Kills With Tejaswini Joglekar

September 10, 2015 — by Nachiket "therapist" Mhatre0

Mumbai-based Tejaswini Joglekar is a 24 year old Game Design and Production Management graduate from DSK Supinfogame and is working at DSK Green Ice Games.

Tejaswini JoglekarMumbai-based Tejaswini Joglekar is a 24 year old Game Design and Production Management graduate from DSK Supinfogame (Pune). After completing her education from the video game school, she has since been working as a Project Manager at DSK Green Ice Games. Watching her brother play video-games is what introduced her to the medium.
She got involved with MMOs such as Ragnarok Online, Cabal, and Aion among others. The hobby was also why she pursued a career in the field of video games. Her rig includes an Asus G74SX gaming laptop, portables such as Nintendo DS Lite, PSP, Playstation Vita, and her Google Nexus 5.

First gaming memory/system?
I have been playing games since 2001 and my first gaming memory/system would be playing Contra, Mario and Duck hunt on the NES.

Jade Raymond or Anita Sarkeesian?
Jade Raymond.

Describe Gamergate in one line
When it comes to ethics in Video Game journalism, I believe that reviewers have to be completely honest with their audience. However, I think that Gamergate has been used as an excuse to harass several women in the industry, which is wrong.

Do you think gaming is friendly/inclusive to women?
I think games can be more inclusive to women if they have more meaningful female protagonists where it actually makes sense to have a female lead over a male one.

Have you had any bad gaming experiences due to your gender?
I’ve had one isolated case where I got harassed due to my gender in an online game. However, the admins were quick to take action and I felt vindicated when they were banned immediately.

If there’s one thing you could fix about video games and/or the gaming culture what would it be?
Right now, a lot of video games have immature content in the AAA space. Having said that, a lot of Indie developers are making meaningful experiences that fully utilise the potential of video games as a medium. I think this trend needs to continue for the gaming culture to move in the right direction.

Why are female video game protagonists in short supply?
That’s due to a lack of diversity in the types of games being made. When game development opens up to a wider range of people once it becomes cheap, which in turn leads to a diverse range of games available to gamers. As this diverse catalogue expands, we can expect more female lead characters.




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, Nachiket spends his free time tinkering with hobby grade R/C, practicing archery, or just sharpening his knives for relaxation.

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