We can has Values

7 August 2009

Hello passionate, involved, mission oriented members (I assume no others would be reading this blog),

Today I am obviously very busy working for the IGDA in between trying to ship games.  What I want to put out there is IGDA’s core values. Yes, you may have to dig on the website to find them but they were the product of months of work a couple of years ago, and we take them seriously. They are:

  • Community
  • Professionalism
  • Expression
  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Leadership
  • Fun

So as our Community Expresses themselves trying to have Impact and Lead, I would like to call attention to *how* we do that, as that is what Professionalism pertains to.  IGDA unfortunately is not old enough yet to have created a Professional Code of Ethics, but you can see an example of one over at the first professional organization I ever joined, IEEE. The purpose for a Code of Ethics is to establish community standards for what professional conduct is and is not.  I do believe members are striving to be Professional, however we are challenged sometimes because we have no group agreement yet on what that means.

In the meantime, we do have some rules that are defined by laws, some of which we need to begin to more strongly enforce immediately. Our staff is posting a reminder of the terms of use for our forums. We love our forums, we need our forums,they’re important to us! However we can only have them if we follow these terms – it’s not an option. If a moderator removes your post, please review it before contacting the moderator to see if you can see why your post might have been removed. Consult with the moderator if you need suggestions on how to phrase your perspective or idea to comply with what are really basic and normal requirements for forums. If anyone wants to flame about someone else please do it on non-IGDA resources.

I know this will upset some people, however it is part of IGDA having to grow up just a little here. I think it still means we can have Fun and Expression and all those other good values. But without Professionalism, can we call our craft a profession?


Greetings from your new Co-Chair

6 August 2009


I’ve been thinking about that word quite a bit during my time with IGDA, first as a member and then as I have served on the Board.

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transform , to transform is:

1 a : to change in composition or structure b : to change the outward form or appearance of c : to change in character or condition

Transformation does not mean the prior state was wrong or without reason, it just means it has been outgrown. True transformation does come with some degree of chaos, and most certainly is accompanied by change, and calls and vision for change.  It can be an unsettling process, but it is truly required for growth.

Our industry and profession is in the process of an exciting transformation, and along with that maturation we are seeing (and hopefully helping) IGDA move from a fledgling ad hoc organization to the next level of professional association.

There’s a lot of challenges in this process – not the least of which being that in a large, diverse, and passionate profession, not everyone has the same vision. And not everybody describes their vision in the same way – some focus more on future potential and some focus more on what they want to leave behind. Sometimes people get sidetracked into trying to change each other (being married for many years I know how well that goes ;) ).  But we are all talking about change.

One of the best metaphors for this process is the Trapeze Parable (http://www.earthstewards.org/ESN-Trapeze.asp for those who have not read it). Periods of change are personally unsettling, and of course also unsettling to organizations going through them. We can get so unsettled during transformation we forget that it is actually a GOOD thing.

Sound familiar to anyone?  I hope so. Otherwise you’re one very bored reader right now.

The point:  a lot of our day-to-day dialog and communication is caught up in the minutiae, big and small, related to hosts of ideas, issues, and yes controversies. In the midst of this I encourage everyone to remember to step back from time to time and appreciate being part of this transformation, appreciate each other’s contributions, and appreciate, like the trapeze artist, that some things take time.

That being said, I like getting things done as much as the next person. I am very sure my next blog post will be both shorter and a lot less inspirational ;)   Bob Bates is on a well deserved vacation, and has promised to not check email, so I will be doing my best to step into his shoes and, with the rest of the Board, move us ahead on the many fronts we are actively working on.


Tobi Saulnier

IGDA Names Jasmin Davé as Sales Director

6 August 2009

Hey everyone, I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve appointed Jasmin Davé as Sales Director for the IGDA.  Jasmin is currently working as Sales Manager at nVidia, and was formerly Global Sales Manager for the Game Developers Conference.  She’s able to share her time and expertise by special permission from nVidia, and we appreciate their support.

Jasmin’s hitting the ground running by leading our efforts to connect development studios, middleware vendors, and platform providers with the sponsorship opportunities at the IGDA Leadership Forum, Nov. 12-13 in San Francisco, http://www.igda.org/leadership/.  She’s also managing sales for every other touchpoint the IGDA has with the game development community, such as the IGDA events at the GDC and other conferences, the IGDA Newsletter, and the upcoming IGDA Magazine.  This means she’s ideally positioned to develop custom, pan-IGDA packages to give your company the edge in achieving your outreach goals.

You can reach Jasmin directly at jasmin@igda.org.