[game_edu] IGDA board candidates
ai864 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 4 10:49:13 EST 2009
First, industry jargon is something that comes from shared use, not by fiat. Even if the IGDA did change its name, that doesn't mean that anyone would stop calling themselves "developers"... it would just make it more confusing because then we'd have lots of game developers who were represented by an organization that didn't call itself by that name. I'd look at it more in reverse: if developers start calling themselves something else, that would be a compelling reason for the IGDA to change its name, to reflect the updated state of the industry.
Second, I don't see what's inherently wrong with the word "developer." That's what we do, isn't it? We don't publish games, we don't sell them at retail, we aren't hardware manufacturers... we develop games. I always thought "developer" was a pretty clear term, encompassing all aspects of the design and execution of a game project (programming, design, visual art, audio, production, QA). Perhaps it's confusing when talking with people outside the industry, but that has less to do with a single term and more to do with a general lack of layperson understanding of how games get made.
--- On Wed, 2/4/09, Lewis Pulsipher <lewpuls at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Lewis Pulsipher <lewpuls at gmail.com>
Subject: [game_edu] IGDA board candidates
To: game_edu at igda.org
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 8:04 AM
I would very much like to see the word "developer" replaced with "creator" in the industry (unless we are truly talking only about programmers). This would help improve both our own discussions and the perceptions of "outsiders". Is any candidate willing to push to have the name of the organization changed to "International Game Creators Association"?
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