[games_access] GDC

Thomas Westin thomas at pininteractive.com
Tue Nov 6 06:21:19 EST 2007

Hello Michelle

yes I totally understand; the question was to all in the group, not
just you as I knew you were having health issues, and it was intended
as a question if we should go on with it or not; just so I know if I
should go on try my contacts at Adobe

I'm with you that we need to spend our time and money on the right
things, and perhaps the booth isn't the best option for us.


6 nov 2007 kl. 00.50 skrev d. michelle hinn:

> Hi Thomas --


> I had surgery Friday so I'm a bit behind on things, understandably

> (although regretfully!).


> I'm a bit concerned about the sponsorship thing and our return on

> investment, as this is a very different expo than E for All where

> we could reach consumers who had never thought about fellow gamers

> who might have disabilities. The GDC expo is going to be more of a

> booth where visitors expect something slick and packaged and will

> ask "well what is our return on investment" rather than general

> awareness raising. Yes, awareness raising can happen too, of

> course...but what is the return on OUR investment -- $8000 is a lot

> to raise and then there's the issue of who will stand at the booth

> (expos might seem short...until you've been on the other side of

> the booth...it's very exhausting!).


> What I'm sensing is as bit of a warning sign (ie, maybe we

> shouldn't do a booth) is that there have only been a few voices

> from the group adding in their opinions...I think that the last

> thing any of us want to see is the bulk of things falling in my lap

> for GDC -- it's not healthy for me personally or all of us as a

> group!! It's been a year of learning for all of us and I think

> that's a 100% positive thing. But I definitely am seeing unhealthy

> patterns re-emerging and I know that no one wants to repeat GDC 2007!


> Meanwhile GDC is holding fast to the December 1st date on letting

> us know how many (if any) talks were accepted. Talks have already

> been accepted but these are just the first wave...it's not a sign

> to panic that nothing got accepted. Believe me, I've already

> panicked about that -- nothing to panic about. Yet. But if you are

> me, you are always panicking. :)


> As I mentioned sometime last week, we have 1 roundtable sponsored

> by the IGDA (different than the ones that went through the regular

> system -- this is a courtesy for SIGs). This is already on the

> website (gdconf.com). It's an accessibility arcade, only very small

> -- just a few games/controllers with the emphasis on more specific

> info about the things being shown. We also have the "meet and

> greet" where we meet up at the IGDA area to answer questions from

> anyone interested in finding out about the SIG.


> Anyway, I will post more as I find out more. Meanwhile Kevin and I

> are preparing to give the SIG workshop at next week's FuturePlay.

> Unfortunately Dimitris and Eelke just learned that they cannot

> attend so the two of us are re-designing the workshop.


> Michelle


>> Hello


>> what do we do with the sponsor thing, should we go on with the

>> booth and raise money through sponsors?


>> if yes:

>> what do you think about the template sponsor letter I wrote?

>> anything to change or add?


>> /Thomas


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