[games_access] GDC 2008: VERY Bad News

Reid Kimball reid at rbkdesign.com
Tue Nov 27 15:44:43 EST 2007

While this is isn't the ideal situation it's not a total loss for the
group and we have to work within our resources to do the best we can.

If only three of us can come, then I suggest we don't bring any
hardware accessories. Instead, let's create flyer's and brochures
about the accessories. Maybe even produce videos of people using them.

I also recommend that because we are a smaller group this year, we try
to have personal meetings with game developers to talk about how we
can help them.


On Nov 27, 2007 12:25 PM, d. michelle hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:



> Ok...



> So remember when I was writing for days straight for all the GDC submissions

> without a whole lot of help? All submissions have been accepted now so we

> have some bad, bad music to face. I never did put up all the final

> submissions on the WIKI -- I was too tired after the deadline and it doesn't

> matter as much now. I'll get them up for archive reasons.



> Well...we've been hit by reality this year. I hate to bring this up again

> but I feel that I have to -- A lot of public word got out about our big

> post-GDC fight last year (it's archived on the net...). I'm not saying that

> it was any one person or any one comment -- I can't even look at the archive

> without beating myself up about it because I felt like I had really, really

> let everyone down. I got the proposals and the passes but I couldn't make

> our showing work in the best way possible. I couldn't be everywhere

> advertising our sessions. I was far from perfect, we were all far from

> perfect, we had big dreams but not enough people doing the work. I'm not

> saying everything goes back to that but we had a big year last year, had

> more than enough passes for everyone...and that was then. It's hard for

> me...well, it's very sad for me to realize that we had it so great last year

> and we didn't recognize it, we didn't have enough real help when push came

> to shove (or suitcase pulling came to suitcase pulling back and forth every

> day to the convention center). All the "should of" "would have" "could have"

> things are coming back to haunt me. I stopped flogging myself about this a

> while ago and thought that I had come to peace with it but I realize now

> that I still haven't stopped flogging myself about not being superhuman. I

> know. I know. Stop it.



> So...we only had one proposal accepted. All the acceptances are in now.

> Reid's [cc] poster (downgraded from a 20 minute talk but I think this will

> get more people) submission.

> [https://www.cmpevents.com/GD08/a.asp?option=C&V=11&SessID=6456]



> The other two were IGDA solicited (ie, they did not go through the system)

> -- accessibility arcade and the SIG meet and greet. That buys us two more

> passes -- one is mine since I'm SIG chair and one was for Eelke for the meet

> and greet because he helped on the proposals.



> I'm going to try and talk to everyone I can think of to try and get a few

> more passes because one of those is a roundtable and was solicited by IGDA

> (that was NOT in the proposal process) and it's accessibility arcade. To

> pull that off, we need more people. I hope that this gets us a few more

> passes.



> The booth is out of question unless we can get some SERIOUS money FAST. I am

> trying every angle I can think of but so far no luck. The booth SPACE costs

> $5100 for 10x10 booth -- add on about $3000 more for the "required" minimum

> of stuff we have to provide...no way. IF we get an expo booth it will get us

> more EXPO passes, which will restrict those with these passes to just being

> able to get into the expo area (no talks, etc). That's the reality.



> I'm sorry to have to tell you this and I'm sorry for the anger/sadness in my

> tone. We are not going to be able to bring everyone we want to. I cannot say

> when or if I'll hear if we can get more passes. I know some of you have

> already made flight and hotel arrangements. If you are one of these people,

> please check with your airlines, etc for the last date to cancel without

> penalty.



> So three passes...that's it. That's where we are at. I will let you know if

> the pass situation changes but for now it doesn't look great. We now have

> fifteen fewer passes so those of us in attendance are going to have to try

> and talk our asses off at GDC.



> Michelle

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