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IGDA Open Letter

Quality of Life Issues are Holding Back the Game Industry (thanks GameSpot) is an open letter from the International Game Developers Association deploring the "horrible working conditions" in the game development industry. Here's a bit:

Despite the continued success of the games industry, the immaturity of current business and production practices is severely crippling the industry . The recent frenzy of discussion over impassioned testimony about the horrible working conditions within much of the industry attests to the reality of this often unspoken disease.

As the professional association that unites the game development community and serves as its voice, the International Game Developers Association is deeply disturbed by this vicious cycle and is working to better the situation. Improving the quality of life of game developers is an IGDA priority.

In tackling quality of life issues, it is important to realize that poor quality of life is symptomatic of more fundamental challenges within the industry (e.g., consolidation, ever-evolving technology, one-sided contracting, lack of project management expertise, no craft/job standards, etc), which in turn all need to be addressed in order to truly improve our work/life balance.

What's more, game developers are sometimes just as much to blame for submitting themselves to extreme working conditions, adopting a macho bravado in hopes of “proving” themselves worthy for the industry. Our own attitudes towards work/life balance and production practices need to change just as much as the attitudes of the “suits.”

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31. Re: the Nov 17, 2004, 16:24 Retired
y'know, i've been thinking about that argument recently, it's a debate position i've used in the past but more and more i'm beginning to think it falls into the same category as a "straw man" or "circular" argument - it appears to be accurate on the surface but is in fact False.

it's similar to the quote attributed to Marie Antoinette, when told that the peasants were starving because they had no bread to eat replied, "well let them eat cake!".

Actually, telling someone to take control of THEIR situation themselves is a great argument. Is the government supposed to take care of the workers? Not in this case. They have a choice to make a change. If you work at McDonalds and you don't like it, but still want to work in the industry, you go across the street to Taco Bell or Burger King.

And Marie's statement has no relevance to this at all.

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