On (Not) Crediting Developers

Warhammer Online Not Crediting All Developers on Shacknews follows up on word from an anonymous developer from the Warhammer Online team who is going to stay anonymous because his name will not appear in the credits for Mythic's upcoming MMORPG. This failure to credit all the participating developers is not uncommon in the games industry, as there is no set formula for determining who is and is not deserving of such commemoration, though the IGDA has some suggested criteria. Shack contacted Mark Jacobs about this, and the Mythic GM responds: "Over the years, we've had hundreds of people work on the game, and we thank everyone who helped us bring our Warhammer passion to life, but only current employees that have continued until the end will be credited in the final game." He goes on to add a comment that might rankle uncredited developers by implying they did not put their hearts and souls into the game: "Accreditation in Warhammer Online recognizes the incredible team that has poured their heart and soul into making WAR an amazing MMORPG experience." It seems to us that adding additional names to the credits would hardly be noticed by gamers, since they are usually tucked into the back pages of manuals and ignored as they scroll on the screen after a game is complete, but are probably significant résumé pieces to the developers, who need to continually find new gigs in a competitive marketplace.