Exciting Times.

Good Morning,

The prototypical Keiretsu appeared in Japan during the “Economic Miracle” period directly following World War II.  These were interactive and frequently interdependent sets of organizations working towards a generally common goal.

This expression of collective workings of independent organizations was a refined expression of a timeless view of human society, in that by working together towards a common goal, we can create, develop and achieve more as a group that we could individually.  A common phrasing of which, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

This is the foundation of the association community.  Regardless of if you are a Professional Association (such as the IGDA which represents individuals as members) or a Trade Association (which represents companies as members), the idea that as a group, even individuals with different outlooks, different approaches, and different specific goals, can achieve more for the group than they could for themselves individually, is preeminent.

So for today’s blog post, I want to take a little time to recognize some of the things that are going on, and some of the Partners who have already stepped forward to speak with me about working together to achieve a greater result for YOU, the individual member.  I also encourage each of you to consider becoming more active in the association and helping us move forward in the direction you think would be best for the industry.  (You can begin by completing the Membership Survey coming out this Friday.)

GDC Europe!

I want to personally thank Frank Sliwka and Ben Veechai for working with our own Gordon Bellamy in putting together a wonderful package for the IGDA to promote our members in Europe at the Premier Industry Event in the European Continent.

A personal email from Frank to all IGDA members will be coming your way shortly, but allow me to show off some of the content here before the end of online registration (8/13/09) to receive this discount.  Register before the end early registration (7/29) and receive additional savings before pass prices increase!

IGDA members receive 10% off the Main Conference and All Access passes to GDC Europe.

To get the GDC Europe Code Email Joseph Sapp at joda@igda.org.  Have your IGDA member number ready so your membership can be verified.

*Note: discount codes cannot be combined with other discount codes or group registration discounts

You may begin the registration process as well as learn more about GDC Europe pass options by clicking below:

http://www.gdceurope.com/register/index.html?cid=GDCE09_IGDA

Conference tracks to GDC Europe include Business and Management, Game Design, Production, and Programming.  In addition, GDC Europe will cover Mobile and Serious Games. You can learn more about all the secured talks, speakers, keynotes, and the latest networking events here:

http://www.gdceurope.com/?cid=GDCE09_IGDA

IT’S UNREAL!

The Florida Chapter of the IGDA, led by Marc Mencher, is hosting an incredible collaborative effort between members and Epic Games, Intel, Game Recruiter and Blink Style.  An Unreal level design contest!

Co-sponsored by Epic Games, Intel, GameRecruiter and Blink Style, this IGDA-hosted competition is partnered with the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest.   By entering the International Game Developers Association Unreal Level Design Contest, competitors are automatically entered into $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest, and therefore eligible to win those prizes, along with prizes provided specifically for the IGDA Unreal Level Design Contest.  This includes cash prizes from $10,000 to $50,000 for Best Game Mod, as well as autographed posters, comic books and art books.

Contestants are asked to utilize their personal copy of Unreal Tournament 3 as their level editor and will enter their level design modifications in any of four the contest categories utilizing original content or existing assets from the packages within UT3.  Final level design mods should be submitted no later than Monday, October 5.  Final review and response will be provided to all contest participants by Saturday, October 25. The Unreal Tournament 3 copy is a free gift for all participating IGDA members once they have registered on our site for the competition. Once you are registered, Os car Hernandez Oscar@gamerecruiter.com will be emailing you  instruction and a steam code in order to download the free  Unreal Tournament 3 copy.

Publications!

Cengage Learning has a series of books for our profession:  http://tinyurl.com/5gcybe

They are now launching their 12th book in the series, “Game Industry Careers”, and they will be referring to the IGDA in this book.

AIAS!

Although the IGDA is not a sponsor or producer, we will be working with The Guildhall at SMU and the AIAS on their newest program, the Indie Developer Challenge.

The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) today announced the launch of the Indie Game Challenge.  The Challenge is designed to be the preeminent competition for video game developers by offering winners almost $300,000 in prize monies and scholarships, including $100,000 grand prize awards for both the winning professional and non-professional games.  In addition, finalists will receive national exposure and be eligible for additional prize money by having their pitch videos posted on GameStop.com and GameStop TV for People’s Choice Award voting.  Complete entry and contest details are available at  www.indiegamechallenge.com.

Research/Survey Collaboration

As I have mentioned before, the IGDA is preparing to send out a member satisfaction survey to allow you to voice your opinions.  This will be followed up by other research projects, as the IGDA begins to develop one of the three traditional “legs” of association programming.

We have been working with Christoph Brosius of Remote Control Productions, who has graciously offer to underwrite the distribution and collection of the surveys online using a veteran survey tool.  Thank you Christoph and your team for this generous support.

You may expect to see the survey invitation in your email early next week.  Please take the time to complete the survey, give us your honest feedback, and recommend new courses of action.  This is your chance to have your voice carried through in the IGDA

Members!  Whom should we work with that would help you?  Add that to your survey, or email me directly: Joshua@igda.org.

See you next week.

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