"Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you
measure, measure a year?”
Lyrics from "Seasons of Love”
On 17 December 2012, I stepped
into the role of Executive Director of the IGDA, and it’s truly hard to believe
that an entire year has already passed! With that being the case, I’d like to
take a moment to reflect on the past year just a bit.
In my initial blog post, I quoted
that "I will take the ring to Mordor”,
my geeky allusion to the fact that this wasn't going to be an easy job. I
certainly understood that and yes, it's definitely been a year with some
transitional challenges - some of which I expected and some I definitely did
not. Even so, we endured, we learned valuable lessons and we continued onward
with the mission of the IGDA.
As an overall result, it’s been a very rewarding
experience with many wins along the way! There are almost too many overwhelming
positives to quantify, but I’d like to point out a few key milestones:
- The New Website: We launched a new web presence
for our virtual, global organization, giving us a foundation to build upon in
years to come!
- Advocacy: We've been very vocal on a number of
issues, from the violence and video games issues to sexism in the industry (and
in the games) to concerns about bullying and developer harassment. We also
delivered a great slate of issue-related talks via GDC’s Advocacy Track and the IGDA Summit.
- Scholars: We've increased our very successful
Scholars program, including a presence at GDC Europe and Gamescom this year.
- Chapters: We've seen more and more chapters form
or reboot, from Charlotte NC to Egypt, from Israel to Chile, and so on (yes, we
are truly a global community).
- Benefits: We've added numerous additional
benefits, including a variety of global events and publisher and service
discounts, and with more on the way.
And while this list is far from complete, I think you
get the idea!
In the end, I consider myself extremely fortunate to be
in this demanding position, to be working closely with your awesomely talented
Operations Manager, Tristin Hightower, collaborating with an actively engaged board of directors, and interacting on a daily basis with a global host of
awesome, amazing volunteers and members (yes, that’s YOU!).
But one year is nothing, we're just getting started! There is so much more to be
done in many areas, so let’s
keep moving forward together as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IGDA in 2014!.
Thank you for all you do to support the IGDA, and my very best wishes for the holiday seasons,