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IGDA Wants to Give Developers Due Credit

The IGDA (International Game Developers Association) just released an online "public beta" of their new Credit Standards Guide. Simply put, it's a user-editable wiki whose ultimate goal is to bring some law and order to the wild and woolly world of video game accreditation.

Those who don't work directly in the game business may not have spent much time thinking about how those dozens (often hundreds) of names end up in the credits at the end of your favorite game -- but it's a big deal for those industry professionals whose reputations and resumes depend on getting official recognition for their years of hard work.

The IGDA's new roadmap will attempt to cut the Gordian knot of accreditation for those who make their living making games -- a thorny problem for both publishers and developers alike. Although there is consensus at all levels such a thing is necessary, surprisingly there is currently no industry standard for determining whose name actually gets billing. This lack of standards tends to produce weird anomalies -- such as the entire employee list for Neversoft being credited (in alphabetical order) at the end of Guitar Hero 2 without any particular attribution for individual job responsibilities.

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