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March 3, 2009

Adam Martin Quitting the IGDA

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 11:20 am

So, I just finished a huge rant about Adam Martin’s decision to quit the IGDA after losing his bid for election to the IGDA Board of Directors…and then inadvertently navigated away for the post page and lost the entire thing…well, maybe that for the best anyway since I pretty much was calling him out as a whiney little bitch who would rather quit after a loss than jump in deeper and continue to work to make the IGDA better. So, I guess I’ll do it again…in a shorter version…

I said that with much more clarity the first time, but I guess the message is the same. I am sad that the IGDA is losing someone as passionate about the IGDA as Adam claims to be…but if he does quit, maybe he is not as passionate as he claims and the org is better off without him. Heck, I don’t know. But as one who has been involved actively in the IGDA for over 8 years, founded and single handedly ran the South Florida Chapter for 5 years, lost his first effort to be elected to the Board but came back and has been elected and then reelected to the Board, was the moving force on the Board for the formation of the IGDA charitable Foundation which I now chair, created and Chair the IGDA ECQC Taskforce, is working with others to relaunch the Seattle Professional IGDA Chapter and moderating several IGDA forums.

So, I say “Cowboy up Adam.” If you don’t like the way the IGDA is, get into it more and do everything you can to make it better. And if you do go forward with your stated intention to quit, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Me, I get so frustrated with the way the IGDA is that I am ready to pop a blood vessel much of the time. But I have more fight in me than quit…and there is still lots to get done around here! Yeeeehhhhaaawww!

1 Comment »

  1. I’m looking at this from a unique point of view. I’ve not kept my IGDA membership current since it was the CGDA for various reasons (mostly laziness). I also respect both you and Adam highly, so my personal biases relatively balanced.

    But, take a look at one of the big issues Adam had about leaving the IGDA: when an IGDA board member at an IGDA sponsored event essentially says, “fuck ‘em if they can’t work 60 hours per week!” don’t you feel that undermines some of the work you’re doing on the Quality of Life issues?

    Given that the official IGDA response to the issue is, “We don’t interfere with individual companies,” what does that say about the attitude of the organization about the issue you feel strongly enough to volunteer for? How does this encourage studios to consider adopting some of the issues you want to work on under the IGDA’s guidance?

    To an outsider, it seems like pandering and hypocrisy. Quality of Life is an important issue to the IGDA while it was in the news, but now that one of the board members is espousing an attitude that runs contrary to the issue, time to back off. My concern is that you’ll pour all this work into your efforts, then nobody will sign up because the IGDA has explicitly approved of companies that require 60-hour work weeks. In the end, nothing will change despite a bunch of sound and fury.

    So, in the end, perhaps Adam leaving is the right decision. And for some of us, perhaps we’ll save membership dues and not join an association that doesn’t really appear to want to represent issues important to us. I’ll still be cheering for your work from the sidelines, though, and hope that as an industry we can resolve some of the issues plaguing the industry, like Quality of Life.

    My thoughts.

    Comment by Psychochild — March 13, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

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