The International Game Developers’ Association (of which this writer is a member) will be launching a project to remember those game pioneers who came before, as well as those who have become an important part of today’s industry. Begun by the IGDA’s Game Preservation SIG , the Memorial Project will ” contain biographies of professionals from around the world, and is welcome to anyone who worked on a game or with the Industry in the past.”
There will also be memorial areas for those who designed paper-based games, as well as “notable individuals from the toy industry, critical game studies, and computer science, whose work has greatly affected the ways in which we understand, play, and design our games.”
The IGDA went on to say that “It is our firm intent that the IGDA Memorials Project will help demonstrate our seriousness as an industry and an art form that cares deeply about its individuals and their contribution to the medium. We recognize our community as being a continuous line of individuals stretching from the past and into the future rather than as being defined solely by the latest titles on the wall. We should remember these individuals as people whose creative passions helped shape the medium to become what it is today and whose legacy continues to direct where it will go in the future.
The IGDA Memorials Project welcomes participation from members of the community to help celebrate the memories of our own. Most Memorials provide the option for members to post eulogies regarding their own personal experiences with and memories of a person they knew or whose work they cared deeply about. We are also interested in hearing about other developers whose Memorials are not already on the site.”
Those interested in contributing to the Memorial Project are encouraged to read the Submission Guidelines or contact Project Staff at memorials[at]idga[dot]org.