Bless me, the Games Industry, for I have sinned. It has been… forever since my last confession.
Friday, 20 November, London, England: Ste Curran appeals for your industry confessions, promising to absolve your guilty conscience at NG20+:
In a perfect world we live like angels and work like robots. But our world is not perfect, it never has been, and in 2020 life is so much more imperfect than we ever thought possible. So maybe it’s time to confess, to clear the air and our consciences and, in doing so, help everyone else feel more comfortable with the one absolute truth: we are all terrible.
Listen, you don’t need to be afraid anymore. We’ve all done it. A white lie, a corner cut, a colleague betrayed, a contract broken – if not by law then in spirit. This chunk of code reused from this project, this texture recycled, this animation straight-up stolen. You outsourced to StackOverflow and took the afternoon off. You said it was your idea and it wasn’t, not really. You didn’t do the work and you probably never will and you know you’ll get away with it. You don’t know what your job title means. You didn’t put on any clothes from the waist down for the Zoom call. You’ve never done that for a Zoom call.
Let me help.
I want to know your games industry crimes, from minor to major and everything in between. What have you got away with? Is the villain in your game based on your ex? Do you ignore company guidelines and mute Slack so, so hard? Did you deliberately steal the creative director’s dairy-free yoghurt every other Monday for six months? Is level six just level two from your previous game but slightly worse? Do you have half-a-dozen troll accounts for the Gamasutra comments section? Did you sell your startup games studio to EA for millions and when they showed up it was just a big piece of paper with THE SIMS BATTLE ROYALE written on it in red crayon?
Fill it out with your confession – the results are completely anonymous but if you want you can make it more anonymous by using a VPN and wearing a mask. This is your opportunity to share your dark secrets. I’ll read them out during the session and together we’ll bask in your indiscretions. Then, somehow, I will lift the burden and we can all move on.
If this works out Jacob has promised to build me an ornate COVID-secure confession booth for when we’re back in Malmö next May.
I can’t wait to forgive you.
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