The IGDA Perspectives has published its farewell issue and having been involved off and on with the newsletter for years it was sad for me to see it go. However, with its run coming to a close it also inspired me to write the below letter which, since it was not able to fit in the last issue, I’d like to share with you here:

Thank You: A Personal Love Letter to the Heart and Soul of the IGDA

Dear You,

Yeah you, you know who you are.

You are the one who stayed up late making sure you confirmed all your panelists had the directions and instructions for tomorrow’s chapter meeting. Or you’re the one who rallied your list members together to create a SIG white paper or book on your craft.

You could be the one who helps run a committee dedicated to advocating for the industry on a global scale or helping students get their first big break. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re one of the few select people who get to call some of what you do for this org ‘your job’.

Whether you’re someone who is helping to check people in at the door to a chapter meeting or you are checking in with every chapter leader around the world, this letter is for you.

I have been volunteering with this org since 1999. With the IGDA having just celebrated its 20th anniversary I know some folks who can now say they’ve literally been volunteering with this org for decades. The IGDA would not be where it is today without each and every one of you.

To those of you who have given your time, energy, and talents to the IGDA:

Our org is better because of you.

Our industry is better because of you.

Our craft is better because of you.

I am better because of you.

As a fellow game developer and IGDA member, please know that I am extremely grateful for all you have done and the benefits I, and the entire industry, have reaped from your hard work.

With love and appreciation,

P.S. As this is the final issue of the IGDA Perspectives a special thank you is in order to Cat Wendt and Elizabeth LaPensée for their years of service as Art Director and Editor in chief respectively. You know you have my support in whatever projects you take on next.