As I’ve been talking to people about upcoming projects the issues of game credits, position titles, and related have come up repeatedly. I thought I’d discuss some of the problems I see with the industry in this specific area.
The basic question is: how standardized should things be? For example, in Hollywood if you said you were a Producer on a movie, people know pretty much what that means. If you say you were a Producer on a game at the GDC, that could mean quite a few things: Were you in charge of business issues? Of the budget? Of the schedule? Of the creative direction? All of the above?
Likewise, who gets included in the credits? Should people who leave before the end of the project get their name in the credits? What about people who have worked for 90% of the project then leave? What if the departure was involuntary?
Lots of interesting questions here that influence business decisions.