Credits

Hi,

I once worked at a game company and recently found that I wasn't credited in a couple of titles where I should have been.

I'm wondering if anybody knows what, if anything, can be done about it.

(Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place)

souri's picture

This issue was brought up big time mid-last year when employees weren't properly credited in Warhammer Online, even though they had worked on the game for many years. The policy at Mythic Entertainment was that only people still working at the end of the title were to be given creditation, which is pretty unfair. I'm not sure if there's anything you could do, unfortunately.

Anyway, be sure to check out the article and comments over at Gamasutra...

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=19931

Game_Fan's picture

Hi,

I registered here because I've had the same experience. The company was Redtribe.

I kind of hate to mention their name, but watch out!

I worked on so much for them, and in return they leave me out of credits for more than one game.

Anonymous's picture

That's standard CM/Red Tribe practice unfortunately. That guy is so dodgy, he should be locked up.

Game_Fan's picture

Really? I was wondering how many had their names left out of credits.

Anonymous's picture

That's a terrible policy. That's like for a movie only crediting the people who do the post-production.

Anonymous's picture

There's probably nothing you can do about the credits in a game that';s already been released...i doubt they're gonna patch it or recall it just to fix the credits in the game/manual!
If you're talking about the credits on mobygames.com (etc.) You can attempt to add/fix them yourself, you'll probably need to provide them with some proof that you worked on the game, perhaps providing contact details for your producer or some others who worked on the game (and have been credited) could be enough for them to verify it?

Anonymous's picture

...that can be done really, as Anonymous above says. Company's have policies and credits can run to pages and pages of very remotely involved people as well as those who have made the most significant contributions. A line has to be drawn somewhere and it's a difficult one to always get right and virtually impossible to remedy. Know the game's producer! If nothing else you'll know if you're in or not before the disappointment of playing the game or reading the guide and finding that you're not.

Anonymous's picture

The IGDA has come up with a crediting standard and covers a lot of the issues relating to crediting in games:

http://wiki.igda.org/IGDA_Credits_and_Awards_Committee

Its aim is to ensure that everyone is credited fairly and I would highly recommend that all Aussie studios take note of whats in the crediting standard.

Anonymous's picture

Chris is a really great guy. He's worked hard to keep redtribe running and we're all very grateful for the opportunities he has given us.

Anonymous's picture

It would be nice if this company actually followed the guidelines!

Anonymous's picture

That's history's problem now I suppsoe.

Anonymous's picture

Yeh probably not much chance of getting that amended, especially now. I think I remember some people got left off the credits out of spite on LT:AA. Dark days back then. I thought Jumper and Space Chimps credits were handled fairly though? I assume you probably worked under Damo at the time; if so, Im sure he'll give you a reference and explain what happened to potential employers.

Anonymous's picture

Hmmmm...

Do you know what? History has a habit of repeating itself.

That company has poor management, and keeps producing poor quality games. Who's to say that they aren't going to leave people out of the credits in the future?

If they change their tactics completely (probably their management), then perhaps they can be trusted with credits.

Anonymous's picture

Is it true that Redtribe have closed down now?

Anonymous's picture

Sort of.

From what I understand, the company still exists with a skeleton staff, much like Auran of a few years back. However for most practical uses of the term, its fair to say the compnay has closed.