This past week was insane. It was never my intent to garner this much attention, or really any attention at all.
I wrote a naive press release, full of idealism and bad grammar, to create an organization. I thought that because I wasn’t ‘important’, the press release would be swallowed up by the internet and be used for further recruitment.
I was wrong.
I was investigated by magazines that I read on a regular basis. I was the subject of many minutes of youtube speculation. I watched threads about me and the NCGP explode.
I didn’t want any of this publicity or any of this interest. Maybe an article or two so I could begin recruiting people to be involved. The objective of that press release was to give me something I could link people to show I was serious and to put us very vaguely on the map.
I had a really, really good idea, and I executed it terribly. Teenagers are good at that. The gaming news realized how great an idea I had and ran with it. This was not a “fake it till you make it”; the NCGP does have political connections. Hopefully, our continued operation and effect on politics can prove that.
The basic idea is simple; a bipartisan (nonpartisan was actually the wrong word in the original press release) group of experts, working together to create recommendations on policy that are better tailored to the specific situation than the general politicians. The group was to be united by our interest in the subject matter as opposed to political affiliation. I see this system as a step towards more functional politics in the U.S. and I wanted to begin working to apply it in the industry I have worked in for 5 years.
The words “industry leaders and experts” or “high-level industry experts and influencers” do not describe me in any way. I used the terms in the press release to apply to others and did not even think of them applying to me. Obviously, that was stupid, since it did appear to apply to me. In retrospect, I should have attempted to be a guiding helping hand as some more expert people led the charge, keeping my name, age, and involvement out of the equation. That would have been dishonest, and so I chose to be listed as the vice chair, letting the person who made the entire operation possible chair. My own personal time in the games industry has mostly been an outsider looking in and trying to learn. At ZoZtheBot, I help develop the idea to create a game alongside a physical product; the video game in real life. I organized a team to make the game and hired a developer and an artist and managed them under the CEO as they worked. The game was never finished because of design complications, and while I’m still technically employed by ZoztheBot, the game has been on indefinite hold for months as the physical design is finalized. I didn’t do a great deal of actual work, instead of managing other people to work on other people’s ideas. I talked marketing strategy with the CEO and consulted with real professionals. I used that experience and some time working as a gamemaster to land the Incuvation internship. After that, I continued working on Brutal Nature because I genuinely liked the man making the game and wanted to help him create a good game. Eventually, the fact that I couldn’t make any money and wasn’t making progress forced me to give up on the project. Kenneth/Incuvation had some grand ideas at the time and rapidly gave up on them in the face of the problems created by the game’s complexity. These and a year working with Kenneth on various small projects and essentially acting as his secretary are the entirety of my experience in the games industry. If I had to tell you how much time I had spent working full time on games, I would guess that it comes out to about six months.
Now, my idealism has obviously created an enormous amount of confusion and unprofessionalism, and I apologize to the people who had to be confused.
The organization jumped from a small group of powerful people unsure if they wanted to be involved to a large group of powerful people who I believe will soon be willing to begin revealing their involvement as we show our seriousness. I never planned to vote on policy recommendations or add my voice to them, idealistically assuming that the experts could figure it out without help. This is a confusing position to hold and as such I will step back from being Vice Chair, while still remaining involved with the organization. I will not be a member of the NCGP, though I will remain as an assistant to Kenneth and a secretary. There will be a new Vice Chair soon. I have no idea how to write a press release or give information out, so I will continue to honestly answer questions on my twitter @jackwegrich (I actually prefer them on Quora, but I recognize that not everyone is willing to use their real name).
If nothing else, this shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Not that that’s a particularly good thing in this case.
Very sorry for the confusion,